Artist Tour to Provence, France


Join us from October 14-21, 2017

Soak in the late-season sun in southern France while you paint and watch the wine harvest in one of the world’s most picturesque locations.  From vineyards to olive tree groves, from gently rolling hills to the peak of Mont Ventoux, Provence offers the painter a rich variety of scenes to capture in oils, water colors or pastels.

Non-artist partners and others are very welcome on this tour and will enjoy the many cultural activities and additional excursions planned for you.


The town of Vaison-la-Romaine, and the surrounding towns of Nyons and Mirabel-aux-Baronnies, rests in a relatively undiscovered corner of Provence where castle ruins sit side by side with ancient stone villages, where tidy French gardens grow beneath spreading fruit trees.

It is here where you’ll be painting for a week under the skilled guidance of River Gallery School artistic director Lydia Thomson.

The surrounding area is the largest grower of olives in France, while also producing apricots and other fruits, not to mention miles and miles of grape vines.

Vaison-la-Romaine itself dates to Roman times, complete with an amphitheater and other ruins. Of more recent vintage is the Medieval castle that tops a labyrinth of ancient village streets.

Tour Art Instructor and Mentor:

Lydia Thomson is Creative Director of the River Gallery School in Brattleboro, VT. She has been teaching there since 1994.  She received her BA in Studio Art and also holds an MS in Education. She works mainly in oils and mixed media, landscapes and abstraction, and has exhibited throughout New England and New York. More information about Lydia is found at:

Dates: October 14-21, 2017

Cost: $2600, excluding airfare

This trip is sponsored by the River Gallery School.