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The Portfolio Course

Suitable for all levels

A five week diploma level course for those wanting to acquire an artistic competence or intending to enter an Arts career

Our unique compressed long course. The Portfolio Course is five weeks of painting and drawing in different media. It includes: colour and pigment theory; technical advice; preparation of drawing and painting media; observational drawing and painting from life. Subjects include: landscape, the nude, portraits, interiors, animals and still life.

The course enables the creation of a portfolio for entry into art school and provides a foundation in techniques that are not widely taught these days. It gives an excellent grounding in all aspects of painting and drawing to novices, amateurs and professionals. Many of the students who have attended this course and received our diploma have become professional artists. It has also been used by professional and established artists to “recharge their batteries” and visit new area of artistic investigation.

This compressed course is designed particularly for those who are preparing for art school or wish to acquire a competence in all aspects of painting and drawing. In its condensed form, the course, with the total commitment on the part of the student combined with our teaching ethos will provide a way of preparing a portfolio for entry to any art establishment. This is the equivalent in teaching time as attending one year at art school in the UK or America, for a fraction of the price.

Tour de Horse – a masterclass

Suitable for intermediate and professional levels

This masterclass includes the fundamental anatomy of the horse and the principles of its movement and form using a variety of techniques and mediums. This will enable those attending to understand the conformation and the varying forms of the different breeds, using a unique technique for drawing and painting the horse in movement. Amongst our models we will be studying the indigenous Camargue, the Andalucian, the Portuguese, the Arab, the thoroughbred and other breeds of equus. We will be working directly from our subjects both in the studio and en plein air. This course provides a new departure for an artist to study another subject – perhaps a metaphor for working from life in movement. For those already studying the horse it is an opportunity to hone their skills. In the past we have found both professionals and beginners alike have benefitted greatly from this fascinating subject.

Courses 2019

The Lifesaver Course

Our very popular course of drawing and painting the model from life, in movement and repose.

Portrait Painting Course

Painting portraits from life. Every technique of portrait painting and drawing from the model taught in detail.

Landscape Course

An opportunity to be tutored to paint and draw plein air in our exquisite region.

Generation Art

A five day course for children and parents to learn to draw and paint in an artists studio.

"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

"Tod, thank you for your immense patience, inspiration, encouragement and brilliant tutoring

You have a very special ability not just in your own talent but enabling others to find theirs, a true gift. It was wonderful to see how you, while still giving us the methods, teased out each individual style and gave the room for them to expand and excel. My head and dreams have been spinning with painting ever since.... Kate, you are just amazing ... the cooking... well, all those clean plates and greedy expectant faces said it all. I have been trying to emulate some of it here but it is not quite the same. And cooking is only a small part, you are the mainstay and absolute core of all fun, producer and alchemist, making that special Academy Studios Abroad mix work. Huge huge thanks to you both.”
Jo, Lifesaver Course 2015

"A huge experience in so many ways

enormous information and practice in different art skills, wonderful accommodation and food"

Kirsten

"Challenging and fun. Great food and company. Top shelf"

Roger

"I value my time at Aubais more than I can tell you

It was a full, rich experience and Kate and Tod struck the perfect balance between hard work, rest, and nourishment; work and play! Thinking about it, what I wanted and needed was to be pushed in new directions, expanded (pried out of hard earned ruts), and that is exactly what I feel happened.

Very pleasant, comfortable, well-organised. Rigorous. Challenging. Frustrating. Rewarding."

Schellie

"The landscape course at Academy Studios Abroad was a life changing event

Studying and staying with Tod and Kate combines excellent, technically grounded - yet uplifting and inspirational - tutelage with a heady mixture of delightful food and delicious conversation in a truly beautiful environment.

I learnt more about painting in oils in 10 days than I had in 7 years at 3 different art schools. I will be back for more!"

Jonny

“Great experience with you all. Thank you for your generous and delightful hospitality.”

Charlotte

"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 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 McCulloch, Tour de Horse Masterclass student, now well-known horse painter.

"The art course itself is superb

The art course itself is superb. The teaching is of the highest standard with each person getting their coaching and encouragement entirely individually. Having said that, Tod also managed to make us all feel very comfortable with each other, despite considerable differences in age, experience and temperament between us. I think we all benefitted hugely.On the domestic front I don't think it would be possible to outdo the wonderful Cordon Bleu cooking of Kate Lovegrove, the rooms were well provided for and the whole setting absolutely delightful. We were given the chance to see some of the local countryside, go to the art gallery in Montpellier, visit a market in Sommières and also relax at the weekend. The swimming pool on the property was a real treat.”
Claire, Lifesaver course

"In the vast studio of the painter Tod Ramos

Florian, a beautiful French saddle horse of 17 years to pose. With his brown coat and black mane, the horse is sketched on the white pages of students passionate about painting.”
La Gazette de Nîmes

"Tod is the most encouraging and illuminating teacher

He corrects and challenges one's work and inspires you to do better. I learned more in one week on his horse painting course than I could have imagined.”
Do Burgess, Masterclass student

"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

"A huge experience in so many ways

enormous information and practice in different art skills, wonderful accommodation and food"

Kirsten

"Challenging and fun. Great food and company. Top shelf"

Roger

“Great experience with you all. Thank you for your generous and delightful hospitality.”

Charlotte

"In the vast studio of the painter Tod Ramos

Florian, a beautiful French saddle horse of 17 years to pose. With his brown coat and black mane, the horse is sketched on the white pages of students passionate about painting.”
La Gazette de Nîmes

"Tod is the most encouraging and illuminating teacher

He corrects and challenges one's work and inspires you to do better. I learned more in one week on his horse painting course than I could have imagined.”
Do Burgess, Masterclass student

Residential Art Courses in France

Maison Jean, 6 Avenue Emile Leonard, Aubais, 30250, France.