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Painting Tours: Teacher Suzie Baker

Oil Painting Workshop with Suzie Baker, Sept 8-15, 2020

Suzie Baker:Oil Painting Workshop in the French Alps, Sept 8-15, 2020

www.suziebaker.com

Workshop Description:

The workshop will kick off with a lecture and demo. Students receive instruction on principals of painting ranging from drawing, color, value, composition, color theory and so much more. You will apply what is being taught by getting outside and paint with full days in the field seeing, recording and observing our picturesque surroundings. Suzie will demo on location and offer one-on-one instruction to all the students while they paint in scenic locations.

Open to all levels, Suzie’s personal goal is to identify every students level and provide strategies to progress through group instruction, example, and individual interaction. Her humorous, informative manner makes tackling this multi-faceted challenge a fun and rewarding experience.

“Wow! I learned so much and am ready to go to the next level by way of improved value in my paintings. Suzie was well organized, presented the material in a clear manner and was patient with all the questions I’m sure she’s answered hundreds of times. I definitely recommend her to others!” Elyse Taylor

Suzie Baker Bio:

Suzie Baker is an award-winning artist whose paintings are regularly on display in magazines, prestigious national shows, galleries of note and plein air invitationals. She serves as the Vice President of Oil Painters of America and holds signature status in that distinguished organization as well as the American Impressionist Society, American Women Artists, and others. In addition to being a still life and portrait artist, Suzie has been painting en plein air since she was a teenager. A sought-after instructor, for her humorous and informative style, Suzie teaches through her instructional video, Color Magic, and in workshops around the nation, Europe and close to her home in the Houston area. 

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

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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: 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 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 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 5: 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.

At the end of the day, will treat you for a boat ride on the wonderful Annecy lake so that you can admire the mountains and the castles along the lake.

Day 6: Yvoire by Geneva Lake

Flowery medieval village, Yvoire was rewarded many times and is classified amongst the Most Beautiful Villages in France for the charm of its alleys which lead to Lake Geneva.

In the fortified center, you will travel back to Middle-Age by discovering the gates and ramparts which used to protect the village and the castle by Geneva lake. A treat for painters and photographers.

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

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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,  all make this unique spot a haven of peace.

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

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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: Sept 8-15, 2020 Oil Painting Workshop with Suzie Baker – Max: 12 Participants

Sign up early and save $200!

Rates: $3,190 before Jan 31st ($3,390 after Jan 31st) + $550 for single standard room

Non Painters: US$ 400 discount (need to share the room of a painter):  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.

Includes

  • Geneva airport pick-up at 2pm and drop-off at 10-10:30am
  • A welcome reception
  • All 7 nights at the hotels
  • All breakfasts, 3 lunches and 5 dinners including wine
  • All art classes
  • Excursions in a comfortable van with A/C
  • Entrance to the spa

Excludes

  • Flights to and from Geneva
  • 3 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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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

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Submit Remaining Balance

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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)
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