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Paint the French Riviera

Sketchbook Art Vacation with Jennifer Orkin Lewis
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Sun, Fun, Arting, and Lots of Good Times

Dates: June 21-27, 2021
Duration: 6 nights
Location: Nice, France
Cost: from $3195 based on double occupancy
Single Supplement: from $595

The basis of the 6-day sketchbook art vacation in France will be sketching and painting on location in and around beautiful Nice and the Riviera.  Basic drawing and loose, intuitive watercolor will be taught. This will become the heart of our travel journals. 

Inspired by this coastal paradise, we’ll draw small landscapes, flowers, unique architecture, and farmers market treasures. Your sketchbook travel journal will be completely infused with a moment-in-time sense of place. In short, bursting with color, pattern, and nature – each page is a memory of our week together on the dazzling French Riviera.

Learn more about Jennifer and view her sketchbook art journal on her Artist Page.

Sketchbook Art Vacation in France

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Sunset from Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, Cap Ferrat, France

For over a century the gorgeous French Riviera has inspired some of the world’s most famous modern artists. First attracted by sparkling blue water and scenic streets, the perpetually mild climate and beautiful light became a reason to stay. Picasso, Monet, Cezanne, Matisse, Munch and Chagall (to name a few) all called this sunny region home.  The spirit of these artists serve as inspiration for creating your keepsake travel journals with Jennifer Orkin Lewis in Nice, France.

The week together will focus on collecting inspiration and making content for your travel journal. You will visit beautiful locales on the French Riviera using the regional train. We will have wonderful food and lots of laughter along the way. There is some walking to get from one place to another, but the included walks will be short (less than 45 minutes) and most are optional.

  • Art Program 85% 85%
  • Sight Seeing 80% 80%
  • Walking 65% 65%
  • Fun! 100% 100%

View of the Promenade from Cap Martin, Carnoles, France 

What’s Included: Sketchbook Art Vacation in France

  • Daily Sketchbook Art Vacation in France classes with Jennifer Orkin Lewis
  • Six nights at our centrally located 4-star hotel in Nice, France minutes to the beach
  • Full hot & cold buffet breakfast daily
  • Welcome dinner
  • Gelato Break
  • Snack of a niçoise specialty
  • Farewell dinner
  • One-week unlimited use TER regional train pass along between Cannes and Menton
  • Visit the towns of Menton, St. Jean, Villefranche Sur Mer, Antibes, and Cannes
  • Visit to Cours Saleya flower market (or Monday antique market)
  • Admission to Villa Ephrussi
  • Visit to Antibes’ Marche Provencal
  • Ferry trip to the Lerin Islands
  • Guided walks along the coastal sentiers (paths) of the Cote d’Azur (optional)
  • Absinthe museum experience (optional)
  • All maps, train schedules, and daily customized itineraries
  • Your English speaking guide
  • All hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Fully hosted and escorted
  • All hotel taxes and service fees

Highlights: Sketchbook Art Vacation in France

1. Small group classes

With a maximum class size of 14, you can expect quality time with Jennifer as well as your friendly, like-minded classmates.

2. Daily guided excursions

Discover the colorful coastal villages, markets, great food, and scenic views of the French Riviera

3. On-site classes

With loose and intuitive style, Jennifer will teach how to use color and pattern to fill your travel journal on location, inspired by what you see.

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Example Itinerary: Sketchbook Art Vacation in France…

Actual daily schedules may differ.

 

Day 1

We will gather at our charming hotel in central Nice, France just blocks from the Promenade des Anglais. After a meet-and-greet and program overview, we will have an orientation walk to get to know the neighborhood.

Our first day comes to an end with a delicious welcome dinner of traditional French specialties. 

Day 2

We start the morning with a short stroll to Nice’s old town and famous weekly antique market. Of course we’ll stop at our favorite family-run cafe for a traditional niçoise snack. After free time to shop, have lunch, or explore more of old Nice, we will gather at the hotel for the first sketchbook art vacation class with Jennifer.

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Day 3

After breakfast we’ll gather for a morning class with Jennifer on the sunny hotel patio. Later, a short train ride brings us to Beaulieu Sur Mer. We will enjoy a serene stroll along landscaped coastal paths and past handsome French villas to St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat and the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild. The villa enjoys incredible views of the riviera from it’s private gardens.

Day 4

Start the day with Jennifer building your journal from found treasures. Afterward, the day’s excursion takes us to the lovely city of Menton on the French/Italian border. We will wander it’s lemon-lined avenue, charming historic center, and sunny harbor. Some may want to visit Italy or Monaco on this day. Both are easily reached by train.

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Day 5

Today we truly experience the Riviera like the locals. After shopping at the bountiful Marché Forville open market in Cannes, we will take a short ferry to Île Saint-Honorat. There on the quiet coast of an island sanctuary we will enjoy a picnic of the season’s best offerings. At the end of the day the hotel welcomes us for another sketchbook art vacation class with Jennifer.

