Silk  Painting  in  France

A silk painting holiday in France which offers 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, yet comfortable, period accommodation,

a light breakfast and two good meals with four hours tutored

time each day and open studio access 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 with bookings

now being taken  for 2024. The studio has been rejigged to

operate more comfortably with more space to work.

The dates of the 2024 workshop will be August 3rd

until August 10th

The cost of the course with accommodation, all materials,

finishing, full support and meals for 2024 is


You may of course wish to arrange your own accommodation

and the cost for this option is $1400/£1100/1200 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

this is possible but it will be necessary to arrange a separate visit

outside the week listed here.

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. This will be a chance to ask questions

and familiarise yourself with your new surroundings as the sun

goes down. There will then be a light supper with wine and a

chance to chat and find out more about the week ahead

Sunday August 4th will be our first morning in the studio and

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

and salt. Over the next six days (5th to the 10th) the course will

follow a regular daily pattern. Each day 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-morning.

At 13.30 we will break for a light lunch of cheeses and cold meats with salads and fresh breads

On the morning of Saturday 10th 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 and I will ask you to

complete any work you may have by 18.00 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 scarves.

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 an ancient house built in

the 14th/15th century around 1300 - 1400 AD

The houses are made 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 course.

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

documentation plus an International Student Identity Card or similar proof is required. 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:

I would suggest sharing the cost of car hire and by doing so the

individual cost will be in the region of 175 – 250 euros per week

depending on the model of car hired.

Car hire companies include the following:

Avis -

Ada –

Hertz –

Sixt –

Europecar –

The above companies are usually available at both Toulouse and

Carcassonne airports. I can connect you with other people

attending the workshop for car sharing nearer the time of the

course. 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.

Lastly,  if you are by any chance passing through the village at

any time during August do drop in to say hello and i can show you around.

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 , where a glass of wine awaits you