The Retreat & Workshops
“My time with Workshops in France was an unforgettable experience, and exceeded expectations. The opportunity to soak in beautiful views for art-making was one thing, but meeting a group of international artists, all with their own personalities and creative styles, was the real treasure. At first I was nervous to be traveling alone, but everything ran so smoothly the moment I touched down in Italy. I found a beautiful connection to Italian culture, and the abundant art history within each of the surrounding cities that we visited as a group. I look forward to exploring more workshops and retreats in the future!”
“I am sitting at a corner cafe in Paris having just wrapped up my workshop in Provence through Workshops in France with Julie Snyder and her awesome upbeat staff. And, yes, I have to pinch myself from time to time to see if I am not dreaming.
The locations were incredible. I could not be more impressed with the way Julie manages her workshop experiences.
I loved my students’ willingness to try new approaches to painting. So good to be traveling again and the French are in a word. EXTRORDINAIRE.
I want to tell you, I had the best time with you showing us your beautiful Scotland. Scotland is a gem to be sure, it really does feel like home to me! It was so wonderful to meet you after all the communication over the last few years. Hopefully we can meet up in the future.
Thanks to you and Julie it was a wonderful trip for me and all participants. Julie is wonderfully energetic, and of course Lauren and Jerome were so wonderful, always cheery and supportive, each a joy to be around.
I had a really fun time with Jane and Barbara in the village Fountain House. It was a very good mix, could not have been better.
I’ve always believed in “designing my life” rather than waiting for something to come around the corner. In that regard, I decided to make a left-hand turn in my life and do something completely different after teaching piano since I was 16 years old. I was at a turning point, and while pursuing the internet came across an ad for Workshops in France. It was a brave and bold move to come to Provence on my own not knowing what to expect and with no real skills.
Luckily it went far beyond my expectations, and I enjoyed a wonderful ten days in a beautiful chateau outside of Avignon, eating gourmet French meals, quaffing interesting wines and interacting with artists from around the world. As a newbie I received lots of inspiration just looking over people’s shoulders; everyone was willing to share their expertise and Julie was a great mentor. This needed to be repeated and become part of my yearly activities. The format suited me; I loved exploring new villages and finding the perfect spot to while away a few hours totally absorbed in painting. I have made some really good friends. that I continue to stay in touch with them. I am now signed up for my fifth Art Retreat [with WIF]. and at each one I feel I grow artistically and am always wanting more. It’s become part of my life with so many benefits!
I want to thank you and your team for such a wonderful 10 days at the Chateau. You looked after us so well..answered every question and met every need.
I learned so much from Daniel that I have been painting like a mad woman since I returned home! I have been able to incorporate what he taught us and it has made such a difference to my work. I feel better informed about what I am doing..and he taught me to look at models and still life differently.
So.. please pass on my thanks to everyone. It was a remarkable experience and a time I will cherish….. Thank you.
The workshop in France was an incredible experience.
We all stay at the same chateau and it was just like one big family. Julie and Shirley go above and beyond in the hospitality. If you have I dietary issue they handle it beautifully.
I learned so much from Quang Ho, it was truly a great experience. I would highly recommend going to Workshops in France.
My stories from this incredible adventure are as expansive as the poppy fields. I am grateful for the chance that Workshops in France gave me to explore and grow and stamp 30 [years old] as one heck of a year! I am also grateful for a husband who supports my dream and wanted to help put a cherry on top of this trip with all that Paris had to offer…
Guest Interview: Amy
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.
2018 will make my third visit to Provence with Julie, Shirley and their wonderful helpers.
I love every aspect of this true holiday. Meeting a variety of different artists, sharing ideas and learning so much from all of them, painting at whatever pace and whenever you wish are the foundations of the retreat. Add that to being driven about to stunning villages and landscapes, being wined and dined in luxury and you have a holiday you want to keep returning to. I cannot recommend the retreat more highly.
The June Workshop was different from the first one I attended. In lieu of the Fall grape harvesting, I had the intoxicating pleasure of seeing and painting beautiful fields of lavender on gently rolling hills. We discovered new and interesting little towns in Provence – away from the crowded cities full of tourists – and everywhere I gazed I saw a picture to be captured in paint!
