Join me in 2019 for the Paris & the Limousin


Are you guilty of BURNT CHOP SYNDROME?

Put yourself FIRST & join me, Jacqueline Coates, in stunning France for French Art School in August!

Absolutely NO previous art experience necessary




Dreams do come true! French Art School August 2018 has been granted access to an evening painting session at the most famous and well loved garden in the world: the garden of French Impressionist painter Claude Monet.

Be one of a small exclusive group painting live at Claude Monet’s summer garden in Giverny in Normandy with special after hours access. This is the opportunity of a lifetime.

Even if you’ve never painted before I’ll be prepping you for this wonderful event and showing you some fabulous techniques you’ll be able to use to create your own masterpiece inspired by the stunning summer gardens and beautiful evening light on Monet’s garden in Giverny, Normandy .

I’ll be providing everything you need for a comfortable and productive experience . Plus an amazing itinerary you will love. See for full details below.

There’s only one catch . I have just 4 places left from 9! So if you want to join us for the land package August 11-23, 2018 then you will need to let me know quick smart. Simply email me at and I can send my contact, and get you booked in with your deposit.

I’ve only just secured this amazing bonus of live painting at Monsieur Monet’s. I cannot wait ! It’s such an amazing opportunity to see the work in Paris , visit the garden then paint on the gardens ! To see you there, paint brush in hand , email me and we can firm up a spot for you. Love and colour palettes, Jacqueline Coates

French Art School May Tour 2018 peonies and art of peonies shot

Most of us forget to do good things for ourselves. As women, we often nurture others and put ourselves last.

I call this the burnt chop syndrome where you give everyone else the best and take the leftovers. But what about your needs?

I know! You’d jump rivers for those you love but your own list of goals are often unattended to! 

It’s time to take action ladies! After all this time on the planet, who is looking after your needs and your life goals? It had better be YOU!

Over the last two weeks, I have had the pleasure of sharing French Art School Paris and the Limousin with a fantastic group of women, who enjoyed taking time out for themselves, and enjoyed a fabulous creative and inspirational reboot.

French Art School May Tour everything this new painter hoped for

Carol B, South Australia

Enjoying lunch in the garden prepared by the chef after the morning painting session

It takes courage to put your hand up and say, AHEM, I’m taking action and doing something I really want to do. I’m off to France now!

Yet, that is precisely what these women did.

French Art School reveals hidden gems

Patty, Western Australia

Here are some of the reasons my clients told me why they came on tour, just in case you need to come up with a reason for yourself!;

"I had a tough two years losing my mum and my husband, and I need something to restore how I feel. I have been stalking Jac for years online, wanting to do something creative and wonderful so it was time. I loved the itinerary, packed full of great things"


"I saw the itinerary and thought ‘that’s me!’, I’m in! Its not a general tour, its niched for those loving beautiful things and art. I wanted to see France through Jac’s eyes having done a workshop with her before"


"As a busy mum of three young boys plus running the family business I needed some me time. I wanted the inspiration of art tour and learning with Jac"


"I felt divinely inspired to come on your tour. My husband said yes! We work hard on our farm and it was time to learn about my creative side"


"My friend came on your tour last year and we all saw the difference in her work and her attitude. The trip sounded amazing. I could come along this year"

Joy, SA

"I’ve done two other courses with Jac and I really wanted to come to France for the French Art School experience and inspiration"

Liz T, Sydney

"I came along because my friend was so excited about it, and for years I have wanted to explore my creativity and see if I can actually paint!"

Ann C

"I came along for the art and to be with my friends on holiday"

Jan R

Art Immersion at French Art School
Annalise, Sydney

‘I’ve learned so much, thankyou.’-Jan.

Jan R from Sydney had not painted before. She found the exercises set on French Art School helped her to achieve some masterpieces of her own.

This piece inspired by the work of Lily D’Orfani, mid 20 century French painter

"I wanted some hands on painting with you Jac. I’ve been working online on your courses and wanted to try a live experience to make sure I am on track!"

Shona gained confidence with her painting on the French Art School Tour and created some stunning artworks.

Most came along on their own, and met other like-minded women from all over Australia and New Zealand.

What they all had in common was a desire to enjoy themselves, to have some ‘me’ time, to participate, and try new things, to see what that creative itch is all about, to tour gorgeous parts of France, and to be delighted on a daily basis.

