Provence Painting Workshop May 17 - 25, 2019

Only one more spot open!


Mountain villages, Lavender fields, vineyards in all directions and 12th century chapels: just a few of the subjects we will be painting in this NEW workshop.


Come join me in the small and authentic village of Rognes, France in the heart of Provence to paint this amazing countryside.


This intensive workshop includes 7 full days of painting (3 hrs. in the morning /3 in the afternoon)… 1 day of sketching in the most beautiful mountain villages of the Luberon Valley such as Lourmarin, Bonnieux and Menerbes…group critiques with hors d'oeuvres of local wines and cheeses… 5 sumptuous Provencal dinners with local fresh products and wines from neighboring farms and vineyards…daily continental breakfasts of croissants, baguettes, cereals and coffee/tea …2 days of  picnic lunches, delivered to our painting site so as not to disturb the flow of your artwork…and 8 nights of accommodations in classic and comfortable Provençal homes. 



Working on the Provence workshop week’s schedule. Here is what we have so far:


Friday: Unwind at the farmhouse as we meet for “Apero,” as the French say, for little tastes and drinks to stir the appetite. A “Welcome to Provence” family style dinner will follow, featuring all local products and wines. We will discuss our week of painting and experiencing the region.



Saturday: Time to Work! You’ll be eased into it as Frank will do a brief demo at the farmhouse while enjoying your coffee. The rest of the day is to be spent painting on location at the farmhouse where you will find gardens, vineyards, ruins and architecture; plenty of painting subjects.  We will paint a 3-hour session in the morning,  you can make your own lunch break with the sandwich makings provided and then regroup to paint all afternoon. You can reward yourself for surviving the first day by taking a rest, going for a swim or hike and then return to the farmhouse for apero and dinner.




Sunday: A Visit to a Local Vineyard. We will paint the surrounding landscapes, the chateau, etc. for 3 hours and then enjoy a delivered picnic lunch.  You can take a tour to see how the wine is processed, possibly a little wine degustation and back to painting throughout the afternoon.  There will be a bit of time for retreat or exploration, your choice, before meeting in the village of Rognes at one of our favorite restaurants for dinner. 



Monday: St. Marcellin Chapel. A 2-minute car ride from the farmhouse is a 12th century chapel set in the middle of a vineyard. Your composition might include the chapel or the view of the vines with rolling hills in the distance. A picnic lunch will be delivered so as not to disrupt your inspiration and to refuel for another 3-hour session in the afternoon.   After taking a little personal time, we will meet back at the farmhouse to have a critique and dinner together.



Tuesday: Sketching in the Luberon Valley:  Bring your sketch books and visit some of the most beautiful villages, officially ranked as “Les Plus Beaux Villages.” We will draw for a couple of hours in Ansouis and then another couple of hours in Lourmarin, have lunch in Bonnieux and then sketch for another hour or so in Lacoste and Menerbes.  Sketching is a great way to explore the Luberon Valley (sketches and photos for future paintings in the studio) and afterwards you can treat yourself to dinner in one of these gorgeous villages! Lunch and dinner are not included today.




Wednesday: A Day at a Vineyard. There are many beautiful vineyards where we can set up and paint for a few hours, taste what they have to offer, have our lunch brought to us and then another 3 hours of painting. This can also be a day to do a little exploring on your own and meet up with the group for dinner. Break the day up a bit and paint in the morning and then explore Aix en Provence in the afternoon?




Thursday:  Abbaye de Silvacane. It is only a 10 minute ride to an incredible 12th century monastery. We can paint for 3 hours and then go out for lunch in the local village of La Roque D’Antheron. Afterwards, we will return to the Abbaye to paint another version. This days ends with a group critique and a dinner family style at the farmhouse.



Friday: Last Day of Painting. We will paint close to home, either at the farmhouse or the mill house. Again 3 hrs in the morning and another 3 in the afternoon followed by a  farewell celebration with apero and dinner.  


Saturday: An au revoir breakfast and lots of goodbyes while you pack up your easels and experiences!!


This is going to be an amazing workshop and we look forward to showing off this region of Provence.  This schedule is in a state of flux and we will amend it when necessary, depending upon weather and group preferences, so we assume that everyone is willing to flex a bit also. 


Items Included in the Workshop:

7 Full days of painting, sketching and 2 evenings of critiques with apero. 

5 family style dinners at the farmhouse.

8 Continental breakfasts of croissants, coffee, cereals, etc. 

2 picnic lunches delivered to a painting location.

An assortment of items in the fridge for a quick lunch, late night snack or just in case you just need a little something. 


Items NOT included in the price:

Gratuities in your accommodations.

Transportation. I will put people in contact with each other for car rentals if they are interested. 

Any lunches or dinners at restaurants. 

We will be feeding you pretty well, but we will be suggesting to go out on your own 

to experience a bistro or restaurant.  



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