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8 days
Available in English, Dutch, Hebrew
All levels
Max. 15 people
Watercolors, Acrylics, Gouache
Landscape, Townscape

What's included

  1. 7 nights of accommodation
  2. 7 breakfasts, 6 picnic lunches, 2 dinners
  3. Painting and drawing classes, workshops and demonstrations with artists Tali Farchi and Royce Deans
  4. Daily excursions
  5. Transport to and from painting locations/excursions
  6. Welcome art supplies kit (tote bag, sketchbook, 6B pencil, sharpener, and eraser)
  7. Transfers from/to Avignon TGV train station

Not included

  • Airfare
  • Travel insurance
  • Airport transfers
  • 5 dinners served at local restaurants
  • Art supplies (a list will be provided upon booking)
Tutored painting vacation

Let professional artists guide and encourage your learning process and impressive locations inspire your artworks. You will experience painting and sketching in places filled with rich history, where art masters once wandered in search of their own inspiration.

With the help of tutored lessons, workshops adapted for a wide range of levels (from beginner to advanced), and demonstrations in acrylic, gouache, and oil pastel, participants will learn:

  • essential color theory
  • composition and balance insights
  • painting and drawing techniques
  • landscape and perspective sketching

Boost your creativity and put your painting skills to test as you cruise through picturesque sceneries and inspiring sites, including Paul Cézanne’s atelier, Vincent van Gogh’s Saint-Paul asylum in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, Montagne Sainte-Victoire, St. Remy’s market, Langlois Bridge in Arles, Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, and many others.

Drawing Safari is an artistic exercise designed by your tutors to help develop your attention and observation skills starting from the ever-present inspiration around yourself.

Drawing Safari will walk you through the charming Provençal surroundings with quick stops for rapid drawing sessions.

  • 08:00 a.m. – Breakfast
  • 10:00 a.m. – Painting session in the city / nature
  • 12:00 a.m. – Picnic lunch on location
  • 02:00 p.m. – Painting session in the city / nature
  • 05:00 p.m. – Free time at leisure
  • 07:00 p.m. – Dinner
Available to solo travelers, couples, friends, and non-participating partners alike, the painting vacation is adapted for a wide range of levels, with participants doing as much or as little drawing and painting as they wish.
Standard room
Double / twin bed(s)
Private bathroom
TVWith satellite and foreign channels
Toiletries, towelsHair dryer and welcome products are also provided
Room cleaning

You will stay at three-star Hotel Arles Plaza, located close to the historical center of Arles and various monuments. The hotel is modernly refurbished, equipped with a swimming pool and bar, and the rooms are spacious and comfortable.

Throughout your Provençal painting retreat, you will enjoy seven buffet breakfasts served at the hotel accommodation, six picnic lunches while painting on location, a welcome dinner and a farewell dinner, both served at local restaurants. Five dinners at local restaurants are not included in the package.

Breakfast optionsBuffet breakfast with pastries, breads, cheeses, hams, eggs, cereals, fruits, yogurts, fresh juices, milk, tea, and coffee
Lunch optionsVarious breads, hams, cheeses, vegetables, fruits, salads, water, and juices
Dinner optionsMeals will be served in local restaurants and will include local and international cuisine
Regular / Vegetarian / Vegan meals
Please get in touch in advance to discuss your specific dietary requirements.

The painting vacation takes place in the heart of the Provence region, in southern France. You will be accommodated in Arles and wander through the historic treasures of the city. You will also explore the nearby Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, Aix-en-Provence, and many others.

How to get there:

Please book your flights to arrive at Marseille Provence Airport (MRS). Take the bus for Gare d'Aix-en-Provence TGV train station and then take the TGV train to get to Gare d'Avignon TGV train station. One-way bus tickets cost approximately US$3.5, while one-way train tickets cost approximately US$17. The journey takes one hour and 15 minutes. 

