Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Strait Ahead – Carquinez Plein Air"
July 17-18, 2021
 

Explore the Carquinez Strait area with a fresh eye towards design, color, and a sense of place in the moment. While reviewing the basics of solid picture-making, push yourself to see the world more abstractly, pushing paint with a sense of freedom. Two days of plein air start with demonstrations to set you up with plenty of painting time and individual attention. Students must have at least some plein air experience and have a proper painting set-up of outdoor easel etc.
 
Location: Benicia, California
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Cost: $235 Members / $250 Non-Members
Sponsor: Benicia Arts
Website, 707 747-0131


"'Carmel By The Sea' En Plein Air"
September 15-17, 2021
 

Paint along the Monterey and Carmel Coastline en plain air with Plein Air Painters of America member, Randall Sexton. Open to all levels, this workshop is especially geared to encourage the experienced artist to reach greater heights in their work. Sexton will review the basics of solid picture making - while sharing his own methods for simplifying the complex. Three days (weather permitting) will be spent on location en plain air. Daily demonstrations will be followed up with individual assistance at the easel.
 
Location: Carmel, California
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Cost: $600
Sponsor: Carmel Visual Arts
Website, 831.620.2955


"Santa Barbara Watercolor Sketching Workshop"
October 22-27, 2021
 

Join us in Santa Barbara and experience daily demonstrations, personalized instruction, and, encouraging support with Theresa and Cindy. Learn how to design and simplify your subject, draw confidently, jazz up your colors, paint with serendipity and experiment with new techniques. We’ll sketch in plein-air some of the emblematic spots of Santa Barbara. With breathtaking coastal mountains to the east and sublime beaches to the west, Santa Barbara is one of the most beautiful places in California. With its perfect Mediterranean climate, Santa Barbara is a little gem with lush gardens and distinctive white-washed, terracotta-tiled Spanish architecture. No doubt that it deserves its name of “American Riviera”.
 
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Instructor: Cindy Briggs & Theresa Goesling
Cost: $1,490 (Hotel is not incl.)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Santa Barbara Travel Sketching Workshop"
October 28 - November 2, 2021
 

Join us for 4 days of sketching with watercolor in beautiful Santa Barbara. We’ll enjoy the free-flowing and colorful nature of watercolor at its best while sketching and having fun! Brenda Swenson will help you develop observation skills, color awareness, simple design principles and learn about light and shadows. We’ll investigate various techniques, sketching tools, and approaches to watercolor. Enjoy time with fellow artists, instruction and friendly critiques. Space is very limited (max 12 participants). Brenda is the artist author of two books, Keeping a Watercolor Sketchbook (Award of Excellence Finalist) and Steps to Success in Watercolor. Her paintings and sketches have been featured in numerous books and magazines (Watercolor Artist, Watercolor Magazine, Watercolor Highlights, Plein Air Magazine).
 
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Instructor: Brenda Swenson, www.swensonsart.net
Cost: $1,490 (Hotel is not incl.)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Travel Sketching in Watercolor"
April 3-8, 2022
 

I’ll teach you techniques for capturing the close-up and colourful in this wonderful town, as well as the distant and scenic on the magical coast of Santa Barbara. In true travel sketching tradition, we’ll pack light — carrying a small bag for art materials and a folding stool (that will be provided). This workshop is designed to give you confidence sketching wherever you are, gazing at a street scene or the way the light grazes the trunk of a tree. We’ll work spontaneously, and I’ll show you how to keep your watercolour sketches fresh and colourful. Each day will start with a short demo and end with a critique, hopefully while sitting in a shady courtyard with a glass of wine in hand.
 
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Instructor: Shari Blaukopf, www.shariblaukopf.com
Cost: $1,490 (Hotel is not incl.)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Watercolor Painting Workshop"
April 8-13, 2022
 

Join me on this wonderful trip to Santa Barbara! We will explore and paint outdoors while enjoying the joie de vivre the town has to offer. If you’re looking for a cozy, personalized therefore very special painting holiday organized by an experienced tour operator, this is it. Since we will be a small group, I can also closely work with each one of you for a semi-private painting experience. My teaching style consists of one hour demo once or twice a day followed by one-to-one support.
 
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Instructor: Keiko Tanabe, www.ktanabefineart.com
Cost: $1,490 (Hotel is not incl.)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


 

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