La Bonne Etoile Artists Retreat was specifically developed to assist artists and writers who would benefit from an experience in another culture, along with a time of seclusion and solitude. But through the years it has developed into more....a community of friends. La Bonne Etoile Blog has been designed to expand the richness of that community by continuing the quest to create and recreate together.
La Bonne Etoile workshops are ALL-INCLUSIVE, starting and ending with hospitality shuttles to and from any Paris airport. Our workshop instructors are well known for quality, patient instruction for all levels of students. contact for full information. Be sure to visit the individual websites of the artists, you will find links to La Bonne Etoile workshop information there as well.

“So Much Fun I had to Have More”

My name is Ann Dodys, Kippy introduced me on a previous blog as her new helper and comrade in arms and I’m excited to be taking on this new role. I’ve been asked to share something on the La Bonne Etoile blog about my experiences through the workshops. I’ve had the pleasure of […]

2018 Meet the new girl

Kippy Hammond

I can’t believe we are entering into our 17th year of La Bonne Etoile workshops. Not a day goes by that I don’t think of someone who has brightened my life as a result of their stay at LBE. So, we are finally completing the details for another great summer […]

2018 This is the year for YOU!!

Come join us at La Bonne Etoile Artist Retreat for your 2018 artistic and magical adventure. Margaret Dyer will return in July and Nancy Tankersley in August……and a special surprise in May for La Bonne Etoile Alums.

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2017 Stepping your art up a level!! Come join us

What an exciting year 2017 will be!! In July, KIPPY HAMMOND will present for the second year the customized workshop “Setting Your Artistic GPS” suitable for all levels and all mediums. And we welcome MARGARET DYER back for the 7th year? Oh my, we missed her so much last year and are really looking […]

2016 WOW!!! This is the year for you!!

Kippy Hammond

What an exciting year this year!! We kick off with JAMES RICHARDS as he returns with a split workshop beginning with a week painting en plein air in Provence followed by a week at La Bonne Etoile to turn these pieces into larger studio paintings, KIPPY HAMMOND will be conducting […]

A Day in the Life

Time: Après another lovely picnic lunch, about 13:32hr. Place: A field overlooking a vista in Gumery Day: Hard to say at this point

We’re moving into week two of the workshop and everyone is hitting their stride. For every less than satisfactory painting there is a lesson learned to make the next one […]

Paris Outing: Premier Partie

June 11, 2015

Our first outing to Paris…. what to say about this. In the midst of all the class and refinement of the City of Love, crazy came to town when we rolled up in our 12 passenger van. This began with trying to park said van in a tight underground parking […]

Dang it, Jim.

Or should I say “Damn it, Jim.” That’s exactly what ran through my head today as I watched Jim Richards’ second painting demo in a local garden. During his first demo I was excited, motivated, and ready to conquer my first painting of the workshop. He made it look so simple. But this […]

Preparing to Depart (Again.)

This time last summer I was already in the middle of my first workshop as an assistant at La Bonne Etoile. Fresh out of college and a first-timer at overseas travel, I remember how heavy my pack was when I arrived at Charles de Gaulle. It was full of fancy clothes, shoes, and […]

Meet Olga Krimon – coming to La Bonne Etoile, July 2015

NEWFLASH – FYI Today’s currency exchange makes this year’s workshops 20% less than last year and the best exchange since 2001.

Kippy Hammond

We have two challenges when we invite instructors to join the staff at La Bonne Etoile. We are looking for an artist who can inspire the most advanced students […]