Atelier Provence

"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 | Top Painting Workshop in Provence France

and Barcelona Art Tour

7-day landscape painting workshop in Provence, France and 4-day art tour in Barcelona, Spain. Open to artists of all levels and media. A great combination of plein air painting, art history/theory, touring, museums and gourmet cuisine. The perfect painting vacation in Europe!

June 26-July 7, 2021 (6 places left)

The Art Workshop

Atelier Provence and Barcelona Art Tour is a unique seven-day painting workshop in Provence, France followed by a four-day art tour in Barcelona, Spain. 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 painting vacation in France and Spain.

You might be this person who wants to revitalize your creativity in France while improving your skills in landscape painting. Or you might want to experience new possibilities in your art 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.

Our art workshop is open to newcomers, though it is also an alumni painting 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 painting workshop in Provence, one of the most beautiful regions in Europe? To enrich the experience, we decided to combine it with a modern art history tour in the vibrant city of Barcelona, easily accessible by train from Avignon.

Our art 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 workshop in France and Spain is also a true painting holiday suitable for the artist’s partner too. During our seven-day art workshop in Provence, we stay in a beautiful domain near 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. We also have a swimming pool, a sauna, a jacuzzi, a tennis court and a boulodrome. 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 2021 is CAD 3800 (around US$ 2900).

Price includes

  • painting instruction, art theory and art history lectures,
  • 11-night double accommodation (7 nights in Provence and 4 nights in Barcelona), we have limited single rooms for an extra cost of CAD 800 (around US$610)
  • all breakfasts
  • 6 great healthy lunches
  • 6 gourmet dinners including wine and after dinner drinks
  • transportation from the Manosque train station to our lodge
  • easels for everyone and turpentine and cobalt dryer for the oil painters
  • transportation to the Avignon TGV train station
  • train ticket Avignon-Barcelona
  • transportation to all painting/visiting sites and to all museums on schedule
  • Entrance fees to 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
  • all taxes.


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