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Sketching & Color in Tuscany & Umbria
May 3-10, 2017 — Capture the essence of Tuscany’s and Umbria’s Medieval and Renaissance aged and mellow structures with pen and color! This workshop offers many demos, handouts with samples of pen strokes and how to incorporate them into your work, instruction on simplified perspective, good composition and adding color…all while immersed in the genuine atmosphere of Tuscany and Umbria. Morning and afternoon sessions provide ample time to practice, ask questions, share, critique and of course work out “in the field”. This is a very portable and relaxed workshop suitable for all levels. We will be based in Cortona with day trips to Siena, Montepulciano and Assisi!! Visit website


Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: Ann Thomas
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Cost: From $3290.00 per person double occ
Email: Patrick Mahoney
Phone: 0039 3314229047

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Encaustic Journey in Tuscany!
May 3-10, 2017 (sessions daily) — Shelley’s Encaustic Workshop will give students of all levels an opportunity to explore the ancient art method of Encaustics in a contemporary existence. Students will learn the basics as well as advanced applications of Encaustic, the process of using melted beeswax, pigments and damar resin to create richly colored paintings using alternate media processes. We will learn the history, safety and versatility of this intense medium that invites you to experiment! We will engage in various methods and techniques including fusing, incising, collage, mixed media, image transfers, imbedding, mark-making, shellac burn and incorporating your preferred medium. This is the ideal class for beginners and seasoned artists alike as we embark upon this journey of learning Encaustic in Tuscany. Visit website


Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: Shelley Jean
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Cost: From $3099.00
Email: Patrick Mahoney
Phone: 0039 3314229047

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Florence Watercolour Workshop
May 6-13, 2017 — It doesn’t really get any better than this for artists. Soak up the ambience and culture of this famous historical city. Allow your experienced tutor to guide you around from one inspirational backdrop to another. Learn to paint quickly with impressionistic flair through expert tuition from your Academy trained tutor. Whether you’re into the illustrious facades of the ancient cathedrals and palazzos or the grand spaces of Florence’s many piazzas, you really couldn’t be in better hands. With this tour, you will learn to compose interesting urban scenes with famous landmarks as your focal points. Visit website


Location: Florence, Italy
Instructor: John W. Skelcher
Sponsor: The Retreat
Cost: $2,000
Email: John W. Skelcher
Phone: 00393349034401

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The Tuscan Landscape - Plein Air
May 12-21, 2017 — Experience the art and beauty of Florence and the peacefulness of the hill town of Fiesole. Enjoy the gorgeous sites of Tuscany on our day trip to the medieval city of Siena. Best of all, enjoy all of this through the eyes and under the direction of master pastelist, Marla Baggetta. This is a very unique opportunity to spend 10 days painting and touring with Marla. She will help you interpret the landscape and to become a better pastelist with personal one-on-one coaching. You will visit Roman/Etruscan ruins, a private garden, a winery, etc… but in Italy it’s often anywhere you are that is a feast for the eyes. Workshop limited to only 8 participants. Visit website


Location: Florence, Italy
Instructor: Marla Baggetta
Sponsor: Artensity Workshops
Email: Debra

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Painting Treasures of the Cinque Terre
May 14-21, 2017 (sessions daily) — Study with Carolyn and capture the adventures of plein air painting colorful landscapes in the beautiful and picturesque Cinque Terre, Italy. Discover how painting from life helps us to see and observe the affects of light and atmosphere. Learn how to simplify your subject while painting more quickly and accurately, with special attention placed on learning to see masses, as opposed to line, and form, rather than detail. This workshop is for anyone interested in learning to develop creative, painterly paintings with clean, rich color, mood, and dynamic compositions. There will be group critiques at the end of each day. Visit website


Location: Cinque Terre, Italy
Instructor: Carolyn Lewis
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Cost: From $3190.00
Email: Patrick Mahoney
Phone: 0039 3314229047

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The Landscape in Italy
May 23-31, 2017 — In Qiang’s landscape workshop, he will share his approach to creating dramatic landscape paintings. Qiang will introduce a limited palette of 6 simple colors and explain how to use them to mix almost all the colors possible. He will also describe how to manage linear perspective using both measurement and theory. Qiang will demonstrate how to effectively use a palette knife to create phenomenal textures for aged architectural structures. The workshop will focus on painting outdoors from life (Plein air) and how to paint from photos. Qiang will go over how he uses image processing software to modify photos to create effective references for landscape paintings. Visit website


Location: Florence, Italy
Instructor: Qiang Huang
Sponsor: Artensity Workshops
Email: Debra

