We offer art classes without the need to travel anywhere else.

Workshops + Retreats are able to be customised and are ‘on-demand’ however we will be offering some pre-set dates for RETREATS during June, July, August + September 2020 (to be advised). Contact us to make an enquiry.

Jean Louis Diaz

I’m Jean-Louis Diaz, a French-Australian visual artist. My wife Fiona, a designer, and I live close to Aix-en-Provence, in the beautiful and historic village of Jouques, where I paint in my recently renovated atelier.

We encourage slow living and, given the proximity of our village to lovely surroundings and abundant forest, we offer art classes without the need to travel anywhere else. The warm light of Provence changes constantly throughout the day so why not stay a while to fully experience it. Walking trails into the picturesque rural surroundings are just a short distance from our village home, whilst the village itself abounds with numerous architectural features and quaint streets. Inspiration is all around!

We offer drawing and painting in water-based media, allowing for speed and spontaneity in your work. Our workshops and retreats are for small groups only, this enables us to offer a very personalised experience.

Jean-Louis has intimate knowledge of Jouques, and took me to a beautiful spot looking over the village to facilitate a drawing lesson. I spent a very enjoyable morning learning Jean-Louis’s techniques which I have since been able to utilise in my own art practice.

Miles Noel


Art classes: general information

Our classes aim to have an easy and direct approach to drawing and painting.

It is best to come with some artistic experience to gain full benefit from the tuition, however we can customise our programs to suit your skill level. 

You will be taught how to observe your chosen location and make choices to best compose your artwork. 

We will give you valuable insight on how to convert your 3D vision into a 2D representation.

Light, shadow, colour, shape, scale, size are the basic elements that you’ll learn to manipulate in composing your artwork.

You will be given plenty of technical information, but we try to keep things simple. With this in mind, each stage of our workshops has been designed to build your confidence and to enable us to gauge your needs as required.

rue Grande outside the local history museum
rue Grande outside the local history museum

One-day workshop: details

9.30-12.30: Meet in the atelier/gallery.
Introduction to composition and tonal value.
Drawing en-plein-air, rural and/or village setting.

12.30-14.00: Lunch break.

14.00-18.00: Reconvene back in the atelier.
Basics in watercolour painting techniques.
Painting en-plein-air.

Developing confidence and knowledge in sound technique are the key outcomes of our workshops – to fuel your passion and drive to continue in your art practice.

We offer:

  • authenticity
  • warm hospitality
  • time in a beautiful, historic village
  • space in which to de-stress 
  • public transport from Aix

Registration: for workshop and retreat

On enquiry, we will send you full information about the workshop and/or retreat:

  • All prices and inclusions
  • Materials to be supplied
  • What materials you may want to bring along
  • Meal options on workshop days
  • Transport and parking options

We’ll also send you a brief questionnaire about your artistic experience and skill-base. This will help us to customise our program to suit your specific needs.

Workshop tuition
Workshop tuition

Our Workshops are ‘on-demand’ so please contact us with your expression of interest and preferred dates.
Prices available on request.

One-day workshops are also easy to book on AirBnB – please see the section at the bottom of the page.

Four-day retreat: general information

The ‘Four-day retreat‘ includes plein-air drawing and water-based painting, as well as an introduction to oil-encaustic painting.*

*A workshop to thoroughly explore this medium is currently being designed.

Accommodation is part of the experience of the retreat and reflected in the pricing. Please see our ‘Accommodation’ page for information about the two suites available. Prices are very reasonable, a price list will be sent on request.

Breakfasts are not included, as our self-catering facilities offer an opportunity to fully enjoy the village experience – visit the boulangeries and local cafés! Use of the fully-equipped kitchen-dining room is included in your accommodation. However, lunch on day-one of the Retreat will be provided.

We also include an evening of ‘Learning to play petanque’ as part of your village experience – this includes aperitif – Rosé and nibbles!

Water colour
Water colour class in progress

Retreats dates can be ‘on-demand’ though the some dates will soon be set for: June, July, August + September 2020.

Atelier Gallery
Atelier Gallery

Four-day retreat: general outline

This program can be customised for skill level.

Day 1: Light as the key element in composition
How to compose and use tonal value to structure your drawing. 
Drawing and painting en-plein-air, rural or village setting.

Day 2: Colour pure and simple
How to get the most from colour in your painting.
Drawing and painting en-plein-air, rural or village setting.

Day 3: Your choice of media
Visits to chosen locations.
Use of chosen media on ~ A4 quality art paper.

Day 4: Introduction to oil-encaustic painting

AM Final en-plein-air session
Your choice of location and media.

PM Oil-Encaustic – demonstration and discussion. Opacity versus transparency in painting. Review all work, mount and pack for safe travel.

Day 5: Optional guided art tour
Additional cost. See information on this page.

You’ll have access to the atelier at all times.

Guided art tour in Aix-en-provence

Visit Aix-en-Provence with Jean-Louis for this full-day city and galleries/museums tour.

Aix en Provence Hotel de Ville and flower market

If you are staying in Jouques, you will travel with us on the local bus to Aix, leaving Jouques at 9am. Otherwise we will meet you in Aix at 10am.

The day in Aix will be a well-balanced combination of museum and gallery visits, plus stopping by places of interest around the city. We can suggest places for lunch and coffee too!

NOTE: This tour is only available as an optional add-on when you choose to do a workshop or retreat with us. Lunch and refreshments are not included in the fee.

Please contact us with your expression of interest. 
Price available on request.

See our one-day Art Workshop as an ‘experience’ on AirBnB – easy to book . . .