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I’m Jean-Louis, a French-Australian visual artist. I live and work, close to Aix-en-Provence, in the beautiful and historic village of Jouques.
Walking trails into the picturesque rural surroundings are at our doorstep, whilst the village itself abounds with numerous architectural features and quaint streets. The warm light of Provence changes constantly and inspiration is all around. There’s no need to travel anywhere so why not stay with us and fully experience our village life for a few days?
Our one-day workshops:
A slice of Jouques (€180 – €200)
Some drawing experience is recommended.
In the morning we will explore the historic village of Jouques, then draw and document some of it’s distinctive features.
After lunch in the village we will reconvene in the atelier where, after a summary demonstration of painting techniques (water based media) you will compose and paint your very own ‘slice of Jouques’.
Ochres of Provence (€200 – €220)
Atelier workshop – to suit all levels.
The architecture and natural landscape of Provence abound with their own distinctive colour palette.
The natural ochres of Provence account for this colour signature and in this workshop we will learn how to mix and blend these ochres into the subtlest tones to create original, personal artworks.
We aim to:
- improve your confidence and technical knowledge
- fuel your passion to pursue your art practice
We assure you of:
- an authentic and unique experience
- warm hospitality and quality accommodation
- time in a beautiful, historic village
- space to relax and de-stress
Workshops and Retreats: general info
On enquiry, we’ll send you detailed information about the workshop and/or retreat:
- All prices and inclusions
- Materials to be supplied
- What you may want to bring
- Meal options on workshop days
- Transport and parking options
We’ll also ask you about your artistic skill-base – so we can customise our program to suit your specific needs.
Click here to book our one-day workshop online via AirBnB.
While we schedule some retreats, most of our art classes are on-demand, so hit the ‘contact us’ button below and tell us your preferred dates.
Our four-day retreats:
Art in Provence
(€970 – €1120 inclusive of 5 nights accommodation)
Water-based media. Some drawing and painting experience is recommended.
Enjoying this art retreat in Provence will allow you to build, from day to day, your knowledge base and fuel your passion for painting.
You will be given specific tuition on colour theory, drawing and painting techniques.
Exploring the village and forest of Jouques, whilst capturing its many facets with en-plein-air drawing, will be a real joy.
Later you will extend your morning sketches and observations into very personal, original artworks.
Having access to the atelier in the evening will allow you to relax and contemplate your achievement – over a glass of local rosé if you like!
Encaustic comes alive!
(€1250 – €1400 inclusive of 5 nights accommodation)
Oil paint and odourless solvent based media. Some drawing and painting experience is recommended.
This unique art retreat in Provence will enable you to discover or extend your knowledge of cold encaustic painting, whilst being immersed in village life.
This ancient method of painting, which predates renaissance oil painting, will reveal its versatility and application in contemporary painting.
All technical aspects of the medium will be covered, along with specific tuition on drawing and painting.
We will explore and draw the village and forest of Jouques with the view to interpreting these sketches and observations into your own, original oil-encaustic paintings.
Your skill base will grow from day to day and reviewing your work in the evenings, with a glass of rosé, will be very rewarding.
More about our NEW 'Encaustic comes alive!' retreat:
Recap the basics of painting with oils, then add cold-encaustic medium and be amazed!
Learn the advantages of working with this fast drying versatile medium, plus loads of techniques, tips and tricks.
This retreat aims to introduce (or consolidate) the many facets of using oil paints with cold-encaustic medium.
Jean-Louis is an accomplished artist with a passion for colour and luminosity – this passion forms the basis of our new program.
Retreats are available ON-DEMAND – hit the ‘contact us’ button below and tell us your preferred dates in July, August and early September.
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