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Watercolor at a Glance with Ron Stocke
May 8-18, 2016 — 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: $3600
Email: Penny Willocks
Phone: US: +1 (415) 331-9641

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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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Portrait Painting with Ted Nuttall
May 22 - June 1, 2016 — Join Ted Nuttall for a portrait painting retreat in an amazing location - the beautiful & historical Languedoc region! 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. Combining days painting in our studio (located in a former medieval wine cellar), with day excursions around scenic southern France, this tour will provide ample opportunity to experience the very best of the region whilst learning from a figurative artist and “Master of Watercolor.” Ted is a signature member of the American Watercolor Society, National Watercolor Society, Watercolor West, Western Federation of Watercolor Societies, and the Transparent Watercolor Society of America. Visit website


Location: Limoux, France
Instructor: Ted Nuttall, www.tednuttall.com
Sponsor: Montfaucon Tours
Cost: $3950
Email: Penny Willocks
Phone: US: +1 (415) 331-9641

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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: Venasque, 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 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: Venasque, France
Instructor: Adrienne Retief, www.adrienneretief.com
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 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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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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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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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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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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French Landscape Workshop with Nina Weiss at Montfaucon
July 3-13, 2016 — Unique 5-star opportunity in South of France! Immerse yourself in Art & Culture...learn to extract your vision from the landscape with an experienced, compassionate, well-traveled instructor! Now in it's 15th year, Nina's European Landscape Workshops provide friendly group dynamics with exceptional one-on-one instruction. Be inspired in and around the picturesque village of Limoux, with its medieval bridges and churches, colorful narrow streets and animated market days. Daily excursions to our favorite surrounding towns with stunning abbey ruins, towering castles, plentiful vineyards and dramatic changing landscapes. Private studio on site; 24-hour access. 5- Star accommodations and dining at the air-conditioned private boutique hotel Montfaucon; a lovingly restored 12th Century villa on the river Aude. Join us for this incredible adventure! Visit website


Location: Limoux, France
Instructor: Nina Weiss
Sponsor: Nina Weiss European Landscape Workshops at Montfaucon
Cost: $3,750
Email: Nina Weiss
Phone: 847-840-0527

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Landscape Painting with Nina Weiss
July 3-13, 2016 — Journey with Nina Weiss to Europe this summer for an unforgettable experience in an amazing location! Study, paint and explore the beautiful & historical landscapes of the Languedoc region in scenic southern France. Relax and enjoy under the guidance and tutelage of an experienced and compassionate teacher, artist, and fellow traveler! 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. We will have transportation to painting sites that offer a wide range of subjects, from unique architecture to typical southern French landscapes: wildflowers, sunflower fields, vineyards, forested hillsides, seaside marshes with exotic birds, and quaint Catalan fishing villages. Visit website


Location: Limoux, France
Instructor: Nina Weiss, www.artendeavors.org
Sponsor: Montfaucon Tours
Cost: $3750
Email: Penny Willocks
Phone: US: +1 (415) 331-9641

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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

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Plein Air Painting in the Lanugedoc with Georgia Mansur
August 20-30, 2016 — Combining days painting in our own studio, with excursions and plein air painting in scenic southern France, this tour will provide ample opportunity to experience and enjoy the very best of the region whilst learning from your instructor, Georgia Mansur. Georgia is a Trained and Certified International Golden Artist Educator, creator of the Georgia Mansur Palette by Daniel Smith Paints, creator of the Artist in Residence Program for Emirates Wolgan Valley, Blue Mountains Australia and Official Emirates Artist in Residence 2012-14 and Official Cunard Artist in Residence 2015, teaching on board Queen Victoria, Queen Elizabeth and QM2. She is also featured in SPLASH 15 book as one of the top 100 Watermedia Artists in the World. Visit website


Location: Limoux, France
Instructor: Georgia Mansur, www.georgiamansur.com
Sponsor: Montfaucon Tours
Cost: $3650
Email: Penny Willocks
Phone: US: +1 (415) 331-9641

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Plein Air Pastel Painting in Southern France
August 23 - September 2, 2016 — Join Terri Ford for 10 fun and educational days of painting in the Lot & Dordogne regions of Southern France. Based at the idyllic Domaine du Haut Baran, the trip will include day trips to charming nearby villages, vineyards & many picturesque, historical locations. Terri will demonstrate techniques that she uses to create her award winning paintings. We will paint at Domain du Haut Baran (indoor studio and French easels available), and travel to neighboring villages and other locations on alternate days. Work closely with Terri or at your own pace and leisure. Enjoy delicious meals and wine along the way. Terri, an Eminent Pastelist with the International Association of Pastel Societies, is an enthusiastic and knowledgable instructor. Visit website


Location: Puy L'eveque, France
Instructor: Terri Ford PSA MP, IAPS EP
Sponsor: Terri Ford PSA-MP, IAPS-EP
Cost: $3700.
Email: Terri Ford
Phone: 408-838-5215

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Landscape Painting with Martha Mans
September 3-13, 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: Martha Mans, www.marthamans.com
Sponsor: Montfaucon Tours
Email: Penny Willocks
Phone: US: +1 (415) 331-9641

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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: $3,190 ($2,990 until April 30th)
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: Venasque, France
Instructor: Evelyn Dunphy, www.evelyndunphy.com
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $3,190
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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Plein Air Painting with Lynn Gertenbach
September 13-23, 2016 — Your 11-day workshop with Lynn will be exhilarating as you share her enthusiasm for Plein Air painting in the beautiful French countryside. Her sincere manner of sharing her vast knowledge with her students has made her a sought after teacher and demonstrator. She focuses on helping each student arrive at a higher level of expression, painting rich and exciting oil studies in nature. 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. Lynn is a graduate and recipient of the lifetime achievement award from the Colorado Institute of Art in Denver and has made more than 12 trips to Europe to paint and teach. Visit website


Location: Limoux, France
Instructor: Lynn Gertenbach, lynngertenbachart.com
Sponsor: Montfaucon Tours
Cost: $3650
Email: Penny Willocks
Phone: US: +1 (415) 331-9641

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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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Landscape Painting with Lori Putnam
September 25 - October 5, 2016 — Spend 11 days touring and painting the region of Lanquedoc, France with Lori Putnam! Explore the culture and paint en plein air the beauty of Aude River Valley with the fields of wildlflowers, vineyards and lush forests. 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. Featured in numerous issues of Art of the West, American Art Collector Magazine, Plein Air Magazine, and Southwest Art, Putnam is recognized as one of the finest American Impressionists of our time. Visit website


Location: Limoux, France
Instructor: Lori Putnam, www.loriputnam.com
Sponsor: Montfaucon Tours
Cost: $3750
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 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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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 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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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: $3,190
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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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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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 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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