Watercolour paintings of the English landscape by artist Lesley Olver

Painting classes in France
'La Maire
09100 St Victor Rouzaud

Watercolour classes in the beautiful Ariege region of France

Whether you live in the Ariege, or are spending a holiday in the region, why not treat yourself to one of Lesley's watercolour classses, 

All classes take place at Lesley's home, 'La Maire' just west of Pamiers . Weather permitting, they will take place outside in the extensive grounds, where you will find there is plenty of inspiration for watercolour painting

In 2007 Lesley started teaching watercolour painting to small groups in England. Her workshops and painting mornings have since proved to be very popular. Lesley and her husband Dave have now moved to their French farmhouse in the heart of the Ariege countryside, a perfect location for watercolour painting, and Lesley is now offering watercolour classes from their new home

Painting holidays
From 2011, both watercolour painting holidays and chambres d'hotes accommodation will be available to at 'La Maire'
Please email Lesley if you are interested in receiving further information




Watercolour classes for beginners and improvers

Classes can be run for 1 - 6 people., either over a day or half a day.

If you are completely new to watercolour
painting and would like to understand the basics of watercolour technique, Lesley will introduce you watercolour materials, mixing colours, laying a wash and the wet-on-wet technique. She will provide step-by step demonstration and ample time and materials for you to have a go.
Absolutely no artistic ability or previous
experience of painting is necessary. Above all, Lesley wishes that her classes should be fun and enable participants to have a go at painting in
relaxing and convivial surroundings .

All materials are provided

If you already have some experience of watercolour painting, or have attended one of Lesley's classes as a beginner, Lesley will tailor the class to your wishes and requirements. Either let her know in advance what you would like to work on, or let her surprise you! You might prefer to concentrate on a specific subject or technique, or simply paint in the garden under Lesley's guidance.

Lesley can provide all materials, or if you prefer, you may bring your own

Dates and times

Dates are arranged on dates convenient for those wishing to take part

Day classes run from 10.00am - 4.00pm
Half-day classes run from 10.00am - 1.00pm, or 2.00pm - 5.00pm



Cost of day classes includes a 2 course lunch and drinks throughout the day.
Half day classes include drinks and refreshments
All materials are provided unless you prefer to bring your own

Day classes
I person……….100 euros
2 people………...75 euros each
3 people………...70 euros each
4 people………...65 euros each
5 people………...62 euros each
6 people………...60 euros each

Half day classes
1 person……….50 euros
2 people………...40 euros each
3 people………...35 euros each
4 people………...30 euros each
5 people………...25 euros each
6 people………...20 euros each










A few quotes from previous students

"I have so enjoyed our classes and the skills gained as well as making new friends. It has been a real treat to work in such small friendly groups under your expert tuition"

"Your reassuring manner made it possible for me to create a picture that I decided was actually worth having professionally framed."

Lesley’s thorough approach helped tremendously to improve my technique.Very good enjoyable tuition, which I totally recommend, whether   you are just commencing  or wish to improve, you will have a great time!"

"As a complete beginner  working with watercolours, I loved the fact that from the first lesson, there was an element of success,  which has given me the confidence to try what I'd learned at home."  

I enjoyed your classes so much. The way you gave us instruction meant that even a rank beginner like me could leave at the end of the day/morning with something that actually seemed quite a respectable painting. I felt quite proud of the paintings I took home. Certainly my old art teacher at school would have been amazed as I was consistently bottom of the class!"

I do really feel I can do some painting on my own now, but the time set aside to come to your house and the comradeship of other painters made it so pleasant to anticipate, and enjoyable to take part in."

"I will miss our lovely informal painting mornings.  I have learned more about watercolour painting during our short time than I have done in years of going to art classes.  You have a wonderful teaching technique and students feel proud of their paintings.  Thank you for uncovering the mysteries of watercolour techniques." 

If you are interested in arranging a class with Lesley, please contact her either by phone or email

Tel: 0033 (0)5 61 60 49 28
E-mail: lesley@watercolour-landscapes.co.uk

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