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How to Have a Picnic While Traveling https://www.thebluewalk.com/picnic-while-traveling/ https://www.thebluewalk.com/picnic-while-traveling/#respond Thu, 06 Aug 2020 16:39:41 +0000 https://www.thebluewalk.com/?p=8572 Having a picnic while traveling, or even near home, makes a regular meal more fun. We share our best tips to make it easy.

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How to Have a Picnic While Traveling

One of our favorite things about summer travel is being able to picnic outdoors while enjoying local scenery and great weather. We typically find a farmers market and buy fresh fruit, local cheese and charcuterie for a simple yet tasty meal. Of course, depending on our location, we will also indulge in local wine or other specialities. (E.g.; a fresh baguette or fruit tart in France, prosciutto and melon in Italy, tzatziki sauce or grape leaves in Greece.) Having a picnic while traveling is a great way to experience the most traditional tastes of the region we are visiting. 

Being from coastal California we love a picnic near the ocean. However, this is not possible when traveling in cities like Paris or in the countryside like Umbria. Finding a sunny spot on a lakeshore or hilltop serves just as well. What’s important is a place that offers beautiful surroundings and some fresh air.  

What to Pack to Have a Picnic While Traveling

We are on the road a lot. Because of this we have gotten our picnic while traveling kit down to a science. We make it compact, portable, and try to reduce paper and plastic waste. So far it has served us well. Our kit includes a corkscrew for wine, utensils (fork, knife, spoon), a small paring knife with a protected blade, collapsible cups, and several cloth napkins that we can also use for seating. 

While shopping for our picnic fare, we ask vendors to wrap items in paper instead of plastic whenever possible. (The paper recycles and breaks down more easily than the plastic.) Then, when we unwrap our food, the paper can be spread out. This makes a place to put other items like fresh produce or sliced bread.

Picnic while traveling collapsible cup

We are on the road a lot. Because of this we have gotten our picnic while traveling kit down to a science. We make it compact, portable, and try to reduce paper and plastic waste. So far it has served us well. Our kit includes a corkscrew for wine, utensils (fork, knife, spoon), a small paring knife with a protected blade, collapsible cups, and several cloth napkins that we can also use for seating. 

Since reuse is one of the primary rules to reducing waste, none of these items were purchased as new. The wine opener was a gift from a wine tasting in Umbria, Italy. The utensils and napkins were purchased from a vintage market in Nice, France. The collapsible cups were purchased ages ago from a yard sale in Santa Barbara, California. Each item is from a different place and has a story. Wherever in the world we find ourselves, whenever we set up our picnic, it brings back fond memories of places we’ve been.

Pests at the Picnic

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As much as we love having a picnic while traveling, we have found the pesky “meat bees” to be a nuisance just about everywhere. It’s a lovely day. We find a beautiful place. No insects or other pests to be seen. Then, just as soon as we set up our picnic spread… the meat bees arrive from nowhere. They dive bomb our salumi and hover over the cheese. Where do they come from? How do they find us? These mysteries are beyond us. But one thing can be said: they are super annoying.

What is a meat bee? Also called yellow jackets, they are a type of wasp. They are known as “meat bees” because their diet includes protein (and therefore meat) in addition to sugars. Meat bees prey on other insects and sometimes scavenge sugar- and protein-rich foods. Unfortunately that means they will scavenge from uncovered food when picnickers are dining al fresco. Too often they are just as excited about our picnic items as we are.

It ruins the relaxing vibe of having a picnic while traveling to constantly be shooing the bees away. Thankfully, we have found a good way to deter them from our food. We set out a bowl or cup (even a scavenged bottle cap) with a little wine, flat soda, fruit juice, or sugar water a few yards away from the picnic. The bees are attracted to the sugary scent. They go after that instead of our lunch. If possible, we set out the bee bait before we begin our picnic. It isn’t perfect but it does help.

Picnic Wherever You Are

How to have a picnic while traveling

Having a picnic with a view of the Mediterranean or on the shore of Lake Como is great. However, we know not everyone can get out and travel right now. Taking a picnic to a nearby park, beach, or even your backyard can feel a bit like travel. It changes up the usual routine. It can bring a newness and different way of experiencing things that travel also does. Most of all – it’s fun. The important thing is to enjoy and appreciate the options that are available. And there are many.

