Painting Tours: France – Giverny/Normandy

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!

This inspiring tour in Normandy is an invitation to discover the magical sites once painted by famous artists at the turn of the 20th century only by Claude Monet, but also by William Turner, Camille Pissarro, Auguste Renoir, Paul Gauguin, Pablo Picasso and others.

Oil Painting Workshops with Jane Hunt, Aug 19-26 & Aug 26-Sept 2, 2022
Day 1: Welcome

Giverny-day1-welcomeWe will pick you up a the Paris CDG airport and drive you to our beautiful 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

Giverny-day2-hotel-baudyGiverny-day2-studioIn 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 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. 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.

Day 5: Medieval Mill in Vernon


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 and paint away!

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

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.

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

After our last breakfast together, we will drive you to the Paris airport

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About the Workshop

“”Join me to follow in the footsteps of master painters Monet, Pisarro, Renoir, Gaugin, Picasso, Cassatt and more. 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!  My plein air workshops are extremely comprehensive and have been described as ‘art school in a week. I’ll de-mystify the painting process by teaching straightforward, easy to understand lessons.  Using tried and true principles as a jumping off point will allow you to loosen up and find your own voice”.

You’ll leave this class with the skills needed to take your work to the next level…both outdoors and in the studio.

There will be demos, discussions, handouts, and lots of painting time and individual attention.

*Please note that as of Sept. 2019 artists are no longer allowed to paint in the gardens after hours.  We will spend time there, gather reference materials and paint at some wonderful, historical locations nearby.

Just some of the things you’ll learn:

  • How to choose an effective focal point
  • How to deal with the changing light
  • Composition strategies for the field
  • How to create and stick to a value plan
  • How to simplify your palette and mix colorful greys to unify your painting
  • How to use atmosphere and perspective to your advantage

Open to: All levels (ideal for intermediate students)

Space is very limited (max 12 participants/workshop).

Materials list will be supplied after registration

 About Jane Hunt

Jane Hunt is a PAPNM Master Signature Member, Signature Member of AIS, LPAPA, AWA, WAOW, PAAC, and an artist member of the Salmagundi Club and the California Art Club.  Hunt has won numerous prestigious awards including five Oil Painters of America awards in 2018 and Best of Show at the Laguna Plein Air Invitational in 2019.

A sought after instructor, Hunt’s work has been exhibited in Museums both nationally and internationally. The oil painter is represented by notable galleries in the US as well as her native England.  She now resides in Colorado, where she frequently paints plein air and is awed and inspired by the beauty surrounding her.


Price and what is included for Jane Hunt's Oil Painting Workshops


Aug 19-26, 2022: (2 spots left)

Aug 26-Sept 2, 2022: SOLD OUT

Price: US $3,590 (shared room) + $550 for a single room.


  • Pick-up and drop-off at Paris CDG airport
  • A welcome reception
  • All nights at the hotel
  • All breakfasts
  • 2 lunches and 5 dinners (including wine)
  • All art classes
  • Entrances to Giverny and Auvers-sur-Oise
  • Transporation in a A/C van to painting sites
  • A personal bilingual chauffeur/guide throughout the week
  • Entrance fees to all sites on the tour


  • Flights to Paris
  • 4 lunches and 2 dinners
  • Optional activities (those not described in the itinerary)
  • Tour leader(s) tipping
How to Book

1Fill out the reservation form below. You will receive an email with information on how to pay your deposit. You can pay via ZELLE, credit card (using paypal) or bank transfer

2Send us a $600 deposit within one week. The deposit is not refundable but $300 is transferrable to a future trip. See our Cancelation Policy below.

3The remaining balance is due 3 months before departure.

Cancellation Policy

If you cancel a US workshop:Cancellation Fee per Person
More than 90 days before departureThe $600 deposit is forfeited
(however $300 can be transferred to another trip with a departure date within 1 year of cancelation date)
61-90 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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