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Provence evokes images of grapevines, olives, herbs and sun-filled landscapes. La Maison aux Volets Bleus, where you will dine each evening, has been written up in Gourmet Magazine — a culinary treat! Venasque (home base for all of the courses) is one of the most stunningly located villages in all Provence — built on a spur of rock, it commands incredible views of the surrounding mountains and valleys, with cobbled streets at your front door — a visual and artistic dream. All this is set against a backdrop of grand Roman monuments, sleepy wine villages, red ocher cliffs and mighty Mt. Ventoux.

All of the above arts programs are based in the same town and take place together, field trips, meals, etc. The programs begin and end on a Friday, giving time to plan a few extra days in Paris or Provence for those who wish.

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A Photographic Medley: Polaroid Transfers & More!
Fabric Printing & Design: French Provencal Traditions
Painting & Drawing in Provence
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Private wine tasting and fabulous gourmet lunch at a prominent vineyard; trips to wonderful village markets including the famous L’Isle sur Sorgues Saturday market and Vaison la Romaine, home to one of France’s most significant Roman amphitheaters; private tour of Avignon’s major museum.

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Lodging in two charming bed and breakfasts/hotels in the center of Venasque (rooms double occupancy with private baths).

Program Details
A Photographic Medley: Polaroid Transfers & More!

Imagine capturing the sweep of an open landscape or the experience of a resonant visual memory! This workshop is designed to do just that — photographic in nature, but with no darkroom or extensive equipment required! Work with photo processes that are accessible, exciting and applicable to almost any medium. The starting point is Polaroid transfers with their haunting watercolor-like images. To add dimension, photo collage will be integrated. If time/weather permits, you may touch on Cyanotypes: “printing in blue” with the sun’s help (no darkroom necessary), one of the earliest non-silver photographic processes. Choose any or all these methods as points of departure — a whole new focus on creativity, exciting to folks at all experience levels. The week combines studio time with excursions exploring Provence’s wonderful diversity, from Avignon to renowned market towns, to a delectable wine tasting.

Fabric Printing & Design:  French Provençal Traditions

Provence is famous for its patterned prints: everywhere textiles abound, studded with vivid hues and designs. Tablecloths, pillows, vests, jackets, even wall-coverings — the variety of textiles and exuberant colors are a visual feast. This will be a hands-on printing feast — a chance to design and print fabric with blocks and stamps imbued with your own imagery and patterns, with plenty of inspiration surrounding you in every village and street corner! You will end the week with an historical look at the French printed textile tradition. Work you produce will be suitable for the home, as well as for garments. The week combines studio time with excursions exploring Provence’s wonderful diversity, from Avignon to renowned market towns, to a delectable wine tasting. All levels are welcome.

Painting & Drawing in Provence

Hillside villages sprouting from rocky heights, sweeping vineyards and rolling farmland…the Provence landscape is nothing short of magnificent: from apple blossoms and daffodils in the spring, to bunches of ripe grapes in every vineyard in the fall, and outdoor cafes humming with activity. Work individually with your instructor making it easy to set your own creative goals, style and pace; use whatever medium you most enjoy — charcoal, pastels, watercolor, gouache, acrylics or oils. This setting has inspired countless French artists, most prominently Van Gogh and Cézanne, so no week would be complete without giving you an historical perspective! The week combines studio time with excursions exploring Provence’s wonderful diversity, from Avignon to renowned market towns, to a delectable wine tasting.


5% of total package price.


US$1835 (plus lab fee, US$20-US$40) includes tuition, accommodations, meals & excursions


01—08 October 2004
15—22 April 2005

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