San Diego Vacation Workshop with Hazel Soan

August 22-26, 2022

You are invited to join Hazel Soan's exciting vacation workshop in sunny San Diego, California August 22-26, 2022. We will sketch animals at the San Diego Zoo, paint figures on La Jolla Beach, tour the San Luis Rey Mission, paint figures in a cafe and the sailboats and powerboats off the pier. We are looking forward to making art in good company and watching the sun set every night over the San Diego harbour from our hotel's rooftop lounge. The average temperatures for that week in San Diego: high of 77 °F (25°C) overnight low 68°F (20°C). 

Hazel trained at the Camberwell College of Arts and the Leicester College of Art. Hazel is well known for her African Watercolours and her role as a judge for the DSWF Wildlife Artist of the Year Competition. She has exhibited worldwide and is remembered well as an Art expert on Channel 4’s popular daytime television programme Watercolour Challenge and for her two series’ of Splash of Colour, made by Anglia TV. Hazel is a bestselling author of numerous highly regarded art tutorial books. Hazel resides in London and is currently exhibiting at the M1 Fine Art Gallery in London. Check out Hazel Soan on Wikipedia.

Arrive Sunday August 21, 2022

Workshop participants who arrive early are invited to meet in the hotel lobby at 2:00 for a warm up sketch (optional). All tour participants are invited to a welcome reception at 6pm. Below is our proposed itinerary.

Day 1 Painting Animals

Monday  August 22, 2022

After a delicious breakfast in our hotel, tour participants will take the Hop on Hop Off (HOHO) trolley on a narrated tour of downtown San Diego stopping at the San Diego Zoo where Hazel will teach Workshop #1: Painting Animals. In the afternoon participants can continue on the HOHO trolley enjoying exploring the city.



Day 2 Painting Boats, Sun and Sea

Tuesday August 23, 2022


Today we will take a short walk to a nearby marina where Hazel will teach Workshop #2: Boats, Sun and Sea. In the afternoon we will take a 15 minute ferry boat tour to Coronado Island for some shopping and ice cream and maybe sketching the view of San Diego before returning back to our hotel.


Day 3 Painting Al Fresco Cafe Life

Wednesday August 24, 2022

After breakfast, participants will visit one of the great outdoor cafe areas such as Horton Plaza or Little Italy where Hazel will teach Workshop #3: Al Fresco Cafe Life. Free time in the afternoon to shop, sketch or relax.




Day 4 Painting Figures on the Beach

Thursday August 25, 2022

Today we will travel by private coach to La Jolla Beach where Hazel will teach Workshop #4: Painting Figures on the Beach. On the way back to town we will stop at the Old Town San Diego State Park for a brief walk about and maybe a quick sketch if there's time.









Day 5 Painting Interesting Buildings

Friday August 26, 2022


Today we will walk a short distance to Seaport Village where Hazel will teach Workshop #5: Painting Interesting Buildings.

In the evening we will celebrate a wonderful week with a delicious farewell dinner (included).


Saturday August 27, 2022

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!  


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For more information about this vacation package contact Brenda Murray

Tour Includes

  • A welcome reception
  • All art classes
  • Admission to the San Diego Zoo
  • 1 day Hop on Hop off trolley pass
  • one round-trip ferry pass to Coronado Island
  • Full-day excursion to La Jolla Beach and the San Luis Rey Mission via coach 
  • Farewell dinner

Tour Excludes

  • Flights to/from San Diego
  • Hotel
  • San Diego airport pick-up and drop-off
  • Meals (except those listed above)
  • Painting supplies
  • City taxes payable by guest at check out
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Porterage/luggage handling
  • Travel insurance
  • Expenses of a personal nature
  • Items not explicitly specified in the inclusion list

Cost in USD

USD$1599. Workshop Participant

USD$699. 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 $500 nonrefundable deposit is required for Workshop Participants and a $300 nonrefundable deposit is required for nonWorkshop Participants 150 days prior to the start of the workshop on March 25, 2022. The remaining balance is due 120 days prior to the start of the workshop on April 24, 2022. This workshop has already sold the minimum number of tickets (10) to be greenlighted.

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

Please note that the date of this workshop is subject to change in light of the current covid-19 virus. We will be monitoring the situation closely in an effort to ensure everyone's safety. 



A block of rooms has been set aside for our group at the discounted rate of $191. USD + tax including breakfast with free cancellation up to 48 hours prior to arrival. This modern new hotel features a pool, rooftop lounge, gorgeous sunset views of the San Diego harbour and piers. It is a 7 minute drive to the airport and is best reached by Uber or taxi. 

If you are travelling alone and wish to share a room, please email and we will try to find a roommate for you among the participants.


Workshop participants are not obliged to stay in this hotel. You are welcome to stay in another hotel or an Airbnb if you prefer.

Travel + Medical Insurance

Last minute cancellations for any reason are nonrefundable therefore protect your investment in this vacation by purchasing travel insurance. Click HERE for a list of US travel insurance providers. Some credit card companies may also offer travel insurance if you paid for your trip using that credit card.

Covid-19 Vaccinations

The instructor and tour manager are fully vaccinated against covid-19 and it is mandatory that all participants are fully vaccinated against covid-19. 

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. Learn more about Brenda HERE. 

For More Information

Email or call Brenda Murray at 519-572-1757.

How to Register for this Workshop

To guarantee your spot in this exciting vacation workshop, participants must make a deposit by clicking the BOOK NOW button below.