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The Artist’s Paris: A Sketchbook and Art History Exploration, May 16 – 23, 2014

Experience Paris from an artist’s perspective! Join us for a stimulating week of looking, learning, and drawing. We’ll engage your intellect, your intuition, and all of your senses as we explore the streets and museums of Paris in depth—and record these experiences in travel sketchbooks.

What’s special about this trip

image_art_tour_parisPainter Susan Abbott is a teacher par excellence. She has traveled widely and taught drawing and painting extensively. This workshop integrates visual inspiration, art history, and personal experience. Susan has earned le droit de parole—the right to speak in French museums – not easily accorded to foreigners.

We’ll follow the flow of French painting sequentially, from Watteau to contemporary artists.Using the city’s fantastic museums as our classroom, we’ll look at specific paintings together to learn about the artist, the time, and the craft.

image_art_tour_parisIn addition to guided museum visits, each day will include structured sketchbook activities designed to engage your senses and help you focus on important details. Susan will keep you focused on using drawing, writing, collage and color to create a unique record of your Paris adventure. This visual travel journal will be your personal artistic exploration of the city that has inspired so many painters and writers.

• Those without art experience are welcome, but because we’ll be busy exploring Paris, Susan will be unable to provide basic drawing instruction. Her workshop, “Traveling with Your Sketchbook,” is available prior to the trip.

A sample day

image_art_tour_paris9 – 12 am: We begin a busy day of art viewing at the Louvre where Susan will lead an in-depth lecture on early French painters.

12 – 1:30 pm: Weather permitting, we’ll picnic beside a fountain in the Tuileries Gardens.

1:30 – 5 pm: We’ll regroup at 2:00 to walk through the Tuileries to Musée l’Orangerie, where two round rooms were built expressly for Monet’s huge water lily canvases. Next, a sketchbook activity based on the museum’s permanent collection, downstairs.

image_art_tour_paris5 – 8 pm: Now’s a good time to use your room as a “studio” to add color to your sketchbook, using Susan’s tips.

8 – 10 pm: Dinner and the evening free. We’ll help you choose a good value restaurant, a movie or club, a quiet (or lively) place for a drink, or a neighborhood rendered all the more beautiful by street lamp. We want you to get just what you want from your week in Paris!

Trip leaders

Susan Abbott graduated Summa Cum Laude from the Maryland Institute, College of Art, and received her MFA from the Hoffberger School of Painting at the Maryland Institute. She went on to study intaglio print making in the graduate department of the University of Iowa under Mauricio Lasansky. She has traveled extensively, painting in Mexico, Central America and Europe. Her watercolor and oil paintings have been exhibited in galleries and museum shows in New York, Chicago, Washington, and many other cities. Her work is represented in numerous private and corporate collections in the US and abroad. She can’t imagine traveling without her sketchbook. See samples of Susan’s work and her travel sketchbooks at

Karen Kane owns Paris by Design, a travel consulting service that specializes in fantastic trips to Paris. Karen will work with you to personalize the independent time in your itinerary, giving you the inside scoop on where to eat, shop, stroll, and view art. She’ll point out Paris gems you would have missed on your own, she’ll help you understand the finer points of French culture, and she’ll teach you how to navigate the city like a native.

What’s included

• 7 days and nights in Paris

• A newly renovated room in a cozy, three-star Left Bank hotel

• Daily breakfast, two inspirational lunches, a welcome reception and a fantastic farewell dinner

• Guided museum visits, focused drawing activities, and guided walks that get you off the beaten path and allow you to experience art in many forms

• Your own travel sketchbook

• A personalized notebook, including additional Paris addresses of particular interest that will help you discover arts venues, restaurants, shopping, and more

• Paris museum pass that provides fast and free entry to the city’s best museums

• Paris métro pass that lets you navigate the city like a native

• Recommendations for and help arranging optional activities, including performances, a cooking class, spa appointment and the like

Not included

• Transportation to Paris, airport transfers

• Personal expenses

• Passports and travel insurance

Please note: We’ll explore several neighborhoods on foot, and we’ll use the métro to move between the city’s arrondissements, just as native Parisians do.  Our travels will include uneven pavement and many stairs.  If you’re not accustomed to walking, we encourage you to begin walking on a regular basis now.  This preparation will increase your stamina in Paris—meaning you’ll enjoy the experience that much more.

Cost and registration details

Cost is $2,990 per person, double occupancy if registered before Nov 1, 2013. Cost is $3,140 after Nov 1. Single room is available for an additional $680. Price does not include flight.

Registration is on a first come, first served basis, and we expect this trip to fill quickly. Minimum group size is 5; maximum is 10. A deposit of $500 is required to reserve your place in The Artist’s Paris.

To register, or for a detailed itinerary, contact Karen Kane, at 802 456-8770, or email karen (at) parisbydesign (dot) com. For art-related questions, contact Susan Abbott at sa (at) susanabbott (dot) com.

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