Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats

"After Van Gogh in Arles, St. Remy, and Auvers-sur-Oise"
April 18-27, 2018

Join us in Arles, St. Remy, and Auvers-sur-Oise to follow the footsteps of Vincent Van Gogh. We will visit many of the exact locations where Vincent painted, and you will have the opportunity to draw and paint where he created many of his memorable masterpieces. Enjoy the sun of the south of France from Saintes Maries del la Mer to the mountains of Saint Paul's Mausole. Then travel by train to Auvers just north of Paris to be where Vincent lived for the last 3 months of his life and made over 80 paintings.
Location: Arles, St. Remy, Auvers-sur-Oise, France
Instructor: Royce Deans, Tali Farchi
Cost: $1700 | €1400 | 6000 shekels
Sponsor: ArtisTTable
Website, email, 231.883.1681

"Painting in Provence: Watercolor Painting Workshop"
June 3-10, 2018

Dreaming of painting in Provence? Join Kathy Rennell Forbes for daily painting demos and hands on instruction in the incandescent light of Provence. You will learn about composition, mixing colors and capturing the outdoor landscapes of the great masters. We will travel light with just a small bag of watercolor supplies and journal to paint your golden memories while exploring this magical destination. Kathy encourages your own painting style while sharing her watercolor secrets. There will be ample time to explore the area’s treasures and history while enjoying wine and conversation with Kathy and the group at the end of each day. This is a great workshop for beginner and intermediate painters who want to enhance their watercolors skills while traveling.
Location: Saint-Rémy de Provence, France
Instructor: Kathy Rennell Forbes,
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Nov 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713

"Painting in Provence: Journal Sketching and Watercolor Workshop"
June 6-13, 2018

Join artist Sandy Delehanty for her 7th trip with French Escapade. Each day Jackie will find us a lovely location where we will sit in a shady spot, sketch the scene in front of us, and absorb the sounds and aromas around us. You will learn to capture the color of your surroundings in watercolor and add your thoughts in writing. You will return home with a lovely Story Book filled with memories of your trip and a new way of looking at the world. Immerse yourself in sketching, beauty, and fun during this weeklong escapade to beautiful Provence!
Location: Venasque, France
Instructor: Sandy Delehanty,
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Nov 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713

"Painting Mediterranean Villages: Watercolor Painting Workshop"
June 14-21, 2018

Join me on this wonderful trip to the South of France! Having been there numerous times, I can say my love for this absolutely delightful region of France has stood the test of time. This will be my fourth time teaching for French Escapade. Medieval villages, narrow streets, the azur blue Mediterranean sea, friendly people, charming villages, scrumptious food and wine, everything conjured up in the image of Southern France awaits us! Please join us as we explore and paint outdoors while enjoying the joie de vivre the region has to offer. If you're looking for a cozy, personalized therefore very special painting holiday organized by a tour operator who is completely bicultural and bilingual, this is it.
Location: Vence, France
Instructor: Keiko Tanabe,
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Nov 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713

"Watercolors in Provence: A Watercolors Workshop River Cruise"
June 23-30, 2018

Create beautiful, luminous watercolor paintings, and lifelong memories, on this luxurious European river cruise in the South of France! From Lyon to Nice, this all-inclusive workshop onboard the spectacular Emerald Waterways’ Liberté will be led by artist Barbara Kerstetter and her partner, Leon Axel. Imagine capturing on Arches paper the beauty and majesty of lavender and poppy fields as far as the eye can see while sipping wine in the ‘original’ wine country. Barbara will lead daily workshops as you explore all the fascinating nuances of the medium, and Leon will talk and teach about the techniques and history of watercolors and the ‘science of seeing’. All materials provided in this wonderful and unique workshop for beginners to advanced painters.
Location: South of France, Lyon to Nice, France
Instructor: Barbara Kerstetter
Cost: from $3,795 (discount up to $500 p.p. until March 31st)
Sponsor: Lotus Tours, Ltd
Website, email, (212) 267-5414

"Watercolor Painting and Journaling Workshop in Provence"
June 23-30, 2018

Infuse the beauty, charm and colors of Provence into your watercolor paintings with the experienced guidance of instructors, Theresa Goesling and Cindy Briggs. They love teaching together and you get the benefit of two instructors in this small group workshop. Imagine painting in the height of lavendar season as you create captivating compositions with dynamic color statements, creative textures, luminescent light, and add calligraphy and your memories to your paintings if you wish. Recognized by Plein Air Magazine for their workshops and Daniel Smith Fine Art Watercolors for their mastery of watercolors, the duo expertly share how to enjoy the process, loosen up and manipulate both opaque and transparent watercolors.
Location: Avignon, France
Instructor: Cindy Briggs & Theresa Goesling
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Nov 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713

