An Amazing Unforgetable French Week in France

| French Language

There’s a week coming up in July this summer with both a French for Francophiles and a French Country Cooking course running (See Dates & Prices). It is an un-tutored week for Artists so the painters get the run of the studio and the chance to join in the fun too. It also happens to […]

Local French Wine – Vin Rosé “Sapiens”

| French Wine

Vin Rosé “Sapiens” One of life’s greatest pleasures at Chateau L’Age Baston is lunch in the courtyard. Lunch here is no hurried sub-mariner sandwich break. It’s a fully-fledged, sit down round a big table affair with cutlery and everything. There’s loads of fresh, tasty healthy food (as much from the garden as we can) including […]

Summer Reflections by Artist Susie Hunt

| Art

I have recently had my dates confirmed as a tutor at L’Age Baston again and am looking forward to teaching at the chateau for two weeks starting on the 16th and 23rd July 2016. I get a genuine lift from different locations and meeting new people and the week in August 2015 with Alex and […]

Sketching with Artist Caroline Johnson

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Sketching has gained greatly in popularity in the last few years. As official Urban Sketcher for Manchester, I’ve become well known for my in situ sketches of urban, rural, domestic and figurative subjects. As such, they’ve been used as illustrations in several sketching manuals – including James Hobbs’ ‘Sketch Your World’. This Winter and the […]

10 Tips for Water Based & Mixed-Media Painting

| Art

Water Based & Mixed Media Painting Tips by Artist Chris Forsey I am really looking forward to tutoring at L’Age Baston this Summer. It’s my first time teaching there and the Chateau comes highly recommended by previous visitors. Naturally the sun will shine and that gives us a good chance to get out sketching the […]

Painting Outside with Artist Susie Hunt

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Painting Outside Hello, My name is Susie Hunt and I’m an Artist and Tutor based in Aberdeenshire. I’ve been doing a lot of painting outside recently and as I’m sure you can imagine, painting outside where I live in Scotland is generally more unpredictable than in the warmer south. Those of you lucky enough to […]

Capturing the Light by Artist Jennifer Johnson

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The last few days here in South Devon have been wall to wall sunshine and they have put me in mind of another four weeks teaching at L’Age Baston this summer, something to really look forward to. The pleasures of capturing dappled sunlight whilst sitting under the walnut trees outside the studio, the challenging complexities […]

French Inspired Easter Feast Menu Suggestions

| French Cuisine

L’Age Baston Easter Feast Menu It’s official. Alexandra really enjoys cooking. This is probably just as well as she spends a lot of time in the kitchen in the summer. You already know Alex puts superb meals on the table at L’Age Baston, day after day, and that she teaches French Country Cooking to jolly […]

Fennel & Orange Salad Recipe

| French Cuisine

Fennel & Orange Salad This is a straightforward Fennel & Orange Salad recipe. One of the reasons I like it is that you can prepare the dish some time in advance and it won’t spoil. Salads and crudités are much more forgiving because timing and temperature are usually less of an issue. Remember that if […]

Easter Gigot of Salt Marsh Lamb Recipe

| French Cuisine

Gigot D’Agneau pour Paques (Easter Leg of Lamb) This is a super Salt Marsh Lamb recipe with fantastic ingredients and essentially so simple. Remember salt-marsh lamb is young and should have very little fat. If your joint has lots of visible fat then you trim the excess because you are cooking with olive oil anyway. […]

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