Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Sicily in Plein Air / Northwest Coast & Interior Vineyards"
May 9-19, 2018
 

Spend 10 days painting with a small group of artists in 2 unique locations of Sicily. The first 6 nights will be spent on the glorious northwest coast of the island. Paint the sea, the rocky coastline, and all the wonderful colors of late spring! Then, be transported to a totally new location in the vineyards south of Palermo. Surrounded by mountainous terrain, this area is lush and green and exudes a totally different kind of tranquil beauty! The workshop includes most meals and all land transportation. Mary Garrish will teach for 5 full days and mentor for an additional 2 days. Come and join us for the trip of a lifetime!
 
Location: Sicily, Italy
Instructor: Mary Garrish
Cost: $3850 Single Occupancy/Private Bath
Sponsor: Open Air Italy
Website, email, 1-321-626-2717


"Plein Air Painting Adventure with Michele Usibelli"
May 17-24, 2018
 

Join Winslow Art Center and award-winning artist Michele Usibelli for an unforgettable plein air painting adventure in Umbria, Italy. This workshop is ideally suited for those who have some painting experience and now want to break into plein air painting, or for those who simply want the thrill of painting the Italian landscape, with the added benefit of guidance from an instructor. All levels of expertise are welcome. You’ll be part of a close knit Italian “art colony” as you benefit from demonstrations and lectures, personal and group critiques, and frequent art chats. Participants may paint in oil, acrylic, pastel and gouache. Demonstrations and instruction will focus on the essentials steps of plein air painting.
 
Location: Umbria, Italy
Instructor: Michele Usibelli, micheleusibelli.com
Cost: $3200
Sponsor: Winslow Art Center
Website, email, 206-715-6663


"Paint Strokes in Tuscany"
May 23-30, 2018
 

Imagine the ambiance that fills every sense with excitement as you stand on the rolling hills in the wine country of Italy, surrounded by picturesque stone buildings, painting at your easel, with other like-minded artists, and for a whole week! Bobbi Baldwin will introduce you to some refreshing new ideas about how to approach a painting from the glorious city of Cortona and Lake Trasimeno in Umbria. Bobbi Baldwin is a versatile painter with 32 years of experience in teaching fine art to all levels of students and therefore knows all mediums as well. You can paint or draw with the medium you are most comfortable.
 
Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: Bobbi Baldwin
Cost: From US$3399.00 per person double occ.
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Website, email, +39 331 422 9047


"Studio Italia offered since 1997"
June 1-11, 2018
 

A unique ten-day painting workshop in Italy open to artists of all levels and all media. Plein-air painting in the medium of your choice, art history/theory, touring and gourmet cuisine in the most beautiful area in Tuscany. Studio Italia, offered every June and October since 1997, is so popular that we have participants who have joined us three times already. Our small groups allow us to offer personalized instruction and an intimate environment that fosters creativity and fun. Price of CAD 3.150 (around US$ 2550) includes ten-night double accommodation, all meals except two lunches and one dinner, transportation to all cities on schedule (Cortona, Montepulciano, Assisi, etc.), train ticket to Florence and entrance to the Uffizi Museum.
 
Location: Torrita di Siena, Italy
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US $2550
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, (800) 611-4789


"Color and Light: Tuscany with Marjorie Glick (All Mediums)"
June 2-9, 2018
 

This will be a relaxing and inspiring painting workshop and artists’ re-treat in the Chianti Region of Tuscany, Italy. We will stay in an authentic 11th century monastery, San Fedele, which has been recently restored to modern first class lodging accommodations while retaining an old-world authenticity. We will paint daily, either on site or on short field trips to view charming villages, olive groves and the beautiful, romantic Tuscan country- side. The workshop is offered through Il Chiostro. Artists of all levels and mediums are welcome and will leave enriched by this experience.
 
Location: Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Marjorie Glick
Cost: $2950
Sponsor: Marjorie Glick
Website, email, 617-787-3086


"Etruscan Places Historic Itineraries, Civita Castellana"
June 2-9, 2018
 

During the 18th century, spurred by Enlightenment empiricism to study nature directly, artists from all over the world flocked to the countryside surrounding Rome, the “Campagna”, to paint and thus created the first school of open air painting. The Roman Campagna workshop offers advanced artists the exclusive opportunity to paint historic motifs in Civita Castellana, immortalized in the works of Corot, Turner and Claude Lorrain. 2 painting sessions daily. All painting locations on private properties and include Mount Soracte, the ancient town of Faleri Novi, gorges of Civita Castellana and Tiber Valley. Slide lectures provide the historical background. Daily critiques. 2 Instructors. Fees include most materials, surfaces, equipment, all meals, accommodation, local transportation. 12 student maximum. Non-painters accompanying artists welcome.
 
