Americans in Paris Workshop

Unique Paris and Chateau Workshop With Four Leading American Artists, April 23 – May 3, 2024

The Americans in Paris Workshop.

Quang Ho, C.W. Mundy, Vanessa Rothe and Adrienne Stein

A unique workshop retreat with four leading artists. Be part of art history in the making.

Painter or art lover, join us for a unique and exceptional workshop and retreat co-hosted by Vanessa Rothe and Workshops In France.  Vanessa Rothe, curator for the Americans in Paris art projects and exhibitions in Paris and the Salmagundi Club, New York, is presenting a wonderful opportunity for our guests to live and work in a French Château located just outside of Paris with four master artists.  

The Program

Imagine yourself embracing Springtime in Paris, focusing on the art and culture found in France’s capital city. Your knowledgeable art guides, our elite group of stellar instructors, will take you through the essential Paris museums found on the banks of the Seine. You will be in their company for two and half days in Paris with a planned cocktail reception on the evening before the program begins. This is followed by a painting workshop and art retreat especially developed for our guests residing in the Château south of Paris for 8 additional days. In Paris and on the painting portion of the trip, you will engage and learn from these contemporary master painters: Quang Ho, C.W. Mundy, Adrienne Stein, and Vanessa Rothe. The program encompasses portraiture and figurative work, painting models in the environment, still life and landscape painting, slide show lectures about fine art and the influence of literature combined with an immersive program to experience the Fontainebleau area of France, the birthplace of the Barbizon school.

This workshop starts with an enlightening three-day cultural tour in Paris and continues with a painting program at the Château. The cost includes tuition, food, wine and accommodation at the Château, as well as transport from Paris to the Château. All entrances to museums; the Musée d’Orsay, the Rodin Museum and the Louvre, lunch at the Musée d’Orsay, a Seine river boat ride in Paris, and other venues with the accompanying instructors are also included.

The Americans in Paris Program and Workshop is part of the ongoing Americans in Paris Project created by Vanessa Rothe Fine Art.

Non-painting partners discount available.

The Americans in Paris Paint Paris Artists:

Quang Ho, Adrienne Stein, C.W. Mundy and Vanessa Rothe



Water Lily by Adrienne Stein. Figure painting of a woman in water.
CW Mundy
Aldo Balding

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Who and What are the Americans in Paris?


The idea for Americans in Paris (AIP) is the brainchild of Vanessa Rothe. It began with a purpose to inspire contemporary American artists to travel to Paris and discover exciting ideas for their works of art in a place where historically so many important artists had found inspiration and formed connections. Following in the footsteps of the great American painters before them, such as Sargent, Whistler and Cassatt to name a few, a group of American realist and impressionist artists would travel to Paris to draw inspiration from the City of Light, architecture and fine art. There they would attend museums, examine the masters, absorb the culture, share ideas and paint together with the goal of reaching the next level of mastery in their work.

To raise capital for the trip, Rothe curated an exhibition at the Salmagundi Club in New York in the spring of 2016, where twelve invited American artists sold work and were able to fund their travel. The initial visit to Paris was created as a workshop, May 2017, organized by Rothe where the artists were able to study valuable art history. In addition, Sean Forester from the Golden Gate Atelier spoke on the humanities and gave his notes on group composition.

The twelve AIP artists painted in Paris together and at the Grande Chaumière Atelier for a week as they filled their sketchbooks and minds with ideas, some new and some inspired by the past. Echoing the ‘salons’ of the past, the AIP artists engaged in lively evening discussions based on specific topics, like earlier creative groups had done, such as the Impressionists or Hemingway and Fitzgerald’s writing gatherings held in Paris bistros and bars years before.

In spring 2018 it was time to show the result of their experiences with some new and exciting paintings. Rothe curated and organized two bi-continental exhibitions at the foremost galleries for Realism in America and France. These showcased the AIP artists’ original works by inspired by their stay in France, from Paris nocturnes to Louis XIV interiors, from winged figures and florals by the masters to figures in the landscape and from the literature and group discussions held in Paris. The first of these exhibitions was held at Arcadia Contemporary in Los Angeles, CA, April 2018 and the second at Galerie Prince de L’Oeil in Paris, France, May 2018. Both were met with great success.  

