Once again our course will be held at Atelier
Fourwinds, an artists residency with ongoing classes,
which was founded in 1994.The property, formerly a
quail farm, is surrounded by olive trees and sits at the
foot of Les Alpilles, a small mountain range in the
Bouches-du-Rhône region of Provence.
I first discovered this magical place when I came
to do a painting residency in September of 2015, it was
life changing and I vowed to return as soon as possible.
In May of 2016 I brought students here to paint. After
just one week of working in the studios and being
surrounded by the magnificent landscape, they noticed
that both their skill level and commitment to their art had moved to a new tier. I am thrilled to offer this program here again, as I wish the same for you. Students of any level are welcome, absolute beginners to advanced.
I am most grateful to Vianney and Sabine who own Atelier Fourwinds and to Ursula Hanes who co-founded it twenty two years ago and resides on the property where she sculpts, exhibits and has a large following of students. To learn more about Fourwinds please visit their website.
The quail barns have been converted into spacious studios. This is a quiet and serene place, set in the Provencal countryside which has inspired artists for centuries. It is a painters paradise with poplar and cypress trees, old stone buildings, vineyards, olive groves, cherry orchards, hilltop villages and medieval towns all set in the verdant landscape and enveloped by the beautiful ever changing light.
Atelier Fourwinds is just outside the village of Aureille. Near Arles where Van Gogh lived and painted, with an easy drive to Aix-en-Provence the home of Cezanne, where his studio is still open to the public, and also close to Avignon.
We will be working in the studio as well as en plein air in the countryside at nearby locations. Also, we will explore nearby villages and towns such as Arles and St. Remy, walking in the steps of Van Gogh to see some of the many places he painted.
View surrounding the property of Atelier Fourwinds
View from Van Gogh’s window at St Remy hospital