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.

The 2016 calendar opens at the end of May with a life painting course and ends in mid-September with two Masterclasses.

The Portfolio Art Course - for those intending to enter into an Arts career
A specialist crammer portfolio course is run in June and July, a comprehensive course to a diploma level designed for those preparing for Art School or who wish to take a comprehensive course in all aspects of painting and drawing.

Masterclass - for specialised interest
The Masterclass involves working with an invited Maestro who is distinguished in a specific field. The 2016 Masterclasses are in painting horses and bulls and separately there is a course in portrait painting with three Masters of portraiture.

The Lifesaver Art Course - a complete immersion course in life drawing and painting
An intense drawing and painting course with our life models you will have the opportunity for over 60 hours of tutored drawing and painting from the model. This is a very popular course and we have planned two life painting courses in 2016, one in May/June and one at the end of August.