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 for the Class

V.I.E.W. by Kay Barnes: “Winter Sunset”: Painting light and shadows on snow. (Watercolor)

Level: High Beginners and Intermediate – Max 16 participants

Dates: Jan 30 & 31  (10am-1pm Pacific time)

This workshop is filled with lessons in working with color, values, edges, and planes on snow.

The image is from a visit to a nearby ski area in the Cascade mountains. At the end of a cold day in winter, the warm light creates warm shadows. The silhouettes of the evergreens play against the glow of the setting sun filtering through the trees. Using wet into wet application of a primary triad, the sky glows! Working the correct values and temperatures of the shadows is critical to achieving the drama of the moment. Timing, applying salt, proper water paint ratios, mixing darks, and reading the wetness of the paper are emphasized in this exciting watercolor adventure!

Rate:  US$ 178 for 2 sessions of 3 hours (total 6 hours)

The price includes:

  • Personal feedback and critique during the class: Kay 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 on your finished painting on  our V.I.E.W. facebook page, Kay will give you final suggestions for your painting.

    Sample od Kay’s Work

Supply List:

  • Paper: Arches 140# paper, gator board
  • Brushes: Large flat brush #10 or 12, round brush #4 or 6, rigger (sable)
  • Paint: Kosher or Margarita Salt, Cobalt Blue, French Ultra, Quin Rose, Winsor Yellow, Quin Burnt Scarlet, Sap Green, Thalo Blue RS.


Biography Kay Barnes, CWA, NWWS, PSNWPG:

Kay has been working in watercolor since 1982 and has achieved signature member status in several national art organizations. She began teaching watercolor over 30 years ago.

      In 2012, Kay had her painting “Rushing to Judgment” included in SPLASH 13-Alternative Approaches -The Best of Watercolor.  This book is a showcase of paintings by a very exclusive group of contemporary artists from around the world.  It is quite an honor to be chosen for inclusion in this publication. Two of Kay’s former students are also included in this prestigious publication.

Sample of Kay’s Work

     Teaching is Kay’s passion! She is a remarkable instructor using many approaches to express her subjects and teach students to embrace all of the variety the medium offers.

Her light hearted spirit and informative teaching style impart a sense of confidence and competence to her students.   

      In 2002 in Woodinville, Washington, she built Kay Barnes Watercolor Studio and The Eden Gallery. Since then students have poured in. The sharing of her love of watercolor has grown into a lifestyle.  Kay is teaching weekly classes, and workshops in the Puget Sound Region, nationally, and internationally. Demand for her teaching throughout the Pacific Northwest has included many regional art associations. These venues provide numerous ways to share her knowledge and to continue seeking personal and artistic growth through the medium of watercolor while providing a safe and memorable passage for her students on the same voyage.

Artist statement:

 “What I love about watercolor is it can be spontaneous and fluid or controlled and precise, depending on the effect I am seeking…It is exciting to be able to get such variety from a single medium. I am constantly stretching to see where it will take me. Each painting is an adventure with the process as rewarding as the end result…The elements of good art are also found in a good life; perspective, balance, contrasts, harmony, and restraint, to name a few.  Live your life artfully and enjoy the journey!”

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?

Please fill out the VIEW registration form at

How can I pay?

1- You can 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.

2- You 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’t refund you. If the recording is available (it depends on the teacher), you will receive the recording of the sessions by email and be able to download it to your computer. You can keep the recording forever.

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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