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10 Day Château Retreat for Artists near Avignon
September 3 – 12, 2018 ~ Abundant Provence.
The September retreat is as ideal as it gets. We’ve called it the Abundant Provence Retreat because at that time of year everything seems to be ripe and ready to enjoy. Fill your palette full of color!
The grape-vines will be heavy with fruit and everything from pomegranates to apples and figs will be in abundance. It will still be warm enough to enjoy a refreshing dip in one of the two pools at the chateau. We carefully selected our chateau estate for this retreat, located at the top of a hilltop village near Avignon. All the while, we will be surrounded by the natural beauty and bounty of Provence.
The opportunity to paint with other artists and spend 10 idyllic days in the South of France, comes at a time when tourists have left the area and we can venture forth and paint the region as we find it.
Dinners, transportation and accommodations are included. We will paint on the estate, in the hilltop villages as well as venturing out to paint in the secluded vineyards of Provence.
We also go to St Rémy where Vincent Van Gogh lived. And yes, we will paint where he painted.
Markets? Definitely, don’t forget a little retail therapy as we browse through the open air Provencal markets where we can sample produce, try on clothing and rummage through, probably the best antique market in Provence.
September is the grape harvest (Le Vendange) and we will explore private vineyards, with special permission to paint there. One of the most stunning was featured in the movie, A Good Year, starring Russell Crowe and Marion Cotillard (based on the Peter Mayle book).
Every day has a unique destination to sketch and paint – while also taking time to stop, explore and meet the locals. Your itinerary includes visits to local markets, vineyards and breathtaking hilltop villages. All locations have access to our vehicles, materials and cafes. Bring your camera, because you will be truly inspired by the surroundings and want to snap references to paint later.
After dining at the château we take up various painting related topics for discussion and demos. Just painting side-by-side with fellow artists provides growth, new skills and new friendships. Wonderful guests from across the world have joined this workshop, including painters, photographers, writers and sculptors.
Price is based on double-occupancy. Airfare not included. A $500 deposit is required to hold your space.
This Workshop Includes:
- 10 days of artistic immersion.
- All Inclusive: Fine food, wine, accommodation and ground transportation with one lunch and one dinner at your own expense.
- Paint, sketch and enjoy the good life in beautiful European surroundings.
- Daily painting locations: Private vineyards with wine tasting, hilltop charming villages in the Luberon, markets and sun-drenched views.
- Balanced itinerary of painting, exploring and relaxation for artists of all media – all skill levels!
- Learn, live and paint side-by-side with artists.
- Uninstructed workshop. Mentoring available.
- Plenty to do for non-painting partners!