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Gourmet painting retreats in 17th century château in SW France
April 16-23, 2016 (9am-5pm) — 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: 1,595 € All-Inclusive (discount for early registration)
Email: Mike Snow
Phone: (+33) 05.53.24.34.22

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Giverny & Normandy: Watercolors and Journal Sketching
May 20-27, 2016 — An inspiring setting for a painting workshop: this tour in Normandy is an invitation to travel in time, and to discover the magic sites that were painted by famous artists at the turn of the 20th century. Landscapes and scenes of daily life were immortalized on canvas not only by Claude Monet, but also by William Turner, Camille Pissarro, Alfred Sisley, Auguste Renoir, Paul Gauguin, George Braque, Pablo Picasso and others. On this painting workshop, you as well will be inspired by the same landscapes, from peaceful meadows to fashionable seaside resorts; under the charm of this region. Every day will be an opportunity to learn about painting techniques, as well as enjoying local food and culture. Visit website


Location: Giverny, France
Instructor: Sandy Delehanty, www.sandydelehanty.com
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $3,190
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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Gourmet painting retreats in 17th century château in SW France
May 21-28, 2016 (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 6 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: 1,595 € All-Inclusive (discount for early registration)
Email: Mike Snow
Phone: (+33) 05.53.24.34.22

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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: $1875. 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: $3,190
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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Painting in Provence: Watercolor Journal Sketching
June 4-11, 2016 — Join us for 8 days of fun and painting the treasures of Provence up close and personal! Capture the details of your trip with a beautiful watercolor journal to remember your visit. We’ll take time to savor the little things on our stay. Tracy will give daily demonstrations on her signature watercolor techniques, covering glazing, wet-into-wet, color theory, composition and ways to render different textures, from shiny and translucent objects such as glass to rough or rusty surfaces, to the delicate folds of a flower. Learn to work in transparent watercolor with a limited palette. Students will explore the details in the little things, zeroing in on micro subject matter at a macro scale. Students will receive plenty of one-on-one time. Visit website


Location: Saint-Rémy de Provence, France
Instructor: Tracy Lewis
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $3,190
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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Plein Air France: Vineyards & Villages
June 4-11, 2016 — Looking for a great value Plein Air workshop in the south of France? Spend 7 nights in a splendid accommodation set high on a hilltop, overlooking vineyards, olive groves and an ancient village. Daily painting trips with your accomplished instructor to castles, flower fields, walled cities, and seaside vistas. Full board, supplies, and transfers included! Visit website


Location: Minerve, France
Instructor: Mary Lou Boardman
Sponsor: Cerulean-France
Cost: $2600
Email: Nan Dawkins
Phone: 954-663-7250

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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: $3,190
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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Painting in Provence: Watercolor Sketching Workshop
June 11-18, 2016 — Join us for a week of sketching with watercolor as we explore the breathtakingly beautiful landscape and architecturally unique villages of Provence. As a practicing architect, architectural illustrator and watercolor painter, I am passionate about travel sketching and painting, and love to share that passion with others. It does not matter if you have never sketched or painted (or think you can do neither) since I believe everyone can do this with just a little coaxing and coaching. The focus will be on individual expression and exploration. There is nothing that anchors memories (the view; the feel of the sun; the sounds; the smells; the immediacy of the moment) quite like the act of sketching and painting on location. Visit website


Location: Saint-Rémy de Provence, France
Instructor: Adrienne Retief, www.adrienneretief.com
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $3,190
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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ArtisTTable France, Morvan - Plein Air Art Retreat
June 18-25, 2016 — The ArtisTTable takes pride in providing rich art retreat experiences. Escape from your daily routine and concentrate on painting and creative process. We will be in the Morvan region of France because it provides inspiring locations on farms with rolling hills and quaint villages. Beginning and intermediate painters will find a nurturing environment during demonstrations an plenty of one-on-one support and instruction by ArtisTTable artist-founders, Tali Farchi and Royce Deans. Fee for your stay is all-inclusive; lodging, food, transportation from the train, mindfulness training designed to break creative blocks, and a new Writing for Artists Workshop to enable us to write and speak about our art. Read all the details and register online. Visit website


Location: LaRochemillay, France
Instructor: Tali Farchi and Royce Deans
Sponsor: The ArtisTTable
Cost: $1350.00
Email: Royce Deans
Phone: 231.883.1681

