Watercolor Painting Workshop with Carol Carter, June 1-8, 2024

Workshop Description

Come and paint in beautiful Provence with Carol Carter.

“The intensity of color and use of negative space as foundational is a signature of my work”.

Carol will share her unique watercolor technique, painting from background to foreground, using dynamic and inventive color.

Morning: Studio Painting

We will begin each day with a watercolor tutorial of Provence. In the studio, Carol will share her watercolor technique while teaching site specific tutorials.

The workshop will provide templates, reference photos and materials information.

Painting workshop from 9 am to noon followed by conclusion and small critique till about 1pm.

Afternoon: Excursions to villages with some sketching and photographing

In the afternoon, we will visit some villages in Provence that will be the topic of our next day painting: time for photography and sketching.

Relax, enjoy, learn a new watercolor technique or two among the camaraderie of other artists while savoring gourmet food and French wines…..

  1. Learn how to paint loosely in watercolor— all the while keeping your subject representational.
  2. Learn the use of color, pigment saturation, water control, and brush size for manipulation of paint.
  3. Learn how to push color by exploring different and unusual color combination.
  4. Learn how to see “value”in your work to build darks and lights by adding complementary colors.
  5. Learn how to paint from a reference photo and paint from background to foreground.
  6. Learn how to create exciting compositions with dynamic and unusual perspective of imagery.

Carol Carter's Biography

Carol Carter is an internationally recognized artist whose career has spanned more than 35 years.

Carol has taught workshops for over 30 years, as well as in university. Her paintings have been in many national and international exhibitions, both juried and invitational. She has been featured in global publications including, International Arts Magazine, Art of Watercolour, Watercolor Artist, and L’Aquarelle Magazine.

In 2019 she was also honored with Master Signature Member status, American Women Artists and Master Signature Member status, Heartland Art Club.

Carol recently exhibited in “Making Their Mark: American Women Artists” at the Booth Western Art Museum.

She is the recent recipient of 2020 Snehil Lifetime Achievement Award, Snehilsrijan, India. She has exhibited her work in Europe, China, Hong Kong, USVI, Morocco and throughout the US.

Carol’s website: www.carol-carter.com

More Samples of Carol's Art

Click on any picture to enlarge.

Arrival and Welcome


We will pick you up at the TGV Avignon train station at 3:30pm.

Upon your arrival at our hotel, take time to settle in, enjoy the swimming pool or explore the village.

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

Painting in the Garden or in the studio

The hotel has a nice garden and a studio. It is also located inside a very cute village of the Luberon so easy access to restaurants, shops and many vistas.

Every day, we will paint half a day in the studio and then go to nearby villages on excursions for cultural immersions, some sketching and photographing giving you inspiration for your paintings the next day in the studio.

Fontaine de Vaucluse

The main beauty of Fontaine de Vaucluse is the river Sorgue on which it sits. The river has a fantastic green colour, very striking with the blue sky above. The village of Fontaine de Vaucluse starts after the rapids where the wondrous green river calms itself.

You will find many scenes there for your future paintings, between the river, the main plaza and the one hundred year old trees. We will take many pictures and go back to the studio to paint from them.

Visit of Van Gogh's bedroom in St. Remy de Provence

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.

You will enjoy the wonderful landscape that inspired the great impressionist with the same olive trees Van Gogh painted and the Alpilles mountains as background.

Lunch will be taken in the beautiful village of Saint Remy de Provence before heading back to the studio.

Ochre Village of Roussillon

Prov-day2-roussillonprov-day2-roussillon2Roussillon, 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.

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 market is an endless source of inspiration for your paintings back in the studio.

Gourmet French Food

French cuisine. The mouth-watering gastronomical wonder.

Food culture is just one of the many facets of French culture to experience. Because food brings people together, we will take many of our meals as a group, in a restaurant or sometimes we will prepare a picnic for the group.

Our French dinners include an entrée, a main course and a dessert. All paired with amazing French wine of course. If you love cheese, you will also be in heaven.

Departure (Day 8)

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 around 9:30 am.

Beautiful 3-star hotel in Luberon, the heart of Provence

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).


Superior rooms (only 3 twins with 2 single beds and 2 singles with one double bed) : 170 sq ft, 2 single beds or 1 double bed with view towards the mountains and the garden of the hotel.

Tell us your preference and we will do our best to accommodate you.




Pricing Details:

The trip is limited to 14 participants

Click here to see the difference between standard and superior rooms

Standard rooms:

Double room: US$ 3,790 pp (before Nov 30th)-one double bed

Single room: + US$ 550 (one double bed).

No standard twin rooms available (only superior twins)

Superior rooms:

Shared room (twins or doubles): US$ 3,965 pp (before Nov 30th)

Single room: +US$ 725 -(one double bed)

Non Painters: Price is the same because non painters take the spot of a painter



– Avignon TGV train station pick up on day 1 at
3:30pm and drop off on day 8 at 10:30am
– A welcome reception
– All breakfasts,
– 3 lunches (picnics)
– 4 dinners (incl. 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
– 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.

Not included:

Not Included:

– Flights to and from France
– Trains to/from Avignon
– 3 lunches and 3 dinners
– Painting supplies
– Required travel insurance
– Tour leader(s) tipping

Cancelation Policy

If you cancel the trip:Cancellation Fee per Person
More than 120 days before departureThe $600 deposit is forfeited
(however $300 can be transferred to another trip with a departure date within 1 year of cancelation date)
61-120 days before departure50% of total cost forfeited
31-60 days before departure75% of total cost forfeited
0-30 days before departure100% of total cost forfeited
If French Escapade cancels You get a full refund

How to Book

1Fill out the reservation form below. You will receive an email with information on how to pay your deposit. You can pay either by check, ZELLE, credit card (using paypal) or bank transfer.

2Send us a $600 deposit within one week . The deposit is not refundable but $300 is transferrable to a future trip. See our Cancelation Policy in the registration form.

3The remaining balance is due 4 months before departure.


This workshop is sold out but we often get some cancelations so email us at contact@frenchescapade.com to be placed on the wait list.

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