Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Painting in Provence: Acrylic & Oil Painting Workshop"
May 2-9, 2020
 

This workshop is open to painters of all levels. We will focus on painting poppies and other spring flowers and the landscape around us. We will create a formal botanical painting to get to know some of our subjects better, followed by both traditional and contemporary still life compositions with flowers. You will learn fresh color mixing techniques, brush stroke techniques and how to compose your paintings in a new and creative way. I will take the time to sit with beginners before and after classes in order to get them acquainted with their paints! And to ‘mix it up’ we will spend a messy day learning how to create sustainable mixed media work while incorporating our Provence inspiration surrounding us!
 
Location: Venasque, France
Instructor: Sandra Iafrate, sandraiafrate.com
Cost: $3,390 ($450 off if you sign up before Jan 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting in Provence"
May 2-9, 2020
 

Learn from International award-winning landscape and flower painter, Sandra Iafrate. Artist quality paints are supplied! Book before Nov. 30 and get $450.off your booking (spaces are limited). Join me on this magical week-long workshop, where we stay in a restored historical mill in heart of the charming village of Fontaine de Vaucluse. We will focus on botanical painting and drawing, the beautiful spring fields bursting with wildflowers and quaint vignettes of the Provence villages: window boxes, cobbled streets and Provence life! We will also follow along the footsteps of Van Gogh and be inspired by the same subjects and landscapes. Contact the artist prior to Nov. 30 to learn more and get special rate.
 
Location: Fontaine de Vaucluse, France
Instructor: Sandra Iafrate, sandraiafrate.com
Cost: $3,390
Website, email


"Oil and Acrylic with Alex Kelly"
May 5-12, 2020
 

Travel to the South of France and learn to paint and sketch from an accomplished artist with many years of tutoring experience. Work in oils and acrylics. 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: 7 nights accommodation, three daily meals, tea and coffee making facilities in the main house and studio available at all times, painting and drawing classes, workshops, and sessions with Alex Kelly, local wine and 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 at pre-arranged times.
 
Location: St Puy, Gers, France
Instructor: Alex Kelly
Cost: $1060
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"Van Gogh and Cézanne in Provence"
May 11-18, 2020
 

Join us in Provence to paint from the very same places that Vincent Van Gogh painted in Arles, and St. Remy, and where Paul Cézanne worked in Aix-en-Provence. You will be inspired as these great artists were, so many years ago. You will be treated to stories from history while in these special locations that will serve as rich backdrop for the paintings you will make in the enchanting light that is found in Provence. The fee includes transportation from Avignon TGV train station to the hotel in Arles, ground transport to our daily locations to St. Paul’s Mausole in St. Remy and Cézanne’s studio in Aix-en-Provence. Breakfast, lunch and your first and last dinner.
 
Location: Provence, France
Instructor: Royce Deans and Tali Farchi
Cost: $2100 (Register before 01 December 2019 - $1950)
Sponsor: ArtisTTable
Website, email, 1 231-883-1681


"Oils with artist Ian Layton"
June 4-11, 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: Ian Layton
Cost: $1060
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"Oil and acrylic with artist Stuart Wiliams"
June 12-19, 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: Stuart Wiliams
Cost: $1060
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"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 9-16, 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


"Painting in the French Alps: Oil Painting Workshop"
September 8-15, 2020
 

The workshop will kick off with a lecture and demo. Students receive instruction on principals of painting ranging from drawing, color, value, composition, color theory and so much more. You will apply what is being taught by getting outside and paint with full days in the field seeing, recording and observing our picturesque surroundings. Suzie will demo on location and offer one-on-one instruction to all the students while they paint in scenic locations. Open to all levels, Suzie’s personal goal is to identify every student's level and provide strategies to progress through group instruction, example, and individual interaction. Her humorous, informative manner makes tackling this multi-faceted challenge a fun and rewarding experience.
 
Location: Haute-Savoie, France
Instructor: Suzie Baker, suziebaker.com
Cost: $3,190 before Jan. 31 ($3,390 after Jan. 31)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"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


"Autumn Oils Painting with Alex Kelly"
October 3-10, 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: Alex Kelly
Cost: $1060
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"Painting in France: Oil Painting Workshop"
August 21-28, 2021
 

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 Nov 30th; $3,490 after Nov 30th
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting in France: Oil Painting Workshop"
August 28 - September 4, 2021
 

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 Nov 30th; $3,490 after Nov 30th
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


 

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