Learn to paint or enhance your skills
with the guidance of Tess Baker’s attentive tuition.
Enjoy the landscapes and seascapes of Provence; lavender fields, poppy fields, the beauty of St-Remy, Les Baux and the Camargue. Whether you’re an experienced painter or a complete beginner, with the guidance of Tess Baker’s attentive tuition, you will find creative treasures within you, you thought didn’t exist.
Discover a freedom and joy in painting on these wonderful all inclusive watercolour workshops. Great locations, fantastic food and painting techniques to take your paintings into a new dimension.
What you will learn…
Discover the magic of painting in nature, the alchemy of water, paint, and paper, composition and perspective… In the first days you will learn all the basic watercolour techniques and will build on these skills throughout the course. You will learn about colour and techniques such as how to mix, and how best to use your brushes and paint to get that extra special effect.
With a maximum of 5 students on the course, you will get plenty of one-on-one tuition to help you find your own unique way of painting. You will take home the knowledge and techniques to continue to practice and improve.
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From beginner to painter, a client’s story:
Find out what Tessa’s students think of their experience.
Paint Provence with Tess in Lorgues,
at the very heart of Provence!
Paint Provence with Tess goes global…
Tess offers fun painting holidays not only in France, but sometimes also in Italy, Antigua and Spain!
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What students have said about their painting vacation…
Generosity of spirit. Those are the words that keep coming to mind as I remember our time with Tessa. She is generous with her time, her home, her creativity and her knowledge. The first night it felt like we were having dinner at a friend’s house and by the end of the week we truly were friends. The house is picturesque, the food plentiful and scrumptious, and the rooms homey and comfortable. The experience is warm, gentle, delicious and broadening. We saw and painted so many beautiful sights—the boats of St Tropez, umbrella pines, olive harvest, ancient villages, vineyards—the list goes on. If you like picnics, wine, gardens, mountain roads, beaches, cats, dogs, bakeries, entertaining stories or just hanging out in beautiful surroundings then you will have a marvellous time. I highly recommend Paint Provence for anyone who would like to visit Provence in a relaxing way. Whether you are an accomplished watercolorist or have never picked up a brush, Tessa is sure to make the experience delightful. – Valarie.
If you want laughter and song, delicious food cooked by a French chef and the best rosé; if you want to breath air filled with the aroma of wild marjoram and mint; if you want to sit in a vineyard amidst turning leaves and taste the left behind grapes; if you want enthusiastic and excellent guidance painting with watercolours the scenery of Provence – the old towns, the hazy vistas, the ancient olive groves, the colourful flowers and trees, the St.Tropez fishing boats ; if you want to stay in an rustic old stone house with artistic, oh so comfortable interiors; if you want to be treated every day, all day with kindness and love; if you want to meet delightful people go on a Paint Provence Trip with Tessa Baker. Learning to paint with watercolours with Tessa was inspiring and rewarding. Now I see the world in a different way and I want to paint all the time. And I definitely want to go back. – Ruth Brock
I’m still basking in the glow of our week in Provence. No sunshine needed! The accommodations, the food, the group of painters were all wonderful. I learned more in that week with you painting fields of poppies and mountain vistas than I did in a six week course at our local college. Thank you for taking my skills several notches higher. And it was so fun watching people who had little or no experience with watercolors produce such beautiful work. You are a teacher who can bring out the talent in anyone!
How am I going to wait a year for our next adventure with you? – Susan Arnaud
Paint-Provence – LOVED IT!! This was truly one of the best experiences of my life. Tess provided wonderful instruction and Provence a scenic backdrop. We had limitless choices to grab our interest; it was only of a matter of which view to select and put brush to water and paper. No mistakes were made only “brilliant” brush strokes from beginners and genius alike. I can not thank Tess enough for the encouragement and believe I have found a friend for life. Accommodations – The accommodations provided by David and Tess were wonderfully quaint and comfortable. Some may have described the scene as rustic, but it is traditional Provence in every sense. It was clean and well maintained. Set among vineyards and wild flowers – I had no problem finding a peaceful spot to sit, relax and breathe the fresh air. I can’t wait to return. – Best regards, Sue
I spent a wonderful week in Roussillon this May. We were two students so we did get a lot of personal attention from Tess. We did discover the lovely neighborhood of Roussillon and stayed away from places with too many tourists. Tess is great at finding the right spot to do plain-air painting: a poppy field, a village square, a vineyard, a castle surrounded by sculptures… we were there.
I wasn’t fond of watercolors before the trip, I’ve gradually changed my mind during the week as I discovered the lovely paintings you can make with a little splash of paint, a good brush, fresh water, a creative teacher and an inspiring environment. Tess knows how to motivate you to try something new. Just at the moment that you think you will not be able to paint that poppy or that rose, Tess is there to guide you to the next step.
