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South of France

September 10 – 18, 2013

Join Dory for a very special art and cultural retreat in the heart of Provence. Our hotel is the beautiful 18th century  Château d'Arpaillargues, located 3 miles west of Uzès, in the village of Arpaillargues. Centrally located in one of the most beautiful, artistically rich and historical areas of France, Arpaillargues is only 15 miles from Nimes and 25 miles from Avignon. Explore the charming village offering several restaurants, a café, bakery and grocery store.

The nearby town of Uzès is particularly well preserved with a medieval cathedral, chapel and towers, and narrow cobblestone streets that take you back to medieval times. Its Place aux Herbes, surrounded by arcaded houses, is considered one of the most beautiful in France. To complement this enticing history, Uzès has a vibrant contemporary life with more than 400 shops, beautiful local crafts and a variety of charming cafes and restaurants.

Accommodations at the Château are included in the workshop package. Our group will have our own workshop studio rooms in which to enjoy the daily practice of painting and creating an artistic travel journal. This peaceful corner of the world offers abundant opportunities for painting, journaling and photography -- from intimate courtyards, medieval gardens, open air markets, to views of lush vineyards and fields of sunflowers. In addition, we will explore fascinating Arles, the city where Vincent Van Gogh found so much inspiration.

The weather in the south of France in September is delightful. The average daytime high temperature is 73°; at night the average low is 57°.

The workshop package includes:

  •  Arrival and departure transportation between the Château and the Avignon TGV train station

  •  8 nights lodging with private bath

  •  Full breakfasts each morning

  •  South of France 2013 Art Escapes Trip Book

  •  Daily workshop instruction in the art of the travel journal, watercolor and mixed media painting

  •  Welcome aperitif reception and gourmet dinner

  •   Gala farewell dinner

  •  Instruction from photographer Robert Cantor to help you capture Provence through your camera lens

  •  On-site workshop studio at the Château

  •  A goodie bag of art materials for the workshop, including Dory’s uniquely designed triad palette template

  •  Day trips to Arles and Uzès

  •  Day trip for picnic lunch, wine tasting and plein air painting in the countryside

  •  Cooking lesson and gourmet lunch featuring gourmet Provençal cuisine

  •  Visit with local artists in their home and studio

The price is $2595 per person, double occupancy. (The single supplement is $480, subject to availability.)

See the workshop brochure for a day-to-day itinerary, detailed information, highlights, comments from past participants, background information and registration form.

To reserve your place at the workshop, print out and return the registration form, along with your deposit of $400 per person. Reservations are being taken for only 20 workshop participants.

So look at the links below and imagine yourself in the south of France next September. Then return the registration form and mark your calendar. It's going to be great!

If you have questions or comments, contact Dory.

See Brochure and Registration Form
Why just tell you about the fun, the friendship and the artistic joy of this workshop when you can see it yourself!


A = Arpaillargues   View Larger Map

Chateau d'Arpaillargues Day in the countryside
Château d'Arpaillargues Day in the countryside
Uzes market   Uzes market
Uzès market Uzès market
Espace van Gogh "Le Jardin de l'Hôtel de Dieu" 
Espace van Gogh, Arles Van Gogh's "Le Jardin de l'Hôtel de Dieu"


Wikipedia Gard Provencal
Armchair France Château d'Arpaillargues
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