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.
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…
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 can’t recommend Tess Baker’s painting holiday more. Although more than 3 months have passed, I think about the class almost daily – our week with Tess 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 Tess so fantastic. An accomplished painter in her own right, Tess 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 Tess 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
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 Tess 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.
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
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
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.
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
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 Tess Baker. Learning to paint with watercolours with Tess 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
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
If you want laughter and song, delicious food cooked by a French chef and the best rosé; if you
want to breath air filed wit 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 wit watercolors the scenery of Provence – the old towns, the hazy
vistas, the ancient olive groves, the colourful flowers and tees, 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 Tess Baker. Learning to paint with watercolors with Tess 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. – Rut Brock
2024 is bringing a few changes…
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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Simply Watercolours – online course
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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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