They have generously shared some comments on video so you get an idea of what it is like.

Artist increases painterly confindence at French Art School
Shona Jones, New Zealand

Why size matters on a tour

Because I take small group numbers only, absolute max of ten guests and only ten if two people twin share, so more usually max of 9 guests, it meant we can go to places that other tours can’t go.

Most tours  rely on having huge numbers from 30-60 people to fill big buses.

French Art School is all about the personal experience and delights in a small group with a French home style setting and our own painting studio.

Because of our charming group size we can;

  • dine in a Paris Brasserie watching the world go by, alongside other Parisians. If you are on a large tour its likely you have a limited set enu for most meals and are treated like a number.
  • take a private tour of a privately owned Chateau, and collection of tapestries, picnic overlooking a gorgeous private rural idyll
  • be privy to a private collection of tapestry carton paintings, and also vintage floral paintings created by a mid 20th century French artist who had lived in Morocco then we took inspiration from those paintings for our paintings back in the studio during our painting time, to create our own masterpieces working from the originals
  • Experience the local markets and lunched where the locals do afterwards


  • Shop in hand selected treasure laden brocantes for vintage linen and antique pieces for fabulous bargains
  • Quickly and easy visit famous sites with our own driver


  • Visit gorgeous hand picked shops and boutiques in Paris


  • Enjoy personalized painting tuition where you will progress rapidly even if you have never painted before!


  • Visit gorgeous hand picked shops and boutiques in Paris

Due to the relationships I have established in this part of the world with incredible others doing amazing things with art and culture here, I am able to present you with some amazing experiences.

It helps I speak French as that helps open doors for you too.

How to get the insider’s experience of France
Annie G, Sydney

Paint like an Impressionist - No previous experience necessary

I have not only found the creative reboot of a lifetime here in France which continues to open up and constantly reveal more stunning inspirational jewels to me, I share it all with you so you get to see and do so much in the time you are here.

Picture yourself painting in the gentle dappled sunlight en plein air exactly as Monet did and in the same location? Enjoy a guided experience.

Let’s go down a little country laneway, past a field of red poppies and after a gorgeous picnic we meander down along the river bank for a few hours of painting.

You won’t find a tour bus of 30-50 jam packed tourists within cooee. Yes, we have a registered private chaffeur and he is adept at taking us to these charming lesser known places. I wish to keep these places that way.

And that’s just a glimpse. I share all my inspirations here on French Art School tour. Take photos of the same incredible blooms that I use for my own paintings.

You can see from the comments of my clients they love this hand cut experience which connects them with an uninsulated truly French experience.


Heather B from NZ wanted a shot at her creative side. This is just one of many beautiful paintings she painted, this one in a matter of hours from gorgeous peonies plucked from the garden. Once shown how, you will be off and running too.


Run away from home for two weeks, return with the new you!

Everyday life and routines can be fatiguing and keep us stuck in a rut, for sure.

How would you feel to disrupt that for two weeks and instead wake to rose blossoms popping in a deep pink boucle as they climb the wall outside your window, accompanied by fragrance and beautiful birdsong?

How about finding peonies and roses opening from tight balls to stunning ballerinas with layers of frilly delicate petals from one day to the next, to observe spring in its full force in one of the most luscious regions of France?


Fall in love with French Inspirations

On French Art School it is precisely this direct experience of being so close to beauty, and the accumulation of beauty built up in a culture hundreds of years old, being able to savor the fragrances, to enjoy French style cooking from a private chef, staying in authentic French villas, all of which transports you to another experience of yourself.

No one ever goes home the same they arrived after French Art School. They have filled their cups, made new friends, gained confidence in their creative abilities and seen the world through refreshed eyes.

I take you to my most inspirational shops, beautiful villages, markets, art galleries and then we paint to release all that bottled up creativity!

It’s little wonder that I already have customers coming back for second tours!

This photo from a fave florist in Saint Honore PARIS

3 friends share their holiday experience

Liz T, Jan R and Ann C, Sydney

See more colour everywhere you look


Even if you have never painted painted before, you are shown how in easy steps and that’s how all of my students end up with stunning art treasures to take home and frame.

