| From the Canal du Midi to the banks of the River Orb, 17 charming towns and villages nestle at the heart of the vineyards.

They welcome you to Saint-Chinian, Minervois and Languedoc appellation vineyards that lie just a few kilometres from sandy Mediterranean beaches, between Béziers and Narbonne, and Montpellier and Carcassonne.

Each of these quintessentially French villages have a unique charm and personality - and they are just waiting to be sketched!

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Past Events › Du Canal du Midi au St Chinian

September 2019

Sketching for Foodies

26/09/2019 @ 16:00:02/10/2019 @ 10:00
La Maison de Quarante, 24 Grand Rue
Quarante,Hérault34310France
Sketching for Foodies

A creative and gastronomic journey in the fabulous South of France. Lead by Annette Morris and Anne de Ravel, this holiday is a treat for the senses combining sketching workshops, cookery, food and wine-tasting, the perfect getaway for singles or couples.

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Travel Sketching 101

27/09/2019 @ 10:00:13:00
La Maison de Quarante, 24 Grand Rue
Quarante,Hérault34310France
€75

If you are new to sketching or lack confidence with your drawing - this workshop in Quarante is for you!

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October 2019

USk Languedoc Quarante

02/10/2019 @ 10:00:16:00
Quarante Quarante,34310France

Urban Sketchers meet-ups are a great chance for sketchers and painters to draw together (you will need your own sketch kit). No tuition, just sketching for the fun of it!

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Autumn landscapes

30/10/2019 @ 10:00:13:00
Montouliers, Montouliers,34310France

A chance to really explore and make the most of your colour palette with this glorious workshop sketching the area in and around Montouliers. Learn how to use watercolour with more confidence when sketching.

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Café Culture

31/10/2019 @ 09:30:12:30
Puisserguier Puisserguier,34620France + Google Map
€75
cafe culture

This workshop in Puisserguier is an introduction to sketching with line and watercolour - no previous art experience needed!  

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November 2019

Croquis Café: The Eyes have it

20/11/2019 @ 10:00:12:00
Capestang Capestang,34310France
€20

(Capestang) We'll look at the structure of the eyes and how emotions and age can be conveyed through drawing - there'll be plenty of laughs as we create pages of expressions in our sketchbooks! 

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December 2019

Croquis Café: Birds of a Feather

11/12/2019 @ 10:00:12:00
Capestang Capestang,34310France
€20

(Capestang) Using reference photos of traditional birds found in Languedoc we'll study their shapes and bring a touch of extra colour to the feathered friends in our drawings!

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January 2020

Croquis Café: Lettering & Faux Calligraphy

22/01/2020 @ 10:00:12:00
Capestang Capestang,34310France + Google Map
€25

(Capestang) Fun techniques for writing with a brush and markers to enhance your sketchbooks with interesting text.

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February 2020

Croquis Café: Drawings Hands!

12/02/2020 @ 08:00:17:00
Capestang Capestang,34310France
€25

(Capestang) Of all parts of the body, the hand is often considered the hardest to draw. With these handy workshop tips it's easier than you think!

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Croquis Café: Paws to Sketch!

26/02/2020 @ 10:00:12:00
Capestang Capestang,34310France
€25

(Capestang) It's all about cats and dogs!  Tips and tricks to draw them quickly so you can add them to your sketches.

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March 2020

New Perspectives, Puisserguier

24/03/2020 @ 10:00:13:00
Puisserguier Puisserguier,34620France
€60

This fun workshop is designed to help you draw in perspective: roads, trees, buildings, even people!

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April 2020

French Village Sketchbook

22/04/2020 @ 16:00:27/04/2020 @ 10:00
La Maison de Quarante, 24 Grand Rue
Quarante,Hérault34310France
€100 – €630
French Village Watercolour Sketch

A fun and fabulous sketching holiday to live life like a local based at La Maison de Quarante in the heart of Languedoc.

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July 2020

Sketching People

09/07/2020 @ 09:30:12:30
Saint Chinian Saint Chinian,34360
€75

This fun workshop in Saint-Chinian teaches you how to draw faces and figures to quickly capture the essence of what you see!

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August 2020

Sketching for Beginners

19/08/2020 @ 09:30:12:30
Montouliers Montouliers,34310France
€75

You don’t need previous art experience to join this fun workshop in the quaint & charming village of Montouliers.

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October 2020

Sketch notes from the wine harvest

30/10/2020 @ 16:00:02/11/2020 @ 10:00
La Calade Montouliers,34310France
€100
wine harvest

Following 'les vendanges', a colourful weekend sketch break based in the historic village of Montouliers overlooking the Minervois vineyards.

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December 2020

Nos 17 villages en Lumière

01/12/2020 @ 10:00:15/12/2020 @ 17:00
Capestang Capestang,34310France

Exposition de Croquis d'Annette Morris à l'Office de Tourisme du Canal du Midi et St Chinian 1 - 15 décembre 2020

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April 2021

Sketching for Beginners

14 April @ 09:30:12:30
Capestang Capestang,34310France
€60

If you don't think you can sketch - this 3-hour workshop in Capestang is for you!   No previous art or drawing experience necessary, just bring along a sketchbook and an open mind!

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Morning at Saint Chinian Market

15 April @ 09:30:12:30
Saint Chinian Saint Chinian,34360 + Google Map
€60

In this fun workshop we'll spend a morning sketching colourful scenes from the market - and you don't need previous art experience to take part!

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Canal du Midi Cruise & Lunch

19 April @ 10:00:16:00
Exclusive Cruises France, Pont de Malviès
Quarante,Hérault34310France
€150 – €240

Relax and learn to sketch in style whilst cruising the Canal du Midi. 3 course lunch and wine included. Also a great day out for photographers and non-sketching partners!

