“During my two weeks spent on the Masterclass at Kate and Tod's beautiful house in Aubais I can safely say that I learnt more than in my 2 years spent out in Italy. Tod is an inspiring teacher and Kate a wonderful host and cook!” Tom, Masterclass student


“When my daughter was about seven years old, she asked me one day what I did at work. I told her I worked at the college – that my job was to teach people how to draw. She stared at me, incredulous, and said, 'You mean they forget?'” Howard Ikemoto (1939)


What to expect

New and unique places are exciting for all of us and to artists this is especially so. Our studios seem to inspire all. Our courses are fresh and new and are based on the principle that we can all learn drawing and painting techniques. Although we believe traditional techniques are the foundation of the visual arts; our premise is to understand many aspects that are so often thought to be difficult to accomplish. Our courses are inspiring, fulfilling and hugely enjoyable.
Our simple teaching philosophy is to give you full knowledge of the classical elements of drawing and painting and the means to self expression.

Students, masters, stairs and vegetables

Based in the dépendances of our maison de maître in a beautiful village near the Camargue. We have a substantial artists’ studio and the benefit of the unique light, warmth and landscape of the region.
The Studios are in Aubais, in the Gard region of the south of France where there is an average of 300 days of sunshine a year.
Our accommodation is in a mediaeval winemaker’s lodge. The bedrooms differ, there is a choice of single or double occupation of rooms, sharing a room reduces the cost of the course, as does sharing a bathroom, some of our rooms are en-suite.  The allocation of rooms is made on booking, it is possible for everyone to have their own room but not for everyone to have their own bathroom but bathrooms are usually shared with only one other. 

Non-painting partners are welcome but it is usually best if they have their own transport and that they take part in another type of course.  There is a cookery and language school in nearby Montpellier which is very good, they have courses which are combined cookery and language or either.

All meals are provided with exterior and interior dining; the varied Mediterranean food and wine are plentiful.

Room and pool

Our courses are designed so that, in a relaxed way, everyone who attends can achieve their goals, whether it is on one of our short courses or our longer portfolio course for entry to Art School but above all we intend that all those who attend have an enjoyable and fulfilling time.