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 is an artist – engineer from San Jose, California. 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 has trained with world class master watercolorists Charles Reid (USA), Alvaro Castagnet (Uruguay) and Joseph Zbukvic (Australia).
Uma is a member of Santa Clara Valley Watercolor Society (SCVWS), California Watercolor Association (CWA) and San Francisco Bay Area Urban Sketchers.
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 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: Oct 9-16, 2022: Watercolor Painting Workshop with Uma Kelkar – Max: 12 Participants
Sign up early and save $200! Rates: US$ 3,390 before Jan 31st (US$ 3,590 after 1/31/)
+ 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…
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|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-only one time-to another trip with a departure date within 2 years of cancelation date)
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