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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.

Americans in Paris Paint Provence

Americans in Paris Paint Provence

April 13 – April 22, 2021


Unique workshop and with five artists in Provence.
Casey Childs, Michelle Dunaway, David Gray, Olga Krimon, Vanessa Rothe.
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Ray Roberts and Peggi Kroll Roberts Paint Provence

Ray Roberts and Peggi Kroll-Roberts Paint Provence

May 6 – 15, 2021


It’s a painter’s dream: being instructed for 10 days on a historic Provençal Château Estate by the husband-and-wife team of master painters, Ray Roberts and Peggi Kroll Roberts...
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Susan Lyon Paints Provence

Susan Lyon Painting in Provence Workshop

May 28 – June 6. 2021


Susan Lyon with Scott Burdick, Château Workshop in Provence
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Quang Ho and Adrienne Stein Masterclass in Scotland

Quang Ho and Adrienne Stein Masterclass in Scotland

July 9 – 18. 2021


5-day master painting class followed by an art retreat, so that you can explore and create using the principles learned during the class
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Joseph Zbukvic Masterclass in Provence

Joseph Zbukvic Masterclass & Retreat

September 2 - 11, 2021


Exclusive masterclass workshop and full-immersion retreat in Provence

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Marc Hanson and Dottie Leatherwood_Workshop in Provence

Marc Hanson & Dottie Leatherwood Paint Provence

September 14 – 23, 2021


Welcome to an artist’s dream of a workshop: 10-days of intimate instruction from a pair of landscape masters on a French chateau estate...

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Josh Clare Workshop in Provence

September 26 – October 5, 2021


Imagine yourself on a chateau estate in the picturesque South of France while learning and improving your artistic skills by one of today’s brilliant young master artists—Josh Clare...

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Rose Frantzen Workshop in Provence

October 26 – November 4, 2021


This unique experience includes painting models in the landscape, in the studio and at the estate under the guidance of one of the most extraordinary and gifted artists of our time.

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Scottish Retreat

June 23-July 2, 2021


The Kingdom of Fife in Scotland lies north of Edinburgh, at the heart of Scotland and within reach of coastal villages. Includes cultural tours to Glasgow and Edinburgh. 10 days. 

Lavender In Provence

June 9 - 18, 2021


Our June 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 during Lavender Season.



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Tuscany Retreat

October 13 - 22, 2021


The Tuscan art retreat is a celebration of art, artists and la dolce vita in the heart of the Italian countryside. 10-day art retreat. Includes visit to Florence, Siena and other breathtaking locations.

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

The Heart of Scotland

Long daylight hours for painting during the Summer Solstice

Scottish Highlands

Models show up for painting sessions

Make new friends - local and international

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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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