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CTR 120-W24 | France: Artist Retreat on the French Riviera

CTR 120-W24 | France: Artist Retreat on the French Riviera

May 2-10, 2024

Maximum Enrollment: 20 LBS

Course Description




Come be inspired by the French Riviera! Long-time Continuing Studies drawing + painting faculty Adeline Goldminc-Tronzo will mentor students as they draw, paint, collage, and or use mixed media at the exclusive Château de La Napoule.  The  Château was once home to sculptor Henry Clewes, Jr and his wife Marie who designed the lush, ocean-front garden oasis. 

Bring your favorite drawing, painting, mixed media, and or collage supplies, and live in the Villa Marguerite on the grounds of the Château, a castle dating back more than 2000 years and perched on the banks of the Mediterranean Sea in La Napoule, France.  With its eight acres of formal gardens and sculpture-adorned architecture, the Château holds two coveted distinctions from the French Ministry of Culture: Monument Historique and Jardin Remarkable.

This retreat is for students who are comfortable with their creative process. Daily mentorship and critiques will support individual work time. This trip is for creative conversations, inspiration, building artistic relationships, free time, and making art.


Important Information

Trip Dates: May 2-10, 2024

Trip Fees: $3875-$4150 per person. This fee includes: course tuition, housing, continental breakfast each day and two three-course dinners. This fee does not include transportation, airfare and other meals.

To Register: A $500 non-refundable deposit is due upon registration. Final payments are due February 2. Spaces are limited! Register today! Please call the CS Office at 207.699.5061 with questions.



What is a typical day like?

  • Early morning: walk the beach or the Château’s gardens, hike Mt. San Peyre (a small mountain minutes away), coffee on the terrace overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, or sleep in!

  • 8:00am: Breakfast at the Château.

  • 9:00am-12:00pm: The morning is yours to create art in whatever parts of the Château grounds are most inspiring– the terrace, private beach, the gardens, the Villa patio, out your room’s window, any nook or cranny of the Château itself…the choices are endless. Adeline rotates among students for feedback and discussion.

  • 12:00-1:00pm: lunch break (lunch can be made in the Villa kitchen or eaten in the village).

  • 1:00-5:00pm: Independent artwork on your own or free time.

  • 5:00pm: Critique/discussion + cocktails/tea hour. 

  • 6:00pm: Dinner in the grand dining room or on your own. The Foundation provides two three-dinners during our stay on May 2 + May 9).

  • 9:00pm: Stargazing, beach walking, reading, cards, up to you!




How do I get there?

Nice, France (Aéroport Nice Côte D’Azur) is the closest airport to our destination, approximately 30 minutes away from the Château by car. There are flights from Boston (none direct, but all offer connections to Nice). Most students share an Uber from the airport to the Château.

What is the housing like?

Participants will be housed in the Villa Marguerite (Italianate 19th century) where each room has a sea view, a garden view, or a mountain view– and its own bathroom. Most rooms are double occupancy and there are only a couple of single occupancy.  If you would like a single please do not hesitate to register immediately! Students who choose a double will be grouped with another participant unless specified. 

Double with garden view $3875

Double with sea view $3950

Single with garden view $4150

NOTE: Each room is unique and quirky in its own way. We will assign rooms as registrations come in so you are encouraged to register early if you have specific requests or needs.

All accommodations are on the 2nd and 3rd floors. There are no elevators, so participants must be able to maneuver stairs unassisted. The first floor of the Villa has a fully equipped kitchen at our disposal, a living room, a dining room and a computer room with WiFi. There is also a garden patio and terrace.

Will I be able to roll my suitcase up and down the staircases in the Villa and Château?

Since the building is historic, students cannot roll suitcases up and down the stairs, especially since the stairs are tile and crack easily. Please pack so that you can lift your suitcase up and down the stairs.

I have trouble getting around, is there an elevator?

There are no elevators and all rooms are accessed by stairs. Students do a fair amount of walking and will be working outside on varied surfaces.

What are the meals like?

Continental breakfast (8:00am) and two three-course dinners (6:00pm) take place at the Château. Continental breakfast is provided daily and two French cuisine dinners are offered on the Château’s terrace or in the grand dining room. Wine is not served but may be purchased separately in town and brought to dinner. With a full kitchen at our disposal and groceries within walking distance, students can make their own lunch/dinners or get something to eat in the village. (There are plenty of cafes + places to buy baguettes, meats, cheeses, salad ingredients, etc nearby)

What is the town like?

The town center of La Napoule is a 5 minute walk from the Château. There you will find a pharmacy, bakeries and small grocery stores, a bank, restaurants, etc. The train line running East-West along the coast makes a stop at La Napoule and schedules are available online or at the station.

Do I need to rent a car?

No. There is plenty to do within walking distance, train or taxi.

What is the weather like at this time of year?

Typical daily temperatures range between 54-70 during May, but as in Maine, fluctuations within one day may occur.

What about art supplies? Do I bring my own? Are there easels there?

Yes, you will need to bring whatever supplies you plan to use, though the Château does have plenty of easels. Students might want to bring a small lightweight folding stool to sit on while working. 

How can I learn more about the Château?

See lnaf.org for more information about the Château, its mission and its founders, Henry and Marie Clews.




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