Watercolor workshop in Dordogne, France

Instructor: Tony van Hasselt,  A.W.S. 

Workshop: September 15 to 24, 2020, Dordogne, France

Join us for a painting adventure in southwestern France


Join well-known water color instructor Tony van Hasselt, AWS, to explore and paint in southern France. Working in watercolors or pastels, you’ll have the chance to paint in the plazas and narrow alleyways of Sarlat-la-Canéda, France, in the heart of the Dordogne. We will also venture out to paint at some of the amazing chateaux and gardens that lie along the Dordogne River.

Tony has led many, many workshops in such locations as Provence, Tuscany, Mexico, and of course in his home state of Maine. He has led previous workshops for Travel Fever Tours in Italy and Spain.

We will begin this workshop with your arrival in Toulouse, France, where we’ll have a welcome dinner and spend the night before driving to Sarlat-la-Canéda the next day. Sarlat is an historic, extremely lovely town that has much to offer painters. From honey-colored buildings to blooming roses and outdoor cafes, there are endless scenes to choose from. There are plazas and parks, not to mention a former church tower with an elevator to the top.

There are two outdoor markets each week to visit where you can buy a baguette and cheese for your lunch or simply enjoy the colorful sights.

We will venture out to view some of the many chateaux along the Dordogne River. We will visit one chateau that is open to the public and paint in the massive gardens that hold a view of the river below.

And naturally we will sample some of the best French cuisine at some of the restaurants that feature local products and wines.

At the end of the workshop, we’ll stay the final night back in Toulouse to give you easy access to the airport for morning departures. There will also be a farewell dinner.

Workshop in Dordogne, France: September 15 to 24, 2020

Cost: $3500 (for 10 days and 9 nights)
Workshop medium: Watercolors, acrylics or pastels
Maximum group size: 11



Your instructor

Be inspired in Dordogne, France, with master watercolor instructor Tony van Hasselt

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Workshop Instructor:
Tony van Hasselt, A.W.S.

This native Dutchman has been elected to signature membership of the American Watercolor Society and for decades, organized and taught watercolor workshops throughout the US, Mexico and abroad.  He has traveled and painted widely in Italy, France and throughout the continent.

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Tony is a plein air painter who enjoys sharing his experience with students.  His aim is to teach in a sequential manner, building on what has already been presented.  Although drawing ability comes first, the focus is on the art of picture making, composition and design. These are skills applicable in any medium.  He also encourages sketchbook journaling to create memories of an area, often using such sketches as preparation for larger efforts. 

Tony has written and co-authored three books on watercolor and produced several how-to DVD presentations.

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A sampling of Tony’s work:


About the workshop


Demonstrations will be in watercolor but students using acrylics or pastels are welcome. Studio painters might consider this workshop as an introduction to working on location, while finishing touches can be added later in the comfort of your studio.

Weather permitting, the daily schedule starts with a plein air lecture-demonstration. After some on-location advice, students are free to select a subject and paint on their own, while Tony assists on an individual basis. Tony considers himself more of a coach than an instructor. After all, there are many ways to approach a subject and the enjoyment is in exploring your own style and direction.

Scenes from Tony’s previous visits to the Dordogne

Scenes from Tony’s previous visits to the Dordogne

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Trip details


Trip costs:

  • Workshop cost $3,500

  • Supplement for single occupancy of $525

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

Non-painter discount:

Non-painting friends, partners and spouses are welcome on the trip and will receive a $300 discount on costs. There will be optional activities or excursions each morning to neighboring villages planned for non-painters. (Entrance and other fees incurred by non-painters are not included in the cost of the trip).

What’s included in the cost of the trip:

  • Art instruction by Tony van Hasselt

  • 9 nights lodging

  • Breakfast and dinner each day and an appropriate amount of beer or local wine

  • Pickup and drop off at Toulouse airport

  • Local transportation by van and driver

  • Chateaux excursion

What’s not included:

  • Airfare

  • Lunches

  • Wine tasting

  • Admission to museums and local sites

  • Art supplies

Payment schedule

  • $350 non-refundable deposit to hold your place

  • $1575 initial payment
    (Due June 1, 2020)

  • $1575 final payment
    (Due August 1, 2020)

Single occupancy supplement: $525


Your hotel:

The first and last nights will be near the airport in Toulouse to ensure your easy arrival and departure. For the workshop itself, we’ll be staying in the center of Sarlat in a lovely hotel. You will be within minutes’ walk of all parts of the old town center, not mention parks and other landmarks within this formerly walled medieval city. The open-air market, which is held twice a week, will be just one block away.

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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.

End of trip add-ons (optional):

If you prefer, you can arrive into Paris or another city in France and meet up with our group in Toulouse. A few days visiting Toulouse before or after the workshop is also an excellent option. Following the workshop, you can catch a train directly to Bordeaux, Paris, or elsewhere in France, and for that matter, Spain is also close by. 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 and where to stay.