Friday, June 30, 2017

French Art School Summer Sept 2017

Mon B whips up a stunning hydrangeas in oils on tour 

 Tour & Paint with  French Art 
Summer School
Sept 2017

Paris, Giverny, The Loire & the Creuse, Limousin

Chateau de Chenonceau on the River Cher, Loire Valley
with Jacqueline Coates
Land package commences 
Sept 4, 2017 in Paris

Immerse yourself in art in Paris and the heart of rural France with renowned art teacher and experienced tour leader Jacqueline Coates as we follow in the footsteps of the French Impressionists. 

Enjoy being part of an exclusive small group of guests and our own private chef and drivers to maximise your time. ( Max of 10 guests)

Live it! Breathe it! Paint it!

Picture waking up in Paris, with an inspiring and enjoyable art itinerary planned for you, and a small exclusive group of like-minded others to travel with. Nothing to organise and everything to enjoy.

Monet's waterlilies at Giverny. Photo by French Art School guest Judith Booth

Imagine then basing yourself in a charming French villa in rural France, where we have our own painting studio space and easels, and even a ballroom studio, where you will paint your own impressions and treat it as home whilst you explore the very area where Monet came to paint on holidays as well as chateaux, the beaux arts, the lakes, woodlands, fresh
produce markets and picturesque towns. 

The Ruins of Crozant in the Valley of the Painters

An afternoon painting session in the garden at la Foret Du Temple

We have two equally gorgeous villas virtually next door to each other.
One has a gorgeous orchard and a grange as well.

Hi, I’m Jacqueline Coates, and it has been a long-held dream of mine to take painting enthusiasts to France to study the Impressionist painters in Paris and to follow in the footsteps of Monet in rural France and paint the same area.

To make this dream a reality,
I have created my own studio and home style accommodations in France, and this is my 8th international tour and my fourth for French Art School so Ive loads of international tour experience and have been leading workshops intensives teaching thousands of people over the past 15 years with a compassionate approach to painting where my students are fast tracked to get great results.

One of the accommodations is a converted auberge, typical of a charming French farmhouse style dwelling, and the other once belonged to a barrel maker, and has a gorgeous orchard and a grange. Both have shuttered windows and are divine to spend time in.
L'Hirondelle, once an auberge, now home to French Art School

La Tonnellerie, one of our two accommodations for French Art School Live like a French person!

We will enjoy Paris then spend a day travelling through the Loire Valley visiting two exquisite chateaux and gardens, then arrive to our French homes in the heart of the Creuse region to a beautiful welcome meal prepared by our chef.

Unwind and take in the beautiful unspoiled country side of the Creuse region in the Limousin south of Paris. Enjoy the landscape of the Creuse valleys and the pretty towns where the Impressionists painted. Walk the same path Monet took to create his series of the Creuse river.

Our base at La Foret du Temple, is also close to many other fabulous highlights including some of Frances most beautiful villages. Visit Aubusson, where the tapestries were created and visit the tapestry museum with the stunning hand painted cartons. Visit a private chateaux hung with tapestries. 

Be charmed by the painters town of Gargilesse and a regional collection of Impressionist paintings at Gueret.
Live like a local and enjoy the Fresh produce and bargain fashions of La Chatre. The last group purchased stunning linen dresses. In between touring and having fun paint up a storm in my painting atelier, formerly a ballroom studio.

Enjoy a total of 12 nights and 13 days including 3 nights in a central Paris Hotel with your own single room and bathroom and 9 nights in the Creuse area of Limousin in an original French auberge with a ballroom studio or the original barrel makers farmhouse with orchard and grange studio known as La Tonnellerie.
• All breakfasts are included.
All art materials included including quick drying water based oils, acrylics and a splendiferous array of coloured pencils,  canvases and thick and luscious art papers from Paris, the provision of easels and brushes.
Painting tuition and handy how to demos, inspired by the French Impressionist Painters from Jacqueline Coates for a total of 8 sessions including en plein air. Sessions are usually a half day allowing time for relaxing, walking in the beautiful natural surrounds or touring to nearby destinations though sometimes we paint for a day then have a day off.
·         Use of bicycles to explore the area in your free time

