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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 studio.

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

June 24-31, 2018
Theresa Goesling & Cindy Briggs from
Make Every Day a Painting
Watercolor Painting Workshop

US $2,990 before Nov 30
+US$550 for single room
After Nov 30: US$3,190
- $400 off for non-painters

"Absorb 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 textures.

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 over dinner.

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

Tel: 1-510-483-5713