I showed the last group Monet’s limited palette and how he made thousands of colours from those handful of paint colours.

They all understood about how to make colour after that and were painting like pros. I showed them how to handle the paint on the brush and easy ways to get started and to problem solve.

Consequently everyone had stunning works to pack into their suitcases to take home.

Enjoy a bespoke experience

I can only create few tours a year simply because the level of detail assigned to each tour takes time, care and love, loads of planning with my team, and having the right supports and experts in place to ensure a great experience.


I also like to take the tours at a time when nature is peaking for flowers and the local produce and the temperature is comfortable for touring.

I make it totally special for you to be here. The tours will change next year and I cannot guarantee whatǯs on offer this year will be available next year.

If doing something for yourself has become a pressing need, then I suggest you email me and bag a spot, and I will see you in late June for creative reboot in France!

This is the last French Art School Tour for 2018.
Is your name on one of the places available for French Art School 11-23 August 2018?

WILL YOU JOIN US on a dazzling dance through Paris and Normandy, Monets house and garden and a fabulous experience of the French Impressionists in Paris staying in a charming Parisian hotel?

And then on to the abundant and beautiful Limousin, staying in French villas in natural settings, where Monet painted his first series of stunning paintings of the Creuse?

All you need to do is get yourself to Paris for August 11 when we meet up at 3.30pm, and start our fun and inspiration. And book yourself in through contacting me via email as I am in France at the moment.

I can also call you if you send your details. For flights I can recommend my travel agent to you.

Simply email me at and I can send my contact, and get you booked in with your deposit.

I generally go with Qatar or Emirates as they are reasonably priced and great service but have a look at flights online and see who has the best options for where you are departing from.




In addition to the already incredible generous itinerary and inclusions, including free flowing wine in the Limousin, our private chef who prepares delicious and unforgettable meals for us, and the art supplies on tour, I am including for these last twoplaces on the tour, a Winsor and Newton COMPACT SET of water colours with pull out tray, water holder, 14 colours, a portable brush and ten water colour postcards to keep, valued at $90.

At purse size so perfect for painting on tour if you see something you’d love to capture when out and about. The set will last you for years. You know already if this is going to be you, so let me know and I will get you sorted for a wonderful French Art School Experience. The itinerary is below.



with Jacqueline Coates

Tour & Paint in the footsteps of your favourite French Impressionists


There comes a time to put yourself first, and enjoy the opportunity of a lifetime, immersing in art, inspiration and painting in France with a bunch of like-minded others.

Immerse yourself in art in Paris and the heart of rural France in August 2018 with the go to art teacher and highly experienced tour leader Jacqueline Coates.

Follow in the footsteps of the French Impressionists. Paint where Monet painted in the very places they painted. Be inspired by the same unspoiled landscapes. Max of 10 guests


Paris, Giverny, The Loire & the Creuse, Limousin



Live it! Breathe it! Paint it!


Picture waking up in Paris,with an inspiring and enjoyable art itinerary planned for you, and a small exclusive group of like-minded others to travel with. Nothing to organise and everything to enjoy.


Imagine then basing yourself in one of two charming French villas near each other in rural France, where we have our own painting studio spaceand easels, private driver and private chef to take care of us, and even a ballroom studio, where you will paint your own impressions and treat it as home.


Explore the very area where Monet came to paint his first series of paintings as well as chateaux, the beaux arts, the lakes, woodlands, fresh produce markets and picturesque towns.

No wonder Chopin was inspired to write more than half of his output of music in the Limousin.


This is a tour like no other because it’s tailored for a small group, rather than a hoard with generalised venues anyone can get to.

Being a small group we can enjoy special experiences and go to places large groups cannot.

French Art School goes to places you would never know about otherwise. We also have our own painting atelier where we paint and respond to the inspiration.


Hi, I’m Jacqueline Coates, and it has been a long-held dream of mine to take painting enthusiasts to France to study the Impressionist painters in Paris and to follow in the footsteps of Monet and other Impressionists in rural France and paint in the very same areas they painted in.

To make this dream a reality,

I have created my own studio and home style accommodations in France, especially for French Art School.

This is my 9th international tour and my fifth tour for French Art School.

I speak fluent French, and I know how to make my guests comfortable and give them an amazing experience of a lifetime.

