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"Postcards from Provence"
May 4-11, 2024
 

This watercolor painting workshop in Provence is open to both beginners and more advanced painters. There will be classes both in basic watercolor techniques as well as specific travel journaling methods. Travel journaling is the complete opposite of how many of us travel these days: taking photos after photos with our phones. Travel Journaling gives us a chance to slow down, to sketch scenes around us, and to add color to our travel journals. Provence is the artist's dream destination. During the days, we will explore Luberon, and its spectacular countryside of vineyards and orchards, fascinating "perched" hill-top villages, outstanding natural produce and the light of Van Gogh and Cezanne. You will see why artists of all calibers are drawn to this alluring area.
 
Location: Bonnieux, Provence, France
Instructor: John Keeling and Lo Peyron Mathews
Cost: $3,590
Sponsor: Alpine Creative Tours
Website, email, 970-846-9000


"The Provence Experience"
May 11-18, 2024
 

Join us in 2024, as Kathleen Lanzoni takes a group of watercolor painters on this trip to Provence. We will be painting the fascinating towns and beautiful scenery. You will receive personal painting instruction each day. Whether you are a novice or experienced painter, this trip will be fun and an educational experience for all! We will stay in Bonnieux, and we will visit many of the scenic towns in the Luberon area: Roussillon, Lourmarin, l’Isle sur la Sorgue, and Gordes. Spectacular countryside of vineyards and orchards, fascinating “perched” hill-top villages, outstanding natural produce and the light of Van Gogh and Cezanne. You will soon see why we love this area and are excited to take groups to enjoy Provence.
 
Location: Bonnieux, Provence, France
Instructor: Kathleen Lanzoni
Cost: $3,790
Sponsor: Alpine Creative Tours
Website, email, 970-846-9000


"Makers' Retreats: Experimental Botanical Embroidery with Lora Avedian"
May 11-18, 2024
 

Join textile artist Lora Avedian for a week of playful experimentation with textiles and hand embroidery, learning how to draw with stitch. We will look at a variety of classic hand embroidery and embellishment techniques, and will learn how to play with scale and materials to create different qualities of line, 3D relief and texture. You will learn how to combine this with three-dimensional fabric flowers using Lora’s fabric pleater. This will be an intensive and experimental week where you can learn Lora’s trade tips and tricks to create an original and dynamic mixed-media textile design of your own. This will be an opportunity for anyone who wants to explore what can be done with this very traditional craft.
 
Location: Pau, France
Instructor: Lora Avedian
Cost: 1595€ to 2695€ for accommodation + £445 tuition fee
Sponsor: Atelier Clos Mirabel
Website, email, +33.6.79.59.04.91


"Makers' Retreats: Discover Lino Cut with Emily Robertson"
May 25 - June 1, 2024
 

Throughout the week you will be introduced to the art of lino cut printmaking with Emily Robertson. Drawing inspiration from the luxuriant, natural environment of Clos Mirabel and its surrounds, Emily will guide you in the creation of your own lino cut prints. She will demonstrate the full lino printmaking process; drawing designs, carving & printing by hand. This course is suitable for any level of experience. You will be taught techniques that can easily be used for work you can create back home, as well as ways to improve the quality and even consistency of your prints.
 
Location: Pau, France
Instructor: Emily Robertson
Cost: 1595€ to 2695€ for accommodation + 450€ tuition fee
Sponsor: Atelier Clos Mirabel
Website, email, +33.6.79.59.04.91


"Makers' Retreats: Untamed Improvisation with Sheila Frampton-Cooper"
June 1-8, 2024
 

Come, share your passion for quilting & painting on fabric with like-minded enthusiasts against the backdrop of France’s serene landscapes, vivacious culture, and historical charm. Join us as we explore inspiring landscapes and captivating landmarks, gathering creative inspiration for your fiber art masterpieces. These instructive and invigorating journeys will enhance not only your understanding of motifs but also your ability to integrate and juxtapose elements within your fiber art compositions. One of the course’s key aspects is the development of your personalized idea book - a valuable resource for organizing and archiving your artistic vision. We will discuss its creation and utility, ensuring that your book successfully captures your observations and serves as a vital tool for future artistic endeavors.
 
