Artist Workshop in Dordogne, France


Instructor: Lynn Zimmerman
Instructor, River Gallery School

Watercolor Workshop: September 27 to October 4, 2020 in Sarlat-la-Canéda

Sponsored by the River Gallery School in Brattleboro, VT


Watercolor Workshop in Dordogne, France – September/October 2020

Join Lynn Zimmerman for an exciting workshop in France as she leads you through some of the loveliest parts of France.


Our home base for this plein air workshop is the historic town of Sarlat-la-Canéda, noted for its honey-colored stone building stones and stone-tile roofs. We will stay in the center of this once-walled town, giving you easy access to painting sites and services, such as shops and restaurants.

There is a large, outdoor market on one day we’ll be in Sarlat where you can stock up for a picnic lunch or merely take in the sights and sounds.

Take an elevator up through an ancient church tower to see Sarlat from above. Sit and paint in one of the town’s plazas and parks. Take a coffee in an outdoor cafe, or stroll about on one of Sarlat’s many pedestrian-friendly streets.

One day we’ll head out to view some of the many chateaux that overlook the Dordonge River and we’ll stop in one for a tour and to let you paint in the chateaux’s extensive gardens.

There will be painting each day, but your time will be balanced between painting and other activities. Plus there will be free time in the afternoon when you can choose between painting, exploring, or perhaps a siesta.

The area is know for its cuisine and of course for its wines. We will dine in many fine restaurants and offer you an optional wine tasking.

Lynn will lead daily painting demonstrations and will assist students individually. She has previously led workshops for Travel Fever Tours in Provence and Tuscany.

Other activities:
Non-painting  partners and others are welcome to join our adventure enjoying the many cultural activities and additional excursions planned.


September 27 to October 4, 2020 in Sarlat-la-Canéda, France

Workshop: $2,800

Maximum group size: 11


Your Instructor

Lynn Zimmerman, right.

Lynn Zimmerman, right.

Workshop Instructor and Mentor:
Lynn Zimmerman
Instructor, River Gallery School

Lynn finds great joy in helping her students explore and discover their artistic abilities. Her love of painting and drawing comes through as she helps her students understand how to see, how to use color, how light and shadows create forms, and how to translate all these elements into paintings. The technical aspects of painting and drawing are an important part of her instruction, but always with the goal of helping her students create the pictures they want to create.

Whether the subject matter is a hillside vineyard or a plate of cheese, Lynn helps her students see the paintings they want to make, and make the paintings they want to see. Currently, she teaches watercolor painting and book arts at River Gallery School.

A sampling of Lynn Zimmerman’s work:


The Workshop:

Demonstrations will be in watercolor and gouache but students using other media are welcome. 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 Lynn assists on an individual basis.


Trip Details

Trip costs:

Cost of the workshop is $2,800

Supplement for single occupancy for Workshop: $475

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

(Places in the workshop are limited to 11 and are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. We recommend that you reserve your place early, as this is a popular location and this workshop is expected to sell out.)

What’s included in the cost of the trip:

  • Workshop in Sarlat-la-Canéda

  • Pickup and dropoff at Toulouse airport

  • Art instruction by Lynn Zimmerman

  • 7 nights lodging

  • Breakfast and dinner each evening with an appropriate amount of beer and local wine

  • Local transportation by van and driver

  • Day excursions to restored Chateau

  • Optional excursions for non-painters

What’s not included:

  • Airfare

  • Lunches

  • Wine tasting

  • Admission to museums and local sites

  • Art supplies

Group size:

  • Maximum: 11

Workshop lodging, Sarlat:

You will stay in a 3-star hotel located in the center of Sarlat-la-Canéda. The entire town will be in easy walking distance, including outdoor markets that occur two days a week.

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Traditional French breakfasts to be taken at your hotel.

Dinners will be taken a restaurants that utilize local products and serve local wines.

Optional day trips:

Optional excursions will be offered during the workshop for those who might like to take a day off painting, or for non-painters who may wish to come on this trip.

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. You can stay a few days before or after in Toulouse, or you can take a train from the Dordogne to Bordeaux. 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.

Payment schedule

  • $350 non-refundable deposit

  • $1225 first installment (Due June 1, 2020)

  • $1225 final installment (Due August 1, 2020)

Single occupancy supplement: $475 payable with first installment

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.