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Plein Air Painting with John Cosby
October 5-15, 2016 — Join us for a spectacular art tour in scenic southern France! You will have the opportunity to be inspired in and around the picturesque village of Limoux, with its medieval bridges and churches, colorful narrow streets and animated market days. We will venture out to our favorite surrounding towns where you will find stunning abbey ruins, towering castles, plentiful vineyards and dramatic changing landscapes. We will stay at the luxury Montfaucon private hotel where we will enjoy chef-prepared breakfasts and dinners and have use of the Montfaucon studio, easels and art stools. Visit website


Location: Limoux, France
Instructor: John Cosby, cosbystudio.com
Sponsor: Montfaucon Tours
Cost: $4,200
Email: Penny Willocks
Phone: US: +1 (415) 331-9641

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Reclaiming the Goddess in the South of France
October 8-15, 2016 — Reclaim the goddess with this fascinating and inspiring plein air painting workshop for women. In the heart of the South of France, you will embark on a breathtaking journey exploring evidence of the pre-Christian goddess in many forms that are scattered across this beautiful place. You'll harness this inspiration in fantastic plein air painting sessions with renowned instructor, Melissa Harris (author of Painting Outside the Lines). During your journey you will encounter Diana and Cybelle through artwork and architecture, and explore the mystery of Mary Magdalene, with your paintbrush never far away. Stay in a charming guest house with all meals and wine included. A perfect way to embrace the feminine and experience painting in this magical place. Visit website


Location: Carcassonne, France
Instructor: Melissa Harris
Sponsor: Cerulean Blue Enterprises
Cost: $2300 Double Occupancy; $2600 Private Room
Email: Nan Dawkins
Phone: +1 954-663-7250

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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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Painting the Figure in the Landscape with Tina Garrett
April 26 - May 6, 2017 — Join us for an unforgettable painting holiday in scenic southern France! We’ll stay at the beautifully restored luxury private hotel, Montfaucon, where we will enjoy gourmet dinners & breakfasts and have use of the Montfaucon studio, easels and art stools. Tina Garrett has earned a Master Artist designation through the National Oil and Acrylic Painter's Society Signature Member Guild and an ARC Associate Living Master designation by the Art Renewal Center. She has exhibited in galleries across the U.S. as well as the Museum of Modern Art Europe (MEAM) in Barcelona, Spain. Visit website


Location: Limoux, France
Instructor: Tina Garrett, www.tinagarrett.com
Sponsor: Montfaucon Tours
Cost: $3700
Email: Penny Willocks
Phone: US: +1 (415) 331-9641

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Plein Air Painting with Manon Sander
May 17-27, 2017 — During years spent studying oil painting under the tutelage of nationally known oil painters, Manon developed her own distinct style, described as “representational with an impressionistic touch”. Join us for a spectacular art tour in scenic southern France! You will have the opportunity to be inspired in and around the picturesque village of Limoux, with its medieval bridges and churches, colorful narrow streets and animated market days. We will venture out to our favorite surrounding towns where you will find stunning abbey ruins, towering castles, plentiful vineyards and dramatic changing landscapes. We will stay at the luxury Montfaucon private hotel where we will enjoy chef-prepared breakfasts and dinners and have use of the Montfaucon studio, easels and art stools. Visit website


Location: Limoux, France
Instructor: Manon Sander, manonsander.com
Sponsor: Montfaucon Tours
Cost: $3,700
Email: Penny Willocks
Phone: US: +1 (415) 331-9641

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Painting in Provence: Acrylic, Watercolor and Oil Painting Workshop
May 20-27, 2017 — 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. Visit website


