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1) Cézanne's famous Cupid in his studio!
2) Painting at the Sainte Victoire
3) The vault of the Sagrada Familia Barcelona
4) Performing a cultural mediation in Banon
5) Lavander field a few meters away
6) Pre-departure newsletter
7) The group during dinner
8) Our new cooking book

Atelier Provence

art courses| experiential learning | serious fun

July 1 - 12, 2019 (FULL)
June 29 -July 10, 2020 (Taking registrations)

A seven full day art course in Provence in the South of France, followed by four days visiting the major art museums and sites in Barcelona. Atelier Provence & Barcelona Art Tour 2020 is a unique opportunity to paint in the land of Cézanne, to visit Barcelona’s great art and architecture and to enjoy famous Provencal and Catalan cuisine and wine.

An Alumni painting holiday and art retreat
Why an alumni workshop? Because every time during the last few years of Studio Italia (our painting workshop in Tuscany), many of our former participants expressed interest in meeting again in a different creative environment. And we thought, why not Provence, one of the most beautiful regions in Europe? However, Atelier Provence & Barcelona Art Tour 2020, our ninth alumni painting workshop-art history trip, is open to everyone on top of former participants of our painting workshops.

A full week entirely devoted to plein air studio painting in the medium of your choice (oils, acrylics, watercolors). Mornings will be dedicated to instruction at our lodge; afternoons to lighter coaching in a Provençal town or site nearby such as Simiane La Rotonde, Forcalquier, Banon and Rustrel and evenings to discussions around our popular gastronomic meals. You will be painting lots of different subjects, from lavender and poppy fields to ochre cliffs and beautiful mountain scenery. We spend one day in Aix in Provence painting at the foot of the Mont Sainte-Victoire (a must in the life of an artist!). We also visit Cézanne’s studio, which has been preserved as he left it in 1906. During our seven-day art class, we will stay in a house in Banon, a charming medieval village surrounded by lavender and wheat fields.

Our residential seven-day painting retreat in Provence is a true painting holiday. Our lodge in Banon has several bedrooms with interior washrooms, a kitchen, a terrace and a dining room. Meals provided at the lodge will be a reflection of Provençal cuisine and its staples including olive oil, anchovies, tapenade and lots of herbs. In Barcelona, we will stay in a centrally located hotel in the Raval sector, just off Las Ramblas.

The price of our 11-day painting workshop/art history tour for 2020 is CAD $3,700 or the equivalent in American dollars (US$ 2,820) as of July 2019) at the time of full payment.

Price includes: painting instruction, art theory and art history lectures, 11-night double accommodation (7 nights in Provence and 4 nights in Barcelona), 11 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners including wine; transportation from the Manosque train station to our lodge, TGV train ticket Avignon-Barcelona, transportation to all painting/visiting sites and museums on schedule and the following entrances: Cézanne sites in Aix en Provence (L’Atelier des Lauves) and while in Barcelona, Gaudi’s sites including the Casa Batló, the Palau Güell and the Sagrada Familia, the Contemporary Art Museum MACBA, the Museo Nacional de Arte de Catalunya, the Joan Miró Foundation and the Picasso Museum. In addition, we will have a Spanish-speaking interpreter on board.

Before we leave, you will receive our pre-departure newsletter with all the details about: what to bring, art material list, meeting point, schedule, contact information for your family, etc. We will also send you an expectations data sheet to personalize our teaching.

Since we are subject to very strict deposit, payment and cancellation conditions from our house in France, we are asking everyone to register as soon as possible. Unfortunately, we do not have a French counterpart for our “cool” Comtesse in Tuscany and the “no problema” Italian philosophy. Let’s not forget that rationalism was born in France.

For more info, contact us: 800.611.4789 or info@walkthearts.com

art class holiday France The Prospectus

painting workshops Provence newsletterPersonalized instruction and pre-departure newsletter
Our pre-departure newsletter with all the details about the art classes including meeting point, material list, meals, teaching philosophy, final schedule, etc.

art course Provence  2020 group sizeForming a group
While the majority of art courses offered in Europe do not establish a minimum of participants, in icscis we believe in the importance of group dynamics for the success of our art experiences. Therefore our groups vary between a minimum of 8 participants and a maximum of 12. Also, by experience we know that attending one our painting workshops is also creating long life friendships!

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A gastronomical experience
Above the cober of our cooking book (2018).

At icscis/walkthearts we love creative cooking and we believe that a unique meal can be lived as an art experience. This is why discussions around gastronomic meals are indeed a highlight of our painting workshops in Tuscany and Provence. > click here for more details on our meals

Painting from nature is not copying an object; it is realizing one's sensations.

Since 1996, icscis walkthearts have been offering quality painting or art workshops and educational tours in France, Italy, Egypt, Spain, United States and Colombia. It is in Tuscany (around Montepulciano, Pienza and Cortona) that we paint in plein-air, learn and discuss, since the landscapes of the Val d'Orcia are just astounding and the quality of life, seducing.  Attended by hundreds of art lovers and artists from all around the world, mostly New York, Los Angeles, Toronto, Ottawa and Australia, our painting courses and art history seminars are given to small group by professional artists and art historians. walkthearts.com also provides educational travel for high school, college and/or university students, or on a private basis. Walkthearts offers a living experience through the arts.

updated July 17, 2019