plan your village art experience . . .
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.
The village abounds with architectural features and quaint streets, with walking trails into the picturesque rural surroundings at our doorstep. In the warm light of Provence inspiration is all around, so there’s no need to travel anywhere.
Stay with us and fully experience our village life for a few days.
RETREATS (4 days + 5 nights) in 2023:
Our one-day workshop:
A slice of Jouques €200 or €180/person 2+ participants
Some drawing experience is recommended.
In the morning we will explore the historic village of Jouques, then draw and document some of its 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’.
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 our retreats:
- all prices and inclusions
- materials to be supplied
- what you may want to bring
- meal options in the village
- 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, or simply hit the ‘contact us’ button below.
Our five night residential retreats:
Art in Provence
€1100 – €1300* /person, inclusive of 4 days + 5 nights accommodation.
Water-based media. Drawing and painting experience is essential.
Enjoy this art retreat in Provence and build your knowledge-base from day to day, whilst fueling your passion for painting.
You will be given specific tuition on colour theory, drawing and painting techniques.
In the mornings we explore the village and forest of Jouques, whilst capturing its many facets with en-plein-air drawing.
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!
€1400 – €1600* /person, inclusive of 4 days + 5 nights accommodation.
Oil paint and odourless solvent based media. Drawing and painting experience is essential.
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 surrounds 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 will be very rewarding.
*price with single supplement added
'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 program.
We will soon be posting a schedule of dates for our Retreats in 2023, watch this space.