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Painting in Provence

Discover why Provence has been an inspiration for generations of artists like Van Gogh, Cezanne,...

Day 1: Welcome Champagne Reception

We will pick you up at the Avignon train station. Upon your arrival at our guesthouse, take time to settle in or explore the village. In the evening, you will enjoy a welcome reception followed by a gourmet dinner.

Day 2: Ochre village of Roussillon

Roussillon, one of France's Most Beautiful Villages, sits on top of the world's biggest vein of ochre, the reddish pigment which has been used by artists for centuries. Paint red houses, ochre trails, cafes, what ever inspires you.

At the end of the day, we will take a walk inside the park, on the Ochre Trail revealing many fantastic rock and cliff formations.

You will also have time for shopping: don't miss out on the unique reddish poteries.


Day 3: Most spectacular village in Provence: Gordes

Gordes, also listed one of France's most beautiful villages, is the most spectacular village in Provence, perched on the southern edge of the high Plateau de Vaucluse.

The view from the village is a southern panorama out across fields, vineyards and forests, and small-perched villages to the Montagne du Luberon. You can choose to paint the breathtaking panorama, the village houses, or even the outdoor stalls.


Oil Painting Workshop
Watercolor Journal Workshop

Day 4: Market and Canals in "Isle sur la Sorgue"

L'Isle sur la Sorgue is a real paradise for painters and photographers.

Its colors are nature's green and the bright reflection of the water shines from the several canals running through its center.

In the morning, we will shop the incredible and colorful market: colorful arrays of Provencal fabric, tablecloths, pottery, silk scarves, natural soaps with dozens of scents and of course lavender products.

Day 5: Painting in the Village

Today will be a non driving day to allow even more time to painting.

We will spend the day painting either at the hotel or in the village: cobblestone streets, 18th century houses, flowers, doors,...

Day 6: On Van Gogh's trail in St Remy de Provence

Today, we will visit the beautiful old monastery of St Paul Mausole with the bedroom where Van Gogh stayed during his very troubled time in 1889-90. This is now a nursing home that has a permanent exhibition of paintings made by the patients and beautiful reproductions of some of Vincent van Gogh's paintings.

Outside the hospital, you will be able to paint the wonderful landscape that inspired the great impressionist: olive trees with the Alpilles mountains as background.

Day 7: Medieval Village in the Luberon

This non touristy jewel, not listed in travel books is our little gem, our favorite village. While strolling the streets you will come to appreciate the quieteness and wonderful atmosphere that will seduce you, as it has dozens of artists who live there. This is our little kept secret village, the favourite of all our artists.

Day 8: Departure

It is time to say: "au revoir" but not "adieu" because you will be back. We just know it.

After our last breakfast together, we'll drive you to the Avignon train station by 10 am.


You will be well taken care of from your pick up at the Avignon train station to your drop off at the end of your stay.

Every day, we will drive you in a comfortable A/C mini van to different painting locations.

Option 1: Accommodation in a B&B

For the trips with Deborah Rublin , Vladislav Yeliseyev, Michael Reardon and Sandy Delehanty, you will stay in a restored farmhouse located in the heart of Provence, in a very charming non-touristy villlage.

In many ways this house speaks of Provence. The large salon with its fireplace will seduce you with its charming and friendly atmosphere. The view towards the Mont Ventoux from the terrace and from your bedroom is breathtaking. The blue shutters of the house will give you a real flair of Provence.

Most rooms have a full private bathroom.


Courtyard of the B&B

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View from the terrace

Most rooms have a private bathroom

Option 2: Accommodation in a Hotel

For the trips with Kirah Van Sickle, Jennifer Mc Christian, the painting retreat without teacher, Leslie Fehling, Kathy Rennell Forbes and Shari Blaukopf, we have chosen a 3-star hotel located in the charming town of St Remy de Provence.

This huge house drawn by Van Gogh and, inhabited by Daudet became a hotel of 25 rooms. A park of more than one hectare, dedicated to Provence will welcome you with its Mediterranean trees: secular umbrella pines, plane trees, cypresses and aromatic plants.

In the heart of the garden, enjpoy the swimming pool and take a nap under an olive-tree.

Each bedroom has A/C and a private bathroom.


Dates & Rates 2017

May 20-27, 2017
Teacher: Kirah Van Sickle
Acrylic, Watercolor and Oil Painting Workshop
Max 12 participants

US $3,190
+ US$550 suppl for a single room
- $400 off for non-painters

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Positively Plein Air!!  For beginner to advanced - acrylic, oil and watercolor artists welcomed.

Bonjour Provence! Let's walk in the footsteps of Van Gogh and immerse ourselves in the flavors and colors that inspired so many artists before us! 

