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FRANCE - "Postcards from Provence", A Beginner's 
Watercolor Workshop with JOHN KEELING

Dates: May 13-20, 2023

Medium: Watercolor, sketching BEGINNER'S

Price: $3,590 after Early Bird Discount

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Our instructor John Keeling has always been drawn to the transparency of watercolor.  Its elusive and unpredictable nature makes it both a challenge and a delight for him. With watercolor, he is able to capture the essence of his subject... the fragility of a flower or the devoted gaze of a beloved pet.

He is a painter, but he begins each piece by drawing.  Using pencil or ink, he learns to see each subject before he begins to paint.  Once he has a likeness established through drawing, he is set free to paint with spontaneity and joy.

He enjoys teaching watercolor to all ages and skill levels, from private lessons with children to a group of 80-somethings at a local senior living community.  Read more about John in About Us.



This watercolor workshop in beautiful Provence has been designed with the Absolute Beginner in mind. Our instructor, John Keeling, will tailor the workshop toward those students who have never painted before but want to explore the exciting world of watercolor. John is an award-winning artist and formerly a Creative Director with Hallmark Cards.  He currently balances a fulfilling freelance career of painting custom pet portraits, licensing his work for products, illustrating children’s books, and teaching. His teaching style is very affirming and hands on, with plenty of one-on-one instruction and feedback.

​The medium of watercolor can be challenging and has a reputation for not being as “forgiving” as other mediums – but by learning the basic techniques early on, students will be able to avoid making many of the mistakes that beginners often do. You will be watching daily demonstrations, learning many basic techniques, practicing what you have learned on location in the small villages in the Luberon region of Provence, and enjoying the camaraderie with fellow beginner painters!  All in a magical setting, rich with history and the fragrance of lavender.

​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 painting and Provence with you!

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Early Bird Discount $200 when booking by 11/30/2022.


Tour: Postcards from Provence, A Beginner's Watercolor Workshop, Bonnieux

Dates: May 13-20, 2023

Teacher: John Keeling

Lodging: Hotel Clos du Buis

Closest airport: Marseilles

Price: $ 3,590 after Early Bird Discount

Price includes

7 night lodging in shared double room

7 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners

Wine with dinner

5 days art instruction

All excursions, museum entrances

and other programs during the week.

All local transportation including round trip airport transfer to and from Marseilles.

Folding chairs to use in Provence.

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


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, Lourmarin, l'Isle sur la Sorgue 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 wash-houses, 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! 

Some of John's Provence art below:

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Itinerary for our week in Bonnieux


Arrival Day 

  • 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

  • Gordes, 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 John

  • 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 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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