Oil painter’s workshop in Dordogne, France

Instructor: Mary Giammarino
Join us from May 14 to 21, 2020


Join Mary Giammarino on the 5th trip she’s led for Travel Fever Tours, this time to the town of Sarlat-la-Canéda, a lovely town in the Dordogne region of France. Mary’s impressionist palette has been influenced by the Cape School of Art. She leads workshops and teaches class in Cape Cod from May to November each year, focusing on oils, acrylics and water colors.

The heart of Sarlat-la-Canéda is a large pedestrian area within what was once a walled medieval city. The town hosts two open-air markets each week and features both open plazas and narrow passageways leading out from the center. And all of this is in easy walking distance of our hotel.

In Sarlat you’ll be free to observe French life as you wander the small streets and alley ways of this ancient town, admiring the old houses and the climbing, red roses. In addition to an excursion to a majestic chateaux with lovely and large gardens, you will enjoy two French markets held on different days directly in Sarlat.

With easy train connections to this part of France, you can easily add a stay in Paris, Bordeaux, Toulouse or elsewhere onto the start or finish of this tour. And it is easy to arrange to fly into one place, such as Toulouse, and out of another, such as Paris or Marseille.

Non-artist partners and others are very welcome on this tour and will enjoy the alternative activities and additional excursions we have planned for you for when the artists are painting.

Dates: May 14 to 21, 2020
Workshop medium: Oils, acrylics, pastels
Cost: $2900
Maximum group size: 11
Workshop History: Read and view photos from our 2017 trip to Provence

How to Register:
Places in this workshop are available on a first-come, first-served basis and it is expecteed to fill quickly given the instructor's popularity.


Your Instructor

Mary Giammarino has previously led workshops for Travel Fever Tours in Spain and Mexico.

Mary Giammarino has previously led workshops for Travel Fever Tours in Spain and Mexico.

Workshop Art Instructor and Mentor:

Mary Giammarino

Mary’s devotion to light and color is evident in all of her paintings. While her work is influenced by the impressionist palette of the Cape School of Art, her work is less idealized and more contemporary by design. Mary’s plein-air paintings reflect her passion and devotion to capturing the exquisite drama of nature’s fleeting moods.

Mary has had numerous solo shows and exhibitions in Provincetown, Philadelphia and Vermont. Her work is in private collections and museums all over Europe. Mary makes her home in Vermont where she lives with her husband, the sculptor John Cassin, their two dogs, Paris and Janet, and their cat, Seamus.

Mary studied fine art at Greenfield Community College in Massachusetts and continued her art studies with a scholarship at the University of Massachusetts. Being drawn to plein-air painting, Mary sought out the Cape School of Art in Provincetown on Cape Cod. She studied with Hilda Neily, John Ebersberger and Cedric and Joanette Egeli. Today, Mary carries on the tradition by teaching plein-air painting classes on the Cape, in Vermont and on trips to Italy, Mexico and Spain.

More information about Mary and her work can be found on her site at: www.mary-painting.com.

Mary has previously led groups for Travel Fever Tours to Spain, Mexico and France.

Trip Details

Trip Costs:

  • Total cost of the trip is $2,900

  • Supplement for single occupancy of $475

  • Deposit required to reserve a place on the tour: $350

(Places on the trip are limited to 11 and are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.)

What’s included in the cost of the trip:

  • Art instruction by Mary Giammarino

  • 7 nights lodging

  • Breakfast and dinner each day, with a reasonable amount of alcohol.

  • Pickup and drop off at designated airport or train station

  • Local transportation by van and driver

  • Day excursion to explore the Dordogne countryside.

What’s not included:

  • Airfare

  • Train fare to or from designated train station

  • Lunches

  • Wine tasting

  • Admission to museums and local sites

  • Art supplies

Payment schedule:

  • $350 non-refundable deposit to hold your place

  • $1275 initial payment
    (Due January 15, 2019)

  • $1275 final payment
    (Due March 15, 2019)

Single occupancy supplement: $475

Group size:

Minimum: 6
Maximum: 11


We will stay at the Hotel Meysset, located just outside the medieval portion of Sarlat. It offers both comfort and convenience.

Single and double rooms are available, with double rooms either with a single, matrimonial bed or with twin beds. All rooms have private bathrooms.

Visit the Hotel Website.


  • Traditional French breakfasts to be taken at the hotel.

  • Dinner will be served at restaurants in or near Sarlat.

Optional day trips:

Several optional excursions will be offered outside of Sarlat, including a day at the grand gardens of an area chateaux.

Pre-trip or End-of-trip add-ons (optional):

At the start or end of the trip, participants may opt for additional nights in the region or elsewhere in France. You may like to fly into Paris and then take the TGV train south to the Dordogne. These trip extensions are up to trip participants to organize, but Travel Fever Tours can make recommendations on what to see, how to get there. 

Your deposit:

Places on the tour are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. A deposit is required to reserve our place. This deposit is non-refundable, unless of course the trip is canceled for any reason by Travel Fever Tours. Natural disasters, political instability or low enrollment would form the basis for canceling a trip. You will be contacted once the trip reaches minimum enrollment so that you can proceed with purchase of your flights and make other travel arrangements. In all cases, review of enrollment numbers will not take place any later than the date of the First Installment payment.