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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

heart in San Francisco

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 trip

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

Golden gate

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:

Painted 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.

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.

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.

Victorian houses San francisco

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 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

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 days at the hotel discounted rate

Dates & Rates and Instructors

April 5-10, 2017:
Teacher: Brenda Swenson
Watercolor Sketching Workshop

US $1,490 See what rates include.

"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!

Ill help you develop observation skills, color awareness, simple design principles and learn about light and shadows. Well investigate various techniques, sketching tools, and approaches to watercolor. Enjoy time with fellow artists, instruction and friendly critiques".

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 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.

See the itinerary of this workshop

The price of $1,490 includes:

  • 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 your stay.
  • 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

Tel: 1-510-483-5713