Location: Civita Castellana, Italy
Instructor: Maddine Insalaco and Joe Vinson
Cost: $2,700 - $2,950
Sponsor: Etruscan Places
Website, email, 212-780-3216


"Painter's Retreat in Tuscany"
June 2-9, 2018
 

Come and join a small group of artists in the beautiful Val D'Orcia region of Tuscany for a week of plein air painting, camaraderie, and fun! The Val D'Orcia is the region of Tuscany that is pictured on every front cover of Tuscany travel guides! All mediums and levels are welcome! We will stay in our very own farmhouse in the Tuscan hills. The farmhouse boasts glorious views in every direction and includes a hilltop pool overlooking Mount Amiata! All lodging is single occupancy with private bath. Breakfasts, 5 group dinners, airport transfers and transportation to off-site painting locations included.
 
Location: Tuscany, Italy
Instructor:
Cost: $2500/Single Occupancy-Private Bath
Sponsor: Open Air Italy
Website, email, 1-321-626 2717


"Painting en Plein Air in Tuscany"
June 6-13, 2018
 

This plein air painting workshop is open to all who want to capture with oil or acrylic paint the beauty that resides in everything that surrounds us: country, towns, people, things. We will start each session by spending a few minutes to take in the scene, its visual qualities as well as all other factors like the weather, the sounds, the scents and our own feelings. All senses must be engaged to achieve a successful piece. Part of the focus for this workshop will be learning how to see the world as a painter and bring out what’s inside of you: your own voice and your heart, in order to make art a vibrant part of your life.
 
Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: Philippe Gandiol
Cost: From US$3149.00 per person/ all-inclusive except airfare
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Website, email, +39 331 422 9047


"Studio Italia 2018"
June 14-24, 2018
 

A unique ten-day painting workshop in Italy open to artists of all levels and all media. Plein-air painting in the medium of your choice, art history/theory, touring and gourmet cuisine in the most beautiful area in Tuscany. Studio Italia, offered every June and October since 1997, is so popular that we have participants who have joined us three times already. Our small groups allow us to offer personalized instruction and an intimate environment that fosters creativity and fun. Price of $3.150 CAD (around $2520 US as of July 2017) includes ten-night double accommodation, all meals except two lunches and one dinner, transportation to all sites on schedule, train ticket to Florence and entrance to the Uffizi Museum. Register now!
 
Location: Torrita di Siena, Italy
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$ 2550
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, (800) 611-4789


"Etruscan Places Elements of Landscape"
June 16-23, 2018
 

The inspiration for this course is the writing of 18th century French painter P. H. Valenciennes. In his famous treatise on open air painting published in 1800 Valenciennes advocated the separate study of the individual “elements” of landscape. “Elements” is organized around morning slide shows focusing on one element of landscape: fields, trees, clouds and skies, water, time and nocturnes. Daily presentations will be followed by painting sessions dedicated to the subject element. No formal technical instruction is offered but two instructors will be available to work with participants individually. Daily reviews of work. Fees include most materials, surfaces, easels & equipment, all meals, accommodation, field trips, local transportation. 12 student maximum. Rain or shine.
 
Location: Murlo, Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Maddine Insalaco and Joe Vinson
Cost: $2,500 - $2,860
Sponsor: Etruscan Places
Website, email, 212-780-3216


"Paint Tuscany with Michael Chesley Johnson"
June 16-23, 2018
 

Join Michael Chesley Johnson for a relaxing, fun-filled week of exploring the Tuscan countryside with sketching materials in hand. You’ll visit ancient villages, artisan shops, wineries and markets, and delight in the unique experience of staying at Fattoria Bacio, a winery estate, at the start of a beautiful Tuscan summer. Michael's teaching will inspire you to dive in and explore these locations in the medium of your choice – and have fun doing it! Each day, he'll share his secrets of landscape sketching. Contributing Editor for The Artists Magazine, writer for Pastel Journal, Master Signature Member American Impressionist Society, Signature Member Pastel Society of America.
 
