Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Painting in the French Countryside with Artist Michele Illing"
May 11-18, 2021
 

Join artist Michele Illing on a watercolor painting retreat in the French countryside and draw your creative inspiration from beautiful vine covered hills and picturesque villages. Receive expert individual tuition, stay at a beautiful country house, embrace the freedom to paint en plein air, and enjoy delicious homemade meals. UpTrek painting retreat inclusions: 7 nights of accommodation — All meals and drinks — Painting and sketching classes, individual tuition, and demonstrations with artist Michele Illing — Painting trips to Chalais, Aubeterre-sur-Dronne, Saint-Émilion vineyards — Easels, art boards, water containers — Wine and cheese tasting — Traditional French market visit — Private transportation. For details, please visit our website (link below) or get in touch at contact@uptrek.com
 
Location: Yviers, France
Instructor: Michele Illing
Cost: $1,871
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"Painting & sketching retreat in Dordogne, France"
June 4-13, 2021
 

This magical painting retreat will provide all types of painters the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the Perigord & Quercy regions of France in a way that allows you to paint as and when you wish, in the studio or en plain air. Whether you’re a beginner or more experienced, this workshop is designed to be stimulating and enjoyable for everyone. Yuki will show you how to simplify complex subject matter and create a painting full of atmosphere in a loose and impressionistic style. All levels are welcome.
 
Location: Gourdon, France
Instructor: Yuki Hall, TWSA
Sponsor: Perigord retreats
Website, email, 0033 680 288 237


"Studio Provence and Barcelona Art Tour 2021"
June 26 - July 7, 2021
 

A seven-day plein-air painting workshop in the Alpes-de-Haute Provence followed by a four-day art history tour in Barcelona. A unique learning experience open to artists of all levels and all mediums. Paint a varied range of subjects, from lavender and poppy fields to ochre cliffs and beautiful mountain scenery, visit Barcelona’s great art museums and architecture, and enjoy famous Provencal and Catalan cuisine. Price of CAD 3800 (around US$2900) includes painting instruction, art history/theory lectures, 11-night double accommodation, 11 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 gourmet dinners including wine, TGV train ticket Avignon-Barcelona, transportation, and entrances to all museums and sites on schedule (Cézanne’s studio, La Sagrada Familia, Picasso Museum, Miró Museum, etc.). The perfect art holidays in France and Spain!
 
Location: Near Manosque & Barcelona, France
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$2900
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Studio Provence and Barcelona Art Tour 2021"
July 3-14, 2021
 

A seven-day plein-air painting workshop in the Alpes de Haute Provence followed by a four-day art history tour in Barcelona. A unique learning experience open to artists of all levels and all mediums. Paint a varied range of subjects, from lavender and poppy fields to ochre cliffs and beautiful mountain scenery, visit Barcelona’s great art museums and architecture, and enjoy famous Provencal and Catalan cuisine. Price of CAD 3700 (around US$2800) includes painting instruction, art history/theory lectures, 11-night double accommodation, 11 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 gourmet dinners including wine, TGV train ticket Avignon-Barcelona, transportation and entrances to all museums and sites on schedule (Cézanne’s studio, La Sagrada Familia, Picasso museum, Miró Museum, etc.). The perfect art holidays in France and Spain!
 
Location: Alpes de Haute Provence, France
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$2800
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Artists Painting Retreats in southern France with Mike Snow"
July 10-17, 2021
 

Imagine a week of painting in the beautiful wine country of southern France. Whether you are a novice or an experienced artist, this retreat will bring you countless new ideas and help move your creative spirit forward. Relax, unwind, discover and deepen your artistic creativity. All-inclusive: quality accommodations, outstanding cuisine, art materials, sightseeing and instruction. Small classes for personal attention with the insightful guidance of American-French artist Mike Snow. Come spoil yourself in the healing environment and nature of southern France and discover previously untapped creative skills to grow your artistic talents with this delicious immersion into creativity.
 
