Painting in Provence: 

Provence was designed for painting en plein air with an easel in front of you, a glass of rosé balancing on a rock nearby and a “chapeau de soleil” perched on your head. Monet, Picasso, van Gogh, Gauguin, Dufy, Braque, Signac, Renoir were all inspired to paint the landscapes of Provence. There is so much space in Provence, so many scapes and geometrical lines merging on clifftops, valley bottoms and half-way up mountains, that it makes you feel, you too can take out an easel and start painting. Come join us for the ultimate provencale experience at the luxurious Bastide La Belle, where you are surrounded by the beauty of vineyards, fields of flowers, olive trees and exquisite hilltops villages.


What to expect:

The acrylic workshop will emphasize loose, expressive painting techniques. I’m planning to focus on painting a series, based on specific color combinations and themes. Think about producing a series of paintings or your conceptual solo show. I aim to support you in the completion of at least 3 small paintings in your series. 


Experimentation, risk-taking, spontaneity and expression will be encouraged. Participants will develop conceptual ideas and explore various approaches to abstraction and semi-abstraction as they develop and expand their own artistic voice through the work. Think about painting shapes and colors, and not things. Visual information will be provided with an emphasis on concept, composition, balance, color, design, form and symbolism. Both one-on-one and group reviews are aimed at enhancing individual growth. As participants work at their own level and pace, this retreat is open to the beginner, emerging and established artist.


We will also spend some time at pre-scouted sites in the beautiful Provence landscape to paint en plein air. 



What’s included: 

  • 6 days of artistic immersion.

  • Fine food & wine

  • Accommodation (shared or single occupancy) all with en-suite bathrooms

  • Ground transportation, excursions, meals in restaurants.

  • Paint, sketch and enjoy the good life in the beautiful south of France (Provence) surroundings.

  • Daily painting locations: Private vineyards, charming villages, markets.

  • Balanced itinerary of painting, exploring and relaxation for artists of all skill levels!

  • Learn, live and paint side-by-side with other artists.

  • Plenty to do for non-painting partners!

  • All materials, Charvin acrylic paints, Palette knifes, brushes, drawing equipment, canvas boards and acrylic artist paper. Just bring your own sketch book and camera.


What's not included:

  • Airfare  

  • Dinners

  • Items of a personal nature (toiletries, blow dryer)

  • Travel insurance - recommended and should be done within two weeks of booking


For the duration of the workshop here in Provence, you will be accommodated at the exquisite Bastide la Belle.

Bastide La Belle is located just outside Lorgues, a popular village in the south of France.


145 Chemin de Cogolin, 83510, Lorgues France


+33 (0) 6 95 08 28 13

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