Tuesday, May 2, 2017


French Art School starts in 7 weeks! Hurry to book your place!



Follow in the Footsteps of Monet & the French Impressionists
JUNE 14-26, 2017

Combine touring with painting and the art of relaxing!

PARIS, GIVERNY & THE LIMOUSIN!

Ile de la Cite, on the Seine, Paris

Your guide and art tutor, Jacqueline Coates


Immerse yourself in art and inspiration with a small group, and an experienced guide and floral art tutor who will show you how to paint up your own masterpieces! 

No experience necessary! This delightful ART HOLIDAY incorporates touring, inspiration and painting, in Paris, Monet’s garden and house in Giverny and then a restful and artistic stay in the stunning Limousin region.

Starting in Paris be inspired by the Impressionists paintings at the Musee D’Orsay and a day visit to Giverny and Monet’s garden. Enjoy the waterlilies, Japanese bridges, the peonies, roses and irises then take in the Nympheas panoramique paintings at L’Orangerie, Paris.



VISIT CHATEAUX OF THE LOIRE VALLEY ALONG THE WAY

After three days soaking in the culture and atmosphere of Paris, our private driver collects us and we spend the day travelling in comfort through the Loire Valley to the naturally stunning region of the Creuse in the Limousin, where Monet and the impressionists painted. We will stop at two stunning chateaux and gardens on the way to the Limousin.




THIS TOUR IS UNIQUE –

IT’S THE ONLY FRENCH ART TOUR WITH IT'S OWN PAINTING ATELIER & ART 

TUTOR SO YOU CAN PAINT LIKE AN IMPRESSIONIST ON TOUR





Admire the art, AND engage with colour as you paint some of your own masterpieces under the guidance of well-known artist and author Jacqueline Coates.  Jacqueline has been painting for 30 years and teaching for 16 years. She has a global following and is known for her generous teaching method.

Take this rare opportunity to truly immerse yourself in the inspirational experience. All artwork materials have been planned for ease so you can take your paintings home easily.

In the Limousin we will be staying at two French Villas nearby each other, which includes a painting studio or atelier, easels and art supplies, specially created for the tour. Jacqueline will be showing how to paint using a modern and easy approach to the Impressionists style that anyone can do and get beautiful results. Jacqueline is well known for her compassionate teaching methods.


SAVOUR THE SPRING GARDENS, PEONIES, ROSES AND IRISES AS THE FLOWERS AND GARDENS ARE AT THEIR PEAK DURING THE TOUR




As a passionate floral artist, Jacqueline has included several gardens including the Tuileries, some Parisian florists, the potager gardens of Chateau de Villandry, the Love Garden of hedges, the gardens of Chateau de Chenonceau and the amazing floral displays throughout the chateau itself.

At Monet’s garden in Giverny, breathe in the roses, the peonies, the iris and poppies. 
Take in the spectacular waterlilies. In the town itself there is a field of wild poppies and cascades of fragrant roses.  

In the Limousin, take in the wildflowers, the forests of chestnuts, hazelnuts and oak, the beautiful vistas and scenery featuring some of the most beautiful villages in all of France.

Whilst in the Limousin, paint en plein air, visit the tapestry town of Aubusson with it’s stone bridges spanning the river, the terraced gardens surrounding the Limoges Cathedral, and paint in the orchard of the villa La Tonnellerie!




YOU’VE HEARD OF MONET’S GARDEN. DO YOU KNOW ABOUT MONET’S WALK?

Literally walk in the footsteps of Claude Monet who painted 28 paintings of the confluence of the river Creuse and the Petit Creuse in all sorts of weather conditions as he was determined to understand the effects of light and changing atmosphere on the water.

Read the sign posts along the scenic walk by the river, including excerpts from his letters, and come to know that even Monet had difficult days with his paintings!

You can stand where Monet painted his paintings along the walk, and literally experience the landscape as Monet did. A unique and picturesque experience.

Visit the VALLEY OF THE PAINTERS, at Crozant where ma other French Impressionists were inspired to paint the spectacular landscape, and the Ruins of Crozant.



LIVE THE FRENCH LIFESTYLE!

We have our own live-in cook in the Limousin. 

Savour fabulous lunches and dinners made with the fresh local produce prepared by a true connoisseur of flavour and great food. 

Delicious picnics are prepared for us when painting outdoors. All breakfasts provided. 

Enjoy walks in the hamlet where we are staying. Surprise a wild deer or hedgehog!

Visit the outdoor local markets, brocantes, the nearby villages known as some of the most beautiful villages in France.


TOUR DETAILS
ü  The tour is 13 days and 12 nights

ü  Guests have their own room in Paris and the Limousin in two charming French villas

ü  All breakfasts are included

ü  In the Limousin nearly all of the meals are included

ü  Aperitifs and wine supplied in the Limousin

ü  Private professional driver just for our group

ü  Private live in cook in the Limousin

ü  All art supplies, and painting tuition are included and provision of easels etc.

ü  A licensed professional driver is supplied.

ü  Entries to art museums and Giverny, plus lunch in a restaurant at Giverny

ü  Comprehensive series of e-lessons supplied before and after the tour including background French artists information and step by step e-lessons

ü  Two French cooking lessons included

ü  Some free time included

Total land package $7850

includes art workshop component and online bonus e-course

Max of 10 guests.

Bookings via ECM TRAVEL MANAGEMENT
Karen Caba +61 0411 603 948
Email Karen Caba at ecmtravel@live.com

Enquiries also welcome to Jacqueline Coates
jacquelinecoates@bigpond.com
M 0429 100 929

More feedback from last years June group below;







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