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Two Incredible Tours: Memories for a lifetime


Dordogne, France:

Plein-Air Painting

June 1-13, 2013

with Gwen Bragg

Albi and the Dordogne

Our painting holiday begins in Albi, recently awarded the honor of UNESCO World Heritage Site. Poised on the River Tarn, Albi is known both as the stronghold of the medieval heretical sect, the Cathars (or Albigensians) and as the birthplace of the 19th century painter, Toulouse Lautrec. Following our sejour in Albi, we’ll venture into the beautiful Périgord region of Southwest France, known too as the Dordogne, for the river that runs through it. We’ll continue our painting, sketching and photography adventure, exploring a land inhabited since prehistoric times.

Tour Highlights
  • 4 nights in gorgeous historic Albi
  • Overnight in St. Cirq Lapopie
  • 7 nights at Maison d’Aliénor, an 18th C stone farmhouse
  • Visit to prehistoric cave of Pech Merle
  • Follow in the footsteps of Toulouse-Lautrec
  • Plein-Air painting with Gwen Bragg
  • Studio Demonstrations and Critiques
  • Paint in a Medieval Cloister
  • Visit Farmers’ Markets in medieval villages
  • Visit Perigueux’s Roman Ruins

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Dordogne, France:

Paint the Perigord

June 15 – 25, 2013

with Frank Ordaz

Paint the Poetry

Paint under the grand and vibrant Dordogne sky with Emmy Award winning painter Frank Ordaz. Join Frank on a painting adventure in the captivating French countryside. Both on location and in the Atelier (Studio) Frank will teach you how to capture the luminosity of light in your landscape. Frank’s tried and true techniques, which he shares with you as he paints in this enchanting land dotted with vineyards and chateaux, will give you the tools and the confidence to construct strong composition that captivate the eye and imagination of the viewer. Both casual and serious painters are welcome.

Tour Highlights
  • Small Groups – never more than 16
  • Art demonstrations, On site & in the Studio
  • Group and individual lessons
  • Group and individual critiques
  • Guided Tour of cave with prehistoric paintings
  • Guided Tour of medieval villages
  • Explore the most perfectly preserved bastide (planned) town