Michele Cooper is a recognized
artist who has been teaching watercolor painting for nearly twenty years.
Her friendly open approach has made her just as popular in her traveling
workshops as in her weekly classes. Her unique techniques and philosophy
have opened the gates of watercolor to students of all ages, abilities
As well as being a gifted
and inspiring teacher, Michele's other great asset is a genuine liking
for people, which has made her friends all over the world. Michele has
written two books and produced a series of 19 instructional videos. Her
students say they have found her books and videos as inspirational
as her workshops and demonstrations. Michele's watercolors have been exhibited
in galleries as far afield as Seattle, Ireland and Kyoto. She is a signature
member of the Northwest Watercolor Society, Women Painters of Washington,
and past (7 years) National President of the NationalCollage Society. Michele
loves her art, and whether she is painting, writing, videotaping or teaching,
it is her innate friendliness that keeps people coming back year after
are invited to join Michele Cooper
Painting & Relaxing
June 2000 Traveling Watercolor Workshop
Paris Saturday 10 June
Paris Friday 16 June 2000
night post workshop package includes Giverney
Paris, Upper Loire, Plagny to Rogny-les-Sept-Ecluses, *Monet's Garden
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Peace and solace rise above the French countryside like soft notes of a
hidden symphony, la plus belle musique for the soul. The hotel barge "Chanterelle"
travels in the Upper Loire Valley, through a landscape straight out of
a picture book. See impressive castles, medieval towns, magnificent floral
gardens and the famous Sancerre vineyards.
The French Barge Workshop
with Michele Cooper could be your best holiday, ever!
days on-board "Chanterelle", traveling the Upper Loire Valley
to Paris, Chateau d`Apremont, Nevers, Argenvieres, Sancerre, Chavignol,
Beaulieu, Rogny-les-Sept-Ecluses, Briare, and more for sightseeing and
visits to Nevers & Gien for collectors of faience.
teaching and guidance by Michele Cooper
and five course candlelit dinners prepared by a highly skilled master chef
meals complimented with wine, cheese and dessert
of an experienced, professional workshop manager
8 June, 2000 Departure from Home Airport
on length of flight and various time zones, some workshop members will
need to depart today in order to arrive on time to meet our transfer from
Paris to the "Chanterelle."
9 June , 2000 Paris Arrival
members optional check in at the Hotel Regina as they arrive from their
various flights. Come together for dinner at the restaurant. After dinner,
take in the music in one of the bars, go for an evening stroll – or just
1 Saturday 10 June 2000 Embark at Nevers
in your room or at one of the restaurants in this neighborhood of the Louvre
Museum. Transfer from the Hotel Regina to Nevers at 1:30 pm. Enjoy a welcome
aboard cocktail reception aboard the Chanterelle.There will be time to
unpack and settle in as we begin our journey. The workshop will meet before
dinner. Michele will outline her plans for the coming enjoyable days on-board
2 Sunday 11 June 2000 Cours-les-Barres,
aqueduct of Le Guettin and Chateau d`Apremont
Workshop members will be able to paint throughout the morning and afternoon
with help from Michele Cooper as the barge cruises to Cours-les-Barres,
crossing the aqueduct of Le Guettin. This afternoon, continue to Chateau
d'Apremont, set in a medieval village with magnificent floral gardens.
Michele will carry out a critique session before dinner.
3 Monday 12 June 2000 Nevers
Day long cruise through lovely pastoral landscapes to Menetreol and visit
the city of Nevers. Discover ancient fortifications, a variety of architecture
and a 14th century gateway. Nevers is known for its fine porcelain. Continue
to Argenvieres. Nearby, the historic town of La Charite sits astride the
4 Tuesday 13 June 2000 Sancerre, Chavignol,
Visit Sancerre for a private tasting of the famous dry wine. Continue to
the goat farm at Chavignol, which produces some of France's finest goat
cheese. After lunch, cruise to the village of Beaulieu. We will be sketching,
photographing and painting as the occasion allows during the day.
5 Wednesday 14 June 2000 Briare
The workshop group will move ashore if an opportunity for painting presents
itself. Cruise on the aqueduct of Briare. You can see the Renaissance working
farm and Chateau St. Fargeau. It's rich history covers more than 2,000
years. Nearby, you may visit a museum dedicated to witchcraft.
6 Thursday 15 June 2000 Chateau Blancafort
& Gardens, Rogny-les-Sept-Ecluses
Our final day of painting and enjoyment on our peniche. Enjoy an excursion
to Chateau Blancafort, a charming and privately owned Renaissance castle,
surrounded by beautiful gardens. Continue to Rogny-les-Sept-Ecluses and
discover impressive 16th century lock chambers. Michele will paint her
final demonstration session for the workshop and then help workshop members
with their own work throughout the day. We will come together for a final
celebratory critique session and farewell dinner on board.
noted in the A&K brochure, cruise will reverse on alternate weeks.