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Day 6

On our last full day we will explore the port town of Antibes. We will tour the beautiful harbor and inspiring public art before entering the historic city center. You can wander its winding alleys, discover artisan boutiques, and visit the Picasso Museum.

There will be time in the studio to finish up your travel journals before meeting for a convivial show-and-tell aperitivo and farewell dinner.

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Day 7

After a delicous breakfast shared together, we bid farewell to our artists’ retreat until the next time.

A full week of leisurely sightseeing and cultivating creativity

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Jennifer Orkin Lewis

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About Jennifer Orkin Lewis

A deep love of color, pattern and nature are the foundation of Jennifer Orkin Lewis’ work as an artist, illustrator, author and teacher. Her joyful gouache paintings of flowers, random objects, people and occasional meditative abstract musings open a colorful and enticing window onto a detail of the day one might ordinarily overlook.

Ten years ago she made the move to switch careers from textile design to illustration, to fulfill a long held goal, and began a rigorous daily sketchbook project, doing a 30 minute painting every day. The looseness and intuitiveness of those paintings  became her signature style and they are the source of much inspiration to herself and others. She is endlessly amazed and satisfied to see her shelf filling up with completed sketchbooks.

Jennifer’s work has been featured on many products and brands worldwide, including Anthropologie, Abrams Books, Chronicle Books, Eeboo, Kate Spade Home, Tocca, Roger LaBorde as well as many others. Her books include two inspirational sketchbook journals published by Abrams that encourage and inspire people to develop their own daily drawing practice. She also wrote a book called All Hail the Queen with Chronicle books, which empowers girls and women through informative and wonky illustrations of powerful woman monarchs throughout history.

Jennifer studied at Rhode Island School of Design and spent the first half of her career as a textile designer and stylist in NYC. She is now happily painting in a beautiful, soaring newly renovated garage studio in the backyard of her home which took many, many years to reimagine. She is available for collaborations and commissions, her favorite way to work.

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Art Walk Interview with Jennifer Orkin Lewis

 

What is your backgroud?

I have a degree in textile design. My first career was designing and styling groups of prints that would be sold to manufacturers of lingerie (re: my love of flowers), children’s wear and women’s wear. Ten years ago I began concentrating on illustration. I’ve always had a strong bent towards pattern design. I have been keeping a sketchbook for over 7 years which is the place I can really let loose and play with ideas.

What inspires you?

Color, especially unexpected color, Pattern, outdoor markets, travel, new places. I love taking a walk and looking closely at the things that surround me and absorbing the atmosphere of the place where I am.

I’m inspired by mixing things up a bit in my art, adding a new technique, a new material or a new vantage point. I like to look at it as play, then I’m not as precious about each piece and can learn something from each.

What is a typical day in the life of Jennifer Orkin Lewis?

There are definitely things I choose to do each day. For example, I paint a lot every day because it gives me joy. I run my business which also includes things I don’t love – like accounting and marketing – but are necessary.  

I also make sure to take the time to take long walks, read and visit with friends (when life gets normal again).

What attracts you about travel journaling?

Being in a new place and getting excited by new views, people, food, colors. All of these things make it into my sketchbook in either simple sketches , impressions or fully finished paintings.

I love to be able to look back at the sketchbook once I am home because these pages bring me right back to the place I was. Recording in a sketchbook is the best way to remember a place.

Why do students attend  your courses? What will they get out of it?

I teach students how to use gouache in a loose, intuitive colorful way. We will work on making new marks, filling up the page with color, and creating a collection of memories through painting.

What have you learned from creating while you travel?

I’ve learned to slow down and really look at what I’m seeing, finding fleeting moments that inspire me and make me want to paint.

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Join Jennifer Orkin Lewis for 6 days painting and playing on the French Riviera June 21-27, 2021.

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Multimedia Art Journal Workshop in Italy

with Stencil Girl’s Mary Beth Shaw

Discover Padua, Venice, Parma, Lake Como. Optional extension to the Italian Riviera and Cinque Terre.

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Beautiful Locations, Copious Creativity, and Lots of Laughter

Dates: Sept 20-30, 2021
Duration: 10 nights
Location: Padua, Parma, and Lake Como, Italy
Cost: from $4295 based on double occupancy
Single Supplement: from $695
3 night Extension 
Location: Rapallo, Italy
Cost: from $1495 based on double occupancy
Single Supplement: from $295

On this 10-day multimedia art jounal workshop in Italy you will be immersed in equal parts travel and art program. Mary Beth Shaw, with her casual style and great humor, will introduce a variety of techniques. Watercolor, collage, and more will be used to create your unique travel journal. Each art class will be inspired by and include content from the beautiful locations we visit. 

