Painting Tours: Teacher Yuki Hall-Fr Alps

Sketching and Watercolor Painting Workshop in the French Alps with Yuki Hall, Aug 22-29, 2022

Yuki Hall: Sketching and Watercolor Painting Workshop in the French Alps, Aug 22-29, 2022

Workshop Description:

Join us for this magical plein air painting & sketching adventure in the French Alps!  Be aware, Yuki’s passion for watercolor painting is contagious!

Yuki will walk you through how to create an atmosphere of a scene by establishing the sense of depth in the picture plane and also by breaking away from a rigid coloring-in painting style.  You will start painting with confident brush strokes and expressive edge qualities.  You will also learn how to simplify a complex subject by extracting the most important feature of the subject while leaving unnecessary details out.  Establishing a strong tonal value pattern in your picture plane is also important.  We will practice tonal value studies and monochromatic paintings and learn how to translate them into full-color paintings for maximum visual and emotional impacts.

Because of the small class size, you will receive plenty of individual help throughout the workshop.  All levels are welcome.

Yuki Hall Bio:

Yuki Hall is an award-winning watercolor artist known for her loose style and spontaneous approach to working with the medium.  She holds a signature membership in Transparent Watercolor Society of America (TWSA), Ohio Watercolor Society and Whiskey Painters of America.

Yuki’s work has been accepted into prestigious national & international level watercolor juried competitions including the National Watercolor Society Annual Member Exhibition, National Juried Exhibition of Transparent Watercolor Society of America and the Watercolor West International Juried Exhibition.

Her works also have been published by highly competitive national art/watercolor publications: three consecutive years (2014 ~ 2016) in Watercolor Artist Magazine Water Media Showcase and Splash 16 – Exploring Texture & Splash 20 – Creative Compositions both from North Light Books.

Yuki is also an avid teacher.  Her non-intimidating friendly teaching style has been well-received by students of all levels for many years.

More info about Yuki Hall:

Yuki’s website:

Yuki’s Instagram: yukihallfineart

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 2:30pm a the Geneva airport 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.

Price and What is included

Dates: Aug 22-29, 2022 Sketching and Watercolor Painting Workshop with Yuki Hall – Max: 12 Participants

Sign up early and save $200!

Rates: $3,390 before Jan 31st ($3,590 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.


  • 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 all dinners including wine
  • All art classes
  • Excursions in a comfortable van with A/C
  • Entrance to the hotel spa


  • Flights to and from Geneva
  • 3 lunches
  • Painting supplies
  • Tour leader(s) tipping
How to book

1Fill out the reservation form below. You will receive an email with information on how to pay your deposit. You can pay via ZELLE, credit card (using paypal) or bank transfer

2Send us a $600 deposit within one week. The deposit is not refundable but $300 is transferrable to a future trip. See our Cancelation Policy below.

3The remaining balance is due 3 months before departure.

Cancellation Policy

If you cancel a US workshop:Cancellation Fee per Person
More than 90 days before departureThe $600 deposit is forfeited
(however $300 can be transferred to another trip with a departure date within 1 year 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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