For centuries, artists have flocked to the French Riviera to absorb its rich and colorful light and its cultural pleasures. Perched on the edge of the sea, the Château de La Napoule is the perfect retreat for artists in all disciplines. Spend mornings sculpting on the beach and afternoons painting in the gardens. Meander through the region’s countless museums or travel by boat or train to the nearby islands or perched villages, discovering fresh inspiration every day.

2017 Adult Art PROGRAMS

University of Southern Maine | Book Arts
March 25-April 1st
Professor Rebecca Goodale is a professional book artist whose work is in the permanent collections at Bowdoin College Library, Maine Women Writers Collection and the Portland Museum of Art. Rebecca is leading students on the first USM program at LNAF, with the course culminating in a student exhibition at the University of Southern Maine spring 2017.

Maine College of Art (MeCA) | Painting Retreat
May 15-May 22nd
As part of its continuing education program, Maine college of Art (MeCA) is giving artists the chance to find inspiration in the South of France. Led by long-time CS painting faculty, Diane Dahlke, this program offers opportunities for participants to work in oils, acrylics and watercolors as well as enrich themselves through cultural excursions to sites such as the Picasso Museum, the Renoir Museum, and more. Find more information on the MECA website.

Maryanne Grebenstein Calligraphy Classroom  
May 31-June 7th
This program begins in Paris, where participants will see illuminated manuscripts and Renaissance art at museums like the Musée de Lettres et Manuscrits or the Musée de Cluny. Then students travel south to the Château de La Napoule for a seven-day calligraphy workshop. The workshop is scheduled to allow free time for participants to work independently and to explore the area. For more information and to register, visit the Abbey Studio website.

Christine Buchsbaum | Narrative Art workshop
July 16-23, 2017
This seven-day program will guide participants through a journey of self-reflection. Travel with your camera alongside the artist to off-the-tourist track locations in La Napoule and Cannes. Find out how artists use clues, settings and symbols to create narrative artwork. Learn photographic techniques, set-building, composition. lighting and visual communication. Discover how to tell your story, share and develop your own narrative art, all while enjoying the unique beauty of the French Riviera.

Christine Lashley | Painting en Plein-air  
August 21-28th
Christine Lashley’s classes include demonstrations, lectures, critiques and lots of painting time, which gives students the ability to see colors and shapes with artistic eyes. Individual styles and freedom of expression are encouraged. For more information visit


University of California-Davis
Painting Program
June 26-July 7th


The Château is located in the historic fishing village of La Napoule. A popular summertime vacation destination, the town’s beaches and its proximity to nearby cultural attractions draw tourists from around the globe. The Château sits on the Riviera between Nice and San Tropez, just five miles west of Cannes. Museums, perfumeries, perched villages and historic chateaus and gardens abound in the region. Bus or van trips can be arranged for large groups and individual car rentals are available at the airport. Guests also often partake in boat rides to the islands off the coast and train trips to Italy, Monaco, Aix-en-Provence and Marseilles.

Nearby Cultural Sites


The Château compound, which includes the adjacent Villa Marguerite and six acres of historic gardens offers indoor and outdoor studio, lecture, performance and instructional spaces. It also provides lodging, common areas and food preparation facilities for participants and instructors to enjoy.


Participants are primarily housed in the recently renovated historic Italianate Villa Marguerite. The Villa includes 18 guestrooms, each with its own bath and view of the sea or Mediterranean gardens, surrounding the gated property. Additional accommodations for up to 12 guests are available in the West Wing of the Château.


Meal plans are customized according to the specific needs of each group. Continental breakfast, lunch and dinner can be arranged daily or for selected meals and dates during the program. Meals are served in the Château’s gothic dining room, Villa dining rooms, at the seafront terrace or under a canopy in the gardens of the Villa Marguerite. A small kitchen is also available for use by participants anytime. Grocery stores, bakeries and several restaurants are within easy walking distance of the Château, as well.

Art Workshops
Master Classes & Symposia
Whether your group is discussing art history or advance painting techniques, the Château de La Napoule, with its amazing views and historical charm, is a wonderful place to study and learn. For more information, email
Reunions & Retreats
The picturesque grounds, seaside location, and ample space make the Château de La Napoule ideal for large and small gatherings alike. A magical place to reconnect with family and friends—or retreat from it all. For more information, email
Weddings & Corporate Functions
The Château de La Napoule serves as a magnificent backdrop for events of all sizes. Breathtaking views and elegant interior and exterior spaces make for a truly magical experience for your company and guests.

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