Brooke Scudder Andrews


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WaterColor Retreat
in the Medieval Villages
June 1-8, 2020
with Brooke Scudder Andrews   $3275.00 (till Nov 15,
then 3775.00) 

We combine a luxuriously appointed lodging in an enchanting medieval village with an illustrators tour, where you learn to notice and paint the stories around you. You become immersed and see with painters eyes.  Painting sessions will include on site painting in the beautiful town as well as nearby excursions that provide an immersive experience with Medieval era architecture and history.

This plein air tour is located in the Cote d'Azur, in the South of France, providing guests with stunning springtime views of the Bay of Angels and tiny authentic medieval villages, each irresistible, enthralling sources of inspiration and fascination; the whimsical, the magical and the memorable. 

These villages and light inspired Matisse, Chagall and Renoir, to name a few of the many artists who lived in an area. We will stay  3 nights in St Paul de Vence and 4 Nights in an art and antique filled boutique hotel La Maison du Frêne in Vence. It is brimming with gorgeous interior, courtesy of the collector owner's keen eye.

The authentic hilltop villages are a Mecca for the worlds aesthetes and creative innovators, who make a pilgrimage here to witness the enchanting beauty, and be renewed by this source of creativity. 

   Excursions to exclusive French destinations, art history, fine dining and the warm hospitality of your hosts will provide you with the very best the region has to offer. Early booking discount till November 15, 2019.

The painting sessions will be facilitated by Brooke Andrews an American watercolorist  based near San Francisco with over 20 years as a professional illustrator and workshop instructor. Painting and illustrating in watercolor is her specialty, and her experience and teaching style have helped numerous students achieve wonderful results with this medium. 


Guests can expect to observe helpful demonstrations and receive individualized 

instruction to achieve beautiful paintings with visual impact. Please, also note: a certain level of physical activity is involved in the daily outdoor sessions & excursions. 

 Beginners with no experience are most welcome as well as seasoned artists.

Limited space!  4 spaces left.    Reserve today! 


Maggie, Palo Alto

"This class has changed my life. Brooke encourages the best from us and patiently guides us through each step of the creative process .... And then she gives us the map ...! I am so grateful I got a chance to take this class. Thank you Brooke."

  What's Included 

  • Welcome Champagne reception 

  • Nights Lodging at Art filled Boutique Hotel

  • Daily workshops 

  • Transportation between sites. 

  • A personal guide throughout the week

  • Euphressi Villa and Gardens entrance fee, museum fees, boat ride. 
  • 3 dinners  
  • 4 lunches 
  • Daily breakfasts
  • Medieval Villages
  • Small group of fun artists

What isn't included

- air fare

- airport transfers 

- travel insurance

- any purchase of personal nature

- food & beverage ordered by traveller outside of the tour itinerary and workshop program, as well as taxes on personal purchases.

- art supplies

  Sample Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to our beautiful Hotel! 
Fly or train to Nice, France.  Upon your arrival take time to settle in, and have a refreshment and meet your fellow artists. We will discuss our fabulous tour. 

In the evening, you will enjoy a gourmet dinner and hear more about our fabulous trip. 

Days 2 Villefranche sur Mer, Rothschild Villa and Gardens A pirates cove, and waterside stroll and walk to the Rothschild Villa--You will be drenched in the over the top beauty here.  Lunch at the Villa you won't forget. Painting in the garden. 

 Day 3Menton Lunch and Sketching in the old town. Lemoncello tasting up near the Italian border. 

Day 4 Vence 

We will transfer to the lovely authentic, historical, village and to our Maison du Frene: a hotel filled with treasures. We will settle in our new home and meet in the center of the old town in Vence for sketching and drinks.  Later on to the Matisse House for an afternoon sketch. Dinner in Town. 

Day 5. Market day St Paul de Vence

In our sketchbooks we will capture the joy de shopping that has happened here for 1000's of years.  Haut de Cagnes and Renoir Museum afternoon. 

Day 6:  Île Saint-Honorat
This lovely little island is an ancient pilgrimage site 
We will gather our picnic lunch, jump on the boat, and head to our beautiful island for sketching. 
Day 7 Free day to go shopping in Nice Flower and Flea market, finish up your sketches. Evening Dinner Soiree and Vernissage where we show all our sketches, create a journal cover and tell our stories. 
Day 8  End of Workshop and Farewells
Meeting, end of workshop. Farewells and taxi to airport or train. 




Brooke Scudder Andrews, an award winning illustrator will guide you in watercolor sketching designed for anyone to to create a beautiful journal that brings out your joy de vivre.  More about Brooke