"Painting in Provence: Travel Sketching in Watercolor"
July 2-9, 2018

The best thing about our itinerary for travel sketching in Provence is the sheer breadth of subjects to choose from — that, and the near-magical light and colour of this unique part of the world. In our week together I'll teach you techniques for capturing the close-up and colourful in villages and towns, as well as the distant and scenic in French landscapes. We'll sketch iconic market scenes, fields of lavender in bloom, hillside towns and panoramas. In true travel sketching tradition, we'll pack light — carrying a small bag for art materials and a folding stool. This workshop is designed to give you confidence sketching wherever you are. We'll work spontaneously, and I'll show you how to keep your watercolour sketches fresh and colourful.
Location: Saint-Rémy de Provence, France
Instructor: Shari Blaukopf,
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Nov 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713

"Studio Provence and Barcelona Art Tour 2018"
July 2-13, 2018

A seven-day plein-air painting workshop in the Alpes de Haute Provence combined with a four-day art history tour in the magnificent city of Barcelona. Open to artists of all levels and all media. Small groups, personalized instruction and an intimate environment that fosters creativity and fun. A unique opportunity to paint in the land of Cézanne when the lavender is in its glory, to visit Barcelona’s great art and architecture and to enjoy famous Provencal and Catalan cuisine. Price of $3585 CAD (around US$2760 as of July 2017) includes 11-night double accommodation, 11 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners, transportation to all sites on schedule, TGV train ticket Avignon-Barcelona and entrances to all museums on schedule. Register now!
Location: Alpes de Haute Provence, France
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$2760
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789

"Escape to Southern France; Loosen up w/ clean color in oils/acrylics"
July 4-14, 2018

Le Vieux Couvent drips with inspiration and opportunities for painting around every corner. Flower gardens, French blue shutters, cascading roses adorn the beautiful courtyards where you can sit, paint, read, and relax. The art studio/library is well lit and available for use 24 hours/day. The rooms are quaint, each with an en-suite facility. Chris will provide multiple demos and one on one easel time. She is very open and will give tips on loosening up and going bold with color to create clean, beautiful paintings. The focus will be on color mixing, composition, brushwork and more. We will also go on daily excursions to unspoiled nearby villages to explore, paint or shop! To see all the details, visit my website.
Location: Frayssinet, France
Instructor: Chris Brandley
Cost: $3750
Sponsor: Chris Brandley Art
Website, email, 817/455-9087

"Painting in the French Alps: Watercolor Painting Workshop"
August 25 - September 1, 2018

This workshop will satisfy the artistic soul in every artist. Not only is the scenery is to die for, (I mean it is the gorgeous French Alps after all), but our host (Jackie Grandchamps, founder of French Escapade) looks after us so well, you won’t want to go home! Although students are encouraged to work in whatever medium they prefer, Rae will be demonstrating her techniques in pastels and some watercolor; however she will give ‘at easel’ instruction in the medium of the individual’s choice. A painter of many genres, Rae’s style is loose and free in whatever media she chooses.
Location: Haute-Savoie, France
Instructor: Rae Andrews,
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Jan. 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713

"Painting in the French Alps: Watercolor Painting Workshop"
September 2-9, 2018

Come explore the magnificient French Alps with us! In this workshop Frank will share intermediate and advanced watercolor plein air techniques based on tonal values that create atmosphere, balance and unity in your work. Whether painting a french market scene, a farm or landscape, learn the secrets to painting luminous watercolors by manipulating tonal value, color and edge! Basic watercolor background washes will be covered, as well as time sensitive and challenging wet-on-wet and dry-on wet techniques. Frank does numerous demos on site, broken up into parts, to help students keep up and absorb all aspects of painting techniques. Included are discussions and demonstrations on composition, direct color mixing, positive and negative painting as well as the 'state of mind' while painting.
Location: Haute-Savoie, France
Instructor: Frank Eber,
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Jan. 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713

"Southern France: Painting Retreat in the Dordogne region"
September 7-13, 2018

Stay in a retreat complete with gardens, vineyard, pool and Art Studio. Enjoy gourmet meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner and picnics), visit grottoes, outdoor markets, etc! You’ll have plenty of painting time, mixed with sightseeing, so you return home with lots of photos to paint from!! Beginners (with at least minimal experience in sketching) up to advanced levels. Let Helen guide you through painting plein air...we all start somewhere and she'll make it easy! Pen & Ink, Watercolor, Gouache, water-soluble crayons, or graphite. Acrylics are also acceptable if you are already comfortable using them. No oils please since Helen is allergic to them.
Location: Gourdon, France
Instructor: Helen K Beacham
Cost: 2000 Euros
Sponsor: Perigord Retreats
Website, email, 843-408-5240


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