Don’t try to create the perfect travel journal…create the perfect memory.  


                                                                                        ~~ Darla Bostick<

The 2024 ART ADVENTURE ABROAD IN FRANCE is more than half filled. Register to reserve your place with us.

Simply put, my Art Adventure is just that. We are a very small group of artists (and interested non-artists) who wish to experience the culture, sites and foods of another country! We gather photographs, sketches, paint and use other fun materials as we learn how to make an art journal of the trip! It's great fun, easy for non-arties to do and is a unique record of your adventure! We will make art journals with special ideas for each page. We use our cameras to gather images. Primarily we use our time to see the area. Each day there is a fun challenge for photography as well as the journal itself. There are also lessons dedicated to various techniques. Each day upon our return "home" in France we have time for instruction and creating!  Seasoned artists as well as new artists are welcome. Even the spouses have fun.


I've had the pleasure of traveling to 85+ countries. In May 2015 I realized my dream to plan and travel abroad with artists. Since then my Annual Art Adventures Abroad have included visits to Spain (2015), Portugal with added river cruise (2016) , Ireland (2017), Denmark/Germany (2018) and Southern France (2019). The 2020 and 2021 plans were cancelled due to the pandemic. We returned to Southern France with optional river cruise after the retreat (2022). In 2023 we traeled to Italy.


BUT only FUN people can come...if you can't walk a mile during the day,  pack light and manage your own bags, this is not for you! The terrain in Europe is challenging with steep stairs and cobblestones where elevators/escalators are rare! If you require walking assistance you should consider not joining us for this experience.


Generally my trips are 10 days-2 weeks. In the evenings we relax with happy hour (optional!) and add to our ongoing art journal, paint, catch up on emails or settle in with a book. You don't have to be an "artist" to join us--come learn to journal creatively! 


You are invited! Bring a friend, bring a spouse or other family member along for a memorable experience! It's always a VERY small group so if you are interested in the next trip let me know early. Those on my contact list are the first invited to future workshops/adventures (if you missed our adventure this year, contact me to add you to my early-contact list).


There are tabs on the upper left corner of this page to view photo scrapbooks of past Art Abroad Adventures! We are easy to spot---we are the ones with smiles! Make some new art friends and learn something new!


Check out these videos from France: 



2024: 14-23 September we return to Perigord Retreats in the Dordogne region of Southern France.

Your 10 days will be a beautiful blend of studio time, delightful excursions, cultural experiences and of course, plenty of free time to rest and explore! Yoga is offered as a great way to start the day.

You can arrive, unpack your suitcase (and your art supplies) and truly relax, since the entire group will make its home at the gorgeous Perigord Retreat Villas – complete with indoor pool, spacious studio and lavender gardens!


  • Private bedroom with shared bathroom   2950 Euros
  • Private bedroom with ensuite bathroom   3450 Euros
  • Couples/friends sharing with private bathroom  5900 Euros
  • Non painters welcome
  • Deposit of 1000 euros to secure your place payable on the Perigord website below
  • Booking form to be completed at time of deposit


Travel costs / airfare / travel insurance (compulsory)

2 lunches and 2 evening meals

Passport fees, photos and processing where applicable

Any further queries, please contact us:


Our 2019 group with sketchbooks...each different, each special but every one packed with wonderful memories! Below is our 2022 group (minus 3 spouses!)