Location: Saint-Rémy de Provence, France
Instructor: Kirah Van Sickle, www.kirahfineart.com
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Nov 30th)
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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"Pushing the Envelope" with Gary Bodner
May 20-27, 2017 — This is a chance to live like royalty at the Chateau Allure Du Lac in the Loire Valley, a five-star rental property that is a gracefully decorated, 19th century chateau sitting on a sprawling 105 acre property, with a 22-acre pond, charming island, breathtaking lakeside terrace, swimming pool, palatial lawns, romantic gardens and a forest where wildlife flourish and thrive... all while studying with artist, Gary Bodner, from Atlanta, Georgia. Unleash your personal creativity and paint outside the box! Visit website


Location: Angers, France
Instructor: Gary Bodner
Sponsor: The Art School in Sandy Springs
Cost: $3600
Email: Donna Thomas
Phone: 404.313.7356

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Painting in Provence: Oil Painting Workshop
May 27 - June 3, 2017 — 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". What better way to learn this traditional art form than to step back in time 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. Visit website


Location: Saint-Rémy de Provence, France
Instructor: Jennifer McChristian, jennifermcchristian.com
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $3,390 ($3,190 until Nov 30th)
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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Painting Castles and Gardens in the Loire Valley
June 6-13, 2017 — Embark on this eight day painting holiday which takes you on a journey of discovery through some of the most prominent chateaux and gardens of this famous UNESCO World Heritage Site, appropriately named "the garden of France." Your paintings will be inspired by some of the grandest and most beautiful architectural structures in France like Chenonceau, Clos Luce and Amboise. What better places to create memories with paint! And let's not forget the Gourmet French food and wine!! The fee includes the Watercolor Painting and Journal Sketching Workshop (ink & watercolor), accommodation, all breakfasts, 2 lunches and 5 dinners including drinks, as well as entrance fees to all sites on the tour and a personal bilingual guide throughout the week. Visit website


Location: Loire Valley, France
Instructor: Sonja Hamilton, www.sonjahamilton.com
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $3,190
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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Watercolor at a Glance with Ron Stocke
June 10-20, 2017 — Join us for a plein air painting tour in the south of France! The River Aude, poppy fields, vineyards, old towns and abbeys are just some of the subjects we will paint during this 11 day, 10 night workshop in the beautiful Languedoc region of France. We will have transportation to painting sites and will stay at the luxury Montfaucon private hotel where we will enjoy chef-prepared breakfasts and dinners and have use of the Montfaucon studio, easels and art stools. Ron Stocke holds signature memberships from the American Watercolor Society, the Northwest Watercolor Society and he is an elected member of the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolor. Ron’s award winning paintings and teaching style have made him one of today’s top watercolor instructors. Visit website


Location: Limoux, France
Instructor: Ron Stocke, www.ronstocke.com
Sponsor: Montfaucon Tours
Cost: $3700
Email: Penny Willocks
Phone: US: +1 (415) 331-9641

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Painting Castles and Gardens in the Loire Valley
June 13-20, 2017 — Embark on this eight day painting holiday which takes you on a journey of discovery through some of the most prominent chateaux and gardens of this famous UNESCO World Heritage Site, appropriately named "the garden of France." Your paintings will be inspired by some of the grandest and most beautiful architectural structures in France like Chenonceau, Clos Luce and Amboise. What better places to create memories with paint! And let's not forget the Gourmet French food and wine!! The fee includes the Watercolor Painting and Journal Sketching Workshop (ink & watercolor), accommodation, all breakfasts, 2 lunches and 5 dinners including drinks, as well as entrance fees to all sites on the tour and a personal bilingual guide throughout the week. Visit website


Location: Loire Valley, France
Instructor: Sonja Hamilton, www.sonjahamilton.com
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $3,190
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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Painting in Provence: Pastel Painting Workshop
June 18-25, 2017 — Do you dream of following impressionist paths to artistry in Southern France? Step into history as you paint in Provence, the region that inspired impressionists to paint with vivid subtlety and color. Lori Corradi, an award-winning pastel and oil painter, in the impressionist "plein air" tradition, will guide your path to inspiration. Each day of your journey starts with a demonstration in pastel. Lori teaches sketching fundamentals for composition and concept development, color theory, value choices, developing the focal area, under-painting, layering and blending techniques in pastel. Pastel Artists of all skill levels as well as oil painters are welcomed. Visit website


