Paris & Giverny 2021

Paris & Giverny

June 18 – 25  /2021

Photography / Plein-Air Painting Workshop
Taught by Scott Williams & Niki Gulley

Early signup by 8/1/20 to save $300 off late price!!!

View from Musee d’Orsay

Whether you call it “The City of Lights” or “The City of Love” Paris conjures up a vivid impression in your mind. From its iconic landmarks, to its gastronomic pleasures, to its amazing art and culture, Paris is almost certainly a state of mind that everyone has to experience at least once in their life.

So take our hand as we guide you along the path where giants have trod amid the rich tapestry, that is Paris.

“Eiffel’s Folly”

Venture into the cafes to envision 1800’s Paris from a table with Toulouse Lautrec or go backstage of the ballet with Degas. These are but a few of the things that await you on your Parisian adventure. Marvel in the modern iron lattice work that many called a folly, but has come to signify a city if not an entire nation, the Eiffel Tower. Take time out to reflect on his genius as you see the city spread out before you from its observation platforms. Or experience the flow of the city from the deck of a guided boat tour as we journey down the Seine.

Boat cruise on the Seine

Next, stop off for a pastry as you stroll through the gardens on your way to the Louvre. Paris is as much a pilgrimage for the senses, as it is for the soul. Savor in its gastronomic explosion of flavors as you dine in a city where food is a way of life and wine is the river that carries it. Revel in the birthplace of Impressionism while you wander the halls of the Musee d’ Orsay or visit the grandeur of the Louvre. Paris is an adventure around every corner, that is just waiting for you to discover.

Marie’s cottage.

Finally, take a side trip to a palace so grand that it bankrupted a country and split a nation, Versailles. Spend the day among the gardens and fountains imagining what it must have been like to be the king. Although nothing quite compares to the view or experience as you stand along the waters edge gazing out at the bridge in the private garden that Monet created for himself and fueled his passion.

Visiting Versailles.

Niki will conduct the Plein-Air Painting Workshop from different picturesque locations daily, teaching through a combination of demos, discussions, assistance and critiques.

Group painting at the Eiffel Tower.

Sessions will be broken into different morning and afternoon locations, with plenty of time in between for shopping, sightseeing or to dine al fresco for a leisurely lunch.

Scott will take the photographers on a daily walking tour along the Seine and to the iconic landmarks that make Paris one of the truly wondrous spots in Europe. You will have the opportunity to experience France through your lens as Scott guides you to use your camera to define what you see while achieving your own artistic vision. As with the painters, there will be daily destinations with time allowances for exploring on your own.

Cheers!

So come join us as we take you on an inspirational exploration of Paris with an emphasis on observation and perception as we help you develop your own style. Admission is limited to 12 participants, so we encourage you to enroll as soon as possible. There will also be space open for non-participating partners at reduced rates on a limited basis.

Work Shop includes:

  • Hotel for 7 nights – 5 in Paris and 2 in Giverny (Double occupancy)    (Accommodations are in shared rooms, although a few single rooms may be available at an extra fee)
  • Transportation within workshop.
  • Side trips to Montmarte, the Palace of Versailles & Monet’s Garden
  • Seine boat cruise
  • 5 day Paris Metro Pass
  • Admission to the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, the Palace of Versailles, Monet’s Garden & Musee d’Orsay 
  • Emergency Medical Insurance.
  • Instruction, guidance, experience and fun.

Your cost for all of this is $3,795 and to reserve a spot, simply send a completed application form (the forms will be provided

Finished Eiffel Tower painting.

by email upon request) along with your deposit of $1,200 per person. If registering after 8/1/20 the price is $4,095. There also is a final application cut off date of 12/5/20. 

A second payment of one half of the remainder after deposit is due by June 13th, with a final payment due by Aug. 1st. For those wanting a single occupancy room, there will be an additional cost of $850. We can take credit card payments, however it will incur a 3.5% fee.  

There is a discount of $350 for partners wanting to accompany participants on the trip, but not take the workshop. We will also setup optional events/ classes when available at an additional

“Monet’s Passion”

cost for participants not interested in the painting/photography sessions. There has to be a minimum of 6 people for the workshop to make. If the 6 person minimum is not met by the 12/5/20 deadline, deposits will be refunded.

Heading to the tower.

Airfare to the workshop is not included, you are responsible for your own travel arrangements. We will provide transportation throughout the workshop.

Our trips, while not overly strenuous do require a reasonable amount of physical fitness. In order to derive the greatest experience from our destinations, we spend a fair amount of time walking within each location. Our goal being that each person should see and experience as much of the culture as possible during our excursions.

In the event of inclement weather during the trip, arrangements will be made for museum visits, etc. Once deposits are received, there will be no refunds for cancellations as trip arrangements will have been made. We suggest trip insurance for travel difficulties or unforeseen illness.

Please let us know if you have any questions or if we can help you in any way and we hope that you will be able to join us!

Scott Williams       214-289-8512      /       Niki Gulley     214-803-5812

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Email Scott, photoguy@blind-squirrel.org  if you are interested in joining us.