Location: Quillan, France
Instructor: Mike Snow
Cost: 1,995 € (early-bird discount available)
Sponsor: Mike Snow & Timothy White
Website, email, (+33) 678 852 282


"Artists Painting Retreats in southern France with Mike Snow"
August 21-28, 2021
 

Imagine a week of painting in the beautiful wine country of southern France. Whether you are a novice or an experienced artist, this retreat will bring you countless new ideas and help move your creative spirit forward. Relax, unwind, discover and deepen your artistic creativity. All-inclusive: quality accommodations, outstanding cuisine, art materials, sightseeing and instruction. Small classes for personal attention with the insightful guidance of American-French artist Mike Snow. Come spoil yourself in the healing environment and nature of southern France and discover previously untapped creative skills to grow your artistic talents with this delicious immersion into creativity.
 
Location: Quillan, France
Instructor: Mike Snow
Cost: 1,995 € (early-bird discount available)
Sponsor: Mike Snow & Timothy White
Website, email, (+33) 678 852 282


"Creative Retreat with Artist Cat Coquillette in France"
August 28 - September 4, 2021
 

Join artist Cat Coquillette and educator Logan Elliott for an "artpreneur" retreat at a beautiful 18th century countryside manor in Southwestern France. In addition to painting alongside Cat every morning, you’ll also learn insider-knowledge to succeed in the art industry. Visit enchanting chateaus and beaux villages and indulge in exquisite French cuisine paired with some of the best wines in the region. UpTrek painting retreat inclusions: tuition, accommodation, meals, drinks, trips, transfers. For details, please visit our website (link below) or get in touch at contact@uptrek.com
 
Location: Saint-Priest-Ligoure, France
Instructor: Cat Coquillette
Cost: $3,390
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"Painting Retreat at the Château"
September 14-21, 2021
 

Join artists Carolyn Gavin and Helen Dardik on a painting retreat at an authentic château in the South of France. Receive expert tuition focusing on a variety of styles, techniques, mediums and subject matter, enjoy a stunning 22-acre private estate, draw your inspiration from quintessentially French medieval villages, and indulge in the exquisite local cuisine. UpTrek painting retreat inclusions: tuition, accommodation, meals, drinks, painting trips, wine tasting, transfers. For details, please visit our website (link below) or get in touch at contact@uptrek.com
 
Location: Auty, France
Instructor: Carolyn Gavin and Helen Dardik
Cost: $3,900
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"Artists Painting Retreats in southern France with Mike Snow"
September 18-25, 2021
 

Imagine a week of painting in the beautiful wine country of southern France. Whether you are a novice or an experienced artist, this retreat will bring you countless new ideas and help move your creative spirit forward. Relax, unwind, discover and deepen your artistic creativity. All-inclusive: quality accommodations, outstanding cuisine, art materials, sightseeing and instruction. Small classes for personal attention with the insightful guidance of American-French artist Mike Snow. Come spoil yourself in the healing environment and nature of southern France and discover previously untapped creative skills to grow your artistic talents with this delicious immersion into creativity.
 
Location: Quillan, France
Instructor: Mike Snow
Cost: 1,995 € (early-bird discount available)
Sponsor: Mike Snow & Timothy White
Website, email, (+33) 678 852 282


"Painting Retreat in the French Pyrenees"
September 23-30, 2021
 

Join artists Carolyn Gavin and Helen Dardik on a painting retreat in the French Pyrenees. Receive expert tuition focusing on a variety of styles, techniques, mediums and subject matter, get inspired by landscapes, street scenes, buildings, and people in the once refuge and inspiration of Picasso, Matisse, Soutine, and Chagall, stay in an ancient Catalan farmhouse framed by Mount Canigou, and enjoy the delicious local cuisine. UpTrek painting retreat inclusions: tuition, accommodation, meals, drinks, painting trips, transfers. For details, please visit our website (link below) or get in touch at contact@uptrek.com.
 