Location: Saint-Rémy de Provence, France
Instructor: Lori Corradi, loricorradi.com
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Nov 30th)
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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Painting in Provence: Watercolor Journaling Workshop
June 25 - July 2, 2017 — In this week-long Provence workshop, we’ll be immersing ourselves in the history, culture, and beauty of the south 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. 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. The workshop is suitable for all levels, but some experience with drawing and watercolor would be helpful. Visit website


Location: Saint-Rémy de Provence, France
Instructor: Leslie Fehling, www.lesliefehling.com
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Nov 30th)
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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Pastel Painting En Plein Air with Nancie King Mertz
June 30 - July 10, 2017 — Join Master Pastelist, Nancie King Mertz, for a plein air painting tour in the south of France! The River Aude, fields of wildflowers, vineyards, old towns and abbeys are just some of the subjects we will paint during this 11 day, 10 night workshop in the beautiful Languedoc region of France. We will have transportation to painting sites and will stay at the luxury Montfaucon private hotel where we will enjoy chef-prepared breakfasts and dinners and have use of the Montfaucon studio, easels and art stools. Nancie will share tips and techniques used to create her award-winning work. Her teaching method is very one-on-one, helping the artist develop their personal style while learning to capture the light in a rapid, confident manner. Visit website


Location: Limoux, France
Instructor: Nancie King Mertz, nanciekingmertz.com
Sponsor: Montfaucon Tours
Cost: $3700
Email: Penny Willocks
Phone: US: +1 (415) 331-9641

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Painting in Provence: Watercolor Journaling Workshop
July 3-11, 2017 — In this week-long Provence workshop, we’ll be immersing ourselves in the history, culture, and beauty of the south 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. 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. The workshop is suitable for all levels, but some experience with drawing and watercolor would be helpful. Visit website


Location: Saint-Rémy de Provence, France
Instructor: Leslie Fehling, www.lesliefehling.com
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Nov 30th)
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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Intermediate Level
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Painting in Southeast France: Oils and Pastel Painting Workshop
August 25 - September 1, 2017 — Join me for this fabulous painting vacation in a fun, relaxed and extremely beautiful setting of the French Alps. Everything is taken care of while we enjoy our time painting, taking photos and learning many of the customs and traditions of the area – and of course, enjoying the food! This workshop is for beginner to advanced artists working in oils or pastels. My teaching method will include daily demonstrations, group discussions, written handouts covering the basics of plein air painting and lots of one on one advice and guidance at your easel. We will work on creating expressive paintings, learning to quickly capture the essence of a particular scene. Knowing how to emphasize the play of light and shadow can add real excitement to your work. Visit website


Location: Aix-les-Bains, France
Instructor: Elaine Monnig, elainemonnig.com
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $2,790 ($2,590 before Nov 30th)
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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Plein-air Watercolor Painting with Art Adventures
September 2-16, 2017 — Join us in scenic southern France! Your tour will include some of the most beautiful and ancient towns in the area where you will have plenty of time to paint, photograph and shop! We’ll hit Market Day in Mirepoix, enjoy the peaceful surroundings of Alet-les-Bains as we paint the antique bridges and buildings. We’ll stay at the beautifully restored luxury private hotel, Montfaucon, where we will enjoy gourmet dinners & breakfasts and have use of the Montfaucon studio, easels and art stools. Susan and Lee are both award winning watermedia painters. Students get twice the attention and input from these two veteran teachers who compliment each other with their love of painting, passion for travel, and nurturing of fellow artists. Visit website


Location: Limoux, France
Instructor: Susan Cowan & Lee Baughman
Sponsor: Montfaucon Tours
Cost: $4350
Email: Penny Willocks
Phone: US: +1 (415) 331-9641

