2019 SOUTH OF FRANCE ART HOLIDAY
This outstanding painting holiday to the South-East of France, in the South Riviera, combines outdoors tuition in a relaxed atmosphere and exceptional excursions to NICE, MENTON, EZE (close to MONACO) and SAINT JEAN CAP FERRAT. Accommodation: you’ll be staying 7 nights in a SINGLE ROOM at a villa in a quiet part of Nice.
This South of France painting holiday, like our other destinations, is about painting in superb renown destinations with fabulous painting / drawing sites.
Dates: Sun June 16th - Sun June 23rd 2019 and Sun October 6 - Sun October 13 2019
Artistic levels: Beginners, Intermediate, advanced.
Medium: Watercolor, acrylic, oils, drawing, pastels, gouache.
What's included in this South of France painting art holiday?
Sunday to Sunday on site.
Tuition in a relaxed environment by a talented tutor (small group).
Art equipment provided. Stool, board, paper, easel if doing acrylics or oils.
Different exciting art excursions and sightseeing: Nice, Menton, Saint-Jean Cap Ferrat - Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, Eze, close to Monaco.
7 nights SINGLE ROOM accommodation at a comfortable house in Nice. Visit our Accommodation section.
Airport welcome in NICE.
Who is the tutor?
Marie Remond is Franco-American, born in Nice, and knows the area. She is a talented artist (multi-media) and a people lover. She will teach guests new techniques and also guide the group throughout different fabulous excursions. To find out more about this tutor, refer to our tutoring section.
About the accommodation.
This year, the group will stay at a lovely calm area of Nice, called Bas Cimiez. We have booked a house owned by Natalie, a charming local. The house has comfortable bedrooms up some stairs and lovely terrasses. Please read our accommodation section.
MOBILITY: How fit do I have to be to join this holiday? Although you do not need to be an athlete to join this South of France art holiday, you need to be able to walk 15 to 20 minutes at a time to get to places. There will be stairs at certain sites and at the accommodation.
Nice, French Riviera art vacation schedule:
Day 1. Tutor and group members meet up at Nice airport. Then we will head to our accommodation to drop off our luggage and freshen up. When ready, group and tutor will slowly head to dinner at a local restaurant. Let the fun begin!
Day 2. Breakfast. As this is the group’s first day, the tutor will take some time with every guest to discuss each person’s artistic expectations and to answer questions about the art holiday painters might have. Later that morning, we’ll be off to the sea side, to a renown area of Nice called the PROMENADE DES ANGLAIS, a majestic pedestrian stretch along the Mediterranean where we will have a preview of what we will be painting in the afternoon. Then group and tutor will have lunch. After lunch, we’ll be sketching, painting/drawing in the area until about 4 pm. We will then visit neighboring "Le Château" also called Castle Hill (elevator/lift). Just when you thought you'd seen the prettiest view of Nice on the Promenade des Anglais, you will be awed by this striking and awe-inspiring view of the whole of Nice from the La Tour Bellanda overlooking the city. Free time. Dinner at a local pizzeria (Nice is also famous for its pizzas!)
A little history of the Promenade des Anglais and Tour Bellanda: Starting 1750 or so, English aristocrats enjoyed spending the winter in Nice, mainly for its coastal panoramic views. In 1820, Reverend Lewis Ways and some church members funded the walkway, which has since then been widened and largely improved by the city of Nice. La Tour Bellanda (at the very end on the Promenade) is 92 meters high and offers one of the nicest views of today’s French Riviera. In the 1400s, this tower, then called Tour du Môle, played a surveillant role to prevent enemy attacks coming from the sea. It was destroyed by Louis the XIV troops and rebuilt in 1824. It was then owned by the Clairissy family, who turned it into a hotel known for its fabulous views overlooking the Bay of Angels. Famous composer Hector Berlioz spent the best times of his life as a client at the hotel. La Tour Bellanda housed the exhibition of the Naval Museum for 40 years. It is to be noted that the tower was destroyed in 1944 and very thankfully rebuilt.
Day 3: Breakfast at the villa, then group and tutor will be off around 10 am for a visit of the charming COURS SALEYA, an important flower and fruit / vegetable market where colors and scents will flood your senses! Group and tutor will then have lunch (local food) in the pittoresque old part of town (Vieux Nice) close by. Afternoon painting will be at the very picturesque VIEUX NICE. Then you’ll have free time after the afternoon painting/drawing session. We will then meet for dinner at a local restaurant in the evening.
Day 4: At-home breakfast, then group and tutor will leave for a fabulous excursion to the sublime bay of SAINT JEAN CAP FERRAT. This world-renown millionaire’s bay will be sure to make your brushes tingle.
Because of its geographical location, incredible beauty and sunny climate, Saint Jean Cap Ferrat was in the early 1900s, made into a highly acclaimed destination mainly by British and Russian artistocratic families. Grand estates were built like the Hôtel Royal Riviera (once called Hôtel Beford). In the 1950s, SJCF became a fashionable summer destination for celebrities all over the world like Edith Piaf, Charlie Chaplin, Elizabeth Taylor, Roger Moore, Tony Curtis and also politicians like Winston Churchill, Bill Clinton, George Bush and many more. Famous artists such as Henri Matisse, Chagall, Picasso and Jean Cocteau loved the area and its views.
We will be visiting the sumptuous VILLA ET JARDINS EPHRUSSI DE ROTHSCHILD, a jewel of the Mediterranean where we will sketch its magnificent house and gardens. We will also be having lunch there. After this memorable day, we’ll head back to Nice for some free time and dinner.
The villa was constructed in 1912 by Baroness Béatrice de Rotschild, a member of the very prominent Rothschild banking family, and was married to Baron Maurice d’Ephrussi. She furnished the villa with antiques, paintings, sculptures and a lovely rare collection of porcelain. Most unfortunately, she was highly unhappy in her marriage as the baron, known for gambling, transmitted a disease to her which made child-bearing impossible. In 1934, when the baroness died, she donated the villa and its collections to Académie des Beaux Arts. It is also to be noted that the gardens of the villa are classified in the Notable Gardens of France.
Day 5: At-home breakfast. Morning painting and lunch at the villa. In the early afternoon, we will be off to paint/draw the small and colorful boats of the VIEUX PORT. Free time after painting. Group dinner.
Day 6: An explosively colorful excursion is planned at a quiet and spectacular village overlooking the Riviera called EZE where we will settle, have lunch and paint. A visit to MONACO will be suggested with dinner for those interested.
Day 7: Breakfast. We’ll spend a good part of the day painting in MENTON, known for its yearly lemon carnival! This wonderful city by the water has kept its Mediterranean charms and simplicity. Painters love painting its vibrant colors. Graphite artists enjoy its architectural intricacies. Lots of painting subjects to fill the day. Lunch there. Free time to visit. Then back to Nice for dinner.
Day 8: Breakfast. Airport goodbyes with group and tutor.
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