Location: Certaldo Alto, Italy
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: € 2,200 and up
Sponsor: Artravelitaly
Website, email, +39 377 2709500


"Etruscan Places Open Air Fundamentals"
June 30 - July 7, 2018
 

Our core program is founded upon the premise that open air painting presents unique challenges to the artist in the fleeting light and unpredictability of atmospheric conditions that require a specific technical approach in execution. We introduce our method through a structured program combining lectures, exercises & demonstrations that aim to enable participants to compose, develop and complete a painting in one session. Two instructors will work directly with participants at all times. Sessions are supported by a Siena museum visit, evening slide shows analyzing works of the masters in the history of landscape painting, books and readings. Fees include materials, surfaces, equipment, most meals, accommodation, field trips (Siena and Montalcino) , local transport. All levels. 12 student maximum.
 
Location: Buonconvento, Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Maddine Insalaco and Joe Vinson
Cost: $2,300 - $2,660
Sponsor: Etruscan Places
Website, email, 212-780-3216


"Plein Air with Allison Watson in Sardinia, Italy"
September 8-14, 2018
 

Allison travels to Italy from her home in Florida, to share with us her passion and talent for plein-air painting. Allison began working as a studio artist in her early twenties, and has since worked as an animator, illustrator, textile artist, licensed interior decorator, and art teacher. Allison paints from her own photographs of Florida, as well as other remote places from her kayaking and hiking travels. As a lifelong environmentalist, her creations manifest her love of nature. Allison’s works are represented in over 700 public and private collections in the United States and abroad. She has taught painting for 30 years, during which time she has had more than 30 solo exhibits, including in museums, universities and private galleries.
 
Location: Sardinia, Italy
Instructor: Allison Watson, allisonwatson.com
Cost: $3,435 Shared, $3,895 Single
Sponsor: Arts & Cultural Travel
Website, email, 617-855-9209


"Painting the Landscape in Tuscany & Umbria"
September 8-15, 2018
 

This workshop is open to artists of all media, though Judith will work in oils. Mineral spirits for oil painters is provided. An art supply shop is located in Cortona and offers a range of art supplies. The itinerary accommodates morning and afternoon art sessions with the exception of the full-day wine tour to Montalcino, Pienza & Montepulciano. Included is a day in Siena and a half-day trip to Lake Trasimeno! In the event of inclement weather in Cortona indoor space or covered outdoor space will be provided. Non-artists can enjoy sightseeing, shopping and enjoying the relaxed atmosphere of classic Italian caffes and piazzas!! Don't forget to bring a camera to record your experience and bring your memories home!
 
Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: Judith D'Agostino
Cost: From US$3149.00 per person/ all-inclusive except airfare
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Website, email, Italy 331 422 9047


"Etruscan Places Open Air Fundamentals"
September 15-22, 2018
 

Our core program is founded upon the premise that open air painting presents unique challenges to the artist in the fleeting light and unpredictability of atmospheric conditions that require a specific technical approach in execution. We introduce our method through a structured program combining lectures, exercises & demonstrations that aim to enable participants to compose, develop and complete a painting in one session. Two instructors will work directly with participants at all times. Sessions are supported by a Siena museum visit, evening slide shows analyzing works of the masters in the history of landscape painting, books and readings. Fees include materials, surfaces, equipment, most meals, accommodation, field trips (Siena and Montalcino) , local transport. All levels. 12 student maximum.
 
Location: Murlo, Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Maddine Insalaco and Joe Vinson
Cost: $2,500 - $2,860
Sponsor: Etruscan Places
Website, email, 212-780-3216


"Plein Air Lake Como"
September 19-26, 2018
 

Capture the glorious colors of Italy’s Lake Como, in this week long plein air painting workshop with Victoria Brooks. Victoria teaches primarily in oil but also teaches in acrylic and watercolor. She will teach you how to paint water and reflections, capturing colorful architecture and quaint vignettes against grand skies and the cobalt blue of Lake Como. Victoria teaches the methods of simplicity to help you get the next level, whether you are a beginner or experienced painter you will grow as an artist and come home with beautiful painting studies to document your trip. She will work to encourage your personal style. Sharing the steps she takes, she will cover: Story, Composition, Technique, Color, Values and Edges.
 