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Secret Sacred France
June 18-25, 2016 — Take a step back in time to an unspoiled region in the south of France that is cloaked in medieval mystery. Paint the land of the Cathars, the Knights Templar, the Holy Grail, and iconic sites of intrigue such as Rennes Le Chateau. Each day you will accompany your experienced Plein Air instructor, Inez Hudson, to stunning landscapes throughout this mystical region. The workshop includes 7 days full board (with wine!) in spectacular accommodations, transfers, daily painting trips, lectures and learning activities, wine tastings, basic Plein Air supplies and more! This workshop is a feast for the eyes and the imagination at an unbeatable price! Visit website


Location: Minerve, France
Instructor: Inez Hudson
Sponsor: Cerulean-France
Cost: $2600
Email: Nan Dawkins
Phone: 954-663-7250

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Intermediate Level
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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: $3,190
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: $3,190
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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Painting in Provence: Watercolor Painting Workshop
June 27 - July 4, 2016 — Come explore the South of France with us! The lavender fields will be in full bloom. Sandra works in a fast loose impressionistic style which is structured by solid art principals. She places a strong emphasis on composition, light, atmosphere and lost and found edges. It is also a goal to fill the paintings with energy, passion and emotion. I will demonstrate a painting from start to finish, usually in less than an hour. I talk through the entire process explaining my thoughts about composition, capturing light, color, value changes....everything that goes into the painting is clearly articulated while I paint. I am very comfortable addressing questions while I am painting and encourage student interaction during my demos. Visit website


Location: Saint-Rémy de Provence, France
Instructor: Sandra Strohschein, sandralstrohscheinfineart.com
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $3,190
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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Gourmet painting retreats in 17th century château in SW France
July 2-9, 2016 (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 6 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: 1,595 € All-Inclusive (discount for early registration)
Email: Mike Snow
Phone: (+33) 05.53.24.34.22

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Provence Plein Air
July 17-27, 2016 — This extended workshop includes ten nights in a luxurious chateau set in the heart of Provence, full board, transfers, supplies, and instruction by Liz Hutchinson-Sperry, an accomplished Plein Air expert on painting the French countryside. Drawn by the special light in the region, countless artists such as Van Gogh, Cezanne, Monet and Picasso have painted here. Artists still flock to its stunning vistas, attempting to capture on canvas the blue-purple lavender, the hot yellow sunflowers, and the color-drenched valleys, vineyards, mountains and markets. Accommodations are truly magnificent: A 12th century tower, two terraces with stunning views, a splendid, historic dining hall, a pool and gardens, modern amenities in all bedrooms and an en-suite bathroom for each bedroom. Visit website


Location: Goult, France
Instructor: Liz Hutchinson-Sperry
Sponsor: Cerulean-France
Cost: $4299 USD
Email: Nan Dawkins
Phone: 954-663-7250

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Provence Plein Air II
July 27 - August 5, 2016 — This extended workshop includes eight nights in a luxurious chateau set in the heart of Provence, full board, transfers, supplies, and instruction by Liz Hutchinson-Sperry, an accomplished Plein Air expert on painting the French countryside. Drawn by the special light in the region, countless artists such as Van Gogh, Cezanne, Monet and Picasso have painted here. Artists still flock to its stunning vistas, attempting to capture on canvas the blue-purple lavender, the hot yellow sunflowers, and the color-drenched valleys, vineyards, mountains and markets. Accommodations are truly magnificent: A 12th century tower, two terraces with stunning views, a splendid, historic dining hall, a pool and gardens, modern amenities in all bedrooms and an en-suite bathroom for each bedroom. Visit website


Location: Goult, France
Instructor: Liz Hutchinson-Sperry
Sponsor: Cerulean-France
Cost: $3699 USD
Email: Nan Dawkins
Phone: 954-663-7250

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

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: $3,190
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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Painting in Provence: Watercolor Painting Workshop
September 13-20, 2016 — Each day will include demonstrations of elements of landscape painting with lots of personal instruction. Develop your ability to 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. The goal of Evelyn’s workshops is to share her painting knowledge and experience with each student in the way that will best help them to further their own personal development. Learn how to judge the ratio of pigment and water in order to get the desired color and value the first time, combine pigments for glowing, transparent mixtures, and use your brush most effectively. Visit website


Location: Saint-Rémy de Provence, France
Instructor: Evelyn Dunphy, www.evelyndunphy.com
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $3,190
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: $3,190
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Gourmet painting retreats in 17th century château in SW France
September 17-24, 2016 (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 6 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: 1,595 € All-Inclusive (discount for early registration)
Email: Mike Snow
Phone: (+33) 05.53.24.34.22

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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: $3,190
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: $3,190
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Gourmet painting retreats in 17th century château in SW France
October 15-22, 2016 (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 6 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: 1,595 € All-Inclusive (discount for early registration)
Email: Mike Snow
Phone: (+33) 05.53.24.34.22

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