Discovering John Peter Russell: The Lost Impressionist

Discovering John Peter Russell: The Lost Impressionist

Why is it that John Peter Russell is known as Australia’s lost Impressionist? Despite being a gifted painter who landed in Paris at the center of the Impressionist movement today he remains virtually unknown. He was well connected with friends like Monet, Van Gogh, Rodin and more

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Dreaming of Glorious Provence in Glorious Color

Dreaming of Glorious Provence in Glorious Color

If you asked an artist “What would be your dream painting trip look like?”, their answer would inevitably include a myriad of details that perfectly describe the landscape and colors of Provence. Every season in Provence is an artist’s dream, but September ranks high as one of our favorite times to travel to the South of France.

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Hacking Instagram’s Hashtags

Hacking Instagram’s Hashtags

There are plenty of reasons to use hashtags on social media.

By the way, when we talk about social media for artists we’re really talking about Instagram. And the one thing that we know about Instagram is that it’s far from being instant, it takes time. So why invest all that time, if you are not getting results?

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5 Tricks To Take Better Smartphone Pictures

5 Tricks To Take Better Smartphone Pictures

In a world where endless artistic inspiration can be found at any moment, smartphone cameras have changed the game by enabling artists to take great reference pictures for later. It’s vital to capture a good shot…

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Soup Tureen or Chamber Pot?

Soup Tureen or Chamber Pot?

One of our favorite things to do while in France is to visit a vide-grenier. A vide-grenier is literally translated as “empty your attic” and rather than just being a flea market or village-wide yard sale, it can be an event filled with treasures.

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Fine Art + Parisian Fashion

Fine Art + Parisian Fashion

Paris is renowned for many things, including art and fashion. In 2017, Vanessa Rothe lead a group of 12 artists to Paris to experience the kind of life that the renowned painters of the late 1800s knew so well. They painted together, studied the masters at the museums, and discussed the influence of art, literature, architecture, and fashion in their work.

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Art Scholarships for 2021 – Residency in France

Art Scholarships for 2021 – Residency in France

We offer a scholarship opportunity to an artist who is actively pursuing future art goals: this full scholarship will be awarded to one of our exclusive workshops or retreats. Although it is not specifically designed for a younger recipient, we are interested in inspiring the next generation of artists to paint and pursue lives as working artists.

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The French You Already Speak

The French You Already Speak

You Already Know More French Than You Think. Just for fun, we started looking at the French words that have been in common usage in the English language for a long time. Remarkably, many of these words seem to pop up in the realms of culture and cuisine. No surprise...

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Coffee is an Art Form in France

Coffee is an Art Form in France

Coffee in France is an art form, and an art-form that we have researched intensively. We fully expect to spend the rest of our lives continuing our research, just to make sure we don’t miss any nuances.

Our conclusion so far? Yum!

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Workshops in France’s Top 9 Instagram Accounts for Inspiration

Workshops in France’s Top 9 Instagram Accounts for Inspiration

Life is an art.

Inspiration is sometimes needed to keep us motivated. Instagram has inspirational content. They call it inspo.

I am recommending here, 9 super Instagram accounts to follow. When I open my app I expect to see images of fabulous French life, and my soul is filled with inspiration.

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Our Secret’s Out: The Multi-Talented Scott Burdick

Our Secret’s Out: The Multi-Talented Scott Burdick

This coming October, we will be hosting world-renowned artist Susan Lyon in a masterclass in Provence, which is fantastic news for anyone who wants to study with a true master. But the best-kept secret of this masterclass is that Susan’s equally-renowned husband, Scott Burdick, will be joining us and painting right alongside her.

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Rose Frantzen: A National Treasure

Rose Frantzen: A National Treasure

Rose Frantzen is a truly quintessential artist, personifying all that is unique and extraordinary about what it means to be a painter. Working primarily in oil, she specializes in figurative works, landscapes, still lifes, and thematic projects. We are very proud to...

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The Wonder of Lavender in Provence

The Wonder of Lavender in Provence

Your first step into a lavender field is a complete sensory invasion.

First there’s the unique color, and then the unforgettable scent. When a breeze crosses the field, it becomes a sea of undulating purple. Then there’s the constant sound of…

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Bonjour Decoded

Bonjour Decoded

To get the most out of your trip to France, you have to connect with the locals – and the best way to connect is to speak their language. Even if you don't speak French, in large cities like Paris, most locals speak a good amount of English. But if you walk up and try...

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Sorolla at the Hôtel de Caumont, Aix-en-Provence

Sorolla at the Hôtel de Caumont, Aix-en-Provence

For anyone attending one of our two Lavender Art Retreats near Aix-en-Provence this summer, there will be an extra special added event: the Hôtel de Caumont Art Centre in Aix-en-Provence will be presenting an exhibition of the Spanish painter Joaquin Sorolla, entitled Joaquin Sorolla, Spanish Lights.

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The Deal With All the Kissing in France…and How to Handle It.

The Deal With All the Kissing in France…and How to Handle It.

When coming to one of our French workshops for the first time—or simply making a visit to France—you may be startled and perhaps even thrown a curve by all the kissing that goes on. Legendary songwriter and painter Joni Mitchell, a frequent visitor to France, certainly noted it in her song, “In France They Kiss On Main Street.”

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Introducing Our 2020 Scholarship Recipient

Introducing Our 2020 Scholarship Recipient

Once a year, we offer a scholarship to one of our exclusive workshops. The recipient is an up-and-coming artist faithfully chasing their future goals. We do this because we’re very interested in inspiring those who are dedicated to painting and pursuing lives as working artists.

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Carrières de Lumières 2020

Carrières de Lumières 2020

An Immersion into Dali's Creative Mind. While 21st century technology has brought new dimensions to the world of visual art, there is nothing so breathtaking as Les Carrières de Lumières in the village of Les Baux in the South of France. CultureSpaces has created an...

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