Painting Tours: USA – San Francisco and the Wine Country with David Lobenberg, March 31-April 5, 2019

Day 1: Welcome

5 PM: Meet your fellow travelers, your teacher and your tour leader at our selected hotel for our orientation meeting followed by a welcome dinner.


“I left my heart in San Francisco, High on a hill, it calls to me.”

San Francisco justly ranks as one of the greatest cities in the world. Famous for grand-dame Victorians, classic cable cars, dynamic diversity, a beautiful waterfront, and a soaring crimson bridge, the “City by the Bay” truly has it all.

San Francisco is undeniably a “must see”.


Days 2 and 3: San Francisco

You will sketch in plein-air some of the emblematic spots of San Francisco. Here is a non-exhaustive list of some of them:

Painted Ladies

One of the most photographed locations in San Francisco, Alamo Square’s famous “postcard row” is indeed a visual treat: a tight, escalating formation of Victorian houses back-dropped by downtown skyscrapers, providing a stunning contrast.

Palace of Fine Arts

This is one of the most photographed sites in the City, featured in numerous films and TV productions: Greco-Roman style Rotunda and colonnades surrounded by swans drifting across the peaceful lagoon.

Golden Gate Park

One of the largest urban parks in the world without one single “Keep Off the Grass” sign on its 1,017 acre with trees, flowers, plants, lakes…

Golden Gate Bridge

Once called “the bridge that couldn’t be built,” today it is one of the seven wonders of the modern world. This magnificent span, perhaps San Francisco’s most famous landmark, opened after a four-year struggle against relentless winds, fog, rock and treacherous tides.

Fisherman’s Wharf

The historic San Francisco waterfront provides the picture perfect backdrop for postcard views of the Golden Gate and Bay bridges, Alcatraz, Angel Island and the famous City skyline.

Day 4: Wine Country and Wine Tasting

sf-day4-brenda-vineyardsf-day4-napaWith more than 425 wineries, miles of rugged Pacific coastline, towering redwood forests, and its close proximity to San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, Sonoma County is a dream sketching spot in California.

Lunch: You will be treated for lunch and wine tasting in one of the numerous wineries in Sonoma.

The afternoon is yours to explore, shop or paint at the Sonoma Plaza, the gorgeous historic landmark that radiates romance around every corner, cafe and cobblestone…

Day 5: Plein-air and Studio Painting in SF


On your last painting day in SF, you will spend the morning sketching one more iconic spot of the City.


It is time to finish up some of the paintings started this week. The day will end with a little “vernissage” showing your work over a cocktail drink. We will treat you for the farewell dinner before saying goodbye.

Day 6: Departure

You can leave at your convenience or extend your stay up to 3 days at the hotel (at the discounted rate if you book early enough).

David Keith Lobenberg – On-The-Go Ink and Wash Sketching Workshop: USA – San Francisco: March 31-April 5, 2019

Click here for David Lobenberg’s web site

Workshop Description

Wow – talk about something that is super duper compact for easy travel and affords the ability to create exquisite little sketches with minimum muss or fuss, this is it! I first introduced my technique to the art world in a 2006 issue of American Artist Magazine, and I have been teaching it around the country ever since. With these few inexpensive and highly portable art tools, you can sketch with ease around the house, around the town, or around the world!

In my plein air workshop, not only will you master the On-The-Go Sketching technique, but also critical compositional, color, and value strategies. And since your sketches will always start out with a pencil drawing, I will be adding the six universal skill sets of drawing into the workshop!


David Lobenberg’s Biography

David Lobenberg has over thirty years experience conducting both studio and plein air water media workshops across the U.S. and Canada. He has established a reputation for a well-organized, energetic, fun, and high-spirited teaching style. David received his Masters of Art degree from UCLA and has taught for seventeen years as an adjunct college art professor.

He has had his art exhibited and published both in the U.S., Europe, and Asia.

David has also created commissioned art works for the Amgen Tour of California, the USAF Thunderbirds, Maria Shriver, IMAX Corporation, Public Broadcasting Service, Sacramento Olympic Track and Field Pre-trials, and the National Gymnastics Association.
His art can be viewed at:, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram.

Dates & Rates

Dates: March 31-April 5, 2019: On-The-Go Ink & Wash Watercolor Workshop – Max 12 Participants-Open

Rates: $1,490  Sign up early to get the discounted rate at the hotel  (Hotel is not incl., see below).


  • A welcome reception
  • 2 dinners: one welcome dinner on day 1 and one farewell dinner on day 5
  • 1 lunch and wine tasting in Sonoma
  • All art classes (daily demos, one-on-one support and instructions)
  • Transportation every day from and to our selected hotel (including transportation to Sonoma)
  • The use of a “studio” on the last afternoon
  • Complementary snacks and drinks brought to the painting sites
  • A tour leader throughout the week


  • Your hotel.
  • Breakfasts, 3 lunches and 3 dinners
  • Painting supplies
  • Tour leaders(s) tipping
How to Book

To Make Your Reservation for a French Escapade Tour please follow the steps below and review our Cancellation Policy:


Check Availability

Send us an e-mail to check availability. Include the dates you are interested in and the number of people you will be reserving a spot for.

Submit Registration Form and Send $600 Deposit

After receiving confirmation of availability, complete and submit the Reservation Form and send your $600 deposit check to:

French Escapade LLC
2389 Blackpool Place
San Leandro, CA 94577

If you live in the US:

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If you live outside the US please contact us for other payment options.

Receive Confirmation

We will send you a written confirmation of your reservation along with an information package for your trip (info about pick up and drop off, recommended insurance, name of a travel agent, what to bring, etc…).

Submit Remaining Balance

Your remaining balance is due 90 days prior to departure.

Cancellation Policy

If you cancel the trip:Cancellation Fee per Person
If French Escapade cancels You get a full refund
More than 90 days before departureThe $600 deposit is forfeited
(however $500 can be transferred-only one time-to another trip with a departure date within 2 years of cancelation date)
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Thank you for traveling with us!

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