Painting Tours: USA – San Francisco and the Wine Country

“I left my heart in San Francisco, High on a hill, it calls to me.”

San Francisco justly ranks as one of the greatest cities in the world. Famous for grand-dame Victorians, classic cable cars, dynamic diversity, a beautiful waterfront, and a soaring crimson bridge, the “City by the Bay” truly has it all.

San Francisco is undeniably a “must see”.

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More Than a Painting Workshop – a Painting Holiday!

The difference? It includes much more!

sf-beforeday1-sketchGrab this unique opportunity to be taken care of from start to finish. In addition to having a wonderful instructor for your painting sessions every day, you will also enjoy the company of a tour leader all day, taking care of every detail:

  • transportation to painting sites
  • organized excursions and dinners
  • hotel reservation
  • optional show reservation
  • complementary snacks and drinks brought to the painting sites
  • the possibility to contact the tour leader before the trip

The tour starts on day 1 at 5PM at our selected hotel.

Day 1: Welcome

5 PM: Meet your fellow travelers, your teacher and your tour leader a the hotel for our orientation meeting followed by a welcome dinner.

Days 2 and 3: San Francisco

You will sketch in plein-air some of the emblematic spots of San Francisco. Here is a non-exhaustive list of some of them:

sf-day2-victoriansf-day2-painted-ladiesPainted Ladies

One of the most photographed locations in San Francisco, Alamo Square’s famous “postcard row” is indeed a visual treat: a tight, escalating formation of Victorian houses back-dropped by downtown skyscrapers, providing a stunning contrast.

sf-day3-palacePalace of Fine Arts

This is one of the most photographed sites in the City, featured in numerous films and TV productions: Greco-Roman style Rotunda and colonnades surrounded by swans drifting across the peaceful lagoon.

Golden Gate Park

One of the largest urban parks in the world without one single “Keep Off the Grass” sign on its 1,017 acre with trees, flowers, plants, lakes…

sf-day3-heartGolden Gate Bridge

Once called “the bridge that couldn’t be built,” today it is one of the seven wonders of the modern world. This magnificent span, perhaps San Francisco’s most famous landmark, opened after a four-year struggle against relentless winds, fog, rock and treacherous tides.

Fisherman’s Wharf

The historic San Francisco waterfront provides the picture perfect backdrop for postcard views of the Golden Gate and Bay bridges, Alcatraz, Angel Island and the famous City skyline.

Day 4: Wine Country and Wine Tasting

sf-day4-brenda-vineyardsf-day4-napaWith more than 425 wineries, miles of rugged Pacific coastline, towering redwood forests, and its close proximity to San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, Sonoma County is a dream sketching spot in California.

Lunch: You will be treated for lunch and wine tasting in one of the numerous wineries in Sonoma.

The afternoon is yours to explore, shop or paint at the Sonoma Plaza, the gorgeous historic landmark that radiates romance around every corner, cafe and cobblestone…

Day 5: Plein-air and Studio Painting in SF

sf-da5-GG-orangesf-day5-critiqueMorning-Plein-air:

On your last painting day in SF, you will spend the morning sketching one more iconic spot of the City, such as the Golden Gate Bridge.

Afternoon-Indoor:

It is time to finish up some of the paintings started this week in a comfortable environment. The day will end with a little “vernissage” showing your work over a cocktail drink. We will treat you for the farewell dinner before saying goodbye.

Day 6: Departure

You can leave at your convenience or extend your stay up to 3 days at the hotel ( at the discounted rate if you book early enough).

Brenda Swenson – Watercolor Sketching Workshop: USA – San Francisco

www.swensonsart.net

img-teachers-brendaSF“Join me for a week of sketching with watercolor. We’ll enjoy the free-flowing and colorful nature of watercolor at its best while sketching and having fun!

I’ll 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).

img-teachers-painting-brendaSFBrenda Swenson 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 (Splash 11, 12 & 14, Artistic Touch 4, Creative Freedom, Incite 2), and magazines (Watercolor Artist, Watercolor Magazine, Watercolor Highlights, Plein Air Magazine).

Brenda has achieved signature status in WW, NWWS, and SDWS. An active participant in the arts community she has served on the board of directors for the National Watercolor Society and Watercolor West.

Dates
April 5-10, 2017 SOLD OUT
Watercolor Sketching Workshop
Max: 12 Participants
Rates

US $1,490


Includes

  • A welcome reception
  • 2 dinners: one welcome dinner on day 1 and one farewell dinner on day 5
  • 1 lunch and wine tasting in Sonoma
  • All art classes (daily demos, one-on-one support and instructions)
  • Transportation every day from and to our selected hotel (including motorcoach transportation to Sonoma)
  • The use of a “studio” on the last afternoon
  • Complementary snacks and drinks brought to the painting sites
  • A tour leader throughout the week

Excludes

  • Your hotel: For your convenience, we have already blocked some rooms at a discounted price at the Kensington Park Hotel, downtown SF. The group rate per night is $169 + tax for a room with one single bed and $189 + tax for 2 double beds. We can book the hotel for you or you can do it yourself. We will give you the group code for the discount. You are of course welcome to use the hotel of your choice. The discount will be valid for a 3 nights after the trip if you decide to extend your stay.
  • Breakfasts, 3 lunches and 3 dinners
  • Painting supplies
  • Tour leaders(s) tipping
Book Now!

To Make Your Reservation for a French Escapade Tour please follow the steps below and review our Cancellation Policy:

 

1
Check Availability

Send us an e-mail to check availability. Include the dates you are interested in and the number of people you will be reserving a spot for.


2
Submit Registration Form and Send $600 Deposit

After receiving confirmation of availability, complete and submit the Reservation Form and send your $600 deposit check to:

French Escapade
2389 Blackpool Place
San Leandro, CA 94577

If you live in the US:

  • pay by check, payable to French Escapade (if you live in Canada, it needs to be a money order)
  • or by wire transfer (let us know and we will provide you with our account number)
If you live outside the US please contact us for other payment options.

3
Receive Confirmation

We will send you a written confirmation of your reservation along with an information package for your trip (info about pick up and drop off, recommended insurance, name of a travel agent, what to bring, etc…).


4
Submit Remaining Balance

Your remaining balance is due 90 days prior to departure.


Cancellation Policy

Days Prior to Tour StartCancellation Fee per Person
More than 90 Days$600
(deposit forfeited, but transferable to another trip with a $50 admin fee)
61-90 Days50% of total cost
31-60 Days75% of total cost
0-30 Days100% of total cost

Thank you for traveling with us!

French Escapade LLC | 2389 Blackpool Place | San Leandro, CA 94577 | 510-483-5713 | contact@frenchescapade.com
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