Painting Tours: Teacher Kim Minichiello-Fr Alps

Watercolor Workshop with Kim Minichiello, June 27-July 4, 2022

Watercolor Workshop with Kim Minichiello, June 27-July 4, 2022

Join Kim Minichiello for a wonderful week in the French Alps.

Award winning artist Kim Minichiello wouldn’t be a watercolor artist today if it wasn’t for a watercolor sketching practice while traveling. It was through travel sketching she fell in love with the medium of watercolor. Join Kim for a glorious sketching and painting excursion in the French Alps. From Chamonix to Annecy, the little Venice of the French Alps, Kim will help you to record the beautiful scenery and this 7-day cultural experience. We will have medieval streets, local markets and the majestic Mont-Blanc as inspiration. And of course, who can resist the gastronomic cheeses of this region.

“After living in France several times over the years, I’m thrilled to be returning to a country I adore and explore the French Alps.”

Just some of the things you will learn:

  • How to simplify the scene in front of you, working out strategies for better compositions
  • Kim will guide you through 4 key drawing tips to get a proportionately accurate drawing in your sketchbook or on your paper.
  • Color theory principals and how working with a small limited palette can be so freeing and liberating

Participants can work in a sketchbook only, or may also work on watercolor paper.

Open to: All levels from beginners to intermediate students.

Materials and equipment suggestions will be provided after registration.

More about Kim Minichiello, AWS:

Kim Minichiello is an internationally recognized award-winning artist whose career in art and design has spanned more than 30 years.As a designer for Walt Disney Imagineering, she worked on the concept development and design for Disney parks worldwide.

Kim is a signature member of the American Watercolor Society, American Woman Artists, and the Georgia, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, and Florida Watercolor Societies, and was 2019 President of the Florida Watercolor Society. She is also an Artist Member of the prestigious California Art Club. She is a member of thirteen professional painting societies and is a founding member of the Orlando, Florida Chapter of the worldwide Urban Sketchers Organization.  She has exhibited her work in Europe, Japan, China, Hong Kong and throughout the United States, winning numerous awards, most notably the Winsor & Newton Award in the 151 American Watercolor Society Exhibition and the Southwest Art Magazine award in “Making Their Mark: American Women Artists at the Booth Western Art Museum.

She has been featured in global publications including the Watercolor Artist Magazine, Plein Air Magazine and American Art Collector. She was chosen one of fifty six artists worldwide for The Fabriano Watercolour 2020 /2021Exhibition at the Museo della Carta e della Filigranna, in Fabriano, Italy. Her work will also be featured in Splash 22: The Creative Spark. She was also a faculty member of Watercolor Live 2021, a global virtual  art conference produced by Streamline Publishing, publishers of Plein Air and Fine Art Connoisseur Magazines.

An avid traveler Kim has lived in France and Hong Kong, exploring Europe, China, Japan and Southeast Asia. 


Instagram: @kimminichiello


Youtube Channel: search Kim Minichiello

The Alps is a dream destination for a plein air artist because of the spectacular scenery you will encounter: alpine meadows, cobblestoned villages, waterfalls, glaciated peaks, wildflowers, clean lakes, chalet with flowers from windowboxes…

Some of the highlights of the tour are seeing Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in Europe, from the hotel and visiting Annecy, also called the Venice of the North, a beautiful medieval city surrounded by canals and mountains.

Let us show you these hidden treasures.

Day 1: Welcome to the Alps


We will pick you up at the Geneva airport at 2pm and drive you to our beautiful chalet in the Alps. Upon your arrival at the hotel, you will have time to settle in and relax, enjoy the spa (hot tub, sauna and steam room) before our welcome reception and orientation meeting followed by a gourmet dinner.

 Days 2, 3 &4: Alpine Village: from Wooden Chalets to Flowery Balconies

 The hotel and the village offer 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. We will be painting either from the garden of the hotel or in the village. The vignettes are endless.

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

Day 5: Chamonix – The Queen Resort of the Alps


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

Morning will be dedicated to paining. In the afternoon, you will have some free time to take the highest gondola in the world to the top of “L’Aiguille du Midi” at 12,000 ft. A breathtaking view of the Alps and Chamonix down below awaits you. Or you could take a tram to see the “sea of ice” glacier.

If you prefer shopping, or more painting, Chamonix has it all.

Day 6: Annecy or ‘The Little Venice of the Alps’

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.


Day 7: Painting at the hotel

For the last day, we won’t be driving anywhere so that you will be able to finish up some paintings.

We will end the week with a “Show and Tell” and a gourmet dinner with maybe the best sunset on Mont Blanc.

Day 8: Departure

After our last breakfast together, we’ll drive you back to the Geneva airport by 10-10:30 am.

Our Chalet in the Alps, facing Mt Blanc


This 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,  all make this unique spot a haven of peace.

The spa has a hot tub, sauna and steam room.


Each bedroom has an en-suite bathroom with flat-screen satellite TV and free WiFi.

There is an outdoor swimming pool, an indoor pool table and a little gym.

Dates & Rates

Dates: June 27-July 4, 2022- Watercolor Workshop with Kim Minichiello – Max: 15 Participants

Sign up early and save $200!

Rates: $3,390 before Nov 30 ($3,590 after Nov 30) + $550 for single standard room

Non Painters: US$ 400 discount:  You will be going on daily excursions with the painters, share the meals and get the same service with the exception of the painting lessons.


  • Geneva airport pick-up at 2pm and drop-off at 10-10:30am
  • A welcome reception
  • All 7 nights at the hotel
  • All breakfasts, 3 lunches and all dinners including wine
  • All art classes
  • Excursions in a comfortable van with A/C
  • Free access to the hotel spa


  • Flights to and from Geneva
  • 3 lunches
  • 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:


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.

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 (3.5% convenience fees applies)

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.

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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