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This is a unique invitation to paint, sketch and stay with other artists in a historic French Château.

Let us introduce you to Provence over 10 days of artistic immersion in the idyllic South of France. We are your guides to a distraction-free experience making great art, while enjoying the natural beauty and bounty of Provence.

Stewart White Watercolor Workshop

Aldo Balding and Teresa Oaxaca in a French Chateau

May 6 – May 14, 2023


Aldo, Teresa and our guests will reside in a historic château near Carcassonne, France. This château has extensive grounds to serve....

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Stewart White Watercolor Workshop

Joseph Zbukvic and Lisa Wang

April 24 – May 2, 2023


Sign up now to register for the Joseph Zbukvic and Lisa Wang workshop in Provence. 

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2019 Instructor Daniel Gerhartz

Daniel Gerhartz Workshop and Retreat in Scotland

July 15 – 23, 2023


Daniel and our guests will reside in a historic manor estate in Scotland's Angus region. This estate is set in pristine land...

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Stewart White Watercolor Workshop

Lavender Season with Georgia Mansur

June 4 – June 12, 2023

 $ 5,200.00

Georgia Mansur joins us for a special workshop that is taking place during Lavender Season. Join Georgia as she unravels the mystery of plein air painting in Provence... 

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2019 Instructor Daniel Gerhartz

Dave Santillanes Workshop in Provence

October 1 – 9, 2023


Dave Santillanes' unique plein-air painting workshop in idyllic Provence. Open to artists of all levels. Join award-winning artist Dave and learn to create stunning, atmospheric paintings...

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2023 Workshop Art Retreats: Uninstructed

Primavera in Italy Art Retreat

Primavera in Italy

May 22 - 30, 2023


The Tuscan art retreat is a celebration of art, artists and la dolce vita in the heart of the Italian countryside. 9-day art retreat. Includes visit to Florence, Siena and other breathtaking locations.
Lavender Season, Provence, Art Retreat,

Lavender In Provence

June 4 - 12, 2023


Our June retreat is located between the Luberon mountains and the Mediterranean. It is a wonderful opportunity to paint with other artists and spend 9 idyllic days in the South of France during Lavender Season.

Primavera in Italy Art Retreat

Poppy Season

May 6 - 14, 2023


Poppy Season is at its height in Southern France in May during this uninstructed art retreat. Your accommodation is an authentic 13th-century chateau. Join us for an idyllic experience for artists of all media. 

Majestic Scotland

June 18 - 25, 2023


NEW! Premier Art Retreat taking place at the gateway to the Highlands of Scotland where artists will have a rare opportunity to paint in the pristine and beautiful Scottish landscape with first class accommodations. Selling fast. Contact us for information!

Glorious Provence, Art retreat

Glorious Provence

Sept 1 - 9, 2023


Glorious Provence, our celebrated art retreat based in the heart of the Vaucluse region of Provence.
Under the Tuscan Sky Art Retreat

Under the Tuscan Sky Retreat

Sept 13 - 21, 2023


The Tuscan art retreat is a celebration of art, artists and la dolce vita in the heart of the Italian countryside. 9-day art retreat. Includes visit to Florence, Siena and other breathtaking locations.
Glorious Provence, Art retreat

Mighty Mini Art Retreat

October 12-17, 2023


We are excited to welcome our artists to an enriching and compact version of our legendary art retreats. This is the perfect chateau-based art experience where you can devote time to your painting...

All prices are in USD

2024 Workshops: With instructors

JoAmericans in Paris •  Aldo Balding and Teresa Oaxaca  •  Daniel Gerhartz

Online Workshops


Quang Ho Online Workshop.
Recordings are now available from this Workshop

Watch these recordings for 6 months from purchase date.


Virtual Workshop With Master Painter, Quang Ho

Recordings Available.
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Enjoy 6 months of recording access from the purchase date.

This is a unique opportunity to learn from Quang by looking over his shoulder and watching him paint while he shares his vision and the process of creating a masterful painting. Watch demos, an art talk with Quang, painting assignments, paint-alongs, Q and A sessions and learn from his critiques of participant work. 


2020 Workshops and Retreats Schedule

With or without instruction - you choose!

France and Scotland

Live and paint side-by-side with fellow artists

Premium retreats and workshops

Created for artists by artists

We are your guides to a distraction-free experience

Balanced itinerary of painting, exploring and relaxation

Scottish Highlands

Models show up for painting sessions

Make new friends - local and international

Why wait? Book now! Pack your bags! Let's go!

All Prices are in US Dollars

About The Art Engine

The Château Retreat for Artists and Workshops in France is organized by The Art Engine, a resource organization for visual artists.

We have a mission to bring artists together in wonderful destinations to become inspired by their surroundings and the creativity that comes from working in small enrichment groups. These retreats are designed to give our guests an ideal environment for making art while enjoying themselves to the fullest following a tradition of artists traveling and living together. The South of France was selected for the fantastic weather, sensational scenery, the rich tapestry of historical towns and villages, not to mention the cuisine and wines of one of France’s most abundant regions.

Since the life of the working artist can be a very solitary enterprise, confined to a lonely studio, the Château Retreat for Artists was conceived to fill this void with a highly enriching experience to make memories and friendships that will last a lifetime.

Your Art Retreat Leader

11935068_10153107680488601_3869645345222350051_nThe Art retreats are non-instructed. The retreats are led by Julie Snyder, an experienced traveler who works tirelessly to make the experience exceptional for all guests. She is passionate about art, exploring new places and sharing these opportunities with other artists. She is an award winning artist in her own right.

A native of Scotland, Julie Snyder was encouraged to pursue her art by an artist-mother and a writer-father. She studied at the Glasgow School of Art.

Snyder’s artistic career has spanned both sides of the Atlantic and included several years of residence in Southern Spain. Julie Snyder forged her craft as an illustrator in advertising, publishing and the motion picture industry.

Her work hangs in collections and galleries across the USA and in Europe. The National Art Museum of Sport honored her three times, including her paintings in their exhibits and awarding her the prestigious gold medal for painting in 2013 for her painting “Daily Drill”. Her painting, “Blinn House Kitchen Chefs” hung in Contemporary Masters | Artistic Eden exhibition at the Pasadena Museum of History. She has exhibited with The Oil Painters of America at the SorrelSky Gallery, Santa Fe, the Waterhouse Gallery, Santa Barbara; and the Howard/Mandeville Gallery in Washington; Addison Art Gallery in Massachusetts, The Boston International Fine Arts Show, Silvana Gallery’s International Salon of Figurative Art and with the California Art Club.

Julie Snyder also an advocate for the arts. She spent years working in promotion and marketing and uses her experience to promote the arts. She is a program coordinator for The Art Engine, and is a frequent seminar presenter for art marketing and art collecting workshops with DanielakFineArt.

To learn more about her work visit her website,

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