Can You Hear Me Now? Staying in Touch.

Staying in touch... "Can You Hear Me Now?" You are coming to France, Italy or anywhere in Europe for a one-of-a-kind art retreat, and will be immersed in the color, sight, sensation and utter creation of the experience. You don't want it marred by aggravation when you...

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Tech, Art and a Starry Night.

Carrières de Lumières. Think, marvelous. Think, spectacular. Think, cool. Very Cool. There is nothing to prepare you for what you encounter at Les Baux. You step from bright, hot sunshine into the dark, refreshing, cavernous realm of a fantastic world. Impossible to...

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Instagram for Artists

Why on Earth Should Artists be on Instagram? You are? Good for you!  No? You may have your reasons. Whatever the situation, you should understand why the platform is really a gift for artists. And it's easily the best use of time and energy on social media.  If you’re...

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Indian Yellow: The Ethics of Color

The Unusual Origin. Indian yellow is a strong transparent pigment favored by many artists for its tinting properties. This yellow-orange color’s most alluring characteristic is that it can be used to warm up a color. Added to pink it makes that color turn red. Added...

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Experience more – extend your stay

Come to Paint, Stay to Explore. Your time with us will be full of wonderful painting spots, breathtaking views and charming villages.  But why not take in more? Shouldn't you extend your stay?  Guests ask us "Where should visit?" before or after their workshop or...

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Ultramarine Blue and its Adoring Artists

  The color of Humility and Holiness Look in your paint box and you'll no doubt find Ultramarine Blue, the most widely sold color after white. Artists have adored this blue pigment for millennia. We forget sometimes that paint is simply ground up minerals mixed...

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Workshops in France Scholarship 2019

Scholarship Recipient 2019: Kyle Ma Workshops in France is awarding a full scholarship to one of our retreats or workshops in 2019. We look at the artist's work, his or her passion for painting, level of production and what he or she might attain by attending one of...

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Tips For Tipping in France

A Tip about Tipping Your guide to tipping in France. Don't Tip Excessively! How much should you tip in France? Here's a tip - over tipping can backfire. The French have high respect for their waiters. Very often they aren't just waiting tables until they get a real...

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Pencils. What does H or B or HB mean? 

 Read how the pencil gets its designation. It's a French thing - how appropriate! The mighty pencil, is it H or B or HB and what does it mean?  H is from HAUT. It means HIGH. There is a high quantity of binder creating a harder lead with less graphite deposit. The...

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Do you measure up?

Does the idea of coming to an art retreat scare you? Over the years we have heard people say that when they first came to one of our workshops or retreats that they were nervous. Their nervousness stemmed from things like flying, traveling alone, and the general...

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Tim Horn Workshop in France

Behind the Tim Horn Painting Workshop in Provence. Tim Horn's plein air workshop in Provence is at our château near Avignon. Tim Horn is an internationally admired and collected artist who specializes in landscapes, rural scenes and man-made objects, including cars....

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Traveling with Art Supplies

Traveling with Art Supplies The Workshops in France team has taken the mystery out of traveling with art supplies. The TSA has imposed rules about traveling with all kinds of things, including paints. Every now and again, your bag might be the one that is chosen for a...

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An Interview With Brenda Sleightholme

Interviewer: Shirley Hambrick Brenda Sleightholme is a resident of Fort Langley, British Columbia, Canada. She has had an illustrious career playing piano and has been a music administrator for local, provincial and national festivals. About four years ago, she...

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Must-Knows for Eating Out in France

Must-Knows - tips for eating out in France. France is world famous for its incredible cuisine, and for good reason. The French love their food, and travelers often visit France for the sole purpose of eating their way around. As a foreigner – especially one that...

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Les Baux-de-Provence Quarry of Light and Art

One of The Most Beautiful Villages in France Les Baux-de-Provence is a gorgeous stone village with little shops, narrow streets and small squares. It is known as one of The Most Beautiful Villages in France for good reason! The village used to be a center for mining...

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Instructed Workshop or Uninstructed Retreat?

The Choice of an Instructed Workshop or Uninstructed Retreat? Instructed Workshop or Uninstructed Retreat - what's the difference and what's the correct choice? Since I have done both I thought I would share my insight. I first attended one of Workshops in France’s...

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Au Revoir Peter Mayle

Peter Mayle - Toujours Provence. Sadly, Peter Mayle, the consummate English Francophile who charmingly flaunted the good life of Southern France, passed away in January. But his words live on and continue to inspire me and others like me, who think the grass is simply...

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Cure for the jetlag blues

Cure for the Jetlag Blues. Everyone dreads jetlag. The last thing you want when traveling is to be wide-eyed and awake at night and exhausted during the day. Fortunately, our guests often experience little jetlag when coming to Europe, and it tends to hold off until...

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Loving Vincent

Loving Vincent. By now, just about all artists who are on Social Media will have heard about, if they haven’t already seen, the first full-length feature film, hand-painted in oils, “Loving Vincent”. This remarkable masterpiece just received a Golden Globe nomination...

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Who is Workshops in France and how did it get started?

Where it all began The first of the art workshops in France was staged by Julie Snyder in September 2010, just south of the Loire Valley, France. The idea to bring artists together at beautiful travel destinations had been born many years before. It came from a deep...

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