Private Driver to and from Monet’s Giverny
Private driver pickup from our hotel in Paris, as we travel to Chateau de Chambord with its recently renovated gardens, and Chateau de Chenonceaux in the Loire before arriving to our homes in La Foret du Temple, Creuse, Limousin.
Entries to Giverny and restaurant lunch
Entry to Musee D’Orsay and restaurant lunch in exquisite surrounds
Entry L’Orangerie to view the Monet Nympheas Panoramics
Two French cooking lessons at La Foret Du Temple with local Anne Forget provided
7 dinners at La Foret provided as we have our own chef
Lunches at L’Hirondelle and picnic lunches on tour ( total 8)
• Aperitifs and wines at L’Hirondelle including champagne, white wine, or red wine served with most meals.
8 Morning or afternoon teas and available refreshments, and fruit, tea and coffee
Our own private driver for the Creuse section of the tour to take us touring to local  highlights such as Crozant, home of the French Impressionist landscape painters, Gargilesse, Gueret, Nohant, La Chatre, Aubusson, en plein air sketching and watercolour on the Monet Trail, and he will provide transport for dinner out on our last night at the local bar so you can live life as a local.
Tour of the Gueret Museum and it’s art collection
French Art School Tour Elessons x 10 prior to the trip to provide a cultural backdrop to your tour plus painting tips.
Certificate of completion of French Art School and your own artwork created in France to take home with you.
Free wifi and free phone calls to Australia to landline numbers from the landline in Creuse at L’Hirondelle.

Here is how the land package for French Art School works;

Day 1
We meet in Paris Monday Sept 4, 2017.
You are welcome to add a ticket to the package or meet us at the hotel. Just ask Karen Caba to arrange when you book in. Karen can also book your air ticket to suit your travel plans and needs. Just ask.

Arrive at our hotel, the charming Hotel France D’Antin, one of those impossibly cute wedge shape buildings with boutique style fit out, close to everything.
Met up with Jacqueline 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, Angelinas where you might like to partake in a coupe de Champagne or a rich and delicious hot chocolate and a pastry.
If you get in earlier, then check out the fabulous Galleries Lafayette nearby with its art deco Coupole and stunning range of affordable designer clothing. The basement has a very large selection of shoes and handbags.
Or take time out to recover from your journey.

Dinner own arrangements or as a group not included in itinerary pricing.
It’s a chance to collect yourself or go out on the town.

Day 2   Tuesday Sept 5, 2017
Today we enjoy breakfast at our hotel, before venturing to visit The Musee D’Orsay, via a walk through the Tuileries Gardens.

The Musee D’Orsay is home to one the world’s finest collections of Impressionists paintings, and occupies a stunning former railway station. 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.
Some of our painting exercises will be based on what we observe and capturing that. Afterwards enjoy lunch in the fabulous decorative restaurant of Musee D’Orsay, included in your visit.
For some people that’s already a big day, so its optional if you would like to come with me via the metro at our own expense to visit the famous Champs Elysees, and take in the glamorous shops or a delightful tea salon. Afternoon tea optional and not included but suggested as a wonderful and very memorable Parisian experience. 
We will take photos we can work from later as artists but feel free to bring your sketch book. I recommend a small backpack for such items.

Dinner own arrangements or as a group, not included in itinerary pricing.

Day 3   Wednesday Sept 6, 2017
After breakfast at the hotel we will take the train to Giverny to visit Monet’s incredibly charming home and studio. The house is surrounded by his famous garden he painted over and over, a favourite motif, and his Japanese inspired waterlily ponds the inspiration for the Nympheas series.
We will take our cameras to create our own impressions. Jacqueline will demonstrate how she captures reference in her camera she can later translate into paintings worth thousands of dollars. Being Autumn, expect dahlias, a range of sunflowers and chrysanthemums and more.

