Art Workshop + Trip =  September in Southern France - 2018
Travel-Workshop with 
Artist-Instructor Lisa Pressman
  •  September 11 - 18   

 Workshops in Durfort, France

Join Lisa Pressman and Norma Hendrix
where we will explore the stunning landscape
and textures of Southern France. 

Our Destination is the Village of Dufort, also known as the Village of Copper. Lodging, meals and studio space will be in one lovely location; the charming La Cascade

Our exploration of the region will be our inspiration and
resource for a week of creative investigation.

 $3,000 (with a $50 materials fee)
Limited to 10 students


Durfort, the entrance to the Black Mountain: The village is located in Durfortthe Tarn between  RevelHaute-Garonne  and the Tarn Soreze. It borders the banks of the Sor, the local river leads down to the Black Mountain. The picturesque village is built around the place of Plo. You will find many old houses cantilevered through the alleys crisscrossed by a central channel where water flows clear and abundant. 

Durfort is nicknamed Cité du Cuivre (the copper city), for the prosperous copper artisan trade that exists there, in addition to artisan trades in leather, glass, basket-making and jewelry. Durfort is home to Musée du Cuivre (the copper museum), established in 1986, to document five centuries of the local copper craft.
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La Cascade is our 17th century house situated in a tiny medieval village in southern France. It lies on the banks of a small river that flows between between the steep walls of the valley. The village fans out of the valley onto rich surrounding planes which have been fought over by a succession of Francs, Romans, Visigoths Vikings, etc. The longest period of peace was under the Romans, but there was also a period of peace that accompanied the rise of a mysterious dissident Catholic sect called the Cathars. After a couple of centuries of prosperity, they were wiped out by papal decree in the 12th century. (read more)


Lisa Pressman has envisioned this workshop to guide us into focusing on ways to use traveling as the source of sensory information that will get translated into artmaking. Cameras or I-phones, sketchbooks and assignments focusing on specific art fundamentals will shape our France experience. On our outings we will photograph and draw while being mindful of all our senses. In the studio, using our outings as inspiration, we will be experimenting with a range of materials including: R&F pigment sticks, oil paint, cold wax, graphite, ink, and pastels.  (read more

What is included:

  • 7 nights in a charming room at La Cascade – (double occupancy)
  • Three meals each day, prepared by Chef Nese, using fresh, local ingredients
  • On location drawing and painting excursions with studio workshop
  • Studio access 24 hours/day
  • Art Presentations and Conversations

What is not included:

  • Airfare
  • Trip Insurance (required)
  • Transportation from airport to La Cascade
  • Occasional meal
  • Personal Art Supplies (see Student Supply List) 





Limited to 10 students




  • Enrollment is made with a $500 non-refundable deposit.
  • 2 more payments of $1275 are due by, January 31, 2018, and May 31, 2018
  • Payments in full accepted at any time

  • A full refund is made if for any unexpected reason the workshop is canceled or if it is already full at the time of registration. 
  • If the payment was made through paypal, refunds are generally credited within 2 to 3 days. 
  • If the payment was made by check, CMA will send a check back to the purchaser within 10 business days, as long as the original purchase check has cleared. 
  • We are unable to make full refunds if you must withdraw from the trip. However, we will credit you up to 50% of your payment,
    if you withdraw before March 30, 2018. You may use this credit for any other CMA program or workshop within the calendar year. 
  • We strongly advise that you purchase trip cancellation insurance in the event of an unexpected circumstance (death in the family, accident, illness) that would require you cancel your trip. Please contact a travel agent or your insurance agent for assistance.