With an approach based on fundamentals of values, composition and color, Kirah will introduce students to exercises and techniques that build brush confidence and achieve bold, fresh and loose results. Inspired by Impressionist and Post-Impressionist stylings, students will gain a better understanding of working with color temperature, complimentary color schemes, "broken color" and the dramatic impact in building contrast and dynamic landscape compositions. Both rural and urban subjects will be addressed, using the notan to establish value planes, and color mixing savy. Kirah will combine instructor demonstrations, extensive reference material and personal guidance directed to the individual artist's goals and process. Let's enjoy exploring the amazing sights and flavors…and all that color that is Provence!

Kirah is a multifaceted artist and seasoned instructor in both plein air and studio practices. Working en plein air provides the immediacy, unpredictable aspects of color, time and place. As a certified Golden Artist-Educator, Kirah brings to her workshops an unprecedented insight to materials as well as both traditional and contemporary creative approaches. Inspired by nature and extensive travel, Kirah's adventurous spirit is aimed at preserving cultural history and reconnecting the artist in all of us to the creative thread that makes us human. Please join us for a positively plein air escapade!! 

May 27-June 3, 2017
Teacher: Jennifer McChristian
Oil Painting Workshop
Max 10 participants

US $3,390
+ US$550 suppl for a single room
- $400 off for non-painters

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Join award-winning painter Jennifer McChristian for an inspiring eight day painting trip to the South of France. This workshop is for all levels of artists who want to learn the time-honored joy of painting "en plein air".The deep, personal satisfaction derived from this form of instense observation has made it a lasting tradition which is especially needed in these modern times. What better way to learn this traditional art form than to step back in time with us to paint the pastoral Provencal countryside, just as they did a hundred years ago.

Jennifer will teach you to interpret this magical environment in terms of paint, using light and color to create form. Color relationships, composition, simplifying and the benefits of painting outdoors will be discussed, as well as how to design and build a painting that carries an emotional impact. We will focus on values, shapes, edges and color as well as paint handling and materials. Jennifer will offer a demonstration each day and advice on a one-on-one basis in the field. Additionally, there will be class discussions and critique of work so that participants will learn from individual instruction as well as each other.

Jennifer McChristian is an award-winning artist who was born and raised in Montreal, Canada. In 1986, she moved to California, where she was an animation artist for Disney and Nickelodeon, among other studios. She has studied under Robert Blue, Karl Dempwolf and Steve Huston, and leads painting and drawing workshops internationally.

Recommended reading:
  • Payne, Composition of Outdoor Painting
  • Carlson, Carlson’s Guide to Landscape Painting
  • Goerschner & Lehrman, Oil Painting - The Workshop Experience

June 18-25, 2017
Painting Retreat No instructions!
Max 12 participants

Price: US$2,990
+ US$550 suppl for a single room
$400 off for non-painters

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Recharge your creative battery with this Retreat for artists (no instruction).

"Join us for a relaxed week of plein-air painting and fun among artists (all skill levels and all media are welcome) in the beautiful setting of the Provence.

Everything will be taken care of so you can fully immerse yourself in beautiful locations while enjoying the camaraderie of other artists without having to worry about the logistics.

Spend your time painting, taking photos for future paintings and learning many of the customs and traditions of the area – and of course, enjoying the food and wine!

There will not be any instruction on the trip, only artists painting together. Surrounded by other artists of different skill levels and different background, you will benefit from their experiences. “Show and tell” will be organized and you will be free to participate while sipping a glass of wine.

This exceptional retreat for artists will take you to several beautiful locations during the week. On location, each artist can choose the view and spot that inspires her/him.

June 25-July 2

Teacher: Leslie Fehling
Watercolor Journaling Workshop
Max 12 participants

Price: US $3,190
+ US$550 suppl for a single room
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Leslie is a full-time artist from Prosperity, PA. Sketchbook journaling is her joy and passion, and she loves sharing the fun and accessibility of this form of art in her workshops and classes. She is an accomplished watercolorist who teaches both nationally and internationally, and her work may be found in private and public collections across the US.
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Just imagine….lavender fields, hilltop villages, outdoor cafés, and window boxes overflowing with colorful flowers. Now put yourself in the picture, sitting at a little café with your sketchbook and paints spread out before you, sketching a window across the way, with its lace curtains, blue shutters, and red geraniums. What could be more wonderful?
In this week-long Provence workshop, all of the logistics will be taken care of. All you have to do is relax and enjoy your time in this stunningly beautiful part of France. We’ll have plenty of time to capture once-in-a-lifetime experiences on the pages of our watercolor journals as we explore the charming villages of Roussillon, Gordes, Isle sur la Sorgue, Oppede, and St. Remy de Provence.
Our focus will be on illustrated watercolor journaling. You’ll learn how to add style and interest to your sketchbook pages through the use of unique page layouts and borders, and we’ll cover several fun new lettering styles. In addition, I’ll offer daily demonstrations of techniques for painting the subject matter you’ll encounter each day. And you’ll be painting right along with me, since we learn more by doing than by simply observing. The workshop is suitable for all levels, but some experience with drawing and watercolor would be helpful.
Each student will be given a spiral-bound book containing all of the information we cover in the workshop. It’s filled with great ideas for jazzing up your journal pages, and also has a huge section of step-by-step illustrated instructions for how to paint everything from stone buildings to a sprig of lavender (which will be in full bloom when we’re there!) The handout ensures that you can relax during the workshop, knowing that even if you can’t absorb it all during the week, you’ll have complete information that you can refer to for years to come.
"My enthusiastic teaching style, thorough instructions, and encouraging one-on-one support guarantee that you’ll learn and grow as an artist during our time together. We’ll be immersing ourselves in the history, culture, and beauty of the south of France, and I’m happily anticipating all the sketch-worthy scenes that await us (along with the amazing food, wine, and shopping!) Join me in discovering the wonders of Provence together and creating memorable journals of the delights and surprises that await us".

