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Painting Mediterranean Villages

Discover the calmness of these villages, so different from the frenetic pace of the Cote d'Azur (although only a few 20 miles away). If you are looking for authenticity, you will definitely be charmed by the patina of age on the old stones, the shade of the narrow streets full of flowers and local artists' studios.

The incredible luminosity of the Mediterranean coast, the contrast of colors, and the exuberance of the natural landscape fascinated and inspired a series of world-famous artists such as Monet, Renoir, Picasso, Chagalle, Bonnard and Matisse. Now, it will inspire you!

Day 1: Welcome to Vence


We will pick you up at the Nice airport.

Upon your arrival at our hotel, take time to settle in. Enjoy the panorama terrace, the Provencal garden or the swimming pool. You can also explore the old town of Vence, loacated at walking distance from our hotel.

In the evening, you will enjoy a welcome reception followed by a gourmet dinner.

Days 2-3: Hills and Medieval Town of Vence

Vence is jewel which, by good fortune or skill, has never losts its character. A sort of magic, a timeless grace inhabits this charming and priviliged place.

A pure jewel that has always preserved its authenticity. Surrounded by its13th century rampart, Vence combines both the nobility of a historic town and the charm of a city of light that has become the city of painters. It is recognized as one of the last secrets of the Cote d'Azur.

We will start the day painting from the garden of our hotel, taking advantage of the beautiful morning sun.

We will then spend the afternoon in the historical old town of Vence. Its richness of medieval treasures such as the walled circle of medieval buildings, stone walls, narrow streets and as well as modern art is a paradise for painters.

Vence is a town of artists with painters, sculptors and writers of many natinonalities living there. The town is therefore full of galleries but also terrace cafes, restaurants and shops.

Day 4: Painting in Renoir Garden

The Renoir Museum stands in the heart of a magnificient estate with centuries-old olive trees and citrus with a superb panorama all the way to Cap d'Antibes.

The estate was the retreat and final home of the impressionist artist who spent the last 12 years of his life there. The museum contains 14 of his original paintings, sculptures, furniture and his studio.

Painting the same olive trees than Renoir painted will be an emotional and unique experience!

Day 5: Painting by the Sea and Picasso Museum in Antibes

Picasso once wrote: "If you want to see Picassos from Antibes, you have to see them in Antibes".

Spectacularly positioned overlooking the sea, 14th-century chateau Grimaldi served as Picasso's studio in 1946. In less than 2 months, Picasso created 44 drawings and 23 paintings that he left to the museum. In addition the museum also houses the master's lithographs and ceramics, as well as photographic record of the artist at work.

We will spend the entire day in Antibes. The natural beauty remains in the historical old town within the ramparts along the sea and the long, arched protective wall along the port.

It has retained much of its character with quaint cobbled streets, a Provencal market, lots of restaurants, street cafes and bars.

Day 6: My Secret Medieval Village and Shopping in St Paul de Vence

There are many non touristy and not known medieval villages around Vence. We will spend the morning panting in my favorite one. There won't be any other tourist but us!!.

At the end of the day, we will go to St Paul de Vence, after all tourists have lef. This is the oldest medieval towns on the French Riviera. A source of inspiration for talented artists throughout the ages, today it is well-known for for its art museums and galleries such as Foundation Maeght. You can also find the cemetery where Chagalle is buried.

Shopping might be on your to do list today: from artwork, to jewelry, local gourmet delicacies, olive oils, wine, Provencal fabrics, you can find it all.

Day 7: Grimaldi Castle

Haut-de-Cagnes is a small hilltop village that has succesfully preserved its medieval character and authentic provencal charm.

Surrounded by ramparts and dotted with small shady squares nestled among the sinuous alleysways, it invites you to unwind and will give you so much inspiration.

The views out to the sea and rising hills of the backcountry are stunning.

The village surrounds the 14th century Grimaldi castle, now a museum..

In the afternoon, back home, we will do a little "vernissage"with everyone's paintings of the week before our farewell dinner together.

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 Nice airport.


You will be well taken care of from your pick up at Nice airport to your drop off at the end of your stay.

Every day, we will drive you in a comfortable A/C mini van to different painting locations.

Dates 2018

June 13-20, 2018
Teacher: Keiko Tanabe
Watercolor Painting Workshop

Price: $200 off before Nov 30 so price is $2,990.
After: $3,190 (double occupancy room)
+ US$550 single room with en-suite bath
- $400 off for non painters

Join me on this wonderful trip to the South of France!

Having been there numerous times, I can say my love for this absolutely delightful region of France has stood the test of time. This will be my fourth time teaching for French Escapade.

Medieval villages, narrow streets, the azur blue Mediterranean sea, friendly people, charming villages, scrumptious food and wine, everything conjured up in the image of Southern France awaits when we go there in June of 2018.

Please join us as we explore and paint outdoors while enjoying the joie de vivre the region has to offer. If you're looking for a cozy, personalized therefore very special painting holiday organized by a tour operator who is completely bicultural and bilingual, this is it.

Since we will be a small group, I can also closely work with each one of you for a semi-private painting experience.

My teaching style consists of one hour demo once or twice a day followed by one-to-one support.



  • Nice airport pick up and drop off
  • A welcome reception
  • All breakfasts, 4 lunches and 4 dinners (incl. drinks and wine)
  • All nights at the hotel
  • All art classes
  • Entrance fees to all sites on the tour
  • Transportation in a comfortable van with A/C
  • 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

  • Flights to and from France
  • 3 lunches and 3 dinners
  • Optional activities
  • Personal expenses and tipping

Tel: 1-510-483-5713