Travel Watercolor Sketching Workshop in Provence with Teacher Deborah Rubin

Deborah Rubin: Travel Watercolor Sketching Workshop Provence 2017

www.deborahrubin.com

img-teachers-deborahJoin Deborah Rubin for 8 days in the heart of Provence.

Learn to sketch and paint in a journal, travel to great places, and have fun all at the same!

This class is for anyone and everyone who wants to record travel experiences in a personal way. You will use minimal materials: a small watercolor journal, small case of paints, ink pen, and two brushes, all in a small carrying case or tote bag.

img-teachers-painting-deborahLearning to travel sketch is learning to see as well. You will start with small subjects and build to larger imagery by the end of the week adding elements of design like color, contrast, and composition. My goal is for you to be able to go out the last day and sketch and paint without my guidance. It can be done!

I love teaching this class because everyone succeeds. I love when students find their own style and voice.

Deborah Rubin has been a professional artist for the last 45 years exhibiting nationally in shows and galleries. She teaches watercolor travel sketching and intensive watercolor painting in various venues throughout the United States.

Day 1: Welcome Champagne Reception

Prov-day1-welcomeWe will pick you up at the Avignon train station at 3:30pm. Upon your arrival at our guesthouse, take time to settle in or explore the village. In the evening, you will enjoy a welcome reception followed by a gourmet dinner.

Day 2: Ochre Village of Roussillon

prov-day2-roussillon2Prov-day2-roussillonRoussillon, one of France’s Most Beautiful Villages, sits on top of the world’s biggest vein of ochre, the reddish pigment which has been used by artists for centuries. Paint red houses, ochre trails, cafes, what ever inspires you.

At the end of the day, we will take a walk inside the park, on the Ochre Trail revealing many fantastic rock and cliff formations.

You will also have time for shopping: don’t miss out on the unique reddish potteries.

Day 3: Most Spectacular Village in Provence – Gordes

Prov-day3-Gordes2Gordes, also listed one of France’s most beautiful villages, is the most spectacular village in Provence, perched on the southern edge of the high Plateau de Vaucluse.

The view from the village is a southern panorama out across fields, vineyards and forests, and small-perched villages to the Montagne du Luberon. You can choose to paint the breathtaking panorama, the village houses, or even the outdoor stalls.

Day 4: Market and Canals in ‘Isle sur la Sorgue’

prov-day4-marketProv-day4-SorgueL’Isle sur la Sorgue is a real paradise for painters and photographers.

Its colors are nature’s green and the bright reflection of the water shines from the several canals running through its center.

In the morning, we will shop the incredible and colorful market: colorful arrays of Provencal fabric, tablecloths, pottery, silk scarves, natural soaps with dozens of scents and of course lavender products.

Day 5: Painting in the Village

Prov-day5-homeprov-day5-home2Today will be a non driving day to allow even more time to painting.

We will spend the day painting either at the hotel or in the village: cobblestone streets, 18th century houses, flowers, doors

Day 6: On Van Gogh’s Trail in St. Remy de Provence

Prov-day6-VanGogh1Prov-day6-VanGogh2Today, we will visit the beautiful old monastery of St Paul Mausole with the bedroom where Van Gogh stayed during his very troubled time in 1889-90. This is now a nursing home that has a permanent exhibition of paintings made by the patients and beautiful reproductions of some of Vincent van Gogh’s paintings.

Outside the hospital, you will be able to paint the wonderful landscape that inspired the great impressionist: olive trees with the Alpilles mountains as background.

Day 7: Medieval Village in the Luberon

Prov-day7-villageProv-day7-endThis non touristy jewel, not listed in travel books is our little gem, our favorite village. While strolling the streets you will come to appreciate the quietness and wonderful atmosphere that will seduce you, as it has dozens of artists who live there. This is our little kept secret village, the favorite of all our artists.

Day 8: Departure

It is time to say: “au revoir” but not “adieu” because you will be back. We just know it.

After our last breakfast together, we’ll drive you to the Avignon train station by 9:30 am.

Charming Bed and Breakfast

img-painting-volet-bleuYou will stay in a restored farmhouse located in the heart of Provence, in a very charming non-touristy village, 30 min North-Ouest from Avignon.

In many ways this house speaks of Provence. The large salon with its fireplace will seduce you with its charming and friendly atmosphere. The view towards the Mont Ventoux from the terrace and from some bedrooms is breathtaking. The blue shutters of the house will give you a real flair of Provence.

Each room is decorated differently and differs by it size and view. Some rooms have en-suite bathroom and view towards the valley while some have shared baths and no view towards the valley. The rooms with shared baths are less expensive. There is one double/twin room on the first floor, 5 rooms on the second floor and one on the 3rd floor.

Tell us what your preference is and we will do our best to accommodate you. In other case, we will allocate the rooms on a first come first served basis.

The owners have been trained as chefs and will cook gourmet dinners for you to savor. Sharing their home will give you a truly family experience. Remember: “Don’t be a tourist, be our guest”. Our motto can’t be more real at this wonderful B&B.

The B&B is located on the top of a cliff overlooking the valley and the mountain of Mont Ventoux, the famous hill on the route of the “Tour de France”. It is also in the heart of the village giving you the possibility to stroll the narrow cobblestone streets of this medieval village.

 

Dates
September 4-11, 2017- Some spaces left
Travel Watercolor Sketching
Max: 12 Participants
Rates

After January 30, 2017

US $3,190 (double room)

+ US $550 (single room)

$400 discount for non-painters


Includes

  • Avignon TGV train station pick up at 3:30pm and drop off at 10am
  • A welcome reception
  • All breakfasts, 4 lunches (picnics) and 4 dinners (including drinks and wine)
  • All nights at the villa-hotel
  • All art classes
  • Entrance fees to all sites on the tour
  • Transportation in a comfortable van with A/C
  • The use of folding chairs
  • A personal bilingual chauffeur/guide throughout the week
  • A free Paris planner for a self guided visit in Paris if you decide to extend your trip: suggestions of hotels, restaurants and places to visit

Excludes

  • Flights to and from France
  • Trains to/from Avignon
  • 3 lunches and 3 dinners
  • Painting supplies
  • Tour leader(s) tipping
How to book

To Make Your Reservation for a French Escapade Tour please follow the steps below and review our Cancellation Policy:

 

1
Check Availability

Send us an e-mail to check availability. Include the dates you are interested in and the number of people you will be reserving a spot for.


2
Submit Registration Form and Send $600 Deposit

After receiving confirmation of availability, complete and submit the Reservation Form and send your $600 deposit check to:

French Escapade LLC
2389 Blackpool Place
San Leandro, CA 94577

If you live in the US:

  • pay by check, payable to French Escapade (if you live in Canada, it needs to be a money order)
  • or by wire transfer (let us know and we will provide you with our account number)
If you live outside the US please contact us for other payment options.

3
Receive Confirmation

We will send you a written confirmation of your reservation along with an information package for your trip (info about pick up and drop off, recommended insurance, name of a travel agent, what to bring, etc…).


4
Submit Remaining Balance

Your remaining balance is due 90 days prior to departure.


Cancellation Policy

Days Prior to Tour StartCancellation Fee per Person
More than 90 Days$600
(deposit forfeited, but transferable to another trip with a $50 admin fee)
61-90 Days50% of total cost
31-60 Days75% of total cost
0-30 Days100% of total cost

Thank you for traveling with us!

French Escapade LLC | 2389 Blackpool Place | San Leandro, CA 94577 | 510-483-5713 | contact@frenchescapade.com
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