Watercolor Painting Workshop in the French Alps with Shuang Li, Aug 25-Sept 1, 2020.

Shuang Li – Watercolor Painting Workshop: France – French Alps, Aug 25-Sept 1, 2020

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About the Workshop:

“Travel with me to France, the birth Country of plein air painting, and paint the magnificent French Alps en plein air! This workshop is for all levels: no matter you are a first time plein air painter, or have been painting around world, you’ll have an amazing experience painting lakes, mountains or chalets in this beautiful region, while lifting your on-location painting skills to a new level within days!

In this workshop, I will be sharing my years of plein air experiences with you. Our painting trip to locations each day will be Informative but relaxed. I will be demoing on site, with both watercolor plein air painting and watercolor sketching techniques. You will learn how to select lighting and subject matters, simplify what you see and create strong compositions. In addition to the daily group demos, I will also provide fun and easy to follow hands-on tutorials that tailored towards each individual needs. Basic through advanced plein air and watercolor techniques will be covered during the demos and hands-on tutorials.

This workshop will also be a great opportunity to share experiences with our new artist friends on the trip, gain inspiration from casual and friendly group art discussions and critiques. When you leave the workshop, you will take home your wonderful memories of French Alps, preserved in your beautiful plein air paintings and sketches!

Outdoor painting and/or sketching tools required, a reference workshop material list will be provided”.

 

About Shuang Li, NWS, WW, SDWS, LPAPA :

Born, raised and classically trained in China, California based watercolorist Shuang Li moved to the US 30 years ago. Following the “En Plein Air” tradition, Shuang paints watercolor both on locations and in her studio, portrays the extraordinary variety of life with her unique perspective. Traveling around the world, with her masterful classic and contemporary techniques, Shuang recreates nature’s beauty in her paintings, captures lights, moods and moments with her singular poetic expression. Shuang’s watercolors have won many national and international awards, her artwork and articles have been featured in Plein Air Magazine, American Watercolors and Outdoor Painters, to name a few.

Shuang Li is a signature member of National Watercolor Society, San Diego Watercolor Society,Watercolor WestLaguna Plein Air Painters Association, and an elected Artist Member of California Art Club. Shuang Li has also been selected as one of the faculty members for Plein Air Convention since 2018.

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 Shuang Li

Dates: Aug 25-Sept 1, 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.

Non Painters are welcome to join and share the room of a painter. They get a US$ 400 off and will come on excursions with the group, share the meals, etc…

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
  • Boat ride on Annecy Lake
  • 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:

 

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French Escapade LLC
2389 Blackpool Place
San Leandro, CA 94577

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