You can learn more about Mary Beth Shaw and view her work on Meet the Artist page.

Art Journal Workshop in Italy Overview

Travel with us. Find an authentic Italy of today steeped in rich beauty and a colorful past. We have created a custom 10-night itinerary specifically for this very special art vacation. You will enjoy a blend of bucket-list destinations and off-the-beaten-path discoveries. In addition amazing food, deep tradions and great company are part of every day. Essentially, it is the perfect Italian tour for those who have already seen the major sights of Italy or who are seeking something very special and unique.

Padua

We will begin our tour in the region of Veneto. There you’ll spend 3 nights in the ancient city of Padua. From there, we will visit iconic Venice just a short train ride away.

Parma

Then Italy’s culinary epicenter awaits in beautiful Parma. In this verdant region we will dive deeply into Italy’s culinary traditions.

Bellagio

Finally, we spend 4 relaxing nights on serene Lake Como. Based in our lakefront hotel in Bellagio, we will explore the region by foot and ferry.

Rapallo / Italian Riviera Extension

Is that just not enough? We have you covered. You may extend your art journal workshop in Italy for three additional nights. Based in the charming sea-side town of Rapallo, join Mary Beth as we travel through the Cinque Terre and visit Portofino.

  • Art Program 75% 75%
  • Sight Seeing 85% 85%
  • Walking 65% 65%
  • Fun! 100% 100%

What’s Included on Our Art Journal Workshop in Italy with Mary Beth Shaw

  • Assistance of your host / guide throughout the art journal workshop in Italy
  • Mary Beth Shaw’s Art Classes
  • All hotel taxes and service fees
  • Daily full buffet breakfast

Padua

  • 3 Nights at 4-star hotel in the heart of Padua’s centro historico
  • Orientation walk in Padua
  • Welcome dinner
  • Aperitivo 
  • Train Padua to Venice RT
  • Tour of Venice with local guide

Parma

  • Private group transfer from Padua to Parma
  • 3 nights at our centrally located 4-star hotel
  • Private culinary tour into the countryside to meet artisan producers of Parmigiano-Reggiano and Aceto Balsamico di Modena
  • Ceramic painting at artist’s studio
  • Lunch  
  • Hands-on cooking class and dinner

Lake Como

  • Transfer Parma to Lake Como
  • 3 nights at our historic lakefront hotel on stunning Lake Como
  • Orientation walk of Bellagio
  • Wine tasting
  • An all day mid-lake ferry pass
  • Visit to Lenno, with a guided lakeside walk
  • Farewell dinner
  • Transfer to Milan
  • Optional cooking class
  • Optional visit to Villa del Balbianello
  • Optional guilded lake-side walk to Argengo and it’s funivia with a panorama view of Lake Como

Rapallo Extension

  • Assistance of your host / guide throughout the program
  • Mary Beth Shaw’s Art Classes
  • Three nights at our 4-star waterfront hotel in Rapallo
  • Transfer from Lake Como to Rapallo
  • Orientation walk along Rapallo’s promenade and Centro Storico
  • Stunning coastal walk from Santa Margherita Ligure to Portofino
  • Visit Portofino’s Brown Castle
  • Return from Portofino to Rapallo by bus or coastal ferry
  • Round-trip train from Rapallo to Cinque Terre to visit the towns
  • Cinque Terre National Park pass for access to train and bus between the villages
  • Optional self-guided hikes between Cinque Terre seaside towns
  • Visit our favorite salumeria to taste local wine, pesto, and more
  • Farewell dinner
  • Train transportation from Rapallo to Milano Centrale Station
  • All hotel taxes and service fees
  • Daily full buffet breakfast

Highlights of the Art Journal Workshop in Italy

1. Small group classes

With a maximum class size of 16, you can expect quality time with Mary Beth as well as your friendly, like-minded classmates. 

2. Authentic Italy

Our small group size and unique itinerary allow us to visit places and people tourists never hear of. You will meet artisans practicing centuries-old tradtion and craft.

3. Movable studio

Learn to pack light and create as you travel. Each day will offer a designated workshop space. Additionally, Mary Beth will introduce techniques to create a mixed media travel journal while on the go.

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Example Itinerary for Art Journal Workshop in Italy

Actual daily schedules may differ.

Art journal workshop in Italy with Mary Beth Shaw

Day 1

To begin, we will gather at our charming hotel in Padua’s historic center. There we’ll have a meet-and-greet and program overview. Afterward a short orientation walk help you get to know the neighborhood. A lively Italian city and not overrun by tourists, Parma has much to offer. For example, you will discover Padua’s many famous piazze, artisan shops, and local restaurants. Also, Padua has many open markets and high end shopping.

 

Padova piazza art journal workshop in Italy

Day 2

After a morning walk through the local farmer’s market, Mary Beth will begin the day by outlining the program. Subsequently, there will be time to begin work on your travel journal. Later there will be optional visits to some of Padua’s most well known sites. For example, the expansive Palazzo della Ragione and Giotto’s Cappella degli Scrovegni should not be missed.

