Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Paint without fear"
July 7-14, 2022
 

Bonjour, join us and artist Gregory Wellman at our beautiful country house, La Salle, in Southern France for a 7 night painting holiday. Luxury accommodation, delicious meals with wine, a friendly environment and like minded people. Non painters are welcome. We will visit villages nearby, passing through glorious landscapes ablaze with Sunflowers. We will be winetasting at the Chateau, visiting wonderful farmer's markets plus a fabulous flea market. Groups are of 5 -10 artists enabling plenty of individual tuition, painting on location and in the studio. Gregory demonstrates in acrylic but invites artists to bring their preferred medium. His teaching style is encouraging and confidence building while developing skills and technique. Pack your paints and brushes and let's go!
 
Location: Toulouse, France
Instructor: Gregory Wellman
Cost: $1660
Sponsor: Painting holidays at La Salle
Website, email, 0033(0)562294520


"Painting in France: Oil Painting Workshop"
August 19-26, 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: $3,590
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting in France: Oil Painting Workshop"
August 26 - September 2, 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: $3,590
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting in the French Alps: Watercolor Sketching Workshop"
September 2-9, 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
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting in the Loire Valley: Travel Sketching in Watercolor"
June 1-8, 2023
 

We will spend an amazing week in the Loire Valley filling our watercolor journals with memories of a lifetime. Sketching on-location is powerful. The process of drawing imprints what you see into your brain in such a way that years from now, the sounds of the people walking by, the scent of the rain, the feel of the warm air, and much more will all flood back when you look at your sketch. Urban Sketching is about quickly capturing your experiences on paper, and more important, in your mind and heart. In this workshop, I combine my background in architecture and illustration, together with my many years of teaching, to demystify the world of on-location perspective sketching and painting.
 
Location: Saint Pierre de Corps, France
Instructor: Stephanie Bower
Cost: $3,590 ($3,390 before Nov 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting in the French Alps: Watercolor Painting Workshop"
June 2-9, 2023
 

Join David on a watercolor journey, in the breathtaking surrounding of the Alps. You will be learning valuable watercolor concepts and techniques. This workshop will save you countless hours of trial & error by demonstrating approaches in an easily understood manner that will open new doors of discovery and creativity.David will discuss outdoor equipment options, considerations when choosing a composition, value study options to help prepare for the painting process, and provide numerous demonstrations and individual attention. Regardless of your level of experience, you’re almost guaranteed to leave with a handsome work of art, and the skills, concepts, and confidence to take your paintings to a higher level.
 
Location: Haute-Savoie, France
Instructor: David R. Smith
Cost: $3,590 ($3,390 before Nov 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Watercolor Sketching in the South West of France"
June 14-21, 2023
 

Join us in the South West of France and have a creative life experience. You’ll enjoy inspiring locations, daily painting demonstrations, personalized instruction, and encouraging support with Cindy and Theresa. We show you how to simplify and design your subject, draw confidently, jazz up your colors, paint with serendipity and experiment with new techniques. Create colorful paintings en Plein Air and celebrate your own unique point of view. We look forward to sharing this dreamy adventure with you.
 
Location: Cordes-sur-Ciel, France
Instructor: Cindy Briggs and Theresa Goesling
Cost: $3,590 Before Nov 30th
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Atelier Provence and Barcelona Art Tour"
June 24 - July 5, 2023
 

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 gourmet cuisine in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence followed by four days visiting Barcelona’s top art sites and enjoying Catalan cuisine. The price of CAD 4275 (around US$ 3330) 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 (Banon, Simiane-la-Rotonde, Rustrel, etc.), TGV train ticket Avignon-Barcelona, transportation and entrance fees to all museums and sites on schedule (Cézanne’s studio, La Sagrada Familia, Picasso Museum, Miró Museum, etc.). Limited single rooms for a supplement.
 
Location: Alpes-de-Haute-Provence & Barcelona, France
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$ 3330
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Painting in France: Watercolor Sketching Workshop"
August 25 - September 1, 2023
 

Join me as we visit Monet’s house, studio, gardens and ponds. This wonderful week is entirely devoted to filling our sketchbooks with the very scenes that inspired the greatest Impressionists: not just Monet, but also Renoir, Pissarro and Cezanne. And, we crown this glorious week with a day at Auvers-sur-Oise, where Van Gogh spent his final days. And what better way to record this memorable week than in our sketchbooks? I’ll share my techniques for capturing the texture and colour of the Normandy Region’s storybook villages and narrow lanes. We’ll sketch gardens and ponds, romantic scenes along the Seine River, and a charming medieval mill. I’ll show you how to keep your watercolour sketches loose, fresh and vibrant.
 
Location: Giverny, France
Instructor: Shari Blaukopf
Cost: $3,590 ($3,390 before Jan 31st)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting in Provence: Oil Painting Workshop"
September 1-8, 2023
 

While learning the importance of oil painting techniques (values, edges, composition, etc.), the joy of actually painting France en plein air won’t get lost on Kathie! Her enthusiasm for painting the rolling vineyards and lavender fields with you will be contagious! Kathie will walk through her process of narrowing down the choices of subject matter and then demo before it’s time for you to get your brushes wet too… and she will be right alongside cheering you on with personal instruction and encouragement! There is a reason why you want to paint. Kathie will work to help you tap that desire by throwing herself into the entire experience and beauty of Provence!
 
Location: Venasque, France
Instructor: Kathie Odom
Cost: $3,390 before Jan 31st
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting in France: Watercolor Sketching Workshop"
September 1-8, 2023
 

Join me as we visit Monet’s house, studio, gardens and ponds. This wonderful week is entirely devoted to filling our sketchbooks with the very scenes that inspired the greatest Impressionists: not just Monet, but also Renoir, Pissarro and Cezanne. And, we crown this glorious week with a day at Auvers-sur-Oise, where Van Gogh spent his final days. And what better way to record this memorable week than in our sketchbooks? I’ll share my techniques for capturing the texture and colour of the Normandy Region’s storybook villages and narrow lanes. We’ll sketch gardens and ponds, romantic scenes along the Seine River, and a charming medieval mill. I’ll show you how to keep your watercolour sketches loose, fresh and vibrant.
 
Location: Giverny, France
Instructor: Shari Blaukopf
Cost: $3,590 ($3,390 before Jan 31st)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting in Provence: Watercolor Sketching Workshop"
September 15-22, 2023
 

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 before Jan 31st
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


 

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