Size– think big! Shape– let the work of Matisse, Chagall, and Legére lead the way! Color– Spring will be blooming on the French Riviera so the color will abound! Join us in this destination workshop to idyllic La Napoule, France, led by the chair of the book arts program, Richard Reitz Smith.

Dates:
Feb 18, 2023 - Feb 28, 2023

Levels: All
Workshop Fee: $1695
Class Size: 18

In collaboration with the MidCoast Book Artists and Maine Media, the La Napoule Art Foundation is hosting this destination workshop in La Napoule, France for artists of all levels.

Pictures of the Bay of Cannes and Chateau de La Napoule
The Bay of Cannes, beautiful stone walkways, and picture-perfect breakfasts on the terrace.

Size– think big! Shape– let the work of Matisse, Chagall, and Legére lead the way! Color– Spring will be blooming on the French Riviera so the color will abound! La Napoule oozes old-world charm with stone walks and walls, manicured gardens, and sea views from the chateau and villa!

Chateau Gardens
The Château de La Napoule gardens

Richard Reitz Smith, chair of the book arts program at Maine Media, will lead this destination workshop. Using oversized sheets of gelatin as a printing surface, we will make large-scale monoprints that can stand alone as works of art, be backgrounds for digital prints, or be folded down into multipage books. There will be demonstrations, group discussions, and individual critiques over the course of 10 days. Plus there will be time to lay back, enjoy the Mimosa Festival activities, explore the local color, as well as be creative in the Chateau studios.

We will work with a variety of stencils – manufactured, found, hand-cut, and nature-made to create colorful layer after colorful layer to achieve rich works of art that speak a different language when transformed into book art formats. Oh la la, c’est magnifique!

Materials, book making and artwork by Richard Reitz Smith
Materials and book arts examples by Richard Reitz Smith.

Join us for this 10-day journey to the land of Matisse. The accommodations are the grounds of “Chateau de La Napoule” home and now a museum of sculptor Henry Clewes, Jr and his wife Marie who designed the lush, ocean-front garden compound.

Chateau Studio west
The studio in the Chateau will be open 24/7 for your creative output.

We will visit the Musée Matisse to see one of the largest collections of this modern art master’s work, as well as trips to see collections of Chagall and Legére. All masters of shape and color in very different ways. Leave after 10 days with as much or as little work as you like. The studio in the Chateau will be open 24/7 for your creative output, but you will most certainly leave with an immersion in the southern French culture that is not soon to be forgotten.

Accommodations for 10 nights all include:

Villa La Napoule
Villa Marguerite

A bed with an ensuite bath in the Villa Marguerite, a self-serve breakfast each morning, a 3-course welcome dinner, and a 3-course departure dinner.The Villa is old world Europe – clean, charming and basic. There are modern amenities except for elevators; there are stairs to the upper levels.

For accommodations choose between:

Influences of the French Riviera Workshop - Accommodation
Single Bedroom, Double Bedroom, and Buffet Breakfast
  • Ocean-view, Single bedroom: Corner room with two windows. $348 per night, 10 nights = $3480
  • Garden-view, Single bedroom: $285 per night, 10 nights = $2850 
  • Ocean-view, Double bedroom: A shared room at $200.00 per person, 10 nights = $2000 per person. A companion can stay in the room without taking the workshop, but at least one person per room must be enrolled in the workshop. During registration, please mark if you will be bringing a companion.
  • Attic Triple: $200.00 per person, 10 nights = $2000 per person. Shared room on the third floor with a bath for the room to share.

Note – Accommodations are selected on the registration page. All prices are in USD.

Registration Note: 

At the time of registration, a $600 deposit will be taken.  Balance due, including lodging, is due by November 10, 2022. NO REFUNDS after November 15. We strongly encourage you to obtain travel insurance, found here.

Influences of the French Riviera - Richard Reitz Smith Artwork
Artwork by Richard Reitz Smith.

Getting There

By Plane: The closest airport is the Nice-Côte d’Azur Airport.

