Treasure hunting fun. Caffeine-fueled creativity!
Dates: March 31-April 7, 2024
Duration: 7 nights
Location: Nice, France
Sites: Villefranche-Sur-Mer, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, Menton, Cannes, Antibes
Cost: from $3695 USD based on double occupancy
Single Supplement: $695
Max Class Size: 12
Land only. Solo traveler roomshares available. All amounts in US dollars
Mixed Media Art Workshop in France
I have taken both live and online classes from Tiffany. Her creativity has no limit. She is an organized teacher with much to offer! As a student, I have enjoyed her unique approach, and her instruction helped me to grow as an artist.
Curious about Tiffany Goff-Smith’s Art and Teaching?
Using the experience of travel, you’ll create a journal capturing your time on the French Riviera. Each day an art class with Tiffany will introduce techniques to transform your journey into creative expression. Notice the colors and sounds of the markets, the pattern and texture of the villages we visit. Collect ephemera, feel the warmth of the sun, and watch the movement and light of the sea.
Tiffany will guide you through using found treasures and local discoveries to create a layered mixed media journal. You will work with a limited color palette and supplies to create your very own artist book. It will include textiles, stitches and other mixed media techniques. Get inspired and renewed with our friendly group of like-minded artists. Come soak in the beauty of the French Riviera.
Our days will be a blend of travel and creativity. Each day will include an urban stroll or coastal walk of 1-2 hours. Most days we will set off by train to discover a new area along the French Riviera. We will visit colorful French villages and walk along rustic seaview trails. You will have time to browse brocantes (flea markets) and fresh produce and flower markets. (The longer walks may be optional if you are comfortable navigating to our destination by train or taxi.) In the afternoons, after free time for lunch and exploration at our given destination, we will return by rail to the hotel for art class.
I took Tiffany’s kitchen sink class and it did not disappoint. She is a fabulous instructor, upbeat and energetic. She kept the class on task without taking away any of the comradery from the students. It was absolutely the most fun class I’ve ever taken and I will absolutely take more classes from Tiffany. Life altering fun!
What you’ll love
1. Small group classes
With a maximum class size of 12, you can expect quality time with Tiffany as well as your friendly classmates.
2. Immersive experiences
Step away from your everyday life and fully experience the food, culture, and landscape of the French Riviera
3. Planning with Care
We take care of the details. You enjoy your vacation!
art workshop in France
- Daily mixed media art classes with Tiffany Goff-Smith
- Seven nights at our centrally located 4-star hotel in Nice, France minutes to the beach and Old Town
- Full hot & cold buffet breakfast daily
- Welcome dinner
- Snack of a Niçoise specialties
- Lunch in Menton or Antibes
- Farewell dinner
- One-week unlimited use TER regional train pass between Cannes and Menton
- Guided walks along the coastal sentiers (paths) of the Cote d’Azur
- Visit to Cours Saleya flower or antique market
- Visit the towns of Menton, Villefranche Sur Mer, Antibes, and Cannes
- Visit to Antibes’ Marche Provencal and Cannes’ Marche Foreville
- Visit Menton brocante
- Ferry trip to the Lerin Islands and Île Saint-Honorat
- Absinthe museum experience (optional)
- All maps, train schedules, and daily customized itineraries
- Your English speaking guide
- Fully hosted and escorted
- All hotel taxes and service fees
Example Itinerary…Actual daily schedules may differ.
art workshop in France
We will gather at our charming, historic hotel in central Nice, France just blocks from the sea. First, we’ll have a meet-and-greet and program overview. Then, an orientation walk will help you get to know the neighborhood. Along the way we may sample some local specialties to get a taste of the region.
We start the morning with a short stroll to Nice’s old town and Cours Saleya Market. Then, a walk brings us to some of the most iconic views of the Riviera from Castle Hill. After free time to explore the Old Town, Tiffany will lead a class inspired by the day’s sites. Finally, the day ends with a delicious welcome dinner.
After breakfast, a short train ride brings us to the charming village of Villefranche Sur Mer. The honey-colored houses and marine blue sea views are the perfect inspiration for your mixed media journal. We’ll offer a coastal walk around the stunning Cap Ferrat. In the afternoon we’ll return to Nice for art class.
Today we truly experience the Riviera like the locals. After shopping at the bountiful Marché Forville open market in Cannes, we will take a short ferry to Île Saint-Honorat. There, on the quiet coast of an island sanctuary, we will enjoy a picnic of the season’s best offerings. Next, a quiet walk among the vineyards and olive trees leads to our return ferry. After we make our way back to Nice, our art workshop in France with gather for class.
Today we will visit art-filled Antibes. First we will walk the ramparts of this ancient fortress city. After taking in the view, we will make our way through the narrow streets of its historic center to the weekly brocante and Marche Provencal. After lunch, you may choose to get inspired like artists of old with a visit and tasting at the absinthe museum. In the afternoon, we will make our way back to Nice for class with Tiffany.
In the morning we’ll set off for sunny Menton. First we will wander lemon tree – lined lanes to the historic center. There we will find a brocante market where you may browse for treasures. After lunch, join us for a stunning walk along the Cap Martin sentier to Roquebrune. Alternatively, you may return to Nice on your own by train. Later, we will all meet up for an afternoon art workshop class.
This is an extended workshop day to spend time on you travel journal. Alternatively, you may take time to further explore Nice, visit a museum, or just relax. In the evening our art workshop in France will celebrate the week with a farewell dinner.
After a delicous breakfast, we bid farewell to our artists’ workshop friends until the next time. You may depart at any time on this day. Our hotel will hold your luggage if you have a late departure.
A full week of leisurely sightseeing and cultivating creativity
art workshop in France
Art Workshop in France
Your place on a tour is secured once we have received and confirmed your deposit payment. Before the final payment date, a non-refundable deposit of $500 for walking vacations and $750 for art vacation workshops is required. After the final payment date, the entire tour amount must be received to hold a space on a program.
You may cancel for any reason up to 90 days prior to departure and your non-refundable deposit may be forwarded to a future tour. Any balance on your account will be returned. For complete details please see our Terms and Conditions.
Solo travelers and single supplements
For our guests who are traveling solo... We offer a single supplement for an additional fee if you wish to guarantee a private room.
If you do not request a private room, you will share a twin room with another trip participant of the same sex (Roomshare). When you sign up, if no Roomshare is available, a 50% single supplement will be included on your invoice and is due at final payment. However, if a roommate is found before your trip departs, you will be matched and the single supplement will be removed or refunded.
A single supplement guarantees a private room. Whenever possible singles will be placed in the same room type as our double or twin rooms.
Twin / Double Rooms
Please be aware twin beds in Europe may have very little or no space between beds. Also, for double beds, instead of a king or queen mattress, double beds are often two adjoining twin mattresses secured together and made with double bedding.
Walking is a part of this program. It is both a means of visiting locations and a way to immerse yourself in a place. Our scheduled walks are usually 1-2 hours long at a casual pace. We provide a general description of our walks here. It is your responsibility to know your own physical and medical condition with respect to the advisability of participating in a chosen trip. We suggest you prepare by doing at least 1 hour of walking several times per week, and a longer walk at least once per week. Ideally, include walks with elevation change and stairs. (There are always stairs.)
As with any exercise program, we recommend you consult with your physician prior to your arrival regarding the suitability of a walking tour.
Some of our guests find trekking poles helpful on steep or uneven terrain. In Europe they are quite common. Before using them on a vacation, please practice at home. We strongly advise you get comfortable using trekking poles on familiar paths first.
For additional information on these topics and more, please see our FAQ page.
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