Normandy, cradle of Impressionism: from Giverny to Honfleur
An inspiring setting for a painting workshop: this tour in Normandy
is an invitation to travel in time, and to discover the magic sites
that were painted by famous artists at the turn of the 20th century.
Landscapes and scenes of daily life were immortalized on canvas not
only by Claude Monet, but also by William Turner, Camille Pissarro,
Alfred Sisley, Auguste Renoir, Paul Gauguin, George Braque, Pablo
Picasso and others.
Day 1: Welcome
We will pick you up a the Paris CDG airport and drive
you to our beautful location for the week.
The beautiful place is like a "tiny Giverny".
It is a converted mill surrounded by parkland of 7 acre,
with a river going under the B&B, a little bridge
and a lot of space.
After you had time to settle in, we will have our welcome/orientation
meeting followed by a gourmet dinner.
Day 2: Painting in the studio and in Giverny
In the morning, we will start the day with a painting
session either in the lovely studio with sliding doors
overlooking the garden or directly in the garden.
In the afternoon, we will head towards Giverny and paint away from the crowd in the lovely colorful garden of hotel Baudy.
The hotel has welcomed in its time Renoir, Pissaro, Rodin,
Cezanne buth its first guests were American painters.
It was a popular hang-out, center of art and the go-to-place
for Monet's guests. You can even visit their painting
Days 3,4: Monet's Garden in Giverny
Leader of the movement and father of modern painting, Claude Monet
is perhaps one of the best known Impressionists and certainly
a major character in Normandy's artistic heritage. The picturesque
little village of Giverny offers many typical views for you to
paint: traditional stone houses, narrow streets and flowery gardens,
and the famous Baudy hotel where many artists stayed.
We will of course visit Monet's house and studio, and stroll around his gardens. His house and gardens in Giverny are much visited for their beauty, their water lilies and ponds, as well as for their importance to Monet's artistic inspiration.
Later in the afternoon, after the visitors are gone, we
will be able to paint in the beautiful gardens..
Day 5: Market and Medieval Time in VERNON
Markets are part of everyday life in France, with almost every
town and village having their local "marchés" .
A visit is not complete without a wander around the stalls
sampling and taking in the atmosphere of French life.
Vernon offers also a few old streets with medieval buildings
with half-timbered and carved facades and eaves.
There are also remains of houses built over the river.
An ideal place to relax by the Seine river, eat a picnic
with the food bought on the market and paint away !
Day 6: Harbour in Honfleur
The small harbor town of Honfleur is equally acclaimed. Many
illustrious Impressionist artists have left their mark
on what has become an internationally renowned resort.
The Honfleur artist Eugène Boudin was a forerunner of Impressionism,
and had a profound influence on Claude Monet. "If I am a
painter, I owe it to Eugène Boudin", Monet would say.
Day 7: Auvers-sur-Oise: Van Gogh's tomb
We will spend some time in Auvers where Van Gogh lived his
last days at the Ravoux Auberge. We will visit his room
in the inn that is still a traditional restaurant.
You will be able to paint the same church he painted and visit
the cemetery where hs is buried next to his brother, Theo.
Back home we will have our little "vernissage" so you can enjoy everyone's painting from the week, followed by a gourmet dinner.
Day 8: Departure
After our last breakfast together, we will drive you to
the Paris airport.
Dates & Rates 2018
Theresa Goesling & Cindy Briggs from
Make Every Day a Painting
US $2,990 before
+US$550 for single room
After Nov 30: US$3,190
- $400 off for non-painters
the beauty of Giverny as you learn how to infuse captivating
color and luminescent light into your paintings. |
Featured in Plein Air Magazine and Outdoor
Painter for their workshops and recognized for
their mastery of color by Daniel Smith, Theresa and Cindy
share how to loosen up your approach and manipulate watercolors
for exciting color transitions, illusion of depth,
realistic and semi abstract points of view, and magical
You'll learn how to simplify and spontaneously paint what
inspires you through our daily demonstrations and individualized
attention. Your confidence will expand as you create a colorful
portfolio of memories. You will make the most of each day
with time to paint and explore, then share creative journeys
You'll receive a free digital copy of “Make Every Day A
Painting” prior to departure".
Here is the supply list from Cindy and Theresa. Feel
free to substitute other professional qulaity materials
that you may already have.
To learn more about Cindy and Theresa, view their video or
visit their website.
- Pick-up and drop-off at Paris CDG airport
- A welcome reception
- All night at the hotels
- All breakfasts
- 2 lunches and 5 dinners (including drinks)
- All art classes
- Transporation in a A/C van to painting sites
- A personal bilingual guide throughout the week
- Entrance fees to all sites on the tour
- Flights to Paris
- 5 Lunches and 2 dinners
- Optional activities
- Personal expenses and tipping