Our tickets include visiting Monet’s house and studio.
Lunch is provided for you in a nearby restaurant as inspired by Monet’s own recipes.
Eat like a French Impressionist! After lunch enjoy free time to explore the pretty town or visit the American Impressionists Paintings Museum nearby (recommended but not included) before returning to Paris. The featured exhibitions have been the equivalent of Australian block buster imported exhibitions in the past in terms of the quality of the shows.

Afterwards, we will be delivered to L’Orangerie to see the Nympheas by Monet to complete this wonderful day. The entry is included in our Musee D’Orsay tickets. Walk back to the hotel through the beautiful Tuileries gardens. Enjoy a coffee or an aperitif at own expense at elegant Angelina Paris Rivoli, the famous tea house dripping with Parisian grandeur, on the way.

Day 4  Thursday Sept 7, 2017
After breakfast at the hotel we check out of our rooms.
Today is the grand chateaux day to make the most of our transit journey.
There are romances, alliances, wars won and lost, and enemies dispatched. Every castle has its own rich atmosphere. We will see two of the best today. Which will be your favourite? 

Along the way we stop to enjoy photo opportunities in the stunning countryside. We will be collected by our driver and his very comfortable van complete with tv and aircon, with more seats than we require so you can spread out, to visit two Chateaux. First stop is the Royal Chateau de Chambord, in the French Renaissance style blending with Medieval structures. This is the largest chateau in the Loire originally built as the French hunting lodge of Francis 1. The Chateau has 440 rooms, 84 staircases and has countless treasures from the Louvre. The Formal French Gardens have been recently renovated to the original splendour of Louis X1V.

Second stop is the Chateau de Chenonceau, the famous chateau that was in the care of a line of women through time who constantly added to its magnificence through building and landscaping. 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.

Chateau de Chenonceau spans the Cher River with graceful arches, and is filled with art treasures by Tintoretto, Correggio, Rubens, Murillo and Van Dyck. We will also enjoy the western rose gardens and yew tree labyrinth created by Catherine de Medicis. There are also vegetable and flower gardens.

At La Foret du Temple where we will be met by our chef of hospitality for the week, a fabulous professional cook from Australia who is also an artist, who is assisting us for the week. At La Foret du Temple we will settle into our
accommodation where you have your own room to enjoy

feeling at home in the natural setting and rolling French
countryside. There are loads of beautiful walks.
We start this chapter of our tour with aperitifs at
L’Hirondelle, and a beautiful home cooked meal prepared
by our cook. The two accommodations are very near each
other so you are in walking distance at all times of a few
minutes no matter which charming villa you stay in.
Welcome to La Foret du Temple.

Welcome to our two traditional accommodations
This charming home, named for the swallow, was once upon a time an auberge or local inn, and one of three restaurants in the town. Today it is a comfortable art filled typically French home offering spacious reception rooms downstairs, whilst upstairs has 5 bedrooms and two bathrooms.

La Tonnellerie was for a long time the home of a local barrel maker until an English couple took over the property and made it home for eleven years opening up the enormous attic to more rooms, revealing the stone of the villa, and cultivating a gorgeous garden.
La Tonnellerie has an orchard with loads of apple trees and walnuts and lots of lovely places to enjoy the sunshine, and a fabulous grange that is in the process of being turned into a working painting studio. The two properties are within minutes walk of each other in in the centre of a tiny pretty village with multiple accesses and pathways onto open countryside with beautiful walks in nature. Enjoy woods of hazelnut, walnut, oak, chestnuts, and running streams. Meander along quiet winding back roads with breathtaking views across hedge rowed fields and farming lands, ideal for drawing and painting.

Surprise a hedgehog, the wild deer or a falcon. Enjoy the constant birdsong of the area.
Connect with yourself and nature, in this peaceful and inspiring setting, yet enjoy modern conveniences in a traditional French setting such as free wifi, access all TV channels, and kitchen mod cons to make your stay comfortable and convenient.

Catering; In the Creuse, nearly all of your meals for breakfast and dinners apart from a restaurant we will go to one night, are included and you will find your own lunch at the La Chatre markets. Most lunches are at home or tour picnics, and an at home evening bar for aperitifs and some wines with evening meals is provided during the stay at L’Hirondelle.

