France: Art Lovers


Dordogne Painting Workshop with Janet Ayliffe and Glen Ash

Trip duration: 11 days/10 nights, ex Sarlat
Trip Dates: 9th -19th October, 2018
Tour Cost: A$3,795.00 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.

Kim Petherick is a keen traveller and adventurer with extensive experience in places like Alaska, Canada Patagonia, Tibet, New Zealand, Zimbabwe, Papua New Guinea, China and remote parts of Australia. She has worked hard to become a qualified Outdoor Instructor, Facilitator and Logistics co-ordinator. Kim has been planning and leading groups, including scientists for sixteen years. During this trip, she will be driving you and leading optional short walks through beautiful countryside.

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