In the evening we will convene for a festive welcome dinner.

 

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Day 3

The next day after class we travel a 1/2 hour train ride brings us to magical Venice. On a walking tour of the city, a local guide will reveal the rich culture and history of Venice. She will lead us off the beaten path and away from the crowds. You will truly see how Venetians live.

The remainder of the day you may spend as you wish, visiting the main sites of Venice, shopping artisan makers for handmade paper, glass, pens, and more. Or simply enjoy a lazy afternoon wandering its many alleyways and canals.

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Day 4

After breakfast, our private transfer will bring us to the city of Parma, the culinary capital of Italy. Here, a master ceramist has invited us into her private studio. In a converted farm building on land that has been in her family for centuries, she will explain about maiolica. A traditional ceramic painting technique developed in nearby Faenza, Italy. Afterward try your hand at painting your own tile. Finally, we will enjoy aperitivo on her beautiful terrace surrounded by an abundant garden. 

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Day 5

In Parma, Mary Beth’s art journal workshop in Italy will take a culinary focus. (Although we will be eating well everywhere we go!) We will venture into the countryside to visit artisan producers and learn about their rich culinary traditions. First we will visit a family-owned and run Parmigiano-Reggiano cheesemaker. Then we will meet one of the few makers of true Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale di Modena. Of course you will have to taste a little of everything along the way.

Sue Coggins making pasta in Parma, Italy on ArtWalk Private tour

Day 6

Following a morning class with Mary Beth we will take a fun, hands-on cooking class. Our friend Antonia teaches at her family villa. There you’ll learn how to make tortelli and other regional specialties. Following the class we will all sit down to an abundant table to enjoy the days effort with lots of laughter and local wine. This is always a very special evening and a highlight of the trip.

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Day 7

 The next day, we transfer north to tranquil Lake Como near the border of Switzerland. Surrounded by Alpine foothills, your travel journal workshop with Mary Beth Shaw becomes a peaceful art retreat on the water. With Mary Beth’s guidance and encouragement, outdoor cafes and pretty piazzas draped with wisteria become the perfect settings to watch the world go by as you fill your art journal.

 

Villa Balbianello on Lake Como, Italy

Day 8

The day’s excursion takes us across the lake to nearby Lenno where a wooded walk brings us to the iconic Villa Balbianello. Some may opt to tour the property. Others may want to join the optional cooking class led by a master chef in his commercial kitchen. 

Gather again in the afternoon as Mary Beth teaches another travel journal workshop class on the hotel rooftop terrace overlooking the lake.

 

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Day 9

Following a morning class, spend the day exploring the mid-lake area. With your included ferry pass visiting the nearby villages of Varenna and Menaggio is easy. Spend an afternoon strolling the easy promenades and taking in views from the water and lakeside paths.

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Day 10

Following the ancient roman path from Lenno to Colonno the Lake Como Greenway winds through quaint villages, romantic villas and gardens, and stunning Lake Como landscapes. The nearby funivia of Argengo offers breathtaking views of Lake Como.

At the end of the day gather for a convivial aperitivo and time to share your travel journals. The evening will come to a close with a farewell dinner.

Couple by a lake Lenno Lake Como Italy walking tour vacation

Day 11

After a delicous breakfast shared together, our transfer will take the group to Milan. For those not continuing on for the extension we will say our goodbyes until next time.

Experience a very special tour of Italy

Plus an Optional Extension to the Italian Riviera

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Day 11 (Extension)

From Milan our transfer brings us to Rapallo on the Italian Riviera. First we will check in to our beachfront hotel and enjoy a class with Mary Beth. Next an orientation walk of the historic center ends at the funivia to Montallegro. Guests may join us for a ride high above the coast with views of the Peninsula, or remain in Rapallo to explore it’s charming waterfront. 

 

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Day 12 (Extension)

After breakfast and an art journal class we will set off for Cinque Terre. We will spend the day exploring the coastal villages by foot and by rail. Some may choose to do steep hike between the villlages. We recommend taking in sunset and dinner in Vernazza, enjoying the quiet beauty of Cinque Terre after the crowds have dispersed.

 

Sketchbook watercolor classes in Santa Margherita Ligure

Day 13 (Extension)

On this day we walk the spectacular coastline between colorful Santa Margherita Ligure and Portofino. Once in Portofino there is free time to enjoy lunch by the sea and visit Brown Castle. You can grab a gelato before returning to Rapallo by a scenic ferry ride.

In the evening we will gather on last time for our farewell dinner. There, students will have the opportunity to share travel journals and stories.

Milan Duomo

Day 14 (Extension)

After breakfast we will board the fast train for a return to Milan. There, we will say our goodbyes until the next arting adventure.