I also like to share what it’s like to live the French life in the charming hamlet where my villas are located. Meet the locals and be part of a very special bespoke experience

I have been leading workshops intensives teaching thousands of people over the past 15 years online and in person with a compassionate approach to painting where my students, even the total newcomers, are fast tracked to get great results. My painting methods are different to what anyone else is doing on the planet and that’s why I get the fabulous results for my students so quickly whether you have picked up a paint brush or not.


Every client on our Sept and June tours in 2017 came on tour on their own and made a fabulous circle of friends easily on the tour. It’s a very inclusive of everyone space.

Everyone looks out for each other. Each person has their own room throughout in Paris and the Limousin so you have personal space as well as the opportunity to enjoy like- minded others along the way.

Airfares are yours to do as you like with your favourite carrier or even your frequent flyers or with your travel agent.

If you don’t have a travel agent we can recommend one to assist you with flights and any other holiday arrangements or transfers.

We meet in Paris. Some clients fly in the same day and others arrive a day or two earlier at our Paris hotel. 


One of the accommodations on French Art School is a converted auberge, typical of a charming French farmhouse style dwelling, and the other villa once belonged to a local wine barrel maker, and has a gorgeous orchard of fruit trees and a grange. Both have shuttered windows and are divine to spend time in.


After 3 nights in Paris we travel through the Loire Valley visiting two exquisite chateaux and gardens, then arrive to our French homes in the heart of the Creuse region, to a beautiful welcome meal prepared by our private chef.


Unwind and take in the rolling unspoiled country side of the Creuse region in the Limousin south of Paris.

Enjoy the landscape of the Creuse valleys and the pretty towns where the Impressionists painted.

Walk the same path Monet took to create his series of the Creuse river.

Our base at La Foret du Temple, is also close to many other fabulous highlights including officially some of Frances most beautiful villages.

Visit Aubusson, where the tapestries were created and see the stunning hand painted cartons. Visit a private chateaux hung with tapestries. 

Be charmed by the beautiful painters’ town of Gargilesse and a regional collection of Impressionist paintings at Gueret.

Live like a local and enjoy the Fresh produce at the markets of La Chatre. The last group purchased stunning linen dresses for a song

In between touring and having fun paint up a storm in my painting atelier, formerly a ballroom studio.


  • Enjoy a total of 12 nights and 13 days including 3 nights in a central Paris Hotel with your own superior single room and bathroom and 9 nights in the Creuse area of Limousin in an original French auberge with a ballroom studio or the original barrel makers French Villa with orchard and grange studio known as La Tonnellerie.
  • All breakfasts are included.
  • All art materials included including quick drying water based oils, acrylics,  canvases and thick, luscious art papers from Paris, the provision of easels and brushes and other items we need.
  • Painting tuition and handy how to demos, inspired by the French Impressionist Painters from Jacqueline Coates for a total of 8 sessions including en plein air. Sessions are usually a half day allowing time for relaxing, walking in the beautiful natural surrounds or touring to nearby destinations though sometimes we paint for a day then have a day off.
  • Use of bicycles to explore the area in your free time
  • Private Driver to and from Monet’s Giverny
  • Private driver pickup from our hotel in Paris, as we travel to Chateau de Chambord with its recently renovated gardens, and Chateau de Chenonceaux in the Loire before arriving to our homes in La Foret du Temple, Creuse, Limousin.
  • Entries to Giverny and restaurant lunch
  • Entry to Musee D’Orsay and restaurant lunch in exquisite surrounds
  • Entry L’Orangerie to view the Monet Nympheas Panoramics
  • Two French cooking lessons at La Foret Du Temple with local Anne Forget provided
  • 7 dinners at La Foret provided as we have our own chef
  • 1 dinner out at Auberge des Peshceurs
  • Lunches at L’Hirondelle and picnic lunches on tour ( total 8)
  • Aperitifs and wines at L’Hirondelle including champagne, white wine, or red wine served with most meals in the start up bar provided. ( lasts most of the trip!)
  • 8 Morning or afternoon teas and available refreshments, and fruit, tea and coffee
  • Our own private driver for the Creuse section of the tour to take us touring to local  highlights such as Crozant, La Celle Dunoise, home of the French Impressionist landscape painters, Gargilesse, Gueret, Nohant, Les Fresselines, La Chatre, Aubusson, en plein air painting on the Monet Trail, and he will provide transport for dinner out on our last night  so you can live life as a local.
  • Tour of the Gueret Museum and it’s Impresisionist art collection
  • French Art School Tour Elessons x 10 prior to the trip to provide a cultural backdrop to your tour plus painting tips.
  • Certificate of completion of French Art School and your own artwork created in France to take home with you.
  • A memorable photobook produced online and sent to you after the tour to celebrate the tour highlights of the May 2018 group.
  • Free wifi and free phone calls to Australia to landline numbers from the landline in Creuse at L’Hirondelle.

