Go with French Escapade and paint in Provence. Discover why Provence has been an inspiration for generations of artists like Van Gogh, Cezanne,…
Trip Organizer: http://www.frenchescapade.com/
Dates: May 20-27, 2017
Activities: Walking, Painting, Eating
Positively Plein Air!! For beginner to advanced – acrylic, oil and watercolor artists welcomed.
Bonjour Provence! Let’s walk in the footsteps of Van Gogh and immerse ourselves in the flavors and colors that inspired so many artists before us!
With an approach based on fundamentals of values, composition and color, Kirah will introduce students to exercises and techniques that build brush confidence and achieve bold, fresh and loose results. Inspired by Impressionist and Post-Impressionist stylings, students will gain a better understanding of working with color temperature, complimentary color schemes, “broken color” and the dramatic impact in building contrast and dynamic landscape compositions. Both rural and urban subjects will be addressed, using the notan to establish value planes, and color mixing savy.
Kirah will combine instructor demonstrations, extensive reference material and personal guidance directed to the individual artist’s goals and process. Let’s enjoy exploring the amazing sights and flavors…and all that color that is Provence!
Day 1: Welcome Champagne Reception
We will pick you up at the Avignon train station. Upon your arrival at our guesthouse, take time to settle in or explore the village. In the evening, you will enjoy a welcome reception followed by a gourmet dinner.
Day 2: Ochre village of Roussillon
Roussillon, one of France’s Most Beautiful Villages, sits on top of the world’s biggest vein of ochre, the reddish pigment which has been used by artists for centuries. Paint red houses, ochre trails, cafes, what ever inspires you.
At the end of the day, we will take a walk inside the park, on the Ochre Trail revealing many fantastic rockand cliff formations.
You will also have time for shopping: don’t miss out on the unique reddish poteries.
Day 3: Most spectacular village in Provence: Gordes
Gordes, also listed one of France’s most beautiful villages, is the most spectacular village in Provence, perched on the southern edge of the high Plateau de Vaucluse.
The view from the village is a southern panorama out across fields, vineyards and forests, and small-perched villages to the Montagne du Luberon. You can choose to paint the breathtaking panorama, the village houses, or even the outdoor stalls.
Day 4: Market and Canals in “Isle sur la Sorgue”
L’Isle sur la Sorgue is a real paradise for painters and photographers.Its colors are nature’s green and the bright reflection of the water shines from the several canals running through its center.
In the morning, we will shop the incredible and colorful market: colorful arrays of Provencal fabric, tablecloths, pottery, silk scarves, natural soaps with dozens of scents and of course lavender products.
Day 5: Painting in the Village
Today will be a non driving day to allow even more time to painting.
We will spend the day painting either at the hotel or in the village: cobblestone streets, 18th century houses, flowers, doors,…
Day 6: On Van Gogh’s trail in St Remy de Provence
Today, we will visit the beautiful old monastery of St Paul Mausole with the bedroom where Van Goghstayed during his very troubled time in 1889-90. This is now a nursing home that has a permanent exhibition of paintings made by the patients and beautiful reproductions of some of Vincent van Gogh’s paintings.
|Outside the hospital, you will be able to paint the wonderful landscape that inspired the great impressionist: olive trees with the Alpilles mountains as background.|
Day 7: Medieval Village in the Luberon
This non touristy jewel, not listed in travel books is our little gem, our favorite village. While strolling the streets you will come to appreciate the quieteness and wonderful atmosphere that will seduce you, as it has dozens of artists who live there. This is our little kept secret village, the favourite of all our artists.
Day 8: Departure
It is time to say: “au revoir” but not “adieu” because you will be back. We just know it.
After our last breakfast together, we’ll drive you to the Avignon train station by 10 am. Say goodbye to French Escapade till next time!
- We have chosen a 3-star hotel located in the charming town of St Remy de Provence. This huge house drawn by Van Gogh and, inhabited by Daudet became a hotel of 25 rooms. A park of more than one hectare, dedicated to Provence will welcome you with its Mediterranean trees: secular umbrella pines, plane trees, cypresses and aromatic plants.
In the heart of the garden, enjpoy the swimming pool and take a nap under an olive-tree.
Each bedroom has A/C and a private bathroom.
- Avignon TGV train station pick up at 3:30pm and drop off at 10am
- A welcome reception
- All breakfasts, 4 lunches (picnics) and 4 dinners (incl. drinks and wine)
- All art classes
- Entrance fees to all sites on the tour
- Transportation in a comfortable van with A/C
- A personal bilingual chauffeur/tour leader throughout the week
- A free Paris planner for a self guided visit in Paris: suggestions of hotels, restaurants and places to visit
- Flights to and from France
- Trains to/from Avignon
- Three lunches and three dinners
- Optional activities/personal expenses and tipping
Kirah is a multifaceted artist and seasoned instructor in both plein air and studio practices. Working en plein air provides the immediacy, unpredictable aspects of color, time and place. As a certified Golden Artist-Educator, Kirah brings to her workshops an unprecedented insight to materials as well as both traditional and contemporary creative approaches.
Inspired by nature and extensive travel, Kirah’s adventurous spirit is aimed at preserving cultural history and reconnecting the artist in all of us to the creative thread that makes us human.
“The motto of my week in Provence: Trust Jackie. I think for the next workshop I do with her in Spain in 2015, I should have t-shirts made with that specific monicker. Jackie knows where she is intimately, and, more importantly, knows how to get you to the very popular locations at the right time of day so you can see them and then whisks you away to something even more charming and off the tourist trail leaving you space to paint at leisure without worry about jockeying for space with camera toting tourists.
As any plein air painting workshop instructor will tell you, easel space for a group can be a serious concern, but Jackie somehow knows how and when to put you in a specific spot and have you back in the van just as the tour buses start pulling in.
Her choice of where to base ourselves was perfect. Very few tourists and we had the place to ourselves. Those decisions became more apparent as we moved through the week. The restaurants, the painting locations, and how she interacts with a group is something an instructor rarely comes across and something I will not soon forget. Trust Jackie!”. – Iain Stewart, art teacher on a watercolor workshop to French Escapade Provence, 2014 and Spain 2015.