"Without a doubt, the workshop has inspired me and given me both the confidence and strength to develop my own painting practice."

Alita Knaggs, NSW, Australia, Atelier Provence and Barcelona 2017


Atelier Provence | plein air painting in Provence

and Barcelona Art Tour

June 29 to July 10, 2020 (taking registrations)

A 7-day plein air painting workshop in Provence followed by a 4-day art tour in Barcelona. Open to artists of all levels and media. The perfect art vacation in Europe!

The Painting Workshop

Atelier Provence and Barcelona Art Tour is a unique seven-day art workshop in Provence, followed by a four-day art tour in Barcelona. Open to artists of all levels, from beginners to advanced, and all media (oils, acrylics, watercolors). It’s a great opportunity to paint in the land of Cézanne, to enjoy famous Provençal and Catalan cuisine and to visit top art museums and sites in Barcelona. The perfect art vacation in France and Spain.

You might be this person who wants to relax and revitalize in France while improving your skills in landscape painting. Or you might want to experience new possibilities and to collect images for future works. Maybe you just want to be in the moment, lost in the lavender fields, while receiving positive and professional feedback. You may also wish to carry on in finding your own artistic style. If yes, rest assured that our workshop will help to boost your creativity, while providing you with a fun and fulfilling learning experience.

This workshop is open to newcomers, though it is also an alumni painting holiday and art retreat in France and Spain. Why an alumni workshop? Because many former participants of Studio Italia, had expressed interest in meeting again in a different creative environment that would allow them to move their art to a new level. And we thought, why not offer a workshop in Provence, one of the most beautiful regions in Europe? To enrich the experience, we decided to combine the plein air painting workshop in the South of France with a modern art history tour in the vibrant city of Barcelona, easily accessible by train from Avignon.  

Our workshop consists of seven days devoted to plein air landscape painting in Provence in the medium of your choice (oils, acrylics, watercolors). Mornings are 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 (our cooking book). You will be painting varied 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, preserved as he left it in 1906. Read more about our approach and please register to our blog. As for our art trip to Barcelona, during the four days we will visit Gaudi’s main sites, the Picasso and the Miró museums, the Contemporary Art Museum, and much more.

Location, accommodation, and meals

Our 11-day art experience in France and Spain is a true painting holiday suitable for the artist’s partner too. During our seven-day art workshop in Provence, we stay in a comfortable house in Banon, a charming medieval village surrounded by lavender and wheat fields. Our house has several bedrooms with interior washrooms, a kitchen, a terrace, and a dining room. Meals provided at the lodge reflect Provençal cuisine and its staples including olive oil, anchovies, tapenade and lots of fresh herbs. As in all our workshops, we put emphasis on high-quality ingredients and a creative color approach. While in Barcelona, we will stay in a centrally located hotel in the lively Raval sector, just off Las Ramblas, with plenty of restaurants and markets nearby.


The price of our 11-day painting workshop/art history tour in France and Spain for 2020 is CAD 3700 (around US$ 2800 as of Sept. 2019). Price includes painting instruction, art theory and art history lectures, 11-night double accommodation (7 nights in Provence and 4 nights in Barcelona), all breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 gourmet 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, the services of a Spanish-speaking interpreter on board and all taxes.


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