Poitou Charentes is the perfect region for a painting holiday and don't worry if you're just starting out as art tuition is available. Themed weeks also include crafts and photography. Whatever your artistic preference, this lovely sunny region has much to offer. Why not capture on canvas La Rochelle's ancient port or take your camera to Royan, the much loved resort with a real riviera feel? Equally photogenic is Angouleme with its long stretches of medieval ramparts. For landscape artists, the Marais Poitevin, France's Green Venice, offers a myriad of scenes for you to express on canvas.