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.

The amphitheatre of Arles
Port of La Ciotat
Flamingoes of the Camargue Saint Maries de la Mer

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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A walk around Tourtour:

Tessa describes a day at the ‘Village in the sky’.

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From beginner to painter, a client’s story:

Find out what Tessa’s students think of their experience. 

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Paint Provence with Tess in Lorgues,
at the very heart of Provence!

This break will be relaxing, fun and full of learning! As with all my painting trips, I like to keep the group small, so that you can all have your own individual tuition as well as group tuition.

Day Classes Provence

Paint Provence with Tess goes global…

Tess offers fun painting holidays not only in France, but sometimes also in Italy and Antigua !
So, be sure to sign up to the newsletter (at the bottom of the page) to find out about newly scheduled painting holidays!

and there’s more…

“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…

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Discover the collection of water colours and oil paintings by Tessa Baker.

What students have said about their painting vacation…

Tessa 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 Tessa 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.

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

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

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

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 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 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

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’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

Special note: Please do ensure that you have valid travel and medical insurance for your trip – thank you!

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