FRANCE - Travel & Urban Sketchbook in Bonnieux, Luberon with SARAH BRACCO

Come join Sarah Bracco on an unforgettable art workshop week in beautiful Bonnieux in the heart of Luberon in France.

Sarah has been art teacher for over 30 years, teaching in public schools (nominated twice for Teacher of the Year), at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, MO., and teaching a variety of workshops.  Sarah has participated in many watercolor workshops with well-known artists, enriching her own painting skills, and loves sharing her experiences and knowledge with others! Please go to About Us for more information about Sarah!


Come with us as we journey to France and experience the splendor of Provence for a week of art!  Using your “traveling sketchbook”, you will record your surroundings daily… each new hill town or village, landscape, market, café or garden we visit will provide its own colorful palette that will inspire you. Sketching on location in each charming town, drawing and painting from observation, we will record the mood of the place and that “moment in time”.  


Sarah Bracco is our teacher and each day she will demonstrate, sharing ideas and techniques to use as you create “visual memories” of the trip.  We will discuss drawing & painting techniques, experiment with color, and page formatting, review perspective drawing, along with many other things. 


Working with pencils, watercolor, pen& ink, and a variety of mixed media, you will tell your own story through drawing and paintings. (A list of supplies will be provided for you!) Join Cezanne, Van Gogh and all the other artists that have been lured to the beauty of Provence for a week you will never forget, keeping the color fresh and our brushes wet!

Early Bird Discount of $200 if you  book by 12/1/2018.


Tour: Bonnieux

Dates: April 20-27, 2019

Teacher: Sarah Bracco

Lodging: Hotel Clos du Buis

Closest airport: Marseilles

Price: $ 2,995 per person

Price includes

7 night lodging in shared double room

7 breakfasts, 3 dinners

1 glass of wine with dinner

6 days art instruction

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

All transportation including pick up at the airport in Marseilles.

Single supplement: $ 595

Bonnieux is located in the Luberon part of southern France. The town is situated on a steep cliff with many hilly streets and overlooks the valley below. Our excursions include visits to Roussillon with the world famous ochre trail and mines, Lacoste, Menerbes and other small towns in Provence.The architecture of Bonnieux, which was a papal town for about 500 years, testifies to the prestige of its inhabitants over the centuries: ecclesiastical dignitaries, counts, lords... up until the modern times of the 19th century. The village has kept all its authenticity, its steep sloping streets, its fountains and washhouses, its old church and a view that is worth it all.

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! 

Itinerary for our week in Bonnieux


Arrival Day

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

  • Welcome dinner

  • Meet fellow students, teacher and staff

  • Presentation of the week



  • 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

  • Lacoste, with winding cobblestone streets

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

  • Each morning will start with a painting demo by Sarah

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

  • Three scrumptious 3-course dinners are included! (Lunches will be on our own)


Departure day

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


                                                                                                                We reserve the right to change the itinerary if needed.

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