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Canada Sketching Tour with Shari Blaukopf September 2020

1 September:9 September

CAD $3,550
travel sketching tour Shari Blaukopf Canada

FULLY BOOKED  please ask to be put on the waiting list.  Urban Sketcher and renowned artist and author SHARI BLAUKOPF from Canada will be your sketch tutor and host on this 9 day tour Montreal to Quebec in Canada.


Join a small group of sketchers - or new sketchers - to meet Shari in her home town of Montreal, travelling up with her to Quebec city and enjoying her daily demos and her workshops.Sketching Montreal with Shari Blaukopf tour
Practise your French, sketch all day every day and learn the fascinating history of one of the first settlements of Canada.
It will be early Autumn and possibly some Fall oranges and reds on the trees amidst a stunning back drop of mountains, lakes, rivers and castles in both cities of Montreal and Quebec city.


An internationally renowned watercolorist and author, Shari Blaukopf really needs no introduction.
Read this article SKETCHING MONTREAL on the publication of Shari's latest wonderful Sketching book and her painting style.
Your host, historian and sketcher Kate Stedman accompanies the tour and we stay in charming 3 and 4 star properties with en-suite facilities in each room.
Shari stays with us each day as we sketch, explore and travel between these two magnificent towns.

(See more of SHARI'S artwork on Instagram HERE )



Each day we have a sketch demo and sketching workshop as well as orientation walking tour and free time to do what you like in each wonderful town we visit.


Absolutely not. You will be there for the pure love of learning and sharing with a group of like-minded people and we all learn and create at our own pace. You can be a pure beginner and feel just as pleased with your output and learning as everyone else. Shari will be there to teach, inspire and encourage you each day no matter what your skill and experience level.


Our tour starts in Montreal on September 1 in 2020. This is a unique opportunity to let Shari share with you her home town and her favourite sketching spots whilst enjoying the wonderful ambience of Montreal.

Shari then takes you to the sister French-speaking city of Quebec to explore and sketch each day and fill our journals with wonderful new techniques and mementos.
Our tour ends after breakfast in Quebec city on September 9 and you are free to make onward travel arrangements from there.

Our tours are all fully-escorted and designed for affordability, fun and safety in comfortable, relaxing conditions.
Kate is your historian and tour manager who has taken many tours to different cities and loves the region and its history and beauty. She will entertain you with fun facts and tales each day.

We cater for people who love history, food, culture and learning a creative skill - or just like to explore new places in a fun group.
Each afternoon is free for you to amble, explore, read, shop, paint, cook - whatever you'd like to do as we offer so many suggestions. We design activities for variety and interest and you are free to join us or take off on your own.

Non-sketchers are most welcome on this tour too if they are sharing with a Sketcher.

Travel Sketching in Watercolour with Shari Blaukopf
How do you tell the story of a journey through your sketches?
The answer is not in any single sketch, of course.
The answer emerges slowly across a series of sketches, both large and small, captured in a single sketchbook.
Turning the pages, these sketches reflect the essence of the location and your responses to your surroundings.
This workshop is designed to give participants a variety of skills to help them feel confident while travel sketching — capturing people, places and things that evoke memories of a time and a place —and return home with a fat book filled with fresh and colourful sketches.
As part of a small group, participants will observe plenty of demos and receive individual attention from Shari as we work on 

  • value studies
  • colour
  • composition
  • vignettes
  • lettering
  • simplifying a scene
  • keeping our watercolours fresh.

We’ll focus on having fun while we sketch, recording as much as we can as we capture cafés, cobblestone streets and traditional Quebec architecture.

Each session will end with a review as a group to share ideas and learning.

Even if you have never put a pen on paper to sketch anything – or if you have been sketching for a long time –  you will find this 9 day experience imagic and inspirational. Our sketch Holidays suit everyone and everyone learns every day in a supportive, caring and happy environment.

You will be amazed at what you can achieve when shown how.

The bond created within the group becomes very special as everyone learns from and encourages each other in being creative. A skill and a present to take home with you for life.

