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Painting in St. Malo

6th - 10th September 2018

This is a 5 day tour


(Excluding flights)
Sgl Supp: £165
Deposit pp: £100
Please call 01453 823328 (UK)


(Excluding flights)
Sgl Supp: $250
Deposit pp: $150
Please call 888-331-3476 (US)

Saint Malo, a walled port on the north coast of Brittany has had a diverse history from a monastic sanctuary to a pirates’ hideaway, and today a uniquely beautiful sea-side town surrounded by sapphire waters.

The original Roman city was a refuge for seaborne raiders, until the 6th century when Saint Brendan navigated the channel to make it a commune for himself and faithful followers. Saint Malo was one of the seven founding saints from which it gets its name.

Across from this walled fortress are two islands, only accessible at low tide, they could have been the best hiding place for the plundered treasure of the private settlers, today though, they make captivating sea swept subjects for our paintings.

There is no lack of inspiration for painting in St. Malo, in the centre of the city stands the St. Malo Cathedral, built in a commanding Romanesque style, this beautiful building will not only become a captivating muse but has also since become a national monument of France. With a stunning natural harbour too and medieval cobbled streets, this 5-day tour will allow you to capture St. Malo in your own unique style.



  • Explore the inspirational Old Town and ramparts
  • Visits to  port of Honfleur, Sainte Catherine and the Grand Aquarium


Day 1 - Arrival day

We arrive in St. Malo this afternoon and transfer to our beach-side hotel. This evening we get to know the group a little better over dinner and drinks at a nearby local restaurant.

Day 2 - Crêpes and cobbled streets

A relaxed first morning sees us painting the seafront and surrounding soft sands of St. Malo from our hotel’s terrace. After a very traditional French lunch of delicious crêpes, the afternoon is free for us to spend at our leisure. Wander the cobbled streets and ramparts of the Old Town which will make you feel as though you have stepped back in time, tour the Grand Aquarium, or perhaps wait for low tide and walk out to its two tiny islands.

Day 3 - Beside the seaside

The sea is our muse once again today: we find ourselves swept away by the charms of St. Malo’s long sandy beaches, with a dedicated and uninterrupted morning of glorious painting. There is more free time to explore this afternoon before the group comes back together for dinner at a great local restaurant.

Day 4 - The port of painters

Today we travel north along the coast to the picturesque port of Honfleur, Normandy, which sits prettily beside the estuary of the Seine. After a morning painting at its magical marina, this afternoon we enjoy the rest of this historic town, which has long been a haven for painters including Monet and Courbet. Don’t miss Sainte Catherine, the largest wooden church in France that was built in the 15th and 16th centuries. It also boasts a separate bell tower. Later we return to St. Malo for a convivial last night’s supper as a group.

Day 5 - Departure day

We return to the mainland by ferry, and board our return flight home later today.



  • Pavements and uneven paths. All subjects within 400 yards of our transport


Options for partners


  • Walking

Travel Tip


  • The historic city of Honfleur is a true delight and one that comes with many surprises. A playground to many legendary Impressionist painters, such as Monet, this picturesque part of France is home to Saint Catherine’s Church, which was built entirely of wood in the 15th century by shipbuilders. Painters will adore the glorious waterside scenes here and there will be ample time to get creative.


Susanna Bailey first travelled as an artist when she won the Nancy Balfour Scholarship during her postgraduate years at the Slade School. Her love of drawing and painting has taken her all over the world as a tutor and as a working artist. A colourist, specialising in watercolor, she is popular, charismatic and fun. She enjoys sharing her love for art history and believes that careful teaching of sketching, colour, composition and the best use of materials, gives confidence and wonderful results. She delivers a structured week through demonstration and one-to-one tuition.

Susanna Bailey


4 nights in local 4* accommodation

Most meals included with wine

3 days of tuition with expert tutor

Full time tour manager

Personal welcome at arrival point

All transport throughout the tour

Visits and tastings as per itinerary

Chairs and Boards provided (painting)

All excursions and experiences outlined in itinerary

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Contact Details

The Clock Tower,
Unit 4
Oakridge Office Park,
Southampton Road, Whaddon,
Salisbury, England, UK
01453 823328 (UK)
888-331-3476 (US)

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