Paint in San Francisco and in the Wine Country
"I left my heart in San Francisco, High
on a hill, it calls to me." —singer Tony Bennett
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".
More than a painting workshop:
a painting holiday!
The difference? It includes much more!
Grab 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
The tour starts on day 1 at 5PM at at
our selected hotel
Day 1: Welcome
5 PM: Meet your fellow travelers, your teacher and your tour leader
during 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 exhasutive list of some of them:
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
Palace 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 surrouded
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, fowers, plants, lakes, ....
Golden 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.
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
With 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
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
Morning-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
the hotel discounted rate
Dates & Rates and Instructors
|April 5-10, 2017:
Watercolor Sketching Workshop
See what rates
"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
Space is very limited (max 15 participants).
Brenda 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
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.
See the itinerary of this workshop
The price of $1,490
- A welcome reception at 5Pm on the first day
- 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
- Your hotel: For your conveniecne, 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 discoount
will be valid for a 3 nights after the trip if you decide to extend
- Breakfasts, 3 lunches and 3 dinners
- Transportation to and from our selected hotel on arrival and departure day
- Painting supplies
- Optional activities, personal expenses and tipping