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Watercolour Painting Holidays
Art with YVETTE WILTSHIRE.  Artist and Tutor.

True Alpine are pleased to announce that they have teamed up with professional artist and tutor Yvette Wiltshire to offer watercolour painting holidays in one of the most beautiful alpine locations in the French Alps.   Yvette is a very well known artist from Cornwall who is passionate about teaching and assisting others to pursue their hobby/interest in art for both pleasure & relaxation

Why not come and enjoy your hobby or learn to paint in one of the most beautiful alpine locations that can be found. The scenery is awe-inspiring and there are subjects to suite all levels and tastes.

Our chalet has been renovated to the highest standard and that added to mouth watering food & wine in a homely and welcoming atmosphere make for a complete package.  At True Alpine we pride ourselves on quality and exceptionally high standards without compromise. We have had many years of experience working in an Alpine environment.  

On a typical day we start with a relaxed healthy breakfast at around 8 am. We normally head off from the chalet at around 9.30 either walking to one of the locations close by or you are chauffeured to the location.  All of the locations that have been chosen are beautiful and interesting.

On your arrival at the venue there will be a seated shaded area for you to work under. After a brief orientation, Yvette will discuss the subject with you and assist you with any questions or concerns that you might have before starting. Throughout the day Yvette is there to hand to help and suggest alternative options available to you. This is done in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. Beginners and the more experienced artists work alongside each other to make a satisfying and educational day.  Yvette will demonstrate throughout the week.  Please note there will be a day off mid week during the course for you to enjoy the local area

There is always ample tea and coffee available on location.

A picnic is provided everyday so there is no need to leave the venue for lunch other then taking a walk to take in the breathtaking scenery. The day’s painting normally concludes at around 4.30 and then the group return to the chalet for afternoon tea. If everyone is still in full flow with their work at 4.30 and would like to stay and complete their subject then we will carry on until everyone agrees to stop to ensure that everyone gets the best out of their painting holiday.

We have an indoor location available if the weather choses not to be kind to us.

2014 Painting Holidays Dates available soon: 

(All courses do require a minimum of 5 We do require a minimum of  5 students to run each course.
2014 Per person price:
  • £945 pp - Full holiday cost for a painter in a private room with en-suite facilities.
  • £745 pp - Full holiday cost for painters sharing a room with en-suite facilities.
  • £545 pp - Full holiday cost for a non-painting partner/friend sharing.
What's Included -
  • Transport to and from Geneva airport (1 pre-arranged pickup and drop off for all clients attending the course)
  • A welcome drink on the day of your arrival (an opportunity to discuss the itinerary for the week and answer any questions you may have).
  • 7 nights accommodation in twin/double room.
  • Breakfast for 7 days.
  • Packed lunch for 7 days.
  • Evening meal with bottled wine for 6 nights.  The chalet staff have one day off a week so on their night off you have a great opportunity to sample the local cuisine. 
  • 5 tuition sessions  with Professional artist Yvette Wiltshire.   A minimum of 5 hours tuition a day will be available.   There will only ever be a with a maximum of 8 students.
  • Tea and coffee are available in the chalet at all times.
  • Free Internet WiFi in the chalet.
What's Not included -
  • Your travel and related charges
  • Painting materials 
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Dinner on chalet staff's day off.
On Location



Thank you Yvette for organising the trip for me and providing an excellent painting holiday. I enjoyed the whole week and the Luxury stay at ‘True Alpine’. Thank you so much.

Nicole, June 2012

Many thanks for the time and effort that you put in to make my time with you such a memorable occasion. Thanks once again for your help over the week. It could not have been a better location, and the accommodation and standard of cooking was superb, as was the hospitality shown by Mark and Michelle. All in all a great week. If all the others enjoyed it as much as I did, you must have had a very happy bunch of guests.

Clive, 2012

Thank you for a great week! We had lots of laughs and had a fantastic ‘fun’ time!

Thank you to Yvette for her patience and guidance, Michelle for her fantastic food and home making skills, Mark for his humour and fun, as well as being our chauffeur! and to both Mark and Michelle for their very generous hospitality and warmth.

Helen, 2012

Another great week with superb food and hospitality.

