Painting Tours: USA – Carmel-David Lobenberg

On-The-Go Sketching Workshop: Carmel/Pacific Grove/Monterey – David Lobenberg: Oct 22-27, 2023

Carmel and Pacific Grove, located in Monterey Bay offer spectacular setting along the Pacific Ocean.

With its European charm and its sand beaches, Carmel is a must-visit California coastal getaway and one of the most romantic places in California.

Pacific Grove, affectionately known as Butterfly Town USA offers some of the most beautiful beaches in California.

Day 1: Orientation Meeting and Welcome Dinner

5 pm: Meet your fellow travelers, your instructor  David Lobenberg and your two tour leaders, Valerie and Jackie,  at our selected hotel in Carmel for our orientation meeting.

We will  go over the schedule for the workshop and treat you for a welcome dinner to celebrate the beginning of a week full of laughter, painting and new friendships.

Days 2 to 5: Sketching in Carmel, Pacific Grove & Monterey

Here is a list of some emblematic spots of Carmel, Pacific Grove and Monterey but not necessary our painting sites.

Carmel Mission

The beautifully restored Carmel Mission is a historic landmark since 1771. It is not only an active church, but also a museum.

It is the only Spanish mission in California that has its original bell tower and bell.

The museum and basilica contain impressive artifacts, the plantings on the grounds are gorgeous and the Mission also has a lovely chapel, fountains and gardens.


Fairy Tale Cottages

Carmel-by-the-sea is also famous for its storybook fairy tale cottages.

A trend started by Hugh Comstock in the early 1900s. Comstock’s cottage inspired other local residents to ask for their own fairytale cottages, and  many more of them were built in the village. 

Carmel’s fairytale cottages feature high pitched roofs, stone chimneys, and timbered details that make you think you are in Alsace or in a storybook!.

Coast Line and Cypress Trees

A scenic pathway meanders above the bluff overlooking Carmel Beach through sculptured Monterey Cypress trees.

The long stretch of beautiful rocky coastline in Pacific Grove,  features several scenic overlooks.

Because of its unique east-facing location, it is also one of the only spots on the West Coast where you can watch the sun rise over the water.


Both towns are home to many historic buildings with Spanish influences in their architecture: from iron balconies to tile decoration on steps, but also features of Victorian architecture.

The historic homes, some of which date back to the 19th century, include Victorian, Craftsman, Colonial & other styles.



Monterey is a coastal town with beaches, cypress trees, the famous harbor and the past historic canneries on Cannery row that inspired John Steinbeck’s novella

The Monterey Wharf is an old fishing pier along the Monterey Bay that has been converted into a shopping and entertainment area. The Monterey Wharf is also an haven for crab and pasta lovers,

You’ll find dozens of  beautiful sea lions around the wharf, beached on the rocks taking in some sun.

End of Day 5: Show and Tell and Farewell Dinner


It is time to finish up some of the paintings started this week. The sketching workshop will end with a little “Show and Tell”.

We will then treat you for the farewell dinner before saying goodbye.

Day 6: Departure

You can leave at your convenience or extend your stay to enjoy this wonderful place. If you live close to Carmel, you can leave the night before after the farewell dinner.

About the Workshop with David Lobenberg

Close by or across the globe, travel light and capture your views with pop and zing

All it takes is handy-dandy Viviva ColorSheet packets with bright, saturated color swatches from which to pull off your sketching hues, a soft office pencil, a fine tip black art pen, a watercolor brush, a small water container, and a sketch pad You are now at the ready to go out and knock off joyful plein air sketches!

To keep those sketches rolling, I’ll teach you how to visually K.I.S.S. (Keep It Supper Simple) what you see, draw, and paint on the stunning Monterey peninsula.

David Lobenberg Biography

Internationally published and exhibiting fine artist David Lobenberg has over thirty-five years experience teaching fine art both in California and out-of-state. He has established a reputation for conducting well organized, energetic, hands-on watercolor and drawing workshops.

“As a professional fine artist, I have taught as an adjunct art professor for over sixteen years, specializing in drawing, graphic design, acrylic and watercolor painting instruction. I conduct art workshops across the United States and Canada as well as online. My work has been published in International Artist, The Art of Watercolour, Watercolor Artist, and Pratique Des Arts magazines to name a few. I’ve exhibited in the U.S., Europe, Turkey, and Asia.

I live and work in sunny Sacramento, California. As a native Californian, I have been influenced by mostly sunny days and the bright colors used by my fellow Mexican American neighbors. My favorite definition about the art of watercoloring comes from a fellow Sacramento artist, Jose Montoya: “To watercolor is to control the flood”. I love painting and seeing bright and luminescent color washes mix and mingle on watercolor paper. Three of my favorite artists are the late Charles Reid, N. Simmons, and K. Potter.”

Check David Lobenberg’s website.

David Lobenberg's Art Samples

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Price and What is included

Oct 22-27, 2023: Open  

Price: $1,490 if you drive your own car to the painting sites

Price: $1,590 if you want to come in our car

The hotel is not included, see below.




  • A welcome reception
  • 2 dinners: one welcome dinner on day 1 and one farewell dinner on day 5
  • All art classes (daily demos, one-on-one support and instructions)
  • Transportation in mini vans to painting locations
  • The use of folding chairs
  • Complementary snacks and drinks brought to the painting sites
  • Two tour leaders throughout the week


  • Your hotel. We will give you some hotel recommendations such as the hotel where the teacher and tour leaders are staying as well as a discount to a Best Western close by.
  • Some meals (the ones not listed as included)
  • Painting supplies (folding chairs will be provided)
How to Book

To reserve your spot, please complete the form below (one per person) and pay US$ 600 deposit.  After receiving your form, we will send you the information for the payment. Note that the deposit is not refundable but US$ 300 is transferrable within one year. See our cancelation policy below.

You will be able to pay:

1- By check

2- Via ZELLE, free instant pay, offered by many major US banks

3- By bank transfer

4- By credit card

Reservation Form US Workshop

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