Sept 4-11, 2017
Teacher: Deborah Rubin
Travel Watercolor Sketching
Max 12 participants

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Price: US $3,190
+ US $350 suppl for single room, shared bath
+ US $550 suppl for a single room with en-suite bath

- $400 off for non-painters

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Join Deborah Rubin for 8 days in the heart of Provence.

Learn to sketch and paint in a journal, travel to great places, and have fun all at the same !

This class is for anyone and everyone who wants to record travel experiences in a personal way. You will use minimal materials: a small watercolor journal, small case of paints, ink pen, and two brushes, all in a small carrying case or tote bag.

Learning to travel sketch is learning to see as well. You will start with small subjects and build to larger imagery by the end of the week adding elements of design like color, contrast, and composition. My goal is for you to be able to go out the last day and sketch and paint without my guidance. It can be done!

I love teaching this class because everyone succeeds. I love when students find their own style and voice.

Deborah Rubin has been a professional artist for the last 45 years exhibiting nationally in shows and galleries.She teaches watercolor travel sketching and intensive watercolor painting in various venues throughout the United States.

Sept 11-18, 2017
Teacher: Vladislav (Vlad) Yeliseyev
Watercolor Painting Workshop
Max 12 participants

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Price: US $3,190
+ US $350 suppl for single room, shared bath
+ US $550 suppl for a single room with en-suite bath

- $400 off for non-painters

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Join Vladislav Yeliseyev (Vlad) for 8 days in the heart of Provence.

Academically trained master watercolorist Vladislav Yeliseyev (Vlad) will show you how to quickly capture the essence of the scenery with dynamic and powerful impressionistic approach.

Provence is that perfect environment where color and light meet together to produce stunning results waiting to be expressed on watercolor paper. The artwork main message must be heard loud and clear and Vlad will show you how it is done in even the most complicated settings en Plein Air.

Vlad is a professional drawing and watercolor year round teacher at Renaissance School of Art in Sarasota Florida and he knows how to make progress with his students. It does not matter if you are the beginner, intermediate or advanced level because his methods of teaching is individual approach. Vlad developed color mixing techniques specifically tailored for his students so their journey to fine arts would be enjoyable and effective. Even seasoned painters will find his methods stunning in their clarity for achieving desired results. Nevertheless, above all, he knows that it is just not enough to be a good and knowledgeable teacher, it is about friendly and easy going learning environment which makes the process of going forward so much fun and brings excellent results regardless of all circumstances.

Vlad’s work is featured on the cover of January 2016 Watercolor Artist magazine. His work awarded best of show of 2016 Mountain Maryland Plein Air.

Sept 18-25, 2017
Teacher: Michael Reardon
Watercolor Painting Workshop
Max 12 participants

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Price: US$3,190
+ US $350 suppl for single room, shared bath
+ US $550 suppl for a single room with en-suite bath

- $400 off for non-painters

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Join Michael Reardon for 8 days of painting under the Provencal sun.

Each day will begin with a demo from Michael followed by one-on-one instruction. The small size class will ensure plenty of individual atttention.

The day concludes with an informal review of the day's work over a glass of wine, watching the day slide into evening.

The daily input from Michael will take your painting to the next level.

Michael Reardon has been painting in watercolor for over 25 years. An avid traveler, he uses watercolor to record his observations, convey a sense of place and light and communicate his impressions of the built, natural, and imagined worlds.

In 2005, he was the recipient of the prestigious Gabriel Prize from the Western European Architecture Foundation, which enabled him to spend three months painting in Paris.

Dates & Rates 2018

June 3-10, 2018
Teacher: Kathy Rennell Forbes
Watercolor Painting Workshop
Max 12 participants

US$2,990 before Nov 30
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+ US$550 single room
- $400 off for non-painters

After Nov 30: US$3,190

You can make your dream come true. Join Kathy Rennell Forbes for daily painting demos and hands on instruction in the incandescent light of Provence.

