Painting and Photography Workshops

The workshops are run at L'Atelier Le Bez bringing together individuals who wish to come and work in the dramatic landscape of the 'Midi' (South of France); a region that has attracted artists for centuries

There are programmes to suit a wide variety of interests and abilities. Beginners and experienced painters and photographers work directly from the surroundings. The emphasis is on learning through doing, all courses combine practical work with tutorials, demonstrations, location work and visits.

Groups are limited to ten to ensure everyone gets the most from their stay. The courses aim to liberate your creativity, enhance your vision and build soundly on your technique. The athmosphere in Le Bez is relaxed, you will escape the stress of normal life to enjoy working at your own pace and discovering the landscape, customs and history of the area.

The Studio: The lighting studio with flash and thungsten lights doubles as a painting studio. It is well ventilated and cool in the summer for those who do not wish to work outdoors. The darkroom is equipped to professional standards where we process and print all formats up to 5"x4" in black and white, colour and some of the early victorian processes.

Who run's them ?

They are run by Mabel Odessey and Gary Waters who have lived in the region for several years. They share with you their knowledge and enthusiasm for the visual arts and insiders guide to the region. Gary is a graduate of the Royal College of Art, London. He has worked extensively in higher education in both the U.K. and U.S.A. Mabel is an experienced photographer and educationalist from New York who has tought at all levels. She has been the recipient of major awards and both she and Garry exhibit and publish their work internationally.

An example of one workshop theme is Pinhole Photography

Here you rediscover the most rudimentary form of photography. Mabel will share her passion for this medium and help you build your own cameras, make and print your photos. No previous experience is necessary. The course is run over two days and the total cost of the course tuition is 600. That's 120 per person for a group of 5, or 60 per person for a group of 10.

Contact us through the booking page is you would like to combine a workshop with a relaxing break. Or why not include a workshop with some outdoor activities.