Day courses & workshops


We will be offering a wonderful range of art events throughout the year at  Maison de Fort, in the beautiful surrounding countryside and the Bastide villages of Lot & Garonne. 


The Grand Studio has its own dedicated print space, printing press and free standing easels, It is fully stocked and equipped for workshops and courses. White walls and space for art evenings, talks, life drawing and art exhibitions are also available.

Day Art Workshops

From printing, painting, pastels or drawing – over the year one day art workshops will be available to book. The day will commence at 10 am and finish at 5 pm with a delicious lunch served together with a local regional wine  to help the inspiration flow. 

All materials and full tuition are included. Sessions are suitable for beginners and improvers.

Life Drawing Sessions

The Grand Studio is the ideal large space to host life drawing classes.  These classes will be a regular fixture on the Manoir calendar of events and can be booked in blocks of 3 classes at a time.

Full tuition will be given at every stage of drawing, whether you are a beginner or improver. All materials and models are provided together with a glass of wine, coffee, tea  or cold refreshment included in the fee.

Art Classes

The Manoir will hold a 3 hour morning or afternoon class based on a variety  of changing themes throughout the year.

Here is just a taste of some of the themes covered:-

  • Learning to use charcoal
  • Learning to paint in the style of  the Impressionists
  • Learning to lino print
  • Oil and soft pastel art class
  • Improving your pencil drawing and graphite techniques
  • Painting and colour mixing with acrylics
  • Learning to print – monoprints, stencils, lino
  • Landscape painting
  • And much more..

The classes will be fully tutored and all materials and refreshments included. If you would like more information please click here to contact us.

Bespoke Classes, Private Tuition, Groups

The Manoir has a smaller studio available if you are looking to book a 2 hour private one to one lesson with Leesa to tackle any areas of art you may be struggling with.  How to paint the sea or clouds? How to draw a portrait? How to use soft pastels?

If you would like more information on private lessons please click here to contact us.

Group Bookings

If you are a group of friends or family who live locally or are holidaying together and are looking for something different to do then Maison du Fort is the ideal place to come and get creative. 

We can tailor make a session to suit your requirements. Just drop us a line here to contact us

Art Expositions and Exhibitions

The Grand Studio will open its doors during the year for art exhibitions. Work will be on show from resident artist Leesa Le May together with guest artists from the local area and the UK.

If you are a local artist looking for somewhere new and exciting to show your work, we would love to hear from you. Please get in touch with us here.

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