Come and sketch in ‘the real’ south of France!

Languedoc is France’s best kept secret and a sketcher’s paradise!  Classic French architecture, luscious green mountain trails, the Canal du Midi, vineyards as far as the eye can see, Roman cities, Cathar castles, the Mediterranean coast and sleepy winemaking villages, a potential sketch is waiting for you around every corner!   

Where is the Languedoc?

Languedoc is situated in the south west corner of France bordering the Mediterranean, the Pyrenees mountains and Spain.  The region is said to have at least 300 days of sunshine per year and the south of the area is officially the warmest place in France, so you can enjoy sketching in every season!

The area is very well served by 5 airports; Béziers (Ryanair), Carcassonne (Ryanair), Montpellier and Perpignan (International services) and Toulouse (International and Easyjet). The TGV service between Paris and Barcelona stops at local rail stations including Perpignan, Narbonne, Béziers and Montpellier.

The map below indicates where EHS holidays take place and proximity to airports and stations. Do email us if you are not sure about travel connections and distances.

About these short stay sketching holidays

These creative breaks are designed to help you capture the very essence of this beautiful area whilst also learning a whole new set of artistic skills. We like to take you slightly off the beaten track too, meeting local people and visiting our favourite cafes – getting a genuine taste of life as a local in this beautiful corner of France.

You’ll have a personalised and authentic experience not only in sketching and art, but your accommodation will be in carefully selected unique and beautiful houses, or even a chateau. You’ll be discovering the best local foods and wines and learning about the history of the region. We also make sure you have plenty of opportunities to explore, shop, swim and relax in your own time.

We welcome anyone of any age, no previous drawing skills or painting experience needed – just a desire to learn, have fun and be creative!

Who are these holidays for?

If you can’t even manage to draw a stick figure then you will LOVE our Sketch Holidays. They change peoples’ lives. If you are already drawing or painting then these holidays will teach you a whole range of new and different techniques. It is all about ‘loosening-up’ and sketching an impression – learning to simplify what you see and how to quickly apply colour with a minimal palette.

Whether travelling as a group or on your own, you’ll be among friends and having a lot of fun.

What can you expect?

  • You will learn the essentials of travel sketching and creating a visual diary, topics will include perspective, people, landscapes and architecture
  • We usually start our day with a warm-up sketch after breakfast
  • We then start sketching on location and visit historic, iconic and lesser-known local sites
  • We usually sketch and apply colour to our sketches over a classic French lunch and then you are free to practise, relax, shop, snooze, swim or explore some more
  • Whatever your experience or skill level your tutor will be working with you at your own pace
  • Students usually form such strong bonds they stay together as a group and dine, sketch and socialise each evening too!

Sketch Languedoc holidays are extremely positive, fun and therapeutic experiences for everyone. We allow you to switch off your negative side and you will be amazed at what you can achieve when you are shown how.

What do I need to bring?

If you do not have your own sketch kit, one will be available on loan or for purchase on arrival.  Click here to see the items that we use.

What’s included?

Holiday prices include bed and breakfast but exclude drinks, evening meals and transport unless otherwise indicated.

Dates and locations are listed below – for further information, to ask any questions or plan a holiday for your group – please email !

A sketchbook filled with your own unique holiday memories will be something you value forever 

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Past Events › Sketch Holidays

September 2017

Canal to Coast Sketching Holiday

21/09/2017 @ 09:30:24/09/2017 @ 15:00
Salleles d’Aude Salleles d'Aude, 11590 France + Google Map

Join us for a fabulous few days capturing scenes from the Languedoc, both inland along the Canal du Midi and on the Mediterranean coast.  Whether you are already a sketcher or an absolute beginner, you'll go away with a book full of great sketches and fun memories.

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March 2018

March sketching holiday at Maison Quarante (3 nights)

15/03/2018 @ 16:00:18/03/2018 @ 10:30
Quarante Quarante, Hérault 34310 France

A travel sketching holiday in the charming hilltop village of Quarante - stay in a beautiful Maison de Maître dating back to 1805. ErinHill sketch holidays are ideal for beginners or those already painting who would like to 'loosen up' their style.

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May 2018

Summer Sketching in the French Alps

French Alps 73260 France

Come learn to sketch or improve your skills with artist Erin Hill in France May 9-16 in 2018

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October 2018

Sketching for foodies (4 nights)

12/10/2018 @ 16:00:16/10/2018 @ 10:00
Quarante Quarante, Hérault 34310 France + Google Map

A 4 night holiday plenty of delicious French food! Includes 3 days sketch tuition, a cookery lesson, cheese and wine tasting and shopping in the markets to learn more about local produce.

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April 2019

Spring sketching holiday in the Minervois

26 April @ 16:00:29 April @ 11:00
Bize-Minervois Bize-Minervois, 11120 France + Google Map

Have sketchbook will travel! Join us for a 3-night break in the beautiful riverside village of Bize-Minervois. From this gorgeous B&B we'll explore the local surroundings, capturing moments and memories of southern France in springtime.

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May 2019

Travel sketching adventure holiday

10 May @ 16:00:14 May @ 10:00
Quarante Quarante, Hérault 34310 France

A fun 4-night travel sketching holiday in the charming hilltop village of Quarante - stay in a beautiful Maison de Maître dating back to 1805 with private pool and gardens. All bedrooms have private bathrooms, evening meals available.

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June 2019

Travel sketching adventure holiday

6 June @ 16:00:9 June @ 10:00
Quarante Quarante, Hérault 34310 France

A 3-night summer travel sketching holiday in the charming hilltop village of Quarante - stay in a beautiful Maison de Maître dating back to 1805 with private pool and gardens. All bedrooms have private bathrooms, evening meals available.

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