|Wonderful floral excess at a Parisian florist|
|Local flowers collected in baskets on a walk in La Foret Du Temple, home to French Art School|
|The Ballroom studio is ours to paint and play in as much as you like. |
Fill your suitcase with finished paintings to take home!
Explore the very area where Monet came to paint his first series of paintings as well as chateaux, the beaux arts, the lakes, woodlands, fresh produce markets and picturesque towns. No wonder Chopin was inspired to write more than half of his output of music in the Limousin.
This is a tour like no other because it's tailored for a small group, rather than a hoard with generalised venues anyone can get to. Being a small group we can enjoy special experiences and go to places large groups cannot.
This is my 9th international tour and my 8th and 9th tours for French Art School working my outstanding team in France and imported from Australia to assist.
I speak fluent French, and I know how to make my guests comfortable and give them an amazing experience of a lifetime.
I also like to share what it’s like to live the French life in the charming hamlet where my villas are located. Meet the locals and be part of a very special bespoke experience
I have been leading workshops intensives teaching thousands of people over the past 15 years online and in person with a compassionate approach to painting where my students, even the total newcomers, are fast tracked to get great results. My painting methods are different to what anyone else is doing on the planet and that’s why I get the fabulous results for my students so quickly whether you have picked up a paint brush or not
WHAT IF I HAVE NO-ONE TO TRAVEL WITH?
|These guests had never met before the tour and finsihed the best of friends who still catch up!|
|Enjoy time to relax and enjoy one of the many great art books on hand|
|Did someone say aperitifs?|
|On the Creuse River preparing to paint in the very place Monet painted!|
|Enjoy a stunning degustation dinner based on the recipes the Monet himself enjoyed|
|Brushes down ladies! It's dinner time! |
Time to relax and enjoy what our chef has prepared for us!
Every client on our Sept and June tours in 2017 came on tour on their own and made a fabulous circle of friends easily on the tour. It's a very inclusive of everyone space. Everyone looks out for each other. Each person has their own room throughout in Paris and the Limousin so you have personal space as well as the opportunity to enjoy like- minded others along the way.
Airfares are yours to do as you like with your favourite carrier or even your frequent flyers or with your travel agent. If you don't have a travel agent we can recommend one to assist you with flights and any other holiday arrangements or transfers.
We meet in Paris. Some clients fly in the same day and others arrive a day or two earlier at our Paris hotel.
Day 1 Our tour commences in Paris meet at 3pm at our hotel
Meet up with Jacqueline at 3pm in the lobby and enjoy a walking tour close to home taking in the local area of the Opera arrondissement, which connects with the Tuileries gardens, the Louvre and one of my favourite Salon Du The’s, where you might like to partake in a coupe de Champagne or a rich and delicious hot chocolate and a pastry.
See the masterpieces for yourself close up including peonies by Manet, Tahitian women by Gauguin, Van Gogh’s hay rick paintings after Millet, roses by Fantin Latour and so much more. We will observe the traits that make these paintings so successful, ready for when we paint together in Creuse.
Today we visit Giverny to visit Monet’s incredibly charming home and studio and the famous garden with waterlily ponds he painted over and over, a favourite motif. Our tickets include visiting Monet’s house and studio. Lunch is provided for you in Les Nympheas restaurant as inspired by Monet’s own recipes. Monet loved his food and had his own cook! Eat like a French Impressionist!
Afterwards, we visit L’Orangerie to see the Nympheas panoramiques by Monet to complete this wonderful day. Enjoy the sensual experience of the lily ponds followed by the wrap around contemplative paintings Monet created of the gardens showcased in Paris.
You will especially delight in the floral arrangements prepared for every single room in the chateau prepared by an onsite team of florists using materials from the gardens themselves. Prepare to swoon.
We arrive to La Foret du Temple met by our chef who has prepared a welcoming dinner for us.
Chef is a fabulous professional from Australia, who is taking care of us for the week.