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Sketchbook Workshop in Santa Barbara w/ Kath Macaulay https://www.thebluewalk.com/sketchbook-workshop-santa-barbara/ https://www.thebluewalk.com/sketchbook-workshop-santa-barbara/#respond Mon, 22 Jun 2020 17:29:15 +0000 https://www.thebluewalk.com/?p=7852 March 7-13, 2021 Kath Macaulay teaches her pocket sketchbook and watercolor workshop in Santa Barbara, CA.

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Pocket Sketchbook Workshop in Santa Barbara, California with Kath Macaulay
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Beautiful Locations, Copious Creativity, and Lots of Laughter

Dates: March 7-13, 2021
Duration: 6 nights
Location: Santa Barbara, CA
Cost: from $3150 based on double occupancy
Single Supplement: $425

Learn enough to play for a lifetime! Join Kath Macaulay for her Pocket Sketchbook workshop in Santa Barbara, California. The basis of this 6-day destination workshop will be painting and sketching on location. 

Kath’s travel journaling technique is perfect for hiking, biking, sauntering, sitting in a café, or waiting at the airport.  Capture what you think you see in 25 minutes or less using a water soluble pen, a 4 x 6 inch pad of paper, and a small paint set.  Ideal for the timid beginner to paint fearlessly in public. Also perfect for the advanced artist who wants minimal equipment, total portability, speed, no interruptions and no clean-up.

This sketchbook workshop in Santa Barbara includes several of the watercolor techniques of John Singer Sargent. Kath will use photos of his watercolors extensively as teaching examples. 

You can learn more about Kath Macaulay and view her work on Meet the Artist page.

I see the world as if cataracts were removed!

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Pocket Sketchbook Workshop in Santa Barbara

With it’s Mediterranean climate and south-facing coast Santa Barbara is an artist’s dream. Year-round beautiful light and panoramas where the Santa Ynez mountains tumble into the Pacific make the perfect setting for our watercolor and sketchbook workshop with Kath Macaulay. Additionally, Santa Barbara also holds a special place in our hearts as we lived here for many, many years. We are excited to share our favorite places with you!

The week together will focus on making content for your travel journal with quick, intuitive sketches and watercolor. You will visit beautiful Santa Barbara locales, have wonderful food and lots of laughter along the way. There is some walking to get from one place to another, but most of the included walks are city strolls. A daily, brisk morning walk along the beach is always available.

  • Art Program 85% 85%
  • Sight Seeing 75% 75%
  • Walking 65% 65%
  • Fun! 100% 100%

What’s Incuded

Pocket Sketchbook Workshop in Santa Barbara

  • Daily watercolor and sketchbook art classes with Kath Macaulay on location and in our Art Walk studio
  • 6 nights at centrally located, beachfront hotel
  • Visits to the Santa Barbara Mission, Rose Gardens, Waterfront, and other quintessential Santa Barbara locations
  • Welcome aperitivo
  • Fabulous welcome and farewell dinners
  • Orientation meeting and walk
  • Optional guided walks to some of our favorite spots
  • One-week unlimited use downtown and waterfront shuttle pass
  • Daily, optional morning walks along the beach
  • Wine and chocolate truffle tasting
  • Free time to explore scenic Santa Barbara 
  • Delicious continental breakfast to start your day
  • Wine social every afternoon
  • Support from your guides who were long time residents of Santa Barbara 
  • All transfers and admission to sites
  • Fully hosted and escorted
  • Portable chairs to use during the week

Highlights

Pocket Sketchbook Workshop in Santa Barbara

1. Small group classes

With a maximum class size of 16, you can expect quality time with Kath as well as your friendly, like-minded classmates.

2. Daily guided excursions

Each day you will experience beautiful locations and hidden gems with your local guides.

3. Studio Workshop

Mary Beth will introduce techniques and materials to develop your work in our Art Walk studio space.

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Example Itinerary

Pocket Sketchbook Vacation in Santa Barbara

Actual daily schedules may differ.

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Day 1

The sketchbook workshop in Santa Barbara begins at our charming, beachfront hotel just blocks from State Street. After a meet-and-greet and program overview, we will have a short orientation walk to get to know the neighborhood.

Our first day will close with fabulous welcome dinner in downtown Santa Barbara.

 

Day 2

We begin in our Art Walk studio where Kath will outline the week’s project. Then we will be treated to an art-themed walking tour of downtown Santa Barbara. We will visit local galleries, historic sites, and artist’s workshops. There will be time for Kath to teach along the way.

The remainder of the day is free to explore Santa Barbara.

Day 3

Today, we will explore the waterfront. Inspiring locations abound for the outdoor Kath’s Pocket Sketchbook workshop in Santa Barbara. The harbor, or the coastal promenade for example. 

