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.

In 2018 our calendar runs from June to mid-September

We will be running four courses this year.

The Lifesaver - Drawing and painting the model from Life.
Monday 4th of June to Friday 15th of June 2018

The Portfolio Course - five weeks of drawing and painting all subjects in all media.
Wednesday 27th of June to Wednesday 1st of August 2018

The Portrait Course - Painting portraits from life.
Monday 20th of August to Friday 31st of August 2018

Tour de Horse - Masterclass in painting the horse.
Monday 3rd of September to Friday 14th of September 2018


You may notice that our courses vary slightly from year to year, which allows our regular students to investigate different aspects of painting. We run a pure Landscape Course and a Generation Art Course, for parents and children every other year.