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Plein Air en France

Landscape & Figure Painting with Eli Cedrone
May 7 - 14, 2022
Trip Status: CLOSED

Tour Cost: $3450
Activity Level: Easy to Moderate
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Join Eli Cedrone in Arles, France! 


Looking for a creative adventure? A new experience can enliven every area of your life and start you on your creative journey. 

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The charm of Arles has inspired artists for centuries, including Vincent Van Gogh. It offers a wealth of classical antiquities: Romanesque stonework and shuttered townhouses shading graceful Old Town streets and squares. 
This workshop is designed to be a fun, stimulating and stress-free, experience for beginners to advanced students. We have worked out all the details, so all you need to do is paint and enjoy the fantastic experience of visiting Provence. Artful Journeys carefully curates the painting locations for scenic beauty. Class size is limited for plenty of one-on-one instruction. 


Sculpture of Vincent Van Gogh



Le Calendal, this large 17th-century house, situated in the historic center of Arles, has been tastefully transformed into a hotel SPA full of charm. It offers a spacious and bright experience to all lovers of Provence.


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Le Calendal in Arles, France



Media: Oil, watercolors, & pastels 
Level: All levels
Workshop will focus on: 
  • Composition, understanding and simplifying shapes

  • Laying down a foundation quickly and confidently

  • Creating and developing a focal point

  • Color mixing to create atmospheric perspective 


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Plein Air painting

Workshop includes: 

Welcome reception and informational meet and greet on day one. Each day begins with a lecture and demonstration on the fundamentals of painting. There will be plenty of painting time, personal instruction, and group critiques to promote your progress. Participants are welcome to bring images of past work for discussion. We’ll meet at designated locations with a break for lunch. In case of inclement weather, we will work inside. We will end the week with a farewell dinner.


A detailed itinerary will be furnished upon registration.



Eli Cedrone

"I've always been influenced by the power of images to express ideas and emotions. Painting is a process of discovery and decision making where disparate elements pull together until the image is clearly expressed."

Eli Cedrone has spent her lifetime creating. A graduate of the School of Art & Design in Boston, she studied art in Italy and at the School of the MFA, Boston. Her professional career began as an art director at Saatchi & Saatchi Advertising, Bermuda, followed by work as an illustrator and mixed-media artist in Laguna Beach, CA. Her work has been exhibited nationwide and she is a popular workshop instructor in the Alla Prima method. Contemporary Realism would best describe her style. Two powerful influences have been the Spanish impressionist, Joaquin Sorolla and Richard Diebenkorn. Others include Nicolai Fechin, Anders Zorn, John Singer Sargent.

Joan Hill

In 2008, the seed of Artful Journeys was planted in her brain, when Joan brought together all of her life's passions, her love of music, an affinity for the beautiful things in life, and an ability to organize events to give birth to Artful Journeys, a program of art education trips for the soul.


Joan was born and raised in the apple country of the Hudson River Valley in New York; her father was a gentle, very tolerant, educated land surveyor, and her mother was the efficient business administrator and home engineer. The youngest of four children, Joan was encouraged to pursue anything she wanted, but also to do her best. Sometimes that was difficult, especially succeeding three very accomplished siblings.



$3450, double occupancy
  • Single Supplement: $300

  • Non-painter spouses are welcome; your cost is $2950

  • 7 nights’ accommodation at Le Calendal, all meals, airport transfers, ground transportation in France, any excursion and entrance fees, instructional sessions and administration costs. 

  • NOTE: A deposit of $500 is required upon registration to secure a place in this workshop.

  • Airfare is not included to enable travelers to use their “travel points,” upgrade flight arrangements, or to extend their trip.

  • Travel insurance is strongly encouraged. Please see the Travel Insurance Form.

  • Covid vaccinations and booster and a negative test required to enter France.  Covid testing is not included in trip price.

  • Masks must be worn in public places.

To register for this journey, please click below:

Please note that PayPal remittances must go through the form on this website.  Thank you.

For details or questions, please click here to contact Joan Hill.
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