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June 2021

Morning at the market

9 June @ 09:30:12:30
Capestang Capestang,34310France
€60

In the cool of the morning, learn how to sketch a classic French village market scene in Capestang - no previous artistic experience required!

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Canal du Midi Cruise & Lunch

10 June @ 10:00:16:00
Exclusive Cruises France, Pont de Malviès
Quarante,Hérault34310France
€160 – €260

Relax and learn to sketch in style whilst cruising the Canal du Midi. 3 course lunch and wine included. Also a great day out for photographers and non-sketching partners!

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Chateau Sketchbook, Capestang

17 June @ 10:00:15:00
Chateau les Carrasses, Lieu dit Les Carrasses
Capestang,34310France
€75

Treat yourself to a memorable day out and develop your sketching skills at the stunning Chateau les Carrasses.

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La Vie en Rose

29 June @ 10:00:15:00
Assignan Assignan,34360France
€75

A fun workshop in Assignan, also known as 'Village Castigno' - a wine-making village painted in the colours of wine! 

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July 2021

Morning at the Market

15 July @ 09:30:12:30
Saint Chinian Saint Chinian,34360
€60

Learn how to sketch a classic French market scene in Saint-Chinian - no previous art experience necessary!

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La Vie en Rose 🌹

19 July @ 10:00:13:00
Assignan Assignan,34360France
€75

A fun workshop in Assignan, also known as 'Village Castigno' - a wine-making village painted in the colours of wine! 

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Sketching for Beginners

21 July @ 09:00:12:00
Capestang Capestang,34310France
€60

This fun workshop is designed to help you get started with sketching on location. You'll learn heaps of tips and tricks whilst exploring the market square in Capestang.

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Riverside sketchbook

26 July @ 09:30:12:30
Cessenon-sur-Orb Cessenon-sur-Orb,34460France

You don’t need previous art experience to take part in this lovely sketching workshop in the cool of the day by the river at Cessenon-sur-Orb.

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Classic French Street Scenes

31 July @ 09:00:12:00
Quarante Quarante,34310France
€60.00
French Village Watercolour Sketch

Join me for a wander through the pretty medieval village of Quarante to capture the essence of daily French life in your sketchbook.

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August 2021

La Vie en Rose

2 August @ 10:00:13:00
Assignan Assignan,34360France
€75.00

A fun workshop in Assignan, also known as 'Village Castigno' - a wine-making village painted in the colours of wine! 

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Vineyard Views

5 August @ 09:30:12:30
Quarante Quarante,34310France
€60.00

Learn to sketch a local vineyard with watercolour, even if you have never sketched before! (Quarante)

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Sketching People!

11 August @ 09:30:12:30
Capestang Capestang,34310France
€60.00

This fun workshop in Capestang teaches you how to draw faces and figures to quickly capture the essence of what you see

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Stone Walls and Sketchbooks

13 August @ 09:30:12:30
Puisserguier Puisserguier,34620France
€60.00

A workshop in Puisserguier to enjoy exploring the historic streets to study & sketch doorways, archways, castle walls and windows!

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French market scenes

19 August @ 09:30:14:30
Saint Chinian Saint Chinian,34360
€60

Thursday is Market Day in Saint-Chinian - in this workshop you'll learn how to sketch people, use colour and capture all the hustle bustle!

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Sketching a French Village

24 August @ 09:30:12:30
Cazedarnes 34460France
€60.00

In the cool of the morning, learn how to sketch a classic French village scene in Cazedarnes - no previous artistic experience required!

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Riverside Sketchbook

25 August @ 09:30:12:30
Cessenon-sur-Orb Cessenon-sur-Orb,34460France
€60.00

You don’t need previous art experience to take part in this lovely sketching workshop in the cool of the day by the river at Cessenon-sur-Orb.

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September 2021

French Village Houses

2 September @ 09:30:12:30
Saint Chinian Saint Chinian,34360
€60.00

This workshop in Saint Chinian looks at how to sketch the features of old stone French buildings - windows, doorways, steps and balconies.

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Sketch workshop Assignan

6 September @ 10:00:15:00
Assignan Assignan,34360France
€75.00
la petite table assignan

In this fun workshop you'll learn some basic sketching skills and all sorts of tips and tricks for using watercolour in your drawings. 

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Drawing Fabulous Faces!

15 September @ 10:00:13:00
Capestang Capestang,34310France
€60.00
This workshop in Narbonne looks at how to sketch the human face - from different angles and in different styles - loads of fun!

This workshop in Capestang looks at how to sketch the human face - from different angles and in different styles - loads of fun!

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Canal du Midi Cruise & Lunch

16 September @ 10:00:16:00
Exclusive Cruises France, Pont de Malviès
Quarante,Hérault34310France
+ Google Map
€160.00 – €260.00

Relax and learn to sketch in style whilst cruising the Canal du Midi. 3 course lunch and wine included. Also a great day out for photographers and non-sketching partners!

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Château Views

22 September @ 10:00:15:00
Chateau les Carrasses, Lieu dit Les Carrasses
Capestang,34310France
€85.00 – €255

Treat yourself to a memorable day out and develop your sketching skills at the stunning Chateau les Carrasses.

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October 2021

Sketching with a limited palette

13 October @ 10:00:13:00
Capestang Capestang,34310France
€60.00

This workshop in Capestang looks at the importance of colour values and ways of sketching with a limited palette.

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French Village Café

21 October @ 09:30:12:30
Saint Chinian Saint Chinian,34360 + Google Map
€60.00

Capture the essence of morning life at a French café in this fun short workshop in Saint-Chinian.

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Autumn Views

22 October @ 10:00:13:00
Montouliers Montouliers,34310France + Google Map
€60.00

This workshop based in Montouliers looks at ways to capture the changing colours of the landscape.

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