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Annee Kelly In the footsteps of Matisse & Renoir  in Southern France

Annee Kelly - In the footsteps of Matisse & Renoir in Southern France
Sunday 5 September – Friday 17 September 2021

DAY 1 Sunday 5 September, 2021 Vence, France
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, built on a rocky ledge, surrounded by its original fortifications and accessed by one of five arched gateways, is but a five minute stroll from our hotel. A short orientation tour will take place before welcome drinks and included dinner.

DAY 2 Monday 6 September, 2021 Vence, France
This morning, we will visit one of the smallest cathedrals 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 3 Tuesday 7 September, 2021 Vence, France
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 Wednesday 8 September, 2021 Vence, France
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 a day’s painting.

DAY 5 Thursday 9 September, 2021 Vence, France
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 Friday 10 September, 2021 Vence, France
Our final day 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, a visit is planned to Chapelle Matisse, also known as Chapelle du Rosaire. 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 Saturday 11 September, 2021 Villefranche sur Mer, France
This morning, we will leave Vence and travel south to our new base, the Hotel Versailles, located in Villefranche sur Mer, a beautiful fishing port and holiday resort. After settling in, an orientation tour will take place in the old precinct of Villefranche, followed by the opportunity to sketch and paint there, where Annee will, once again offer individual assistance. This evening we will enjoy an included dinner.

DAY 8 Sunday 12 September, 2021 Villefranche sur Mer, France
A full day of painting, relaxation and enjoyment in spectacular Villefranche sur Mer under Annee’s helpful eye. The harbour below the hotel or the spectacular views from its terrace will make inspiring subjects.

DAY 9 Monday 13 September, 2021 Villefranche sur Mer, France
Today, we will travel to Antibes by private coach. 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 have a guided historical walking tour of the old town. 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 Tuesday 14 September, 2021 Villefranche sur Mer, France
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 Wednesday 15 September, 2021 Villefranche sur Mer, France
Today, we will travel to Nice by coach. 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 Thursday 16 September, 2021 Villefranche sur Mer, France
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 Friday 17 September, 2021 Departure
This morning you will be transferred to Nice airport for flights departing after 12.00pm midday.