Journaling and Sketching in Watercolor (studio and plein-air) in Giverny-France with Leslie Fehling:  Aug 30-Sept 6, 2025

Workshop Description

Join me for an unforgettable painting holiday in Giverny, a region famous for its stunning scenery and captivating light. During the workshop, all of the logistics will be taken care of by my good friends at French Escapade. All we have to do is relax and enjoy our days spent sketching in this strikingly beautiful part of France. We’ll have plenty of time to capture once-in-a-lifetime experiences on the pages of our watercolor journals.

My teaching will focus on illustrated watercolor journaling. You’ll learn how to add style and interest to your sketchbook pages through the use of unique page layouts and borders, and we’ll cover several fun new lettering styles. In addition, I’ll offer daily demonstrations of techniques for painting the subject matter you’ll encounter each day. And you’ll be painting right along with me, since we learn more by doing than by simply observing. The workshop is suitable for all levels, but some experience with drawing and watercolor would be helpful.

Each student will receive a full-color handbook (in PDF format) containing all of the information we cover in the workshop. It’s filled with great ideas for jazzing up your journal pages, and also has a huge section of step-by-step illustrated instructions for painting the subjects we’ll be encountering each day. The handbook ensures that you can relax during the workshop, knowing that even if you can’t absorb it all during the week, you’ll have complete information that you can refer to for years to come.

My friendly, enthusiastic teaching style, thorough instructions, and encouraging one-on-one support guarantee that you’ll learn and grow as an artist during our time together. We’ll be immersing ourselves in the history, culture, and beauty of this part of Normandy, and I’m happily anticipating many sketch-worthy scenes (along with the amazing food, wine, and shopping!) Join me in discovering the wonders of Giverny together and creating memorable journals of the delights and surprises that await us.

Leslie Fehling's Biography

Leslie Fehling is a watercolor artist, workshop instructor, and art blogger from western Pennsylvania. Her illustrated watercolor journals are filled with sketches that celebrate everyday life and chronicle her travel adventures.

She has taught sketchbook journaling and watercolor workshops in the US and abroad since 2014. Her unique approach to illustrated watercolor journaling and her enthusiastic teaching style have made her a sought-after instructor, and her workshops have empowered students of all skill levels to think more creatively and paint with greater confidence. She says, “I love seeing the joy and satisfaction my students experience when they begin to express themselves artistically and connect with the world on a deeper level through sketching. My greatest reward is when someone tells me, ‘You’ve made me look at the world differently.’”

Leslie is a leader in the modern sketching movement. For more than a decade, her Everyday Artist website has been a rich resource for painting tutorials, creative journaling ideas, and inspiring artwork. Since 2016, she has been an ambassador for Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff, a major art supply retailer, and has designed products for them under the “Everyday Artist” label. Her paintings are found in public and private collections across the US.





More Sketches from Leslie


Claude Monet’s garden at Giverny is probably the most famous garden in France. Monet painted some of his most famous paintings whilst living at Giverny. Each day we’ll enjoy artistic and cultural experiences: we’ll explore Monet’s house and gardens, paint the church in Auvers sur Oise where Van Gogh painted his final piece, visit the auberge where he lived his final days…and much more!

Day 1: Welcome

Giverny-day1-welcomeWe will pick you up a the Paris CDG airport at 2:30pm and drive you to our beautiful location for the week.

This beautiful place is like a “tiny Giverny”. It is a converted mill surrounded by parkland of 7 acre, where a little river passes through.

After you had time to settle in, we will have our welcome/orientation meeting followed by a gourmet dinner prepared by our chef, Nicolas.

Day 2: Painting on location

Giverny-day2-studioIn the morning, we will start the day with a painting session either in the lovely studio overlooking the garden or in the park.

Day 3: Monet's Garden and House 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.


We will 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.

Day 4: Painting in the village

This village is one of the cutest of the Eure Valley.

Non touristy and full of charm, this picturesque little village offers many typical views for you to paint: traditional stone houses, narrow streets and flowery gardens, so many little vignettes for you to capture.

Day 5: Painting in Giverny

We will head back 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.

Day 6: Auvers-sur-Oise: Van Gogh's Thumb

Today will be an emotional day on Van Gogh’s footsteps.

We will spend some time in Auvers-sur-Oise where Van Gogh lived his last days at the Ravoux Auberge.

We will visit the room where he died, in the inn that is still a traditional restaurant as well as the cemetery where he is buried next to his brother, Theo.

You will be able to paint the same church he painted, “the Church of Auvers” or in the same field he painted “Wheatfield with Crows” .

Day 7: Painting on Location

We will stay on the property for the last day, giving you plenty of time to finish up some painting and to have one-on-one help from the teacher.

At the end of the day, we will have our little “vernissage” so you can enjoy everyone’s painting from the week, followed by a gourmet dinner.

Day 8: Departure

It is time to say goodbye after a wonderful week full of laughters and happy moments. After our last breakfast together, we will drive you to the Paris airport by 11am.

Au revoir!

A little haven of peace

This little haven of peace is nestled in the heart of the Eure valley, in Normandy, between Paris and Honfleur, 20 min from Giverny.

This enchanting estate will be your home away from home for the week. It offers 12 bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms.

Because of the small size of the place, we will have the chance to enjoy it exclusively  for our group.

The domain is without doubt a little haven of peace. It is surrounded by a 7-acre park with centennial trees and weeping willows which elegantly border the Eure river that runs through the estate.

Our painting studio is a big sunroom located in the park:  it will be available for you to use 24/7.

The chef, Nicolas, will prepare gourmet meals using fresh local ingredients. With his experience in wedding catering, his food will be a delight for your palates as well as your eyes.


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:

US$ 3,990 for a shared room

+ US$ 550 for a single room

Non painters are welcome to join but the price is the same because of the limited spaces.


– Pick-up at 2:30pm at Paris CDG airport
– Drop-off at 11am at Paris CDG airport
– A welcome reception
– All nights at the hotel
– All breakfasts, 2 lunches and 5 dinners (incl. wine)
– All art classes
– The use of folding chairs
– Transporation in a A/C van to painting sites
2 tour leaders throughout the week
– Entrance fees to all sites on the tour
– A free Paris planner for a self guided visit in Paris if you decide to extend your trip: suggestions of hotels, restaurants and places to visit.

Not included:

– Flights to Paris
– 4 lunches and 2 dinners
– Art Supplies
– Tour leader(s) tipping


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

– Remaining balance due 4 months prior departure

Sign up before 11/30/24 and save $150!

Use the code EARLYBIRD at check out. 

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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