Two Sketching Workshops 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 the “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.

Santa Barbara Meadow

The Santa Barbara meadow is surrounded by 1,000 types of native California plants and trees.

In spring, the Meadow is famed for its spectacular show of wildflowers, with California poppy, meadow-foam, farewell-to-spring, succulent lupine and others vying for attention.

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 or extend your stay to enjoy this wonderful city.

Brenda Swenson – Travel Sketching Workshop: USA – Santa Barbara, April 5-10, 2020

www.swensonsart.net

About the Workshop:

“Join me for 4 days of sketching with watercolor in beautiful Santa Barbara. We’ll enjoy the free-flowing and colorful nature of watercolor at its best while sketching and having fun!

I’ll help you develop observation skills, color awareness, simple design principles and learn about light and shadows. We’ll investigate various techniques, sketching tools, and approaches to watercolor. Enjoy time with fellow artists, instruction and friendly critiques”.

Space is very limited (max 12 participants).

About Brenda Swenson:

Brenda Swenson is the artist author of two books, Keeping a Watercolor Sketchbook (Award of Excellence Finalist) and Steps to Success in Watercolor. Her paintings and sketches have been featured in numerous books (Splash 11, 12 & 14, Artistic Touch 4, Creative Freedom, Incite 2), and magazines (Watercolor Artist, Watercolor Magazine, Watercolor Highlights, Plein Air Magazine).

Brenda has achieved signature status in WW, NWWS, and SDWS. An active participant in the arts community she has served on the board of directors for the National Watercolor Society and Watercolor West.

Brenda Swenson (with Valerie-left and Jackie-right)
“No one comes close when you compare what FE offer!”

No one comes close when you compare what Jackie and Valerie offer their guests and instructors. I’ve got it good and I know it!!!

I had the most amazing experience working with French Escapade. Never before have I experienced such a high level of attention to detail. Everything was handled beautifully and seamlessly from the moment I arrived: Locations, Accommodations, Transportation, Food….You name it and it was perfect.

It’s rare to find someone like Jackie! She is outstanding at communicating and laying out the plan for the day making my job is easier. She is the best tour leader, host and guide. Thank you for the best experience I’ve ever had teaching in Europe. Best workshop ever!

Brenda Swenson has been a Watercolor Sketching Teacher for French Escapade in:
Provence 2016 | San Francisco 2017 | Spain 2017 | Tuscany 2018 | Belgium 2019
Lapin – Illustration Sketching Workshop: USA – Santa Barbara, April 10-15, 2020

www.lesillustrationsdelapin

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About the Workshop:

Join Lapin on this 5 day workshop in beautiful Santa Barbara.

In addition to the demo and one to one help from Lapin, you will enjoy the camaraderie of your fellow travelers, while doing wine tasting or sharing a wonderful meal together. This is more than just a sketching workshop; this is a sketching holiday.

 

About the artist:

Lapin is a French illustrator, artist, teacher, and urban sketcher living in Barcelona. You might spot him in a bright floral shirt and stylish hat as he travels all over the world and records every second of his life through sketching.

From whimsical portraits of the people he meets to bustling urban sketches, Lapin’s style is unique and will inspire you to dive right into the scenery around you.

Lapin already filled around 190 sketchbooks for the last 15 years and he particularly appreciates sketching on vintage accounting books which he finds in flea markets.

He has given many workshops through the Urban Sketchers Program in Portland, Chicago, Barcelona, Mainz, Manchester, Singapore, Tuscany, Napoli, Lisboa… He’s teaching online on Sketchbook Skool and participate to the first Sketchkon in Pasadena.

Lapin has published 25 books, among them are “Poblenou”, “Ouessant”, “Paris, je t’aime”, “Barcelona original”, “Carnet de Bagnoles”, “Cuaderno de Cuba”, “Lapin au Japon”…

You can see more of his work on his website or on instagram.

Dates & Rates

Dates:

April 5-10, 2020 with Brenda Swenson: Travel Sketching Watercolor Workshop – Max 12 Participants-2 spots left

April 10-15, 2020 with LapinIllustration Sketching Workshop – Max 12 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 in a private setting for our group
  • Ticket entrance to some painting sites
  • 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. We will be staying at the www.hotelsantabarbara.com. Make sure you tell them you are part of the group French Escapade when you call to make your reservation. Please do not book the hotel online but call them at 1-800-949-9869. Rates/night are $219 for a queen room, $239 for a king room and $259 for a double queen room (+ tax.) during the week (+$20/night for Friday and Saturday nights).
  • Some meals (the ones not listed as included)
  • Painting supplies (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:

 

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French Escapade LLC
2389 Blackpool Place
San Leandro, CA 94577

If you live in the US:

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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)
61-90 days before departure50% of total cost forfeited
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