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Multimedia Workshop in Santa Barbara, CA

The focus is on florals in our week-long art vacation with Courtney Cerruti and Pam Garrison
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Fabulous Florals Inspired by Nature

Dates: March 28 – April 3, 2021
Duration: 6 nights
Location: Santa Barbara, CA
Cost: from $3250 based on double occupancy
Single Supplement: $495

The focus is on flowers on our 6-night multimedia workshop in Santa Barbara, CA. It will be a journey of fun and laughter with our teaching dynamic duo Pam Garrison and Courtney Cerruti of CreativeBug. Join us as we explore, discover and capture the wild florals of springtime in California. 

We’ll gather inspiration from touring beautiful blooming gardens, hikes along the coastline, beach walks, and meandering the streets and paths of this charming city. 

Start your week by selecting blooms and botanicals to create one of a kind prints.  Work in a variety of media such as watercolor, acrylic paints, monoprinting, colored pencil and other favorites of Pam and Courtney’s. We’ll focus our observation and creation on making floral paintings, motifs and sketches. 

Each participant will receive a copy of Courtney’s newest book Make Art Where You Are which includes a sketchbook and art making guide. In addition, we’ll create a one-of-kind sketchbook full of your paintings and drawings to work in during the week and take home to treasure.

Courtney and Pam will be loading their cars full of sketchbooks, inspiration, and ephemera for you to include in your books. Join us on this special floral-art focused retreat in sunny California. 

Multimedia Workshop in Santa Barbara 

With its 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 multimedia workshop and art vacation.

Additionally, Santa Barbara 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 and creating content for your multimidea travel journal. Ephemera, watercolor sketches made on location, and pieces developed in our classroom space will build a travel journal that is uniquely your own.

Strolling through the city and along the coast, we will walk to many of our destinations. Additionl brisk morning walks and a hike into the foothills are included options. Our multimedia workshop in Santa Barbara is the perfect oportunity to stretch your legs and your creativity. You will visit beautiful Santa Barbara locales, have wonderful food and lots of laughter along the way.

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

What’s Incuded

Multimedia Workshop in Santa Barbara, CA

  • Daily watercolor and sketchbook art classes with Courtney and Pam 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

Multimedia Workshop in Santa Barbara

1. Small group classes

With a maximum class size of 16, you can expect quality time with Pam and Courtney 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

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

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Example Itinerary

Multimedia Workshop in Santa Barbara

Actual daily schedules may differ.

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Day 1

Your multimedia 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 the day in our Art Walk studio. There Pam and Courtney 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 collecting and sketching 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 multimedia 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 on location. (A game of croquet on the sprawling lawn is optional).

We will convene later in the day for a wine and chocolate 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. Enjoy a class capturing the wildflowers in the midst of it all. 

The afternoon is free to lunch, explore in downtown Santa Barbara, or return to the hotel for time in the art studio.

Day 6

On our multimedia 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. Later, return to the studio for a final class and time to finish your floral flourishes.

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

 

Day 7

Our multimedia 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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Angela Fehr

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About Angela Fehr

From her home in northern British Columbia, Canada, through her video lessons on her website and YouTube, Angela Fehr has created a community of watercolor lovers that spans the globe.  She wants every painter to know the freedom of fearless self expression and she has made it her mission to share this empowering message through lessons in watercolour technique and loose intuitive painting. More than anything she demonstrates that the most important thing you bring to your art is you.

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Angela Fehr Watercolor Gallery

Art Walk Interview with Angela Fehr

 Why do you do what you do?

I started teaching online because I was teaching myself to paint in watercolor. When I would have a new insight into watercolor, I felt this irresistible urge to share what I’d learned with someone, and that led to filming videos for YouTube. Since then I’ve found that teaching provides an even greater reward than painting alone, helping others fall in love with watercolor and accept and enjoy the learning process with all its ups and downs. 

How do you work? What is your teaching style?

I seek a loose, heart-led style in my work, and I love painting the landscape as a way of connecting to my environment with heart and emotion. I use on-location sketches as a way of taking mental notes that I can bring into the studio to explore further. Painting on location forces me to pause when I would ordinarily walk on, it helps me to learn to look more deeply at my surroundings and see beauty in unexpected tiny moments and corners of the world. 

