Dreams do come true!
August Tour 11-23, 2018
YES!!!!!!!!! Painting where Monet painted in his stunning inspirational garden. I have tracked down the opportunity with my various French assistants!!! Cheeky but I got it sorted for us to paint there on the next trip!!!! Woooohooooo!
|Monet's garden; Inspiration for his Nympheas series or water lilies paintings|
Enjoy the evening light as it falls over the world's most loved and most famous garden, exactly where Claude Monet himself painted his paintings that are known the world over!
|Yes guilty as charged. Supremely happy for any time I can spend |
at my favourite Impressionist painters house. It is SUCH an inspiration
with an ever changing array of beautiful flowers
|The yellow kitchen at Monet's house at Giverny|
If you haven't painted before don't worry because I will be preparing the group for this opportunity before we get there so we get some splended results and can continue the theme at my painting atelier in the Creuse region of the very beautiful Limousin!
|All art supplies are provided at French Art School|
All art materials suitable for the occasion will be supplied. We will have demos before and I will assist and teach in the gardens during our magic hours of access.
|Learn the Monet Colour Palette - a handful of colours that gives you hundreds of colours|
We will also have time to enjoy the garden and house beforehand, and a sumptuous lunch at the Hotel Baudy where the Impressionists painters once met up with each other, and even some time to enjoy the Amercian Museum of Impressionism, all at beautiful and charming Giverny.
|Enjoy lunch at Giverny|
|This gorgeous photo was taken by a French Art Schooler Judith Booth|
As well as having an art immersion in the gardens, to retain forever on a very pleasurable cellular memory level, we will have lots of reference to then take forward to create a series of paintings at my studio at French Art School.
Just four places left so if you want to be in on this incredible experience I am so excited about, ( DREAM COME TRUE!!!!) then you need to act quickly to reserve your place!
Barbara, Karen and Di share about being on French Art School June/July 2018 during our Monet's garden day visit.
Many of my clients have never painted before and get some wonderful paintings and others want to be in an environment where they will produce more work and learn more techniques.
Explore the very area where Monet came to paint his first series of paintings of the confluence of the river Creuse.
Explore the 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 ijust 30 minutes from French Art School's door.
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.
|Wildflowers grow in abundance in La Foret du Temple.|
|Study the work of the French Impressionists up close and learn from the masters. Here, a detail|
from an Henri Fantin Latour painting
This is my 11th international tour and my 8th tour for French Art School working with my outstanding team in France 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 finished the best of friends who still catch up!|
|Did someone say aperitifs?|
|On the Creuse River preparing to paint in the very place Monet painted!|
|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. Its been the same for 2018 groups. 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.
|Our Paris hotel looks after our group well and everyone loves it. |
It's close to everything yet queit at night.
|August is a great time to travel in France with a generous amount of sunny days|
perfect for touring and exploring
Flowers arrangements are a specialty of Chateau de Chenonceau in the Loire Valley
|Immerse yourself and relax in stunning chateau gardens|
|Create works on paper as well as works on canvas|
|Learn tabout colour, mark making and how to handle the paint like an Impressionist|
|The picturesque village of La Celle Dunoise|
Day 1 Our tour commences in Paris meet at 2.30pm at our hotel
Meet up with Jacqueline at 2.30pm 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, then enjoy our visit Museum visit to L'Orangerie to see the Monet Panoramics of the Waterlilies.
|Enjoy lunch at the Musee D'Orsay restaurant|
|Detail from Van Gogh self portrait|
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.
|Pointillism at the Musee D'Orsay|
Today we visit Giverny driven by our private chauffeur 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 at the atmospheric Hotel Baudy restuarant, which supplied hospitality to the Impressionists in Monet's day. Monet loved his food and had his own cook! Eat like a French Impressionist!
Afterwards travel back to our Paris hotel with our chauffeur who is waiting for us.
|The stunning Chateau de Chambord garden|
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.
We will then return to our Monet garden theme and do some further work to add to the series of paintings and I will demonstrate more techniques used by the Impressionists painters as well as some tips on how to manage your paint. Lunch served.
Afternoon paint session painting. Finish the day and already have three paintings under your belt including the Monet garden painting.
I will be selecting produce to prepare for our afternoon session painting Afternoon tea from the La Chatre Patisserie. Sigh!
|Vintage line is just one of the bargains you will find at the local brocantes|
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 visit a stunning chateaux fillwed with art owned by an artist. 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 by 10.30am 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.
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. August is generally warm tshirt weather.