Painting Tours: Teacher Betty Carr

Watercolor Painting Workshop with Betty Carr in Provence, May 3-10, 2019

Betty Carr: Watercolor Painting Workshop Provence May 3-10, 2019


Being immersed in the gorgeous scenery of Provence, France, we’ll be capturing its beauty and light through Plein air painting in Watercolor. Using painterly, impressionistic brush strokes, we’ll focus on capturing the luminosity of the city’s colorful areas throughout the day. We’ll return home with memories of this amazing painting experience as well as painting sketches that will affect our painting styles and gain inspiration for future work.

This class will enjoy the fun and exciting challenges of painting-on-location in the gorgeous areas in Provence, France.
​Students will be focusing on watercolor techniques and the use of value sketches for gaining skills in creating strong compositions.
The use of painterly, bold and energetic impressionistic brushwork will be demonstrated daily en plein air.
Students will learn the “how tos” of seeing light on form, understand temperatures of light and shadow and work with values and edges for creating depth in their inspiring paintings of France.

Students will produce numerous studies along with completed paintings and critiques to round out this memorable plein air painting experience in Provence, France. A great time will be had by all!!!!!

Betty Carr is regarded as as one of the foremost  painters of the Southwest. Her use of color, light and shade accentuate her subject matter while showing her love of nature and its forms.

Since gaining her MA from San Jose State University, California, Betty has taught painting, drawing and sculpture at primary, secondary and college levels and has developed a following through both private and workshop instruction. She is collected both privately and corporately as well as being accepted in numerous juried exhibitions.

Betty has recently been selected as a master painter in the” American Impressionist Society”(AISM). She is also a signature member of “APAP”, Arizona Plein Air Painters Association.

Day 1: Welcome Champagne Reception

We will pick you up at the TGV 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 Villages in Provence – Gordes and Luberon Villages

Gordes, 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 to the village is a breathtaking panorama out across fields, vineyards and small-perched villages to the Montagne du Luberon.

Although Gordes is beautiful, we will spend more time painting/sketching in the a tiny non touristy village of the Luberon whose name we keep secret!!

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

L’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. The afternoon is all yours to paint the canals, the stalls, the village.

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…

If we are staying at the hotel in St Remy de Provence, you will have time to paint in the olive fields, the same trees Vincent Van Gogh painted 150 years ago.

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

Today, 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 with the same olive trees Van Gogh painted and the Alpilles mountains as background.

Day 7: Medieval Village in the Luberon

Prov-day7-villageThis 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.

Back at the hotel, you will be able to work in the garden to finish up some of your paintings and finish the week with a “show and tell” or critique.

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 TGV Avignon train station by 9:30 am.



Charming 3-star Hotel in Fontaine de Vaucluse

We will be staying in the heart of the village of Fontaine de Vaucluse. Our hotel used to be an old mill that has been restored with a lot of Provencal charm. A little river meanders through the garden, surrounded by impressive mountains. The hotel is centrally located, at walking distance (2 min) to restaurants and shops.

The hotel has a living room, breakfast room, outside swimming pool, a hot tub, a riverside terrace bar and a sunny conference room that we will use as our painting studio.









Each bedroom has en-suite bathroom, mini-bar, flat screen TV, air-conditioning and free wifi.

The hotel has two categories of rooms:

Standard rooms: 150 sq ft, one double bed and view towards the back of the hotel (trees, see picture below). Two rooms are twins (2 single beds).


Superior rooms (only 3 twins and 2 singles available) : 170 sq ft, 2 single beds or 1 double bed with view towards the mountains and the garden of the hotel. There is a $350 suppl for the sup room. Tell us what your preference is and we will do our best to accommodate you.




Dates & Rates

Dates: May 3-10, 2019 Watercolor Painting Workshop with Betty Carr – Max: 12 Participants

Sign up early and save $200!

Rates: $3,190 before Nov 30 ($3,390 after Nov 30)

+ $550 for single standard room

+ $900 for a single superior room (only 2 available)

+ $350 for a superior twin room  (only 3 available) or double room (only 2 available): so it is $175 per person.


  • 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


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