Silk Painting in France

A silk painting holiday in France is something which should 

offer delicious local food, excellent regional wine, comfortable

accommodation, beautiful surroundings and great company.

My course is run over a week which passes oh so quickly.

It is held in the beautiful village of Durfort in the Tarn

department of Southern France.

I offer you simple and comfortable period accommodation, two

good meals a day, four hours tutored time each day and

unlimited studio access and support along with extensive

materials and a wealth of expertise.

Because I love natural materials, shapes and colours I strive to

engage workshop participants in the beauty of the stunning

living environment which surrounds the village.

The course in Durfort is running again for 2024 and the

 dates of this year’s course are August 3rd until August 10th.

The cost of the course with accommodation, all materials,

finishing, full support and meals for 2024 is

$1900/£1500/1700 Euros.

You may of course wish to arrange your own accommodation

and the cost for this option is $1400/£1000/1200 Euros.

This payment does not include either your air fares or French

car hire costs. Whist exchange rates fluctuate my costs are kept

as tight as possible. at all times.

The course is aimed at people of all ages and abilities, this means I can provide as much technical support, space and creative encouragement as you may need.

Please let me know of any specific personal requirements when making your booking.

Should you wish to attend with children it will be necessary to arrange a separate visit outside the week listed here and there is a reduced cost for the children.

On the evening of the arrival day  August 3rd we will take a short

walk around the village, then visit the studio for a look around

the creative environment.

There will then be a light supper with wine and a chance to chat

and find out more about the week ahead

On the morning of Saturday 4th August, we will go as a group in

shared cars to the local market in Revel.

This is a wonderful weekly market and has all you would hope to

find in a southern French marketplace.

Following our market visit we will have a light lunch and spend

the afternoon in the studio with our first foray into silk and the

studio itself.

Sunday 5th will be our first morning in the studio and you will

slowly begin to explore further the use of dyes and resists, water

and salt.

Over the next five days (6th to the 10th) the course will follow a

regular daily pattern. Each day (except Saturday 4th) we will

meet in the studio at around 9.30 am and spend the morning

painting with a short break for Organic coffee and biscuits mid-


At 13.30 we will break for lunch - this will either be home cooked

in the village or at a local restaurant.

Friday 10th August will be your last day and I will ask you to

complete any work you may have by 13.00 so I can steam it by

the evening ready for you to take home the next day.

Each evening we will eat together in the village or at local

restaurants a short drive from the village. When booking please let me know of any special dietary requirements you may have. 

During the course you will be using Habotai 8 silk. Habotai is a

soft medium weight sheer silk originally from Japan but now

made in China. It was traditionally used for Kimonos. and now often used for Lingerie, Scarves and Blouses.

Habotai 8 refers to the weight of the silk and while weight ranges

from 5mm to 16 mm I prefer 8mm as it is easy to work with.

We shall begin by working with small silk squares to practice

technique and the use of brushes/water/resist, once you are

more confident, we can move onto larger pieces including


After the initial small squares, you will be able to create a four or

six-foot-long scarf and two square or rectangular pictures of

medium size 50 x 50cm as part of the inclusive cost.

Outside of the above-mentioned silks there is a charge at very

reasonable cost for any extra pieces.

The accommodation is in the village in ancient  14th/15th

century around  houses of timber and local stone, each one

being unique in its history, layout and ambience.

You will usually share the house with others attending the


The bedrooms are mostly single or shared with twin beds.

A double room is available should you wish to bring a partner

along, there is a reduced price for partners not doing silk


There are reduced rates for students by arrangement.

I will need proof of current study, current course


There are also reduced rates for those coming on a return visit.

For anyone who may wish to stay in the village before travelling

on in Europe after the course i am able to offer overnight

lodging and a simple meal for one night at no further charge,

please let me know beforehand if this is of interest.

The nearest airports are Toulouse and Carcassonne with

Toulouse being the best for International flights.

The village of Durfort and directions can be found on the map

page on this website

Car Hire:

Car hire companies include the following:

Avis -

Ada –

Hertz –

Sixt –

Europecar –

These companies are usually available at both Toulouse and

Carcassonne airports. I hope to have provided enough

information about the course and accommodation but there will

no doubt be questions. Please email me with any queries and I

will respond with helpful, practical answers as soon as possible.

Contacting me is easy.

Either by email – stephen.mason7 @

Or by telephone on - 0044 (0)7875 466912   

D i r e c t i o n s

Driving to Durfort from Toulouse Airport ( Blagnac).

1 ) Join the ring road 'peripherique'

and follow until you hit junction (sortie)

no 18 which is signposted to: Labege, Revel, St. Oren

2 ) Once you turn off take the D2 road towards Revel.

Follow the D2 through the french countryside and many small villages until you pass St Felix Lauragais.

3 ) Once past St Felix following a long straight road over a level crossing you will reach a T junction. At this point leave the D2 and turn left onto the D622.

4 ) Follow D622 into Revel and then continue through the first two traffic roundabouts.

When you reach the third traffic roundabout, take the third road with the Café de Commerce on the left.

5 ) Continue driving past the large church on the left.

This road is the small ring road that goes around the town of Revel.

Take right turn at the sign for Soreze, Durfort, Dourgne onto the D85.

6 ) Drive roughly one mile to the bridge sign posted at Pont Crouzet. Continue the left hand bend over the second bridge and take the first road on the right signed as D44 Durfort.

7 ) Follow the D44 straight into Durfort.  

Pass " O feel de L' o " bar on the right side and the red Marie building on the left.

Follow the road as it hooks around the outside of the church past the rear of a line of houses, finally parking under the large lime tree at the top end of the village near the water reservoir in the road.

Welcome to Durfort