Ann and David. 2012.

An absorbing week again with amazing food, camerarderie and hospitality.

Sylvia. 2012.

A lovely week – so many thanks for lovely hospitality and delicious food.

Bridget. 2012.

'What an amazing week. Fantastic hospitality with stunning surroundings. Our venues were inspiring as was Yvette’s tuition. Thank you to everyone.'
Sylvia. June 2011.

'Merci bien pour un tres agreeable semaine! Really enjoyed getting back into the painting even if I did find it rather challenging at times. Venues were superb, food delicious and weather was perfect. Yvette’s tuition was excellent and I felt she really knew how to coax and encourage me. True Alpine was as usual ‘Wonderful’!'

Sandy and Andy x. June 2011

'We have really enjoyed our week, David wandering off with his camera and me trying to get to grips with watercolour with Yvette’s tuition. Wonderful hospitality and great surroundings. Thank you for a great stay.'

Ann and David. June 2011.

'Such a beautiful place. The chalet so comfortable. Wonderful meals. Painting under Yvette’s tuition a joy.'

Christina. June 2011.

'Fantastic hosts’ who fed us and watered us extremely well. We were all made to feel so welcome from the first evening. Much friendly banter, fun and laughter making our stay so memorable. Roll on next year. We also have to say a huge ‘Thank You’ to our tutor Yvette who made this trip ‘a dream come true’ for us all.'

Helen. July 2011.

'Many thanks for a really fantastic week.'

Greta. July 2011'

'Many thanks'.

Ann. July 2011.

'Excellent week.'

Nicky. July 2011.

Biography.  YVETTE WILTSHIRE  Artist and Tutor. 

A mainly self taught artist working in various mediums such as ‘Watercolours’, ‘Pen & Wash’, ‘Pastels’, ‘Acrylics’ and Oils that started off as a hobby when joining adult education classes with my father when he retired, then later as a teacher.   

I have a thoroughly enjoyable job teaching and assisting others to pursue a hobby / interest in art for both pleasure & relaxation or if required by the ‘learner’ to gain a qualification.

 I love the challenge of a complete beginner that tells me that they cannot draw and paint, and the pleasure that they get when they frame their first painting and the joy that brings to them. I have worked hard to produce paintings worthy of selling, which initially was not easy, so I know just how nervous we all start out in our painting journey, the excitement you feel when you sell your first picture also your first commissioned painting for someone’s special present, that for me is still the same today.

 Between 2003 and 2004 I completed my Teaching qualifications for 'Further Education', and started teaching in 2003 for local adult education centres in the Cornwall area as well as several private classes, I am currently working for Cornwall Council, in Liskeard at the Caradon Adult Education Centre, West Country Creative (For Further details see 'Jo Hunter' on SAA website) as well as teaching 3 private classes in Lostwithiel and Menheniot, plus one to one tuition sessions.

I have no one main subject that I work from but enjoy dabbling in all subject matters, allowing me to assist learners in their preferred subject area, but I particularly enjoy Pen & Wash and Water-Soluble pencils for Buildings or parts of, such as Doorways and Foliage, I like pure watercolour for most subjects, and pastels for Animal Portraits, Landscapes, Seascapes, Trees and Foliage, Acrylics in all subjects, and finally I dabble in Oils purely as a hobby at this time. 

Whatever your goal is, with good fortune and effort it can be achieved and never say that you can’t paint or think you should give up, because with the right help and determination I am sure your ability/ skill level will improve with time. 
I am so fortunate to have been able to turn a hobby into a career and still enjoy it as if it was still a hobby; meeting and helping so many people enjoy and develop their skills and interest in painting which is very rewarding.


Acrylic Inks, Acrylics, Collage, Coloured Pencil, Drawing, Mixed Media, Oil pastel, Pastels, Pen & Ink, Pen And Wash, Pencil/Charcoal, Watercolour, Watercolour Pencil


Animals, Buildings, Colour Mixing, Flowers And Gardens, Landscape, Pet Portrait, Portrait, Seascapes and Water, Skies, Still Life, Townscapes, Trees and Foliage, Waterways and Canals, Wild Flowers, Wildlife.