Location: Corsavy, France
Instructor: Carolyn Gavin and Helen Dardik
Cost: $3,900
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"Painting Retreat at the French Manoir"
September 27 - October 4, 2021
 

Join artist Dennis Perrin on an oil painting retreat in the bucolic French countryside. You will learn how to reflect light onto your canvas and you will receive expert tuition including essential techniques and concepts to help you expand your artistic skills. Stay in a charming country house, enjoy homemade French cuisine, taste some of the best Saint-Émilion Premier Grand Cru wines, and get inspired by stunning medieval villages. UpTrek painting retreat inclusions: tuition, accommodation, meals, drinks, painting trips, wine and cheese tasting, use of basic art materials, transfers. For details, please visit our website (link below) or get in touch at contact@uptrek.com.
 
Location: Yviers, France
Instructor: Dennis Perrin
Cost: $3,390
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"Rose Frantzen Workshop in Provence"
October 26 - November 4, 2021
 

Exclusive 10-day painting workshop in Southern France with painting legend, Rose Frantzen. This workshop is a rare opportunity to learn from Rose Frantzen, the award-winning artist known as an American treasure. The chateau estate is the perfect location to combine elite learning and immersion in Provençal culture. Guests will paint models on the estate, in the village, and also at local painting destinations with historical art significance. Rose will be in residence with guests the entire time. Experience both an exclusive painting workshop with instruction and the best of French life. All-inclusive: instruction, food, wine, Chateau accommodations, museums, entrance fees, ground transportation; except air-fare. All levels. Non-painters welcome.
 
Location: Avignon, France
Instructor: Rose Frantzen
Cost: $5200
Sponsor: Workshops in France
Website, email, 323-251-4487


"Artists Painting Retreats in southern France with Mike Snow"
June 4-11, 2022
 

Imagine a week of painting in the beautiful wine country of southern France. Whether you are a novice or an experienced artist, this retreat will bring you countless new ideas and help move your creative spirit forward. Relax, unwind, discover and deepen your artistic creativity. All-inclusive: quality accommodations, outstanding cuisine, art materials, sightseeing and instruction. Small classes for personal attention with the insightful guidance of American-French artist Mike Snow. Come spoil yourself in the healing environment and nature of southern France and discover previously untapped creative skills to grow your artistic talents with this delicious immersion into creativity.
 
Location: Quillan, France
Instructor: Mike Snow
Cost: 1,995 € (early-bird discount available)
Sponsor: Mike Snow & Timothy White
Website, email, (+33) 678 852 282


"Painting in the French Alps: Watercolor Painting Workshop"
June 20-27, 2022
 

Join us in France, the birth country of plein air painting, and paint the magnificent French Alps en plein air! This workshop is for all levels: whether you are a first time plein air painter, or have been painting around world, you’ll have an amazing experience painting lakes, mountains or chalets in this beautiful region, while improving your on-location painting skills within days! I will be demoing on site, with both watercolor plein air painting and watercolor sketching techniques. You will learn how to select lighting and subject matters, simplify what you see and create strong compositions. In addition to the demos, I will provide fun and easy to follow hands-on tutorials tailored towards each individual's needs.
 
Location: Haute-Savoie, France
Instructor: Shuang Li, www.shuangliwatercolors.com
Cost: $3,390 ($3,190 before Nov 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Atelier Provence and Barcelona Art Trip 2022"
June 25 - July 6, 2022
 

A seven-day plein-air painting workshop in the Alpes de Haute Provence followed by a four-day art history tour in Barcelona. A unique learning experience open to artists of all levels and all mediums. Paint a varied range of subjects, from lavender and poppy fields to ochre cliffs and beautiful mountain scenery, visit Barcelona’s great art museums and architecture, and enjoy famous Provencal and Catalan cuisine. Price of CAD 3800 (around US$2950) includes painting instruction, art history/theory lectures,11-night double accommodation, 11 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 gourmet dinners including wine, TGV train ticket Avignon-Barcelona, transportation, and entrances to all museums and sites on schedule (Cézanne’s studio, La Sagrada Familia, Picasso Museum, Miró Museum, etc.). The perfect art holidays!
 
