Academy Studios Abroad

Residential art course in the South of France
Painting Holidays in the Languedoc region of France in Aubais, between Montpellier and Nimes
Practical courses in oil painting and watercolours


“Tod Ramos makes painting fun, exciting and rewarding. He is the type of teacher we all want to find. I felt encouraged but always challenged in any task he taught me. What ever level you arrive at you can guarantee you will leave more advanced. In short he makes learning seem easy and so much fun.” Tessa Campbell Fraser, world renowned painter and sculptress


“It hasn’t just been a 'trip to do a course in the South of France' for me, it has been an utterly meaningful experience... you were so right when you said to me that you witnessed a journey - I know it is only a week but I feel as though my eyes opened wider to take so much more in - that a thin film that was covering them - soon to be getting thicker, has dissolved!” Michelle, masterclass student.

Welcome to the site of Academy Studios Abroad

Academy Studios Abroad offers a variety of residential art courses. The courses are conceived and led by Tod Ramos who has taught and lectured in drawing and painting in all mediums at all levels, from school to post-graduate, for over 30 years. The premise is to facilitate access to many aspects of art that are so often believed to be difficult to master.

Academy Studios Abroad offers a variety of residential art courses, in Aubais, in the Gard, region of the south of France where there is an average of 300 days of sunshine a year.

Our 2017 calendar runs from April until mid-September.

The Lifesaver Course - This year we have two courses of painting and drawing the model from life, the course includes a portrait painting element.  We use superb models for both the nude and the portraits and usually everyone’s expectations are exceeded.  As with all our courses, colour theory and preparation of drawing and painting media are included.

The Portfolio Course - Our very popular long course, the Portfolio Course, is five weeks of drawing all subjects in different media and painting in oils.  It includes, colour theory, technical advice, preparation of drawing and painting media, observational drawing and painting from life of every subjects, landscape, the nude, portrait, animals and still life.  This course enables the creation of a Portfolio for entry to art school and provides a foundation in techniques that are uncommonly taught these days.   It refreshes and revitalises those who need revitalising and gives a good grounding in drawing and painting for a future of self-expression.

The Landscape Course -  This course incorporates drawing and painting of the natural landscape and topographical landscape in our beautiful region of France.  We are holding it in September a time which the vines are burgeoning and fruitful, the heat of the summer is subsiding and the light is still good.

Generation Art  -  Children and their parents painting together.  This has been a successful course in the past, everyone getting pleasure out of collaboration and learning whilst taking part in activity which involves everyone painting and drawing together.

Masterclass - The Masterclass involves working with an invited Maestro who is distinguished in a specific field. The 2017 Masterclasses are to be arranged, please contact us for details.