Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Painting in the French Alps: Watercolor Painting Workshop"
August 25 - September 1, 2018
 

This workshop will satisfy the artistic soul in every artist. Not only is the scenery is to die for, (I mean it is the gorgeous French Alps after all), but our host (Jackie Grandchamps, founder of French Escapade) looks after us so well, you won’t want to go home! Although students are encouraged to work in whatever medium they prefer, Rae will be demonstrating her techniques in pastels and some watercolor; however she will give ‘at easel’ instruction in the medium of the individual’s choice. A painter of many genres, Rae’s style is loose and free in whatever media she chooses.
 
Location: Haute-Savoie, France
Instructor: Rae Andrews, www.raeandrews.com
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Jan. 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting in the French Alps: Watercolor Painting Workshop"
September 2-9, 2018
 

Come explore the magnificient French Alps 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.
 
Location: Haute-Savoie, France
Instructor: Frank Eber, frankeber.com
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Jan. 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Southern France: Painting Retreat in the Dordogne region"
September 7-13, 2018
 

Stay in a retreat complete with gardens, vineyard, pool and Art Studio. Enjoy gourmet meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner and picnics), visit grottoes, outdoor markets, etc! You’ll have plenty of painting time, mixed with sightseeing, so you return home with lots of photos to paint from!! Beginners (with at least minimal experience in sketching) up to advanced levels. Let Helen guide you through painting plein air...we all start somewhere and she'll make it easy! Pen & Ink, Watercolor, Gouache, water-soluble crayons, or graphite. Acrylics are also acceptable if you are already comfortable using them. No oils please since Helen is allergic to them.
 
Location: Gourdon, France
Instructor: Helen K Beacham
Cost: 2000 Euros
Sponsor: Perigord Retreats
Website, email, 843-408-5240


"September in Southern France, Travel-Workshop"
September 11-18, 2018
 

Join Lisa Pressman and Norma Hendrix in the stunning landscape of the Village of Durfort. Our lodging, meals and studio space will be at La Cascade. And our exploration of the region will be our inspiration and resource for a week of creative exploration. On our outings we will photograph and draw while being mindful of all our senses. In the studio we will be experimenting with a range of materials including: R&F pigment sticks, oil paint, cold wax, graphite, ink, and pastels. There is a freedom of gesture, movement and process that occurs when painting with these materials. A variety of techniques, tools and exercises are used to explore personal imagery – abstract as well as representational.
 
Location: Durfort, France
Instructor: Lisa Pressman
Cost: $3,000
Sponsor: Cullowhee Arts
Website, email, 828-342-6913


"Gourmet Artists Retreat in Southwest France"
September 15-22, 2018
 

Imagine painting in a 17th century château in the middle of wine country in rural France. Relax, unwind, discover and deepen your artistic creativity. All-inclusive, quality accommodations, outstanding cuisine, art materials, sightseeing, and instruction. Small classes for personal attention with the insightful guidance of International artist Mike Snow. Discover untapped painting skills and grow your artistic talents with this intense immersion into creativity.
 
Location: Saussignac, France
Instructor: Mike Snow
Cost: 1,595 €
Sponsor: Snow & White
Website, email, +33 5 56 24 34 22


"Painting in Provence: Watercolor Painting Workshop"
May 3-10, 2019
 

Being immersed in the gorgeous scenery of Provence, France, we’ll be capturing its beauty and light through Plein air painting in Watercolor. Using painterly, impressionistic brush strokes, we’ll focus on capturing the luminosity of the city’s colorful areas throughout the day. Students will learn the “how tos” of seeing light on form, understand temperatures of light and shadow and work with values and edges for creating depth in their inspiring paintings of France. We’ll return home with memories of this amazing painting experience as well as painting sketches that will affect our painting styles and gain inspiration for future work.
 
