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Apres Midi
by Nancy Chaboun

The charming hilltop town
of Saint Andiol
Playful public art,
typical throughout Provence

Al Fresco
by Nancy Chaboun
Colorful Provencal fabrics

Fresh seafood,
a specialty in Provence

Encroyable Provence!
A Painting Workshop with Nancy Chaboun

Dates: September 19 - 29, 2018

As an accomplished artist and avid traveler, Nancy Chaboun creates memories and impressions of her travel -- and everyday life -- in her art. Now you can join her in western Provence with incomparable ancient architecture, art and antiquity, artists and artisans, tiny hilltop villages and evocative coastlines. Provence includes the best preserved Roman architecture in Europe, a diverse collection of micro-climates in the Rhone Valley resulting in a variety of exquisitive wines, some of France's best cuisine and beautiful Provencal fashions and fabrics.

Nancy teachingNancy has been painting full time for the past 25 years after a successful career in women's high fashion that included extensive travel in Italy and France as well as visual merchandising and advertising for four stores. That career helped develop the sense of taste and elegance Nancy brings to the canvas. She studied art at Arizona State University and the Institute Allende in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Nancy teaches classes at the Scottsdale Artist School as well as workshops across the U.S., Canada and France. Nancy has won a number of awards, and her art hangs in private and public collections in the U.S. and abroad. She is a native of Arizona and lives in North Scottsdale, AZ, with her husband of nearly 40 years. You can see more of Nancy's work at her website www.nancychabounfineart.com.

The Inspiration of Provence

Provence is where the French would choose to live and work and where, indeed, famous artists have chosen to live and create. Like these masters, all your senses will be invigorated . . . feel the warmth of the sun, savor the famous green and black olives, inhale the fragrance of a field of lavender, listen to the lapping of the sparkling waters of the Mediterranean and view the incomparable light of southern France. Feel yourself refreshed and inspired by your surroundings.

Nancy's teaching style will provide you with ample one-on-one time to discuss your artistic objectives and to chart a path during the program to fulfill those objectives. Most days will also include time to review your work with Nancy and your companion artists. The week ends with an informal "show and share" of sketches and paintings created during your time together.

Your days will be a mixture of at home, painting around your French home not far from Avignon, and away days, on excursions specially chosen with your painter's eye in mind.

“At Home”

Our home for the workshop is a French farmhouse near the charming hilltown of Saint Andiol. La Bastide d'Odette is an authentic stone farmhouse on nearly eight acres of lovingly landscaped grounds including gardens, shady walkways and courtyards and outdoor dining areas. Many of the spacious rooms have stone walls and beamed ceilings, and a large pool beckons after a long day of touring and painting. Wifi and a washer and dryer are just a few of the amenities. The farmhouse feels secluded and private but very accessible to all of your activities. You'll enjoy meals both chez vouz (at home) and in restaurants chosen for their regional specialties.

“Away”

For venues away from your mas, we've chosen locales that will inspire you to pick up your brushes and that will give you a flavor of what makes Provence so special and so memorable. A few highlights:

  • Arles, plays an important role in the history of the Roman empire and Julius Caesar's Gallic campaign. The beautiflly preserved Roman forum, coliseum and arena are a UNESCO World Heritage site. Van Gogh made his home in Arles and some of his most iconic paintings were inspired by the sights you'll see on your Van Gogh intensive tour.

  • Cassis is a small port town perched on rocky cliffs dropping down to the Mediterranean. You'll be inspired by the sweeping seascapes and sheltered inlets. Colorful boats line the quay with equally colorful buildings at streetside.

  • Aix-en-Provence prides itself on its beautiful people who know how to live well. You'll see this reflected in the handsome shops, numerous outdoor markets and the beautiful Cours Mirabeau, the city's "Champs-Elysees of Provence." Find yourself strolling the wide promenade lined on both sides with a double row of plane trees, fine houses and playful fountains.

  • Musee Granet in Aix-en-Provence houses a collection of Cezanne's paintings, drawings and engravings, many of which were inspired by some of the very places you'll visit. Other collections in the museum include works by Ingres, Rembrandt, van Dyck, Giacometti, Degas, Renoir, Gauguin and Monet.

  • L'isle-de-la-Sorgue is an island village in the Luberon Mountains known for its art galleries, antique shops and flea market. You can still see many working water mills, remnants of its silk and paper-making heritage.

  • And le gastronomie . . . there is no better place than Provence for rose' wine, olives from Nimes, a salad nicoise at the source, aioli with salmon or crudites and bouillebaisse. You'll have a Provencal cooking lesson in your mas, home for the workshop, plus a wine-tasting of specially selected wines from Provence.

    Visit Nancy’s Web Site

    To learn more about Nancy Chaboun and to see more of her work, visit her website at www.nancychabounfineart.com.

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