One can come across indigenous artists selling portrait canvases and even offering drawing sessions in Place du Tertre square of Montmartre. This quaint neighborhood with the ambiance of a medieval village was once a haven for famous artists including Vincent Van Gogh and Pablo Picasso. The tradition of painting lives on even today in Montmartre. Artists sit in the midst of the Parisian neighborhood with tools to draw portraits and share skills that can match up to best indigenous painters in Paris.
Visit Place du Tertre through Paris City tours if you want to have a personal caricature or two drawn by a canvas-painting expert. There are many artists lined up in Place du Tertre and many touring couples and individuals head up to one of them willing to bear the cost of a portrait dawn. In fact, being a bustling square that is visited by plenty of tourists there is fierce competition to even become an artist in Place du Tertre.
Indigenous artists only get around three square feet to set up their brushes, easels, canvases, and so forth in the public square in Montmartre. They even have to share the space with other artists on alternate days. There is also a limitation to the style of painting, which artists can venture here, such as caricatures, landscape paintings, portraits, and silhouettes. Further, interested artists can apply for an artistic spot in Place du Tertre through the City hall of the eighteenth Parisian arrondissement, but a waiting list is there for approval, which tends to be around a decade long.
Even reaching Montmartre tends to be a mountain climb of sorts for tourists since it sits atop a hillock or a small hill that is around 426 feet tall. That explains why a small train runs through the Parisian neighborhood transporting visitors across the streets starting from Place Blanche square, covering Moulin Rouge cabaret center and up to Place du Tertre.
If you are on Paris City tours with children or seniors with limited mobility, it is best to onboard a train in Montmartre, so that you can avoid what would be an uphill climb. While you are at it, you can even listen to fascinating tales from a native Parisian about what made Montmartre to the place it is today.