Location: Venasque, France
Instructor: Betty Carr, www.bettycarrfineart.com
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Nov 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting in Provence: Art Journaling Workshop"
May 10-17, 2019
 

Join Jacqueline Newbold on an artistic journey of creative expression! We will incorporate watercolor and mixed-media art journaling techniques as we explore Provence, rich with sights, sounds and colors – all wonderful inspiration for developing your artistic eye. The local colors will inspire us as we play with luscious ochres and rich gem-tone colors from the surrounding landscapes. Jacqueline will share her favorite ideas for creating paintings-on-the-go using watercolor washes and mixed-media ideas. Discover how magically enjoyable it is to record your life voyages as you slow down and savor your time in France. This workshop is available for all levels – beginners and experienced artists are all invited to come along on this delightful journey!
 
Location: Venasque, France
Instructor: Jacqueline Newbold, djnewbold.blogspot.com
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Nov 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting Mediterranean Villages: Watercolor Painting Workshop"
May 26 - June 2, 2019
 

Dreaming of painting in the South of France? You can make your dream come true. Join Kathy Rennell Forbes for daily painting demos and hands on instruction in the incandescent light in the Mediterranean Villages of Southern France. You will learn about composition, mixing colors and capturing the outdoor landscapes of the great masters. We will travel light with just a small bag of watercolor supplies and journal to paint your golden memories while also exploring this magical destination. Kathy encourages your own painting style while sharing her watercolor secrets. You will bring home a personalized journal of your discoveries that you can share with others and inspire you to paint larger versions back home.
 
Location: Vence, France
Instructor: Kathy Forbes, www.artbykrf.com
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Nov 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Herman Pekle - Painting Paris and Surrounds"
June 8-15, 2019
 

Picture yourself painting and touring the French countryside and Paris too, with internationally acclaimed artist, Herman Pekel. Herman has great ideas and will guide you to make painting fun and fast. You will learn about color mixing, glazes, composition, drying time, thickness and edges to create an impressionist painting you never thought possible with watercolor. Enjoy lots of painting action, one-on-one instruction, wonderful meals and wine, and iconic sights! Come, explore Paris, Versailles, visit the local villages, see Monet's Gardens, and more. We have a full itinerary with you in mind so don't miss this workshop of a lifetime for travel enthusiasts and all levels of artists. See the full itinerary on our website.
 
Location: Paris/Versailles, France
Instructor: Herman Pekel
Cost: $3400 most all inclusive except airfare to/from Paris
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Painting in Provence: Watercolor Painting Workshop"
June 15-22, 2019
 

Join Kristi in magical Provence! When you paint a place, you really get to know it. Plein Air is not just a record of what you see but how that place makes you feel. Learn how to tell your story in watercolor. We will cover basic techniques which will give you the language needed to communicate visually. Design & composition is one of Kristi’s strong suits and she will demonstrate on site with lots of individual help as needed. We will strive for a relationship with the medium, learn to trust what the paint does on its own and recognize those “happy accidents” when they occur!
 
Location: Venasque, France
Instructor: Kristi Grussendorf, www.kristigrussendorf.com
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Nov 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting in the French Alps: Watercolor Painting Workshop"
June 17-24, 2019
 

Come explore the magnificent French Alps with us! The Alps are a dream destination for a plein air artist because of the spectacular scenery you will encounter: alpine meadows, cobblestoned villages, waterfalls, glaciated peaks, wildflowers, clean lakes, chalet with flowers from window boxes. One of the highlights of the tour is Annecy, a beautiful medieval city surrounded by canals and mountains. Daily demonstrations will help you with composition, color harmony and the play of light on objects. All skill levels are welcome.
 
Location: Haute-Savoie, France
Instructor: Sonja Hamilton, www.sonjahamilton.com
Cost: $3,190 before Nov 30 ($3,390 after Nov 30)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting in Provence: Watercolor Painting Workshop"
June 22-29, 2019
 

Join Kristi in magical Provence! When you paint a place, you really get to know it. Plein Air is not just a record of what you see but how that place makes you feel. Learn how to tell your story in watercolor. We will cover basic techniques which will give you the language needed to communicate visually. Design & composition is one of Kristi’s strong suits and she will demonstrate on site with lots of individual help as needed. We will strive for a relationship with the medium, learn to trust what the paint does on its own and recognize those “happy accidents” when they occur!
 
