Watercolor Painting Workshop in the French Alps with Kathy Rennell Forbes

Kathy Rennell Forbes – Watercolor Painting Workshop: France – French Alps, Aug 24-31, 2020

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About the workshop: 

Dreaming of painting in the Alps? You can make your dream come true. Join Kathy Rennell Forbes for daily painting demos and hands on instruction in the magnificent French Alps.

You will learn about composition, mixing colors and capturing the outdoor landscapes of the great masters.

We will travel light with just a small bag of watercolor supplies and journal to paint your golden memories while also exploring this magical destination.

Kathy encourages your own painting style while sharing her watercolor secrets. You will bring home a personalized journal of your discoveries that you can share with others and inspire you to paint larger versions back home.

There will be ample time to explore the area’s treasures and history while enjoying wine and conversation with Kathy and the group at the end of each day.

This is a great workshop for beginner and intermediate painters who want to enhance their watercolors skills while traveling.

About Kathy Rennell Forbes

Kathy teaches art classes in the Atlanta area and watercolor workshops in the US, Europe and Cuba. She earned her BFA in Art/Art Education from the University of Georgia in Athens. Kathy is a highly sought after painting instructor. Her impressionistic paintings are in private and corporate collections around the world. She is a Signature Member and past President of the Georgia Watercolor Society who has won numerous awards. Forbes was an invited “Master Artist” to the prestigious 2017 Olmsted Plein Air Invitational.

Day 1: Welcome to the Alps

Alps-day1-welcomeWe will pick you up at the Geneva airport and drive to our beautiful chalet in the Alps. Upon your arrival at the hotel, you will have time to settle in and relax, before our welcome reception, orientation meeting followed by a gourmet dinner.

Days 2-3: Alpine Village: from Wooden Chalets to Flowery Balconies

alps-day2Today we will be heading towards the mountains to our new accommodation, a cute chalet in the Alps. The village offers a breathtaking 360 degree view towards Mont-Blanc, the highest mountain in Europe.

It will be like stepping back in time: wooden chalets, baroque church, green pastures and grazing cows.

Cheese is of course the specialty of the Alps. You will find it in many local specialties like fondue, raclette, tartiflette, etc…

Day 4: Chamonix - The Queen Resort of the Alps

Chamonix, the biggest ski resort in the world, is surrounded by majestic high mountains and glaciers.

You will have the opporttunity to take the highest gondola in the world to go to the top of “L’Aiguille du Midi” at 12,000 ft. A breathtaking view of the Alps and Chamonix down below awaits you.

Many painting vignettes await you in Chamonix and when you are tired of painting, there will be many shopping opportunities.

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Days 5-6: Annecy or 'The Little Venice of the Alps'

Today we will be driving to our new hotel. Annecy is the French show-piece of lakes-and-mountain beauty. The Canal crossing Annecy brings Venice to mind as you stroll along its banks.

Your choice for the painting site will be unlimited: medieval narrow streets, renaissance houses along the canal, the famous old prison (one of the most photographed monuments in France!) or the Annecy lake surrounded by mountains.

We will also have the opportunity to go to the local market in the old Annecy and shop for the numerous wonderful cheeses, sausages, honeys and all local products. You can also rent a boat and navigate the cleanest lake in Europe, Annecy Lake.

Day 7: Romantic Village of Chanaz

Alps-day7-chanazalps-day7-chanaz1We will drive east along the Rhone River, through beautiful vineyards and picturesque villages to the lovely village of Chanaz. Sitting across the canal, in the middle of trees, you will enjoy painting this quiet village.

After your painting session, we will attend a walnut oil making demonstration in a 19th-century mill. This is a unique opportunity since this mill is the only one left in France listed historical monument.

Day 8: Departure

After our last breakfast together, we’ll drive you back to the Geneva airport.

Hotel 1 (4 nights): Our chalet-hotel in the Alps, in front of Mont Blanc

img-alps-homeThis chalet, in the heart of Haute-Savoie, boasts stunning views of Mont-Blanc and the Aravis Massif. The beauty of the panorama, the charm of the cozy wooden interior, the gourmet restaurant, the well-being of the Spa, the comfort and amenities of the wainscoted rooms (flat-screen satellite TV, free WiFi…), all make this unique spot a haven of peace.

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Hotel 2 in Annecy, by the lake (3 nights)

img-rural-annecy-canalJust in front of the lake of Annecy and in the heart of the historic and commercial part of the city, the situation of this 3-star hotel is one of the best in the whole town.

img-painting-alps-hotel-annecyThe rooms are equipped with one double bed or 2 single beds depending on your preference.

All rooms are equipped with either a bathtub or shower, a flat screen TV with international satellite channels and free Wi-Fi internet access.

Watercolor Painting Workshop with Kathy Rennell Forbes

Dates: Aug 24-31, 2020 – Max: 12 Participants

Sign up early and save $200! Rates: US $3,190 before Nov 30th (US $3,390 after Nov 30th) for shared room + US $550 for single room.

Includes

  • Geneva airport pick-up (2pm) and drop-off (10am)
  • A welcome reception
  • All nights at the hotels
  • All breakfasts, 4 lunches and 5 dinners including wine
  • All art classes
  • Entrance to the spa
  • Entrance fees to all sites on the tour
  • Transportation in a comfortable van with A/C

Excludes

  • Flights to and from Geneva
  • 2 lunches and 2 dinners
  • Painting supplies
  • Tour leader(s) tipping
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 you are interested in 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 check to:

French Escapade LLC
2389 Blackpool Place
San Leandro, CA 94577

If you live in the US:

  • pay by check, payable to French Escapade (if you live in Canada, it needs to be a money order)
  • or by wire transfer (let us know and we will provide you with our account number)
If you live outside the US please contact us for other payment options.

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…).


4
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
31-60 days before departure75% of total cost forfeited
0-30 days before departure100% of total cost forfeited

Thank you for traveling with us!

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