Southwestern France • 9-Day Workshop • October 6 – 14 of NEXT YEAR (2025) • Moulin in Languedoc
Southwestern France • 9-Day Workshop • October 6 – 14 of NEXT YEAR (2025) • Moulin in Languedoc


OVERVIEW (from Workshops in France):
You are invited to join us for a 9-day workshop with Dave Santillanes, one of today’s most accomplished plein-air artists. Dave returns after a highly successful and sold-out workshop with rave reviews in Provence 2023. Due to the demand, we invited Dave back to lead another extraordinary plein air workshop. This time, in our newly discovered location in Southwestern France.


  • 9-Days of learning with Dave Santillanes in Southwestern France.
  • Ongoing demos, discussions and evenings with the instructor.
  • All Inclusive: Tuition, fine food, wine, château accommodation and ground transportation. We eat out an own expense – one/two lunches and one dinner are scheduled. Airfare not included.
  • Paint, sketch and enjoy the good life in idyllic surroundings.
  • Daily painting locations: Private vineyards, charming villages, markets (more painting and excursion locations varied upon location of the workshop).
  • Balanced itinerary of painting, exploring and relaxation for artists of all media – all levels!
  • Travel, live, learn and paint side-by-side with Dave and fellow artists.
  • Plenty to do for non-painting partners! A limited number of non-painting partners accepted. Discount available for non-painting companions
  • Airport shuttle included on arrival and departure day.

The program offers a perfect combination of learning and cultural immersion in the south of France. This is a rare opportunity to learn from Dave as he demos, makes paintings, helps you, explains the methods in a relaxed setting, and shares informative critiques.

Dave is passionate about helping you. His attention and guidance throughout the workshop will give you useful experience in painting en plein air.  

Like so many artists, Dave draws inspiration from Impressionism which of course, began in France and was carried across the Atlantic through the California Impressionists. This trip allows guests to follow in the footsteps of many artists who have painted in the south of France chasing it’s legendary light and color. 

Situated in the Haut Languedoc region of Southern France. The accommodation is a Domaine estate originally used as an Olive mill where they have pressed local olives for oil for centuries. The region is legendary for its hilltop villages, olive groves and luscious vineyards. Nestled in the foothills of the Massif Central, giving it a truly alpine feel yet it is only an hour away from the Mediterranean, washing the landscape with incredible light. 

Dave has a well-deserved following of devoted students because of his extraordinary ability to impart his vision and teach painting in an insightful and accessible manner.

This workshop is suitable for ALL LEVELS of artists from beginners to professionals who work in oil, acrylic, and even pastels. However, Dave recommends some experience with drawing and painting would be very helpful. Even the most experienced of artists have sung praises after attending Dave’s workshops.  He teaches a new way of seeing color and imparts his legendary Color Relationship Foundations. Dave will also focus on how to use this color information to create atmosphere in painting and how to create more depth in our work. It is massively important in landscape painting but will also have a great impact on still lifes and figure painting.  

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