Why come to our painting school?
Our workshops offer students a unique combination of innovative ideas and practical suggestions unavailable elsewhere. These can transform the working practice of anyone who is seriously interested in drawing or painting. They can do this for students of all levels of achievement, whatever their particular aims and problems, and whether their work is figurative or abstract.
“A very different and vastly more interesting type of artistic education than I have met before.” – Yolanda Hart
Long years of experience
For over 28 years both new and returning students have benefited from the Course Director’s long years of experience as a caring and supportive teacher. His informed eye and attentive ear gives them confidence and encourages their individuality.
“I really valued the way you looked with me at what I was trying to paint. You gave me the confidence to tackle things I wouldn’t have dared try out.” – Cathy Walker
Stimulating ideas and teaching
The small groups and the splendid setting give the ideal context for helping students to develop their personal creativity in the style and medium of their choice.
“A magical place, good company, intensely stimulating ideas and teaching. I came to Montmiral to have my eyes stretched and I do not think I have ever looked so hard.” – Unity Couzens
Unique specialist knowledge
Before coming to S.W. France, the Course Director was the Cottrell Memorial Fellow at the University of Stirling, Scotland. He offers students the fruits of long years of research on how artists use their eyes when painting and drawing. His teaching integrates the positives from traditional artistic practices with game-changing ideas from science. The result is new and practical approaches to colour, light, illusory pictorial space, drawing from nature, shadows and shading, personal expression and creativity.
“This course, with its application and explanation of the latest researches in both colour and line psychology, completely redefines and resolves the anomalies of what we see. The reference to proven research and the patient explanations of its implications with respect to how the brain receives and interprets information provides a fundamentally sound approach commonly lacking in other courses and literature.” – Iain McCowan
Castelnau de Montmiral, S. W. France in the distance – The main studio windows of the Painting School can just be seen.