Mixed Media & Watercolour Painting at Château Thuriès

16th July 2021 - 23rd July 2021



As featured on the popular Channel 4 programme, ‘Escape to the Chateau DIY’


SEVEN nights Chateau living – all-inclusive, in  super-king size suites

Non-painters sharing, are very welcome at a reduced price.

Ali Hargreaves

Ali Hargreaves is an Artist and a qualified teacher (BEd Hons) with over 30 years experience of teaching. Ali runs weekly classes in Poynton, Cheshire, and runs all day workshops and demonstrates regularly for local art societies. She is a PA for the SAA where she has been filmed running live workshops and had several articles published in “Paint” magazine.

Artists of all abilities, including beginners, are welcome and will be given plenty of one-to-one tuition throughout the week.   Based in the heart of the stunning southern French countryside with some studio work combined with visiting quaint local villages and the surrounding area, AlI will be on hand to offer you as much (or as little!) guidance as you need to create some original pieces of art to take home.


If your partner would like to come along but doesn’t want to participate in the painting, then they are very welcome to come along for just 550€.  There are lots of things to do in the area!


Friday 16th July

  • Arrival PM and welcome barbecue.

Saturday 17th July

  • Morning: Breakfast and studio-based for initial painting and sketching tuition by Ali
  • Afternoon: Lunch provided. Painting or sketching, based at the Chateau.
  • Evening: Dinner at the Chateau

Sunday 18th  July

  • Morning: Breakfast at the Chateau and sketching/painting
  • Afternoon: Onto the local village, picnic lunch provided. Continuation of painting
  • Evening: Dinner at the Chateau

Monday 19th July

  • Morning: Breakfast and Painting in a nearby village
  • Lunch: Picnic provided
  • Afternoon: Continuation painting/sketching
  • Evening: Dinner at the Chateau

Tuesday 20th July

  • Morning: Breakfast followed by a journey to Carcassonne for a painting and sketching session
  • Lunch: At a restaurant in Carcassonne PM: Continuation of session
  • Evening: Cheese and Wine tasting at the Chateau

Wednesday  21st July

  • Morning: Breakfast followed by trip to a local village for painting
  • Lunch: Picnic provided
  • Afternoon: Continuation of painting
  • Evening: Dinner at Chateau

Thursday 22nd  July

  • Morning: Breakfast followed by studio work
  • Lunch: at Chateau
  • Afternoon: Studio work
  • Evening: Restaurant – final evening dinner

Friday 23rd  July

  • Morning: Breakfast and Homeward bound!

*Arrival Saturday/Departure Saturday. (Flights into Toulouse Blagnac Airport).

*All meals are included, including breakfast, picnic lunches, and dinner at the Chateau. Wine, beer, and soft drinks also included in the price.

Room Price (€) Price (€)Second Painter Sharing Price (€) Non-Painter Sharing
Master Suite (four poster) *1650 € *1450€ **550
Nature Suite (front facing) *1550 € *1350€ **550
Chinoiserie Suite *1250 € *1100€ **550
Petit Boudoir *1250 € *1100€ **550
Ground Floor (twin – sharing per person) *1000€ (sharing) *1000€ **550
Gite bedroom 2 rooms available *850€ *750 **550

*These prices are inclusive of all accommodation, tuition, food, drink, transport, and excursions during the week, including airport transfers***. Maybe add the use of easels, boards, portable chairs, and art studios.

**This price is for a second person who would like to attend but does not wish to participate in the painting, sharing the room and is all-inclusive (as above but excludes tuition).  Transport is not included for non-sharers and it is recommended to hire a car to enable the flexibility to explore the surrounding area, towns, and villages whilst the other guest is participating in the painting excursions.

* A suggested list of materials will be sent out to you by Ali nearer to the holiday

***Airport Transfers:  Will be provided based on the agreed collection and return times ****Flights are not included.

Details of all our bedroom suites and the chateau can be found at: www.chateauthuries.com Contact: Jayne for more information and to book:  Tel: +44 (0)7736 255205 (English mobile) email: bookings@chateauthuries.com

Reserve your place now!

Use the button below to reserve your place on this course! I will then get back to you to confirm whether your place has been approved.

Please note: Due to high demand, we cannot guarantee your place on the course. Students already on the course get priority of place and then those on the waiting list.

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