Our own painting studio; I have already set up the studio complete with travelling French box easels and studio easels, boards, paints and brushes, and day backpacks and lightweight camping stools. We will be working with portable watercolour palettes, yours to keep (don’t worry I will show you how) and painting on boards for fast techniques we can also get out touring as well as produce successful works you can take home. There are individual rooms for the guests. Downstairs at L’Hirondelle, the old ballroom makes the perfect spacious painting studio. At The other house there are four single rooms plus one for Jac and creative options for our art.
I will be selecting produce to prepare for our afternoon session painting Afternoon tea from the La Chatre Patisserie. Sigh!
George’s son Maurice was an accomplished artist, and as well as painting and drawing, created a puppet theatre and 300 puppets which were based on characters of the day, and used in performances at Nohant and in Paris.
Afternoon tea in the gardens. Private tour included Return to La Foret and relax, take a bike ride, or finish any paintings underway. Tonight get ready for a traditional French raclette meal.
Afterwards we make our way to pretty Aubusson about one and a half hours from La Foret,du Temple. Aubusson is known for being the village of tapestries. Wool was washed and died by the river, and woven into the tapestries you see in the Chateaus. I have found a gorgeous café by the river for coffees
Day 11 Summer garden dining after abeautiful day of painting in the Ballroom studio
Enjoy an afternoon visit to the beautiful town of Gargilesse and and the magnificent view of the Creuse river bend at the Boucle de Pin. Explore the towns galleries and take time out for a meander and a coffee. Then home to pack ahead of our farewell dinner.
Dine at my favourite local restaurant, which has a Michelin Star, but not the price tag to match luckily for us This restaurant never fails to delight and impress with its service and food.
The journey is usually two hours and arrives to Paris at Gare D’Austerlitz which is serviced by taxis. Allow at least an hour to get to the airport by taxi. I do not recommend the RER to the airport because the trains are infrequent. Please don’t book too tight a flight connection in case of scheduling and traffic events beyond our control that may require more than the allowed for travel time
For those staying on your details of your stay will be on a separate itinerary provided by your travel agent.
French Art School
I am known for my generous and compassionate teaching methods that open ip painting to anyone who wants to give it a go. The methods i use are always based on taking the pain oit of painting so yoiu can get great results quickly. Typically students take home up to 12 paintings each! So not only will you have a stunning inspirational holiday you will take home beautiful artwork. One of my students from the June 2017 tour used the paintings made on tour in France as the basis for a collection of work that she sold a few months later in August at an exhibition.
Others prefer to keep their work and frame it at home. Some is on canvas and some is on thick artisan art paper so its easy to fit in your suit case.
There is provision for one twin share room in the Limousin of two friends want to travel and share together which is why we can go to 10 guests but if not it will be a maximum of 9 guests.
Robert Thornberry from Signature Travel Orange is happy to assist you with travel plans before or after the tour if you want to extend your holiday into additional experiences such as a cruise or a visit to other parts of Europe, or ask your own agent to assist with travel ideas and plans for before and after.
Please advise any dietary requirements at the time of booking so we can plan in advance as we consider food an important part of the enjoyment of our time together.
We have FREE WIFI at the hotel and at the villas. At the villas there is a landline your family can call you on.
French Art School supplies paints, brushes, and everything else you will need so you are not encumbered by weight when you travel. By all means bring any favourite brushes.
A feature of the tour is that we have pur own space and equipment to paint with providing total creative support and freedom whilst on holiday.
Downstairs at L’Hirondelle, the old ballroom makes the perfect spacious painting studio.
Make sure you have a digital camera or iphone for photos or other fave device. There are so many photo opportunities. Bring a charger and a European plug adaptor. You can buy the adaptor at the airport before leaving Australia.
WHAT SORT OF CLOTHES SHOULD I TAKE
Take comfortable clothing, shoes you like walking in, some smart casual clothing for going out to dinner, and be prepared that the weather will be cool and spring like so trans seasonal is a good idea, plus some tops suitable if its warmer. ie the ability to add warm layers or strip back a layer of it's warmer.