La Tuiliere, Cadenet, Provence


8 Day plein air workshop at La Tuiliiere for June 6-June 14, 2018.   Please see below for details:

Six day plein-air painting workshop at La Tuilière, Cadenet, (Provence, France). LIMITED TO SIX PEOPLE.Arrive June 6, 2018, paint 7-13, leave the morning of June 14, after breakfast. 

La Tuilière is a lovely bed and breakfast situated on a 50 acre olive farm and vineyard.  It is a beautiful old, classic, Provencal house with wonderful gardens and a pool.  The owners, Clotilde and Didier Borgarino, have lovingly restored this house over 20 years, replanted the vineyards and olive groves.  The property combines an unbeatable combination of Provencal charm and comfort.  Rooms are spacious with all modern conveniences.  There is a separate building, the “Orangerie” where breakfast is taken.  Breakast is a copious presentation of breads, cereals, fruit, freshly made yogurts and beverages.  The Orangerie is also equiped with a fridge and a range allowing for great opportunities to take advantage of the local shops and enjoy picninc lunches or even dinners at La Tuiliere if you do't feel like going to a restaurant.   The gardens of La Tuiliere and the immediate surrounding grounds provide innumerable painting sites.  The picturesque village of Cadenet is a short walk down the road from La Tuilière.  Cadenet is known for its numerous fountains and there are abundant village scenes to paint.  The surrounding countryside is mixed agriculture with lavender in the early summer and sun flowers in the late summer and early fall fields of wild poppies in the spring.


Workshop fee$1,875 single occupancy, $1,475 (1 single occupancy available):



NB:  The Orangerie at La Tuiliere provides an ideal space for taking meals.  Our lunches are typically picnic lunches and they as well as some dinners are taken in the Orangerie after a trip to the market or local stores for excellent regional products.  La Tuiliere produces its own very good wines: a red, white, rose and an excellent sweet dessert white , all available at very reasonable prices.

There are a limited number of single rooms.  Non-participating partners are welcome and the cost of the room is split with that partner plus breakfast.  However, I will rent a 7 passenger van for myself and the 6 participants.  If you have a non-participating partner who wishes to accompany us on trips to town or elsewhere it is highly recommended that you rent your own car with your partner.  You may share a car, as 3 participants did last year, which will give you some extra freedom.  If you rent a car I suggest that you make all arrangements before you leave.  I usually go with Europcar but all major car rental agencies are available here.  Pay with a credit card and you are typically insured through your credit card company.  You should double check that with your individual credit card company and get a letter stating that you have insurance. You may or may not need to show that.  The car rental in France will try to claim that you have no insurance.  Adding insurance here will double the cost of your rental.  Automatic shift is not as common here as at home.  Gas is quite expensive but the cars generally get much better mileage than ours and the distances are very small.  

There will be a $400 deposit at the time of registration.  To sign up or get more information please contact me either by email: or call 207-596-7423.  If you call and leave a message please follow up with an email.

Cancellation Policy:

· 60 days before departure—full refund less a $100 administration fee.

· 60-30 days before departure—50% refund

· less than 30 days—no refund

These refund policies apply only if we cannot fill your space. If we have a waiting list and can find someone to take your place, you will receive a full refund less the $100 administration cost.

I suggest Insurance to cover tour and flight cancellation, baggage loss and any medical cost incurred.  This is the responsibility of each participant, and should be purchased at the time of sending in the deposit.


Note: the course fee could vary slightly depending on the exchange rate between the euro and the dollar when the balance of the course fee is due in the spring."



“With instructive demos, useful quick exercises, plenty of painting time in inspiring settings and lots of positive feedback and critiques, a Runquist workshop is not to be missed. Lots of good humor and spirited fun as well."  - Margaret Creighton, Lewiston , ME

“Iwant to thank you both for a fantastic workshop!  I learned a huge amount, but more importantly I feel totally inspired and energized!  I feel as though you’ve given me a wonderful gift.  I cannot adequately express how much I appreciate your patient instruction and practical feedback.  Thank you for teaching me how to capture on canvas the amazing beauty that surrounds us.”  Gio Argentati, Atlanta, GA

"Bjorn did a superb job of leading the workshop, tout guiding and translating and allowed all of us ot just learn and have fun.  It was truly memorable. "  Nancy Wolcott, Rochester, NY

"The workshop was a great success.  The venue could not have been better - relaxed, clean comfortable...wonderful hosts, more like staying with friends."  Dorsey Gardner, Boston MA

La Tuiliere in the morning.

La Tuiliere in the morning.


Materials list for workshop, June 2018

Oil paint, either water soluble or regular:  35 ml tubes of each of the following except white where you should a large tube (150ml or 200ml)

Titanium white

Ultramarine blue

Cobalt blue

Pthalo blue

Cadmium yellow light

Cadmium yellow medium

Cadmium red medium

Alizarin permanent

Burnt sienna

Optional colors:


Yellow ochre

Raw sienna



For clean up:

I will supply odorless turp, purchased in France so there is no need for you to try to transport solvents..  Murphy's oil soap is good for cleaning brushes.  Any oil, including even olive oil, can be used to clean yourself.  You will not be able to transport solvents on the plane.  Your painting can be packed and labled "artist's colors" (not "oil paint"  Gamblin has a good site for dealing with traveling with paint.

A couple of metal jars for solvent.  Even better, a jar with a coil in it (art store or on line).  Best is a metal container for solvents with a lid that attaches firmly.  Available on line at Utrecht, Jerrys or Blick.

Mediums:  Any of these are useful.

I use mostly the mild solvents as a medium and then simply Linseed oil

Galkydeis useful as it speeds drying time

NB:  If you are using water soluble oils there are water soluble mediums to be used with them.


Painting surfaces: (any of the following are good):  We will be focusing on quick studies so a number of smaller sizes will be useful.  I suggest cheap panels (up to 10 6”x8”, 10 8”x10” or  9”x12” etc. up toa few 16”x20”)  Also some stretched canvas can be good as well as gessoed hardboard or, most useful,  canvas pad (Blick has a good one) where you can cut any size you want (as well as tape to attach these to board)

Disposable palette or, much better a palette box with a lid if your easel does not include a pant mixing area.

Kleenex or Paper towels and some rags


Bristle: flats, some filbert (#10, #8,#6, #3)  and maybe asmall round.

one or two synthetic sable can be useful, # 10, #8

Palette knife

“Viewcatcher” or two small pieces of cardboard with small windows cut in them and gridded into thirds of the proportions 4x5 and 3x4 for visually framing what you see.  You can buy these online easily

Portable field easel (There are many different kinds available.  “Art Box”, “pochad”, or a “Julien” type are some common ones.  There are many others.  Don’t spend a fortune on an easel until you know what you like.  The Julien HALF EASEL is the most economical for what you get but a little too heavy for travel abroad.  I use an artbox which I highly recommend( ).  They are also fairly easy to make.  Check on line for instructions and tips.


Sun hat

Sun tan oil

Art guard cream

Sketch pad, pens and soft pencils

Soft charcoal (thin pieces)

Latex or nitrile gloves