In the afternoon, some may choose to peruse Santa Barbara’s Tuesday farmers’ market. Filled with the seasonal bounty of the region, it is a treat for the senses.

Day 4

In the morning, the energetic may join us for an optional walk/hike on the Inspiration Point trail. Afterward the group will meet at Mission Santa Barbara, Queen of the Missions, and it’s adjacent rose garden. There, we’ll enjoy a picnic lunch among the roses followed by a class with Kath (A game of croquet on the sprawling lawn is optional).

We will convene later in the day for art class followed by a wine and truffle tasting by local artisan makers.

 

 

Day 5

The day begins with a trip to the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden nestled in the coastal foothills of the Santa Ynez mountains. There, we will walk through a dewy redwood grove, a scented chapparal forrest, and a mountain meadow awash with golden poppies and blue-violet lupines. Inspired by what you find, Kath will select a location to teach.

The afternoon is free to lunch and explore in downtown Santa Barbara.

Day 6

On our Pocket Sketchbook workshop in Santa Barbara final day, a short walk will bring us to one of the California coast’s most renown historic buildings. Our tour there will conclude with a spectacular view across the city to the waterfront. There will be time to capture the architectural style Santa is so famous for.

We celebrate our last evening together with a very special dinner in the company of fellow artists and friends.

 

Day 7

Our watercolor sketchbook workshop in Santa Barbara will come to a close after a delicious breakfast shared together. Then we bid farewell to our art walk studio until the next time we meet again.

A full week of leisurely sightseeing and cultivating creativity

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Join Kath in Santa Barbara, CA

March 7-13, 2021 Kath Macaulay will be teaching her watercolor and sketchbook workshop in beautiful Santa Barbara, CA. Join us for a week of on-site arting, leisurely walks, and California coastal fun.

You just changed my life!  I can do this!!!!!

P.G.

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Kath Macaulay Pocket Sketchbook Gallery

Below is a selection of Kath Macaulay’s pocket sketches from her travels and pictures from her workshops. Kath’s approach is based on working anywhere quickly and fearlessly. 

Art Walk Interview with Kath Macaulay

Why do you do what you do?

Because I absolutely love the reaction! Suddenly people find they can sketch in public
successfully, bring home memories, without fear. That’s a bunch!

How do you work? What is your teaching style?

First I demonstrate. Then you more-or-less copy the technique and subject. After that, I evaluate, finding wonderful things beyond  your expectations. Surprisingly, “mistakes” are usually advanced watercolor.

Often, students do far better than they expect. They are soon ready for more advanced exercises. Each exercise is more advanced, and they are ready to try the next step. It goes from simple to sketching outdoors in public – fearlessly!

What is your background?

Extensive, like anyone who is not young in age. (Attitude is another matter!) In art, I studied under 4 masters. I competed successfully nationally and had several major one man shows. In related work, I spent a year as an artist’s agent and studied business for four years at New Mexico State, all aimed at marketing art. Following that I invented and developed Pocket Sketching and trademarked it. It has been wonderful teaching it in workshops throughout the U.S. and Canada. Pocket Sketching was even featured in a 13-episode PBS special released nationally. Most recently I have been teaching online for art museums and art organizations.

What inspires you?

1. People excited because they are learning. 2. The opportunity to quietly sketch and space out.

What attracts you about travel journaling?

There are so many wonderful things to see and record! New places, new people, new inspiration, new light, new color. Relaxing and falling into a meditative state while sketching. New food, new wine. Catching on paper what I think I see. (The camera can’t come anywhere close!)

Why do students attend a Kath Macaulay art course?

To learn to sketch so they can immerse themselves in their travel. It’s far deeper than shooting pictures on the fly. It’s the ‘slow cooking’ version of travel where you intensely feel your subject and catch it on paper. You drop into a meditative state while sketching. It’s a whole new adventure and the sketches bring back not only what was the focal point, but the smells, sounds, atmosphere and all the details you left out of the sketch. It’s a quiet adventure.

What have you learned from creating while you travel?

The soft joy of putting on paper what I think I see. Meditation while sketching for only 25 minutes at a time (or even less). The fun of trying to capture beauty, peace, energy: whatever catches my eye. I love trying to catch rushing water, but also people and animals: there’s really no limit of inspiration.

There’s never an end.

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Join Kath Macaulay for 6 days in Santa Barbara, CA March 7-13, 2021.

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Mary Beth Shaw: Meet Your Mixed Media Teacher https://www.thebluewalk.com/mary-beth-shaw-mixed-media-teacher/ https://www.thebluewalk.com/mary-beth-shaw-mixed-media-teacher/#respond Mon, 22 Jun 2020 13:59:48 +0000 https://www.thebluewalk.com/?p=7796 Artist and teacher Mary Beth Shaw of Stencilgirl Products will take students on mixed media journeys in Northern Italy and Santa Barbara, California

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About Mary Beth Shaw

Mary Beth Shaw will be teaching two Art Walk mixed media, travel journal art vacations in 2021. First, a mixed media workshop in beautiful Santa Barbara, CA March 14-20. Then, September 20-30, join us for a fabulous art-filled and inspiring tour of Northern Italy.

