Paint Provence with Tess

Come and Paint Provence with Tess
and of course, elsewhere!

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 enchance your paintings and your freedom of ideas.

Roussillon
Flamingoes of the Camargue Saint Maries de la Mer
Port of La Ciotat

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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What students have said about their painting vacation…

I am a photographer, who has never been brave enough to try my hand in painting until now and since joining Tessa’s art class in Autumn, I have discovered a whole new creative side of me which I never new existed. It has been tremendous and very rewarding alongside Tess in her wonderful studio. I am definitely a fan a hope to continue on her course next year. – Gilly of Tour Tour

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

I just returned from a week of watercolor painting with Tess 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. Tess 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 Tess 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

My mind is full of remembered images from the very blessed time spent with you and all the “lovely ladies”, so that I feel a deep glow of contentment. There has been so much beauty all around us that I feel soaked in it – beauty of the natural world, of generosity and kindness, of seeing people flourish through encouragement, and through it all your bubbling personality that belied the organisation and discipline that made everything run so smoothly. Thank you so much. -Ann Brown

I’ve been to Tess’ painting trips twice the last two years, and I am am beyond the moon happy that we found her!
I’ve always had a love for painting, but I’ve never had the time or courage to purse it. Until I met Tess. The trips are only a week long, and the amount I have learned in this short amount of time is astounding. Tess is a fantastic teacher, and her love for the arts is so transparent in everything stroke she makes on the paper and her commentary to her students along side it. I’ve never felt more inspired than when I’m with her on her painting trips.
On top of that, she’s an incredible chef! And her friends are incredible chefs! Being fed the most amazing French, fresh cuisine whilst enjoying the sun and painting from sunrise to sundown (not to worry, you’re allowed breaks and pool time) – it’s my version of paradise.

I am happy to give Tess my highest recommendation. It’s difficult to put in to words how much you are missing out on if you have yet to go on one of her trips, but just trust me when I say it: you will not regret it! – Victoria

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

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

Tess is the most organized, enthusiastic and charming watercolor teacher I have ever had!
She organized a beautiful house for us in Antigua, fabulous private chef for the week, and even had chairs, portfolios, extra supplies and water jars for everyone! She planned each day’s trips perfectly in order to let us see and paint all the loveliest parts of the island!
Plus, she gave us short manageable lessons that were suited to beginners as well as more experienced artists, e.g, using washes for skies, painting palm trees and hibiscus. I loved Tess and her husband and feel like we are now pals! – From Myra who came on the March trip

Tess’s love of Provence shows through her paintings and her joy in sharing with us as a small group. Provence is a beautiful area of France and through her artistic skills and energy conveyed this into our painting work. We learnt so much from essential colour mixing to showing us how to enhance our paintings with free movement, highlighting and softening areas to give real depth to our work. I came away not only having had a wonderful holiday but a reawakened desire to paint and paint and paint.
Chris Feast, Norfolk, England.

It really was such a special experience and I will treasure the memory for years to come. I hope to make more time for painting in my life as it was the experience brought me much joy.

The course itself was thoroughly enjoyable, I learned so much and hope to continue to do so, but it was really your enthusiasm for teaching, your effervescence, your passion for life and your generosity of spirit that made the week truly something memorable. It’s rare that people with such bright spirits come into our lives and I feel so grateful to have met you and to have had the privilege of spending a week learning from you, both creatively and personally. You are an inspiration and I hope that our paths cross again in the future. – Jo

2024 is bringing a few changes…

Cinque Terre by sea with Eduardo

Tess will also be offering three to four day non-inclusive painting trips.

There is also the opportunity to arrange bespoke 2 to 4 day painting holidays or workshops in oils, acrylics, and/or watercolours.  Tess can organise trips in beautiful places in addition to the well-loved Provence trips, such as Tuscany and Fivizzano!

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From beginner to painter, a client’s story:

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“Painting tips with Tess”

Learn about what materials to use,
techniques, and more!

Day classes and short courses

Learn how to paint in the heart of beautiful Provence, and beyond…

Online art gallery

Discover the collection of paintings by Tess.

Simply Watercolours – online course

A fun and friendly online course for beginners!
Join Tess in this course which includes over 3 hours of video, assessments and one-on-one video calls for a truly personalized experience.
Now with the option of an economical self-paced version! 

Course Introduction

Learn Online with Tess

For the last few years Tess, Paul and Gretchen have developed a wonderful on line course for students who are unable to travel to paint with Tess.  The online course teaches a complete beginners startup. You learn everything from what materials you need, how to learn your colours and mix your colours,  techniques, washes, perspective, composition, still life, landscape and drawing. It is a lot of fun and comprehensive..

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