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

Dates: June 6-12, 2022

Medium: Watercolor sketchbook journaling

Price: $ 2,995 after Early Bird discount


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: June 6 - 12, 2022

Teacher: Karen Ramsay 

Lodging: Three star hotel, Annecy

Closest airport: Geneva

Price: $ 2,995 after Early Bird discount

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 Marseilles.

Single supplement: $ 495

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 $200 when booking by 10/15/21.


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!

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Itinerary for our week in Annecy

Arrival Day June 6, 2022

  • 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 town of Chambery, known for its medieval buildings, passageways and renaissance arcades

    • The Gorges du Fier, a natural wonder, and the castle Château de Montrottier

    • Aix les Bains, with its Roman ruins and Temple of Diana

    • Lake safari around 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! (And picnic lunches are included almost every day)


Departure day June 12, 2022 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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