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21st-28th September 2019: Arts in Provence, Line, Tone and Colour FULLY BOOKED

  • Les Bassacs Provence France (map)


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Line, Tone and Colour with 'Arts in Provence'

Our courses are held in the tiny hamlet of Les Bassacs which has commanding views over the spectacular mountains of the Luberon and the Vaucluse. Surrounded by cherry orchards, vineyards and olive groves, Les Bassacs is within easy reach of the impressive stonebuilt villages of Roussillon, Gordes, Lacoste and Bonnieux . This unique location offers you a sensory feast.

Our Guesthouse for the duration of the painting holiday

Our Guesthouse for the duration of the painting holiday

Arts in Provence is run by David and Liz Atkinson from a typical Provençal village house full of character, with traditional spiral staircases, low beams and terracotta floors. The bedrooms are simply furnished, some are ensuite, others have shared bathrooms. Requests for specific rooms can be made at the time of booking.

There is a well-stocked library for students to use. The painting studio, the dining room and terrace look out over the swimming pool towards the Alpilles hills, and take in the astounding red ochre of Roussillon and the spectacular village perché of Gordes.

View from the swimming pool across Alpilles Hills

View from the swimming pool across Alpilles Hills

The Tuition

This week will help you to expand your drawing and painting skills and deepen your understanding of the relationship between them. Working primarily outside, using dynamic methods and techniques and exploring the role of drawing on location, Vicki will inspire you to find individual approaches to the landscape. From there the move into painting becomes a fruitful experiment in recording colour, tone and light. Tuition will be comprised of demonstrations, studio sessions and plenty of practical time outside with one-to-one support. For painters of all abilities in oils and acrylics. 



1 week’s tuition, full board per person:
€885 shared room    
€901 shared ensuite room
€925 single room    
€957 single occupancy of double
€990 single occupancy of double ensuite    

There is a 10% discount on your second week if you decide to stay for a fortnight.

Discount for non-painting partners is 10%.

The workshops appeal to people of all ages and abilities. In order to take full advantage of your stay at Les Bassacs, you should have a reasonable level of mobility and fitness. Many students come on their own, but couples are welcome too. Numbers are limited to around twelve and there is a relaxed and informal atmosphere, with the direction of the week determined by the tutor. 



All summer long the air is scented with wild rosemary, thyme and lavender.

This painting course is set in the enticing landscape of the beautiful Luberon valley, surrounded by cherry orchards, vineyards and olive groves, and impressive stonebuilt villages. In autumn the light mellows as the valley is carpeted with magnificent bronze vineyards.
This week will help you to deepen your understanding of the relationship between drawing and painting. We aim to inspire and relax you so that you can learn, share ideas and have fun, far away from everyday constraints.


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