V.I.E.W: Virtual Interactive Escapade Workshops
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.
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
Day 1: Cypress Shadows: Step by step demo and critique
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:
More about Amid El Haddad: www.amidelhaddad.com
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:
How are our V.I.E.W. workshops different than other online classes?
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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 email@example.com as recipient.
3- We can use Paypal and use your credit card. Choose firstname.lastname@example.org as recipient.
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.
You can contact us and we will help you but it is really a 3 min straight forward process.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We send everyone the teacher’s recommended painting supplies list ahead of time.
You can turn off the camera via the application. We will still see your name in a black box.
Unfortunately we can refund you. You pay for a 3 session package.
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.