Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Studio Provence and Barcelona Art Tour"
June 30 - July 11, 2020
 

A seven-day plein-air painting workshop in the Alpes de Haute Provence followed by a four-day art history tour in Barcelona. Open to artists of all levels and all media. Small groups, personalized instruction and intimate environment that fosters creativity and fun. A unique opportunity to paint in the land of Cézanne, to visit Barcelona’s great art and architecture and to enjoy famous Provencal and Catalan cuisine. Price of CAD 3700 or the equivalent in USD at the time full payment (around US$2800) includes 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, Gaudís sites, Picasso museum, Miró Museum, etc.).
 
Location: Alpes de Haute Provence, France
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$2800
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, (800) 611-4789


"Couleurs de la Vie Painting Vacation"
July 16-23, 2020
 

Travel to the South of France and learn to paint and sketch from accomplished artists with many years of tutoring experience. Work in oils, watercolor, acrylics or crayon and explore the stunning places that inspired Monet's masterpieces. You will receive 25 hours of tuition adapted to your experience and ability levels, complete with accommodation, meals, day trips, and private transfers. UpTrek Painting Retreat 2020 inclusions: accommodation, three daily meals, painting and drawing workshops with professional painters, wine tasting at Chateau Monluc, a trip to the world heritage site at La Romieu, use of art studio, easels and art boards, transfers from/to Toulouse Airport, transportation for painting on location.
 
Location: St Puy, Gers, France
Instructor: Kaye Parmenter
Cost: $1,080
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Watercolor 101 - a class for absolute beginners"
July 18-25, 2020
 

If you’ve never painted before, then this holiday is for you! A class for absolute watercolor beginners, set at a yoga retreat in the beautiful Dordogne countryside taught by Sarah Roche who is an experienced teacher and professional artist, leading a successful Botanical Art program in Boston USA. In this week long watercolor retreat, she will lead you though exercises and painting demos to producing your own beautiful watercolors. Each afternoon you could chill by the pool, have a massage, go wine tasting or absorb the beauty of the tranquil French countryside. Included transfers to and from Bergerac Airport, accommodation in twin en suite room, most meals. All painting supplies included.
 
Location: Lalandusse 47330 Lot et Garonne, France
Instructor: Sarah Roche
Cost: 950€ including art materials
Sponsor: Haven on the Hill
Website, email, +33 553403485


"Artiste d'Occitanie: Plein Air Painting Vacation"
August 23-30, 2020
 

Travel to France and learn to paint and sketch en plein air with expert tuition from a professional artist. Capture the captivating Occitan landscapes and improve your artistic composition skills in the charming French countryside. You will receive 25 hours of tuition adapted to your experience and ability levels, complete with accommodation, meals, day trips, and private transfers. UpTrek Painting Retreat 2020 inclusions: accommodation, all meals (breakfasts, lunches and dinners with wine), painting and drawing workshops with a professional artist, a trip to Albi, use of art studio, easels and art boards, transfers from/to Cordes-Vindrac train station.
 
Location: Cordes-sur-Ciel, France
Instructor: Mark Warner
Cost: $1,870
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"Lucy Levenson Textile Course"
September 7-10, 2020
 

We are delighted to welcome British textile artist Lucy Levenson to tutor an inspirational four-day workshop from 7th September 2020. The course will be located in the stunning Medieval Templar Chapel studio at La Chapelle D'Escrimis in South West France. Lucy's work is vibrant and uplifting, she will teach you to create your own 18 x 18 inch version of her latest design 'Hare in Flower Meadow". Your panel will be made using vintage fabrics, hand sewn embroidery silks and fabric paint. All equipment and materials will be provided. All levels of experience welcomed. Small class. At the conclusion of the course you will have the skills and knowledge to continue your own textile creations.
 
Location: Condom, France
Instructor: Lucy Levenson
Cost: £700
Website, email


"Exploring Ceramic Forms Inspired by the French Ceramic Tradition"
September 14-23, 2020
 

This workshop combines travel in the Cote d’Azure, the cultural region of Southeastern France, with carefully selected art inspired field trips. With a full two-weeks in Saint-Raphaël, we will have the ultimate experience of exploring museums, ancient sites and the beauty of the region and at the same time explore new ideas in clay. This is a wonderful way to learn on location and manifest your impressions in clay. Since the Atelier (studio) is set up for slab work and wheel throwing, you can be a beginner or an advanced ceramic artist and be able to work at your own pace. Patrick “Pat” is an exceptional educator and able to work with students’ individual ideas.
 
