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V.I.E.W: Virtual Interactive Escapade Workshops

French Escapade has been dedicated to bring the artist community together since 2004 by offering plein-air painting workshops in amazing settings abroad or in the US.

In today’s challenging times, we want this sense of community to continue even though we are all confined in our homes and isolated from one another.

So V.I.E.W., our Virtual Interactive Escapade Workshop, is a program whose goal in not only to offer online painting classes, but also a sense of camaraderie in small groups of people painting together as friends. Like in our plein-air painting workshops, we wish to recreate this congeniality that we lack so much when sheltered in place. Our wonderful team of instructors has jumped on board our new projects with enthusiasm and has at heart to bring art and comfort to you in this trying time.

From your home, you will participate in our Virtual Interactive Escapade Workshop hosted by Jackie and instructed by one of our art instructors on your laptop, desktop or Ipad.

You can mirror the screen of your Ipad or computer to your TV screen (smart TVs, Apple TV, …). We will help you for the setup if you do not feel comfortable. We will also do a group test prior to the first online painting session to make sure you are comfortable using the application.

With V.I.E.W., you can sign-up for a live online workshop from a wide variety of artists, media and levels all in one place.

Save money by becoming  recurrent V.I.E.W. participants with our fidelity program.

We offer 2 types of  V.I.E.W. Master Classes:

  • Master Classes with ONE artist: 3 sessions of 2 hours to concentrate on one style.
  • Master Classes with TWO artists: 4 sessions of 2 hours to diversify your palette of techniques (2 sessions with each artist).

How are our V.I.E.W. workshops different than other online classes?

  • Our V.I.E.W. workshops are live, interactive and hands-on.
  • The instructors do demos and also give you time to paint during the live session.
  • You can enjoy interactivity with fellow students.
  • The V.I.E.W. workshops alternate 3 live lessons with 2 or 3 days of assignments in between giving you time to practice what you learned.
  • The instructors review your work and give you constructive feedback.
  • Q&A are welcome.
  • At the end of the program, you will have at least one finished painting.
  • You participate from the comfort of your home.
  • You need to download a free application on your device (preferably a lap top to have a big screen)
  • We work with you to the set up the online application if you need assistance.
  • We run a test session the day before the workshop to make sure everyone is all set.
  • The classes are LIVE.
  • You see the teacher and the other participants.
  • The teacher gives a demo (step by step demo, paint along, painting techniques, etc…It varies based on the teacher’s style).
  • You have time to practice during the session what you just learned from the teacher.
  • If you have questions while practicing or watching the demo, you can ask the instructor because the classes are LIVE.
  • You enjoy interactivity and sharing art with fellow students.
  • You get 3 lessons of 2 hours each.
  • You are able to show the teacher what you have done and receive personal constructive critique.
  • At the end of the 3 lessons, you should have at least one finished painting.

V.I.E.W. by Keiko Tanabe: Painting Belgium in Watercolor

Level: Intermediate and Advanced- Max 15 participants

Format: 3 sessions of 2 hours in 3 consecutive days

  • Day before the session start (2pm, Pacific time): Complementary try out session of 20 min with the 15 registered participants to make sure you are comfortable using the application
  • Day 1 (2-4pm, Pacific time): Canal scene: Step by step demo
  • Day 2 (2-4pm, Pacific time): Typical street scene: Step by step demo
  • Day 3 (2-4pm, Pacific time): Cafe scene: Demo by Keiko followed by a critique

Dates & Rates: April 14-15-16 (2-4pm, PDT): Sold Out-US$ 148 for the 3 sessions

What you will learn from Keiko: “Let’s travel to Belgium (virtually) and paint 2 different subjects in watercolor with me.  I will show you my entire painting process and guide you through start to finish.  You will learn how to set up, how to choose a subject, how to design a painting, what colors and techniques to use to capture mood and atmosphere, etc.  It is a fun course for anyone who is eager to learn how to use travel photos to paint from, and prepare for future painting trips! The last day, I will do one demo of a more complex scene and I will finish the session by a critique, giving each of you personal feedback.”

To Sign up, email us at contact@frenchescapade.com

V.I.E.W. by Evelyn DunphyWatercolor Painting of Annecy, the Venice of the North, in the French Alps.

From your home studio, picture yourself with Evelyn and your workshop group beside the canal facing “Le Pont des Amours”, (Lover’s Bridge) by beautiful Lac d’Annecy. It’s a warm late summer’s day and the breeze carries voices from the bridge as people stroll, admiring the view.

Level: Beginner and Intermediate- Max 12 participants

Format: 3 sessions of 2 hours or 2 sessions of 3 hours (depending of the dates you choose, see below).
You will have homework in between the sessions. Evelyn will be available by email or telephone if you have a question.

  • Day before the sessions (10am-Pacific time): Complementary try out session of 20 min with the 10 registered participants to make sure you are comfortable using the application
  • Day 1: Step by step demo
  • Day 2: Review of your work by Evelyn/ step by step demo of the same painting
  • Day 3: Step by step demo/ critique.

