Watercolor Painting and Journaling with Teachers Cindy Briggs and Theresa Goesling, Provence

Cindy Briggs and Theresa Goesling: Watercolor Painting and Journaling 2018

Infuse the beauty, charm and colors of Provence into your watercolor paintings with the experienced guidance of instructors, Theresa Goesling and Cindy Briggs.  They love teaching together and you get the benefit of two instructors in this small group workshop.

Imagine painting in the height of lavendar season as you create captivating compositions with dynamic color statements, creative textures, luminescent light, and add calligraphy and your memories to your paintings if you wish.

You will discover how to simplify and spontaneously draw, paint and write what inspires you through our daily demonstrations and individualized attention. We’ll help you build confidence as you create a colorful portfolio of plein air paintings on watercolor paper and/or in your watercolor journal of your travels during this treasured time in Provence.

Recognized by Plein Air Magazine for their workshops and Daniel Smith Fine Art Watercolors for their mastery of watercolors, the duo expertly share how to enjoy the process, loosen up and manipulate both opaque and transparent watercolors as we encourage indivdual styles and designs.

“We look forward to working with French Escapade on another fabulous painting trip. They truly take wonderful care of our artists and plan each day with finesse.”

You’ll receive a free “Make Every Day A Painting in Provence” handout with images from Provence and typography you can use for fun page designs.  If you’d like a printed copy of our book “Make Every Day A Painting” you can purchase on www.MakeEveryDayAPainting.com.

Here is the supply list from Cindy and Theresa. Feel free to substitute for any professional quality materials that you may already have.

To learn more about Cindy and Theresa visit www.MakeEveryDayAPainting.com

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 Bed & Breakfast in the Luberon, Provence

We will be staying in the heart of Provence, in the region called the Luberon at a beautifully renovated farmhouse, parts of which date back to the early 17th century and used to serve as a staging post for the French Post Office.

This wonderful B&B has been restored with a lot of Provencal charm and provides a quiet haven in the heart of Provence, an ideal base for visiting the surrounding countryside, with its beautiful villages and its market towns.

But the best is saved for last! The culinary hospitality provided by the owner is second to none. Passionate about cooking and tableware, the owner will have great pleasure to introduce you to Provencal cooking, prepared with genuine fresh products.

The breakfasts will set you up for the day’s exploring, whilst the evening meal is a masterpiece of Mediterranean and Provencal cuisine.

You will feel at home away from home, enjoying the garden, the swimming pool or the courtyard.

In the the evenings, we will gather on the terrace for the gourmet dinners but also to mingle, share life stories, laughters and build friendship.



The B&B has as a total of 10 bedrooms as follows:

  • 5 twins bedrooms with 2 beds (either doubles or twins) with en-suite bathroom 
  • 2 single rooms with one double bed with en-suite bathroom
  • 3 rooms with one double bed sharing a bathroom.



June 23-30, 2018- Wait List
Watercolor Painting and Journaling Workshop
Lavender in Bloom
Max: 12 Participants


  • Avignon TGV train station pick up at 3:30pm and drop off at 10am
  • A welcome reception
  • All breakfasts, 3 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
How to book

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


Check Availability

Send us an e-mail to check availability. Include the dates of the workshop you are interested in (not just the destination since we do have several workshops at the same location) and the number of people you will be reserving a spot for.

Submit Registration Form and Send $600 Deposit

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

3 methods of payment:

  • pay by check, (if you live in Canada, it needs to be a money order), payable to French Escapade LLC, 2389 Blackpool Place, San Leandro, CA 94577
  • pay by wire transfer (let us know and we will provide you with our account number)
  • pay by credit card using www.paypal.com (3.5% convenience fees applies)

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…). Do not make any travel arrangement before we tell you that the trip has a guaranteed departure.

Submit Remaining Balance

Your remaining balance is due 90 days prior to departure. Make sure to review below our cancelation policy in case you need to cancel the trip.

Cancellation Policy

If you cancel the trip:Cancellation Fee per Person
If French Escapade cancels You get a full refund
More than 90 days before departureThe $600 deposit is forfeited
(however $500 can be transferred-only one time-to another trip with a departure date within 2 years of cancelation date)
61-90 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

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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