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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Experience more – extend your stay

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

Ultramarine Blue and its Adoring Artists

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 with a binder.  In the case of Ultramarine, this rich pigment has a wonderful history.

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Workshops in France Scholarship 2019

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

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? 

Pencils. What does H or B or HB mean? 

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 larger the H number, the lighter the stroke. So, if you need the lightest of touch, use the H pencils. They also stay sharper longer…

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Do you measure up?

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

Tim Horn Workshop in France

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. Most of all, he is a painter of light.

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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 random search, but if you do as we do, you shouldn’t encounter any problems.

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An Interview With  Brenda Sleightholme

An Interview With Brenda Sleightholme

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 returned to painting; the art she loved as a child…

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Must-Knows for Eating Out in France

Must-Knows 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 doesn’t speak French – you might be surprised with French dining customs, so here’s a few tips…

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Instructed Workshop or Uninstructed Retreat?

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 Art Retreat in 2014 and had very little idea of what to expect…

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Au Revoir Peter Mayle

Au Revoir Peter Mayle

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 greener in Provence.

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Cure for the jetlag blues

Cure for the jetlag blues

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 the return home. Either way, our artist coordinator, Julie Snyder, believes she’s found a solution…

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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?

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

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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