Here is how the land package for French Art School works

Day 1  Our tour commences  AUGUST 11, 2018 in Paris meet at 2pm at our hotel

We meet at our cute hotel at 2pm and after meeting our fellow travellers for the tour, we walk through the Tuileries gardens to the L’Orangerie Museum where will enjoy seeing Claude Monet’s Famous panoramique water lily paintings, as well as some paintings by Matisse, Renoir, Picasso and other 20th century Masters.

Afterwards join me for an aperitif or an early dinner.


Day 2   AUGUST 12, 2018

Breakfast at our hotel, before venturing to visit The Musee D’Orsay, home to one the world’s finest and largest collections of Impressionists paintings, and occupies a stunning former railway station.

See the masterpieces for yourself close up including peonies by Manet, Tahitian women by Gauguin, Van Gogh’s hay rick paintings after Millet, roses by Fantin Latour and so much more. 

We will observe the traits that make these paintings so successful, ready for when we paint together in Creuse.

Enjoy lunch in the fabulous decorative restaurant of Musee D’Orsay.  Then meander in to the Saint Germain de Pre to check out my favourite Parisian art supply store which is practically an Impressionist antique.  

Enjoy a late afternoon rest at the hotel before we venture out for the evening. 

Day 3   AUGUST 13, 2018 

Today we visit Giverny to visit Monet’s incredibly charming home and studio and the famous garden with waterlily ponds he painted over and over, a favourite motif.

Our tickets include visiting Monet’s house and studio.  Lunch is provided for you in Les Nympheas restaurant as inspired by Monet’s own recipes. Monet loved his food and had his own cook! Eat like a French Impressionist!

Enjoy free time to explore the pretty town or visit the American Impressionists Paintings Museum nearby before returning to Paris with our private driver.

Afterwards, we visit L’Orangerie to see the Nympheas panoramiques by Monet to complete this wonderful day.

Walk back to the hotel through the beautiful Tuileries gardens. Enjoy a coffee or an aperitif along the elegant Rue de Rivoli, on the way.

Day 4    AUGUST 14, 2018

Today is the grand chateaus day to make the most of our transit journey.  There are romances, alliances, wars won and lost, and enemies dispatched. Every castle has its own rich atmosphere. We will see two of the best today. Which will be your favourite?  We will be collected by our driver.

First stop is the Royal Chateau de Chambord, in the French Renaissance style blending with Medieval structures. This is the largest chateau in the Loire originally built as the French hunting lodge of Francis 1. The Chateau has 440 rooms, 84 staircases and has countless treasures from the Louvre. The Formal French Gardens have been recently renovated to the original splendour of Louis X1V. IT recently had 380 million euros spent on it!

Second stop is the Chateau de Chenonceau, the famous chateau that was in the care of a line of women through time who constantly added to its magnificence through building and landscaping.

You will especially delight in the floral arrangements prepared for every single room in the chateau prepared by an onsite team of florists using materials from the gardens themselves. Prepare to swoon. 

Chateau de Chenonceau spans the Cher River with graceful arches, and is filled with art treasures by Tintoretto, Correggio, Rubens, Murillo and Van Dyck. We will also enjoy the western rose gardens and yew tree labyrinth created by Catherine de Medicis. There are vegetable and flower gardens.  

We arrive to La Foret du Temple met by our chef  who has prepared a welcoming dinner for us.
Chef is a fabulous professional from Australia, who is taking care of us for the week.

At La Foret du Temple we will settle into our accommodation where you have your own room to enjoy feeling at home in the natural setting and rolling French countryside. There are loads of beautiful walks and wildlife including deer and hedgehogs, hares, sparrows and hunting birds.