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.

There will be ample time to explore the area’s treasures and history while enjoying wine and conversation with Kathy and the group at the end of each day. 

This is a great workshop for beginner and intermediate painters who want to enhance their watercolors skills while traveling.

Kathy Rennell Forbes teaches art classes in the Atlanta area and watercolor workshops in the US, Europe and Cuba.
Kathy is a highly sought after painting instructor. Her representational paintings are in private and corporate collections around the world.

She is a Signature Member and past President of the Georgia Watercolor Society and is also a Member of Excellence in the Atlanta Artists Center.

June 6-13, 2018:
Teacher: Sandy Delehanty
Journal Sketching and Watercolor Workshop
$2,990 before Nov 30th
After: $3,190 (+$550 for single room)
- US $400 off for non painters
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Journal Sketch from Sandy Delehanty
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Join artist Sandy Delehanty for her 7th trip with French Escapade.

"We artists see things differently. When we travel we want to absorb all that is going on around us and capture forever the scenes we are seeing. We just don't snap a photo and move on, we want to stop and paint a painting.

But hauling art supplies, easel wet paints etc. is a pain. When you travel with me you will bring a Watercolor Journal, small watercolor field kit palette, ink pens, brushes and your camera. With these tools (all of which fit in a small backpack or shoulder bag), you will learn to create your very own "Story Book" of your trip. (Even beginners can do this)!

Each day Jackie will find us a lovely location, we will sit in a shady spot, sketch the scene in front of us and absorb the sounds and aromas around us.

You will learn to capture the color in watercolor and add your thoughts in writing.

You will return home with a lovely Story Book filled with memories of your trip and a new way of looking at the world.

The program is open to artists of all skill levels.

Program includes demonstrations, group instruction, individual guidance and critiques.

Immerse yourself in sketching beauty and fun during this weeklong escapade to the beautiful Provence"!

June 24-July 1: SOLD OUT

July 2-9, 2018: 2 spots left

Teacher: Shari Blaukopf
Travel Sketching in Watercolor
$2,990 before Nov 30th
After: $3,190 (+$550 for single room)
- US $400 off for non painters
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Shari’s almost daily sketches can be found on her blog

Shari’s watercolours can be found at Shari Blaukopf

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The best thing about our itinerary for travel sketching in Provence is the sheer breadth of subjects to choose from — that, and the near-magical light and colour of this unique part of the world.

In our week together I'll teach you techniques for capturing the close-up and colourful in villages and towns, as well as the distant and scenic in French landscapes. We'll sketch iconic market scenes, fields of lavender in bloom, hillside towns and panoramas. In true travel sketching tradition, we'll pack light — carrying a small bag for art materials and a folding stool.

This workshop is designed to give you confidence sketching wherever you are, gazing at a street scene in a medieval town or the way the light grazes the trunk of an olive tree. We'll work spontaneously, and I'll show you how to keep your watercolour sketches fresh and colourful. Each day will start with a short demo and end with a critique, hopefully while sitting in a shady courtyard with a glass of wine in hand. As part of a small group, you'll have plenty of individual attention as we work on value studies, composi-tion, simplifying a scene and capturing the essence of a place. We'll focus on having fun while we sketch, recording as much as we can as we move from café to hilltop. The aim is to have you return home with a fat book filled with fresh and colourful sketches.

Shari Blaukopf, a Montreal-based painter, graphic design teacher, illustrator and sketch blogger, is best known for her urban scenes in watercolour. She is a correspondent for, a global organization that promotes on-location sketching and is co-founder of Urban Sketchers Montreal. She has given many watercolour workshops both on her own and through the Urban Sketchers Workshop Program in Montreal, Galway, New York, Portland (Oregon), Barcelona, Singapore and Manchester (UK). Shari is a signature member of the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour and her paintings are in corporate, government and private collections in Canada, the United States and abroad. You can find her online courses Sketching Landscapes in Pen, Ink and Watercolor and Sketching the City in Pen, Ink and Watercolor on


  • Avignon TGV train station pick up at 3:30pm and drop off at 10am
  • A welcome reception
  • All breakfasts, 4 lunches (picnics) and 4 dinners (incl. drinks and wine)
  • All nights at the villa-hotel
  • All art classes
  • Entrance fees to all sites on the tour
  • Transportation in a comfortable van with A/C
  • A personal bilingual chauffeur/tour leader throughout the week
  • A free Paris planner for a self guided visit in Paris: suggestions of hotels, restaurants and places to visit

  • Flights to and from France
  • Trains to/from Avignon
  • Three lunches and three dinners
  • Optional activities/personal expenses and tipping

Tel: 1-510-483-5713