With breathtaking views to the Pyrenees, spacious accommodation, superb food and warm hospitality, Manzac provided a very special painting holiday experience. Carole has been a turtor here for 6 years.
Landscapes in Pastels and WatercoloursThis 6 day course was the perfect artistic escape for both beginners and more experienced artists looking for fresh inspiration in a beautiful setting. At Manzac you can relax or paint as much or as little as you like, whilst experiencing excellent food, wine and local French culture.

Daily Timetable

Our first day at Manzac is a “warm up day”. We get used to working with, perhaps, new materials, using sketchbooks, doing simple exercises or maybe painting outside ”en plein air” for the first time. It’s a relaxed day, getting to know one other and a giving you a chance to settle in.

Subsequent days start with “wheels up” at 9.30 and a short drive to our chosen location. Carole will show you round, pointing out possible views or painting subjects, and then, throughout the day, visit each person in turn, giving tuition on an individual basis or a group demonstration. 

At midday, Giles and Louise bring us a delicious picnic, with a glass of wine. We continue painting until approximately 4pm, when we return to Manzac to soak up the wonderful views, paint in the spacious studio, or head to the pool for a swim and siesta! Before dinner, over a glass of wine, we review the day’s achievements with supper being served around 7.30 -8pm.

Non painting partners are welcome to accompany us to all the painting locations.

Holiday details 2017 (below) will be updated for 2019

  • Inclusive Manzac fee - (NB 2017 prices) 795€ per person, 720€ pp for 2 sharing: Includes all flight transfers, transportation, accommodation, food (except 2 restaurant meals, roughly 50€-65€) and wine with meals
  • Painting tuition fee - £275 per painter payable to Carole.
  • Groups limited to 10.
  • Non painting partners are very welcome and can accompany artists on all excursions
  • Flights to Toulouse  (75 mins' drive) and Carcassonne (90 mins' drive) from many regional airports
             *NB Flights and Holiday Insurance are not included in the cost of the holiday or Carole's tuition fee.

Where is Manzac d’en Bas ?

Manzac is in the hamlet of Castries, near Daumazan, in the Ariège region of South West France, due south of and about 75 minutes’ drive from Toulouse. Carcasonne lies to the east, about 90 minutes’ drive by car.

           "What a lovely time we had. Glorious weather, excellent food and welcome at Manzac, good company, and best of all first class teaching!