FRANCE Watercolors of Provence with KATHLEEN LANZONI
Medium: Plein Air watercolor painting
Our instructor, Kathleen Lanzoni will take a group of watercolor painters on this trip to southern France.
Kathleen grew up in Montreal and California but moved to Colorado 28 years ago. Kathleen is an award-winning signature member of the Colorado Watercolor Society, the Western Colorado Watercolor Society, the Rocky Mountain National Watermedia Society and the Western Federation of Watercolor Societies. Please read more about Kathleen on the About Us page.
ABOUT THIS WORKSHOP
Together we will paint for 5 days; the fascinating towns, fields and beautiful surrounding scenery. You will receive personal painting instruction each day. Whether you are a novice or experienced painter, this trip will be fun and educational for all!
During the days, we will explore the beautiful Luberon, part of the captivating landscape of Provence. Spectacular countryside of vineyards and orchards, fascinating "perched" hill-top villages, outstanding natural produce and the light of Van Gogh and Cezanne. You will soon see why artists of all calibers are drawn to this alluring area.
In the evenings, we will gather for aperitifs and critiques before we go out to try the delicious Provencal dishes, cuisine and food specialties' such as Ratatouille, Bouillabaisse, Aïoli, Tapenade, Beef Bourguignon, Coq au vin, Soufflé and more!
FACTS ABOUT THIS TRIP:
Tour: Watercolors of Provence, Bonnieux, France
Lodging: Clos du Buis
Closest airport: Marseilles
6 night lodging in shared double room
6 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 pick up at the airport in Marseilles.
Single supplement: TBD
Transportation to and from your departure airport
Any pre-tour hotel costs
Meals not listed above
Early Bird Discount TBD
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!
Kathleen's art was chosen for the cover of the French art magazine Pratique des Arts in 2019!
Itinerary for our week in Bonnieux
We will meet you at the Marseilles airport to go to our hotel
Meet fellow students, teacher and staff
Presentation of the week
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 Kathleen
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)
After breakfast we will say our farewells and coordinate transfers to the Marseilles airport
We reserve the right to change the itinerary if needed.