Location: Saint-Raphaël, France
Instructor: Patrick Taylor
Cost: $1,800
Sponsor: Cullowhee ARTS
Website, email, 828.342.6913


"Drawing to Mixed Media – On Site to Studio"
September 14-23, 2020
 

Drawing on location or “en plein air,” is a sensory experience that allows us to absorb the multi-layered aspects of a site: the temperature, sounds, warmth of the sun or cool of the shadows. Back in the studio we will work on Arches Oil paper with dry media – graphite, pastel, graphix chunks, charcoal and other materials provided for our experimentations. We will layer with thin veils of cold wax medium, fixing the dry medium and permitting additional embellishments with oil pastel. Our Day Trips will inspire us to see the region through the eyes of artists who have come before us, who all found the light, textures and temperature of this region to be the muse for their creative work.
 
Location: Saint-Raphaël, France
Instructor: Norma Hendrix
Cost: $1,800
Sponsor: Cullowhee ARTS
Website, email, 828.342.6913


"Couleurs de la Vie Painting Vacation"
September 17-24, 2020
 

Travel to the South of France and learn to paint and sketch from accomplished artists with many years of tutoring experience. Work in oils, watercolor, acrylics or crayon and explore the stunning places that inspired Monet's masterpieces. You will receive 25 hours of tuition adapted to your experience and ability levels, complete with accommodation, meals, day trips, and private transfers. UpTrek Painting Retreat 2020 inclusions: accommodation, three daily meals, painting and drawing workshops with professional painters, wine tasting at Chateau Monluc, a trip to the world heritage site at La Romieu, use of art studio, easels and art boards, transfers from/to Toulouse Airport, transportation for painting on location.
 
Location: St Puy, Gers, France
Instructor: David Wilcox
Cost: $1,080
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Julia Trickey Botanical Watercolours"
September 20-23, 2020
 

We are delighted to be welcoming the award-winning botanical artist Julia Trickey to tutor a four-day botanical watercolour course commencing 20th September 2020. Working in the stunning surroundings of the Medieval Chapel studio at Escrimis in South West France, this is a fantastic opportunity to be inspired by Julia's expert tuition of over 20 years. You will be guided through the process and techniques used for botanical art or encouraged to build on what you already know. The course is suitable for those that already have some watercolour or botanical experience. Full details on our website.
 
Location: Condom, France
Instructor: Julia Trickey
Cost: £700
Website, email


"Post-Impressionist Provence Painting Retreat in France"
October 4-11, 2020
 

Travel to Provence and learn to paint and sketch in the once home and inspiration of Post-Impressionists Vincent van Gogh and Paul Cézanne. Complete your artistic journey with trips to renowned Van Gogh and Cézanne sites, enjoy art workshops, attentive painting tuition, accommodation, and meals. 8 days | Available in English, Dutch, Hebrew | All levels | Max. 14 people | Watercolors, Acrylics, Gouache | Landscape, Townscape. UpTrek Art Retreat inclusions: 7 nights of accommodation; 7 breakfasts, 6 picnic lunches, 2 dinners; painting and drawing classes, workshops and demonstrations with artists Tali Farchi and Royce Deans; daily excursions; transport to and from painting locations; welcome art supplies kit; transfers from/to Avignon TGV train station.
 
Location: Arles, France
Instructor: Tali Farchi and Royce Deans
Cost: $1,870
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"Provencal Painting Retreat in France"
October 4-11, 2020
 

Travel to Provence and learn to paint and sketch in the once home and inspiration of Post-Impressionists Vincent van Gogh and Paul Cézanne. Complete your artistic journey with trips to renowned Van Gogh and Cézanne sites, enjoy art workshops, attentive painting tuition, accommodation, and meals. 8 days | Available in English, Dutch, Hebrew | All levels | Max. 14 people | Watercolors, Acrylics, Gouache | Landscape, Townscape. UpTrek Art Retreat inclusions: 7 nights of accommodation; 7 breakfasts, 6 picnic lunches, 2 dinners; painting and drawing classes, workshops and demonstrations with artists Tali Farchi and Royce Deans; daily excursions; transport to and from painting locations; welcome art supplies kit; transfers from/to Avignon TGV train station.
 
Location: Arles, France
Instructor: Tali Farchi and Royce Deans
Cost: $2,050
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


 

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