I have already set up the studio complete with travelling French box easels and studio easels, boards, paints and brushes, day backpacks and lightweight camping stools. We will be working with portable materials for the Monet’s trail. We will work with French Box easels for en plain air in the garden or other nearby locations, and painting on canvas and art papers from the studio. I will be teaching techniques that produce results for guests they will be proud to take home.

There are individual rooms for the guests. Downstairs at L’Hirondelle, the old ballroom makes the perfect spacious painting studio.

Day 5  Friday Sept 8, 2017
Today after breakfast at L’Hirondelle we will explore the local area with a leisurely walk in the village and nearby forests and pathways of La Foret, our new base. We will gather local wildflowers and seeds to create an artwork with a difference in a morning session.
Morning tea at L’Hirondelle.
WIldflowers and Fruit from La Foret Du Temple Spring by Anna Boxtel on the June 2017 tour

Flower clock by Jacqueline Coates  June 2017
Floral artwork with wildflowers from La Foret Du Temple by Christine Taylor, 2017

Morning tea is a ‘Clafoutis’, a specialty of the area, served with cream.
We settle into the ballroom studio for our first in studio painting session. We will be employing some techniques I will show you used by the Impressionists painters as well as some tips on how to manage your paint.
Lunch served.
Afternoon paint session painting in the loose and productive style I will show you. Create some pieces you will love on luscious thick art paper from Paris. No previous experience necessary.
Student work from Tour session with acrylics

Day 6  Saturday Sept 9, 2017
This morning we visit La Chatre to enjoy the local market atmosphere and choose ingredients for Bouillabaisse and other stunning meals our private chef will prepare for us.  There is a great selection of inexpensive linen clothing, hats and more. Meander the medieval back streets and the interesting homewares stores. Take in the passing parade at the café. Lunch own arrangements at the markets at any of the delightful cafes.  I will be selecting produce to prepare for our afternoon session painting still life with water based oils. Afternoon tea from the La Chatre Patisserie. Sigh!

Day 7  Sunday Sept 10, 2017
This morning we are taken to the pretty village of Crozant, where the Impressionists painters hung out together and stayed at the Hotel de L’Epinat, now a museum depicting the history of the painters in the area. Crozant is famous for its ruined castle that the Impressionists used to paint frequently as a motif of the area.

Then we visit nearby Les Fresselines, a very pretty artists town and take the Monet trail by the river Creuse enjoying the scenery that Monet painted.

Enjoy many fabulous photographic opportunities, and weather permitting, the chance to make a water colour sketch or two. There is some very scenic countryside along the way. Drop by the beautiful town of Gargilesse and lunch at the Café des Artistes then take in the magnificent view of the Creuse river bend at the Boucle de Pin. Afterwards we visit the art museum at Gueret ( Sunday hours 2-6) and see the local Impressionist paintings.

Rest of the afternoon back in the studio painting, enjoying Aperitifs and Dinner at L’Hirondelle French style thanks to a cooking lesson from local Frenchwoman Anne who will show us how to make delicious tartiflette with Roblochon cheese.

Day 8  Monday Sept 11, 2017
After breakfast, we have the choice to paint.
We will paint en plein air, weather permitting, using the French box easels to create a local landscape using oil paints.

We can choose to paint the garden, or the fields featuring the wonderful almost medieval landscape of hedge rowed fields, and woods of chestnuts, hazelnuts and oak for a painting session with the oils. Enjoy afternoon tea en plein air including delicious pastries. Create and breathe in the wonderful landscape. Live like an Impressionist! I will demo how to easily capture what is in front of us and you will follow suit using an unusual but effective array of painting tools. I am on hand to assist you with your paintings.
Chez nous, ( at our place)  for a beautiful meal in the garden at La Tonnellerie.

Day 9
Tuesday September 12, 2017
Breakfast at our villas.
Morning session painting.
Lunch is Chicken Basquaise prepared by our Frenchwoman Anne.
Afternoon tour to Nohant, the property of Georges Sand near La Chatre.

