Annee is an award-winning artist and a Fellow of both the Victorian Artists Society and the Guild of Realist Artists. She is also a member of the Watercolour Society of Victoria and the Melbourne Society of Women Painters and Sculptors, in addition to other art groups and societies. She is an avid En Plein Air painter and has been tutoring for over 30 years, imparting her knowledge and enthusiasm to her classes. In addition to French which is her native language, she is also conversant in Italian and Spanish and has conducted 10 European workshops.
Annee paints in a fluent and confident style, holds a strong sense of composition and sound draftsmanship and will tackle a wide variety of subject matter. Whilst painting in Pastel and Acrylic, her favourite medium remains Watercolour.
DAY 1 Tuesday 5 September, 2023
Workshop members will be met at Nice Airport at 2.00pm (please ensure you allow sufficient time to collect your luggage from your flight, prior to the transfer time). Our private coach will transfer workshop members to their first base in Vence. The small town of Vence is located some 25 kms to the north of Nice. The medieval walled cite de Vence was built on a rocky ledge, surrounded by its original fortifications and accessed by one of five arched gateways. A short orientation tour will take place before welcome drinks and included dinner.
DAY 2 Wednesday 6 September, 2023
Today we travel to Tourettes-sur-Loup, an authentic artisan’s village. It is also market day, an experience not to be missed for visitors to France. Whether it is medieval buildings or intimate courtyards, Tourettes-sur-Loup will offer many great subjects for today’s painting.
DAY 3 Thursday 7 September, 2023
Today, we travel a short distance to beautiful Saint Paul de Vence, which has attracted many noted artists, including Chagall, who spent the latter part of his life on the French Riviera. He now rests in the small cemetery in Saint Paul, overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. In the afternoon, Annee will find great subjects to paint and assist tour members individually.
DAY 4 Friday 8 September, 2023
This morning, we will visit the smallest cathedral in France, la Cathedrale Notre Dame de la Nativite de Vence, built in the 11th century in both a Gothic and Baroque Romanesque style. In the baptistery, Chagall’s mosaic of Moses can be found. This will be followed by a day of painting within the walled city of Vence.
DAY 5 Saturday 9 September, 2023
Our painting session today will be in Haut-de- Cagnes a medieval village, perched above the seaside town of Cagnes-sur-Mer. Annee will find a great painting location and complete a demonstration. Following this, Annee will assist individual members with their paintings. In the afternoon, we will travel to nearby Cagnes-sur-Mer, to visit Renoir’s Museum. The museum’s collection of paintings, sculptures, artist’s studio and furniture constitute the testimony of Renoir’s last twelve years of his life, spent here. This residence sits amongst extensive beautiful gardens planted with century old olive trees, which will make for yet more interesting sketching material.
DAY 6 Sunday 10 September, 2023
Our final day of painting in Vence. After breakfast, Annee will conduct a demonstration and then spend time moving amongst the group members, offering individual assistance. In the afternoon we will visit Chapelle Matisse. It was considered by Matisse himself as his masterpiece. He designed and built it in its entirety as a thank you gesture to the Dominican sisters who nursed him through a critical illness. Tonight we will have an included dinner.
DAY 7 Monday 11 September, 2023
Villefranche sur Mer, France
This morning we will leave Vence and travel south to Hotel Versailles, located in Villefranche sur Mer, a beautiful fishing port and holiday resort. After settling in we will enjoy an orientation tour in the old precinct of Villefranche followed by an opportunity to sketch and paint. Annee will paint a demonstration and offer individual assistance. This evening we will enjoy an included dinner.
DAY 8 Tuesday 12 September, 2023
Villefranche sur Mer
A full day of painting, relaxation and enjoyment in spectacular Villefranche sur Mer under Annee’s helpful eye. The spectacular views from the hotels terrace will make inspiring subjects.
DAY 9 Wednesday 13 September, 2023
Villefranche sur Mer
Today, we will travel to Antibes by private coach where we will have a historical walking tour of the old town with a local guide The historical old town (Vieil Antibes) within the ramparts has retained much of its original character with quaint cobbled streets, a Provençal market and lots of restaurants, street cafes and bars. We will also visit the Picasso Museum. It is unique because it is housed in the Old Grimaldi Castle. Picasso had a studio there back in 1946 and in less than two months; he created 44 drawings and 23 paintings. Upon returning to Paris, he left them in Antibes and later donated them to the museum. Thereafter, they had enough of his works in order to rename the museum “Picasso Museum“ in 1966 and it was the first one in the world specifically dedicated to him whilst he was still alive. There will be a painting session in the afternoon.
DAY 10 Thursday 14 September, 2023
Villefranche sur Mer
Today, workshop members will travel to Eze, a charming hilltop village, the highest on the Côte d’Azur. Its beautiful cobblestone streets, hot-pink bougainvillea and amazing views will make great subjects for a day’s painting.
DAY 11 Friday 15 September, 2023
Villefranche sur Mer
Today we will travel to Nice by coach for a morning sightseeing tour with a local guide. Here we shall commence by exploring the town of Nice with its famous pebble beach and the Promenade des Anglais, followed by the old town, with its colourful flower market, narrow streets, ornate churches and tall Italianate ochre buildings. We will travel to Cimiez to the nearby Franciscan Monastery where Matisse is buried and Annee will commence the day’s painting program with a demonstration in the beautiful monastery garden.
DAY 12 Saturday 16 September, 2023
Villefranche sur Mer
On our final day in beautiful Villefranche sur Mer, we will take the opportunity to complete our unfinished paintings or maybe go shopping. Tonight, we will have an included farewell drinks party and dinner to celebrate our time on the French Riviera. It will be an ideal occasion to talk about our great time in France, the stimulating painting led by Annee and our new friendships.
DAY 13 Sunday 17 September, 2023
This morning you will be transferred to Nice airport for flights departing after 12.00pm midday.
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“It was so well organized. We got to see all the best places, but without feeling we were being herded around like cattle, like you do on some tours. There was plenty of time to paint, and the instructor told me more about how to improve my painting style in weeks than I have learned all year back home. I really did get individual attention.”
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