The journey continues. Americans in Paris joins up with Workshops in France to present to you an exciting workshop opportunity and unique art experience both in the iconic city of Paris and afterwards on a traditional château estate just outside of Paris, France, April 23 – May 3, 2024. The trip includes art instruction with four of the Americans in Paris artists and re-creating for you, much of what was shared and learned that week in Paris 2017. You are now invited to be a part of an unforgettable experience that will continue to inspire the artist and art lover alike.




The Artists

Quang Ho

Quang Ho was born in Vietnam in 1963 and emigrated to the United States at age 12. Quang had his first one-man-show in Denver, Colorado at the age of 16. Tragically his mother’s death in 1982 left Quang with the responsibility of raising five younger siblings. That same year, Quang attended the Colorado Institute of Art on a National Scholastics Art Awards Scholarship where he developed a foundation for his artistic understanding.

Working mostly in oils, Quang’s subject matter ranges from still-lifes, landscapes, interiors, and dancers, to figurative pieces.

Quang Ho’s paintings are collected internationally.  He is an important American artist and enjoys an international reputation for his work. He has completed commissions for several prominent clients — including the Coors Company, the Colorado Symphony, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. His work has been seen in numerous invitational and solo exhibitions. Lately, his work was presented in a two-man show with Scott Christensen at the Booth Museum and he had a recent sell-out show at the 1261 Gallery in Denver, Colorado.  His painting has been featured in publications including Fine Art Connoisseur, Southwest Art, Art of the West, and Art-Talk. Don’t miss this opportunity to watch a master artist at work.

“Subject matter is not really important to me. I can find visual excitement all around me as well as on the canvas – from a knot on a tree, the graceful limp of a flower wilting, to a juxtaposition of a few simple shapes and colors…inspirations are inexhaustible.”

“…The real essence of painting is the dialogue between shapes, tones, colors, textures, edges, and line. Everything else follows – including light, form, concepts, personal beliefs and inspirations. …Understanding gives rise to higher understanding. Working this way allows me to open the door to new ideas and inspirations. One day I may be interested in a color statement, and the next may be a relationship of simple shapes, and the next an extremely complex arrangement of texture and edges…With every painting there is a singular visual thought to be completed.”


Adrienne Stein

Adrienne Stein 
is an award-winning artist living and working in Pennsylvania. She holds an MFA from Boston University and a BFA from Laguna College of Art & Design where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. Adrienne has studied under many gifted and influential instructors throughout the United States, France and Italy.

She has a fresh approach to her painted subjects that is grounded in tradition and classical training. Her bold color choices and her portrayals of women as strong, perceptive sirens of nature, set her apart from other painters and fill the viewer with awe. She creates worlds populated with figures who appear both contemporary and mythical.


Adrienne will take us beyond the literal and show us how to create a lyrical aesthetic in a painting.  No matter where you are in your painting progression, she can help you, be it with your drawing or strengthening the foundations of painting.

Her work reanimates historical painting genres, forming a bridge to the present with fresh insight and imagery. The worlds she paints are inhabited by figures, folklore, archetypes, and natural elements that are fueled by a sense of personal as well as universal myth. Close friends and family members are reinterpreted in lush and magical environments that form the nexus between reality and fantasy, expressed through an unconscious world of symbolic imagery.


She is the recipient of many awards from organizations such as The Portrait Society of America, The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation, and The Art Renewal Center.  Her work is collected in the U.S. and abroad. She recently had a wildly successful solo-exhibition “Elements” at the 1260 Gallery in Denver, Colorado. She is part of the faculty at this year’s Art of the Portrait conference with the National Portrait Society.

C. W. Mundy


Artist CW Mundy C. W. Mundy was born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana. He graduated with a Fine Art Degree and a Secondary Education Teaching Degree from Ball State University in Indiana in 1969 and then worked on a Masters of Fine Art at Long Beach State (CA). From an early age, Mundy demonstrated a propensity for drawing and athletics. In 1978, he combined his love for art and sports and worked as a sports illustrator for over a  decade, becoming the official illustrator for Bobby Knight, head basketball coach at Indiana University. He received important commissions from the Pro Golfers Association, the United States Golf Association, and the National Basketball Association.

