The Retreat & Workshops
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!
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 can 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! So count me in for something next year!
The most amazing time I ever had painting in France! Julie Snyder and Shirley make sure you have a hassle-free painting experience!
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.
It was a GREAT workshop. I learned so much and had a really great time with all the folks on the trip.
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.
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!”)
The place that was picked for us to stay was wonderful. For me the most memorable thing was the village where we painted, but a close second was the bond between the artists that was created, allowing us to make friends for life during the trip.
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!
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?
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!”
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.
It’s the light, it’s the ambiance of it all, it’s the people, it’s the food, it’s the wine, it’s … LA FRANCE!
Larry and I have not stopped talking about our trip with you last September. As you know he is a musician and art appreciator, not an artist himself. It was nice to hear him practice flute on our lazy afternoons at the castle. Thank you Julie. We will join you again.
Painting locations — I liked them all for different reasons, but my favorite was Venasque. I also really enjoyed the last dinner and visiting Les Baux and Carrieres de Lumieres.
Boules/Pétanque – More birthday fun – great game of boules (even if I was on the losers’ team!)
Les Baux – It was a GREAT show. And a GREAT workshop with Tim Horn.
The pace was perfect. Each experience offered the opportunity to go at one’s own pace, enjoy some camaraderie among our fellow artists, and feel the real quality of French life
Carrières de Lumières: A remarkable experience! Provencal Open Air market: I LOVED going there…..we needed more time!
Carrières de Lumières: Can’t be explained, one has to see it to really get the full emotional affect. I so enjoy this place every time I go… Wish it was closer!!!! Can’t wait to go again, is describable, so awesome.. Provencal Open Air market: I so enjoy our outings there, so many nice things..
Carrières de Lumières: This is so fantastic! Impossible to adequately describe! You didn’t even mention the music! The whole experience is incredible powerful and moving. Thank you for including it. Provencal Open Air market: Beautiful produce and great bargains on gifts to bring home!
A good variety of locations and activities. Provencal Open Air market: The market should NOT be missed (by anyone)! It’s just so….mmm… French! Loved our visit there.
What They Gained
The chateau and food — Very nice and the fact that it had such a varied history added to the trip. Beautiful countryside and the food was awesome. I was happy that it was local and very French. My favorite dish was the duck with figs. Mmmm!
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 greatest benefit was having full days to paint without having to think about meals and other things that take up our daily lives. And it was an added benefit to be with other painters as we shared techniques, places to go and ideas.
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.
Lived a dream for starters, wonderful light and great conversation… This was an amazing experience far exceeded our expectations. Appreciated all the little kindnesses…
It was fun being there and I loved France, plus I made some friends.
It’s just so much fun to shake things up with a trip away! You get to practice your language skills, enjoy the local cuisine, meet new people and experience their culture, and come away with a larger life view.
The food was exceptionally good, pleasantly presented, and thoughtfully prepared with allergy-prone guests in mind.
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.
Great accommodations with an awe inspiring view. The food was great too. A good selection and lots of choices at each meal. I loved the relaxed atmosphere too. The catered meals were all delicious.
Our accommodations at the castle were wonderful. A bit unconventional-which for us was a special treat! Food was out of this world! Timed shared with other artists was very special.
The accommodations were GREAT, a wonderful experience. I loved my room, loved the chateau! My room was quiet, except for the hourly church bells ringing, which I actually liked!
After The Retreat
Well, I found out that plein air is harder than I thought and one has to work faster. But I will for sure get out there and paint outside again. Would love to take another workshop — just for the whole experience.
The greatest impact were the friendships made and gallery shows that resulted from the trip. I have a much larger library of images to choose from that are authentic. It also taught me how to travel as an artist….what to bring, what not to bring. It takes you out of what you know and lets you see with fresh eyes. It’s a terrific opportunity and one I look forward to doing again.
A chance to travel and paint with other artists just adds richness to your life. You are forever changed by all the experiences and all that you’ve looked at. It’s fabulous on your resume and informs all the work that follows.
I will benefit for the rest of my life from the friendships that evolved from our time traveling. Another benefit of traveling with Julie was her “can do” attitude, solving any potential hitches and making sure each and everyone of the artists had the best possible experience. The most surprising benefit was the addition of painting in France to my resume and how collectors are pleased.