France: Art Lovers


Dordogne Painting Workshop with Janet Ayliffe and Glen Ash

Trip duration: 11 days/10 nights, ex Sarlat
Trip Dates: 13th -23rd October, 2019
Tour Cost: A$3,895.00 per person, twin/share. Single room supplement A$695.00
Accommodation: A large comfortable holiday house in the Dordogne
Maximum group size: Only 10 places

What people have said about our previous art tours…………..

“It all went like clockwork from my perspective and I think everyone had a great time. It was pretty special for me personally…. a combination of travelling in beautiful environments, walking and art is a pretty heady mix” (Ann, Sydney)

“It just felt very comfortable and well done the whole time…..apart from being in one of the most amazing regions in the world. Janet of course is always a joy to be with and the whole combination was stunning.” (Diwani. Adelaide)

About The Tour

Even in a country with so much varied regional beauty, the Dordogne stands out. This delightful and gentle ‘departement’ has been the location for our art tours for the past two seasons.

Historically known as the Perigord, the Dordogne region was settled in pre-historic times. There are troglodyte cave dwellings along the river valleys and famous prehistoric art sites such as Lascaux. More recently, the golden stone of the Perigord has created mellow villages, fortified churches, over one thousand château, and the beautiful ‘bastide’ towns. There are vineyards, famous gardens, riversides and oak forests. For painters and photographers it is a visual feast! Colourful village markets provide the famous Perigourdine foods – the best in

We meet you at the Sarlat railway station, easily reached from Paris via Bordeaux, and transfer you to our accommodation. We stay in a beautiful holiday house near Sarlat; our base for exploring this delightful region and the best sites for sketching and painting. We visit six of the designated Most Beautiful Villages of France and Sarlat, the best preserved medieval town in France. On one day we travel to Rocamadour, an important and beautiful pilgrimage site which clings to a sheer cliff.
Janet will be conducting practical sessions each day, developing your skills and helping you to capture the French atmosphere, and is joined by Glen with his own expertise in acrylic and oils. Both have a love of art history and gift of sharing it with others.

This tour is suitable for beginners and for those with some previous painting experience.

About the leaders

Janet Ayliffe and Glen Ash are noted South Australian painters, print makers and art educators whose work is in public and private collections regularly nationally and internationally. Janet first learned her skills at Ruth Tuck’s kitchen table classes, and later the South Australian School of Art where she met Glen. They are both highly regarded teachers, having tutored at university, Colleges and their own teaching studio, ‘the Washhouse’ at the Hahndorf Academy. Public joint commissions include works for Adelaide Festival Centre, Flinders Medical Centre and the new Oncology ward at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. To see some of Janet’s work,To see some of Janet’s work, visit her website at

During the French tour, she will be giving daily classes and providing lessons in sketching, watercolour, and art history. Janet has also conducting workshops in studios in Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra . Glen has previously been a designer and project manager for the Adelaide Festival of Arts. During this trip, we will be accompanying you daily to some of the designated Most Beautiful Villages in France.

Our itinerary: This is typical of our tours, but is a guide only. The final selection and/or order of our day may change to suit local conditions or events.

Day 1: We meet you at the Sarlat railway station, (easily reached from Paris via Bordeaux) and transfer you to our accommodation. Time to settle in and get to know your hosts before dinner. (D)

Day 2: Today starts with a formal instruction session from Janet and Glen, followed by lunch at the house. In the afternoon you will be helped to draw and paint the fascinating corners of Castelnaud-la-Chapelle. (BLD

Day 3: Another instructional session this morning, learning some new techniques. After lunch we will visit the lovely ‘bastide’ town of Domme, established in the year 1280. It sits on a cliff overlooking the Dordogne. Lots to draw, paint and photograph here! (BLD)

Day 4: We travel to Rocamadour in the neighbouring region of Lot. Explore this important and spectacular pilgrimage site where many miracles are said to have occurred (BLD)

Day 5: A morning at our beautiful base; an opportunity for some individual help while developing or finishing your art works so far. After lunch visit La Roque-Gageac, squeezed between the river and its overhanging cliffs. (BLD)

Day 6: Visit Lascaux 2, a replica of the famous Lascaux caves, built to protect the original paintings. These prehistoric artworks are inspirational in their ability to convey movement. Painting in the Vezere valley this afternoon.   Dine out in Sarlat this evening. (BL)

Day 7: Visit the famous Gardens of Marqueyssac and walk the Belvedere path which gives one of the best views of the Dordogne Valley. Spectacular views for artists of the river, or focus on the topiary gardens. Lunch on the terrace. (BD)

Day 8: Visit Montpazier, often described as the perfect bastide town. It has a lovely market square, an elegant lavoir and is yet another of the Most Beautiful Villages of France. Townscapes and landscapes. (BLD)

Day 9: Visit the famous Saturday market in Sarlat this morning. It seems to occupy most of this delightful town. In the afternoon we visit Beynac, our final Most Beautiful Villages of France. Its forbidding chateau, which is often used for period films, seems to hang in space. (BD)

Day 10: Some options: perhaps visit Chateau Milandes, former home of the black American entertainer, Josephine Baker. Spend time working on your paintings under expert guidance. (BLD)

Day 11: Our tour ends with transfers to the main line railway station at Sarlat this morning. There are easy train connections to Bordeaux and Paris. (B)


  • Transfers from Sarlat to our Dordogne accommodation, and back to Sarlat station at the end of the tour
  • Ten nights accommodation in a beautiful holiday house in the Dordogne
  • All local travel in the Dordogne and Lot
  • Ten breakfasts(B), seven lunches(L) and nine evening meals(D)
  • Wine and beer with most evening meals
  • Daily tuition in sketching and painting while in the Dordogne/Lot
  • Admission to Marqueyssac and Lascaux 2
  • All organization and bookings
  • Optional short guided walks the Dordogne/Lot

Not included

  • Travel to and from Sarlat
  • Travel insurance (required)
  • Meals not listed in this itinerary
  • Optional activities, (eg. Admission to Milandes or the chateau at Beynac)
  • Art materials. Janet and Glen will provide a simple list of these.
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