Poppy Season in Provence
10 Day Château Retreat for Artists near Aix-en-Provence
May 6 – 15, 2018 ~ Poppy Season.
Our May retreat is located between the Luberon mountains and the Mediterranean. It is a wonderful opportunity to paint with other artists and spend 10 idyllic days in the South of France. All while surrounded in the natural beauty and bounty of Provence.
We carefully selected this location on a beautiful château estate only 40 minutes from the Mediterranean, but completely secluded in the calm countryside just North of Aix en Provence. (images here). Dinners, transportation and accommodations are included.
Aix is a university town with a thriving cultural center. Here we will visit Cézanne’s studio, left just as it was when he painted there. May is also poppy season! We can paint fields aflame in red and also go to the port town of Cassis where traditional fishing boats make for a great study of the old port. Of course, we make time to explore vineyards and even have special permission to paint there. One was featured in the movie, A Good Year, with Russell Crowe and Marion Cotillard (based on the Peter Mayle book, A Year in Provence).
Your itinerary includes markets, vineyards and visits to breathtaking hilltop villages. We’ve chosen locations where we have access to our vehicles, materials and cafés. Bring your camera because you will be truly inspired by your surroundings and want to snap references to paint later.
After dining together in the great room, we take up various painting related topics for discussion and demos. Although the workshop is not instructed, when painting side-by-side with other artists, you’ll leave the retreat with stronger skills and lifelong connections. Wonderful guests from across the world have joined us for Workshops in France, including painters, photographers, writers, and a sculptor. Hear what they had to say about their experience.
Price is based on double-occupancy. Single rooms are available. Airfare not included. Discounts available for spouses or partners (painting or non-painting.) $500 Deposit required to hold your space.
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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, fishing ports and seaside villages on the Mediterranean, charming villages, markets and poppy-filled 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!