In the early 1990’s, Mundy  sought a different approach to painting and took on the challenge of painting in a more impressionistic style, going out of doors and painting “en plein air” and “from life”.  He studied with Dan Gerhartz and Scott Christensen in 1994, and with their encouragement and teaching, Mundy moved away from the restrictions of illustrative art to a looser brush style and freer expression in Impressionism. This painting style led Mundy to a series of European Plein Air painting trips, beginning with a trip to France in 1995 and continuing up through the present. With each trip and collection of paintings, Mundy produced a brochure and a documentary video, which was given to collectors who purchased the work.


Among his honors, Mundy was invited in 2003 to Master Signature Membership in the national organization Oil Painters of America. In 2007, he achieved a Master’s Status in The American Impressionist Society. He is also a Signature Member of The American Society of  Marine Artists.  Most recently, Mundy was invited to Signature Membership in the prestigious California Art Club.

Vanessa Françoise Rothe

Vanessa Rothe American ArtistVanessa Françoise Rothe grew up in the artists’ colony of Laguna Beach in California, the daughter to a fashion designer father and linguist mother. She studied Business Marketing and French Literature at the University of San Diego, and UC Irvine, graduating with honors. She was then awarded a Classical Art Education scholarship from the Laguna College of Art and Design achieving Dean’s list honors.


Rothe started out with three successful solo exhibitions at Wendt Gallery in Laguna Beach in 2002 and was listed among the ”Artists for a New Century” by the Bennington Center for the Arts in 2012. Her work has been included in important exhibitions at top galleries including: Arcadia Contemporary, The Richard Schmid Fine Art Auction, Abend Gallery, Galerie Prince de l’Oeil, Paris, Galerie DDG in Paris,The Salmagundi Club, J.WIllott Gallery and Coda Gallery Palm Desert, The Laguna Art Museum, The American Impressionist Society Annual Exhibitions, The Bowers Museum, the California Museum of Fine Art etc. Her fine art work now appears at in the Permanent Collection the Hilbert Museum of California.


She is a member of the American Friends of the Musée D’Orsay, a Signature member of the American Impressionist Society and served as its Educational Director for 4 years; an Artist member of the renowned Salamagundi Club N.Y. and serves as a curator and on its PR team. Rothe proudly served as West Coast Editor of Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine for the past 16 years and is now a Contributing Editor for American Fine Art Magazine and the American Art Collector. She has her own column “ the Art Industry Insider” in International Artist Magazine and is author of “ An Art School Approach to Oils” published by Walter Foster.


In addition to her pursuit as an artist, Vanessa is also a curator, editor/writer, lecturer, and art dealer. She has owned Vanessa Rothe Fine Art in Laguna Beach California showcasing top international contemporary realism and impressionism for the past 12 years. It was Rothe’s initiative to create the Americans in Paris fine art project starting in 2015, with travel, workshops and bi-continental exhibitions at such venues as the Salmagundi Club in New York in 2015, 2016, 2023, at VRFA Laguna Beach in 2021, and at Arcadia Contemporary, and Galerie Prince du L’Oeil in Paris, 2018. This fine art project is currently in its eighth year, and thanks to it’s partnership with Workshops in France, the American in Paris workshops are now open to the public. 

Program and Itinerary for Americans in Paris Workshop
April 23 – May 3, 2024

You are invited to become part of the historical workshop, Americans in Paris Paint Paris. This exclusive workshop is located at a château estate just outside of Paris in Fontainebleau. The Chateau is located on several acres and the estate has historical buildings, parkland, a river, and a bridge and its own woods with trails. The workshop comprises three days of touring Paris followed by several days of instruction at the historic chateau!

Experience one-on-one teaching and painting demos by these top artists, Quang Ho, Adrienne Stein, C. W. Mundy and Vanessa Rothe. Under their guidance, you will create portraits, paint figures in beautiful  surroundings as well as still lifes and landscapes. The program is arranged for you to be able to study specific subjects with each of the 4 renowned artists. Your stay will be made even more meaningful when you enjoy fascinating talks by Vanessa Rothe giving key presentations and slideshows on relevant aspects of art and literature. Vanessa is a noted writer, lecturer and artist. Her insight and behind-the-scenes knowledge will connect you directly with the region and its artists, including the Impressionists and their movement.

You will follow a tradition of American painters (and other nationalities) traveling to France to live and work together. This is a definitive trip to become acquainted with the Fontainebleau region just outside of Paris, its wine, food and fine art alongside some important contemporary American painters.