Artist, Author, Workshop Instructor……..Seeker

Mary Beth Shaw worked in the insurance industry for 18 years before she quit her job in 2000 to re-ignite a childhood love of art. She is now a full time painter and internationally known workshop instructor. Her creative process is largely self taught, spontaneous and joyful.

She is author of Flavor for Mixed Media and Stencil Girl , both published by F&W and is also a columnist for Somerset Studios Magazine. In 2010, Mary Beth recognized a need for ‘artist designed’ stencils and created StencilGirl Products, which has quickly grown into a respected supplier of high quality stencils for all media.

Living with her husband and three cats, Mary Beth is passionate about every moment of life.

I love the way you teach, Mary Beth! Your style is very organic and inspirational. I am always mesmerized by your process. You include so many details about the supplies and your process that are bound to have me saying, “I never knew that before! I have to try it”. Thank you so much!

S.W.

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Mary Beth Shaw with her Art Walk group in Greece

Mary Beth Shaw Mixed Media Gallery

Below is a selection of Mary Beth Shaw’s travel photography from around the world. Mary Beth’s journals incorporate elements and materials from the places we visit. They are inspired by the environment, people, and experiences along the way. Each travel journal is a unique synthesis of the journey.

This class was SO MUCH FUN, and filled with such a great variety of IDEAS… Mary Beth’s instruction was great, she was clear with directions and examples, gave great ideas and such cool techniques and tips!! I couldn’t get enough of it, just wanted to go for days! 😄 She also was so encouraging to be free with what you do, and just do your own thing… don’t sweat the mistakes, just turn them into something else… don’t try to make yours look like anyone else’s, just BE YOU!!! THANK YOU MARY BETH, SOOO MUCH, FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN.

C.S.

Art Walk Interview with Mary Beth Shaw

Why do you do what you do?

I love Mixed Media. For me, it seems like art for people who want to try it all. I started out making collage paintings many years ago. These days I work mainly in my journal but utilize a variety of supplies, such as paint, markers, pencils, collage and found objects. A collection of disparate items thrills me as I decipher and interpret their presence in my life.

How do you work? What is your teaching style?

I fly by the seat of my pants and that is the way I like it. Doing an Art Walk is perfect for me because my surroundings tend to influence me quite a bit. When exploring new places, it is fun to wander and then wonder with words and art in the pages of our journals. Being on an art vacation is an adventure that we can preserve to live over and over again.

What is your background?

I was in corporate America for 18 years until I intuitively felt life had more to offer. As a result, I started making visual art, then exhibiting, and finally teaching. I started a stencil company along the way. I delight in turning my brain off so I can allow the muse to guide me.

What inspires you?

Basically I am inspired by the beauty and wonder I see in the world. That and the desire to capture it and share it with others. Then they too might experience some of that same wonder in their own hearts and minds.

What attracts you about travel journaling?

Absolutely everything. I am an extremely sensory person. Because of this, all of my senses are on high alert when I travel. I can be distracted (in a very good way) by something as simple as the shape of a tree root or the sound of the waves. I like the terrain of land, looking at maps, people watching, listening to music and being moved to dance. Life is my inspiration.

Why do students attend a Mary Beth Shaw art course?

My art vacation students tell me I have helped them develop their own voice. That makes me very happy because it is always my top priority. I give enough instruction that a student knows what to do, to be there for guidance, but also to facilitate originality. In my art classes we laugh, we learn, we love and we live experiences through art. Plus it is always fun.

What have you learned from creating while you travel?

So very much, but primarily to live in the moment. The ability to preserve the moments in art is a gift. Travel gives that to us.

Create a Mixed Media Travel Journal in Italy

Join Mary Beth Shaw for 11 days touring through Northern Italy September 20-30, 2021.

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Mixed Media Workshop in Santa Barbara, California with Mary Beth Shaw
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Mary Beth Shaw mixed media workshop in Santa Barbara

Beautiful Locations, Copious Creativity, and Lots of Laughter

Dates: March 14-20, 2021 
Duration: 6 nights
Location: Santa Barbara, CA
Cost: from $3150 based on double occupancy
Single Supplement: $425

Join Mary Beth Shaw on a mixed media workshop in Santa Barbara, California. First, we will start by creating a handbound book that we will fill day by day. Then, during our wanderings, we will take tons of photos using our smartphones to use as a starting point. Next, upon return to our 24-hour studio, we will enjoy creating mixed media vignettes. A variety of art parts will be used, ranging from rubbings to painted papers to found treasures. In the end, we will move effortlessly back and forth over our pages layering paint and collage. Moreover, the beauty of our surroundings will inspire the mood of our books through color reference and engagement of our senses. Expect to be simultaneously exhilarated and relaxed as art and vacation merge into a precious memory.