Transfers from / to Gare d'Avignon TGV train station are included in the package. Please get in touch to make all needed arrangements.
Tali Farchi

Originated from Israel, Tali’s artistic vision was shaped by the ardent sun from the motherland. Inspired by the Dutch landscapes, Tali’s artworks test the limits and harmony of the structures and shapes. The world created by Tali is built with dynamic brushstrokes and lively textures. She is passionate about both figure and landscape painting, and expresses her aesthetics in various mediums – oil pastels, aquarelles and charcoal. Tali will be your tutor during your painting vacation.

Royce Deans

Graduate from the American Academy of Art in Chicago, Royce will be your tutor for the duration of your painting vacation. Royce’s experience is torn between his glowing passions: drawing, illustration and painting. Experimenting the link among visual art and music, Royce is endlessly looking for more profound means of expressing abstract work. You can expect to be revealed valuable notions on landscape, abstract and figurative painting, as Royce masters these techniques.

Is this painting vacation available to all levels? 

The vacation is available to all ages, experience and ability levels, suitable for complete beginners and painting enthusiasts looking to practice and improve their technique. Painting sessions are adapted to suit guests' needs and all participants receive individual attention.

When is the painting retreat available?

The next available dates for the painting vacation in Provence are:

  • May 11 - 18, 2020 (FULLY BOOKED)
  • October 4-11, 2020

Please get in touch to check availability.

Can my non-painting partner join me?

Of course. Please get in touch for a special non-painting quote.

Are there any check-in and check-out hours?

Please make your travel arrangements to arrive for check-in after 03:00 p.m. Check-out is no later than 12:00 p.m.

How far in advance should I book?

With only one date a year, the program is in high demand. Please make sure to book well in advance.

Is WiFi available?

Yes, WiFi is available at the hotel accommodation.

I am vegetarian / vegan. Can I book this painting vacation?

Yes. Please get in touch to discuss your dietary requirements.

Where should I land? Are airport transfers included?

Please book your flights to arrive at Marseille Provence Airport (MRS). Take the bus for Gare d'Aix-en-Provence TGV train station and then take the TGV train to get to Gare d'Avignon TGV train station. One-way bus tickets cost approximately US$3.5, while one-way train tickets cost approximately US$17. The journey takes one hour and 15 minutes. Transfers from / to Gare d'Avignon TGV train station are included in the package. Please get in touch to make all needed arrangements.

What should I pack?

Guests are responsible for bringing their own art supplies. Please bring your own specialist materials, paint, paper, canvas, brushes (as much as travel plans allow). Please make sure you pack light and warm clothes, a sweater, a hat, trainers or walking boots/shoes, sunscreen, insect repellent, and any personal medication you might need. You might want to bring a camera and an old shirt or apron for painting.

What’s the weather like in Arles, France? 

The climate in Arles is warm and temperate, summers are warm and dry, and winters are cold, windy and cloudy. During May you can expect average highs of 23°C / 73°F during the day that drop to around 13°C / 55°F at night.

How many people are to be expected in on the painting retreat?

There is a maximum number of 14 participants.

Do I need a visa?

Guests traveling from EU and/or Schengen member states may enter France for tourist purposes without a visa. Please contact us for further guidance.

Are there any age restrictions?

Guests aged 18 and above are welcome.

What language is used during the painting classes and other activities?

The entire experience is available in English. Instructors speak Dutch and Hebrew as well.

Belinda, Singapore:

“A retreat in every sense of the word. A real getaway from it all. My very first retreat with a bunch of incredible people from all over the globe; and what an exuberant experience it was — just soaking in the atmosphere of the countryside that a city dweller like me needed, but most of all, doing what I love best!”

Ilana, Israel:

“First of all-I want to thank Tali and Royce for an unforgettable week. As an instructor myself- I know that the personality of the instructors is one of the most important contributors for the success of a workshop. Tali and Royce I love you! You are such beautiful, gentle, modest and human people. That is beside your talent and passion’ curiosity and experimental and open mind which are vital in my eyes. Thank you so much! “

Annie, US:

“I had such a fabulous time on this trip. Not only did they take me to magical places, they also inspired me to create a few paintings of my own. I had a great time. I highly recommend a retreat with Royce and Tali for creating art and memories that will last a lifetime.”