The Itinerary

11 days total. Open to painters and collectors alike.  Non-painters are welcome. An alternate program is available for non-painting partners.

For the comfort of the students and maximum time with the instructors, students will be split into 2 groups. No more than 12 to a class. There will be six days of instruction. You will study with all of the instructors. On uninstructed days, we will be ‘retreat mode’ where we all paint side-by-side.

Daily Schedule at Chateau

Instruction from 9:00 am – 4:30 pm with a lunch break.  Personal painting on estate 4:30 – 6:30.  Dinner 7:00 – 8:30.  Wine time and talks from 8:30 on.

April 23rd. Paris Arrival Champagne Reception

April 24th. 10:00 am Musée D’Orsay. Tour and 11:45 am Lunch, 3:30 pm Musée Rodin

April 25th. 9:30 am Musée Louvre, 

April 26th. Paris on the Seine, Chateau arrival, Paint.

Welcome Dinner at the Chateau

April 27th: Group A: Quang Ho  – Group B: Painting on Castle Grounds. Figures in the landscape.
Vanessa Rothe Lecture: A Brief History of Impressionism

April 28th: Painting at Château Fontainebleau.
Quang Ho: Art Talk

April 29th:  Group A: C.W. Mundy Still Life and Interiors of the chateau. Group B: Adrienne Stein, focus on portrait, figure and coloration.

April 30th: Vanessa Rothe Landscape & Atmospheric

Perspective Slideshow,
Barbizon Paint Out.

May 1st: Group B:  Adrienne Stein, focus on portrait, figure and coloration. Group B: C.W. Mundy Still Life and Interiors.
Vanessa Rothe: Evening Slide Show Presentation “Art Through the Ages”

May 2nd: Group A: Painting on Castle Grounds. Group B: Quang Ho
Evening Art Sale & Party

May 3rd: Departure Day

The itinerary is subject to change due to weather conditions and other scheduling concerns. Attendees are welcome to stay on the estate and paint instead of visiting local sites. You can paint as much as you want!

Use our contact page to ask for more information.

 See you in Paris!

Workshops In France would like to thank Vanessa Rothe Fine Art and her sponsors for their support in the Americans in Paris workshop.
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This Workshop Includes:

  • 11 days of artistic immersion.
  • Paris includes tours with instructors to the Musée d’Orsay and The Louvre with lunches as well as the Rodin museum.
  • A ride along the Seine River in a bâteau-mouche
  • Ground transportation from Paris to the château near Fontainebleau.
  • All Inclusive: Tuition, fine food, wine, the château accommodation.  We eat out an own expense – one/two lunches and one dinner are scheduled. Accommodations in Paris are not included.  Airfare not included.
  • Ongoing demos, discussions and evenings with the instructors.
  • Paint, sketch and enjoy the good life in beautiful Paris and nearby countryside surroundings.
  • Model Fees
  • Solvent, disposal painting items like paper towels, gloves, wipes, liquin, etc,.
  • Daily painting locations: Private vineyards, charming villages, markets (painting and excursion locations vary with weather).
  • Balanced itinerary of painting, exploring and relaxation for artists of all media – all levels!
  • Travel, live, learn and paint side-by-side with instructors and fellow artists.
  • Plenty to do for non-painting partners! A limited number of non-painting partners accepted.
  • Discount available for non-painting companions.

Americans In Paris Workshop - Unique Workshop in France


April 23 – May 3, 2024

Americans in Paris Paint Paris
Paris and Château estate located near Paris, Barbizon. Limited number of guests.


I just finished an incredible painting workshop in Avignon given by Workshops in France which Peter arranged for my 65th birthday which is later this month.

Our art teachers Romel Torres and Tim Tyler were fabulous, as well as workshop leader and artist Julie Snyder, her incredible team members Shirley Hambrick and Celeste DeCoudres, and our workshop members.

We really became a family over the 10 days of painting, touring, and of course fine food and wine in the beautiful Provence countryside.  Peter came with me and found a couple of local golf courses. Peter and I are now spending a few days in Paris before flying home to DC tomorrow.

Thank you  Workshops in France for this incredible artist experience! 

– Cherry B, D.C., USA

This workshop has limited number of painters

Works by Quang Ho

Works by Adrienne Stein

Works by CW Mundy

Works by Vanessa Rothe

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