Watercolor Painting & Sketching in the French Alps with Teachers Cindy Briggs & Theresa Goesling, Sept 4-11 2025

About the workshop to the French Alps with Cindy Briggs & Theresa Goesling

Join Cindy Briggs and Theresa Goesling in the French Alps and have a creative life experience.

You’ll enjoy inspiring locations such as mountains, lakes, chalets, meadows, daily painting demonstrations, personalized instruction, and encouraging support from Cindy and Theresa.

“We show you how to simplify and design your subject, draw confidently, jazz up your colors, paint with serendipity and experiment with new techniques. Create colorful paintings en Plein Air with an emphasis on celebrating your own unique point of view”.

“We’ve traveled for years with French Escapade and are always impressed with the personal attention to details; Jackie and her team took amazing care of our group as we painted, explored and dined.

We look forward to sharing this dreamy adventure with you”. – Cindy & Theresa

Cindy and Theresa co-authored a watercolor lesson book called “Make Every Day A Painting” which is available for purchase at  www.MakeEveryDayAPainting.com

Biography-Cindy Briggs, NWS, NWWS

From Utah to charming villages throughout Europe, Cindy Briggs enthusiastically shares her creative journey. Conducting online, studio and International plein air watercolor workshops, she demonstrates how to create captivating luminous paintings.  Cindy’s subjects range from intimate portraits and flowers to European landscapes, cityscapes, and the Canyonlands of Utah. Her watercolor journals are a visual memoir of a curated and colorful life.

A master watercolorist, Briggs is both a National Watercolor Society Signature Member (NWS) and Northwest Watercolor Society Signature Member (NWWS). Her work has been featured in numerous international juried exhibitions and published in Watercolor Magazine, Outdoor Painter, American Watercolor, Plein Air Magazine, and SPLASH 2023.

As a Daniel Smith Brand Ambassador, Cindy is a featured demonstrator. She leads watercolor workshops for the Smithsonian Art Studios, University of Utah, Terracotta.art, French Escapade, various Art Organizations and Watercolor Live.  She has also served as a juror for exhibitions and art festivals.

Cindy and Theresa have co-written a watercolor manual “Make Every Day A Painting” encouraging artists to capture the scenes most meaningful to them with step-by-step lessons and tips.  Leading regional and International workshops together for over 23 years, the life-long friends help you make the most of your artful adventures.

More info about Cindy Briggs at www.cindybriggs.com

Check Cindy’s Journal Video from SW France Workshop in 2023

Theresa Goesling's Biography

Theresa Goesling has traveled the world finding the most picturesque places to paint and enjoys sharing these destinations with her students. As a signature member and past President for Northwest Watercolor Society, Theresa has dedicated her time towards helping others find their passion for watercolor. She was an Art Director for Eddie Bauer, and is an accredited representative and honored demonstration artist of Daniel Smith Artist Materials. Theresa’s paintings have been published in “Splash”, Plein Air Magazine, Outdoor Artist, Watercolor Magazine & juried into the American Watercolor Society International Open Exhibition. Theresa is an internationally recognized instructor, author & juror.

In 2021, Theresa was awarded one of the most prestigious honors for an artist by Daniel Smith Artist Materials with her own palette “Dot Card”. The card is of her paint sample of her 18-color palette and is distributed globally and is only available through Theresa in her classes. Theresa has been teaching international workshops for over 25 years. Whether she paints impressionistic or contemporary in feel, her eye-catching painting style is distinguished by rich, vibrant color and strong in design principles.

She co-authored a watercolor instruction book, “Make Every Day A Painting” with her life-long friend, Cindy Briggs, whom she enjoys team teaching with French Escapade on V.I.E.W. and beautiful destinations.
Theresa Goesling Website: www.TheresaGoesling.ART

Day 1: Welcome to the Alps

The Alps is a dream destination for a plein air artist because of the spectacular scenery you will encounter: alpine meadows, cobblestoned villages, waterfalls, glaciated peaks, wildflowers, clean lakes, chalet with flowers from windowboxes…

Some of the highlights of the tour are seeing Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in Europe, from the hotel and visiting Annecy, also called the Venice of the North, a beautiful medieval city surrounded by canals and mountains.

