Watercolor Painting Workshop in the French Alps, June 17-24, 2019

Teacher: Sonja Hamilton, swa

Watercolor Painting Workshop French Alps 2019 with Sonja Hamilton, swa

www.sonjahamilton.com

img-teachers-sonjaJoin Sonja Hamilton, swa, on her 10th workshop with French Escapade.

Chalets, lakes and mountains!!! What a great combination for painting. What better places to create memories with paint!

And let’s not forget the Gourmet French food and wine!!

Demonstrations will help you with composition, color harmony and the play of light on objects.

Sonja will do a demo every day and also give you some one to one help. All skill levels are welcome.

Plan on small format sketching plus painting in ink/ or watercolor-a doable size for the traveling artist.

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Village of Chanaz, French Alps

Sonja has been a teacher for over 40 years and is the author of a book called: “Watercolor – It’s just a piece of paper.” It is a watercolor reference book published and printed in Oregon in 2015. 176 pages of information with Sonja’s paintings and exemplars from her teaching experiences in the classroom.

She says of her work, “Although I draw and paint in many mediums, I find watercolor exciting, spontaneous, and challenging. When I paint, my cares leave and I become totally immersed in what I’m doing. Watercolor is a joy – exhilarating, yet most relaxing for me. It is who I am.

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…

One of the highlights of the tour is 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

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We will pick you up at the Geneva airport at 2PM and drive to our beautiful chalet in the Alps. Upon your arrival at the hotel, you will have time to sette in and relax, before our welcome reception and 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

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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 will be tired of painting, shopping will be all around you.

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 accross 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 by 10am.

Hotel 1: Our Chalet in the Alps, facing Mt Blanc (4 nights)

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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 (flat-screen satellite TV, free WiFi…), all make this unique spot a haven of peace.

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.

Dates & Rates

Dates: June 17-24, 2019: Watercolor Workshop with Sonja Hamilton – Max: 12 Participants

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

Includes

  • Geneva airport pick-up at 2pm and drop-off at 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
  • The use of folding chairs

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.

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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…).


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 departure$600 forfeited
(transferable to another trip with a $50 admin fee or refunded if replacement found)
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

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