Watercolor Painting & Sketching in Bruges-Belgium with Cindy Briggs & Theresa Goesling, Aug 25-Sept 1, 2025 (Studio + plein-air)

Workshop Description

Join Cindy Briggs and Theresa Goesling in Bruges, Belgium and have a creative life experience.

You’ll enjoy inspiring locations such as canals, wind mills, Flemish architecture, 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”. Cindy and Theresa.

“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

Bruges is a city that will capture your heart. Bruges, a Unesco World Heritage is rightfully called the “Venice of the North”, because of its medieval architecture surrounded by numerous canals.  Painting in Bruges, the Capital of the Flemish painters, is one of a kind experience.

Besides painting the endless vignettes Bruges has to offer, you will also experience Belgium’s specialties like chocolate, lace making, beers, diamonds, fries and waffles.

Day 1: Arrival at our luxurious 4-star hotel & Spa

We will pick you up at the Brussel airport at 2:30pm and we will drive you to our 4-star hotel & spa in Bruges.

This luxurious hotel located in the heart of Bruges and combines modern luxury and the authentic charm of medieval Burgundian Bruges. The huge history basement of the hotel has been converted into a spa (with a sauna, a steam bath, gym and relaxation area) where you can also order a massage.

Ideally located, it is walkable to all the main touristic activities (museums, restaurants, canals).

You will have time to settle in, maybe go to the spa, before our welcome reception and orientation meeting, followed by your first Belgian dinner.

Days 2-5: Bruges, the Venice of the North

This splendid medieval city is one of Belgium’s crown jewels and is largely considered one of the most beautiful towns in Europe. In no other European city are the look and feel of medieval times so present as here in this city close to the North Sea.

The historic downtown of Bruges has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2000. In 2002, Bruges was designated the ‘cultural capital of Europe’.

You will find hundreds of sketching subjects from the quaint Beguinage quarters to the impressive Grand Place with its majestic Belfrey.

The oldest wooden house in Bruges

Horse carriage on the main square

Swans everywhere in and along the canals.

The Beguinage, the most quiet and magical place in Bruges

Wooden doors and windows of all shapes and colors.

More than a dozen of different bridges for you to sketch.

We will take a boat ride on the peaceful canals with delightful views of medieval Flemish mansions.

You will have some time to taste the Belgian specialties such as chocolate, beers, fries and waffles.

We will attend a lace making demonstration by local women using the technique from the 18th century.

There is so much to do! Visit one of the various art museums displaying the famous Flemish paintings, the first 13th century hospital, the Church of Our Lady with the sculpture “Madonna and Child,” the only one of Michelangelo’s sculptures to have left Italy within his lifetime, a brewery or the chocolate museum.

Day 6: Mills and Canals in the cute village of Damme

belgium-day5-dammeThe village of Damme is one of the most charming villages in Belgium.

Located in the Flanders, between the beaches and Bruges, this village will enchant you with its mills, canals, barges, Gothic church and plaza. The vignettes to paint are endless.

If you are a non painter, you can rent a bike for a very easy and beautiful bike ride (or walk) along romantic canals with their barges, between quaint towns, outdoor cafés and wind mills.

In less than 25 min you will be in Bruges and in 45 min, you will be in Holland.

Day 7: Crossing the border to Holland

Holland is only 30 min from Bruges! We will go to the very cute village of Sluis for a painting session.

In the afternoon, there will be free time for exploring and shopping.

Daily access to a Studio

You will have access 24/7 to a meeting room that we are using as our studio.

Day 8: Departure

After breakfast, we will drive you to the Brussels airport by noon. Make sure your flight is not before 2pm.

Pricing Details

How to Book

The trip is limited to 14 participants

Sign up before 11/30/24 and save $150!

Use the code EARLYBIRD at check out. 

All rooms have an ensuite bathroom

Early Bird Prices:

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

– Standard Single: US$ 4,390 

Non Painters: Price is the same

Included:

– Brussels Airport pick-up at 2pm and drop-off at 11:30am
– A welcome reception
– All 7 nights at the hotels
– All breakfasts, 2 lunches and 4 dinners including wine
– All art classes
– A boat ride in Bruges
– The entrance to the Lace museum
– 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 to/from Belgium (Brussels)
– 4 lunches and 3 dinners
– 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

Cancelation Policy

If you cancel the trip:Cancellation Fee per Person
More than 120 days before departureThe $600 deposit is forfeited
(however $300 can be transferred to another trip with a departure date within 1 year of cancelation date)
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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