The two accommodations are very near each other so you are in walking distance at all times of a few minutes no matter which charming villa you stay in.  Welcome to La Foret du Temple. 

Welcome to our two traditional accommodations L’Hirondelle & La Tonnellerie


L’Hirondelle is a charming home and French villa with a painting atelier just for French Art School, named for the swallow, which once upon a time was an auberge or local inn, and one of three restaurants in the town. There are swallows nests in the barn and ever year they come back in spring just like me!

Though I come back late winter too to see my friends who help me on my tours and to do the tour preparation as well.

Today L’Hirondelle is a comfortable art filled typically French home with a layers of the past evident throughout offering spacious reception rooms downstairs, whilst upstairs has 5 bedrooms and two bathrooms.

La Tonnellerie was for a long time the home of a local wine barrel maker until an English couple took over the property and made it home for eleven years opening up the enormous attic to more rooms and revealing the stone of the villa, and cultivating a gorgeous garden. 

La Tonnellerie has an orchard and lots of lovely places to enjoy the sunshine, and a fabulous grange that is in the process of being turned into a working painting studio. The two properties are within minutes walk of each other in in the centre of a tiny pretty village with multiple accesses and pathways onto open countryside with beautiful walks in nature. Enjoy woods of hazelnut, walnut, oak, chestnuts, and running streams.

Meander along quiet winding back roads with breathtaking views across hedge rowed fields and farming lands, ideal for drawing and painting.  Connect with yourself and nature, in this peaceful and inspiring setting, yet enjoy modern conveniences in a traditional French setting such as free wifi, access all TV channels, and kitchen mod cons to make your stay comfortable and convenient. You can phone Australia for free from the landline.  There are two bicycles available for your usage.

Catering; All of your meals for breakfast and dinners apart from a restaurant we will go to one night, and a lunch at the markets, are included apart from one night which is free time in case you want to explore another restaurant option locally which we can assist to arrange.

Most lunches and tour picnics, and an at home evening bar for aperitifs and some wines with evening meals during the stay at La Foret du Temple are included.  We even put you in on the train with a baguette and a drink for the journey back to Paris on the final day.

Our own painting studio; I have already set up the studio complete with travelling French box easels and studio easels, boards, paints and brushes, and day backpacks and lightweight camping stools. We will be working with portable watercolour palettes, yours to keep (don’t worry I will show you how) and painting on boards for fast techniques we can also get out touring as well as produce successful works you can take home.  There are individual rooms for the guests. Downstairs at L’Hirondelle, the old ballroom makes the perfect spacious painting studio.  At The other house there are four single rooms plus one for Jac and creative options for our art. 

Day 5  AUGUST 15, 2018

Today after breakfast at L’Hirondelle we will explore the local area with a leisurely walk in the village and nearby forests and pathways of La Foret, our new base. We will gather local wildflowers and seeds to create an artwork with a difference in a morning session. 

Morning tea at L’Hirondelle.  Morning tea is a ‘Clafoutis’, a specialty of the area, served with cream.  

We settle into the ballroom studio for our first in studio painting session. We will be employing some techniques I will show you used by the Impressionists painters as well as some tips on how to manage your paint. Lunch served.  Afternoon paint session painting in the productive style incorporating some of the Impressionistic techniques I will show you. Create some pieces you will love on luscious thick art paper from Paris. No previous experience necessary. 

Day 6  AUGUST 16, 2018 

This morning we are taken to La Chatre to enjoy the local market atmosphere and choose ingredients for Bouillabaisse and other stunning meals our private chef will prepare for us.  There is a great selection of inexpensive linen clothing, hats and more. Meander the medieval back streets and the interesting homewares stores.

Visit a fabulous Brocante stacked with treasures. Lunch alongside the locals after the markets 
I will be selecting produce to prepare for our afternoon session painting  Afternoon tea from the La Chatre Patisserie. Sigh!

Day 7   AUGUST 17, 2018

This morning we visit Crozant, where the Impressionists painters hung out together and stayed at the Hotel de L’Epinat. Crozant is famous for its ruined castle that the Impressionists used to paint frequently as a motif of the area. 

