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 whose work is in public and private collections 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, visit her website at

Janet has also conducted workshops in studios in Sydney, Melbourne, and Canberra and is now on her fifth trip tutoring with Walking Matilda in the Dordogne area of France. Glen has previously been a designer and project manager for the Adelaide Festival of Arts.

During this trip, they will be accompanying you to some of the designated Most Beautiful Villages, teaching in both watercolour and oil painting and leading optional short walks through beautiful countryside.


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. Oils and watercolour will be offered by Janet and Glen New to 2019 is the medieval town of Saint-Cirque-Lapopie, a visit to the paintings of Pech Merle caves in the Lot region. The beautiful bastide town of Belves with its’ seven bell towers will also be included in the 2019 itinerary.

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 the medieval town of St Cirque Lapopie in the neighbouring region of Lot, visiting the cave paintings of Pech Merle on the way. Both are spectacular places and new to the 2019 itinerary. Tonight we dine out at a local restaurant (BL)

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 Belves, the town of the seven bell towers. It has a lovely market square, and is yet another of the Most Beautiful Villages of France. Townscapes and landscapes. (BLD)

Day 7: Today we will spend some time at our accommodation working on our paintings, before a trip to a local village. Dine out in Sarlat this evening. (BL)

Day 8: 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 9: 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 (own expense or picnic from home). (BLD)

Day 10: Some options: perhaps visit Chateau Milandes, former home of the black American entertainer, Josephine Baker or the neighbouring town of Daglan. 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), eight lunches(L) and eight 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 Pech Merle
  • 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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