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Watercolor Painting Workshop in Santa Fe with Cindy Briggs & Theresa Goesling, May 10-15, 2024

Workshop Description

Join Cindy Briggs and Theresa Goesling in Santa Fe and have a creative life experience.

You’ll enjoy inspiring locations, daily painting demonstrations, personalized instruction, and encouraging support from Cindy and Theresa.

“We show you how to simplify and design your subject, draw confidently, jazz up your colors, paint with serendipity and experiment with new techniques. Create colorful paintings en Plein Air with an emphasis on celebrating your own unique point of view”. Cindy and Theresa.

Demonstrations willl be  in watercolor, however, Theresa and Cindy welcome all mediums to this workshop and will be able to assist you with critiques.

“We’ve traveled for years with French Escapade 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.

We look forward to sharing this dreamy adventure with you”. – Cindy & Theresa

Cindy and Theresa co-authored a watercolor lesson book called “Make Every Day A Painting” which is available for purchase at  www.MakeEveryDayAPainting.com

Cindy Briggs's Biography

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.

An award-winning artist, Cindy has been recognized as a master Signature artist with the National Watercolor Society (NWS) and Northwest Watercolor Society (NWWS).

Her 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 American Watercolor, Plein Air Magazine, Outside Artist, Watercolor Magazine among local and regional magazines.

Cindy has worked with Daniel Smith for decades and is a Brand Ambassador and featured demonstrator.  She also teaches workshops for various Watercolor Societies, 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.

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.

More info about Cindy Briggs at www.cindybriggs.com

Theresa Goesling's Biography

Theresa Goesling has traveled the world finding the most picturesque places to paint and enjoys sharing these destinations with her students. As a signature member and past President for Northwest Watercolor Society, Theresa has dedicated her time towards helping others find their passion for watercolor. She was an Art Director for Eddie Bauer, and is an accredited representative and honored demonstration artist of Daniel Smith Artist Materials. Theresa’s paintings have been published in “Splash”, Plein Air Magazine, Outdoor Artist, Watercolor Magazine & juried into the American Watercolor Society International Open Exhibition. Theresa is an internationally recognized instructor, author & juror.

In 2021, Theresa was awarded one of the most prestigious honors for an artist by Daniel Smith Artist Materials with her own palette “Dot Card”. The card is of her paint sample of her 18-color palette and is distributed globally and is only available through Theresa in her classes. Theresa has been teaching international workshops for over 25 years. Whether she paints impressionistic or contemporary in feel, her eye-catching painting style is distinguished by rich, vibrant color and strong in design principles.

She co-authored a watercolor instruction book, “Make Every Day A Painting” with her life-long friend, Cindy Briggs, whom she enjoys team teaching with French Escapade on V.I.E.W. and beautiful destinations.
Theresa Goesling Website: www.TheresaGoesling.ART

Santa Fe is one of America’s most historic, artistic, and fascinating cities.

Known as “The City Different,” the nation’s oldest state capital city is a place unlike in other in the world. 

There are scores of art galleries, restaurants, places to shop as well as a dozen museums featuring culture, history and traditions of this region and the world.

Santa Fe feels like a giant art museum, given how much amazing creativity is all around the city

Day 1: Orientation Meeting and Welcome Dinner

5 pm: Meet your fellow travelers, your instructor Kathy Rennell Forbes and your tour leader at our selected hotel in Santa Fe for our orientation meeting.

We will  go over the schedule for the workshop and treat you for a welcome dinner to celebrate the beginning of a week full of laughter, painting and new friendships.

Days 2 to 5: Painting in Santa Fe and Ghost Ranch

Here is a list of some emblematic spots of Santa Fe but not necessary our painting sites.

The charm of the adobe-constructed buildings.

Native American Culture

Colored doors striking on adobe buildings

One of the most striking churches in the Southwest

Mexican tile design on stair cases, Andalusian inspiration

Dried red chilies and spices everywhere

A day in Ghost Ranch, Georgia O'Keefe's home

The landscape of Ghost Ranch is colorful and dramatic due to the red and yellow cliffs. It encompasses 21,000 acres of towering rock walls, vivid colors and vast skies. It was the home and studio of Georgia O’Keeffe, as well as the subject of many of her paintings. Although we can’t visit Georgia’s home, painting the same dramatic sceneries will be a unique experience.

Magnificent red rock formations

Paintings of Ghost Ranch by Theresa and Cindy

Little wood hut at the entrance of the park

Our treat in a hidden garden


We would like to share with you a secluded hidden gem, an outdoor garden located in the heart of Santa Fe.

One day, at the end of the painting session, we will treat you to appetizers and drinks in this in this peaceful desert oasis garden, surrounded with works of art.

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 place. If you live close to Santa Fe, you can leave the night before after the farewell dinner.

We have selected a very charming hotel located only 2 blocks from the main plaza.

The tour leaders as well as the art instructor will stay there. We recommend you stay with the group so you can benefit from the studio.

We have booked some rooms for the group at a discounted price. Email us  to get the code and the hotel info. You need to call the hotel directly in order together the discounted price. The hotel will not charge your card. They offer free cancellation until 5 days prior to the workshop. However, because of the limited number of rooms we were able to secure, please do not book a room if you are unsure you will stay there.

The air-conditioned rooms are designed with Spanish art work and include amenities such as free Wi-FI, bathrobes and refrigerators. Cable TVs, coffee makers and ironing facilities are provided.

They also offer free full breakfast and free parking.

Price varies with the dates and type of rooms:  it starts at $219 + tax for a traditional room.

Dates and Rates

May 10-15, 2024 –Sold out (wait list open) 

Price: $1,690

The hotel is not included, see below

What is included in the price

Includes

  • A welcome reception
  • 2 dinners: one welcome dinner on day 1 and one farewell dinner on day 5
  • All art classes (daily demos, one-on-one support and instructions)
  • Transportation and entrance to Ghost Ranch
  • Complementary snacks brought to the painting sites
  • A tour leader throughout the week
  • The use of a studio

Excludes

  • Your hotel. We have booked some rooms for the participants interested in staying at the hotel where the teacher and the tour leaders are staying. Check the hotel info here. Email us to get the code and hotel name.
  • Some meals (the ones not listed as included)
  • Painting supplies

How to Book

1Fill out the reservation form below. You will receive an email with information on how to pay your deposit. You can pay via ZELLE, credit card (using paypal) or bank transfer

2Send us a $600 deposit within one week. The deposit is not refundable but $300 is transferrable to a future trip. See our Cancelation Policy in the registration form.

3The remaining balance is due 3 months before departure.

Reservation form for US Workshops

The workshop is now sold out. However we often get some cancelations, so email us at contact@frenchescapade.com to be placed on the wait list.

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