Art Journal Workshop in Paris France - Create as you travel!

Oh Paris! Spend a week creating a mixed media travel journal while exploring neighborhoods, markets, and boutique art stores with teaching artist Tammy Gilley
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Unique Locations, Eclectic Collecting, and Fabulous Finds

Dates: September 9-16, 2023   SOLD OUT (WAITLIST AVAILABLE)
Duration: 7 nights
Location: Paris, France
Cost: from $3795 based on double occupancy
Single Supplement: from $895
Maximum Class size: 14 students


L’objet trouvé, the found object. We’ll spend a fabulous week together in Paris, France in search of it. In search of them!  Your days will be steeped in Paris’ famous flea markets, inspiring museums, antique book markets, and wonderful boutique art supply stores. Along the way, you’ll search for what inspires you. Those found objects will fill your travel art journal with memories of Paris. If you dig a scavenger hunt… If vintage French paper and ephemera is your jam… If you love creating, laughter, and maybe a little French wine… Then this travel journal art workshop in Paris is for you. 


Join us for an unforgettable week with the joyful and always fun Tammy Gilley. We’ll walk through Tammy’s favorite neighborhoods in her favorite city. Together, we will explore incredible art museums, shop for just the right treasures, and share wonderful moments together in beautiful Paris, France. Then, using all the inspiration and found objects, you’ll create a gorgeous, and very personal, travel art journal. Oh la la! 

Travel Journal Gallery

Art Journal Workshop in Paris, France

The week’s theme will be the search for l’objet trouvé, but the whole of Paris will be your inspiration. A range of media will be introduced and encouraged: sketching, ephemera collecting, collage, watercolor painting, observational note taking, simple book binding and more. Tammy presents it all with an eye toward simplicity and techniques that are approachable.


What to Expect: Art Workshop in Paris, France

Each day Tammy will lead you through how to make your very own travel art journal. First, our early excursions will provide foundational materials and inspiration. Next, you will begin to build collaged pages of your Paris adventures. Then, using collected ephemera, Tammy will guide you in using color, pattern, small sketches and text to create rich, relevant content. Finally, from your art journal workshop in Paris you will have a beautiful book filled with memories of your time in France.

What’s Included on your Art Vacation in Paris, France:

  • Seven nights at our select hotel in the heart of Paris
  • Complete program of art travel journal classes  with Tammy Gilley 
  • Buffet breakfast daily
  • Welcome dinner
  • Daily walks to discover Paris
  • 1 week Navigo Easy Pass for free access to Paris’ public transportation
  • Visit Paris’ famous Vanves Flea Market and Old and Used Book Market
  • Seine river cruise
  • Admission to Musee Carnavalet, Musee Montmart, and Musee D’Orsay
  • Discover boutique art supply stores
  • Tastes of famous patisserie and street food snacks
  • Gelato!
  • Visit a Parisian open market where you can shop for a picnic in a park
  • Farewell dinner
  • Fully hosted and escorted
  • All hotel taxes and service fees
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Art Walk traveling artists at Sennelier art store in Paris, France.


Art Journal Workshop in Paris, France 

Daily schedule is subject to change.


Paris france walking tour art vacation workshop art store

Day 1

Welcome: Our art journal workshop in Paris begins midafternoon on the first day. To begin, we will spend time meeting one another and talking about our days ahead. Then we will set off for an orientation walk of the neighborhood. Along the way we will stop at two of our favorite art supply stores. Afterwards, you can find a bite to eat with the group or maybe tuck in early after a busy day of travel.

art journal workshop in Paris

Paris france walking tour art vacation workshop flea market finds

Day 2

Market Day!: An early start brings us to the Old and Used Book Market. It is a treasure trove of printed material of all shapes and sizes. (You might grab an amazing croissant from our favorite bakery just across the road.) Next, spend the remainder of the morning exploring the Puces de Vanves Flea Market. There, vintage jewelry, paper, linen, and other goodies await your discovery. After lunch we’ll return to the hotel “studio” for an art journal workshop class with Tammy. Lastly, our welcome dinner celebrates the tastes of French culinary tradition.

art journal workshop in Paris Degas Painting

Day 3

Musée d’Orsay: Spend the morning with the works of Monet, Renoir, Degas and more. Stroll through the Musee D’Orsay and its collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist greats. Afterward, join the Parisians for a stroll through the Tuileries Garden. Then lunch in the stunning tea room at Angelina’s. Next, we will visit one or two boutique art supply stores as well as pass through the Louvre courtyard with its famous glass pyramid. Finally, Tammy will show you how to bring it all together in another art journal workshop class.

small group Walking vacation in Paris, France

Day 4

Montmartre: Tammy will lead you to her favorite places in this long-ago artist enclave. Follow winding streets to Sacre Coeur and Place du Tetre. You’ll find inspiration at the Musée Montmartre and the serene Renoir garden. Afterwards, refresh with a light lunch and a sip of wine (just like the Impressionists did!). Then we’ll pay a visit to a stunning fabric market and an eclectic antique store. Another art journal workshop class awaits upon your return to the hotel. In the evening we will reconvene for a Seine River Cruise to see the city at night

Walk on the Promenade Plantee Paris France

Day 5

Bastille: In the morning, discover La Coulée Verte. Spend time strolling, sketching, writing or just enjoying the view on this elevated walkway overlooking the rooftops of Paris. Afterward we will visit the Bastille Market to shop an array of fresh produce and prepared food for picnic supplies. From there it is a short walk to the lawn of Place des Vosges.  There you may enjoy the bounty found at the market with a picnic lunch followed by an art class.

art journal workshop in Paris

Musee Carnavalet Courtyard paris france

Day 6

Marais: In the morning, discover the fascinating history of Paris in the newly renovated Musée Carnavalet. There, Tammy will lead a fun, onsite class in this beautiful space. After lunch we will visit a family-owned art supply store with a long and fascinating history.  Next, the cobbled courtyards and serene spaces of the Village of St. Paul is a perfect respite from the bustling Marais neighborhood. Home to boutique designers, antique dealers, and galleries, the village is a beautiful space to leisurely shop, sketch, write, or enjoy a apéro.

sketching and watercolor workshop Paris, France

Day 7

Eiffel Tower: Our art journal workshop in Paris begins the day with a convivial sketching session with a view of the Eiffel Tower. Your afternoon is free to visit the tower or explore the many other sites of Paris. In the afternoon Tammy will guide you through your last class together. Lastly, celebrate a week of discovery and memory-making with a festive apéro and farewell dinner.

Paris france walking tour art vacation workshop coffee and croissants

Day 8

Departures: After a delicious breakfast, we bid farewell to our art journal workshop friends until the next time. No formal activities are planned for this day. You may depart whenever best suits your schedule.

A full week of leisurely sightseeing and cultivating creativity

Where in the World? Art Workshop in Paris, France!

Paris, France’s capital, is a major European city and a global center for art, fashion, gastronomy and culture. Its 19th-century cityscape is crisscrossed by wide boulevards and the River Seine. Beyond such landmarks as the Eiffel Tower and the 12th-century, Gothic Notre-Dame cathedral, the city is known for its cafe culture and designer boutiques. 

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