Watercolor Sketching Workshop in Santa Barbara, California,
Watercolor Sketching Workshop in Santa Barbara, California,
With breathtaking coastal mountains to the east and sublime beaches to the west, Santa Barbara is one of the most beautiful places in California. With its perfect Mediterranean climate, Santa Barbara is a little gem with lush gardens and distinctive white-washed, terracotta-tiled Spanish architecture. No doubt that it deserves its name of “American Riviera”.
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.
You will sketch in plein-air some of the emblematic spots of Santa Barbara. Here is a non-exhaustive list of some of them:
The Queen of the Missions
The Santa Barbara Mission is known as “Queen of the Missions” for its exceptional beauty.With its grand double bell towers, lush gardens and the majestic San Ynez mountains as a backdrop, the Mission is one of the city’s most picturesque landmarks.
The Rose Garden
We will enjoy a picnic in the Rose Garden, a wonderland of more than 1,500 rose plants. Spring is the best time to see the roses in their full glory. An exceptional foreground for your sketches with the Mission in the back.
The Court House, one of the most beautiful public buildings in America
With its Spanish-Colonial architectural style, dated from 1929, the court house will be the a perfect subject for your sketches: distinctive red tile roof, four-faced clock tower, verdant grounds and sunken gardens, elegant arches.
Inside, you will admire the amazing architecture, including spiral staircases, thick wooden doors, hand painted murals and subtle touches that reveal the building’s historic Spanish roots. You can even climb to the top of the 18th century clock tower for breathtaking panoramic views of downtown Santa Barbara.
Spanish Colonial Village
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this adobe building from 1820’s was an affluent Spanish-Mexican-style home that became the social, political, and cultural center of Santa Barbara.
Santa Barbara Wharf
From the oldest working wharf in California, you can sketch amazing views of the blue Pacific Ocean, breathtaking views of the harbor and beaches backed by the Santa Ynez Mountains, while enjoying salty breezes and soaking up the sunlight.
The ebb and flow of ocean breezes makes the Santa Barbara Wine Country region a jewel in the crown of California viticulture. At the end of a sketching day, we will treat you for a wonderful wine tasting experience of some local wines. We will enjoy different wines accompanied by some finger food, in a private setting just for our group.
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.
You can leave at your convenience after breakfast or extend your stay to enjoy this wonderful city. If you live close to Santa Barbara, you can leave after the farewell dinner the night before.
“Join us in Santa Barbara and experience daily demonstrations, personalized instruction, and, encouraging support with Theresa and Cindy. “We show you how to design and simplify your subject, draw confidently, jazz up your colors, paint with serendipity and experiment with new techniques. Enjoy creating colorful paintings with an emphasis on your own unique point of view”.
“We’ve traveled several times with French Escapade before and are always impressed with the personal attention to details; Jackie and her team took amazing care of our group as we painted, explored and dined.”
Paint in your sketchbook or on materials you prefer.
Cindy and Theresa co-authored a watercolor lesson book called “Make Every Day A Painting” which is available for purchase at www.MakeEveryDayAPainting.com.
Theresa has been teaching international workshops for 25 years, including the last five years working with French Escapade. She is an award-winning fine artist and was Art Director for Eddie Bauer and signature member and past president of Northwest Watercolor Society.
Theresa’s work has been published in the North Light book “Splash”, Watercolor Magazine and her work has been juried into the American Watercolor Society’s international show in New York. Theresa has taught for Daniel Smith Artist Materials, Women’s University Club in Seattle, and her studio on Mercer Island.
She has juried and demonstrated around the country for many art organizations. Theresa co-authored a watercolor painting instruction manual and is the co-owner of Make Every Day A Painting, LLC.
From Park City, Utah to charming historical villages throughout Europe, Cindy Briggs enthusiastically shares the creative journey with her students. Teaching locally and internationally for 25 years, Cindy has now worked with French Escapade for over 5 years, and appreciates how Jackie and Valerie take such great care of their guests.
Cindy has worked with Daniel Smith for decades as a feature demonstrator and instructor. She also teaches watercolor workshops for the Smithsonian Art Studios, University of Utah, and many arts organizations. She has also served as a juror for regional events and national arts festivals. Cindy produces numerous online watercolor program packages and enjoys providing a virtual front row seat for all of her students.
An award-winning artist, Cindy’s work has been featured in many international juried National Watercolor Society exhibitions among other Watercolor Society, University, Gallery and Museum exhibitions. She has been published in Watercolor Magazine, Plein Air Magazine, Outside Artist, Conde Nast Magazine among local and regional magazines.
Cindy has also co–written a successful watercolor manual with Theresa Goesling. You’ll find the life-long friends teaching individually and together on V.I.E.W, overseas with French Escapade and in beautiful destinations closer to home.
Oct 22-27, 2021 with Cindy Briggs & Theresa Goesling: Journal Sketching Workshop – Max 20 Participants–Open
Price: $1,490 (Hotel is not incl., see below).
To Make Your Reservation for a French Escapade Tour please follow the steps below and review our Cancellation Policy:
Send us an e-mail to check availability. Include the dates of the workshop you are interested in (not just the destination since we do have several workshops at the same location) and the number of people you will be reserving a spot for.
After receiving confirmation of availability, complete and submit the Reservation Form and send your $600 deposit
3 methods of payment:
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…). Do not make any travel arrangement before we tell you that the trip has a guaranteed departure.
Your remaining balance is due 90 days prior to departure. Make sure to review below our cancelation policy in case you need to cancel the trip.
|If you cancel the trip:||Cancellation Fee per Person|
|More than 90 days before departure||The $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)
|61-90 days before departure||50% of total cost forfeited|
|31-60 days before departure||75% of total cost forfeited|
|0-30 days before departure||100% of total cost forfeited|
|If French Escapade cancels||You get a full refund|