Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Painting in Provence: Watercolor Painting Workshop"
May 3-10, 2019
 

Being immersed in the gorgeous scenery of Provence, France, we’ll be capturing its beauty and light through Plein air painting in Watercolor. Using painterly, impressionistic brush strokes, we’ll focus on capturing the luminosity of the city’s colorful areas throughout the day. Students will learn the “how tos” of seeing light on form, understand temperatures of light and shadow and work with values and edges for creating depth in their inspiring paintings of France. We’ll return home with memories of this amazing painting experience as well as painting sketches that will affect our painting styles and gain inspiration for future work.
 
Location: Venasque, France
Instructor: Betty Carr, www.bettycarrfineart.com
Cost: $3,390 ($3,190 until Nov 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting in Provence: Art Journaling Workshop"
May 10-17, 2019
 

Join Jacqueline Newbold on an artistic journey of creative expression! We will incorporate watercolor and mixed-media art journaling techniques as we explore Provence, rich with sights, sounds and colors – all wonderful inspiration for developing your artistic eye. The local colors will inspire us as we play with luscious ochres and rich gem-tone colors from the surrounding landscapes. Jacqueline will share her favorite ideas for creating paintings-on-the-go using watercolor washes and mixed-media ideas. Discover how magically enjoyable it is to record your life voyages as you slow down and savor your time in France. This workshop is available for all levels – beginners and experienced artists are all invited to come along on this delightful journey!
 
Location: Venasque, France
Instructor: Jacqueline Newbold, djnewbold.blogspot.com
Cost: $3,390 ($3,190 until Nov 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting Mediterranean Villages: Watercolor Painting Workshop"
May 26 - June 2, 2019
 

Dreaming of painting in the South of France? You can make your dream come true. Join Kathy Rennell Forbes for daily painting demos and hands on instruction in the incandescent light in the Mediterranean Villages of Southern France. 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 also exploring this magical destination. Kathy encourages your own painting style while sharing her watercolor secrets. You will bring home a personalized journal of your discoveries that you can share with others and inspire you to paint larger versions back home.
 
Location: Vence, France
Instructor: Kathy Forbes, www.artbykrf.com
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Nov 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Paint in the stunning Dordogne in France!"
June 6-15, 2019
 

A combination of a luxurious holiday and watercolour workshop with daily painting excursions in the fascinating Dordogne region of South-West France. Led by watercolorist Ibolya Taligas who has many years experience teaching at workshops and travelling the world. Improve your outdoor painting technique or come along to enjoy the company of fellow artists! 8 full-days painting en plein air at various locations with an all-inclusive stay at the luxurious Perigord Retreats. Delicious French dishes made from seasonal, local produce, large swimming pool, gorgeous views all around and an superior service.
 
Location: Gourdon, France
Instructor: Ibolya Taligas
Cost: €2650 - €3150
Sponsor: Perigord Retreats
Website, email, +33 680 288 237


"Herman Pekle - Painting Paris and Surrounds"
June 8-15, 2019
 

Picture yourself painting and touring the French countryside and Paris too, with internationally acclaimed artist, Herman Pekel. Herman has great ideas and will guide you to make painting fun and fast. You will learn about color mixing, glazes, composition, drying time, thickness and edges to create an impressionist painting you never thought possible with watercolor. Enjoy lots of painting action, one-on-one instruction, wonderful meals and wine, and iconic sights! Come, explore Paris, Versailles, visit the local villages, see Monet's Gardens, and more. We have a full itinerary with you in mind so don't miss this workshop of a lifetime for travel enthusiasts and all levels of artists. See the full itinerary on our website.
 
Location: Paris/Versailles, France
Instructor: Herman Pekel
Cost: $3400 most all inclusive except airfare to/from Paris
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Painting in Provence: Watercolor Painting Workshop"
June 15-22, 2019
 

Join Kristi in magical Provence! When you paint a place, you really get to know it. Plein Air is not just a record of what you see but how that place makes you feel. Learn how to tell your story in watercolor. We will cover basic techniques which will give you the language needed to communicate visually. Design & composition is one of Kristi’s strong suits and she will demonstrate on site with lots of individual help as needed. We will strive for a relationship with the medium, learn to trust what the paint does on its own and recognize those “happy accidents” when they occur!
 
Location: Venasque, France
Instructor: Kristi Grussendorf, www.kristigrussendorf.com
Cost: $3,390 ($3,190 until Nov 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting in the French Alps: Watercolor Painting Workshop"
June 17-24, 2019
 

Come explore the magnificent French Alps with us! The Alps are a dream destination for a plein air artist because of the spectacular scenery you will encounter: alpine meadows, cobblestoned villages, waterfalls, glaciated peaks, wildflowers, clean lakes, chalet with flowers from window boxes. One of the highlights of the tour is Annecy, a beautiful medieval city surrounded by canals and mountains. Daily demonstrations will help you with composition, color harmony and the play of light on objects. All skill levels are welcome.
 
Location: Haute-Savoie, France
Instructor: Sonja Hamilton, www.sonjahamilton.com
Cost: $3,190 before Nov 30 ($3,390 after Nov 30)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting in Provence: Watercolor Painting Workshop"
June 22-29, 2019
 

Join Kristi in magical Provence! When you paint a place, you really get to know it. Plein Air is not just a record of what you see but how that place makes you feel. Learn how to tell your story in watercolor. We will cover basic techniques which will give you the language needed to communicate visually. Design & composition is one of Kristi’s strong suits and she will demonstrate on site with lots of individual help as needed. We will strive for a relationship with the medium, learn to trust what the paint does on its own and recognize those “happy accidents” when they occur!
 
