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FRANCE - "Painting Provence in Watercolor": Sketchbook Journaling with KAREN RAMSAY

Dates: 5/20 - 5/27, 2023.

Medium: Watercolor sketchbook journaling

Price: $ 3,590 after Early Bird Discount


From an early age, Karen Ramsay has had a love for drawing and painting.  Encouragement to pursue this passion came from her parents and artists in her family: her grandmother and cousin.  Karen is a graduate of the Colorado Institute of Art in Denver and continues to study under her favorite artists, including Charles Reid, Burton Silverman, Frank Webb, Eric Weingardt, Thomas Schaller and Iain Stewart.  She has been featured in the Big Sky Journal as an "Artist of the West”.  Other accolades include: Paint The Poudre: People's Choice Award, Wild About Colorado: Best of Show and the Colorado Watercolor Society: Member Show Award. Please read more about Karen on the About Us page.


Come join us and capture Provence in watercolor! As we fill our art travel journals with sketching and watercolors, Karen will give us tips and tricks for improving this special skill. Sketching on location, while traveling, is an art form that you can take with you on every future trip. The daily sketches that you create will become a visual diary of your travel.


You will sketch everything from small towns, lively markets, interiors of coffee shops to exteriors of ancient churches and other majestic landmarks. Karen will start each day with a demonstration of this particular art form which will be followed by individual work when Karen will support and share her expertise.


This small group adventure is an exciting way to get to know one of the most beautiful areas in the world; Luberon – Provence – France!

All Levels Welcome!

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


Tour: Painting Provence in Watercolor: Sketchbook Journaling, Bonnieux

Dates: 5/20 - 5/27, 2023

Teacher: Karen Ramsay 

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! 

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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 Karen

  • 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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