Renata Lahalle's Quebec City Vacation Workshop June 11-15, 2023

June 11-15, 2023

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Explore the cobbled streets of old Quebec City, Canada and learn new skills with a sketching workshop taught by urban sketcher, Renata Lahalle! During this workshop we will take 5 art classes and explore one of the oldest cities in North America. Founded by Samuel de Champlain in 1608, this city was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Here you will enjoy a taste of French food and culture. In June the average daytime high temperature is 73°F (23°C) and the average night-time low temperature is 56°F (14°C)--perfect weather for our art vacation!


Born in Switzerland and raised in Bogotá, Renata now calls Spain home with frequent visits to her favourite spot in France. Renata has a large following on her French language blog and she speaks English, French and Spanish fluently. This workshop will be in English and in French. To learn more about Renata click HERE. Also, click HERE to read Renata's article in the June Drawing Attention Zine on page 36.


Warm up Sketch + Welcome Reception

Saturday June 10, 2023

Welcome to Quebec City! Workshop participants who arrive early are invited to meet in the hotel lobby at 2:00-3:00 for a warm up sketch (optional). Renata will not be teaching. this is just your opportunity to dust off the cobwebs of your sketchbook :). All tour participants are invited to a welcome reception at 6pm.  

Day 1 A Historical Walking Tour

Sunday June 11, 2023

After breakfast, we will enjoy a 2 hour historical walking tour with a guide in period costume who will lead us through 400 years of exciting history as we wander the birthplace of French civilization in North America.

After lunch Renata will teach Workshop #1 a short walk from the hotel. During the 5 workshops of this drawing journey, Renata will give you the necessary hints on where to start a drawing by finding the best framing and how to observe to get the correct perspectives. You will also get tips on how to contrast your drawings and how to get a nice layout with lettering. We will work on techniques with watercolor, colored pencil and pen.

Day 2 Street Scenes + a Museum Visit

Monday June 12, 2023

In the morning we will explore some of the cobbled streets near our hotel as we walk to the location of Workshop #2. 

After lunch we will visit the Musee des Beaux Arts.

Day 3 Art Gallery Crawl

Tuesday June 13, 2023

Today we will make our way to our sketching location just a short walk from the hotel where Renata will teach Workshop #3.
After lunch we will enjoy a Walking Tour of some of the many charming little art galleries in the old town.


Day 4 Sketching in Old Town

Wednesday June 14, 2023

Today we will walk a short distance to our sketching location where Renata will teach Workshop #4 in the morning.

After lunch we will visit the Naval Museum or you can have a free afternoon to shop, explore or sketch as you wish. 


Day 5 Evening Boat Tour and Farewell Dinner

Thursday June 15, 2023

Today we will explore a new area in old Quebec City where Renata will teach Workshop #5


In the evening we will celebrate an amazing week with a evening boat cruise and a farewell dinner (included) aboard shipt. This 3h30 hour tour will start at 6pm. We will cruise down the St. Lawrence River to Montmorency Falls and back enjoying the best views of the city.


Friday June 16, 2023

It's time to say goodbye but you will never forget the friends you made or the skills you learned during this great week! Or extend your stay for a long relaxing holiday!  

Please note that the exact locations of the sketching workshops and the order of events in this itinerary are subject to change.

Recommended Workshop Supply List

In this workshop Renata will be using the following materials but feel free to substitute with the materials you already have. These materials should be easy, light and inexpensive so YOU can draw anywhere at any time.

      • 1 Waterproof pen.
      • 2 Felt pens (dark blue + light blue or dark and light grey)
      • 4 Ballpoint pens (black, blue and two other colors - ex. Bic)
      • 6 Colored pencils (light blue, dark blue, orange, purple, green,…) any brand
      • 1 Multicolor pencil - any brand (ex. Lyra)
      • Watercolor - 8/ 10 colors are enough
      • Water + cloth 
      • 1 Round synthetic brush - size N°10 or N° 12
      • Please also bring glue, tape and a pair of scissors.
      • Sketchbook A5 portrait size such as: Moleskine A5 sketchbook model 165g, Hahnemühle A5 D&S 140g, Seawhite of Brighton A5 - Travelbook 130g. Avoid spiral notebooks and horizontal notebooks
      • A stool or piece plastic to sit on the ground
      • Comfortable shoes and clothes


      • As usual > No pencils, no erasers, no rulers, no compasses...
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      Click HERE for answers to frequently asked questions.

