Pastel and Watercolor Painting Workshop in the French Alps with Rae Andrews

Rae Andrews: Pastel and Watercolor Painting Workshop French Alps 2018

http://www.raeandrews.com

“This workshop will satisfy the artistic soul in every artist.

Not only is the scenery is to die for, (I mean it is the gorgeous French Alps after all), but our host (Jackie Grandchamps, founder of French Escapade) looks after us so well, you won’t want to go home!”

Although students are encouraged to work in whatever medium they prefer, Rae will be demonstrating her techniques in pastels and some watercolor; however she will give ‘at easel’ instruction in the medium of the individual’s choice.

Rae will also show some fun ways to keep a watercolor travel journal as well. (a perfect option for easy packing on an overseas trip) In Rae’s own works she likes to concentrate on design, color and value and readily admits she is a ‘drama queen’..

A painter of many genres, Rae’s style is loose and free in whatever media she chooses .

Her motto: ‘Paint with gay abandon. Dare to be different and surprise your viewer with lots of movement and drama’.
A teacher in all mediums for the last 45 years, Rae is an Australian expat who has lived in the USA for 27 years. She has owned her own 400 student art school in Australia; and also 2 art galleries while living on the island of Maui during the 1990’s.

Rae’s workshops are always such fun, meeting and mingling with like minded artists, and visiting the gorgeous European countryside.

Be fast to get your name down. French Escapade take small, personal groups, and these workshops fill fast! Take advantage of the $200 discount with an early deposit.

Day 1: Welcome to the Alps

Alps-day1-welcomeWe will pick you up at the Geneva airport and drive to our beautiful chalet in the Alps. Upon your arrival at the hotel, you will have time to sette in and relax, before our welcome reception, orientation meeting followed by a gourmet dinner.

Days 2-3: Alpine Village: from Wooden Chalets to Flowery Balconies

alps-day2Today we will be heading towards the mountains to our new accommodation, a cute chalet in the Alps. The village offers a breathtaking 360 degree view towards Mont-Blanc, the highest mountain in Europe.

It will be like stepping back in time: wooden chalets, baroque church, green pastures and grazing cows.

Cheese is of course the specialty of the Alps. You will find it in many local specialties like fondue, raclette, tartiflette, etc…

Day 4: Chamonix - The Queen Resort of the Alps

Chamonix, the biggest ski resort in the world, is surrounded by majestic high mountains and glaciers.

You will have the opporttunity to take the highest gondola in the world to go to the top of “L’Aiguille du Midi” at 12,000 ft. A breathtaking view of the Alps and Chamonix down below awaits you.

Many painting vignettes await you in Chamonix and when you will be tired of painting, shopping will be all around you.

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Days 5-6: Annecy or 'The Little Venice of the Alps'

Today we will be driving to our new hotel. Annecy is the French show-piece of lakes-and-mountain beauty. The Canal crossing Annecy brings Venice to mind as you stroll along its banks.

Your choice for the painting site will be unlimited: medieval narrow streets, renaissance houses along the canal, the famous old prison (one of the most photographed monuments in France!) or the Annecy lake surrounded by mountains.

We will also have the opportunity to go to the local market in the old Annecy and shop for the numerous wonderful cheeses, sausages, honeys and all local products. You can also rent a boat and navigate the cleanest lake in Europe, Annecy Lake.

Day 7: Romantic Village of Chanaz

Alps-day7-chanazalps-day7-chanaz1We will drive east along the Rhone River, through beautiful vineyards and picturesque villages to the lovely village of Chanaz. Sitting accross the canal, in the middle of trees, you will enjoy painting this quiet village.

After your painting session, we will attend a walnut oil making demonstration in a 19th-century mill. This is a unique opportunity since this mill is the only one left in France listed historical monument.

Day 8: Departure

After our last breakfast together, we’ll drive you back to the Geneva airport.

Hotel 1 (4 nights): Chalet-hotel in the Alps

img-alps-homeThis chalet, in the heart of Haute-Savoie, boasts stunning views of Mont-Blanc and the Aravis Massif. The beauty of the panorama, the charm of the cozy wooden interior, the gourmet restaurant, the well-being of the Spa, the comfort and amenities of the wainscoted rooms (flat-screen satellite TV, free WiFi…), all make this unique spot a haven of peace.

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Hotel 2 (3 nights): by Annecy Lake

img-rural-annecy-canalJust in front of the lake of Annecy and in the heart of the historic and commercial part of the city, the situation of this 3-star hotel is one of the best in the whole town.

img-painting-alps-hotel-annecyThe rooms are equipped with one double bed or 2 single beds depending on your preference.

All rooms are equipped with either a bathtub or shower, a flat screen TV with international satellite channels and free Wi-Fi internet access.

Watercolor Painting Workshop - 2018
August 25-September 1, 2018 – Some spaces left
Watercolor Painting Workshop
Max: 12 Participants

Book Early and Save $200 before January 30, 2018!

So Price is US $2,990 (double room)

+ US $550 (single room)

After January 30, 2018

US $3,190 (double room)

+ US $550 (single room)


Includes

  • Geneva airport pick-up and drop-off
  • A welcome reception
  • All nights at the hotels
  • All breakfasts, 4 lunches and 5 dinners including wine
  • Entrance to the spa
  • Entrance fees to all sites on the tour
  • Transportation in a comfortable van with A/C
  • The use of folding chairs

Excludes

  • Flights to and from Geneva
  • 2 lunches and 2 dinners
  • Painting supplies
  • Tour leader(s) tipping
How to book

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!

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