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.

Join us for our tenth anniversary!!

Kippy Hammond

Kippy Hammond

Wow!! 10 years. We are so blessed to have been in the midst of so many memories. I can’t think of any better way to have lived my life than to have shared it with all of the artists and friends who have visited La Bonne Etoile. Jerome and I express this good fortune before, during, and after each new encounter.

2011 looks to be a grand year with Margaret Dyer, Urania Tarbet, Lyn Diefenbach returning and Mary Kathryn Massey visiting La Bonne Etoile for the first time.  Here is the first look at our full calendar….pick a workshop and join us.

MARGARET DYER “Painting the Figure in Pastel” June 12-19 First Session, June 19-23 Normandy/Honfleur Excursion, June 23-June 30 Second Session (Students are welcome for double session) all levels

URANIA CHRISTY TARBET “Painting the gardens of France” July 16-28/30, Monet’s Garden and Honfleur Add-on July 12, 13, 14, all mediums and levels

LYN DIEFENBACH “Oil & Pastel in the French Countryside”
exploring landscape, still life and portraiture. August 20-September 4, all levels welcome.

MARY KATHRYN MASSEY, OPA, AA “Still life in Pastel and Oil”
September 17-28 (Bonus Days September 28-Oct 1)

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