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Gourmet painting retreats in 17th century château in SW France
September 12-19, 2015 (10am-6pm) — Break down walls and barriers, expand your freedom of expression. Whether your are a novice or an experienced artist, this retreat will bring you countless new ideas and help move your creative spirit forward. Retreats take place in the beautiful 17th century Château de Saussignac, in the quaint picturesque village of Saussignac, nestled in the heart of Southwest wine country, about one hour from Bordeaux. Lodging, meals and wine are included, and retreats are limited to 4 participants to provide ample one-on-one time with the teacher. Meals are tuned to the needs of the students, with a strong emphasis on French cuisine using only the best fresh local ingredients. All supplies are provided. Discounts for early booking. Visit website


Location: Saussignac, France
Instructor: Mike Snow
Sponsor: Snow & White
Cost: 1,395 €
Email: Mike Snow
Phone: (+33) 553 24 34 22

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Painting Clouds and Skies, The Southern France Landscape
September 16-26, 2015 (9-4) — Emphasis on painting clouds and skies and the southern France landscape. Join Julie Houck for 10 days of plein air landscape painting in the Languedoc region. Stay with other fun-loving artists at Montfaucon, a 14th century restored maison d' maitre. Enjoy five star accommodations, authentic chef-prepared cuisine, regional wines and aperitifs. Visit website


Location: Limoux, France
Instructor: Julie Houck
Sponsor: Montfaucon Tours/Plein Air Journeys
Cost: $3,600 (DO)
Email: Julie Houck
Phone: 808-280-6083

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Plein Air Pastel Workshop in Giverny, France!!
September 29 - October 2, 2015 — Join Terri Ford for 4 days of painting in Giverny, France. You will have passage into Monet's Gardens during off hours when you will have the gardens to yourselves to paint, sketch, photograph, etc. You will also paint the picturesque village of Giverny. You will take a day trip to the historic seaside village of Honfleur. Terri will demonstrate techniques that she uses to create her award winning paintings. You will learn how to create vibrant under paintings, strong compositions and how to keep a painting fresh and avoid overworking. Work closely with Terri or at your own pace and leisure. Terri is a popular and knowledgable instructor. Visit website


Location: Giverny, France
Instructor: Terri Ford PSA MP, IAPS EP
Cost: $475 USD tuition only
Email: Terri Ford
Phone: 408-838-5215

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Gourmet painting retreats in 17th century château in SW France
October 3-10, 2015 (10am-6pm) — Break down walls and barriers, expand your freedom of expression. Whether your are a novice or an experienced artist, this retreat will bring you countless new ideas and help move your creative spirit forward. Retreats take place in the beautiful 17th century Château de Saussignac, in the quaint picturesque village of Saussignac, nestled in the heart of Southwest wine country, about one hour from Bordeaux. Lodging, meals and wine are included, and retreats are limited to 4 participants to provide ample one-on-one time with the teacher. Meals are tuned to the needs of the students, with a strong emphasis on French cuisine using only the best fresh local ingredients. All supplies are provided. Discounts for early booking. Visit website


Location: Saussignac, France
Instructor: Mike Snow
Sponsor: Snow & White
Cost: 1,395 €
Email: Mike Snow
Phone: (+33) 553 24 34 22

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Painters Retreat in the South of France
May 22-28, 2016 — Join us for an unforgettable art adventure at La Napoule Painters Retreat on the French Riviera. The Chateau de La Napoule and art foundation lie just southwest of Cannes overlooking the Mediterranean Sea in the South of France...a painter's dream holiday. Paint the beautiful grounds and gardens of the chateau, explore the village- Mandelieu, or lounge on the adjoining beach. So much inspiration. All levels and all mediums welcome as well as non painters. $600 deposit. Visit website


Location: Mandeleiu, France
Instructor: Angela Powers and Amanda Sites
Sponsor: Traveling Painters
Cost: $1600/person. Add $150 for Sea View Room.
Email: Angela Powers
Phone: 614-271-9306

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Painting in Southeast France: Watercolor Painting Workshop
June 3-10, 2016 — Join Iain Stewart for a week of painting in the foothills of the French Alps. This is a truly unique opportunity to improve your watercolor painting with an award-winning watercolor artist. Each day begins with a demonstration. You are then free to paint, with one-on-one instruction, or explore the surrounding area. The small class size will ensure plenty of individual attention. The day concludes with an informal review of the day's work over a glass of wine, watching the day slide into evening. Iain is committed to help you build your confidence and ability in watercolor. Lakes, hills, colorful markets, medieval town, rural villages await you. Indulge your creative spirit with a memorable painting holiday in France! Limited to 12 participants. Visit website


Location: Aix-les-Bains, France
Instructor: Iain Stewart, iainstew.fineartstudioonline.com
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $2,990 before Nov 30th, $3,190 after Nov 30th
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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Painting in Provence: Watercolor Sketching Workshop
June 11-18, 2016 — Join me for a week of sketching with watercolor in beautiful Provence, France! Discover why Provence has been an inspiration for generations of artists like Van Gogh and Cezanne... Throughout the week, we'll delve deeper into the culture of Provence by taking day trips in a comfortable minivan to Roussillon, Gordes, Isle sur la Sorgue, and Oppede with Jackie, our personal bilingual tour leader! And we'll enjoy the free-flowing and colorful nature of watercolor at its best while sketching and having fun! I’ll help you develop observation skills, color awareness, simple design principles and learn about light and shadows. We’ll investigate various techniques, sketching tools, and approaches to watercolor. Space is very limited (max 10 participants/workshop). Visit website


