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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, whilst walking trails into the picturesque rural surroundings are at our doorstep. The warm light of Provence changes constantly and 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.

We only accept vaccinated clients with a Covid19 vaccine certificate. A copy sent to us prior to classes commencing would be appreciated.

We follow all Covid19 health and safety guidelines indoors and outdoors.

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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.


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.

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