2021 Painting in Provence

May 14 – 22, 2021
June 25 – July 3, 2021
September 10 – 18, 2021

All levels welcome!

Note that other workshop dates can be scheduled if there is enough interest from participants (minimum 6, maximum 10).

Discover the magic of painting in Provence during a week-long oil painting workshop. The exhilarating joy of painting in the south of France, creating directly from life, the sublime fragile beauty and translucent light of Provence, will make this an unforgettable experience.

Designed for both confirmed painters and beginners, Jill’s workshops focus on primarily on color, mixing a harmonious palette, oil painting techniques, and the creative process.

Participants embark on a journey to explore Provence in a unique way, drawing and painting from nature – en plein air – at the sea, in the hill towns, at the Aix market, and at the sites of the Provençal masters. 

In the footsteps of

masters of impressionism —

This workshop also includes a cultural dimension concentrating on Cézanne and Van Gogh. During the week, participants will visit and paint on the very sites where the impressionist masters painted.

Small groups

Personalized instruction —

Workshops are limited to a number of eight participants, which provides individual attention in an intimate group setting. During the week, Jill takes time to coach each participant individually, providing them with valuable guidance and feedback.

Whatever the level

Everyone is welcome —

“If you hear a voice within you say, ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.” – Vincent Van Gogh

If these words speak to you and wake up a desire to paint, then join Jill for a workshop.

Open to beginners, experienced painters and non-painters alike. An alternate program is available for non-painting partners.

Experiencing nature

to make your own artistic journey —

 “Art exists to make us taste the eternal.” – Paul Cézanne

Standing in fields of wheat, sunflowers or lavender of Provençe, in the fishing village of Cassis or in the flower markets of Aix, participants celebrate nature with color. This workshop is a personal and spiritual experience, like climbing a mountain within yourself. It’s a moment to step back, to slow down and observe, and to experience the beauty and wonder in and around you. Students are encouraged to see, hear, smell, taste, and feel nature as a catalyst for their artistic expression.

Nothing to prepare

We take care of everything —

ACCOMODATIONS – We work with you to find your ideal accommodation in the heart of Aix-en-Provence so that you are within walking distance to local markets, restaurants, shops and the daily meeting point.

MEALS – From the Provençal menu prepared and served in Jill’s home by her exceptional husband and chef, to village cafés and seaside restaurants, and evening apéritifs on the terrace at Jill’s studio, most meals and beverages are included.

TRANSPORTATION – Once you arrive in Aix-en-Provence, you will not have to give a second thought to getting around. Whether arriving by plane or train, we will be there to pick you up and to drop you off when you return. We will provide all transportation needs during your stay.

ART SUPPLIES & SHIPPING – Absolutely everything – from your drawing pad to your canvas, to paints, brushes, aprons, gloves, etc. – yes, everything, will be provided! We also take care of shipping your newly created work to your home address (once it has dried, of course!)

Explore Provence

Painting is not everything —

This workshop takes place in the heart of Provence, and includes travel and visits to some of the most beautiful sites in the south of France.

For those who would like to have more time to explore the surrounding areas, shop in the local markets, experience fine dining or visit vineyards, it is highly recommended to extend your stay before or after the workshop. Let us know how we can help you make your plans.

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