Painting Tours: USA – Santa Barbara

4 Watercolor 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  “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 26-May 1, & Oct 28-Nov 2,2021

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 13 participants).

About Brenda Swenson:

Brenda Swenson is the artist author of two books, Keeping a Watercolor Sketchbook (Finalist, Award of Excellence) and Steps to Success in Watercolor. 

Her artwork has been featured in Splash (11,12, 14,19 & 20), An Illustrated Journey, Creative Freedom, Complete Guide to Watercolor, Watercolor Artist, Watercolor Magazine, Watercolor Highlights, Plein Air Magazine and numerous other publications.  

She has two instructional DVD’s on painting and sketching techniques. Brenda has achieved signature status in WW, NWWS, SDWS and CWA. An active participant in the arts community she has served on the board of directors for the National Watercolor Society and Watercolor West. 

She is in demand to judge shows, demonstrate and teach workshops to groups nationwide and abroad.

Shari Blaukopf – Travel Sketching in Watercolor: USA – Santa Barbara, April 4-9, 2021

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 painter, teacher and sketch blogger who loves to travel and share her love of sketching. She’s the author of The Urban Sketching Handbook: Working with Color, and you can find her online courses Sketching Landscapes in Pen, Ink and Watercolor and Sketching the City in Pen, Ink and Watercolor on Bluprint.com. She’s been part of 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.

Blog: www.shariblaukopf.com

Website: www.blaukopfwatercolours.com

Instagram:@sharisketcher

Keiko Tanabe– Watercolor Painting: USA – Santa Barbara, March 27-April 1, 2021

About the Workshop:

“Join me on this wonderful trip to Santa Barbara!

Having been there many times, I can say my love for this absolutely delightful little town. This will be my fifth time teaching for French Escapade.

Please join us as we explore and paint outdoors while enjoying the joie de vivre the town has to offer. If you’re looking for a cozy, personalized therefore very special painting holiday organized by an experienced  tour operator, this is it.

Since we will be a small group, I can also closely work with each one of you for a semi-private painting experience.

My teaching style consists of one hour demo once or twice a day followed by one-to-one support”.


About Keiko Tanabe:
www.ktanabefineart.com

Mostly self-taught, she embarked on a professional art career in 2005.  Since then, her paintings have been in many national and international exhibitions, both juried and invitational, and gained world-wide recognitions. 

Her work has been purchased by private and corporate collectors from all around the world.  She also had her paintings published and featured in leading art magazines and a number of publications in the U.S., Europe and Asia.  A sought-after workshop instructor since 2011, she has conducted more than 300 workshops and numerous live demonstrations around the world.  Her approach to teaching is to help students identify and solve their problems to further advance their technical skills and refine their style.

She has frequently served as a juror in art exhibitions both on national and on international levels.  In 2018, she was appointed to the advisory board of the American Watercolor Weekly.  She has several books and 2 DVD’s published.  She is currently a member of National Watercolor Society (signature), American Watercolor Society (signature), American Impressionist Society and Laguna Plein Air Painters Association (signature).   Keiko was born in Kyoto, Japan and currently lives in San Diego, California.

Price and What is included

Dates 2021:

March 27-April 1, 2021 with Keiko TanabeWatercolor Painting Workshop – Max 15 ParticipantsOpen

April 4-9, 2021 with Shari BlaukopfTravel Sketching Watercolor Workshop – Max 15 ParticipantsOpen

April 26-May 1, 2021 with Brenda Swenson: Travel Sketching Watercolor Workshop – Max 13 ParticipantsSold out

Oct 28-Nov 2, 2021 with Brenda Swenson: Travel Sketching Watercolor Workshop – Max 13 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 Jennie Jacobs directly at (805)-957-9303. Rates/night are $219-$229 for a queen 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:

 

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)

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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!

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