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Looking down at Jouques from the hilltop above the old village
I felt fully supported in every moment of the experience and so appreciated Jean-Louis as a collaborator and teacher. At the end of the day I had learned so much, had such a good time and LOVE LOVE my painting! All in all this was a fantastic addition to my Provençal holiday and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for an authentic art experience. I consider myself an enthusiastic beginner but JL’s teaching skills and considerable talent would lend themselves to anyone at any level of artistic experience.


Jean-Louis is a very talented artist and a great teacher of both theory and practice. The working studio is a short walk from breathtaking views of the Provence landscape. The workshop was tailored to my exact needs and Jean-Louis is very generous in passing on his deep and extensive experience across a wide range of styles and media. While I have been painting for many years, I came away a better artist from my short time there.


Jean-Louis is a skilled and patient teacher as well as a brilliant guide to the village. It was a delight having a bilingual cicero with personal relationships in the village, who also spoke perfect English. Jouques is such a charming village - small and friendly, and after just under a week it really felt like home.


Jean Louis Diaz

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 forest and rural surroundings at our doorstep. In the warm light of Provence inspiration is all around.

Stay with us for an art retreat and fully experience our village life for a few days.


RETREATS in 2024:
4 days + 5 nights
Arrive Monday, depart Saturday by 11am – c
ontact us to enquire

arrive 27 May depart 1 June, FULLY BOOKED.
arrive 17 depart 22, limited space left;
arrive 24 depart 29, limited space left;
arrive 1 depart 6 – limited space left.
arrive 8 depart 13;
arrive 15 depart 20.
arrive 5 depart 10;
arrive 12 depart 17;
arrive 19 depart 24 – FULLY BOOKED.
Contact us to book your one-day art workshop on a Monday, Wednesday or Thursday, until early September 2024, €200/person.
art workshop en-pein-air in provence

Our one-day workshop:

A slice of Jouques €200 or €180/person 2+ participants 

Water-based media only. To fully benefit from these painting classes, we highly recommend that you have some drawing skill and experience.

In the morning we will explore the historic village of Jouques, then draw and document some of its distinctive features.

After lunch we’ll reconvene in the atelier for a demonstration of painting techniques (water-colours + acrylic), then you will compose and paint your very own ‘slice of Jouques’.

Click here to book our one-day workshop online via AirBnB (€230), or preferably hit the ‘contact us’ button on this page for our discounted price of €200.

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.

Our five night residential retreats:

Art in Provence
Inclusive of 4 days tuition + 5 nights accommodation.

Water-based media. Drawing and painting experience is essential.

This art retreat in Provence will fuel your passion for painting, whilst building your knowledge-base from day to day.

You will be given specific tuition on colour theory, drawing and painting techniques. In the mornings we draw en-plein-air to capturing the essence of Provence.

Later you will extend your morning sketches and observations into original paintings. 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!
Inclusive of 4 days tuition + 5 nights accommodation.

Cold-encaustic medium with oil paint and odourless solvents. Drawing and painting experience is essential.

This unique art retreat will enable you to discover or extend your knowledge of cold-encaustic oil painting, whilst being immersed in village life.

This ancient method of painting predates renaissance oil painting and will reveal its versatility in contemporary painting. All technical aspects of the medium will be covered, along with specific tuition on drawing and painting.

Your skill base will grow from day to day as we explore and draw the village and surrounds of Jouques, with the view to interpreting these sketches and observations into your own, original paintings.


Contact us for prices of our four-day Retreats

More about 'Encaustic comes alive!'

Recap the basics of painting with oils, then add cold-encaustic medium and be amazed! Learn the advantages of working with this fast-drying and 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.

Offered as a four-day, five-night residential retreat only.

Jean-Louis is an accomplished artist with a passion for colour and luminosity – he has loads of art-teaching experience which enables him to share his wealth of knowledge in our programs.