Alain Picard workshop in South West France

July 14-23, 2022

On this painting with Alain Picard workshop to the south of France, we will explore and paint the beautiful region of Dordogne. An abundance of inspiration is provided, full of everything from quaint historic villages and medieval castles to breathtaking views of the rolling countryside and traditional French markets. With beautiful accommodations, delicious organic, locally sourced foods and wines, and endless inspiration surrounding us, this is your perfect opportunity to create beautiful art and enduring memories that will be treasured for a lifetime.

This workshop is open to beginners and advanced artists painting in pastel, oil, acrylic and watercolor. Alain will teach and demonstrate daily, as well as providing lots of one-on-one instruction at your easel.

We’ll work on location developing sketches, plein air studies and photographs while exploring the many beautiful destinations such as Rocamadour, Saint Cirq Lapopie, La Roque Gageac, Domme, and many more. We will also have plenty of time back in the Perigord Retreat studio to work together and develop our ideas in generous light and space. 

There is no need to be intimidated if you are new to painting outdoors. Throughout the workshop, Alain will encourage you with his simple approach to exploring and capturing your subject quickly as well as helping you experiment with new techniques and approaches to get your creative juices flowing. 




  • How to capture the quick impression of a scene
  • How to loosen up your strokes and make bold marks of color
  • How to paint with more confidence
  • How to sketch and paint on location with a limited palette
  • How to design dynamic compositions
  • Underpainting techniques that will activate your scene
  • How to make expressive color choices
  • And lots more!




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INCLUDED IN YOUR Alain Picard workshop:

  • Workshop instruction
  • Nine nights of accommodation at Perigord Retreats
  • All meals – except 2 lunches and 1 dinner
  • All tour and excursion fees 
  • All wine and beverages
  • Transport to and from Toulouse Airport


  • Travel costs / Airfare



Alain J. Picard is an award-winning artist, instructor, author and speaker. He has written instructional books on drawing and pastel, and stars in a growing collection of instructional art videos. Alain has lectured and demonstrated for The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the National Arts Club in New York City among other museums and galleries from Boston to Beijing. He has taught art workshops all over the United States, Europe and Asia. Alain is a sought-after portrait artist and landscape painter with 20 years of professional experience. He makes his home in Connecticut with his wife and two sons.

To learn more about Alain please visit