From the airport to Chateau La Napoule there are several options:

  • By Taxi: Costs between $120-$150US and takes approximately 26 minutes.
  • By Train: The La Napoule train station is directly in front of the Château (regional trains only). National and international trains will arrive at Cannes station.
  • By Car: Take highway A8 to exit 40 “Mandelieu-centre” then follow signs for “La Napoule, les plages.” There is parking available for residents who live within driving distance.
  • By Bus/Train combo: From Terminal 2 take the bus to Cannes – Gare SNCF Cannes, which costs approximately $2US and leaves roughly every 45 minutes. At the Cannes station, transfer to the train to La Napoule ($13-$42US). The Chateau is a short walk from the train stop. The total trip takes about 1 hr.
  • Bus Only: From Terminal 2 to Cannes – Gare SNCF Cannes. At the Cannes station, transfer to a second bus line 22 to La Napoule ($3-$13). The Chateau is a short walk from the bus stop. The total trip takes about 2 hrs 15 min.

Planned Itinerary

Saturday, February 18

  • Arrive in the afternoon
  • Welcome and Dinner from 6:00 pm
  • Evening is free

Sunday, February 19

  • Breakfast provided
  • Morning Demonstrations – The Basics.
  • Lunch of your choice.
  • Afternoon tour of grounds and studio assignments
  • Prompt for Studio work or Free Time
  • Pre-dinner group critique and discussion
  • Dinner of your choice
  • Evening is free

Monday, February 20

  • Breakfast provided
  • Travel by train to Musée Matisse in Nice
  • Lunch of your choice.
  • Free Time 
  • Pre-dinner group critique and discussion
  • Dinner of your choice from 6:00 pm
  • Evening is free or studio work.

Tuesday, February 21

  • Breakfast provided
  • Morning Demonstration – stencils and layering
  • Lunch of your choice.
  • Free Time -Individual Critiques as needed.
  • Pre-dinner group critique and discussion
  • Dinner of your choice
  • Evening is free or studio work.

Wednesday, February 22

  • Breakfast provided
  • Travel by train to Musée Leger in Nice
  • Spend the day in Nice
  • Lunch of your choice.
  • Free Time 
  • Pre-dinner group critique and discussion
  • Dinner of your choice from 6:00 pm
  • Evening is free or studio work.

Thursday, February 23

  • Breakfast provided
  • Morning Demonstration – book structures
  • Free Time – Individual Critiques as needed.
  • Lunch of your choice.
  • Free Time – Individual Critiques as needed.
  • Pre-dinner group critique and discussion
  • Dinner of your choice from 6:00 pm
  • Evening is free or studio work.

Friday, February 24

  • Breakfast provided
  • Travel by train to Musée Chagall in Nice
  • Spend the day in Nice
  • Lunch of your choice.
  • Free Time 
  • Pre-dinner group critique and discussion
  • Dinner of your choice from 6:00 pm
  • Evening is free or studio work.

Saturday, February 25

  • Breakfast provided
  • Free Time -Individual Critiques as needed.
  • Lunch of your choice.
  • Free Time -Individual Critiques as needed.
  • Pre-dinner group critique and discussion
  • Dinner of your choice from 6:00 pm
  • Evening is free or studio work.

Sunday, February 26

  • Breakfast provided
  • Free Time -Individual Critiques as needed.
  • Lunch of your choice.
  • Free Time -Individual Critiques as needed.
  • Pre-dinner group critique and discussion
  • Dinner of your choice from 6:00 pm
  • Evening is free or studio work.

Monday, February 27

  • Breakfast provided
  • Free Time -Individual Critiques as needed.
  • Lunch of your choice.
  • Free Time – Individual Critiques as needed.
  • Pre-dinner group critique and discussion
  • Wrap up Dinner from 6:00 pm
  • Evening is free or studio work.

Tuesday, February 28

  • Breakfast provided
  • Depart before noon

Hope to see you in the South of France, Bon Jour! If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email [email protected].

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Instructor: Richard Reitz Smith

Richard Reitz Smith is the Book Arts Program Chair and Studio Manager at Maine Media. He is an artist trained as a graphic designer and excels in marrying traditional techniques with modern technology in the pursuit of all forms of book arts and letterpress printing.