Then walk the path to where the Monet trail begins by the river Creuse enjoying the scenery that Monet painted.  We enjoy an en plein air painting session in oils,  Impressionist style and a picnic.Afterwards we drive to the Art Museum of Gueret and see the original paintings by local French Impressionist artists.

Day 8  AUGUST 18, 2018

After breakfast, we will paint produce from the markets or local flowers, in the studio

After morning tea and lunch at La Foret, and weather permitting, we will visit the picturesque village of La Celle dunoise on the Creuse river, a 20 minute drive away using the French box easels to create two local landscapes from two of many stunning vantage points using oil paints and learning more about impressionist painting techniques. 

Enjoy afternoon tea en plein air including delicious pastries. Create and breathe in the wonderful landscape. Live like an Impressionist! I will demo how to easily capture what is in front of us and you will follow suit using an unusual array of painting tools. I am on hand to assist you with your paintings. Clean up on site and join me for a casual dinner at Auberge Des Pescheurs included.

French Art School

Day 9  AUGUST 19, 2018 

Guided morning session in the studio painting. Lunch is Chicken Basquaise prepared by our local Frenchwoman Anne.

Afternoon tour to Nohant, the property of the famous French writer Georges Sand near La Chatre.  Frederic Chopin spent many years in Nohant with his lover Georges Sand, an independent female novelist and memoirist who made the Creuse famous through her romantic descriptions of the wild and natural landscape and the ruins. 

We visit her home and very pretty gardens and enjoy a private tour in English accessing parts of the house otherwise inaccessible.  She was raised for much of her childhood by her grandmother, at her estate ‘Nohant’, which became the setting for many of Sand’s books. She was also well known for wearing men’s clothing, highly unusual in her day, which allowed more freedom to enter bars and other venues.

George’s son Maurice was an accomplished artist, and as well as painting and drawing, created a puppet theatre and 300 puppets which were based on characters of the day, and used in performances at Nohant and in Paris.

Afternoon tea in the gardens. Private tour included  Return to La Foret and relax, take a bike ride, or finish any paintings underway. Tonight get ready for a traditional French raclette meal. 

French Art School

Day 10 AUGUST 20, 2018

A day out at Aubusson. On the way we will break for a visit at picturesque Chateau Villemontieux at Chenaillerie known for its quality tapestry collection and tall turrets with a tour led by the actual owner who has restored the chateau over a thirty year period and lives there. Picnic in front of the chateau afterwards.

Afterwards we make our way to pretty Aubusson about one and a half hours from La Foret,du Temple. Aubusson is known for being the village of tapestries. Wool was washed and died by the river, and woven into the tapestries you see in the Chateaus. I have found a gorgeous café by the river for coffees.

Afterwards you have free time to explore the several museums, or the Aubusson Museum of Tapestry or the Cite Internationale de la Tapisserie. Enjoy a meander around this pretty town. At home, a beautiful meal prepared by our chef awaits us.


Day 11 AUGUST 21, 2018

A relaxing painting day at La Foret Du Temple;
Spend a delightful day in the studio painting your own PAINTED CANVAS WALL HANGING inspired by the cartons of Aubusson.

You will be able to hang this on your own wall at home to take a little bit of French Chateau style home with you. This piece will roll up and be able to pack in a tube or your suit case. Chez nous, (at our place) for a beautiful meal in the garden at La Tonnellerie.


Day 12 AUGUST 22, 2018

A relaxing morning painting flowers in season from life, most likely to be peonies and roses and anything else you want to cover off. Varnish any finished works and allow to dry
Home for lunch then afternoon at leisure at La Foret.

Enjoy an afternoon visit to the beautiful town of Gargilesse and and the magnificent view of the Creuse river bend at the Boucle de Pin. Explore the towns galleries and take time out for a meander and a coffee. Then home to pack ahead of our farewell dinner.

Dine at my favourite local restaurant, which has a Michelin Star, but not the price tag to match luckily for us This restaurant never fails to delight and impress with its service and food.


Day 13 AUGUST 23, 2018

Today is the day for departure as our chauffeur collects us to take us to the station ahead of time. We will pack you a snack and some water to take on the train to Paris.