Location: Pau, France
Instructor: Sheila Frampton-Cooper
Cost: 1595€ to 2695€ for accommodation + $1,100 tuition fee
Sponsor: Atelier Clos Mirabel
Website, email, +33.6.79.59.04.91


"Painting in Provence: Travel Sketching in Watercolor"
June 15-22, 2024
 

There’s a bookshelf in my studio that holds more than 30 travel sketchbooks. Every time I browse through them, memories of a specific place come flooding back — and not just the sights. Sounds, scents and flavours, snippets of conversations with a farmer, the taste of my morning coffee and brioche — it’s all still there, fresh in my mind, the moment I crack open a sketchbook. That’s what I love best about travel sketching. How the act of putting pencil and paint to paper enriches the total experience, and preserves it forever. Come sketch with me in Provence, where we’ll capture this historic region’s beauty and character in our sketchbooks.
 
Location: Provence, France
Instructor: Shari Blaukopf
Cost: $3,990
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting in Provence: Travel Sketching in Watercolor"
June 22-29, 2024
 

There’s a bookshelf in my studio that holds more than 30 travel sketchbooks. Every time I browse through them, memories of a specific place come flooding back — and not just the sights. Sounds, scents and flavours, snippets of conversations with a farmer, the taste of my morning coffee and brioche — it’s all still there, fresh in my mind, the moment I crack open a sketchbook. That’s what I love best about travel sketching. How the act of putting pencil and paint to paper enriches the total experience, and preserves it forever. Come sketch with me in Provence, where we’ll capture this historic region’s beauty and character in our sketchbooks.
 
Location: Provence, France
Instructor: Shari Blaukopf
Cost: $3,990
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Makers' Retreats: Conversations between Drawing and Thread with Chloe Briggs & Angela Maddock"
June 22-29, 2024
 

This workshop brings together two artists, Chloe Briggs & Angela Maddock, in an immersive week of drawing and textile making. Inspired by the gardens and landscape of Clos Mirabel in South West France, you will be encouraged to develop your individual style with the support and guidance of these skilled and generous practitioner/tutors. Chloe will share her enthusiasm for drawing and love of colour and Angela will share many textile making techniques, including embroidery stitches, couching, applique and trapunto quilting.
 
Location: Pau, France
Instructor: Chloe Briggs & Angela Maddock
Cost: 1595€ to 2695€ for accommodation + £450 tuition fee
Sponsor: Atelier Clos Mirabel
Website, email, +33.6.79.59.04.91


"Atelier Provence and Barcelona Art Tour 2024"
June 25 - July 6, 2024
 

A unique art workshop/art tour open to artists of all levels and media (oils, acrylics, watercolors, etc.). Seven days of plein-air painting, art history/theory lectures, and gastronomy in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence followed by four days visiting Barcelona’s top art sites and enjoying Catalan cuisine. The price of CAD 4475 per person (around US$ 3350) includes instruction,11-night double accommodation, 11 breakfasts, 6 healthy lunches, 6 gourmet dinners including wine, transportation from the Manosque train station to our lodge, transportation to all painting sites, TGV train ticket Avignon-Barcelona, transportation and entrance fees to all sites on schedule (Cézanne’s studio, La Sagrada Familia, Picasso Museum, Miró Museum, etc.). Limited single rooms for a supplement of CAD 850 around US$ 650.
 
Location: Alpes de Haute-Provence, France
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$ 3350
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Painting Holidays: Trees of Indian Miniature Painting with Samantha Buckley"
June 29 - July 6, 2024
 

Join Samantha Buckley for an exciting painting workshop exploring the traditional techniques of Indian miniature painting. The park and gardens of Atelier Clos Mirabel including century old trees, will inspire your artwork and provide a relaxing setting for this week-long creative retreat in South West France. During this course, students will discover the traditional techniques of Indian miniature painting, focusing in particular on the wonderful world of trees. Exploring the pattern, texture and colour, students will learn how to prepare and burnish their paper in the traditional Indian way, as well as make paints from pigments. The delicate technique of Prataj (shading) will also be taught using the very fine Indian squirrel hair brush unique to this art form.
 
Location: Pau, France
Instructor: Samantha Buckley
Cost: 1595€ to 2695€ for accommodation + £400 tuition fee
Sponsor: Atelier Clos Mirabel
Website, email, +33.6.79.59.04.91


"Makers' Retreats: Creating Hooked Textiles Inspired by the French Pyrenees with Graham Hollick"
September 14-21, 2024
 

Join Graham Hollick in the French Pyrenees for an immersive journey into the art of rug hooking. Whether you’re hooking your first thread or you’re seasoned in the craft, Graham will lead you through every step of the creative process. Throughout the week, you’ll have the chance to embark on inspiring excursions to the Pyrenees National Park, explore the historical tapestries at the Château de Pau, or take leisurely walks in the picturesque Clos Mirabel park, infusing your work with the magic of the surroundings. Acquire simple yet highly effective techniques such as collage, plein-air sketching, color matching, textiles analysis, and the use of textiles from recycled materials.
 
