Oil Painting Workshop – French Alps – Teacher Kathie Odom: June 18-25, 2025

Day 1: Welcome to the Alps

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…

Some of the highlights of the tour are seeing Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in Europe, from the hotel and visiting Annecy, also called the Venice of the North, a beautiful medieval city surrounded by canals and mountains.

We will pick you up at 2:30pm a the Geneva airport and drive you to our beautiful chalet in the Alps.

Upon your arrival, you will have time to settle in and enjoy the spa (hot tub, sauna and swimming pool) before our welcome reception and orientation meeting followed by a gourmet dinner.

Days 2-3: Alpine Village: from Wooden Chalets to Flowery Balconies

After a copious breakfast taken on the terrace facing Mont Blanc, you will be ready for a day of painting.

The hotel and the village offer a breathtaking 360 degree view towards Mont-Blanc, the highest mountain in Europe.

We will be painting either from the garden of the hotel or in the village.  The vignettes are endless: wooden chalets, baroque church, green pastures and grazing cows.

 

Day 4: Megeve

Megève was developed in the early 20th century to be a posh resort in a beautiful setting.

We will be painting its mythical square with its cobbled pedestrian zone, its rustic-style alleys and its cozy chalets.

At the end of the day, do not miss the luxury shops. Don’t worry, there are also many affordable places to shop.

Day 5: Chamonix-The Queen Resort of the Alps

alps-day4-chamonix2-Chamonix, the biggest ski resort in the world, is surrounded by majestic high mountains such as Mont Blanc and glaciers.

Morning will be dedicated to painting. In the afternoon, you will have some free time to take the highest gondola in the world to the top of “L’Aiguille du Midi” at 12,000 ft.

A breathtaking view of the Alps and Chamonix down below awaits you. Or you could take a tram to see the “sea of ice” glacier. If you prefer shopping, or more painting, Chamonix has it all.

Day 6: Annecy or 'The Little Venice of the Alps'

Annecy is the French show-piece of lakes-and-mountain beauty. The Canal crossing Annecy brings Venice to mind as you stroll along its banks.

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.

We will also have the opportunity to go to shop and explore this unique town.

At the end of the day, enjoy a boat ride on magnificent Annecy lake.

Day 7: Painting at the hotel

For the last day, we won’t be driving anywhere so that you will be able to finish up some paintings.

We will end the week with a “Show and Tell” and a gourmet dinner with maybe the best sunset on Mont Blanc.

Day 8: Departure

After our last breakfast together, we’ll drive you back to the Geneva airport by 10-10:30 am.

About the workshop to the French Alps with Kathie Odom

While learning the importance of oil painting techniques (values, edges, composition, etc.), the joy of actually painting France en plein air won’t get lost on Kathie!

The enthusiasm for painting the mountains, lakes and chalets with you will be contagious!

Kathie will walk through her process of narrowing down the choices of subject matter and then demo before it’s time for you to get your brushes wet too… and she be right alongside cheering you on with personal instruction and encouragement!

There is a reason why you want to paint. Kathie will work to help you tap that desire by throwing herself into the entire experience and beauty of the French Alps!

Kathie Odom's Biography

After graduating from The University of Tennessee in Art Education and Fine Arts, Kathie received early recognition for pastel works. But it was 2009 when she found a home in painting oils en plein air.

I call myself a “Nostalgic Impressionist” as a way of identifying the subjects and style of painting that interest me most. No matter which part of America I paint, I am really passionate about plein air and allow myself to get lost in the wonderful process of it all!

Kathie resides with her husband and maintains a studio in the mountains of East Tennessee. She travels extensively exhibiting in fine art shows throughout the nation, teaching workshops and participating in plein air events. Kathie’s original works have sold internationally and she is quite proud of her gallery representation.

More info on Kathie on her site at https://www.kathieodom.com

More of Kathie Odom's Art

Our Four Star Chalet in the Alps, facing Mt Blanc

This beautiful 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 cozy wooden interior, the gourmet restaurant, the well-being of the Spa, the comfort and amenities of the wainscoted rooms,  all make this unique spot a haven of peace.

Bedrooms

All bedrooms have a double bed or two twins with en-suite bathroom.

They all have a television, free WiFi and a desk.

Restaurant in the Chalet

Enjoy the inventive and elegant local cuisine in the cosy dining room overlooking the panorama of the massifs. Indulge in the salad bar or more decadent, the dessert bar!!

Relaxation and Well-being

Take advantage of all the amenities the hotel offers:

Heated outdoor pool
Hot tub and sauna
Gym and table tennis
Relaxation lounges
Massages on request

Pricing Details

How to book

The trip is limited to 12 participants

Sign up before 11/30/24 and save $150! Use the code EARLYBIRD at check out. 

All rooms have an ensuite bathroom

Early Bird Prices:

– Standard Shared: US$ 3,840 pp (twin or double)

– Standard Single: US$ 4,390 

– Superior Shared : US$ 3,995 pp (twin or double)-view towards Mont Blanc

– Superior Single: US$ 4,740 -view towards Mont Blanc

Non Painters: Price is the same

Included:

– Geneva Airport pick-up at 2:30pm and drop-off at 11am
– A welcome reception
– All 7 nights at the hotels
– All breakfasts, 3 lunches and 6 dinners including wine
– All art classes
– Transportation in a comfortable van with A/C
– Use of the hotel spa
– The use of folding chairs
Two tour leaders throughout

Not Included:

– Flights and train to destination
– 3 lunches and 1 dinner
– Painting supplies
– Required Travel Insurance
– Tour leader(s) tipping

Payments:

– $600 non refundable deposit required at booking (see cancelation policy below)

– Remaining balance due 4 months prior departure

View from standard room

View from superior room

Cancelation Policy

If you cancel the trip:Cancellation Fee per Person
More than 120 days before departureThe $600 deposit is forfeited
61-120 days before departure50% of total cost forfeited
31-60 days before departure75% of total cost forfeited
0-30 days before departure100% of total cost forfeited
If French Escapade cancels You get a full refund

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