Sunday Evening

All meet at the artist's home in Hameau Vasselin for an informal supper of Normandy fare with the chance to meet each other and ask any questions or to make requests for the forthcoming week.

Monday Morning

Meet at the artist's home between 9.00 and 9.30 for workshop demonstrations on basic drawing principals and on painting skills and how to cope with working outdoors. The use of media and materials suitable to the landscape are discussed and examples shown.

The use of sketchbook and camera for collecting information prior to painting is also covered. Students' individual needs are aired and personal levels of ability are recognised. Practical work follows within the studio. Books, magazines, sketchbooks and videos are available to peruse and inspire. Lunch is provided.

Monday Afternoon

Students work in a quiet location in the neighbourhood where the morning's workshop can be put into practise.

Elizabeth gives one-to-one tuition, recognising students' problems, strengths and aspirations, helping to build on a previous knowledge and encouraging complete beginners to gain confidence and move forward. The day ends between 17.00 and 17.30 but students are free to limit or extend these times.



Tuesday to Friday

Each day starts between 9.00 and 9.30 and is spent in different locations within the area. These include the attractive town of Port Bail which has a picturesque harbour, a lively market together with a variety of restaurants. The green and low-lying landscape of the south forms the heart of the Parc Régional des Marais du Cotentin, where the soft tranquil countryside along the winding River Douve gives plenty of opportunity for painting.

Local 'manoirs' and chateaux provide the colours and textures of the stones of typical Norman architecture and welcome students to work inside or out.

On the west coast of the peninsula, the long, sandy, un-crowded beaches with rocks and dunes are mostly devoid of modern development, whilst the coastal town of Carteret has many views to attract the artist.

Little hamlets and villages provide locations in which to paint the local buildings and churches. Lunch depends on each location. This is a social interlude in which students are able to chat and exchange ideas either over a picnic or in a nearby café or auberge.


On application to the course, you will be sent a list of basic materials for drawing and painting. Boards, stools and easels are provided.