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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.

V.I.E.W. by Shuang Li:  Sketching France: Loire Valley, Paris and Monet’s Garden

Level: High Beginners and Intermediate- Max 16 participants

Dates:  April 26, 27 & 28 (10am-1pm PDT). If you can’t attend the class, you can still buy the recording.

Learn fun sketching techniques before your next trip to France (or anywhere around the world)!

This unique workshop will explore varies sketching techniques and styles. With just a few simple tools, you’ll learn how to sketch stylishly, loosely and more intuitively! You’ll be amazed with what you can create after taking this workshop.

In just a few days, you will learn multiple sketching styles that your can use any time and places. With an ink pen or two, plus a few watercolors, Shuang will teach you ONE NEW SKETCHING STYLE EACH DAY.

Using photos from her past trip to France, Shuang will be focusing on one style per day, and with multiple step-by-step demos to explain the techniques of the style. You will be sketching right after each step she demoed, practice what you just learned, so you won’t miss anything. 

The workshop is highly interactive, Shuang will provide timely help when you work on your sketches, and encourage you to ask any questions you may have any time during the workshop.

What You’ll Learn:

Three sketching styles in three days:

Day 1: The castle of Chenonceau (Loire Valley)

Sketching with a ink pen – drawing directly and quickly (without pencil and eraser)

Day 2: A street cafe in Paris

Sketching with ink pen and watercolor wash – add a little or a lot color splash to the ink sketches

Day 3: Monet’s garden in Givermy

Sketching directly using watercolors and ONE brush– bold and expressive brushstrokes

Knowledge and Skills for creating successful sketching:

• Simplification: distill a complex scene to its essence in a sketch

• Sophistication: create a center of interest with contrast, color and selective details

• Liveliness: add figures and motions to compositions

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.

Check this video of Shuang Li’s travel sketchbook to France.

 

Rate:  US$ 249 for 3 sessions of 3 hours (9 hours total). If you can’t attend the class, you can buy the recording.

The price includes:

  • Personal feedback and critique during the class: Shuang will give you time to sketch 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 all sessions for you to keep forever.
  • Facebook feedback after the class:  If you post your finished painting on  our V.I.E.W. facebook page, Shuang will give you final feedback for your painting.

About Shuang Li, NWS, WW, SDWS, LPAPA :

Born, raised and classically trained in China, California based watercolorist Shuang Li moved to the US 30 years ago. Following the “En Plein Air” tradition, Shuang paints watercolor both on locations and in her studio, portrays the extraordinary variety of life with her unique perspective. Traveling around the world, with her masterful classic and contemporary techniques, Shuang recreates nature’s beauty in her paintings, captures lights, moods and moments with her singular poetic expression. Shuang’s watercolors have won many national and international awards, her artwork and articles have been featured in Plein Air Magazine, American Watercolors and Outdoor Painters, to name a few.

Shuang Li is a signature member of National Watercolor Society, San Diego Watercolor Society,Watercolor WestLaguna Plein Air Painters Association, and an elected Artist Member of California Art Club. Shuang Li has also been selected as one of the faculty members for Plein Air Convention since 2018.

Shuang Li’s web site

Shuang Li’s FaceBook page

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 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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