Location: Alpes de Haute Provence/Barcelona, France
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US $2950
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Painting in the French Alps: Watercolor Painting Workshop"
June 27 - July 4, 2022
 

Join Kim for a glorious sketching and painting excursion in the French Alps. From Chamonix to Annecy, the little Venice of the French Alps, Kim will help you to record the beautiful scenery and this 7-day cultural experience. We will have medieval streets, local markets and the majestic Mont-Blanc as inspiration. And of course, who can resist the gastronomic cheeses of this region. Open to all levels from beginners to intermediate students.
 
Location: Haute-Savoie, France
Instructor: Kim Minichiello, www.kimminichiello.com
Cost: $3,390 ($3,190 before Nov 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting in the French Alps: Watercolor Painting Workshop"
July 4-11, 2022
 

Join award-winning artist and American Watercolor Society signature member, Sarah Yeoman, for this wonderful plein-air painting workshop in the French Alps whether you want to know the basics or to get professional pointers. We will explore the magic of the watercolor medium in a enchanting atmosphere. Beginning with a morning demonstration, she will lead you through the step by step process she uses to create paintings with strong colorful darks and shimmering lights no matter the choice of subject. Sarah will share her years of knowledge on materials, paint application, composition, life as an artist and “finding your light” in watercolor.
 
Location: Haute-Savoie, France
Instructor: Sarah Yeoman, Sarahyeoman.com
Cost: $3,390 ($3,190 before Nov 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Artists Painting Retreats in southern France with Mike Snow"
July 16-23, 2022
 

Imagine a week of painting in the beautiful wine country of southern France. Whether you are a novice or an experienced artist, this retreat will bring you countless new ideas and help move your creative spirit forward. Relax, unwind, discover and deepen your artistic creativity. All-inclusive: quality accommodations, outstanding cuisine, art materials, sightseeing and instruction. Small classes for personal attention with the insightful guidance of American-French artist Mike Snow. Come spoil yourself in the healing environment and nature of southern France and discover previously untapped creative skills to grow your artistic talents with this delicious immersion into creativity.
 
Location: Quillan, France
Instructor: Mike Snow
Cost: 1,995 € (early-bird discount available)
Sponsor: Mike Snow & Timothy White
Website, email, (+33) 678 852 282


"Painting in France: Oil Painting Workshop"
August 21-28, 2022
 

Join me to follow in the footsteps of master painters Monet, Pisarro, Renoir, Gaugin, Picasso, Cassatt and more. Each day we’ll enjoy artistic and cultural experiences, including the unique opportunity to paint in Monet’s Garden with no crowds. My plein air workshops are extremely comprehensive and have been described as ‘art school in a week’. I’ll de-mystify the painting process by teaching straightforward, easy to understand steps. Using tried and true principles as a jumping off point will allow you to loosen up and find your own voice. You’ll leave this class with the skills needed to take your work to the next level…both outdoors and in the studio. There will be demos, discussions, handouts, lots of painting time and individual attention.
 
Location: Giverny, France
Instructor: Jane Hunt, janehuntart.com
Cost: $3,290 before Jan 31st; $3,490 after Jan 31st
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting in the French Alps: Watercolor Sketching Workshop"
August 22-29, 2022
 

Come along with me to France for a week of painting the French Alps. All the logistics will be taken care of – all you have to do is relax and enjoy as we sketch Alpine meadows, cobblestoned villages, wooden chalets with flowery boxes and spectacular lakes and mountains. We’ll also paint in Annecy, known as the Venice of the North, a beautiful medieval city surrounded by canals and mountains. We’ll capture these once-in-a-lifetime experiences on the pages of our travel journals. The workshop is suitable for all levels, but some experience with drawing and watercolor would be helpful.
 
