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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

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.


I had a wonderful day in Jouques with my new friends Jean-Louis and Fiona. They were wonderful friendly hosts and I learnt a lot from the artistic expertise of Jean-Louis! We spent time in the art studio going over some basics in composition and drawing and soon after we were en-plein-air drawing in the most scenic of classic gardens. After lunch we headaed up the hill to a glorious scene looking towards a chapel on the hill, and spent the afternoon immersed in water colour painting. I really enjoyed the experience and, as a beginner, the time spent with Jean-Louis was invaluable.


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 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:

nights of 12th to 16th (one room still available)
nights of 19th – 23rd
(nights of 3rd – 7th, fully booked)
nights of 10th – 14th
nights of 24th – 28th
nights of 7th – 11th
nights of 14th – 18th
nights of 21st – 25th
one Retreat only in late September, dates to be advised.
possibility of one Retreat in October – dates to be advised.
art workshop en-pein-air in provence

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.