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Art workshops + pètanque lessons in Jouques, an authentic village in the heart of Provence. Come + experience our village lifestyle. We are Jean-Louis and Fiona, a French-Australian couple living in the beautiful village of Jouques, 30 minutes from Aix-en-Provence. We have a small art gallery show-casing Jean-Louis' art work, we also offer art workshops and lovely accommodation - look for 'Provence village experience - Jouques'. Additionally we host an activity: Discover how to play pètanque. All activities are offered in english. We'd love to host you, so why not join us here in Jouques for a taste of our village lifestyle?

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Shari L
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In August, 2022 I had the pleasure of attending my long awaited art retreat at Artelier Provence and spend time in an authentic Provence village! I stayed with the artist and his wife in the village of Jouques near Aix En Provence and it was incredible. They welcomed me into their lives, made a special meal for me, took me on long hikes to see the countryside, taught me the game of Petanque, shared the local history and culture with me and took me on art walks where we photographed and sketched the scenery. I’m grateful beyond measure! The artist, Jean-Louis Diaz, who works with cold wax and oil paints, taught me some of his techniques. He's amazingly talented and I learned a lot!
Written September 22, 2022
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Chelenb33
Melbourne, Australia104 contributions
The four day/5 night art retreat exceeded my expectations. The one-to-one teaching from Jean-Louis was informative, at times challenging but always confirming. As the days progress, you build your confidence, ending in my case, producing work that I wouldn’t have thought possible at the start. The accommodation is perfect Provence. Jouques is a lovely hidden gem of a village. Fiona is an exceptional host and conversationalist. They make you feel very welcome. I highly recommend the experience.
Written September 18, 2022
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ArtelierProvence
Merci beaucoup Cynthia ! You were very receptive in each lesson and really applied yourself to all of your paintings. I am equally very pleased with the results. Keep up with your art and we look forward to meeting up in the future. a la prochaine !!
Written September 21, 2022
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Nouf
Baltimore, MD1 contribution
I recently completed the four day retreat which surpassed all of my expectations. Jean-Louis is not only a phenomenal artist but he is a gifted teacher as well and individualized each day to my own painting style, skills and goals. Everything was also so well tailored to the local setting where we could draw and paint breathtaking scenes just minutes from the studio. Jean-Louis and Fiona were incredibly thoughtful hosts and helped me round out my experience with pétanque, local restaurants, classic French films and surprises like a quick visit to a lavender distillery and a goat farm. The town of Jouques is beautiful and it felt like a once in a lifetime experience except that I definitely plan to return! The home/lodgings were also extremely comfortable, private and historic (centuries old and so beautiful). I would highly recommend!
Written August 2, 2022
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ArtelierProvence
Thank you Nouf for your kind words. It was a fun art retreat and it was very rewarding to see your progress in just a few days. Keep up with your painting and passion and of course we look forward to see you back.
Written August 4, 2022
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Dee
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Wow! What a super day of art, learning and fun it was with Jean-Louis. He is an incredible teacher (having taught for many years) - patient, kind, encouraging, incredibly knowledgable and a talented artist himself. We started by doing different sketches around the village in the morning. It was wonderful to be outside and also see the village which was quiet and beautiful and is very historic. In the afternoon we returned to the studio to choose which sketch to focus on painting, and then the painting began! I decided I wanted to go non traditional/Fauvist as I love color and Jean Louis was right there with me and guided me expertly all the way. He was so generous with his knowledge , time and teaching. This is quite an intense day (in a good way) as you are one on one for so long in a creative space, and there can be emotions and frustrations (only from me lol) but he manages this expertly and I felt fully supported in every moment of the experience and so appreciated him as a collaborator and teacher. At the end of the day I had learned so much, had such a good time and LOVE LOVE my painting! JL’s wife Fiona is delightful and provides hospitality and support throughout the day which was also most appreciated. All in all this was a fantastic addition to my Provencal holiday and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for an authentic art experience. I consider myself an enthusiastic beginner but JL’s teaching skills and considerable talent would lend themselves to anyone at any level of artistic experience.
Written July 16, 2022
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ArtelierProvence
Thank you very much Deb! It is really wonderful to read such a heartfelt response to our art workshop. It is equally wonderful for you to create such a beautiful painting which will forever evoke fond memories of your time in Jouques and Provence. Warm regards, J-L (+ F)
Written July 17, 2022
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Prue B
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Jean and Fiona are great hosts, and while it was such fun playing boules in the village square with them, I was free to come and go from my own entrance into the street above them. Thats how much the village grows up the hillside. Easy half hour bus ride into Aix on Provence, and pretty local walks to keep fit. At the end of a busy day it was nice to relax in my own simply furnished space, using local produce to cook delicious food. The house itself is a work of art in the local style. My husband can't wait to have a holiday here when he is fully retired. I would like to try the art courses, as I feel confident Jean would be patient with a novice such as myself. Fiona filled me in on lots of local information and I must say the absence of a language barrier was a relief.
Written June 23, 2022
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ArtelierProvence
Many thanks P for your lovely review. We're so glad that you enjoyed 'Discover how to play pètanque - in English' as well as getting to experience our beautiful village. It would be our absolute delight to have you and your husband back for a stay soon. F + JL
Written July 5, 2022
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sheena l
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Artelier Provence and the beautiful village of jouques. Two days spent in jouques felt like a week. Thank you Jean-Louis and Fiona for making me feel at home . They both went above and beyond , and the experience felt like more than a workshop which made it truly remarkable .