7 Friday 16 June 2000 Paris Airports,
Post Workshop Package at France Louvre Hotel, Paris
Breakfast. Workshop members will disembark after breakfast, return to Paris
at about 1:00 pm and workshop arrangements
who wish to add the Post
Workshop Package proceed
Breakfast. Return from the barge to Paris and check in for 2 nights at
France Louvre Hotel, arriving about 1:00 pm. The afternoon and evening
are free for shopping, sightseeing, museums and entertainment of your choice.
Optional dinner with the group.
8 Saturday 17 June 2000 Post Workshop Package in Paris
The day is free for shopping, sightseeing, museums and entertainment
of your choice. Optional dinner with the group.
9 Sunday 18 June 2000 Vernon, Giverney
Principal drivers will pick up their rental cars at the carousel nearby.
We meet in the lobby at 10.00 am. We will stow our luggage and hop in the
car for a morning of sightseeing in the countryside on the way to our accommodations
in Vernon. Anyone who would like to preview Monet's garden while the museum
is open may do so this afternoon. We are staying in "The Pink House" once
owned by the Monet family. It is the same style and color of the house
in Monet's garden. After dinner in the village of Vernon, we are
free to choose a night on the town or just spend a quiet evening before
10 Monday 19 June 2000 Giverney, Monet's garden
Subject to our reservation letter, we will spend the day painting the principal
sights of Monet's garden at Giverney under the watchful eye of Michele
11 Tuesday 20 June 2000 Paris, Airport
Each party will transfer to the airport for their flight home.
Note: These are dates and prices available as
of today. They are subject to change at the discretion of our barge company.
Foreign Exchange Rate Fluctuates, rates will
be charged at the current rate upon full payment.
All dates & prices subject to availability.
|All prices per person, double occupancy
||Outside, 7 twins
|All Cabins are outside
||Outside, 3 doubles
for double cabin
|Outside, 4 singles
| Per Student
||Full tuition for
booking deposit for workshop participants is $250 ($500 total fee for
the tuition). At least one person in your cabin must be registered in the
workshop. Non painting companions are welcome.
deposit for cruise/air/hotel is $497.50. Please contact our agent at
World Travel Partners. You may call 800-359-9355 and ask for Kathy Rodriques.
She will be handling the details of our tour, dates, times, amounts, etc.
sure to tell her if you will be joining us for the post workshop weekend
at the end of our cruise.
WORKSHOP PACKAGE Must be booked at time of airline reservation
of this add-on provided upon request. Contact Kathy at World Travel Partners.
in Paris at Hotel France Louvre, English-speaking staff
included with single or double rooms
is a 10 minute walk to the main entrance of the Louvre, 10 min to Musee
D' Orsay, 15 minute walk to the Latin Quarter, Notre Dame and much more
car rental Paris-Giverney-Paris
private accommodations in Giverney while we paint and explore the French
tuition during the tour to Giverney
refer to 'Terms and
Conditions' for Europe's Country Waterways by Abercrombie &
Kent for important information including payment conditions, cancellation
conditions, minimum tour numbers and responsibilities.
minimum number of students is required to make the workshop a "go". If
the minimum is not met before our refund date, the tour will be cancelled
and deposits will be refunded less any cancellation fees.
in the Price
Included in the Price:
nights (seven days) cruising on the hotel barge Chanterelle as it travels
in the Upper Loire Valley of France and return by land to Paris.
entertainment and on-board activities on-board the Chanterelle.
at the welcome and farewell functions.
teaching and tour leadership throughout the cruise by noted US artist and
teacher Michele Cooper.
inclusive on-shore sightseeing in each of the ports visited as detailed
in the cruise itinerary.
management by an experienced, professional cruise manager.
gifts and amenities for workshop members.
confirming the successful completion of the workshop.
from your home to the workshop (Except where listed as included)
from your home to join the cruise. Please call for help if you need assistance.
stays before or after the cruise
or Post-Tour Packages
for the workshop. Non-painting companions welcome.
Insurance. We strongly recommend that you take out travel insurance to
cover cancellation fees, medical and hospital expenses, etc.
and Handling Charges. Please check to see if a Port and Handling Charge
will be added to the cruise cost.
unless specified in the workshop itinerary.
car rental or train fare
Workshop Excursion (Paris & Giverney)
expenditure on-board Chanterelle and drinks, meals and personal expenditure
for cabin and restaurant staff on-board or ashore.
and visa fees.