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Book your workshop before February 1 to receive a set of Rosemary Brushes in any medium!

A wonderful opportunity awaits…

This is a unique invitation to paint, sketch and stay with other artists in a historic French Château or Scottish Manor House. Choose a self-paced art retreat or work with the finest instructors on a workshop.

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. 

Step 1: Claim Your Rosemary Brushes!

Step 2: Choose From Our Workshop Calendar

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2022 Workshops: With instructors

Stewart White  •  Joseph Zbukvic
Marc Hanson and Dottie Leatherwood  

Stewart White Watercolor Workshop

Watercolor Workshop: Stewart White

September 1 – Sept 10, 2022

$5,100.00

Stewart and our guests will reside in a historic château near Avignon, Provence. This château has extensive grounds to serve....

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Joseph Zbukvic Masterclass in Provence

Joseph Zbukvic Masterclass

September 13 - 22, 2022

$5,250.00

Exclusive masterclass workshop followed by a full-immersion retreat in Provence

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Marc Hanson and Dottie Leatherwood_Workshop in Provence

Marc Hanson & Dottie Leatherwood Paint Provence

September 24 – October 3, 2022

$5,100.00

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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2022 Workshop Art Retreats: Uninstructed

Glorious Provence

September 1 - 10, 2022

$4,650.00

The September retreat is a wonderful opportunity to paint with other artists and spend 10 idyllic days in the South of France. All while surrounded by the natural beauty and bounty of Provence.

Encore Provence

September 24 - October 3, 2022

$4,700.00

The September retreat is a wonderful opportunity to paint with other artists and spend 10 idyllic days in the South of France. All while surrounded by the natural beauty and bounty of Provence.

Tuscany Retreat

October 7 - 16, 2022

$4,750.00

 
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.

2023 Workshops: With instructors

 Aldo Balding and Teresa Oaxaca  •  Daniel Gerhartz   •  

Stewart White Watercolor Workshop

Springtime in Provence with Aldo Balding and Teresa Oaxaca

May 5 – May 13, 2023

$5,350.00

Aldo, Teresa and our guests will reside in a historic château near Avignon, Provence. This château has extensive grounds to serve....

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2019 Instructor Daniel Gerhartz

Daniel Gerhartz Workshop and Retreat in Scotland

July 15 – 23, 2023

$5,850

Daniel and our guests will reside in a historic manor estate in Scotland's Angus region. This estate is set in pristine land...

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2023 Workshop Art Retreats: Uninstructed

Primavera in Italy and Under the Tuscan Sky Retreat

May 22-30 & Sept 13-21, 2023

$4,850.00

 
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.

Lavender In Provence

June 4 - 12, 2023

$4,850.00

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.

Majestic Scotland

June 18 - 24, 2023

 $4,950.00

NEW! Premier Art Retreat taking place at the gateway to the Highlands of Scotland where artists will have a rare opportunity to paint in the pristine and beautiful Scottish landscape with first class accommodations. Selling fast. Contact us for information!

All prices are in USD

Online Workshops

 

Quang Ho Online Workshop.
Recordings are now available from this Workshop

Watch these recordings for 6 months from purchase date.

 

Virtual Workshop With Master Painter, Quang Ho

Recordings Available.
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Enjoy 6 months of recording access from the purchase date.

This is a unique opportunity to learn from Quang by looking over his shoulder and watching him paint while he shares his vision and the process of creating a masterful painting. Watch demos, an art talk with Quang, painting assignments, paint-alongs, Q and A sessions and learn from his critiques of participant work. 

 

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

Why wait? Book now! Pack your bags! Let's go!

Retreats Include:

  • 10 days of artistic immersion in France or Scotland.
  • All-Inclusive: Delicious food, wine, accommodation and ground transportation. Offsite lunches and a group dinner outing will be at your own expense. Airfare and train fare not included.
  • Airport pick-up and drop off. We will pick you up between 9:00 am and 6:00 pm on arrival day. Each retreat is different.
  • Paint, sketch and enjoy the good life in beautiful European surroundings.
  • France: Daily painting locations: Private vineyards with wine tasting, Van Gogh’s footsteps, charming hilltop villages and markets. Depending on season and location be prepared to see fields of vermilion poppies or the azur Mediterranean or a sea of lavender…
  • Scotland: Daily painting locations in the Kingdom of Fife and coastal villages of Scotland, majestic lochs, mountain views, castles and museums. Cultural tour of Edinburgh and Glasgow.
  • Balanced itinerary of painting, exploring and relaxation for artists of all media – all levels!
  • Mentoring available on our uninstructed workshops.
  • Learn, live and paint side-by-side with fellow artists.
  • Plenty to do for non-painting partners!

