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 Cindy Briggs: Life in Provence (Watercolor)

Level: High Beginner and Intermediate- Max 16 participants

Dates: Oct 26 & 27 (10am-1pm PDT or 1-4pm EDT): Step by step demo and critique each day.

Join Cindy painting from her “Life in Provence” series as we loosen up, capture the joy and the expressive colors of Provence virtually as we use my Plein Air paintings as a guide for new colorful studio paintings. “Painting on location en plein air painting is an immersive experience. Being on site you create a memory that includes the spirit of the place – the true colors, sounds, energy of the experience. Often I’ll bring my plein air paintings and studies home to create new versions infused with the feelings that I had painting on location.” Lets virtually visit Provence for 2 days and paint with flowing watercolors”. 

In this interactive class, Cindy will share her Plein Air Painting Process through a step-by-step demo each day. Q&A and personal feedback is what makes this a “Live” enriching experience.

Day One: Market Bicycle in L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue One of my favorite things to do was ride my bicycle around the countryside and in town and find things to paint. Often using my bicycle as my studio. Refining my quick sketch painting to a more finished painting we’ll add a charming basket and flowers from the market to a more colorful bicycle. After living in L’Isle-Sur-La-Sorge, it was fun to return there with French Escapade recently. In this lesson you’ll see how to add to a scene and how you can make it your own. With a tracing provided you’ll be ready for this step-by-step lesson and encouraging critique. 

Day Two: Abbey Notre-Dame de Sénanque This sublime Cistercian Abbey near the village of Gordes is one of my favorite places to paint in Provence. If you time it right, you’ll hear the Cistercian Monks singing as you paint. Discover how to simplify the scene, develop a value study and harmonious color strategy, paint with flowing expressive colors, experiment with lost and found edges and capture the spirit of the this unique location in the heart of Provence.

Rate:  US$ 178 for 2 sessions of 3 hours each

The price includes:

  • Downloadable Recordings of the two sessions that you can keep forever.
  • .pdf of informational material to get you ready for class including reference images, a tracing and watercolor warmup for an easy start. Supply List, Palette Map and Color Wheel Map.
  • Personal feedback and critique during the class. Cindy will demonstrate a section then give you time to paint. She will look at your work along the way and give you helpful tips to help you progress.
  • You will have a final critique at the end of the session, plus more feedback if you post your painting on the V.I.E.W Facebook page.

Basic Supply List: (A more complete downloadable .pdf supply list with Palette Map, Color Wheel and Watercolor Warmup will be provided):

  • Paper: 140lb Cold Press: Such as Fabriano Artistico, Arches or Dick Blick. If you want to spend the money my favorite is 300# Soft Press Fabriano Paper. Or save money by using the Fabriano Studio Pad 140#. Tape or clip your paper to a board to keep it flat or use a block.
  • Paints: I use Daniel Smith Extra Fine Watercolors – you can substitute your own colors if you wish. These are my most recommended for these projects from my 18 well palette: Lemon Yellow, Naples Yellow, Yellow Ochre, Quinacridone Gold, Permanent Brown or Burnt Sienna, Permanent Rose, Lavender, Green Apatite Genuine, Cobalt Blue or Ultramarine Blue, (Cobalt Teal Blue and Wisteria are optional).
  • Palette: Any kind with mixing areas and a lid is preferable. I use the Heritage 18 well palette or similar with a lid.
  • Brushes: For most of my paintings I use the Dynasty Black Gold 311 Quill Size 4. You may want a smaller size such as a 0 or 00 for small details. (Optional) For a larger wash I use a Cat’s Tongue or Round 3/4” Silver Black Velvet 3009 S. See my supply list for where to purchase at a discount.
  • Misc: Mechanical pencil .7 for my drawings and a kneaded eraser. Scrap watercolor paper for studies and to practice colors, water container, paper towels, and Mr. Clean Magic Eraser for fix-ups.

Cindy Briggs Biography:

From Park City Utah to charming historical villages throughout Europe, Cindy Briggs enthusiastically shares her love for painting with her students. From a family of artists, Cindy has been teaching watercolors to a wide range of students in North America and internationally for 25 years. She treasures working with French Escapade for the last 5 years and appreciates how Jackie and Valerie take such great care of their guests.

An award-winning artist, Cindy’s work has been featured in many international juried National Watercolor Society and Northwest Watercolor Society (Signature and past board member) exhibitions, among other Watercolor Society, University, Gallery, and Museum exhibitions, Art Festivals and special events. She has been published in Watercolor Magazine, Plein Air Magazine, Outside Artist, Conde Nast Magazine, among local and regional magazines. Cindy has worked with Daniel Smith for decades as a feature demonstrator and instructor and uses Daniel Smith Extra Fine Watercolors in her expressive sunlit paintings. Cindy also teaches watercolor workshops for Smithsonian Studio Arts, University of Utah, Kimball Art Center in Park City, Utah, The Art Station in Bend, Oregon (Past Board Member) and has demonstrated for numerous arts organizations. She has served as juror for both regional and national arts festivals and shows. 

Cindy produces numerous online watercolor program packages and enjoys providing a virtual front row seat for all of her students. In 2021, she looks forward to returning to Spain to teach with French Escapade and Theresa Goesling. Plus more painting tours are in the works as we go forward. 

Check Cindy Briggs website at

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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