Location: Pau, France
Instructor: Graham Hollick
Cost: 1595€ to 2695€ for accommodation + 400€ tuition fee
Sponsor: Atelier Clos Mirabel
Website, email, +33.6.79.59.04.91


"Painting Holidays: Discover the Joys of Mixed Media with Jenny Muncaster"
September 21-28, 2024
 

Join Jenny Muncaster for a fun week of inspiration and discovery. Jenny is committed to making creativity available to everyone, during this week-long painting holiday she will introduce you to different techniques using a whole range of wonderful art materials. Combining traditional & non-traditional methods & tools for exploring line, painting, print, texture & collage in your work. Using these new skills, capture & interpret your subject matter to create totally original artwork inspired by the beautiful surroundings of Clos Mirabel in the French Pyrenees. At the end of the workshop, you will have gained a tool kit of creative skills & techniques, a new artistic energy, and a portfolio of paintings to be proud of!
 
Location: Pau, France
Instructor: Jenny Muncaster
Cost: 1595€ to 2695€ for accommodation + 350€ tuition fee
Sponsor: Atelier Clos Mirabel
Website, email, +33.6.79.59.04.91


"Painting Cruise: Italian Riviera and France"
October 3-12, 2024
 

5-star Painting and Cultural Cruise - Italian Riviera and France! 9 nights: from Barcelona to Rome. All Mediums | All Levels | Non-Painters | Independent Painters. Welcome to our exciting painting cruise across three countries! Embark on an extraordinary 5-star Mediterranean cruise, an artistic journey that unfolds from Barcelona to Rome. This luxurious voyage includes enchanting stops along the picturesque Italian Riviera and captivating destinations in France. As you sail through azure waters and experience the opulence of a 5-star cruise, immerse yourself in unique painting adventures at each port of call. Ports of Call: Barcelona, Marseille (Provence), Nice, Santa Margherita (Portofino), La Spezia (Cinque Terre, Florence, Pisa), Naples and Rome.
 
Location: Mediterranean Cruise, France
Instructor: Vladislav Yeliseyev
Cost: see website
Sponsor: Renaissance School of Art
Website, email, 941-330-6865


"Makers' Retreats: An Embroidered Journey with Sam Hunter"
October 19-26, 2024
 

Sam Hunter leads this bespoke tour, designed to allow you to enjoy the beauty of place, the harmony of a small group, and to discover the little-known treasures of South West France including the Pyrenees Atlantiques and the Béarn. The week includes tuition, creative instruction and collaboration with Sam as she helps you design and stitch the cover of a journal, taking inspiration from the week of activities. Throughout the week you will develop your journal content using writings, drawings, photos and ephemera that will serve as a cherished memento of your trip. Embroidery starter kits will be supplied, as well as a selection of gorgeous threads from our thread sponsors. Suitable for all levels. No prior artistic experience necessary.
 
Location: Pau, France
Instructor: Sam Hunter
Cost: 1595€ to 2695€ for accommodation + 750€ Tour + $997 tuition fee
Sponsor: Atelier Clos Mirabel
Website, email, +33.6.79.59.04.91


"Makers' Retreats: Linocut in Colour with Nick Morley"
November 2-9, 2024
 

Discover how to make linocuts in colour, using a variety of techniques. Starting with the basics of carving and printing, you will learn how to create a wide range of marks, patterns and textures to give your prints a unique look. Once you have mastered the basics, you will discover how to mix colours, control ink transparency and print in layers. You will also discover how to make beautiful colour blends to add depth and drama. Following on from the introductory sessions, you will work on your own project, with guidance from Nick, so you can explore linocut in the way you want. Nick will be on hand to give you advice and help you get the best results possible.
 
Location: Pau, France
Instructor: Nick Morley
Cost: 1595€ to 2695€ for accommodation + £500 tuition fee
Sponsor: Atelier Clos Mirabel
Website, email, +33.6.79.59.04.91


"Makers' Retreats: Stencil printing and pattern making on fabric"
March 29 - April 5, 2025
 

This stencil printing workshop is for anyone interested in making prints on fabric and exploring pattern making by hand. In this workshop Pauline will take you through all the techniques she has developed for stencil printing fabrics and making patterns, but most of all this will be a week of playful discovery, starting with exploring all the different effects that can be created with a brush on fabric and making spontaneous patterns, to making more complex motifs and repeating patterns. The workshop is very suitable for beginners, but Pauline’s workshops are also often taken by established makers and artists who want to learn these techniques as an addition to their existing practice. All materials are included.
 