Location: Venasque, France
Instructor: Kristi Grussendorf, www.kristigrussendorf.com
Cost: $3,390 ($3,190 until Nov 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Studio Provence and Barcelona Art Tour 2019"
July 1-12, 2019
 

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 CAD 3685 around US$2830 as of March 2018) 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 and sites on schedule.
 
Location: Manosque, France
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$2830
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Painting Like Van Gogh"
July 17-25, 2019
 

In this exciting workshop for artists, we will be painting daily in the exact locations where Van Gogh walked, painted and had a gallery. The brilliant blues, warm golds, and lavender of southern France are what brought him to the area. Award-winning professional artist Sharon Rusch Shaver will offer guidance and demonstrations to capture subject matter that Van Gogh loved about the area. You will enjoy en-suite accommodations in an authentic historic Maison, ground transfers to sites, and gourmet chef-prepared meals. All mediums and levels of ability are welcome. Join us in 2019 for this exciting adventure for artists! Book early for special discounts!
 
Location: Arles, France
Instructor: Sharon Rusch Shaver
Cost: $3,800
Website, email, 615-451-7304


"Painting in the French Alps: Watermedia Painting Workshop"
August 25 - September 1, 2019
 

Come explore the magnificent French Alps with us! This is a mixed-media workshop, and I will demo in watercolor and/or acrylic with occasional dabblings into collage and texture. We’ll work both on location and in the studio. Our days are relaxed and informative (with lots of good food and laughing in the mix). If you are a first-time plein air painter (and afraid), you’ll find it painless! Advanced painters will discover new techniques and creative solutions with color & design, which will move your work to a new level. There will be demos, hand-outs and personal attention. The best part is our camaraderie, learning from each other, sharing our adventures and painting incredible memories.
 
Location: Haute-Savoie, France
Instructor: Kathie George, www.kathiegeorge.com
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Jan. 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting in the French Alps: Watercolor Painting Workshop"
August 28 - September 4, 2019
 

Come explore the magnificent French Alps with us! Each day will include demonstrations of elements of landscape painting with lots of personal instruction. Develop your ability to look at the complexity of the scene in front of you, and focus your vision so that you can design a good painting that speaks of the essence of the scene, rather than merely reporting the things in it. Every painting should have a concept, and your composition, colors and techniques must work towards bringing your concept to life.
 
Location: Haute-Savoie, France
Instructor: Evelyn Dunphy, www.evelyndunphy.com
Cost: $3,190 before Jan. 31 ($3,390 after Jan. 31)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting in the French Alps: Watermedia Painting Workshop"
September 1-8, 2019
 

Come explore the magnificent French Alps with us! This is a mixed-media workshop, and I will demo in watercolor and/or acrylic with occasional dabblings into collage and texture. We’ll work both on location and in the studio. Our days are relaxed and informative (with lots of good food and laughing in the mix). If you are a first-time plein air painter (and afraid), you’ll find it painless! Advanced painters will discover new techniques and creative solutions with color & design, which will move your work to a new level. There will be demos, hand-outs and personal attention. The best part is our camaraderie, learning from each other, sharing our adventures and painting incredible memories.
 
Location: Haute-Savoie, France
Instructor: Kathie George, www.kathiegeorge.com
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Jan. 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting Mediterranean Villages: Watercolor Painting Workshop"
September 1-8, 2019
 

Join me in Tuscany for a truly memorable week! The most enjoyable painting I do is when I paint outdoors. There is an intimacy and sense of “being there” that only occurs when you take the time to slow down and record your surroundings in watercolor- and what surroundings we will have! We will tour daily with an easy schedule of demonstration, one on one critique, and group discussions designed to build your confidence and ability alike. You may paint or explore or do both on any given day. I will be there to guide you through my approach to painting en plein air and help you take your watercolors to the next level! The course is limited to 12 students.
 
Location: Vence, France
Instructor: Iain Stewart, iainstew.fineartstudioonline.com
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 before Jan. 31)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Chateau Marouatte (Plein Air Sketching Retreat)"
September 5-12, 2019
 

We will live in a castle in the Dordogne region of France! From beginners (with at least some minimal experience in sketching or watercolor painting) up to advanced levels are invited. You don't need any experience in painting plein air (outdoors). Let me guide you through it...we all start somewhere and I'll make it easy!
 
Location: Grand-Brassac, France
Instructor: Helen K Beacham
Cost: $2500.00
Sponsor: Helen K Beacham Fine Art
Website, email, 843-408-5240


"Painting in Provence: Watercolor Painting Workshop"
September 9-16, 2019
 

I love France, painting in France, have been there numerous times and would enjoy having my students join me in Provence. We’ll be painting on location, capturing the light and color, no need to be an expert. All students, regardless of skill level are welcome, we’ll have a wonderful time. I will be demonstrating as well, so students can watch how I find compositions and arrange my subject. I will help all students get accurate drawings, and realize how proper values help create mood. We will use a variety of techniques, from realism to more impressionistic styles. For my more advanced students, design and composition will be addressed.
 
Location: Venasque, France
Instructor: Stan Miller, stanmiller.net
Cost: $3,390 ($3,190 until Nov 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


 

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