Just got home from a wonderful stay in Provence. ❤️ We painted everyday in beautiful places, great food, and made some good friends. I’d do it again.
Overall experience was enjoyable, surprising, enticing, comfortable, exhilarating, wistful, frustrating, and hilarious.
There were so many interesting combinations of friends already formed and single people ready for new experiences and conversations. The personal issues, heartaches, joys and challenging personalities made for a wonderful adventure. I found Julie to be the Boss, organizing the days, and determining the routes and moves, and executing the plans. Her business mind salted with humor and a keen eye kept the caravans moving and hitting the best spots. Shirley was the Consiglieri, listening, advising, picking up the straggling ends, working smoothly with her lovely daughter, keeping a light funny touch on all things absurd and important.
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!”)
I was so happy to have been on the retreat in Provence. Such an inspiration!!
As an artist working mostly by myself in my studio, it gets a bit lonely and isolated… [The trip] 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, you feel lonely, this is the thing you need to do—go on a retreat, and recharge your batteries. Have a happy painting Holiday!
A testimonial will usually include some suggestion for an improvement to balance the description. I can honestly say that in my opinion, nothing could have been improved. I enjoyed the pace of each day. There was a sense of being supported and guided to the very best experience possible. The fellow travelers were happy and nothing was missing. Workshops In France gave me a quality of experience way beyond my expectation.
Paint with a group of artists in France, particularly Provence. I found the perfect trip with Julie Snyder”s Workshops. Julie led us with great zest and enthusiasm! Our accommodations at the chateau were fantastic and the food and wine superb. We had such fun with this wonderful group of people.
The trip was an artistic journey, so well coordinated all the artists had to do was create. It was a trip of a lifetime for me; from painting in the field with the horses to the warm welcome of the farmhouse lights in the evening after a day of painting. If you take a workshop with Workshops In France you will be in excellent hands. The leaders listen to each person and magically knows how to make every artist comfortable so they can create to their full potential and beyond. I look forward to the day when we can travel again and paint each day dawn till dark.
“Scotland was amazing. I fell in love with the highlands and the Scottish people. The crew were the best and took good care of us and other artists in our group were very fun to be with. Painting at Balmoral and Dunnottar castle was such a special experience. We were lucky the weather was perfect and not too rainy. I’d go again in a heartbeat”
I wrote …remember the scents…jasmine, lavender, sounds of the cicadas…
I loved it all, thank you!!!
I often reflect on my time in Provence in June last year and how much I enjoyed my holiday at [the château]. I just loved it even though I am a very beginner landscape painter, the experience of visiting the various villages, my excellent roommate, Annie, the markets, our lunches, dinners, and being in the South of France was just so good.
I loved my time in Paris too, visits to Musee D’Orsay, the shops, my trip to Monet’s Garden and his home…I found it so moving to be in the gardens…who knew the lily ponds were so huge….just so good!! :))”
What They Gained
I joined Workshops in France in Tuscany, thinking it would be a nice way to spend time with my mom and get some painting done. It was, but it was so much more. The trip was completely life changing. I had indescribable experiences with fellow artists who see the world the way I do. Artists of all generations, from all over the world. Painting with them in breathtaking locations seemed to amplify the beauty. The Workshops in France team works hard to protect that time. I was able to soak in the gorgeous locations, people, food, and experiences purely and completely. I have made lifelong friends. I will never forget the time we all ran up a hill of the vineyard to marvel at the moonlight!
Artistically, I will take away Tim’s lessons about shadow and light when I choose a scene to paint and execute it. Busy street scenes will not intimidate me anymore. Looking at the subject far more carefully and picking out the pieces of color both in and out of the light are and will be invaluable.
The experience is invaluable. You are away from your normal routine and your artistic “eyes” respond to the new environment with excitement. Talk about waking up the artistic juices, everywhere we went there were more scenes to paint then I ever dreamed of.
Our accommodation was in an historical chateau, worthy of many paintings! Our food was typical French fare and we always looked forward to the evening meal. Wine flowed aplenty; the group was fun and friendships grew. We could enjoy the two pools on the grounds, a contested game of boules or watch the sunset.
Julie led us with great zest and enthusiasm! Our accommodations at the chateau were fantastic and the food and wine superb. We had such fun with this wonderful group of people.
Anne H, ME, Sept. 2016.