What is your background?

I’ve been painting in watercolor since my first workshop at the age of 18; twenty-five years ago! I live in northern British Columbia, Canada, and have found the isolation of the north to be a perfect place to develop as a “self-taught” artist. Lots of time spent working out my struggles through trial and error have helped me to develop into an instructor who deeply understands the student’s journey to watercolor mastery. In 2013 I launched my first online watercolor course and since then I’ve been able to teach and inspire watercolor students from all over the world, travel and have my dream career unfold before my eyes!

What inspires you?

I’m most inspired by the natural world; the way we see creation in action every day, from sunrise to sunset. I’m all about noticing beauty and calling others to take note and pause to witness the awe and majesty we see in the world. And watercolor inspires me! It’s just an absolutely pure joy to let it flow across the paper and feel called to engage with my brush. 

What attracts you about travel journaling?

The travel! I want to see the whole world, and never forget what I experience there. Every location holds new discoveries, and I don’t want to miss anything.

Why do students attend Angela Fehr courses?

Because I make them feel awesome! Seriously, we have a tendency to be so self-critical, and if I can communicate the message that it’s OKAY to be a learner and that you have what it takes to become your own favorite artist, then I consider that workshop a success. I try to be honest and transparent about my own learning process and the fact that every painting is an unknown outcome, and that makes me very approachable and relatable.

What have you learned from creating while you travel?

There’s always a big learning curve in learning how to paint a new place! I want to welcome the opportunity to learn a new color palette, to process new sights, with the understanding that it might not all click at first! The rewards of attempting are found in the growth and expansion I find as I stretch myself in new directions.

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Walk on the Coulée Verte and Promenade Plantée https://www.thebluewalk.com/walk-on-the-coulee-verte-and-promenade-plantee/ https://www.thebluewalk.com/walk-on-the-coulee-verte-and-promenade-plantee/#respond Wed, 05 Aug 2020 07:35:46 +0000 https://www.thebluewalk.com/?p=8517 Discover the Coulée Verte. The first urban park created on abandoned elevated railway and inspiration for New York's High Line

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Walk on the Coulée Verte

Discover a green passageway in the urban center of Paris, France

I first learned about the Coulée Verte (the Green Stream) in 1996. Paris, France had created a thriving public park out of an abandoned railway line. It was the first of its kind. Abandoned, dilapidated tracks, which had become an ugly, crime-filled nuisance, were converted into a beautiful and much used green space. A pedestrian corridor – free of traffic and filled with plantings, public art, and unique city views – now connected the eastern city limits to the city center. A walk on the Coulée Verte, also known as the Promenade Plantée (Planted Walk)  was and is a wonderful and wondrous urban stroll. As an urban geography grad at UC Santa Barbara, the latest innovations of urban planning were points of great interest to me. Re-purposing blighted land use into a thriving community asset? This was something to get excited about!

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From Railway to Pedestrian Park

From 1859 to 1969 the old Vincennes railway line ran between Verneuil-l`Étang, a town 60km outside Paris, and the Bastille. The Coulée Verte was created from the portion of the Vincennes line that runs 2.8 miles eastward through the 12th arrondissement to the city limits at Bois de Vincennes Park. A first of its kind, the promenade was created from an elevated tramline build upon an arching viaduct.

When the Coulée Verte project design was initiated in 1988, public opinion deemed it a waste of money and time. However, soon after its completion in 1993, the Coulée became a much used and appreciated neighborhood gathering place. A success story for urban redevelopment and renewal, it is one of my favorite “hidden places” in Paris.

A Unique Walk on the Coulée Verte

Whenever I’m in Paris I always try to make time to do this walk. The Coulée Verte is a little under 6 miles round trip. In the absence of cars and traffic, it makes it the perfect place for a brisk walk or run. It is also impossible to get lost and you can turn around at any time. This makes it a great option for all activity and interest levels.

However, more often than not, people enjoy the space at a leisurely pace. Small alcoves and many places to sit invite park-goers to slow down and relax. The narrow paths and abundant blooms encourage a moderate step. It’s an opportunity to smell the roses.