You can learn more about Mary Beth Shaw and view her work on Meet the Artist page.

Mixed Media Workshop in Santa Barbara

With it’s Mediterranean climate and south-facing coast Santa Barbara is an artist’s dream. Year-round beautiful light and panoramas where the Santa Ynez mountains tumble into the Pacific make the perfect setting for our mixed media workshop with Mary Beth Shaw. Additionally, Santa Barbara also holds a special place in our hearts as we lived here for many, many years. We are excited to share our favorite places with you!

The week together will focus on collecting inspiration and making content for your travel journal. You will visit beautiful Santa Barbara locales, have wonderful food and lots of laughter along the way. There is some walking to get from one place to another, but most of the included walks are city strolls. A daily, brisk morning walk along the beach is always available.

  • Art Program 85% 85%
  • Sight Seeing 75% 75%
  • Walking 65% 65%
  • Fun! 100% 100%

What’s Incuded

Mixed Media Workshop in Santa Barbara

  • Daily mixed media art classes with Mary Beth in the studio
  • 6 nights at centrally located, beachfront hotel
  • Visits to the Santa Barbara Mission, Rose Gardens, Waterfront, and other quintessential Santa Barbara locations
  • Welcome aperitivo
  • Fabulous welcome and farewell dinners
  • Orientation meeting and walk
  • Optional guided walks to some of our favorite spots
  • One-week unlimited use downtown and waterfront shuttle pass
  • Daily, optional morning walks along the beach
  • Wine and chocolate truffle tasting
  • Free time to explore scenic Santa Barbara 
  • Delicious continental breakfast to start your day
  • Wine social every afternoon
  • Support from your guides who were long time residents of Santa Barbara 
  • All transfers and admission to sites
  • Fully hosted and escorted

Highlights

Mixed Media Workshop in Santa Barbara

1. Small group classes

With a maximum class size of 15, you can expect quality time with Mary Beth as well as your friendly, like-minded classmates.

2. Experience the Santa Barbara Lifestyle

From our centrally located, beachfront hotel, we will explore and sightsee at a leisurely pace.

3. Studio Workshop

Mary Beth will introduce techniques and materials to develop your work in our Art Walk studio space.

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Mixed Media Workshop in Santa Barbara

Actual daily schedules may differ.

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Day 1

The mixed media workshop in Santa Barbara begins at our charming, beachfront hotel in downtown Santa Barbara just blocks from State Street. After a meet-and-greet and program overview, we will have a short orientation walk to get to know the neighborhood.

Our first day will close with fabulous welcome dinner in downtown Santa Barbara.

 

Day 2

In our Art Walk studio Mary Beth will outline the week’s project, and you’ll have time to begin work on your travel journal. Following lunch, we will be treated to an art-themed guided walking tour of downtown Santa Barbara. We will visit local galleries, historic sites, and artist’s workshops and do a bit of junking along the way.

The remainder of the day is free to explore Santa Barbara or spend in the Art Walk studio.

Day 3

A morning in the studio gets the creative juices flowing. Afterwards, we will explore the Santa Barbara waterfront. Inspiring locations abound for collecting materials and taking photos.

Students may return to the hotel at their leisure. Some may choose to peruse Santa Barbara’s Tuesday farmers’ market. Filled with the seasonal bounty of the region, it is a treat for the senses.

Day 4

In the morning, the energetic may join us for an optional walk/hike on the Inspiration Point trail. Afterward the group will meet at Mission Santa Barbara, Queen of the Missions, and it’s adjacent rose garden. There, we’ll enjoy a picnic lunch among the roses (a game of croquet on the sprawling lawn is optional).

We will convene later in the day for art class followed by a wine and truffle tasting by local artisan makers.

 

 

Day 5

The day begins with a trip to the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden nestled in the coastal foothills of the Santa Ynez mountains. There, we will walk through a dewy redwood grove, a scented chapparal forrest, and a mountain meadow awash with golden poppies and blue-violet lupines.

The afternoon is free to lunch and explore in downtown Santa Barbara before returning to the mixed media workshop studio for art class.

Day 6

On our mixed media workshop in Santa Barbara final day, a short walk will bring us to one of the California coast’s most renown historic buildings. Our tour there will conclude with a spectacular view across the city to the waterfront. There will be time in the studio to finish up your travel journals before meeting for a convivial show-and-tell aperitivo.

We celebrate our last evening together with a very special dinner in the company of fellow artists and friends.

 

Day 7

Our mixed media workshop in Santa Barbara will come to a close after a delicious breakfast shared together. Then we bid farewell to our art walk studio until the next time we meet again.

A full week of leisurely sightseeing and cultivating creativity

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