Painting Tours: USA – Carmel-David Lobenberg

On-The-Go Ink-n-Splash Sketching Workshop in Carmel and Pacific Grove with David Lobenberg

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

We will sketch in plein-air some of the emblematic spots of Carmel and Pacific Grove. Here is a non-exhaustive list of some of them:

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.

Light House in Pacific Grove

Pacific Grove’s charming Point Pinos Lighthouse is the oldest continuously operating lighthouse on the US West Coast and is on the National Register of Historic Places.

The building, lenses and prisms in this Pacific Grove lighthouse are all original.

This lighthouse is still an active aid to navigation.

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 a small watercolor palette (with five basic primary colors), a classic Ticonderoga pencil, a black office pen, a medium size watercolor brush, a small water container, and a medium-size sketch book. You are now at the ready to knock off joyful sketches!

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

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 18-23, 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 have booked some rooms for the participants interested in staying at the hotel where the teacher and the tour leaders are staying. We will give you the info after you have signed up.
  • Some meals (the ones not listed as included)
  • Painting supplies (folding chairs will be provided)
How to Book

1To hold your spot, please fill out the reservation form below and send us a $600 deposit.
Note that the deposit is not refundable but is transferrable. See our Cancelation Policy below.

2Once you have submitted your reservation, you will receive a confirmation email with the details on how to submit your deposit via one of these 3 methods:

– by check (if you live in Canada, it needs to be a money order)
– via ZELLE (free instant money transfer offered by all major US banks)
– by credit card
– by bank transfer

3The remaining balance will be due 3 months before departure.

Cancellation Policy

If you cancel the trip:Cancellation Fee per Person
More than 90 days before departureThe $600 deposit is forfeited
(however $500 can be transferred to another trip with a departure date within 2 years of cancelation date)
61-90 days before departure50% of total cost forfeited
31-60 days before departure75% of total cost forfeited
0-30 days before departure100% of total cost forfeited
If French Escapade cancels You get a full refund

Thank you for traveling with us!

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