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What a Walk on the Coulée Verte is Like

Traversing high above the city streets, the promenade offers scenic views over the city and up-close perspective to some of its characteristic architecture, ranging from 1800s to modern. Down below, the renovated Viaduct des Arts houses galleries, artists workshops, small boutiques, and hip restaurants and bars. From this unique perspective you can look across, into, and down upon the buildings of Paris. Walking the Promenade Plantée is a great way to see a behind-the-scenes slice of Paris.

Walking the Promenade Plantée is also incredibly picturesque. It might even seem familiar. A garden oasis raised above the busy city below, the Promenade Plantée was featured in film. Fans of the Ethan Hawk and Julie Delpy film “Before Sunset” may recognize it. The Coulée Verte was one of the filming locations.

Promenade plantee Paris Coulee verte walking path reflecting pond

The elevated portion of the walk extends for about a mile. Built upon a viaduct, it is a lovely walk all on its own. The promenade was designed to be a respite from the crowded and noisy streets below. Fragrant roses, tranquil reflection ponds, and sections of lush shade collaborate to provide a welcome urban retreat.

Walking on the Promenade Plantée reveals vignettes of life in Paris at all times of day. In the mornings walkers and joggers traverse the passage as a regular routine. At lunchtime Parisians can be seen sharing meals in ones and twos along the many benches and seating areas provided. In the evenings, the path provides a way to relax and unwind after a day’s work. Some take in the views and decompress from their day. Others meet friends for a convivial happy hour as the sun goes down.

Art and Architecture as Design

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Here and there, the folliage opens up to allow for wide open spaces and expansive views. At some points, classic, multistoried buildings set upon the edge of the rail easment and elegantly frame the walk on the Coulée Verte.  At others, the path becomes very much a part of the built environment, even slashing through one modern, asymetrical design.

Urban art is infused throughout the walk on the Coulée Verte. Inspired by their surroundings, the various pieces provide playful expressions to further interact with the park. Near the eastern end of the trail a in shaded nook two abstract metal sculptures also function as ping pong tables. At the start of the bike path a steampunk inspired piece incorporates curvilinear shapes and gears echoing biclycle components. Additonally, it reminds us of the train engines that used to rule these rails.

Si, Si, La, Fa, Mi

Illustrator Caroline Laguerre has several pieces along the walk on the Coulée Verte. A series of three frescos decorate the alcoves of a residential building. Our favorite, Si,Si, La, Fa, Mi, is shown above. Their simple lines and primary colors are playful and fun. With a smile, they invite strollers to pause on the welcoming benches and watch the world go by.

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To walk the Coulée Verte you experience a diverse range of terrain and interesting things to see. After about a mile the elevated path reaches the ground and opens to allow for bikes. Then an arching suspension bridge spans over a quiet neighborhood park. Next the walk goes through cool tunnels accented with urban art and draping vines. After, sections with dense folliage give the sense of walking through a wood.  Finally, there are stretches of quiet natural paths and verdant community gardens. It is one of the most diverse urban strolls to be found.

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How to get to Coulée Verte

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To walk the Coulée Verte, it is most easily reached from Place de Bastille. First, from the towering column topped with the golden statue ‘le Génie de la Liberté’ (Spirit of Freedom), walk Rue de Lyon past the modern Paris Opera house. Next, continue onto Rue Daumesnil where the blocky bricked beginning of Viaduct des Arts may be seen. Then access the stairs located on the right side of the viaduct which take you up to the elevated Promenade Plantée. At street level there will also be signage for the Coulée Verte walk.

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A (Very) Brief History of Paris Transportation Development

From the time before the Romans conquered the native Parisii in 52BC, Paris was a walking city. It was the only means common citizens had to move about. Over the ages, as the city grew, its streets and buildings developed around the center at Île de la Cité in a dense, compact labyrinth. Even in 1610, when Paris was one of the largest cities in Europe, one could walk across it in about 30 minutes. Then, in the 1800s, public transportation based on railways was introduced. These affordable conveniences could carry residents from the newly created suburbs into the city for work, shopping, and culture. Like the arms of a starfish, urbanization began to reach out from the city center along the tracks of these transportation corridors.