Frederic Chopin spent many years in Nohant with his lover Georges Sand, an independent female novelist and memoirist who made the Creuse famous through her romantic descriptions of the wild and natural landscape and the ruins.
We visit her home and very pretty gardens.

She was raised for much of her childhood by her grandmother, at her estate ‘Nohant’, which became the setting for many of George Sand’s books. She was also well known for wearing men’s clothing, highly unusual in her day, which allowed more freedom to enter bars and other venues. Afternoon tea in the gardens.
Entry not included in itinerary, please allow 7 and a half euros.
Return to La Foret and relax, take a bike ride, or finish any paintings underway.
Tonight get ready for a French raclette meal.

Day 10  Weds Sept 13, 2017
A day out at Aubusson. On the way we will break for a visit at picturesque Chateau Chenaillerie known for its tapestry collection and a tour by the actual owner Pierre who restored the chateau over a thirty year period and lives there. Picnic in front of the chateau afterwards.
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.
Afterwards enjoy free time to explore the several museums, or the Aubusson Museum of Tapestry or the Cite Internationale de la Tapisserie. Enjoy a meander around this pretty town.
Enter another world with the fascinating Cartons de Tapisserie Atelier and boutique displaying and selling antique hand painted designs that were used to guide the weavers. Entry 5 euros. On the way home we will see if the Brocante lady is open and you can bag a bargain. A beautiful meal prepared by our chef awaits us.

Day 11 Thurs Sept 14, 2017
Breakfast at our Villas.
Today we will hang out and paint the subject matter at the Ferme de la Lande at Crozon Sur Vauvre, about ten minutes drive away. The farmhouse is ours as a base for the day and the evening. There is a charming turret, the hayshed, the chateau at the end of the road peeping through the overhanging trees, the fields and the stunning Maran ponies that are bred on the property. This is a great way to paint and have creature comforts nearby such as toilets and a kettle to make a cuppa plus our private chef in tow! I will be bringing photo reference if you prefer to paint indoors. Lunch and dinner provided as we paint and increase our paintings count.
After dinner return to the villas at La Foret Du Temple.

Day 12  Friday Sept 15, 2017
A day to finish up artworks or create one or two more. Home for lunch then afternoon at leisure at La Foret with the option to paint with Jac, take the bikes for a ride, pack your paintings or a read a book under a tree.
Our last night so let’s enjoy an included farewell meal by the river at La Celle Dunoise, one of the prettiest villages you will ever see, and just down the road from us.

Day 13  Saturday Sept 16, 2017
Breakfast at l’Hirondelle and lunch if required
Today is the day for departure. We will work out the best time for everyone to go to Chateauroux to make their way back to Paris to make connections. Train fare from Chateauroux included. Connection to Chateauroux included when leaving at this time. We will pack you a delicious baguette to take on the train and a water. The journey is usually two hours and arrives to Paris at Gare D’Austerlitz which is well serviced by taxis.  Allow one hour to get to the airport by taxi. I do not recommend the RER to the airport because the trains are infrequent.
There is also the option to book a few more days to continue to paint and unwind and enjoy the many more delights of the area. I can supply my car at no charge and local driver George who is inexpensive to book.


Packaging materials for paintings to be taken home are supplied and assistance will be given to pack your paintings for travel. Oil paintings are created earlier in the trip so they have time to dry and I will share how to pack them safely. We use acrylics and impasto for acrylics that dry quickly for other exercises. Ensure you have attached your details to the artworks as you make them. Please plan and allow for it in your luggage allowance of approx. 3 kilos. I buy canvases for your usage and thick papers that fit most suitcases. Emirates give you 30 kilos travel allowance for baggage, and 7 kilos carry on.
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.
Total for land package FRENCH ART SCHOOL with Jacqueline Coates tuition & host
Paris , Giverny , Loire Valley and theCreuse, Limousin
$6390 for the French Art School Section only 

Elite Conference Management and Travel
11 Dalkeith Close
Wheelers Hill   VIC  3150
Bookings to Karen Caba 
0411 603 948

tel: 0411 603948 
ABN: 54854747594