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 €2300 single occupancy. Double €1900.

Just imagine coming to paint this!

Valensole en Provence

…And to sit in the intoxicating scent of the lavender listening to the honey
bees hum as they work. It is one of the most idyllic settings I know of.

Lavender and bees – Summer in Provence

Lavender Field

Lavender Fields of 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 one of our excellent our chefs.
  • Wine tasting at several of our local châteaux just a walk away.
  • Take you to the famous Lorgues Market on Tuesday mornings.
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.

Lunch on the terrace.

Your Art Course in Provence :
An Overview of the Week


Getting there:

The closest airport for International flights is Marseille, or if you come via Paris, Avignon is even closer. By train the TGV comes to Avignon, Aix en Provence and Marseille. I will endeavour to pick you up at any one of these places or have our chef pick you up. Arrival time is after 3pm on the Saturday.


Pick up and drive to our Villa in the beautiful Artignosc -sur- Verdon. Relax and maybe a walk in the surrounding fields and watch the sun setting over the village. Followed by a delicious dinner and talk about
our week ahead.


Latish start to get over your jet lag or journey.

For those of you who are beginners I teach you all the basic techniques of water, colour mixing, composition and sketching. For those of you who already paint here’s a chance to refresh and improve on your techniques! Gradated washes are a plus here as we see lavender fields rolling away into the distance before our eyes. Delicious lunch and dinner at home today with a walk around our local village and surrounds and maybe even ice cream!


No time to waste. Picnic packed, paints packed. Lavender fields here we come. In the morning I will give you a short demonstration of painting just a few single lavender flowers, it is important to get to know
your subject. Then a lavender bush and then..


After lunch we will paint a close up of a a mass of lavender and then homeward bound.


You’ve guessed it, back into the lavender with our paints and picnic.
Today we will paint long views of the fields stretching into the distance. Who knows a few horse women and their dogs might appear as if from know where whilst we paint!


Is market day in Aups, not far to drive we visit a traditional Provencale Market for you to shop, linger and look. We have breakfast at the market before we shop and I buy a market lunch to take to the beautiful
Lac Saint Croix where we paint for the afternoon.


We go back to the fields to paint and then have lunch at Moustiers-Saintes-Maries a charming perched village with beautiful waterfalls running through it. We paint in the village for the afternoon, before
heading home.


Friday is our day to catch up on any work you want finish, any painting
you need help with and a look back and discussion of your painting
from the week, with a glass of bubbly and a delicious dinner. We may
have time for one last trip to the fields we shall see!

Saturday am:
Time to go home. I will take you to the airport of train station and will wish you a fond farewell.

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