Workshops Include:

  • 10 days of artistic immersion in France.
  • Instruction itinerary is based on the optimum program for each instructor. Specific information is available on their individual pages.
  • All-Inclusive: Delicious food, wine, accommodation and ground transportation. Offsite lunches and a group dinner outing will be at your own expense. Airfare and train fare not included.
  • Avignon Train Station pick-up and drop off. We will pick you up between 9:00 am and 6:00 pm on arrival day. Each workshop is different. Ask about concierge driving service to and from Marseilles Airport.
  • Paint, sketch and enjoy the good life in beautiful European surroundings.
  • Daily painting locations: Private vineyards with wine tasting, Van Gogh’s footsteps, charming hilltop villages and markets. Depending on season be prepared to see fields of vermilion poppies or vineyards laden with grapes or a sea of lavender…
  • Balanced itinerary of painting, exploring and relaxation for artists!
  • Learn, live and paint side-by-side with fellow artists.
  • Plenty to do for non-painting partners!

All Prices are in US Dollars

Step 3: Book your workshop

 

Spaces are limited and selling fast

Guest Reviews

What is memorable is the care and attention to most details, the excellent fellow painters, food and enjoyment of environment and companionship of other artists.
Keith L, Sydney, Australia - 6 time attendee, ‘13, ‘14, ‘15, '16, '17, '18

Thank you personally for your part in one of the highlights of my life. The experience was fun, productive, enriching, and just what I needed. You girls certainly have it all together and do a wonderful job of organizing, entertaining, and executing a perfect event. I enjoyed every day.

Gayle R., FL, USA, Tim Horn Workshop, ’18

The painting workshop was the best time with the best instructors! It was wonderful to spend it together with such talented and friendly people all together in our very own castle. Ten days in heaven, what more can we dream of?

Tim and Lisa B, TX, USA — Romel De La Torre and Tim Tyler Workshop, ’17

Overall experience was enjoyable, surprising, enticing, comfortable, exhilarating, wistful, and hilarious.
There were so many interesting combinations of friends already formed and people ready for new experiences and conversations. The personal issues, heartaches, joys and personalities made for a wonderful adventure. I found Julie to be the Boss, organizing the days, determining the routes and moves, and executing the plans.  Her business mind salted with humor and a keen eye kept the caravan moving and hitting the best spots. Shirley was the Consiglieri, listening, advising, picking up the straggling ends, working smoothly, keeping a light funny touch on all things absurd and important.

Peggy P., WY, USA, Tim Horn Workshop, 2018

Super!  Loved all of it.  You did a great job picking various sites to paint which also provided a touring experience.
Would love to take another workshop — just for the whole experience. I have enrolled in a French class and am currently enjoying my Art History class.  (next week we cover a chapter which has Van Gogh….. and I can say “I’ve been there!”)

Lucy L. GA, USA, Tim Horn Workshop ’18

Such an inspiration!!
As an artist working mostly by myself in my studio, it gets a bit lonely and isolated… [This] was absolute bliss for me!
The sites, the aromas, the vivid colors, the atmosphere, I was filled with wonderful inspiration!! We also made some lovely friends, from the other side of the world! If you need inspiration…go on a retreat, and recharge your batteries. Have a happy painting Holiday!

Liz H., Finland—Sept 2017

Thank you again for another stellar workshop! I had such a great time and enjoyed the camaraderie, making new friends, seeing old friends, and, of course, painting those inspiring scenes of Provence. It never fails to please! The beauty of these workshops is the unencumbered time I spend painting alongside other artists, not worrying about someone else or what’s for dinner, etc. One can paint morning, noon and night if one is so inclined!

Brenda S., British Columbia, CA, 4-time attendee, ’15, ’16, ’17, ’18

My expectations for such an adventure were high before we arrived in Provence but the actual time there with the group far exceeded anything I or my non-painting husband could have imagined. “Bravo!”

Marcia B and Daniel F, NY, USA—Sept 2016

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.

How Workshops In France began.

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