The Luberon : Bonnieux and surrounding villages

  • 14th – 21st September 2024

The cost for this course in is €3750 per student and €3550 for a partner sharing accommodation.

See you soon, I hope!



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.
  • Have lots of fun while learning!
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.

On this trip we will be staying in a villa just on the edge of Bonnieux, with views to Lacoste, Menerbes and of course to Roussillon. This is a beautiful and gentle landscape. As with all of Provence in June there are not only the vineyards but poppy and lavender fields too. I love painting here, it is very soft on the soul.

Roussillon Roof tops
Roussillon Roof tops
Roussillon Roof tops

This course begins on Saturday and you will arrive in the afternoon. You can arrive into Avignon or Aix-en-Provence TGV railway stations (Aix is the  easiest for me to come and pick you up), or you I can pick you up from Marseille Airport. Saturday evening we all have dinner together after you have relaxed and unpacked.

Sunday is a day at the villa and after a slow morning (especially if you have jet lag), we will cover the basic techniques of water colouring.

Monday morning will be at the villa and I will tutor you ready for the afternoons painting at the red rocks of Roussillon.

Roussillon Roof tops

Tuesday we will have a day out and go to L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, have a picnic and paint at the Fontaine de Vaucluse.

Roussillon Roof tops

Wednesday we will spend the morning at home and I will help you with your paintings from the day before. You will also have a lesson in more techniques and colour mixing. After lunch we will go to Lacoste for the afternoon and paint there.

Thursday morning we will go to a beautiful small village called Murs, where we can either paint the Chateau entrance or the roof tops of the village.

Roussillon Roof tops
Roussillon Roof tops

On Friday we will go into Bonnieux and visit its fabulous market there where we will wander around the pretty streets and meet local artists.
In the afternoon we will go over our work from the week and have a small group exhibition with cocktails and a splendid last dinner cooked for us by our chef Sussie.

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