We will pick you up at 2:30pm a the Geneva airport and drive you to our beautiful chalet in the Alps.

Upon your arrival, you will have time to settle in and enjoy the spa (hot tub, sauna and swimming pool) before our welcome reception and orientation meeting followed by a gourmet dinner.

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

After a copious breakfast taken on the terrace facing Mont Blanc, you will be ready for a day of painting.

The hotel and the village offer a breathtaking 360 degree view towards Mont-Blanc, the highest mountain in Europe.

We will be painting either from the garden of the hotel or in the village.  The vignettes are endless: wooden chalets, baroque church, green pastures and grazing cows.

 

Day 4: Megeve

Megève was developed in the early 20th century to be a posh resort in a beautiful setting.

We will be painting its mythical square with its cobbled pedestrian zone, its rustic-style alleys and its cozy chalets.

At the end of the day, do not miss the luxury shops. Don’t worry, there are also many affordable places to shop.

Day 5: Chamonix-The Queen Resort of the Alps

alps-day4-chamonix2-Chamonix, the biggest ski resort in the world, is surrounded by majestic high mountains such as Mont Blanc and glaciers.

Morning will be dedicated to painting. In the afternoon, you will have some free time to take the highest gondola in the world to the top of “L’Aiguille du Midi” at 12,000 ft.

A breathtaking view of the Alps and Chamonix down below awaits you. Or you could take a tram to see the “sea of ice” glacier. If you prefer shopping, or more painting, Chamonix has it all.

Day 6: Annecy or 'The Little Venice of the Alps'

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.

Day 7: Painting at the hotel

For the last day, we won’t be driving anywhere so that you will be able to finish up some paintings.

We do have a studio that you can access 24/7 to work on your paintings.

We will end the week with a “Show and Tell” and a gourmet dinner with maybe the best sunset on Mont Blanc.

Day 8: Departure

After our last breakfast together, we’ll drive you back to the Geneva airport by 10-10:30 am.

Our Four Star Chalet in the Alps, facing Mt Blanc

This beautiful 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,  all make this unique spot a haven of peace.

Bedrooms

All bedrooms have a double bed or two twins with en-suite bathroom.

They all have a television, free WiFi and a desk.

Restaurant in the Chalet

Enjoy the inventive and elegant local cuisine in the cosy dining room overlooking the panorama of the massifs. Indulge in the salad bar or more decadent, the dessert bar!!

Relaxation and Well-being

Take advantage of all the amenities the hotel offers:

Heated outdoor pool
Hot tub and sauna
Gym and table tennis
Relaxation lounges
Massages on request

Pricing Details

How to Book

The trip is limited to 12 participants

Sign up before 11/30/24 and save $200! Use the code EARLYBIRD at check out. 

All rooms have an ensuite bathroom.

– Standard Shared: US$ 3,840 pp (twin or double)

– Standard Single: US$ 4,390 

– Superior Shared : US$ 3,995 pp (twin or double)-view towards Mont Blanc

– Superior Single: US$ 4,740 -view towards Mont Blanc

Non Painters: Price is the same

Included:

– Geneva Airport pick-up at 2:30pm and drop-off at 11am
– A welcome reception
– All 7 nights at the hotels
– All breakfasts, 3 lunches and 6 dinners including wine
– All art classes
– Transportation in a comfortable van with A/C
– Use of the hotel spa
– The use of folding chairs
Two tour leaders throughout

Not Included:

– Flights and train to destination
– 3 lunches and 1 dinner
– Painting supplies
– Required Travel Insurance
– Tour leader(s) tipping

Payments:

– $600 non refundable deposit required at booking (see cancelation policy below)

– Remaining balance due 4 months prior departure

View from standard room

View from superior room

Cancelation Policy

If you cancel the trip:Cancellation Fee per Person
More than 120 days before departureThe $600 deposit is forfeited
61-120 days before departure50% of total cost forfeited
31-60 days before departure75% of total cost forfeited
0-30 days before departure100% of total cost forfeited
If French Escapade cancels You get a full refund

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