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      For more information about this vacation package contact Brenda Murray 

      Tour Includes

      • A welcome reception
      • All art classes
      • Admission to attractions listed above
      • Farewell dinner

      Tour Excludes

      • Flights to/from
      • Hotel
      • airport pick-up and drop-off
      • Meals (except those listed above)
      • Painting supplies
      • Porterage/luggage handling
      • Travel insurance
      • Expenses of a personal nature
      • Items not explicitly specified in the inclusion list

      Cost in USD

      $1599.USD Workshop Participant

      $699.USD NonWorkshop Participant (such as partner or travelling buddy)

      NonWorkshop Participant tickets include the same attractions and meals as the Workshop Participants with the exception of the art classes.

      To reserve your spot in this workshop a $500USD nonrefundable deposit is required for Workshop Participants and a $300USD. nonrefundable deposit is required for nonWorkshop Participants. The remaining balance is due 120 days before the start of the workshop (February 11, 2023).

      To make a deposit, please scroll to the bottom and click BOOK NOW.


      Greenlighting a Workshop

      Workshops are greenlighted when the minimum number of tickets (10) have been sold. All ticket holders will be notified by email when that happens. Please do not book non-refundable flights or accommodations until after we have greenlighted the workshop.


      The Artist and the Tour Manager will be staying in the Hotel Clarendon. However, this hotel is almost fully booked. Likely most participants will need to book rooms in nearby hotels or Airbnbs.

      The hotel has blocked corporate rooms for us with 1 queen or king sized bed at the Studio 56 Group rate of $195. CANADIAN DOLLARS plus tax. A full breakfast is offered at the rate of $18.95 CDN + tax and service. Please click HERE to use this currency converter to figure out what the rate is in your currency.

      How to Make A Hotel Reservation

      Before making a hotel reservation, please click the BOOK NOW button below to ensure you have a spot in this workshop.

      After you have secured your spot in this workshop, then you can try to make a reservation in this hotel by calling the hotel at (00) 1-888-554-6001 and asking for the Studio 56 group rate (group code: 230616STU).  Free cancellation up to 72 hours prior to your arrival date.


      Pedestrian Friendly?

      For military purposes, old Quebec City was founded on top of a plateau that overlooks the St. Lawrence River and has an upper town and lower town accessed on foot by stairs and a funiculair. There are some cobbled streets and uneven streets in Lower Town that may be troublesome for people with reduced mobility.

      Do I need to speak French to enjoy this workshop?

      No it's not necessary. Renata speaks both English and French fluently as do most people in the service industries in Quebec City. You will be able to navigate the town without a problem and you will be in good company! 

      Travel + Medical Insurance

      Travel insurance is also highly recommended as it covers you in the event you must cancel your trip and it covers emergency medical services which may be significantly more expensive than expected when travelling in a foreign country. Please check with your insurance provider. Click HERE for a list of US insurance providers. Some credit card companies may also offer travel insurance if you paid for your trip with that card.


      This tour will be following all locally recommended protocols. As of Sept 30, 2022 Canada has dropped the requirement that visitors must be vaccinated to enter the country. Please check the covid protocols required for Canada by clicking this link: and check back close to the date of departure as the protocols may change.

      Your Tour Manager

      Participants will be accompanied by Studio 56 owner, Brenda Murray. Brenda is a Canadian artist and arts advocate, the founder of Urban Sketchers Waterloo Region and a former Urban Sketchers Board member. A seasoned traveler, Brenda has traveled to Austria, Bahamas, Belgium, Brazil, Cuba, France, Germany, Indonesia, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Liechenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, Portugal, Singapore, South Korea (lived there for 4 years), Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, Uganda, UK, and the USA (35 states). Brenda will be on hand to assist the instructor and to ensure that everything runs smoothly. She has completed the St. John's Ambulance Emergency First Aid - CPR C - AED training.  Learn more about Brenda HERE. 

      For More Information

      Email or call Brenda Murray at (00)1-519-572-1757.

      Bring a Friend and Get a Discount

      Here's how it works. You and your sketching buddy register for the workshop with your deposits. Then send us an email and tell us you are registering with a sketching buddy. You will each be sent a discount code for $50USD that you can apply when you pay the balance of your tickets.

      The small print: This discount code cannot be used in conjunction with any other discount code and it can only be applied to 2 Workshop participant tickets if the workshop has sold out with 15 full participants. 

      How to Register for this Workshop

      The first step to register for this exciting vacation workshop is to click the BOOK NOW button below to make your deposit.