Painting in the Alps: villages, lakes and mountains.
The Alps is a dream destination for a plein air artist
because of the spectacular scenery you will encounter: alpine
meadows, cobblestoned villages, waterfalls, glaciated peaks,
wildflowers, clean lakes, chalet with flowers from windowboxes,
Let us show you these hidden treasures.----------------------------------------------------------
Day 1: Welcome to the Alps
We will pick you up at the Geneva airport and drive to our beautiful
chalet in the Alps. Upon your arrival at the hotel, you will have
time to sette in and relax, before our welcome reception, orientation
meeting followed by a gourmet dinner.
Painting by Sonja Hamilton, SWA
Days 2-3: Alpine Village: from wooden chalets to flowery balconies
Today we will be heading towards the mountains to our new
accommodation, a cute chalet in the Alps.
The village offers a breathtaking 360 degree
view towards Mont-Blanc, the highest mountain
It will be like stepping back in time: wooden chalets,
baroque church, green pastures and grazing cows.
Cheese is of course the specialty of the Alps. You will find it
in many local specialties like fondue, raclette, tartiflette,
Day 4: Chamonix-the queen resort of the Alps
Chamonix, the biggest ski resort in the world, is surrounded
by majestic high mountains and glaciers.
You will have the opporttunity to take the highest
gondola in the world to go to the top of "L'Aiguille
du Midi" at 12,000 ft. A breathtaking view of the
Alps and Chamonix down below awaits you.
Many painting vignettes await you in Chamonix and when you
will be tired of painting,shopping will be all around you.
Glacier in the Alps.
Days 5-6: Annecy or 'The Little Venice of the Alps'
Today we will be driving to our new hotel. Annecy is the French
show-piece of lakes-and-mountain beauty. The
Canal crossing Annecy brings Venice to mind as you stroll along
Your choice for the painting site will be unlimited: medieval
narrow streets, renaissance houses along the canal,
the famous old prison (one of the most photographed monuments
in France!) or the Annecy lake surrounded by mountains.
The old prison of Annecy
We will also have the opportunity to go to the local market
in the old Annecy and shop for the numerous wonderful cheeses, sausages,
honeys and all local products. You can also rent a boat and navigate
the cleanest lake in Europe, Annecy Lake.
Watercolor painting, Sonja Hamilton, swa
Day 7: Romantic Village of Chanaz
We will drive east along the Rhone River, through beautiful
vineyards and picturesque villages to the lovely village of
Chanaz. Sitting accross the canal, in the middle of trees, you
will enjoy painting this quiet village.
After your painting session, we will attend a walnut oil making
demonstration in a 19th-century mill. This
is a unique opportunity since this mill is the only one left
in France listed historical monument.
Day 8: Departure
After our last breakfast together, we'll drive you back to the
Hotel 1 (4 nights): Chalet-hotel in the Alps
This chalet, in the heart of Haute-Savoie, boasts stunning
views of Mont-Blanc and the Aravis Massif. The beauty
of the panorama, the charm of the cosy wooden interior, the
gourmet restaurant, the well-being of the Spa, the comfort and
amenities of the wainscoted rooms (flat-screen satellite TV,
free WiFi...), all make this unique spot a haven of peace.
Hotel 2 (3 nights): by Annecy Lake
Just in front of the lake of Annecy and in the
heart of the historic and commercial part of the city, the situation
of this 3-star hotel is one of the best in the whole town.
The rooms are equipped with one double bed or 2 single beds
depending on your preference.
All rooms are equipped with either a bathtub or shower, a flat
screen TV with international satellite channnels and free Wi-Fi
Canal in front of the hotel
Dates & Rates 2017-2018
|Aug 25-Sept 1,
is looking for artists to join her and paint.
Painting Retreat for all artists with no instructions
Painting retreat for all artists with
off before Nov 30 so price is $2,590 (double
After Nov 30: $2,790
+$550 for single room
Recharge your creative battery with this Retreat for
artists (no instruction).
"Join us for a relaxed week of plein-air painting and fun
among artists (all skill levels and all media are welcome) in
the beautiful setting of the French Alps.
Everything will be taken care of so you can
fully immerse yourself in beautiful locations while enjoying
the camaraderie of other artists without having to worry about
Spend your time painting, taking photos for future paintings
and learning many of the customs and traditions of the area
– and of course, enjoying the food and wine!
There will not be any instruction on the trip, only artists
painting together. Surrounded by other artists of different
skill levels and different background, you will benefit from
their experiences. “Show and tell” will
be organized and you will be free to participate while sipping
a glass of wine.
Initiated by artist Elaine Monnig , this exceptional retreat
for artists will take you to several beautiful locations during
the week. On location, each artist can choose the view and spot
that inspires her/him.
|Sept 2-9, 2018
Watercolor Painting Workshop
$200 off before Nov 30th so price
is $2,990 (double occupancy room)
After Nov 30th: $3,190
+$550 for single room
- $400 off for non-painters
See what rates include.
See the itinerary of this workshop
Come explore the magnificient French Alps with us! Bring your
painting skills to a higher level.
In this workshop Frank will share intermediate and advanced watercolor
plein air techniques based on tonal values that create
atmosphere, balance and unity in your work. Whether painting
a french market scene, a farm or landscape, learn the secrets
to painting luminous watercolors by manipulating tonal value,
color and edge!
Basic watercolor background washes will be covered, as
well as time sensitive and challenging wet-on-wet and dry-on wet
Frank does numerous demos on site, broken
up into parts, to help students keep up and absorb all aspects
of painting techniques. Included are discussions and demonstrations
on composition, direct color mixing, positive and negative painting
as well as the 'state of mind' while painting.
Frank has lived in France in 2008 and 2009 and is intimately familiar
with the country.
Small class setting only, plenty of one-on one teaching time'
Students must have a basic understanding of the watercolor medium.
Outdoor painting gear required.
- Geneva airport pick-up and drop-off
- All nights accommodation at the hotels
- Transportation every day in a comfortable van with A/C
- A welcome reception
- All breakfasts, 4 lunches and 5 dinners including wine
- Entrance to the spa
- Entrance fees to all sites on the tour
- A free Paris planner for a self guided visit in Paris: suggestions
of hotels, restaurants and places to visit.
- Flights to and from France
- 2 lunches and 2 dinners
- Optional activities not described in the itinerary
- Personal expenses and tipping