Location: Bonnieux, Provence, France
Dates: May 2-8, 2021
Instructor: John Keeling
Medium: Watercolor

Level: Beginner
Price: $2,995 

Early Bird Discount: $ 200 before 10/1/2020 

Non-painter Discount: $200



This workshop is tailored towards complete beginners. The medium of watercolor allows for very few corrections – and by learning the basic techniques early on, students will be able to eliminate making a lot of the mistakes that beginners usually makes. You will be watching demonstrations, practicing what you have learned on location in the small villages in the Luberon region of Provence, listening to in-depth technique classes and enjoying the camaraderie with fellow beginner painters!

The group will visit the picturesque Provence villages of l’Isle sur la Sorgue, a mecca for antique lovers, Peter Mayle’s Lourmarin, the Cistercian abbey of Senanque, the SCAD campus located in Lacoste, and the russet red village of Roussillon.


John Keeling, will tailor this workshop towards those students who have never painted before. John is an award-winning artist who has had a successful career as a Creative Director with Hallmark Cards and now splits his time between teaching watercolor to all ages and creating commissioned pet portraits. His teaching style is very hands on with a lot of one-on-one feedback and instruction. 

John visited this beautiful part of France for the first time in 2019, immediately fell in love with the place and is now excited to be returning and sharing his love of Provence with fellow painters!


Lodging: Hotel Clos du Buis

The hotel has a great location in the center of Bonnieux. It is possible to walk to restaurants, shops and galleries. The hotel has a lovely garden, a small pool, plenty of space to paint indoors after our excursions! The breakfast is extraordinary and can be taken in the dining room that has a panoramic view over the beautiful valley below. 

As an added benefit, there is a guest kitchen at our disposal, as is a washer and a dryer (that we can use for a small fee). 

Please be aware that there are steep hills and stairs in Bonnieux! 

Early Bird Discount of $200

if you  book

by 10/1/2020


Trip: Watercolor Beginner Workshop, Bonnieux

Dates: May 2 - 8, 2021

LodgingClos du Buis Bonnieux

Closest airport: Marseilles

Price: $ 2,995 per person

Early Bird Discount: $200 before 10/1/2020

Non-painter Discount: $200

Price includes

  • 6 night lodging in shared double room

  • 6 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners

  • Wine with dinner

  • 5 days art instruction

  • All excursions, museum entrances and other programs during the week.

  • All local transportation including pick up at the airport in Marseilles.

Single supplement: $ 495

Not included:

  • Airline tickets

  • Transportation to and from your departure airport

  • Any pre-tour hotel costs

  • Travel insurance

  • Meals not listed above

Itinerary for our week in Bonnieux


Arrival Day Sunday May 2, 2021

  • We will meet you at the Marseilles airport to go to our hotel

  • Welcome dinner

  • Meet fellow students, teacher and staff

  • Presentation of the week

Painting Days

  • Breakfast

  • Excursions by minibus to our paint out locations, among them:

  • Roussillon with its famous Ochre Trail and art store La Companie des Ocres

  • Lourmarin, listed as one of the most beautiful villages in France

  • L’Isle sur la Sorgue, known for its antique stores and ancient water wheels

  • The beautiful Cistercian abbey of Senanque , built in 1148

  • We will also visit one or two markets to paint (and maybe to shop!)

  • Each morning will start with a painting demo 

  • Every afternoon we will meet for a critique back at the hotel

  • Three scrumptious 3-course dinners are included! (And picnic lunches are included almost every day)


Departure day Saturday May 8, 2021

  • After breakfast we will say our farewells and coordinate transfers to the Marseilles airport


                                                                                              We reserve the right to change the itinerary if needed

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