Finally, in the 1900s, the automobile became an option for many residents. No longer dependent upon public transportation routes, housing began to grow out from the city center and metro stations and infill the regions between the established commuter railways. Eventually, some of these rail systems were no longer needed. In the 1950s-60s many were taken out of service. Now abandoned, the rails became a dumping ground and harbor for illegal activity.

The Coulée Verte urban renewal project brought new life and community pride to what had become a run-down area. It is a walk worth doing. It has the intrinsic benefits of open air and exercise. Additionally, it is a good example of how modern Paris continues to recreate itself to provide for the well-being for its citizens. Forever a walking city, Paris is filled with places that nurture physical, mental, and community health.

 

by: Jeannette Candau

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Daniel Smith Watercolors Zoom Presentation https://www.thebluewalk.com/daniel-smith-watercolors-zoom-presentation/ https://www.thebluewalk.com/daniel-smith-watercolors-zoom-presentation/#respond Fri, 31 Jul 2020 11:00:04 +0000 https://www.thebluewalk.com/?p=8437 Exclusively for our Art Walk alumni - a free online workshop with DANIEL SMITH brand ambassador Scott Stevenson.

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Daniel Smith Watercolors Zoom Workshop

Dates:  Sept 4 or 25, 2020

Time: 10AM-12PM PST

Cost: FREE

Daniel Smith watercolors are my go-to paints for when I’m on the go! DS paints are always in my palette; great colors and quality.

Jane LaFazio

Art Walk Teacher, San Diego, CA

We know, travel is difficult right now. Just getting out of the house can sometimes seem like a task. So, let’s get together virtually!

We know you still love to make art. Maybe you’re also looking for ways to connect with other artists, be inspired, and learn while staying at home. We want to help. As a result, we are partnering with DANIEL SMITH to bring you a FREE online, 2-hour workshop about their amazing watercolors.

Join us for a fun and interesting conversation on Zoom with Scott Stevenson, Sales Representative and Brand Ambassador for DANIEL SMITH Manufacturing. Receive a complimentary sample pack of Daniel Smith watercolors for attending. Our gift to you.

Learn why these paints are loved by so many artists and what makes them special. Scott will demonstrate the use and qualities of the paints. Then try them yourself during our Zoom workshop. Bring your own cup of water. We supply everything else!

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What’s to Know about Paint?

Scott is a wealth of information on every aspect of these favorite paints. For example, do you have questions about Quinacridone pigments?  Wonder where the color Serpentine comes from? How does the color Moonglow get its name or how does DANIEL SMITH test pigments for lightfastness? What’s granulation? With Scott’s easy, approachable style, you’ll learn all this and more. In fact, this is a great opportunity to ask questions in a conversational and relaxed atmosphere.

Workshop Overview

The presentation will start off with the history of DANIEL SMITH Manufacturing and the many aspects of developing DANIEL SMITH products. Then you will see firsthand lab paint outs, minerals used to manufacture colors in the PrimaTek line and more.  The finale…the exciting opportunity to sample a selection of our colors to see first-hand the Daniel Smith difference.

Zoom Meetings

Not familiar with Zoom meetings? No worries. Zoom is an on-line platform for hosting virtual meet-ups and more. It allows you to see and interact with Scott in real time. Prior to our meeting date you will be emailed information on how to set this up on your computer, phone, or tablet device. Zoom is a fun and easy way to connect with others, even while staying at home.

Join Us!

If you’d like to join us, simply fill out our registration form. Spaces are limited, so sign-up soon. If the course fills additional dates may be added.

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Sketchbook Art Vacation in France w/ Jennifer Orkin Lewis https://www.thebluewalk.com/sketchbook-art-vacation-france/ Wed, 24 Jun 2020 17:19:27 +0000 https://www.thebluewalk.com/?p=7960 June 21-27, 2021 join Jennifer Orkin Lewis for a sketchbook art vacation in France. Play on the French Riviera!

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Paint the French Riviera

Sketchbook Art Vacation with Jennifer Orkin Lewis
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Jennifer Orkin Lewis sketchbook art vacation in France

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

Meet Your Sketchbook Journal Teacher
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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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Jennifer Orkin Lewis Sketchbook Gallery

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.

 

venice canal art journal workshop in italy

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.

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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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