The journey is usually two hours and arrives to Paris at Gare D’Austerlitz which is serviced by taxis. Allow at least an hour to get to the airport by taxi. I do not recommend the RER to the airport because the trains are infrequent. Please don’t book too tight a flight connection in case of scheduling and traffic events beyond our control that may require more than the allowed for travel time

For those staying on your details of your stay will be on a separate itinerary provided by your travel agent.
La Tonnellerie is available for booking in the week following the tour should you wish to have wind down time after the tour to relax, read, walk, sketch and hang out. A local driver can be arranged if you would like outings. Jacqueline will be about at L’Hirondelle during that following week.


Total for land package FRENCH ART SCHOOL with Jacqueline Coates tuition & host


Bookings to French Art School

As I am currently in France and these two places are ready to be secured please email me your expression of interest at

For flights and any holiday arrangement add ons etc you are welcome to use your own travel agent OR let me refer you to travel agent Robert Thornberry at Signature Travel Orange, NSW

Robert is up to date with the tour arrangements and can arrange any before and after details you may wish to arrange.
Please ensure I have you registered for a place before making other plans around the tour.





No previous art experience is necessary to take the French Art School Tour.
I am known for my generous and compassionate teaching methods that open ip painting to anyone who wants to give it a go. The methods i use are always based on taking the pain oit of painting so yoiu can get great results quickly.

Typically students take home up to 12 paintings each! So not only will you have a stunning inspirational holiday you will take home beautiful artwork. One of my students from the June 2017 tour used the paintings made on tour in France as the basis for a collection of work that she sold a few months later in August at an exhibition.

Others prefer to keep their work and frame it at home. Some is on canvas and some is on thick artisan art paper so its easy to fit in your suit case.


Packaging materials for paintings to be taken home are supplied and assistance will be given to pack your paintings for travel.


On the previous tours, it has so happened that guests have booked in on their own and made great friends on the trip they have stayed in contact with afterwards because they enjoyed the friendships made on tour. We have a private Facebook page where you can meet everyone before the tour starts and keep in touch with afterwards.

There is provision for one twin share room in the Limousin of two friends want to travel and share together which is why we can go to 10 guests but if not it will be a maximum of 9 guests.


That depends on how much shopping you want to do! Most of your meals are supplied once in the Limousin as we have a private chef. Its nice to stop for coffees along the way or refreshments when touring. We visit brocanteurs, who sell vintage linen and other fabulous objects. Paris will tempt and you may want to buy perfume somewhere along the way. I also take you to my favourite art supply store in Paris but you don’t need to buy anything because I supply all your art supplies and that is included in the price. About $1000 Aussie should be enough if you aren’t bringing home chandeliers!


At a certain age everyone likes to enjoy their own private space as well as engage with others during the day which is why I have planned that your own room booked is for you in Paris, and in the Limousin. There is only one room in the Limousin that has the option of twin share of two friends come on the tour and would like that otherwise it reverts to a single room.


Please advise any dietary requirements at the time of booking so we can plan in advance as we consider food an important part of the enjoyment of our time together.


We have FREE WIFI at the hotel and at the villas. At the villas there is a landline your family can call you on.


French Art School supplies canvases for specific painting exercises bearing in mind you travel with them afterwards so the selected sizes are small to mid-size for your convenience.

French Art School supplies paints, brushes, and everything else you will need so you are not encumbered by weight when you travel. By all means bring any favourite brushes.


A feature of the tour is that we have pur own space and equipment to paint with providing total creative support and freedom whilst on holiday.

Downstairs at L’Hirondelle, the old ballroom makes the perfect spacious painting studio.


Make sure you have a digital camera or iphone for photos or other fave device. There are so many photo opportunities. Bring a charger and a European plug adaptor. You can buy the adaptor at the airport before leaving Australia.


Take comfortable clothing, shoes you like walking in, some smart casual clothing for going out to dinner, and be prepared that the weather will be cool and spring like so trans seasonal is a good idea, plus some tops suitable if its warmer. ie the ability to add warm layers or strip back a layer of it’s warmer.


Total for land package FRENCH ART SCHOOL with Jacqueline Coates tuition & host


Bookings to French Art School

For flights and any holiday arrangement add ons etc let me refer you to my trusted travel agent Robert Thornberry at Signature Travel Orange or feel free to use your own agent. Robert is up to date with the tour arrangements and can arrange any before and after details you may wish to arrange. Please ensure I have your registered for a place before making other plans around the tour

Booking to French Art School