Dates & Rates:

  • April 13-15-17 (10am-12pm, Pacific time): Sold Out-US$ 148 for 3 sessions of 2 hours
  • April 22 & 24 (10am-1pm, Pacific time): Open-US$ 148 for 2 sessions of 3 hours

What you will learn from Evelyn: Evelyn will show you how to use a photograph and a plein air study to create a larger studio painting. You will learn how to adjust values and change local color as well as the design to really create the feeling of this beautiful town in France.

You will receive an email from Evelyn with a photo of the scene that she will be demonstrating, so that you will have time to do the drawing in advance, as well as suggestions for preparing for the workshop, for paper and pigments. By following step by step, having a day in between to practice, you will complete a finished painting by the end of the workshop.

To Sign up, email us at contact@frenchescapade.com

V.I.E.W. by Cindy Briggs and Theresa Goesling:  Join them “live” and virtually paint the Spanish Costa Brava from the comfort of your home or studio.

For over 25 years both Theresa and Cindy have been teaching international workshops, including the last five years working with French Escapade. Both teachers are accomplished Fine Artists, Art Directors & Art Jurors.

Enjoy your experience in an enriching and positive atmosphere that welcomes all levels of artists. Learn to build confidence as you develop a deeper understanding of design and watercolor techniques. Learn to embrace your inner artist and explore your own painting style.

Level: Beginner and Intermediate- Max 12 participants

Format: Each instructor will be teaching 2 sessions of 2 hours (total 8 hours in 4 sessions). Since they use similar palettes, you can discover different ways to approach your painting as they share some of their secrets to jazz up your paintings. As you follow along step-by-step, you will create a painting in each session.

  • Day before the first session: Complementary orientation session of 20 min with the registered participants
  • Days 1 & 2Cindy Briggs will help bring sunshine to your paintings! You will enjoy her “Dramatic Light, and Captivating Colors” session. Learn to paint light and shadow color mixes that will transmit sunlight into your paintings.
  • Days 3 & 4Theresa Goesling will share how to make your paintings sparkle! Her upbeat sessions guide you to “Illuminate your Watercolors”. Learn to passionately let your brush mix and mingle the colors on the paper to liven up your paintings with vibrant color.  

After sign-up you will receive a PDF of lesson photographs, drawings, instructions/supply lists with your sessions. 

Dates & Rates: Dates TBD– Price: US $198 for the 4 sessions

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

To Sign up, email us at contact@frenchescapade.com

How do I sign up?

Email us at contact@frenchescapade.com and make sure to let us know for what teacher you want to sign  up.  We will send you a registration form to fill out.

How can I pay?

1- If you sign up over a week before the online class, you can send us a US check, payable to French Escapade LLC. Address is: 2389 Blackpool Pl, San Leandro, CA 94577.

2- You can either send your payment using ZELLE. It is free. All big US banks offer ZELLE. It is very easy to set up. Go to your online bank account and you will see the option “ZELLE”. It will only take a minute to set it up. Choose contact@frenchescapade.com as recipient.

3- We can use Paypal and use your credit card. Choose contact@frenchescapade.com as recipient.

How do I start?

You will need to download an application. We will let you know which one when you sign up. The application is free and very easy to use.  You can download it on your mobile, your tablet or your computer. We recommend using a computer (PC or Mac) because the screen is bigger and it will allow you to see the demo better.

What if I have problems downloading the application?

You can contact us and we will help you but it is really a 3 min straight forward process.

How will I know how to use the application?

We organize a short meeting with all the participants the day before the first session to make sure everyone knows how to use it. It is very simple to use.

How do I access the live session?

We send you an invitation to the meeting via email ahead of time with the date and time of the meeting. When it is time, you just need to click on the link to enter the online session. The moderator will be able to see that you are trying to join and will let you in.

What if all participants start talking over each other during the session?

Don’t worry, that won’t happen. There is always be a member of French Escapade facilitating the session. Everyone have their microphone muted and the moderator lets people ask questions one at the time when it is appropriate in the session.

Are we going to paint during the session or only watch?

Yes, you paint during the session. After a short demo from the teacher, everyone has time to paint for a specific length of time. During that time, you can ask questions to the teacher if you encounter a problem with your painting. After the painting time, the teacher proceedes with more content (demo, techniques,…) and then again, after that demo, you paint what you just learned and so on. The goal is for you to have finished a painting (or close to that) at the end of the session. During the third session, everyone can share their work with the teacher and the other participant and get feedback from the teacher. You don’t need to share if you don’t feel comfortable but we encourage you to do so in order to receive feedback.

How do I know what painting supplies to use for the session?

We send everyone the teacher’s recommended painting supplies list ahead of time.

What if I don't want the other participants to see my face or to see me while I paint?

You can turn off the camera via the application. We will still see your name in a black box.

Can I get a partial refund if I can't attend all three sessions?

Unfortunately we can refund you. You pay for a 3 session package.

Can I send the invitation to a friend who hasn't registered?

No. The V.I.E.W. workshop is only for registered participants.  The moderator can see everyone accessing the session and will only accept the people who are registered.

French Escapade LLC | 2389 Blackpool Place | San Leandro, CA 94577 | 510-483-5713 | contact@frenchescapade.com
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