Artists Can Paint Their Way across France

Any artist knows the best way to develop technique, skills and presentation is to immerse one’s self in the work. It isn’t enough to practice on a daily basis. An artist must also study the masters and the inspirations that led to some of the most majestic and lasting works of art known to mankind. One way to accomplish this goal is with a working vacation to the home of many of the world’s greatest artists – France. French river cruises are a great way to pack in the most sightseeing while still having the opportunity to do a little painting or sketching of the most beautiful settings imaginable.

Seine Sights

Traveling along the Seine gives an artist the opportunity to capture brilliant cityscapes, vibrant rural landscapes and historical places on paper or canvas. See Rouen’s Gothic cathedral and the lush gardens at Monet’s home stir the heart and the imagination in a way like no other. Honfleur offers the opportunity to paint the quintessential seaside village.

Off-Ship Sites

In addition to visiting Monet’s gardens, stops at Van Gogh’s one-time home in Auvers-sur-Oise may stir the inner artist. Stops at other sites are also part of many French river cruises. It is worth the time to visit the site of the World War II Memorial at the D-Day beaches in Normandy.

On-Board Activities

Art history taught during the cruise will inform the aspiring artist about those who have gone before and left a lasting mark on the world through their masterpieces. The sun deck of the ship is a marvelous place to practice the craft. Some cruise companies provide supplies like easels, brushes, canvases and paints, so that guests can try out techniques at the moment inspiration strikes. On-board art teachers impart insight and advice to those seeking to improve their own skills. Taking home paintings created on art-immersive French river cruises is the ultimate souvenir and far better than any set of photographs.

This is a once-in-a-lifetime trip that will create lasting memories. For those who are beginners or who have never picked up a paint brush, these cruises are a great way to get their artistic feet wet. Beginners are welcome and encouraged to take full advantage of all the resources and support offered.

Northern France offers a chance to get in touch with the world’s artistic history by visiting the touchstones of artists like Monet, Renoir, Gaugin and many more. Wrap up the vacation with a visit to the Musee d’Orsay, and the art immersion trip is complete.