Location: Pau, France
Instructor: Pauline Greuell
Cost: 1595€ to 2695€ for accommodation + 450€ tuition fee
Sponsor: Atelier Clos Mirabel
Website, email, +33.6.79.59.04.91


"Makers' Retreats: Stories in Stitches with Sujata Shah"
April 5-12, 2025
 

Join internationally renowned Sujata Shah with like-minded passionate quilters. Whether you are a seasoned quilter or a beginner, this retreat promises a journey of self-expression and artistic exploration. Enjoy a weeklong immersive stitching experience unlike any other. Set amidst the serene Béarnais countryside, an unknown part of SW France, with its rolling hills, vineyards and majestic Atlantic Pyrénées, this retreat offers the perfect environment to unwind, connect with nature, and unleash your creativity. This perfect soothing setting combined with focused expert instruction will give you long lasting joy and motivate you to undertake more ambitious quilted art works.
 
Location: Pau, France
Instructor: Sujata Shah
Cost: 1595€ to 2695€ for accommodation + $950 tuition fee
Sponsor: Atelier Clos Mirabel
Website, email, +33.6.79.59.04.91


"Makers' Retreats: Piece Flow Joy: Quilting From The Heart with Sherri Lynn Wood"
August 30 - September 6, 2025
 

Join Sherri Lynn Wood for a restorative week of abstract piecing at the beautiful Atelier Clos Mirabel in the French Pyrénées, designed to get you out of your head and into your hands and heart. Nurture a receptive approach to freestyle quilting where you become the conduit through which creativity and patterns flow and are expressed. Learn ruler-free piecing techniques and how to harness your rhythm of attention and emotional energy into shape, colour and pattern to tell the unfolding story of being you!
 
Location: Pau, France
Instructor: Sherri Lynn Wood
Cost: 1595€ to 2695€ for accommodation + $750 tuition fee
Sponsor: Atelier Clos Mirabel
Website, email, +33.6.79.59.04.91


"Makers' Retreats: Exploring Lino Cut with Emily Robertson"
September 6-13, 2025
 

Throughout the week you will be introduced to the art of lino cut printmaking with Emily Robertson. Drawing inspiration from the luxuriant, natural environment of Clos Mirabel and its surrounds, Emily will guide you in the creation of your own lino cut prints. She will demonstrate the full lino printmaking process; drawing designs, carving & printing by hand. This course is suitable for any level of experience. You will be taught techniques that can easily be used for work you can create back home, as well as ways to improve the quality and even consistency of your prints.
 
Location: Pau, France
Instructor: Emily Robertson
Cost: 1595€ to 2695€ for accommodation + 450€ tuition fee
Sponsor: Atelier Clos Mirabel
Website, email, +33.6.79.59.04.91


"Painting Holidays: Exploring Mixed Media with Jenny Muncaster"
September 20-27, 2025
 

Join Jenny Muncaster for a fun week of inspiration and discovery. Jenny is committed to making creativity available to everyone, during this week-long painting holiday she will introduce you to different techniques using a whole range of wonderful art materials. Combining traditional & non-traditional methods & tools for exploring line, painting, print, texture & collage in your work. Using these new skills, capture & interpret your subject matter to create totally original artwork inspired by the beautiful surroundings of Clos Mirabel in the French Pyrenees. At the end of the workshop, you will have gained a tool kit of creative skills & techniques, a new artistic energy, and a portfolio of paintings to be proud of!
 
Location: Pau, France
Instructor: Jenny Muncaster
Cost: 1595€ to 2695€ for accommodation + tuition fee
Sponsor: Atelier Clos Mirabel
Website, email, +33.6.79.59.04.91


"Makers' Retreats: From Photo to Embroidery with Sam Hunter"
September 27 - October 4, 2025
 

Sam Hunter leads this bespoke tour, designed to allow you to enjoy the beauty of place, the harmony of a small group, and to discover the little-known treasures of South West France including the Pyrenees Atlantiques and the Béarn. The week includes tuition, creative instruction and collaboration with Sam as she helps you design and stitch the cover of a journal, taking inspiration from the week of activities. Throughout the week you will develop your journal content using writings, drawings, photos and ephemera that will serve as a cherished memento of your trip. Embroidery starter kits will be supplied, as well as a selection of gorgeous threads from our thread sponsors. Suitable for all levels. No prior artistic experience necessary.
 
Location: Pau, France
Instructor: Sam Hunter
Cost: 1595€ to 2695€ for accommodation + 750€ Tour + $997 tuition fee
Sponsor: Atelier Clos Mirabel
Website, email, +33.6.79.59.04.91


 

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