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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Non-Painters at Workshops and Art Retreats

Non-Painters at Workshops and Art Retreats

At Workshops in France, we are often asked if it's ok if a non-painting partner comes too and we say, "Absolutely!" We have had husbands and wives, mothers and daughters, sisters and friends at our workshops and art retreats in the past and everyone has a wonderful...

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Susan Lyon: Faces and Figures, A Personal Vision

Susan Lyon: Faces and Figures, A Personal Vision

No doubt you have heard that Workshops in France is hosting a workshop given by world-renowned contemporary figure and portrait painter Susan Lyon. You won’t want to miss! You can see some of her art here. She not only creates breathtaking paintings, but she is also...

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Goat Cheese Tarte with Figs and Caramelized Onions

Goat Cheese Tarte with Figs and Caramelized Onions

At all of our art retreats and workshops, we have one thing in mind: to remove any obstacles between you and your ability to paint as much as you can! There are many ways that we do this but one of the most appreciated is that we make sure there is plenty to eat.

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Cost Saving Travel Tips and Best Time to Buy

Cost Saving Travel Tips and Best Time to Buy

When coming to a workshop, the cost of travel is obviously a major consideration. Many fly to Europe from all over the world, and such flights can carry a hefty price tag. Fortunately, since we have been doing this for quite a long time, we’ve pulled together some very useful tips…

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Meet The Artists of Americans in Paris Paint Provence

Meet The Artists of Americans in Paris Paint Provence

Americans in Paris Paint Province was conceived to be a unique and historical, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to participate in a Château workshop with these five leading artists of our time.  This workshop is a confluence of art, artists and learning that will take...

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Review: ArtTools App for Plein Air Painting.

Review: ArtTools App for Plein Air Painting.

Time is of the essence for the plein air painter.
When you’re painting outdoors and trying to get something down on canvas, time is precious. From the moment you set out that day, you’re battling the sun’s movement across the sky. Anything that can save you time is fantastic…

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Joseph Zbukvic Video “The Three Amigos”

Joseph Zbukvic Video “The Three Amigos”

In September 2020, we will be hosting world-renowned watercolor artist, Joseph Zbukvic’s painting workshop in Provence. Joseph is one of the most highly regarded watercolor masters of our time, and it is hardly surprising that his work is quickly acquired by art lovers, or that his workshops sell out with waitlists.

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Workshops in France Scholarship Program

Workshops in France Scholarship Program

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 exclusively designed for a younger recipient, we are interested in inspiring the next generation of artists…

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Meet Vanessa Rothe—Founder of Americans in Paris

Meet Vanessa Rothe—Founder of Americans in Paris

You may have already heard of our upcoming event called Americans in Paris Paint Provence, which will take place in September 27-October 6, 2020. This once-in-a-lifetime workshop is a co-presented by Americans in Paris and Workshops in France, and will feature...

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Anne Wickham Smith Aids Women in Guatemala

Anne Wickham Smith Aids Women in Guatemala

Anne Wickham Smith recently transformed the purpose for creating artwork, using the sale of her paintings to raise substantial funds to help the women of a Guatemalan village, Xela. In 2004, she took some oil painting lessons and was hooked, going on to study with the some of the best oil painters in the country…

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Can You Hear Me Now? Staying in Touch.

Can You Hear Me Now? Staying in Touch.

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 can’t easily reach friends and loved ones back home…

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Tech, Art and a Starry Night.

Tech, Art and a Starry Night.

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 accurately describe…

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Instagram for Artists

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. 

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Indian Yellow: The Ethics of Color

Indian Yellow: The Ethics of Color

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 to Cerulean Blue it makes a vibrant green.

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