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FRANCE - Awe of Annecy in Watercolor: Sketchbook Journaling with KAREN RAMSAY

Dates: TBD

Medium: Watercolor sketchbook journaling

Price: TBD


From an early age, Karen Ramsay has had a love for drawing and painting.  Encouragement to pursue this passion came from her parents and artists in her family: her grandmother and cousin.  Karen is a graduate of the Colorado Institute of Art in Denver and continues to study under her favorite artists, including Charles Reid, Burton Silverman, Frank Webb, Eric Weingardt, Thomas Schaller and Iain Stewart.  She has been featured in the Big Sky Journal as an "Artist of the West”.  Other accolades include: Paint The Poudre: People's Choice Award, Wild About Colorado: Best of Show and the Colorado Watercolor Society: Member Show Award. Please read more about Karen on the About Us page.


This trip is an artist’s dream come true!  We will stay in the beautiful town of Annecy, the “Venice of the Alps” while sketching and painting the small villages in the region as well as the breath-taking mountain scenery.


Karen will teach and give tips and ideas on how to fill your travel journals. Expect to sketch everything from small towns, mountain vistas, lake scenes and medieval castles and other historic landmarks. Each day, Karen will start with a sketching demonstration. Individual work will follow with Karen sharing her expertise.


This is a small group adventure and a perfect way to explore one of the most beautiful areas of Europe!

All Levels Welcome!

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Tour: Awe of Annecy in Watercolor: Sketchbook Journaling

Dates: TBD

Teacher: Karen Ramsay 

Lodging: Le Boutik Hotel, Annecy

Closest airport: Geneva

Price: TBD

Price includes

6 night lodging in shared double room

6 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners

Wine with dinner

5 days art instruction

All excursions, museum entrances and other programs during the week.

All local transportation including pick up at the airport in Geneva.

Single supplement: TBD

Not included:

Airline tickets

Transportation to and from your departure airport

Any pre-tour hotel costs

Travel insurance

Meals not listed above

Early Bird Discount TBD


Annecy is a beautiful small town, located in the southeastern part of France, by the Alps. The area is a perfect location for artists and offers spectacular mountain scenery and small villages with cobbled streets and pastel-colored houses. Annecy is surrounded by mountains and located on the banks of the 27 sq km Lake Annecy. The lake is well known for its beauty and clean water and the town is called the Venice of the North due to its many canals that run through the town.


The Old Town of Annecy offers you a stroll into history. In this alluring medieval area, which was built around a 14th century chateau, we will visit the St. Peter’s Cathedral, museums, and lively markets. Due to the narrowness of the lanes, most of the old town is pedestrianized, and is full of small bars, restaurants and boutiques in the arcaded streets and alleys.


During the days we will visit the neighboring small towns, enjoy the natural scenery – and also go on a Lake Safari on Lake Annecy. In the afternoons we will gather back at our hotel, have  aperitifs and critiques before going out for dinner.


Staying in Annecy also allows us to try all the local food, cheeses, wines, chocolates. The region of Savoie is a cheese lovers paradise; fondue and raclette are on many restaurants’ menus. The area is famous for its beautiful scenery, but when it comes to the food, it is a gourmet paradise!


Lodging: Le Boutik Hotel

The Boutik Hotel is one of the most personal and creative hotels we've ever seen. Each room is designed in a unique way, and there are fun antiques scattered around the hotel. The breakfast is plentiful and tasty. There is a small garden where we can play a game of boule after we are done painting! The location could not be better, a few minutes walk for the center of Annecy.

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Itinerary for our week in Annecy

Arrival Day 

  • We will meet you at the Geneva airport to go to our hotel

  • Welcome dinner

  • Meet fellow students, teacher and staff

  • Presentation of the week

Painting Days

  • Breakfast

  • Excursions by minibus or boat to our paint out locations, among them:

    • The fairytale castle of Montrottier, dated from the 13th to the 15th centuries

    • The Gorges du Fier, a natural wonder with a footbridge that spans a narrow gorge  and river

    • Boat tour on the beautiful Lake Annecy

    • The idyllic Secret Gardens  which took 30 years of imagination, audacity and work to put together 

    • The high mountain pass of Col de Forclaz with sweeping views of Lake Annecy
    • The impressive medieval castle of Menthon-Saint-Bernard, situated on a 600 feet tall rock

  • Each morning will start with a painting demo by Karen

  • Every afternoon we will meet for a critique back at the hotel

  • Three scrumptious 3-course dinners are included! 

Departure day After breakfast we will say our farewells and coordinate transfers to the Geneva airport


                                                                                     We reserve the right to change the itinerary if needed.

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