Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Let's Sketch Together in Spain!

Watercolor Sketching in Spain
May 6-13, 2019 

(Click here for complete information & to register)

Next May I'll be sketching, teaching, and touring in one of the most beautiful regions of Spain, and I'd LOVE for you to come along!

If you've been thinking about signing up for this trip, now's the time to jump on board. You can save $200 on the total cost of the tour by registering before November 30. (We have to reserve rooms far in advance of the trip, so early registrations are important to guarantee that the trip will be a go.)

Our tour will begin in Barcelona where we’ll meet our guides and be whisked away to our home base in a little village by the sea on the Costa Brava.

We’ll spend seven days exploring this region of extraordinary natural beauty that has a deep artistic and historical heritage.

Whitewashed cottages, craggy cliffs, secluded coves, and sparkling aquamarine water will have you scrambling for your paints the moment you arrive.

Our hotel sits right on the beach, and many guest rooms have balconies overlooking the sea (book early for the best selection). The village itself is a gem, with narrow, winding streets...

quaint fishermen’s cottages, inviting cafes, and the ever-present views of the Mediterranean...

After we’re settled in, we’ll have a delicious welcome dinner and a chance to get to know our fellow travelers. The friendships that are made during a tour like this are one of the best reasons to come along!

The next day we’ll be painting at a picturesque nearby village, and I’ll share a lesson on how to paint the clear blue waters of the Mediterranean.

In addition, I’ll give you plenty of ideas for interesting page layouts in your travel journal and help you learn techniques for adding beautiful lettering like this to your sketchbook pages.

Our walk through the village will take us to the center of town where there’s a pretty white church just begging to be sketched…

Tree sketch from my Provence travel journal

The next day we’ll visit one of the finest botanical gardens in the Mediterranean. May is the best time to be there; all the spring and early-summer flowers will be in bloom. Can you imagine the colors? The fragrances? It will be a feast for the senses!

On day 5, we’ll venture out for a day of sketching in the charming medieval village of Pals with its cobblestone streets, stone buildings, and wrought iron balconies covered with flowering vines.

There are sketchable scenes everywhere you look!

And remember, on a French Escapade workshop tour, there is always a perfect balance of instructional time…

independent painting time…

and free time to roam, explore, relax, and shop!

For a change of pace, day 6 will include a visit to the incredible Salvador Dali Museum. I can promise you’ve never seen anything like it!

It’s a fitting representation of the surrealistic art that is Dali’s legacy.

The tour will wrap up with a leisurely day in our village by the sea, with time to fill those last few pages in our journals. We’ll finish with a final Show and Tell time while sipping sangria before heading out to our farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 8 is departure day, when we’ll be driven back to Barcelona to catch a flight home. Or, as long as you're in the area, why not spend a few extra days exploring this uniquely beautiful city.

Barcelona offers a wide range of sights to see, including Gothic cathedrals…

tranquil parks…

bustling markets…

beautiful city avenues…

and architectural masterpieces by Antoni Gaudi…

You might take a tour of the Medieval and Gothic quarter to learn about the history and traditions of the people of Barcelona. Or enjoy a dinner of paella or tapas (small, savory Spanish dishes often served with drinks)…

You could even see a flamenco show!

Whether you extend your trip or not, I hope you’ll come along and join the fun on this week-long art workshop tour that showcases the highlights of the Costa Brava. Traveling with a group of artists guarantees that you’ll have time to stop, linger, sketch awhile, and really see what makes a place special.

Traveling with French Escapade, you know you’ll be safe and secure, and all the logistics will be taken care of. All you have to do is enjoy your time in this amazing place.

This workshop is being arranged through Jackie Grandchamps, co-owner of French Escapade, who will handle all booking arrangements. Visit their website for complete information about the itinerary, lodging, pricing, and class description.

Rates through November 30, 2018: 
$3190 per person for a standard double occupancy room
$3540 per person for a double occupancy room with a sea view
$3540 per person for a standard single room
$3890 per person for a single room with sea view
($600 deposit required to hold your place)

Regular prices after November 30, 2018:
$3390 per person for a standard double occupancy room
$3740 per person for a double occupancy room with a sea view
$3740 per person for a standard single room
$4090 per person for a single room with a sea view
($600 deposit required to hold your place)

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