France for Art's Sake Painting Workshops for Artists and Art Lovers

France for Art's Sake Painting Workshops for Artists and Art Lovers

France for Art’s Sake 2018 Retreat for Artists and Art Lovers
Dates: Tuesday May 22 to Thursday May 31, 2018
Location: Poissy, Ile-de France (Paris region)

Organized and led by Terry Plater
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Planning is now underway for the fifth annual painting trip to France for artists and art lovers. Scheduled for ten days in May, this excursion will accommodate a maximum of seven participants. We will be housed in a lovely family home situated in the park of a former abbey, on a hectare of land, with its own pond. In the spirit of “all art, all the time," half of our days will be organized around intensive work -- painting and sketching on the property and in the nearby village -- and the other half will be spent painting and visiting cultural sites and contemporary neighborhoods in Paris.

Painters working in oils, acrylics, water colors, or pastels are welcome. All will be able to explore new places, experiment with fresh themes, or simply work quietly and carefully in historic, exciting, and inspiring settings. Partners, spouses, and friends are welcome with the understanding that the hours/days devoted to working on site will be the prioritized activity on those days. Partners, spouses, and friends will be included in the guided museum tours on days devoted to Paris.

Designed for seven participants (plus the chef and me), the agenda features four “work intensive” days on site and four days set aside for sketch/paint outings and cultural excursions in Paris. Art instruction will be focused on both teaching or polishing techniques while giving individual attention to the needs and wishes of the participants in both making and viewing art. A full syllabus, developed in part with the input of the participants, will be made available early in 2018.

Program cost: $3350.00 per person covering:
• Pick-up and drop-off upon arrival/departure at the RER commuter train station in Poissy
• Housing (nine nights) in private or shared accommodations as preferred / available
• Three daily meals on site (packed lunches / meal per diems for outings; “omnivore” and vegetarian meal options only; hot beverages, soft drinks, and “vin de table” only included)
• Transportation by car if/as required by the program for excursions
• A tour of Montmartre and the surrounding area including a visit to the Musee Montmartre
• Visits to the Musee d'Orsay and the Orangerie (early through late Impressionism), the Musee Rodin (great sketching opportunities), and the Musee Beaubourg/ Pompidou Center (modern and contemporary art)
• Full information on plein air painting materials, air travel regulations for artists, and purchase of art supplies and equipment including what to buy and where in the US or in Paris (provided upon registration)
• A reading list for those interested French history and popular culture, art history, architecture, or the literature of art
• A daily itinerary and information on museums and exhibits scheduled for May
• Information on banking, credit card, phone, and internet use; health and safety; and related essentials
• General how-to information on “getting around and getting on” in France
• A pre-departure group brunch and meeting, hosted by Terry Plater (date/time TBD)
• A wine tasting at Ports of New York, Ithaca, owned and operated by Frederic Boucher
• A post-program exhibit of artwork and photos developed from the work done during the trip at Decorum Too-Rug Store in Ithaca (scheduled for December 2018 and January 2019)

Not included in the program fee are the costs of:
• Transportation to and from Paris and Poissy (airfare to/from/ Paris, plus a 30+/- euro round trip metro fare to Poissy)
• Medical Insurance (required)
• Travel insurance (required)
• Museum pass or entry fees to museums of personal choice
• Meals and drinks of personal choice not included in the program
• Art supplies
• Passport fees and other personal expenses

Payment schedule (per person):
A deposit of $900.00/person due to reserve a place / by December 31, 2017**
Second payment of $1225.00 due on January 31, 2018
Third payment of $1225.00 (or balance) due on February 28, 2018

Checks and credit cards accepted

The 2018 Workshop and Retreat in Poissy, Isle de France

Participants will benefit from working with a professional painter and fellow artists. New and experienced participants will investigate the peculiarities of light as captured by the eye, the brush, and the camera. Work will alternate between days on site, and days in Paris. Days in Paris will be split between time to paint in the city (monuments, neighborhoods) and time to visit selected museums on both guided and independent visits. Time will also be reserved for a visit to important and inspirational sites in the region and in Paris proper. A pre-trip orientation meeting will help participants prepare and select art supplies, and a list of suggested readings will be provided.

The instructor: Terry Plater
Terry Plater is widely-travelled in general and knows France well having visited there many times since her first in 1979. Formally trained in architecture and city planning, she taught a semester long Paris-based, graduate school class for architecture students in 1991. Four years ago she inaugurated the program for artists and art lovers by organizing a successful, seven day “pilot trip” to the south of France. She has led academic trips to other countries as well -- India and Thailand in recent years.

While keenly aware of the wealth of beauty and history to be found in France and in Paris, Terry is equally intrigued by the intersection of equity and aesthetics; consequently, her interest is also to shine light on critical issues evident in contemporary (French) life, to demonstrate how earlier artists such as Courbet and Daumier treated challenging or overlooked subjects in their art, and to investigate the ways in which contemporary French of all backgrounds artists are doing the same.

Terry is comfortable – and happy -- teaching painting and drawing at all age and ability levels. Her skill as a teacher draws on her facility with a number of media and her broad knowledge of art historical precedents and trends as well as her ability to appreciate a student’s strengths, develop his or her weaker areas, and understand how to help all students meet their stated goals. In Paris she will pay special attention to demonstrating –and interpreting art for the benefit of the 21st century artist.

A lifelong painter of the figure, landscape, and interpretive pieces, Terry’s work can be viewed at