Wednesday May 9 – Wednesday May 16 2018 – 7 Nights.
Our Sketching Holiday in the French Alps May 2018 is an 8 day all-inclusive tour.
This wonderful mountain experience is designed to follow our hilltop village week high up above Lucca, in Barga, Tuscany.
Come learn to sketch or improve your skills and discover this unique hidden gem. Refresh or discover your sketching skills on our tour. Immerse yourself in sketching – everything is taken care of.
Tutor: Erin Hill. Erin is an International Sketch Tutor with many years experience as an Art Director in advertising, has a Fine Arts Diploma, owned ErinHill Art Gallery for 10 years, is an exhibiting artist, an Urban Sketcher and founder of ErinHill Sketching.
EHS has classes and workshops in Sydney, Melbourne, Auckland, Kuala Lumpur, South of France and soon Boston and New York.
Organiser: Kate Stedman. EHS Tour Manager. Kate is our effervescent travelling concierge. She manages all bookings, accommodation, transport to locations and daily plans while keeping us entertained as she organises every little detail.
No experience is required. You will be sketching within an hour in your first lesson.
Each morning we all gather in the dining room at Chalet Savoie Faire after breakfast and have a chat about the day’s plan. This is where we begin our warmup sketch before heading off to sketch what is around us in the mountains. We’ll see bright geranium window boxes, chopped logs stored for winter, sheep, bees, chickens, cows with peaked alps in the background and something to create your journal at every turn.
Everyone has as much fun as the whole group and in Erin’s talented hands you learn to see and sketch with confidence and skill as well as finding new friends and new confidence in yourself. People often say these holidays have changed their lives. Warning: they are very addictive.
Staying in a tiny mountain hamlet with breathtaking views you have the option to stay with our wonderful hosts in either their glamorous chalet or in a local Gite (self contained apartment) nearby. The accommodation price depends on your room choice.
All meals, all wines and aperitifs are included – except for two lunches when we take a day trip to Annecy and Moutiers.
All meals will be with the group at the luxury chalet. (breakfast delivered to your door for those not staying in the chalet itself)
Our hosts serve us local cheeses, wines and their own exceptional meals each night around a roaring fire or on the chalet balcony in the warm evening sunsets.
Each day we will meet after breakfast at the chalet and have an hour or so of sketching techniques. Then off to walk to a scenic spot to sketch the local scenery and people, the houses, chalets, Beaufort cows, grazing sheep, chamois deer, an ancient mill, snow-capped mountains and so much more. Beaufort is a remarkable cheese, one of the noble Alpine cheeses. It’s produced exclusively from unpasteurized cow’s milk in the French Alps above our village of Nave Fontaine.
During the week we will cover many sketch subjects capturing the essence of where we are. You can add tickets, cafe receipts, brochures, maps etc to create added interest to your travel sketch journal pages.
We will have walks, take picnics to an ancient local mill, eat delicious, healthy lunches with aperitifs, and check out local brocante markets, medieval towns and dine with locals al fresco.
Lunches will be provided as picnics in remote spots or under the fruit tree at the chalet and your afternoon is free to explore, walk, climb, sleep, relax and sketch with your new skills. On two days we will explore the local medieval townships such as La Lechere and Moutiers, with their flowered bridges, quaint architecture and wonderful shops, and then visit the beautiful lake town of Annecy, stopping in a nearby brocante (bric-a-brac) to pick up any number of amazing trinkets brought in from French attics, sheds and chalets.
And there are always the views to distract you wherever you look or walk.
WHAT ART SUPPLIES DO I BRING?
- THE FULL SKETCH KIT – AU $150. For all term classes, Intensives, Travel Sketching Holidays. Uses 2 mediums.* Cotman’s Pocket Plus Watercolour Set (available at Dick Blick or Amazon uk)
Please click the link below to see the 4 colours we replace – the Cotman’s tubes can be squeezed into the empty pans.* White Chinagraph pencil, or Sharpie ‘peel off’ china marker* A5 sized ringbound 110gsm Sketchbook ( 9 x 6 inches or similar in USA )* Set of black waterproof drawing pens.
* Set of 12 Watercolour Pencils. (Make sure you get a yellow ochre in your set, or buy separately)
* Barrel Sharpener
* Waterbrush pen.(Large size)
Additional materials if you wish. White gel pens. Sepia drawing pens. Rosemary & Co traveling 1/4″ Dagger paint brush.
(Please bring a small water pot like that shown in the link, with an attached lid. (empty the contents first) for when we use watercolours, and small packs of tissues)
- CLICK HERE TO SEE OUR CUSTOMISED SKETCH KIT
You share a full kitchen, beautiful dining room, spacious long and seating plus outdoor seating on the ground level.
The mountain views are breathtaking. Most of our meals are taken in the beautiful upstairs dining room together.
1 double bed with small ensuite – 1 available
€3200pp twin share
Breakfast basket delivered to your door each morning.
Other meals are taken in the gorgeous upstairs dining room at Chalet Savoie Faire nearby.
€2650 Twin share
With own bathroom – 3 available
€2450 pp twin share
Breakfast basket delivered to your door each morning.
€ 2650pp for couple
1 double ground floor room with bathroom – 1 available
2 Twin share rooms with separate bathrooms – 2 available
$800 AUD pp deposit is required to secure your booking. This is non-refundable.
Full payment is due by January 30 ‘2018
PRACTICALITIES: GETTING THERE.
The chalet is in a tiny “canton”called Naves Fontaine high above the valleys.
The nearest “town” is La Lechere”. A larger town is Moutiers.
Naves Fontaine is a 2 hour spectacularly scenic drive from Geneva airport.
Coming from overseas we recommend:
Flying into PARIS
Next day take a direct early train (eg: a 9 am departure?) Paris to LYON.
Then take a midday train the 3 hours LYON to MOUTIERS.
A private taxi transfer from Moutiers to the chalet at Naves Fontaine is 30 euros pp one way and we can organise this for you upon request.
[There are trains from the Lyon train station departing at approx midday, 3pm and 6 pm and they take 3 hours to get to Moutiers.]
Flying into GENEVA AIRPORT.
There are trains which then depart from Geneva CITY station (called Cornavin) – an 8 minute train ride from Geneva airport – and these trains go to MOUTIERS – (the nearest township where you can get a transfer the final 20 kms to the chalet in Naves.)
This is roughly a 3.5 hour train trip.
NB: There are not that many train departures each day so you need to ensure you are not waiting hours after your flight for a train to Moutiers.
If you are arriving into Geneva airport you may want to consider staying overnight near the city train station before training down to Moutiers on May 9. (there are trains that depart Cornavin at 10 am and 11.50 am to Moutiers)
For ease you may prefer to pick up a small hire car from Geneva airport and drive to Naves Fontaine (2 hours) and to be able to return to the airport easily at your leisure.
Please keep us informed of your plans as if we have enough people arriving into Geneva at a particular time, we can help organise a group transfer from Geneva airport to Naves.
Departing Naves Fontaine: May 16 – the tour ends after breakfast.
We will organise transfers to Moutiers train station for onward travel to either Paris or Geneva.
Please coordinate your homeward bound flights to these train departures.
If you need any help at all Kate is there for you.
For more info on costings please contact Kate firstname.lastname@example.org