VIEW-Steve Hill

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 Steve HillPaint the Carmel and Monterrey California Coastal area, in Pastel

Make successful, lively and interpretive pastel paintings from reference photos!

We will work from at least two reference photos to edit and create a single painting featuring one of the most beautiful areas along the California Coast.

Steve has been invited to The Carmel Art Festival 6 times since 2010. He has a lot of experience working with the constantly changing light conditions common to this area and will provide reference photos to use from his many trips along the coast. There will be an opportunity to use figures in your painting, or boats, water and fog in motion, depending upon which reference photos are selected for this 2 day workshop.

His demo and narration will make it easy to follow along, in steps throughout the workshop.

His step-by-step informative instruction will result in innovative ways to create a complete painting by the end of the workshop. Be ready to amaze yourself and have fun painting in pastels, with an experienced artist and teacher who has taught over 75 workshops and won over 60 top awards in world-wide juried art competitions, since 2004.

Level: High Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced- Max 16 participants

Dates: Sept 9 & 10 (10am-1pm Pacific Time)

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

The price includes:

  • Personal feedback and critique of your painting all along the sessions but also on our V.I.E.W. facebook page after you have posted your painting.
  • The recording of both sessions: you will be able to download the recordings to your own computer and keep them for ever.

Before the online workshop: You will receive the supply list, as well as the reference photo, plus a variety of compositional study ideas, for you to be ready to start. It is best to print the photo to have it handy during the class. All you need is a sturdy easel or table-top to work from, in your home.

During the workshop: Everyone paints step-by-step, from the same photo. We will all pause at various key intervals, to check progress, ask and answer questions.

Jackie will be moderating, to field any questions (and Steve’s answers), as we progress throughout the session. It will be a virtual, live workshop from your own home.

Steve’s  focus will be on simplifying details to create a good solid pastel painting, utilizing design fundamentals like: composition, values (lights and darks) shape & form, color and color temperatures . . .  before finishing with a few details.

His informative, step-by-step demos are well narrated, easy to follow and remove the mystery of how to start and finish a painting. (See testimonial below).

Note: Dakota Art Pastels (the world’s largest supplier of pastel products) has offered a 10% discount for pastel supplies for this class. Allow one week for shipping during these trying times with the Covid-19 virus.

Steve Hill Bio:

“I have been an artist since the day I picked-up my first pencils and crayons, making marks on most surfaces. I won my first big award in the 4th grade with “First Place” in a city-wide art contest sponsored by the Red Cross in my hometown of Boise, Idaho. It was a drawing made from memory of the masked surgeons who had removed my tonsils years earlier – an experience which obviously made a lasting impression.

I have been painting full time sine the late 90’s and it has proven to be totally rewarding. I have won many art awards and some prestigious honors over the past decade. My passion is to find special places, both home and abroad, and explore those with every element of my psyche dialed into the joyous, expressive and interpretive language of painting on-site”.

“From Linda Teri: Amazingly wonderful online pastel painting class with Steve Hill and Jackie”

Dear Steve and Jackie,

Thank you both, very much, for providing such an amazingly wonderful zoom pastel painting class. Steve, your ability to break the painting into manageable steps and talk through everything you did made following along simpler than I would have thought possible. Your willingness and responsiveness to questions from each and every student was always focused, kind, and helpful. I can’t thank you enough for helping me learn so much in such a positive way.

Jackie, kudos to you for moving back and forth between Steve’s demos and our artwork, as we asked a myriad of questions. It was fun and informative seeing everyone’s work along the way. Your gentle encouragement for us all to show what we were working on was much appreciated. Your calm manner and clear command of the vagaries of zoom made it a wonderful experience.

I will absolutely take more classes from Steve and look for more experiences from V.I.E.W. The two, together, were awesome and I am looking forward to many more opportunities to experience both again. Thank you both, again. Stay safe, stay healthy, and keep these classes coming!

“From the President of The Olympia Art League in Tacoma, WA”

On Thursday February 15, 2012 Olympia Art League’s members were mesmerized by artist Steven Hill as he painted a pastel of the Tuscany hillside.  Steven had an amazing knowledge of art history as well as being a master of pastel techniques.  Steve is one of those rare artists who can talk and paint at the same time.  He entertained our members with tales of his European workshops and interesting facts about pastel history while cranking out a lovely landscape.  Steven is a master at composition using value and color choices for atmospheric perspective.

Olympia Art League was delighted that Steven would come to the South Sound from his home in the San Juan Islands to share his knowledge and enthusiasm for art.  Our summer Paint-Out group was especially delighted to have such an award winning plein air artist to observe in action.

It will be a number of years before OAL members can match the quality of Steven’s work, but we did take home some very valuable advice.

V.I.E.W. Registration Form


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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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