Location: Haute-Savoie, France
Instructor: Leslie Fehling, www.lesliefehling.com
Cost: $3,390 ($3,190 before Jan 31st)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting in the French Alps: Sketching & Watercolor"
August 22-29, 2022
 

Join us for this magical plein air painting & sketching adventure in the French Alps! Yuki will walk you through how to create an atmosphere of a scene by establishing the sense of depth in the picture plane and also by breaking away from a rigid coloring-in painting style. You will start painting with confident brush strokes and expressive edge qualities. You will also learn how to simplify a complex subject by extracting the most important feature of the subject while leaving unnecessary details out. Establishing a strong tonal value pattern in your picture plane is also important. We will practice tonal value studies and monochromatic paintings and learn how to translate them into full-color paintings for maximum visual and emotional impact.
 
Location: Haute-Savoie, France
Instructor: Yuki Hall, www.yukihallfineart.com
Cost: $3,390 ($3,190 before Jan 31st)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Artists Painting Retreats in southern France with Mike Snow"
August 27 - September 3, 2022
 

Imagine a week of painting in the beautiful wine country of southern France. Whether you are a novice or an experienced artist, this retreat will bring you countless new ideas and help move your creative spirit forward. Relax, unwind, discover and deepen your artistic creativity. All-inclusive: quality accommodations, outstanding cuisine, art materials, sightseeing and instruction. Small classes for personal attention with the insightful guidance of American-French artist Mike Snow. Come spoil yourself in the healing environment and nature of southern France and discover previously untapped creative skills to grow your artistic talents with this delicious immersion into creativity.
 
Location: Quillan, France
Instructor: Mike Snow
Cost: 1,995 € (early-bird discount available)
Sponsor: Mike Snow & Timothy White
Website, email, (+33) 678 852 282


"Painting in France: Oil Painting Workshop"
August 28 - September 4, 2022
 

Join me to follow in the footsteps of master painters Monet, Pisarro, Renoir, Gaugin, Picasso, Cassatt and more. Each day we’ll enjoy artistic and cultural experiences, including the unique opportunity to paint in Monet’s Garden with no crowds. My plein air workshops are extremely comprehensive and have been described as ‘art school in a week’. I’ll de-mystify the painting process by teaching straightforward, easy to understand steps. Using tried and true principles as a jumping off point will allow you to loosen up and find your own voice. You’ll leave this class with the skills needed to take your work to the next level…both outdoors and in the studio. There will be demos, discussions, handouts, lots of painting time and individual attention.
 
Location: Giverny, France
Instructor: Jane Hunt, janehuntart.com
Cost: $3,290 before Jan 31st; $3,490 after Jan 31st
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting in Provence: Watercolor Sketching Workshop"
October 2-9, 2022
 

Do you struggle to apply watercolour or get overwhelmed sometimes when sketching? I will help solve your problems by showing you how to make fast improvements through sharing my most successful tips with watercolour sketching. You will receive plenty of individual tuition, demonstrations and examples to support you along the way. Return home armed with new skills in watercolour and sketching as you will have learnt how to sketch confidently, understand paint consistency and application and mix wonderful glowing colours to capture the magical light of Provence. I will encourage you to sketch what makes your heart sing! We will be a lovely small group so I can work with you individually to ensure that every aspect of the experience meets your expectations.
 
Location: Venasque, France
Instructor: Judy Salleh, www.judysalleh.com.au
Cost: $3,390 ($3,190 before Jan 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting in Provence: Watercolor Painting Workshop"
October 9-16, 2022
 

Join Uma Kelkar for a wonderful week in Provence. Participants will learn how to employ just enough shapes, colors and stroked to achieve maximum impact. This is Uma’s definition of elegance. Exercises during each day will build up towards a final painting. We will focus on the technical skills at the beginning followed by discussion of elements of design and Uma’s philosophy of painting. If you’ve always wanted to overcome the fear of wet on wet painting, rest assured that at the end of the workshop, you will feel more confident about approaching it independently.
 
Location: Venasque, France
Instructor: Uma Kelkar, www.umakelkar.com
Cost: $3,390 ($3,190 before Jan 31st)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


 

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