10 Day Château Retreat for Artists near Aix-en-Provence
May 28 – 6 June, 2017 ~ 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 have carefully selected this location on a beautiful château estate only 40 mins from the Mediterranean but completely secluded in the calm countryside just North of Aix en Provenece. (images here). Dinners, transportation and accommodations are included.Come visit, paint and explore parts of this area. Aix is a university town, a thriving cultural center. Here is Cézanne’s studio, left just as it was when he was painting there, and it is on our itinerary. Why not stand where he stood and view his personal materials and objects that he used in his still life painting? May is also poppy season! We can paint fields aflame in red! We also go to the port town of Cassis where traditional fishing boats make for a great study of the old port. Of course we explore vineyards, with special permission to paint there. One was filmed in the movie, A Good Year with Russell Crowe and Marion Cotillard (based on the Peter Mayall book, A Year in Provence). And we visit another – because of the many award winning wines – which of course, we sample.
Your itinerary includes markets, vineyards and hilltop villages that will take your breath away. These and more are on our itinerary. And, we choose locations where we have access to our vehicles, materials and cafés. Bring your camera, because you will be truly inspired by your surroundings and will want to snap many references.
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, the take-away is growth, new skills and lifelong connections. To see if this is the right workshop for you, check the F.A.Q. page. We have shared the workshop experience with many wonderful guests; painters, photographers, a writer, a sculptor and artists from three continents. Hear what they say here.
The retreat is designed for artists, by artists.
Price is based on double-occupancy. Single rooms are available. Discounts available for spouses or partners (painting or non-painting.) $500 Deposit required to hold the space.