Location: Saint-Rémy de Provence, France
Instructor: Brenda Swenson, www.swensonsart.net
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $2,990 before Nov 30th, $3,190 after Nov 30th
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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Plein Air in Provence
June 18-25, 2016 — Join a small group of artists for a week of painting and living in Provence! We'll stay in a beautifully restored former silk mill, including a lavender field right out back! Class size is limited to 6-8 participants. Talented artist and instructor Mary Garrish will teach for 5 full days. We will visit different painting locations daily, as well as paint at our location which is stunning! Come join us...you won't be disappointed! Visit website


Location: Provence, France
Instructor: Mary Garrish
Sponsor: Open Air Italy
Cost: $3100/Single Occupancy, Private Bath
Email: Susan Truitt
Phone: 1-321-626-2717

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Painting in Provence: Watercolor Sketching Workshop
June 19-26, 2016 — Join me for a week of sketching with watercolor in beautiful Provence, France! Discover why Provence has been an inspiration for generations of artists like Van Gogh and Cezanne... Throughout the week, we'll delve deeper into the culture of Provence by taking day trips in a comfortable minivan to Roussillon, Gordes, Isle sur la Sorgue, and Oppede with Jackie, our personal bilingual tour leader! And we'll enjoy the free-flowing and colorful nature of watercolor at its best while sketching and having fun! I’ll help you develop observation skills, color awareness, simple design principles and learn about light and shadows. We’ll investigate various techniques, sketching tools, and approaches to watercolor. Space is very limited (max 10 participants/workshop). Visit website


Location: Saint-Rémy de Provence, France
Instructor: Brenda Swenson, www.swensonsart.net
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $2,990 before Nov 30th, $3,190 after Nov 30th
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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Painting in Provence: Watercolor Painting Workshop
June 26 - July 3, 2016 — Come explore the South of France with us! Lisa Fu is a professional artist, tutor and demonstrator in watercolor. Deeply inspired by the French Impressionists, Lisa has developed her own impressionist style to express the beauty of nature through forms and colors. We will do plein air painting in beautiful and spectacular villages, in colorful markets, by charming water canals and in Van Gogh’s garden in St Remy de Provence. The lavender will be in full bloom so you will also have a chance to paint these gorgeous blue fields. You will be able to follow Lisa’s loose and fresh painting approach through her demonstrations. She will help you understand perspectives better, simplify a complex scene and teach you tone values, color mixing, light/shade and composition. Visit website


Location: Saint-Rémy de Provence, France
Instructor: Lisa Fu, lisafu.com
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $2,990 before Nov 30th, $3,190 after Nov 30th
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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Painting in Provence: Watercolor Painting Workshop
September 6-13, 2016 — Come explore the South of France with us! In this workshop Frank will share intermediate and advanced watercolor plein air techniques based on tonal values that create atmosphere, balance and unity in your work. Whether painting a french market scene, a farm or landscape, learn the secrets to painting luminous watercolors by manipulating tonal value, color and edge! Basic watercolor background washes will be covered, as well as time sensitive and challenging wet-on-wet and dry-on wet techniques. Frank does numerous demos on site, broken up into parts, to help students keep up and absorb all aspects of painting techniques. Included are discussions and demonstrations on composition, direct color mixing, positive and negative painting as well as the 'state of mind' while painting. Visit website


Location: Venasque, France
Instructor: Frank Eber, frankeber.com
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $2,990 before Nov 30th, $3,190 after Nov 30th
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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Painting in Provence: Oil Painting Workshop
September 13-20, 2016 — Put a little joy in your brush and join award winning artist Nancy Medina for 8 days of making brilliant colors bloom in the South of France! Known for her bold, impressionistic floral and garden paintings that are immediately eye-catching, Nancy shares a loose, bright technique that evokes brilliant color. During your Provence painting workshop, Nancy will share all her favorite tips for creating brilliant color on a transparent background in oils, and methods for making your floral and landscape paintings look authentic and beautiful. Students are encouraged to take lots of photos and ask many questions, and will take home the tools needed to create paintings and memories they will enjoy for years to come. Visit website


Location: Saint-Rémy de Provence, France
Instructor: Nancy Medina, www.nancymedina.com
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $2,990 before Nov 30th, $3,190 after Nov 30th
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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Intermediate Level
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Painting in Provence: Painting Workshop
September 20-27, 2016 — Join me for an unforgettable painting holiday in Provence, France! The regions stunning light and color has inspired artists for centuries and is possibly one of the most gorgeous places in all of France! Provence is known for its charming villages, picturesque views, lively markets, sunny flower fields, fragrant wines and scrumptious cuisine! It’s an extraordinary place! One that can’t help but inspire us to create beautiful paintings! This tour is suited to every level of experience from serious beginners to seasoned painters and since this will be a small group I’ll be able to work closely with everyone. I’ll share my simple methods for turning complicated landscape scenes into compelling designs that will reach out and connect with viewers! Visit website


Location: Venasque, France
Instructor: Joyce Hicks, jhicksfineart.com
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $2,990 before Nov 30th, $3,190 after Nov 30th
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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Painting in the French Riviera: Oil Painting Workshop (other media welcome)
September 29 - October 6, 2016 — Plein Air painting and travel are my passions – and I love sharing that with my students! The French Riviera is the perfect inspiration for your next masterpiece! We’ll have plenty of time for photo taking so you can return home with plein air studies and lots of enthusiasm to keep painting. Paint in Renoir’s garden and follow in the footsteps of Monet as we tour and paint various locations along the Mediterranean coast. Demonstrations will be in oil, but you are welcome to work in the medium of your choice. I’ll guide you through painting boats, water, reflections, rocks, medieval buildings and whatever fun and interesting things we might encounter. Visit website


Location: Vence, France
Instructor: Jeannie Breeding, www.jeanniebreeding.com
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $2,990 before Nov 30th, $3,190 after Nov 30th
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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