V.I.E.W: Virtual Interactive Escapade Workshops

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 our new projects 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 using Zoom.

You can mirror the screen of your Ipad or computer to your TV screen (smart TVs, Apple TV, …) so that you can see better.

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.

How are our V.I.E.W. workshops different from other online classes?


  • Our V.I.E.W. workshops are live, interactive and hands-on.
  • You can select from a multitude of renowned artists teaching in different media (watercolor, oil, acrylics, pastel), different styles (sketching to bigger paintings) and designed for different skill levels from beginners to advanced painters.
  • The instructors do step by steps demos, breaking up the process in manageable steps, giving you time to paint during the live session.
  • You enjoy interactivity with fellow participants.
  • The instructors review your work and give you personal constructive feedback all along the session since you will be able to show your work through device camera.
  • Q&A are welcome during the class, asking questions directly to the instructor.
  • At the end of the program, you will have at least one finished painting.
  • Most of our V.I.E.W are recorded (with a few exceptions). You will receive a link to the recorded session for you to download so that you can keep it forever.

How do I sign up?

Please fill out this online VIEW registration form

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. Make sure to specify what workshop it is for.

2- (Less preferred option for us because of the fees charged by paypal). You can use Paypal and use your credit card. Choose as recipient. Make sure to specify what workshop it is for. If you live outside the US and have a different currency, make sure you send your payment in US dollars.

How do I start?

You will need to download the zoom application. 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. For a computer, go to and download the free version of zoom. For a tablet or phone, go to the apple store on your device and choose the free zoom application. The icon is a white camera on a blue background.

How do I access the live session?

We send you a link invitation to the meeting via email within 24 hours of the class. 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 staff 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 the sessions being recorded?

Most classes will be recorded with the exception of a few (each teacher has the right to decide if the session will be recorded or not). We send the link of the recording a few hours after each session. You will be able to download the recording to your computer and keep it forever.

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 your camera via the application.  You will still be able to see and hear everything but we won’t be able to see you.

Can I get a partial refund if I can't attend all sessions?

Unfortunately we can’t refund you. You pay for the 2 session package. However, most sessions (with a few exceptions depending on the teacher) are being recorded. We will send you the link to the recording after the session and you can download it on your computer and keep it forever. So if you miss the session, you will still have a chance to watch it later.

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 |
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