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Podi Lawrence artist - passionate painter, inspiring teacher

Painting holidays for 2018

15TH - 26TH MAY 2018 :   Kalymnos, Greece.  7 days of pure inspiration, good food and like minded people. Full information and booking direct   www.greekislandpaintingtrips.com

SEPTEMBER 18, 2018 :  MANZAC D’EN BAS, Ariege, France 
Book now with Podi : podi@podilawrenceartist.com
Further details & pictures www.manzac.com

I’ve just come back from a brief visit to Manzac. Just two days and I am refreshed and inspired. The area of the Ariege is little known by tourists and therefore offers peace and tranquility with the most outstanding views. Privately owned and renovated Farmhouse & 3-Gites with accommodation for up to 10 artists.  All rooms are ensuite.  Extensive grounds and views to the Pyrenees mountains. There is a purpose built studio room with all hard equipment provided - just bring your painting materials. I recommend watercolours, pencils/pens, acrylics or inks as I will be encouraging you to make quick draw sketches.  After a full day of painting you can relax around the swimming pool, watching the sunset.

I will be there to encourage and advise you on techniques and the best places for a week from 18th September 2018. We will visit local villages and rivers.  All are dominated by the Pyrenees mountains in the background.

Price includes transport from/to Toulouse airport and to venues we will visit.  Evenings are relaxed and fun. Non-painting partners welcome. Discount for sharing artists.  Easy flight to Toulouse. A deposit will secure your place.  
Cost:  in France: €795 : tutors fee payable in the UK £280.00.  
Only extras are Flights and 2 meals out in local restaurants, and your personal materials. 

contact me to book your place.



Meanwhile in the UK......


“A successful painting starts with inspiration and the practice of looking”

1:1 TUITION  -  1 off consultation 90 minutes : £30 :  2 hour class 1:1  £40  or 1:2 £65.00   

a course of 6 X 90 minute classes :  £210

Groups of 4 or more please ask for details.

All 1:1 & 1:2 tuition takes place in the Bijou Studio Room 3 in the Heights Hotel, Portland (groups will be in one of the seminar rooms) (www.heightshotel.com)

Over the years of teaching to adults I have developed a method which I encourage you to think like Frederick Francks in "Zen Drawing” and using my own experience as a professional artist painting in watercolours, oils, acrylics, pastels and inks.  

The best learning experience I believe is 1:1 or 1:2 tuition in my new studio at the HEIGHTS HOTEL, Top Hill, Portland. The advantages of 1:1 are enormous. I take each student individually and design a course based on their previous experience. In addition, you don’t miss any tuition - if you are unable to make it to a class we can reschedule. Some materials are provided but you will need to have the same for home projects.


Learning in a group has its advantages of camaraderie. So you can enjoy a weekend or 2-weekdays away on our interesting island of Portland.

Contact me for details. Bookings are now being taken now for 2018

Group bookings of 4+ people can choose your own dates (subject to availability) for 2 day weekends or mid-week breaks. You have the advantage of special rates if staying at the Heights full board, or you can stay at a local B&B or hotel or rent one of the many cottages available on the island. 

As with my 1:1 teaching I treat each person individually giving you ideas, techniques and information. I usually start the day by giving a demonstration of a particularly technique or new medium and then suggest places to go to draw and paint - or I will set a challenge if the weather is inclement.

For further information contact Podi at :  podi.law@gmail.com or phone 07557798558 or 01305 549990

 Some comments.....

June 2015 - Had an amazing weekend Painting Workshop with such a talented Artist & in a fantastic setting at ‪#‎TheHeightsHotel‬ - breakfast, lunch & teatime cake were delicious. Phenomenal views & Podi’s mural at the entrance to the hotel is a splendid rendition of Portland. Recommend this workshop for sure to anyone interested - covered all sorts of medium and techniques - learnt so much & found it was beginning to flow. Met wonderful people from Portland as well as Sutton Coldfield & High Wycombe all different ages - stimulating & interesting. Thank you Podi -Mona

May 2016 : A group of four ladies from not very far away booked in for 2 days during the week. Comments made to staff included “fabulous break, very enjoyable” , "staff helpful and willing”,  "Podi’s instructions & demonstrations were clear and we learnt a lot, we also had fun.".

May 2016 : Weekend.  Another great weekend spent sketching and learning so much about watercolours, techniques and just looking...

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contact:  01305 549990 :    07557798558 :   podi.law@gmail.com              ©2017 copyright of all pictures on this website remain with the artist Podi Lawrence or her heirs. 
Drawings in conté, pencil, ink;  paintings in watercolour, oils, acrylics, inks, pastels;  figurative subjects, portraits, animals, landscapes, seascapes,skies, sunsets, sunrises, boats,trees, forests, hills, mountains, shadows.