7 night oil painting in Provence with Maggie Cochran

7-night residential course in Provence with Maggie Cochran
7 night oil painting in Provence with Maggie Cochran

The variety of landscapes in Provence offers a wealth of opportunities to sketch and paint. From dusty terracotta vineyards to the swaying light mauve of the lavender, green tones of the dusty olive groves and cream bricks of the small villages. Our destination for the week is the little known Alpilles region of Provence where Van Gogh painted some of his most iconic pieces.

Maggie Cochran will be our tutor as we plunder the magnificence of the area, transferring its essence through the use of oil onto board or canvas. The course will include a mixture of Plein air sketching and painting days, tutorial sessions and time to work on paintings. Maggie will be teaching the techniques required to use water-based oils to capture the magnificent landscape of the area. And together you will build a collection of sketches and push one or more of these further towards a finished piece

Our villa for the week is a real treat. It sits on the edge of the Aurielle – a charming village full of life, traditions and festivals. It sits in the shadow of a 12th-century chateau and is surrounded by some of the region’s most beautiful spots. During our stay we will visit Saint Rémy de Provence, Les Baux de Provence to sketch and soak up the atmosphere of some of Provence’s most historic towns. All our rooms are ensuite and we also have a large pool for you to dip your toes in when the afternoons get hot.

In between all the painting and sketching, we will be serving you delicious buffet breakfasts with a choice of a hot dish, lunches (packed and buffet) and home-cooked 2-course evening meals with local wines. Private transport is included throughout the course and we meet you at Marseille when your flight arrives and drive you too and from the villa to our Plein Air sketching sites.

7 night residential prices
Tutored – double / twin ensuite room from = £1,295pp (solo) £1095pp (shared)
double/twin shared bathroom = £1095pp (solo ) £995pp (shared)
We also offer a £75 reduction for non-painting partners or friends when sharing a room
with a full paying course student.

Untutored – double / twin ensuite room from = £1095pp (solo) £895pp (shared)
double/twin shared bathroom = £895pp (solo ) £795pp (shared)


£500 deposit is needed to secure your place, and the remainder isn’t due until eight weeks before the start of the course

Message us or email info@sketchtrips.co.uk for more information