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Painting in Provence: Travel Watercolor Sketching
September 4-11, 2017 — 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 time! 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. Maximum of 12 particpants. Visit website


Location: Venasque, France
Instructor: Deborah Rubin, www.deborahrubin.com
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Jan 30th)
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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Watercolor Painting Workshop with Don Andrews
September 10-21, 2017 — Join us for an unforgettable painting workshop in France! All levels of painting experience welcome. Don is a graduate of the Ringling School of Art in Sarasota. His paintings have received numerous awards in national competitions, including many awards from the American Watercolor Society. A nationally known artist and teacher, Don has conducted over 200 painting workshops throughout North America and Europe. He is the author of Interpreting the Figure in Watercolor, Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Watercolor, and Rough Sketches, as well as the video, Making Watercolor Glow. Don's newest book is called, Interpreting the Landscape in Watercolor. Visit website


Location: Honfleur and Dinan, France
Instructor: Don Andrews
Sponsor: Flying Colors Art Workshops
Cost: $3,695 painters, $3,495 non-painters
Email: Johanna Morrell
Phone: 858-518-0949

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Painting in Provence: Watercolor Painting Workshop
September 11-18, 2017 — Paint en Plein Air in Provence - the perfect environment where color and light meet together to produce stunning results. Academically trained master watercolorist Vladislav Yeliseyev (Vlad) will show you how to quickly capture the essence of the scenery with a dynamic and powerful impressionistic approach. All levels of watercolor painters are welcome. Vlad is a professional drawing and watercolor teacher at Renaissance School of Art in Sarasota Florida. His work is featured on the cover of the January 2016 Watercolor Artist magazine, and he was awarded Best of Show in the 2016 Mountain Maryland Plein Air event. Maximum of 12 participants. Visit website


Location: Venasque, France
Instructor: Vlad Yeliseyev, www.artist-yeliseyev.com
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Jan. 30th)
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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Plein Air Painting with Joe Anna Arnett
September 16-26, 2017 — Paint en plein air in the beautiful Languedoc region in the southwest of France. Based in the charming town of Limoux, Montfaucon Tours gives you the very best of the region. From the food, wine and landscapes, experience all the region has to offer. Montfaucon is a luxury private hotel. While still maintaining aspects of the original building from the 12th century, Montfaucon has been elegantly renovated to combine the rich local history with modern amenities. Day excursions for plein air painting in scenic southern France with a lovely studio (located in a former medieval wine cellar) available to the artists, this tour will provide ample opportunity to experience the very best of the region while learning from Joe Anna. Visit website


Location: Limoux, France
Instructor: Joe Anna Arnett, joeannaarnett.com
Sponsor: Montfaucon Tours
Cost: $3700
Email: Penny Willocks
Phone: US: +1 (415) 331-9641

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Painting in Provence: Watercolor Painting Workshop
September 18-25, 2017 — 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 attention. The day concludes with an informal review of the day's work over a glass of wine, watching the day slide into evening. 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. Visit website


Location: Venasque, France
Instructor: Michael Reardon, www.mreardon.com
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Jan. 30th)
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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Painting in Provence: Watercolor Journaling Workshop
September 25 - October 2, 2017 — Does the thought of travel journaling attract yet intimidate you? Then come join me for a week of sketching and painting the beautiful sites in and around Provence. We will travel light with just a small bag of watercolor supplies, a journal and your camera. No need for travel easels, unless that is something you wish to use. So if you are new to sketching and painting in a journal there will be plenty of opportunities to create your own unique and colorful images. Or, if you are ready to learn how to sketch village shops or buildings, then Cynthia will give you a simplified method for conquering your fear of perspective. Each daily excursion will provide new opportunities for journal entries. Visit website


Location: Venasque, France
Instructor: Cynthia Sexton, cynthia-sexton.com
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Jan. 30th)
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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