Painting Holidays in Provence

Dates and Destinations in 2019

  • 22nd – 29th June 2019 : Valensole
    Home in Provence. The lavender fields are waiting for us. Price €2200 single occupancy. Double €1850.

Lavender and bees – Summer in Provence

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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

With Paint Provence we will:

  • Pick you up from and take you back to the airport.
  • Drive you to some of our most stunning scenic destinations.
  • Provide delicious home-made breakfast, lunch, picnic lunch and dinner by our chef Anne or Lucy.
  • Wine tasting at several of our local châteaux just a walk away.
  • Take you to the famous Lorgues Market on Tuesday mornings.
Lavender Field

Lavender Fields of Provence

Lunch on the terrace.

Your Art Course in Provence :
An Overview of the Week

The course runs from Saturday to Saturday, except the 22nd – 29th April.  On arrival, you will be welcomed with a drink and snack and shown your rooms. You have time to settle in, perhaps go for a little walk… Then we will all meet for an introductory chat and we will discuss the week together.  Our lovely chef Anne or Lucy will serve a sumptuous dinner for us on the terrace. We will finish at 4pm most days and this will give you a chance to swim, walk, go to local vineyards or simply rest before the evening meal.

Breakfast at 9 am. Start class at 10 am with a stop for lunch, finish 4 pm.
On the first day you will become familiar with your materials and learn about colour and water colour techniques. We are surrounded by beauty so in the afternoon painting at home will be fun.

Breakfast at 9 am leave at 9:45 am. Finish painting 4 pm.
Monday weather permitting we will go to a local beauty spot, such as Tour Tour and set up for a morning of discovery. Sketching your scenes first and then colour practise. Stopping for light lunch made by Anne or Lucy with a great view over the hills and far away! In the afternoon you will paint and catch the light as it moves.

Leave for market at 8 am for coffee and pastries at the market. Inhale and experience a typical Provençal market and bring home some of the delights. Anne or Lucy will provide us with a light lunch with goodies from the market. In the afternoon you can paint a still life a scene at home or of our house or bring your sketches from the morning to life. Finish class at 4 pm.

Breakfast at 9 am and then off to Lac St Croix by 9:30, where we will spend the morning painting and eat our delicious lunch prepared by Anne or Lucy. In the afternoon we will go to the lavender and sunflower fields to paint. Late afternoon we will visit the delightful village of Ste Marie de Moustier before returning home.

Breakfast at 8:30 am and leave at 9:30 am for La Ciotat on the coast where we will paint seascapes. We will leave for home at 3:30 pm.

Breakfast 9 am leave for somewhere local to paint for the morning in the spring it will be poppy fields in the autumn our wild flower meadow. Then lunch and an afternoon painting at our house and an exhibition of your work with friends and a glass of wine in hand.

Saturday am:
Early breakfast and pack. Back to the airport to continue ever onward.

A beautiful sunny day in the old port of St Tropez


On our farm house terrace

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.

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