9 days from SEPTEMBER 1 IN 2020 starting at 6 pm in our hotel in Montreal and ending on SEPTEMBER 9 after breakfast in our hotel in Quebec City.

COST:  Prices below are in CANADIAN DOLLARS
To convert to your own currency we recommend you go to www.xe.com
NB: All payments will be made in Australian Dollars (AUD) which will be converted at the daily exchange rate via an invoice to you.

$3,550 CAD for two people sharing a room with ONE large bed

$3,150 CAD for a non-sketcher accompanying a sketcher

$1,280 CAD for the single supplement for solo travellers in own room

[Please note: the only TWIN BED share (ie: 2 separate beds) option is to book the larger DELUX rooms (or a separate hotel) and this will incur an extra fee of  $1,400 CAD pp]


Fill out the ONLINE BOOKING FORM electronically (see the final tab).
Pay the deposit: payment instructions for the deposit are in this ONLINE BOOKING FORM for you too

Or feel free to email us on kate@frenchfusion.com.au if you need any questions answered first.


  • 3 x dinners (not including alcohol)
  • 3 x lunches
  • All breakfasts
  • Transport by train Montreal to Quebec City and all transport whilst on tour (metro tickets, bus etc)
  • Charming 3 and 4 star centrally located hotel accommodation in standard rooms with en-suite bathrooms
  • The services of your full time tour manager
  • Shari Blaukopf stays with us throughout the tour and gives daily demos and workshops


Learning goals
In this workshop participants will learn how to:
·       Capture the visual story of a place
·       Create focal points in their sketches
·       Work quickly and confidently in ink and watercolour
·       Create vignettes and multi-sketch page layouts enhanced with hand-lettering

Be sure to arrange your arrival into Montreal so that you will be ready to meet the group at 6  pm in our hotel lobby on September 1 in 2020.
Similarly, please ensure you organise onward travel out of Quebec city where the tour finishes after breakfast on September 9 in 2020.

* Travel insurance is a mandatory requirement for all participants on our tours to protect you against loss of deposits and other payments in the event of you having to cancel your trip in an emergency (NB: this also applies to Canadian residents).

We spend 4 nights in Montreal city in our charming hotel and each day after breakfast Shari will take us to some of her favourite spots to sketch and give us a demo followed by a watercolor/sketching workshop activity.  Your afternoons are free to explore and sketch more if you like.  Montréal is a slice of old Europe, half Paris half Brooklyn in many respects.
Photogenic 18th-century facades of Old Montréal, the stunning Notre Dame Basilica, graffiti art, avant-garde galleries and museums... and Montreal's iconic bridge.

Montréal is Canada’s cultural juggernaut. It is part of Francophone Canada with a fascinating medley of neighborhoods where artists, writers and musicians that has helped cement the city’s reputation as a great arts center.

From Montreal we travel directly to Quebec City for 4 nights. A fortified city nestled on the Saint-Lawrence river, Quebec is the oldest city in North America founded by Samuel de Champlain in 1608.
It is a scenic, romantic, quaint and a smaller city than Montreal with the fairytale Chateau Frontenac towering above everything. A pearl of a city for Sketchers and history lovers.
The picturesque old cobblestone streets are sprinkled with historic buildings, churches and shops, with the magnificent St. Lawrence River as the backdrop. Surrounding this setting are the stone walls or fortifications which the French built hundreds of years ago to protect the city from being attacked.


1 September
9 September
CAD $3,550
Single Supplement:
$1,280 CAD
Deposit amount: $1,000 AUD which is 50% refundable until 150 days before tour commencement. After this date the deposit is non-refundable.
We require all our tour participants to have Travel Insurance at time of booking to protect against your possible illness cancellation costs.
Please note that in the eventuality of the artist being unable to attend: the tour will go ahead and there will be no reimbursement/compensation made to clients. Every effort will be made to replace the artist with someone of similar standing.
French Fusion Travel reserves the right to cancel the tour and refund all monies up to 150 days before tour commencement. Please contact us before making travel arrangements for this tour to ensure it is a confirmed departure.
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