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

Paint Live from your home with a master and fellow artists. We are working hand in hand with our team of high-end artists/instructors to present you unique interactive live online painting workshops where you can paint along and get feedback from the comfort of your home. Check our V.I.E.W. calendar with all the online classes we offer with different instructors.

Painting Day 1

V.I.E.W. by Amid El Haddad, AWS:  Benvenuti alla dolce Toscana. 

Level: Intermediate and Advanced- Max 16 participants

Dates:  March 22 & 23 (10am-1pm PST). If you can’t attend the class, you can buy the recording.

During this workshop, I would like to welcome you in my second home and one of the inexhaustible sources of my inspiration.

As Amid demonstrates, step by step, quiet time is provided so that you can paint what he just demoed. Critique and feedback is an important part of the class. Since the class is interactive, you will be able to ask questions directly to Amid, show your work though your computer to get personal feedback and you will also be able to see everyone else’s work.

Key Points through the workshops

  • Planning painting process.
  • Drawing and composition from major shapes to details.
  • Introducing of the scenography to express your painting story.
  • Pigment management: colour mixing and wash consistency.
  • Proper use of edges through timing, exploring watercolour life cycle from wet to dry.
  • Controlling of tonal values.
  • Abstracting the shapes by developing your own visual language.

Day 1: Cypress Shadows: Step by step demo and critique

Painting for Day 2

I often go for a walk in this small village “Semifonte” in search of inspiration or simply to find peace and quietness.
During a beautiful August evening, I was terribly inspired by this dramatic scene: the values of different shapes were so strong. Contrasting and complementing each other at the same time: Heavy dark of the cypress against warm colours of the beautiful Renaissance facades, the thickness and the freshness of the cypress shadows holding all the shapes together which adds poetry and mystery to the scene and makes it so captivating.

It was too hot to complete this painting on location. So, I did a quick sketch on location to fix my impression and I finished it later in my studio.

Day 2: Aperitif Time: Step by step demo and critique

Often at aperitif time, I go to this small town called “Tavernelle in Val di Pesa” to meet my friends and to share glass of wine at “Caffè degli amici”. As a Mediterranean, I have always been attracted by this beautiful atmosphere created by this last light and the dance of the shadows on the old facades. I love the beautiful summer evening light when the shadows lie on the floor and walls, when the swallows dance above the roofs and the people go out to talk and to share a drink of ‘amicizia’ before dinner. That is what my painting is about.

After you have registered for the workshop:

You will receive the reference photographs. Please print them out to have at hand during the workshop. You’ll also receive a supply list and suggestions for how to prepare for the workshop. Drawings will be done in class.

Rate:  US$ 178 for 2 sessions of 3 hours (6 hours total). If you can’t attend the class, you can buy the recording.

The price includes:

  • Personal feedback and critique during the class: Amid will give you time to paint and then look at each student work in progress and comment on it along the way. You will also receive a final critique at the end of the session.
  • The recording of both sessions: You will be able to download the recordings to your own computer and keep them forever.
  • Facebook feedback after the class:  If you post your finished painting on  our V.I.E.W. facebook page, Amid will give you final feedback for your painting.

More about Amid El Haddad:

Faithful to the tradition of Impressionist painters, Amid is an avid Plein-Air painter, producing the majority of his work outdoor. This has helped, over the years, to develop a narrative and scenographic style, which infuse a characteristic story into each painting.

Amid is adept at genuine and immediate rendering and avoids laborious techniques that could affect the freshness and translucency of the medium.

Amid joined the school of fine arts in Brussels to study architecture. During his studies he became familiar with basic rules of drawing and he got to know watercolor as his favorite medium for rendering.

His current activity as a teacher in a Watercolor School in Belgium and a tutor helps him to verbalise and share his craft. It also helps him to express his feelings more accurately and make his inner voice tangible.

Amid is a sought-after art instructor who conducts watercolor workshops in Belgium, France, Italy and the US.

V.I.E.W. Registration Form

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 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.

How do I sign up?

Email us at 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 as recipient.

3- We can use Paypal and use your credit card. Choose 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.

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