Painting Tours: USA – Santa Barbara-Shari Blaukopf

Watercolor Workshop in Santa Barbara, California, the American Riviera

 

 

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”.

Day 1: Orientation Meeting and Welcome Dinner

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.

Days 2 to 5: Sketching in the heart of Santa Barbara

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.

During the week: Wine Tasting

 

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.

End of Day 5: Show and Tell and Farewell Dinner

Afternoon:

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 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.

Shari Blaukopf – Travel Sketching in Watercolor: USA – Santa Barbara, April 3-8, 2022

www.shariblaukopf.com

Shari Blaukopf-sketch

About the Workshop:

“I’ll teach you techniques for capturing the close-up and colourful in this wonderful town, as well as the distant and scenic on the magical coast of Santa Barbara. In true travel sketching tradition, we’ll pack light — carrying a small bag for art materials and a folding stool (that will be provided).

This workshop is designed to give you confidence sketching wherever you are, gazing at a street scene or the way the light grazes the trunk of a tree. We’ll work spontaneously, and I’ll show you how to keep your watercolour sketches fresh and colourful. Each day will start with a short demo and end with a critique, hopefully while sitting in a shady courtyard with a glass of wine in hand. As part of a small group, you’ll have plenty of individual attention as we work on value studies, composition, simplifying a scene and capturing the essence of a place. We’ll focus on having fun while we sketch, recording as much as we can as we move around town. The aim is to have you return home with a fat book filled with fresh and colourful sketches”.

 

About Shari Blaukopf:

Shari Blaukopf is a Montreal-based workshop instructor, watercolor painter and sketch blogger. She loves to teach, travel and fill sketchbooks with her observations — skills she’s channeled into creating online sketching courses at Learn.shariblaukopf.com. Shari is also the author of The Urban Sketching Handbook: Working with ColorShe’s been active in the Urban Sketchers community since 2012 and has given many watercolor workshops both on her own and internationally through the Urban Sketchers Workshop Program. Her watercolors are in corporate, government and private collections in North America and abroad, and she’s a signature member of the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour. You can follow her sketches on her blog at shariblaukopf.com or on Instagram @sharisketcher.

Price and What is included

April 3-8, 2022 with Shari BlaukopfTravel Sketching Watercolor Workshop – Max 15 ParticipantsOpen

Price: $1,490 (Hotel is not incl., see below).

Includes

  • A welcome reception
  • 2 dinners: one welcome dinner on day 1 and one farewell dinner on day 5
  • 1 picnic lunch
  • Wine tasting
  • All art classes (daily demos, one-on-one support and instructions)
  • The use of folding stools
  • Complementary snacks and drinks brought to the painting sites
  • A tour leader throughout the week

Excludes

  • Your hotel. The teacher and the tour leaders will be staying at the www.hotelsantabarbara.com. We have booked a block of rooms for the participants who wish to stay there. If you are interested, call the hotel directly and make sure you tell them you are part of the group French Escapade. Please do not book the hotel online but call Melissa Escalante directly at (805)-957-9303. Rates/night are $219 (week)-$259 (week-end) for a queen room,  and $259 (week rate)-$279 (week-end) for a double queen room (+ tax.).
  • Some meals (the ones not listed as included)
  • Painting supplies (but folding stools will be provided)
How to Book

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

 

1
Check Availability

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.


2
Submit Registration Form and Send $600 Deposit

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

3 methods of payment:

  • pay by check, (if you live in Canada, it needs to be a money order), payable to French Escapade LLC, 2389 Blackpool Place, San Leandro, CA 94577
  • pay by wire transfer (let us know and we will provide you with our account number)
  • pay by credit card using www.paypal.com (3.5% convenience fees applies)

3
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…). Do not make any travel arrangement before we tell you that the trip has a guaranteed departure.


4
Submit Remaining Balance

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.


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-only one time-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!

French Escapade LLC | 2389 Blackpool Place | San Leandro, CA 94577 | 510-483-5713 | contact@frenchescapade.com
California Seller of Travel Licence-CST #: 2091909-40
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