Perfect week. The pleasure of waking up every morning knowing I’m going to do what I love most. The tuition was just right for me. Marie was great. The places where we painted were unbelievable, and our group was perfect. I recommend this painting trip to anyone who loves doing art and who loves to travel.
— M. Mays (US)


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, EZE (close to MONACO) and SAINT JEAN CAP FERRAT (Villa EPHRUSSI de Rothschild).

Accommodation: 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.


  • June 20 - June 27 2020

Artistic levels: Beginners, Intermediate, advanced.

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Medium: Watercolor, acrylic, oils, drawing, pastels, gouache.  

What's included in this South of France painting art holiday?

  • Tuition in a relaxed environment by a talented tutor (small group). 

  • Art equipment provided. Stool, board, paper, easel (on demand).

  • Different exciting art excursions and sightseeing: Nice, Eze, Saint-Jean Cap Ferrat - Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild.

  • 7 nights SINGLE ROOM accommodation at a comfortable house in Nice. Visit our Accommodation section.

  • Every day Breakfast + Lunch or dinner (please refer to daily schedule).

  • Local Transportation to and from painting sites. There will also be walking.

  • Entry to Villa Ephrussi.

  • Fun welcome and goodbyes with wine and snacks.

    Not included: Getting to Nice accommodation. Restaurant meals. Travel insurance.

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.

The group stays at a lovely calm area of Nice, called Bas Cimiez. We book a house owned by Natalie, a charming local. The house has comfortable bedrooms and lovely a lovely terrasse. there are some steps to get to the house. Please read our accommodation section.

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DAY 1. Tutor and artists will meet at the accommodation in Nice. (There is a bus from the airport (+-£5) which comes close to the house. You can also take a taxi.) There will be some Welcome wine and snacks, with an introduction the painting holiday. Then the group 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. Then we will have lunch at the villa. In the afternoon, group and tutor will be off to a renown area of Nice called the PROMENADE DES ANGLAIS, a majestic pedestrian stretch along the Mediterranean. Just when you thought you'd seen the prettiest view of Nice on the Promenade des Anglais, you will be awed by the striking and artistically inspiring view from La Tour Bellanda. The group will spend the afternoon painting/drawing there until 5.00 pm. Free time. Suggested dinner at a local pizzeria (Nice is also famous for its pizzas!)

Tour Bellanda (Bellanda Tower)

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. Morning painting at the villa. Painters will be able to finish up their paintings from Tour Bellanda, or start a new painting; botanical subjects or a still-life. Lunch at the Villa. The afternoon will be spent at the pittoresque old part of Nice called Le VIEUX NICE. Free time to have some delicious ice-cream at famous Glacier Fenocchio where you will find (among many more) lavender, licorice, or jasmin flavors! Free time at 5.00 PM. Dinner.



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DAY 4: 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 and its magnificent VILLA EPHRUSSI DE ROTHCHILD will be sure to make your brushes tingle. We will have lunch there and do one or more preparatory sketches there (no full-fledged painting there). Dinner at the villa.

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VILLA DE ROTHSCHILD: The villa was constructed in 1912 by Baroness Béatrice de Rothschild, 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.

SAINT JEAN CAP FERRAT: 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 atistocratic 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.

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DAY 5: Breakfast. Morning painting and lunch at the villa. In the early afternoon, we will be off for some explosively colorful painting at the VIEUX PORT (old port). Free time after painting. Suggested group dinner.

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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. You will be able to visit the fantastic exotic Eze gardens (entry included). Dinner at the villa.



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DAY 7: Breakfast. Morning painting at the villa, then lunch. In the afternoon, group and tutor will paint at the remarkable archaeological site in Cimiez. The site includes a park, some roman arenas and thermal baths. Back from painting, we will have a vernissage with wine and snacks!

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DAY 8: Breakfast and goodbyes.

Mobility Rating: If you are generally relatively fit, you can skip this part.

Test: I can walk 20 to 30 minutes at a time and climb two flights of stairs without it being strenuous.

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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, to get to the main entrance and to the bedrooms.

Meals: At least one lunch or dinner at the villa is included every day. Restaurant meals are not included and are on a pay-what-you-order basis. We are flexible when it comes to meals and know that some guests like to prepare their own dinner at the villa, or order in.

Our PAINTING (& DRAWING) HOLIDAY in Nice, South of France:

On our 2020 South of France painting trip, Azenart will show you an inspiring week in the heart of one of Europe's most sublime scenery setting, amongst the bluest of blues of the Mediterranean. We've planned divine excursions to the surrounding coasts leading to Eze.

We'll stroll, sketch and paint above the PROMENADE DES ANGLAIS , as well as in the VIEUX NICE (picturesque old part of town). You'll love local delicacies like Le Pan Bagnat (very Niçois tuna and veggies sandwich), La  Pissaladière (caramelized onion tart), La Socca (a lip-smacking chick-pea snack), and more. But let's get back to art and painting...  After a quick bus ride, we will spend some time at the very breathtakingly scenic SAINT JEAN CAP FERRAT’s LA VILLA EPHRUSSI DE ROTHSCHILD. We will go to the village of EZE with its absolutely head-spinning beauty, sight-see and paint there. We’ll also paint/draw boats at the colorful VIEUX PORT and at the ROMAN REMAINS of Nice Cimiez.

Have you been looking for a holiday art course in France? Azenart's 2020 South of France art holiday on the French Riviera is it. Come paint (or draw) with us. Alone or accompanied, beginner or more advanced, you'll love our exciting French art break, with fabulous excursions to Monaco and majestic Saint Jean Cap Ferrat. Don't miss out! Our groups are small, tutoring is tailored to each artist. Painting in beautiful South of France with like-minded people is an experience you’ll never forget. This unforgettable art holiday workshop is open to beginners, intermediate and advanced level artists. Book your art break in France today or contact us. This is one of Europe's best art vacations. This plein-air painting class in NICE with excursions to Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat and the magnificent village of Eze will be sure to thrill you as an artist.

This French painting holiday in Nice South of France is a watercolor holiday, but also an acrylics and oil painting holiday, and is generally called a multi-media art holiday.