Location: Lake Como, Italy
Instructor: Victoria Brooks
Cost: From US$3440.00 per person/ all-inclusive except airfare
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Website, email, Italy 331 422 9047


"Historic Itineraries for Advanced Painters, Civita Castellana"
September 29 - October 6, 2018
 

During the 18th century, spurred by Enlightenment empiricism to study nature directly, artists from all over the world flocked to the countryside surrounding Rome, the “Campagna”, to paint and thus created the first school of open air painting. The Roman Campagna workshop offers advanced artists the exclusive opportunity to paint historic motifs in Civita Castellana, immortalized in the works of Corot, Turner and Claude Lorrain. 2 painting sessions daily. All painting locations on private properties and include Mount Soracte, the ancient town of Faleri Novi, gorges of Civita Castellana and Tiber Valley. Slide lectures provide the historical background. Daily critiques. 2 Instructors. Fees include most materials, surfaces, equipment, meals, accommodation, local transportation. 12 student maximum. Non-painters accompanying artists welcome.
 
Location: Civita Castellana, Italy
Instructor: Maddine Insalaco and Joe Vinson
Cost: $2,700 - $2,950
Sponsor: Etruscan Places
Website, email, 212-780-3216


"Studio Italia offered since 1997"
October 3-13, 2018
 

Thought-provoking and inspirational art workshop open to artists of all levels and all media (oils, acrylics, watercolors). Ten full days of plein-air painting, art history/theory, touring, group critiques and gourmet cuisine/wine in the most beautiful area of Tuscany. Small groups, personalized instruction and an intimate environment that fosters creativity and fun. Cost is CAD 3150 or the equivalent in American dollars at the time of full payment (around US$ 2,550 as of Sept. 2017). Cost includes: art instruction, ten-night double accommodation, all breakfasts, 8 lunches, 9 gourmet dinners including wine, transportation from and to the Arezzo train station, transportation to all painting/visiting sites (Montepulciano, Cortona, Pienza, Assisi, etc.) train ticket to Florence and entrance to the Uffizi Museum.
 
Location: Torrita di Siena, Italy
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$2550
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, (800) 611-4789


"Laura and Billy’s Excellent Painting Adventure - Italy 2018"
October 6-13, 2018
 

Replenish your Art Spirit through constructive positive energy. Ten years running, Laura Martinez-Bianco and William Noonan guide these small group week-long plein air painting workshops. Join us this year in the exquisite mystical countryside of Umbria. Individualized instruction allows you to set goals and challenges, while working at your own pace in the media of your choice. The camaraderie of the group benefits seasoned professionals as well as absolute beginners. Italy is sure to inspire; the sights, sounds and tastes will fill your senses. Price is all inclusive excluding travel to Perugia. US $2,950 includes; art instruction, 7 nights double occupancy, all meals, transportation from Perugia to all painting and cultural sites.
 
Location: Perugia, Italy
Instructor: Laura Martinez-Bianco & William Noonan
Cost: $2,950 US$ all inclusive except travel to Perugia
Sponsor: L&B's Excellent Painting Adventures
Website, email, 845-542-6472


"Advanced Plein Air Landscape Seminar"
October 13-20, 2018
 

Our Advanced Seminar will offer experienced painters the opportunity to work intensively all day without the disruption of movements. We will have exclusive use of a spectacularly situated farm which will enable participants to develop longer term and larger scale works if desired. Two instructors, Maddine Insalaco and Joe Vinson, will be available to work with participants. Critiques will be held daily. Slide shows on issues relevant to landscape painting will be held two evenings. Fees include most materials, surfaces and equipment, accommodations, all meals, field trip, local transportation. Reduced fees for extended stays.
 
Location: Buonconvento, Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Maddine Insalaco and Joe Vinson
Cost: $2,500 - $2,860
Sponsor: Etruscan Places
Website, email, 212-780-3216


"Amalfi Coast - Plein Air with Larry Moore"
October 13-20, 2018
 

Spend a week with a small group of artists as we paint and enjoy the beauty and culture of the Amalfi Coast! October is a great time to visit Amalfi, with the temperatures mild and the crowds down! Notable and talented artist, Larry Moore, will be teaching for 5 full days. Class size is limited to 8 participating artists to allow maximum time between individual artists and teacher! We will visit different coastal locations for painting daily. Workshop includes daily breakfasts, welcome and farewell dinners, airport transfers, and all transportation of artists to painting locations. Class is open to all mediums and all levels! Hope to see you there!
 
Location: Amalfi Coast, Italy
Instructor: Larry Moore
Cost: $3750 Single Occupancy/Private Bath
Sponsor: Open Air Italy
Website, email, 1-321-626-2717


 

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