Apart from being a great painter and teacher, Tess is also a lovely entertainer and a very good chef. Breakfast, lunch and diner were real treats: wonderful ingredients, prepared with love and lots of creativity. We even made some of our own paint with natural ingredients like eggs and Arabic gum.
I appreciated very much that nothing is a ‘must’ and all is possible. I returned home with a few amazing paintings, full of energy, new creative ideas and a desire to continue with watercolors.
Thank you for this fantastic experience. – Dominique
I just returned from a week of watercolor painting with Tessa and it was a wonderful experience. This was my third class with her in Provence. The house she rented for us was great, with a swimming pool, and plenty of room for the 4 of us. The Roussillon area is spectacular and there were so many places from which to choose to paint. We decided on several poppy fields and of course in Roussillon with all its beautiful colors. Tessa presents her class as learning to paint in watercolor but it is so much more. I made new friends, had some French instruction, and ate some of the most delicious food (and wine) I have ever had, thanks to Tessa and our wonderful cook Ruth. I highly recommend taking one of Tessa’s classes in Provence, and if she ever comes to the US, I believe she will have success there as well. I look forward to my next visit! Merci, Tessa! – Meiling
Paint Provence was an amazing experience. Sort of like being in Heaven – surrounded by old friends with endless time to admire beautiful Provence, eat and drink to the full in the sparkling sunshine, and even paint a little (or a lot). As a beginner, I learned more from Tessa in the first morning than in the 6 week summer school course I’d taken previously. She is very talented and generous with her experience. She can provide encouragement and gentle direction, or equally, remain quiet and let you discover your own rhythms. I particularly valued her knowledge and skill with the colour palette; all those quinacridones and cadmiums! I hope I will be able to return one day. Thank you Tessa. – Kind regards, Meredy.
Please let me extend my personal thanks for such a great week on so many levels. As a vacation, our every need was catered to, from transportation, to food preferences, to dining (as part of a family) on meals prepared by one of the finest chef’s in my experience. Anna’s meals were always fresh and creative, always delicious and artfully presented. And the wine choices were carefully chosen to accentuate the Provençal culinary experience. On an artistic level, I learned so much from you, Tessa, about shedding my controlled style and allowing the exuberance and joy that this sunny clime invokes to flow freely from my brush to the paper. Every vista, vineyard, olive grove, sea village and market was more inspiring than the previous. And the farmhouse and wildflower meadow were my absolute favorites. Our week flew by far too quickly. I will certainly recommend this this corner of Provençal paradise to artists of any level. “Come to Tessa’s and be pampered.” – Marsha Bates, Kennewick, WA
A note to thank you for the marvellous week Bill and I spent in Lorgues. For me it was a most enriching experience. I truly enjoyed the time Tessa and I spent talking, drawing and painting out of doors. I learned a lot and hope to put into practice what I learned! Bill and I greatly appreciated the delicious, fresh, chef prepared lunches and dinners- not to mention the stimulating conversations we had! And special thanks for including the trip to the Espinasse’s that was a big highlight for Bill. To sum it up, thank you for a memorable week in Provence. – Cindy and Bill
I can’t recommend Tessa Baker’s painting holiday more. Although more than 3 months have passed, I think about the class almost daily – our week with Tessa was so special in every way! I dream of the colors, I frequently use Tessa’s palette now (so different from the cool, Scandinavian palette that I have grown accustomed to), I dream of our venues, the light, the ambiance and the easy flow of our paintbrushes. Everything about the setting encouraged us to see, observe, sketch, paint, and internalize so many details into our work. We couldn’t not sketch, sketch, sketch and paint, paint, paint – so we did! After 3 months, I am still using the brilliant colors in a completely different way than I would have before. Not only the idyllic setting, but Tess’s generosity and warm hospitality, the wonderful food and well-planned settings to get the maximum inspiration out of our week in Provence are what made our week with Tessa so fantastic. An accomplished painter in her own right, Tessa was able to instruct, inspire and encourage 4 friends at very differing levels of experience with painting watercolors. She brought out the best in each of us with her easy-going style of instruction and lots of encouragement. Tess knows her countryside and her palette very well… She took us to all of the most picturesque places, carefully chosen to capitalize on the weather conditions and our levels of skill, to develop our individual strengths and styles and to challenge us to new levels. I highly recommend a week with Tessa to learn, enjoy, paint, sight-see (and shop, eat and wine-taste!) and let yourself be inspired and challenged as well as spoiled and amazed – at all of the beauty, fun, laughter, great results and good times! I would go back in a minute, any day! – Trilby
Special note: Please do ensure that you have valid travel and medical insurance for your trip – thank you!
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