Location: Venasque, France
Instructor: Kristi Grussendorf, www.kristigrussendorf.com
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Nov 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Studio Provence and Barcelona Art Tour 2019"
July 1-12, 2019
 

A seven-day plein-air painting workshop in the Alpes de Haute Provence combined with a four-day art history tour in the magnificent city of Barcelona. Open to artists of all levels and all media. Small groups, personalized instruction and an intimate environment that fosters creativity and fun. A unique opportunity to paint in the land of Cézanne when the lavender is in its glory, to visit Barcelona’s great art and architecture and to enjoy famous Provencal and Catalan cuisine. Price of CAD 3685 around US$2830 as of March 2018) includes 11-night double accommodation, 11 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners, transportation to all sites on schedule, TGV train ticket Avignon-Barcelona and entrances to all museums and sites on schedule.
 
Location: Manosque, France
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$2830
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Painting Like Van Gogh"
July 17-25, 2019
 

In this exciting workshop for artists, we will be painting daily in the exact locations where Van Gogh walked, painted and had a gallery. The brilliant blues, warm golds, and lavender of southern France are what brought him to the area. Award-winning professional artist Sharon Rusch Shaver will offer guidance and demonstrations to capture subject matter that Van Gogh loved about the area. You will enjoy en-suite accommodations in an authentic historic Maison, ground transfers to sites, and gourmet chef-prepared meals. All mediums and levels of ability are welcome. Join us in 2019 for this exciting adventure for artists! Book early for special discounts!
 
Location: Arles, France
Instructor: Sharon Rusch Shaver
Cost: $3,800
Website, email, 615-451-7304


"Painting in the French Alps: Watermedia Painting Workshop"
August 25 - September 1, 2019
 

Come explore the magnificent French Alps with us! This is a mixed-media workshop, and I will demo in watercolor and/or acrylic with occasional dabblings into collage and texture. We’ll work both on location and in the studio. Our days are relaxed and informative (with lots of good food and laughing in the mix). If you are a first-time plein air painter (and afraid), you’ll find it painless! Advanced painters will discover new techniques and creative solutions with color & design, which will move your work to a new level. There will be demos, hand-outs and personal attention. The best part is our camaraderie, learning from each other, sharing our adventures and painting incredible memories.
 
Location: Haute-Savoie, France
Instructor: Kathie George, www.kathiegeorge.com
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Jan. 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting in the French Alps: Watercolor Painting Workshop"
August 28 - September 4, 2019
 

Come explore the magnificent French Alps with us! Each day will include demonstrations of elements of landscape painting with lots of personal instruction. Develop your ability to look at the complexity of the scene in front of you, and focus your vision so that you can 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.
 
Location: Haute-Savoie, France
Instructor: Evelyn Dunphy, www.evelyndunphy.com
Cost: $3,190 before Jan. 31 ($3,390 after Jan. 31)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting in the French Alps: Watermedia Painting Workshop"
September 1-8, 2019
 

Come explore the magnificent French Alps with us! This is a mixed-media workshop, and I will demo in watercolor and/or acrylic with occasional dabblings into collage and texture. We’ll work both on location and in the studio. Our days are relaxed and informative (with lots of good food and laughing in the mix). If you are a first-time plein air painter (and afraid), you’ll find it painless! Advanced painters will discover new techniques and creative solutions with color & design, which will move your work to a new level. There will be demos, hand-outs and personal attention. The best part is our camaraderie, learning from each other, sharing our adventures and painting incredible memories.
 
Location: Haute-Savoie, France
Instructor: Kathie George, www.kathiegeorge.com
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Jan. 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting Mediterranean Villages: Watercolor Painting Workshop"
September 1-8, 2019
 

Join me in Tuscany for a truly memorable week! The most enjoyable painting I do is when I paint outdoors. There is an intimacy and sense of “being there” that only occurs when you take the time to slow down and record your surroundings in watercolor- and what surroundings we will have! We will tour daily with an easy schedule of demonstration, one on one critique, and group discussions designed to build your confidence and ability alike. You may paint or explore or do both on any given day. I will be there to guide you through my approach to painting en plein air and help you take your watercolors to the next level! The course is limited to 12 students.
 
Location: Vence, France
Instructor: Iain Stewart, iainstew.fineartstudioonline.com
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 before Jan. 31)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


 

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