Watercolor Painting Workshop in Provence, Oct 9-16, 2022
Watercolor Painting Workshop in Provence, Oct 9-16, 2022
Workshop Description: “Flow”
Join Uma Kelkar for a wonderful week in Provence.
Participants will learn how to employ just enough shapes, colors and stroked to achieve maximum impact. This is Uma’s definition of elegance.
Exercises during each day will build up towards a final painting. We will focus on the technical skills at the beginning followed by discussion of elements of design and Uma’s philosophy of painting.
If you’ve always wanted to overcome the fear of wet on wet painting, rest assured that at the end of the workshop, you will feel more confident about approaching it independently.
Uma Kelkar Biography
Uma Kelkar is an artist – engineer who resides in San Jose, California. She was raised in India before immigrating to the USA as a student. She is an award winning plein air artist with command across multiple media including watercolor, ink, charcoal and Procreate. Color harmony, composition and fearlessness to explore topics and media gives her work its unique energy.
Uma is a signature member of National Watercolor Society (NWS), California Watercolor Association (CWA) and Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colours (CSPWC). She serves as an Executive Board member of Urban Sketchers and is an artist member of Santa Clara Valley Watercolor Society (SCVWS), and San Francisco Bay Area Urban Sketcher chapter.
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.
Roussillon, 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.
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!!
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.
Today 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.
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.
This 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.
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.
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 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.
Dates: Oct 9-16, 2022: Watercolor Painting Workshop with Uma Kelkar – Max: 12 Participants
Sign up early and save $200! Rates: US$ 3,390 before March 31st (US$ 3,590 after 3/31/2022)
+ US$ 550 for single standard room
+ US$ 900 for a single superior room (only 2 available)
+ US$ 175 per person for a superior twin room (only 3 available) or superior double room (only 2 available)
Non Painters are welcome to join and share the room of a painter. They get a US$ 400 off and will come on excursions with the group, share the meals, etc…
– 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.
– Flights to and from France
– Trains to/from Avignon
– 3 lunches and 3 dinners
– Painting supplies
– Tour leader(s) tipping
1To hold your spot, please fill out the reservation form below and send us a $600 deposit.
Note that the deposit is not refundable but is transferrable. See our Cancelation Policy below.
2Once you have submitted your reservation, you will receive a confirmation email with the details on how to submit your deposit via one of these 3 methods:
– by check (if you live in Canada, it needs to be a money order)
– via ZELLE (free instant money transfer offered by all major US banks)
– by credit card
– by bank transfer
3The remaining balance will be due 3 months before departure.
|If you cancel the trip:||Cancellation Fee per Person|
|More than 90 days before departure||The $600 deposit is forfeited
(however $500 can be transferred to another trip with a departure date within 2 years of cancelation date)
|61-90 days before departure||50% of total cost forfeited|
|31-60 days before departure||75% of total cost forfeited|
|0-30 days before departure||100% of total cost forfeited|
|If French Escapade cancels||You get a full refund|