As a beginner, I had doubts and fears prior to to the workshop . JL has provided a positive learning experience in a non judgmental environment . He made constructive feedback which was conducive to my successful learning . I learned that painting is a balance between working freely and loosely, and having structure and patience to allow a painting to develop.

This definitely won’t be the last, JL and F , À la prochaine!!
Written May 23, 2022
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ArtelierProvence
Dear Sheena, thanks so much for your considered and kind words which we enjoyed reading. It's always very rewarding to hear from clients who truly appreciate what we do, as well the time they've spent in Jouques. We hope you 'develop' many more paintings before we next meet - we look forward to seeing you again. À la prochaine indeed, F + JL.
Written May 29, 2022
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Linda M
Fort Wayne, IN23 contributions
I had a day long workshop with Jean-Louis where we focused on drawing several different scenes including a landscape and floral in the morning and painting one of my choice in the afternoon. J-L covered a lot of information, had handouts I could take notes on, was encouraging and had useful constructive comments. He provided a variety of watercolor materials including paints, markers, inks, paper, brushes etcetera. He was friendly and hospitable. The location in Jouques is absolutely lovely. We talked about other art mediums as well. He invited me to lunch with him and we enjoyed talking about a broad range of topics. I am from the United States and one of the reasons I chose his workshop is that he speaks English. I highly recommend taking a workshop from him.
Written April 21, 2022
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ArtelierProvence
Thank you Linda, it was a real pleasure to tutor you and introduce you to our village. Safe travels !
Written April 22, 2022
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ITK_13
Uppsala, Sweden11 contributions
I found the 4-day workshop with Artelier Provence - to my delight - by chance. The six days I spend in the village were a joyful experience. I was the only participant (because of Covid) and felt thoroughly spoiled with attention.

Jean-Louis was a skilled and patient teacher as well as a brilliant guide to the village. I was a delight having a bilingual ciceron with personal relationships in the village, who also spoke perfect English. Jouques is such a charming village. Small and friendly and after just under a week it really felt like home.

The course itself was well structured and didn’t require too much previous knowledge of painting. Most of all I liked the way we would refer other contemporary artists to discuss techniques and colours and get inspiration.

The studio, lodgings and private living areas are all in the same house. It was such a lovely house, ancient, but beautifully renovated. The bedroom was comfortable and the private kitchen well-equipped. There were dozens of books on art and design to be inspired by.

I will be back! Perhaps another season (to see the lavender), perhaps another painting medium.
Written September 9, 2021
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Merci beaucoup Z. I am so glad you found our art retreat and our lovely village, Jouques, so rewarding. I look forward to meeting you again and watching your progress in your art practice, especially your watercolour of rue Saint Pierre. Å bientot. JL. Artelier Provence
Written November 10, 2021
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ITK_13
Uppsala, Sweden11 contributions
I found the 4-day workshop with Artelier Provence - to my delight - by chance. The six days I spend in the village were a joyful experience. I was the only participant (because of Covid) and felt thoroughly spoiled with attention.

Jean-Louis was a skilled and patient teacher as well as a brilliant guide to the village. I was a delight having a bilingual ciceron with personal relationships in the village, who also spoke perfect English.

Jouques is such a charming village. Small and friendly and after just under a week it really felt like home. The course itself was well structured and didn’t require too much previous knowledge of painting. Most of all I liked the way we would refer other contemporary artists to discuss techniques and colours and get inspiration.

The studio, lodgings and private living areas are all in the same house. It was such a lovely house, ancient, but beautifully renovated. The bedroom was comfortable and the private kitchen well-equipped. There were dozens of books on art and design to be inspired by.

I will be back! Perhaps another season (to see the lavender), perhaps another painting medium.
Written September 9, 2021
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SuzyQ
AMS38 contributions
With a huge experience in art techniques and painters of importance and knowledge of the area Jean-Louis will male your art experience an excellent way to spend your day.

On our 1-day art journey we have discovered a beautiful village, a million ways to make shadows work, use of color and many many more things. Our family of 6 had a wonderful time. Even though there were many levels of experience, motivation and ages!

Thank you!
Written August 7, 2021
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Thank you S and J. You and your family were a delight to teach and host. You were all enthusiastic and interested in this drawing and painting workshop. I could not have asked for a better group ! take care and I hope to meet you again. J-L
Written August 8, 2021
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