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Registration is still open!! The Villages of Provence 2017! 10 Days with Tony van Hasselt! Tony van Hasselt AWS

  • Vaison La Romaine (plus one Marseille overnite) & nearby villages of Provence, France
  • October 13 to 23, 2017
  • Watercolor Plein Air
  • all levels
  • Tuition: $3995 painter dbl occ ; $3595 non painting companion dbl occ



(Plan to arrive Oct 13; leave Oct 23!)

A Plein air Watercolor Class…Acrylics painters are most welcome!

We also supply the scenery for non-painting companions to photograph or just soak up and enjoy!

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Tony is going to back to France in October 2017 This will be Tony’s 11th trip to Vaison La Romaine, where he loves to teach workshops in the medieval section of this bustling town as well as in quaint villages nearby. It is a such a treat to travel and paint with someone who knows the area well and is delighted to share his experiences. You’ll paint and learn, enjoy the scenery, the cuisine, wines, the people and the incomparable light of Provence in this magical painter’s paradise. 

Provence Village View
jardin_beffroi_H300mollans-sur-ouveze 2Your Provence Adventure begins in Marseille on Oct 13 2017. Plan to arrive in the morning to meet our comfortable private coach for our scenic drive to Vaison la Romaine! En route, we will visit one of the area’s delightful towns and have plenty of time to enjoy our first sketching opportunity.  Lunch (included) will be waiting for you!

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table_ronde.beffroi We’ll continue on to our hotel, Le Beffroi, located in the medieval section of  stairs in hotelVaison La Romaine, actually part of the old castle ramparts. The curving staircase to your room dates back to the fourteenth century. If the weather is good, we may eat outside in the garden or on the adjoining terrace!

The hotel was charming, the food good and the staff very accommodating. I would stay there again in a heartbeat.” (From a former participant)

 Provence is indeed an artists’ paradise and it’s our aim to allow you lots of time to paint and sketch.
LDON lower-Brantesldon-provencal-villageYou’ll paint near the hotel in the medieval part of the town, and in fascinating nearby villages. There’ll be plenty of time to paint on your own, shop, sketch, relax, enjoy the food! Tony’s instruction is impeccable, thorough, with an abundance of individual attention. He will do daily demos, lecture, show you how to select and paint a subject and take you thru wonderful group critiques, using acetate to develop your painting without marking it!

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“one of the best (if not THE best) trip I ever made and believe me, I’m rather well traveled!  I was happy 24/7!  Provence itself, the group, the lodging, the food, and of course, the teacher! ” (Comment from a recent participant and fine painter!)

 On our last class morning in Vaison, Oct 22,  you’ll stop on our ride back to Marseille for a scenic lunch break a and a visit to the van Gogh Museum at St Remy. You’ll end your Provencal Adventure with a Farewell Dinner and overnite in Marseille. When you leave the next day, Oct 23, you’ll take memories of this beautiful part of France in Spring. Your paintings, sketchbook journal and photographs will bring back treasured memories to keep for years to come.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAfranceTony creates terrific sketchbooks to capture and keep handy the memories of each of his trips! He’ll teach you the tricks of quick painterly sketches and how to enhance them with your written notes, menus, photos, whatever you’ve saved that will bring back the whole sense of place! It is also an easy way to be creative without bringing along your entire plein air kit.This whole workshop came to life several years ago, when I was looking thru one of Tony’s sketchbooks and mentioned how much I would like to go to Provence!! Look what happened!


A favorite place…and image (in spite of the mirror reflection in the center…taken thru the window of our private coach as we approached Brantes.)

Included on your Provencal Adventure:  Double occupancy room in 3 and 4 star hotels (we have a very few Single spaces available for an additional fee.) Round trip private coach transportation between Marseille and Vaison; Lunch and sketchbook journaling instruction enroute to Vaison; Guided sightseeing in Les Baux and St. Remy plus lunch on the return trip to Marseille; Market Day in Vaison; Three trips to out-of-town painting locations in delightful nearby villages; thorough and generous amounts of instruction time with Tony throughout the whole trip including individual assistance and group critiques; Nine nights at LeBeffroi Hotel in Vaison including daily continental breakfast buffets and table d’ hote dinners (with wine the first and last nites;)  the final nite at the Pullman Hotel in Marseille plus  our Farewell Dinner. Baggage handling in Vaison and at the Pullman; All hotel taxes and basic tips.  NOT INCLUDED: Your airfare; baggage handling at the airport; cancellation and personal insurance; personal use of local taxi services; most lunches; laundry, phone calls and items of a personal nature; gratuities not usually included in hotel bills; additional excursions for non-painting participants. 

 THIS IS YOUR ADVENTURE . . .we’ll help make it magic! On this return to Provence, we will as always, do our utmost to make this a comfortable and enjoyable experience  for you, with no unpleasant surprises. Please keep in mind tho, that in these medieval villages, you’ll encounter some hilly terrain, uneven walkways, steps and stairs; you’ll want to be sure-footed and able to comfortably carry all your own gear, so keep it light and easy to manage! Do bring good walking shoes and only what you will absolutely need!  Tony’s Supply List aims to keep painting equipment light and portable; we’ll include his list and more detailed travel information with your confirmation letter. And we’re happy to answer questions…just get in touch!

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Provence seems like a dream, and such a lovely dream! The workshop was terrific and the accommodations were just perfect.” Comment from a previous participant

A couple of links of related interest: Hostelle Le Beffroi   Vaison la Romaine   

Tony-painting-in-Vaison-2013-300x240An energetic and inspired pioneer in the field of plein air painting workshops, Tony van Hasselt is a legend, well known for his superb instruction, thorough critiques and great choices of  painting sites. Wherever he teaches, Tony packs his classes with solid, useful information about all aspects of plein air watercolor painting…all delivered with humor and verve! He is a fine painter and a Master Instructor! Tony’s ability to graphically illustrate problems and solutions as they arise during a demonstration, combined with his energetic and enthusiastic teaching style, make him a highly popular instructor, appreciated for his empathy with student struggles. He “has been there”, has gone through the same frustrations and tries not to forget those normal stages in one’s artistic development. van Hasselt, who grew up in The Netherlands, worked in display and graphic design prior to his arrival in the US. Painting was pursued in evening classes and later on a full-time basis under Frank Reilly, a popular teacher at New York’s famous Art Students League. In 1963, as one of the first pioneers in the field, van Hasselt organized world-wide workshops, taught by artists he admired. In this way, his idols, John Pike, Edgar A. Whitney, Robert E. Wood, Tom Hill, Milford Zornes and Rex Brandt became his mentors and friends in art.