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Painting Watercolor Memories of the Cinque Terre
May 24-31, 2017 (sessions daily) — During the week we will visit the Cinque Terre and we will stay at Pensione Sorriso in Vernazza. We will also visit the villages of Riomaggiore, Manarola and Monterosso with quality time for plenty of painting at each of the towns we visit. And, in true Toscana Americana Workshops style, we will explore the local Italian culture, cuisine and wines while dining in local restaurants never far from the waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea! This is bound to be a wonderful week with plenty of opportunity to paint "plein air" in a relaxed and inspirational setting! Visit website


Location: Cinque Terre, Italy
Instructor: Sandy Delehanty
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Cost: From $3190.00
Email: Patrick Mahoney
Phone: 0039 3314229047

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Sculpture workshops and stone carving in Italian Riviera
May 25-28, 2017 (10am to 4pm) — For beginners and advanced. Sculpt in a little paradise in a seaview art studio right at the border of the famous French Riviera and the beautiful Italian Riviera. For teen agers and adults, artists residencies on site. You can choose from wood or stone carving or sculpting in clay. Visit website


Location: Ventimiglia, Italy
Instructor: Nicole Durand
Sponsor: Accademia
Cost: 260 euros
Email: Nicole durand
Phone: 33 608177897

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The Tuscan Palette
June 3-10, 2017 — You are right in the Chianti Hills, the heart of Tuscany where we will paint all this scenic and historic area has to offer: cypress trees, wild flowers, the chiaroscuro of doorways and balconies, and of course the glow of the Tuscan sun! This workshop is open to painters of all levels and mediums. You will learn color mixing, brush stroke techniques and how to compose your paintings. I will take the time to sit with beginners before and after classes. As well as spend time with experienced painters to help develop their work and take it to the next level. And I will dedicate a full day to sunflowers and poppies! I hope you can Join! Visit website


Location: near Sienna, Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Sandra Iafrate
Sponsor: IlChiostro
Cost: $2370. early booking
Email: Sandra Iafrate
Phone: 289-696-2789

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Plein Air in Tuscany's Val d'Orcia with Larry Moore
June 3-10, 2017 — Join a small group of artists for plein air painting, camaradie, and fun in the classically beautiful Val d'Orcia region of Tuscany. Photos of the Val d'Orcia grace the covers of almost every book about Tuscany. I promise that the beauty of this area will not disappoint! Neither will you be disappointed in the instruction provided by artist Larry Moore. Larry is a wonderful artist and a great teacher! Workshop is open to all mediums as Larry is well versed in all. Workshop is limited to a maximum of 8 participants to allow maximum one-on-one time between instructor and student. All levels are welcome. Artist fee includes 7 nights private room and bath, all breakfasts, and 4 group dinners. Visit website


Location: Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Larry Moore
Sponsor: Open Air Italy, LLC
Cost: $2950/Single Occupancy-Private Bath
Email: Susan Truitt
Phone: 1-321-626-2717

Advanced Level

Historic Itineraries, Civita Castellana
June 3-10, 2017 (All Day) — 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 the town of 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. Visit website


Location: Civita Castellana, Italy
Instructor: Maddine Insalaco and Joe Vinson
Sponsor: Etruscan Places
Cost: US$2,700 - US$2,950
Email: Maddine Insalaco and Joe Vinson
Phone: 212-780-3216

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

The Figure in Florence - Pastel and Oil
June 3-11, 2017 — Experience the Renaissance city of Florence, Italy for 9 days while studying the figure with Margaret at The Florence Academy of Art studio. This trip is a combination of exploring the treasures of the city while learning how to perfect your pastel painting. Visit website


Location: Florence, Italy
Instructor: Margaret Dyer
Sponsor: Artensity Workshops
Email: Debra

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
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Capturing the Tuscan Light in Plein Air
June 3-10, 2017 — Come and paint en plein air in the warmth of the Tuscan sun in Cortona, one of the oldest and most beautiful cities in Tuscany! Discover the effects of light in painting the beautiful countryside around Cortona en plein air. William (Bill) Rogers will demonstrate in both the oil and watercolor mediums. He will help painters of all levels develop a more acute sense of observation as well as learn techniques to simplify and translate their observations into paint. Visit website


Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: William Rogers CSPWC TWSA SCA
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Cost: From $3190.00
Email: Patrick Mahoney
Phone: 0039 3314229047

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Travel Journaling in Tuscany
June 3-10, 2017 — Day 1 arrive and enjoy wine tasting and dinner. Day 2 Arezzo Antique Market. Day 3 workshop after breakfast building our foundations for our unique Travel journals. After lunch we will walk about Cortona to explore thrift store, stunning places for photos and places of interest for supplies! Day 4 tips and techniques to implement into our journals. Day 5 Florence and tour the Uffizi Gallery. Day 6 is dedicated to studio time! In the evening hands-on Tuscan cooking class and dinner! Day 7 our last day to finish up our Travel Journals-make sure you have saved a postcard from your excursion we will be doing something fun! Be ready for a week of paint, stamping, decoupage and so much more! Visit website


Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: Chris Nichols Randall
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Cost: From $3290.00 per person double occ
Email: Patrick Mahoney
Phone: 0039 3314229047

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Printmaking Workshops in Italy
June 3-10, 2017 (9-6) — This is a full-time immersion program which gives participants the opportunity to explore several aspects of the print medium and experiment combinations of printmaking techniques. Emphasis is placed on the experimental and visual possibilities that printmaking offers, allowing participants to develop their intellectual, creative and critical abilities through a variety of processes used in combination or on their own. From monoprints to etchings, linocuts, transfers, and chine collé. Visit website


Location: Pescara, Italy
Instructor: Colleen Corradi Brannigan
Sponsor: Dedalo
Cost: €500 course only - €950 food and accommodation included
Email: Colleen Corradi
Phone: 39 3930317233

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Watercolour Landscape Course
June 8-15, 2017 — This watercolour painting course is the perfect retreat for anyone wanting to explore their artistic potential, relax and rejuvenate through 3 yoga sessions. Enjoy the beauty of unrivaled views and tranquil sceneries with its many vineyards and olive groves dotted across the wide open landscape. With beautiful seasonal colours, greens and yellows lighting up the fields and rolling-hills at this time of year you won’t be short of inspiration. All materials are provided. Your experienced painting tutor will help you develop your confidence and skills. We will also visit ancient hill-top towns, the sea-side and historic cities where we sit and paint and simply soak up the atmosphere. Visit website


Location: Force, Italy
Instructor: John W. Skelcher
Sponsor: The Retreat
Cost: $1,900
Email: John Skelcher
Phone: 00393349034401

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Florence Watercolour Workshop
June 10-17, 2017 — Treat yourself to this fantastic opportunity to paint watercolours in the beautiful Renaissance city of Florence. Soak up the ambience and culture of this famous historical city. Allow your experienced tutor to guide you around from one inspirational backdrop to another. Learn to paint quickly with impressionistic flair through expert tuition from your Academy trained tutor. Whether you’re into the illustrious facades of the ancient cathedrals and palazzos or the grand spaces of Florence’s many piazzas. With this tour, you will learn to compose interesting urban scenes with famous landmarks as your focal points which will wow your friends and family alike! Locations may include the Ponte Vecchio, Santa Croce, Il Duomo, The Boboli Gardens and views of the Arno. Visit website


Location: Florence, Italy
Instructor: John W. Skelcher
Sponsor: The Retreat
Cost: from $2,000
Email: John W. Skelcher
Phone: 00393349034401

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Watercolor Painting in Tuscany
June 10-17, 2017 — Let’s go paint under the Tuscan sun in beautiful Cortona, Italy. We will work to capture not only the beauty and color of the ancient hills, but also bring out the emotion and flavour of the place in our paintings. We will work daily on different scenes and manage to build a substantial portfolio of paintings by the end of the week. This will be a trip of a life-time. Something you will never forget and cherish all the time. Visit website


Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: Zan Barrage
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Cost: From $3290.00 per person double occ
Email: Patrick Mahoney
Phone: 0039 33144229047

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Studio Italia
June 14-24, 2017 — 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 some participants have joined us three times already. Our small groups allow us to offer personalized instruction and an intimate and fun environment that fosters creativity. Price of $3.075 CAD (around $2350 US as of October 2016) 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. Only three places left. Visit website


Location: Torrita di Siena, Italy
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Cost: US$2350
Email: Monica Marquez
Phone: 1-800-611-4789

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Elements of Landscape
June 17-24, 2017 (All Day) — 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. Call 212-780-3216 Visit website


Location: Murlo, Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Maddine Insalaco and Joe Vinson
Sponsor: Etruscan Places
Cost: US$2,450 - US$2,810
Email: Maddine Insalaco and Joe Vinson
Phone: 212-780-3216

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Italian Landscapes Painting Workshop with Yoga & Cooking
June 17-24, 2017 — Indulge in a variety of creative experiences and recharge your batteries through the power of Yoga. If you are passionate about all things Italian, then this course is for you. We will spend 6 mornings and two afternoons drawing, sketching and painting the beautiful local scenery and ancient hill-top towns. Your experienced and patient tutor will demonstrate and guide you through the use of various media. A great opportunity for beginners to explore different media and techniques. Experienced painters can create in stunning new surroundings and are invited to venture away from familiar media. Three 2 hour Hatha Yoga and and one fun cooking class are also included. Visit website


Location: Force, Italy
Instructor: John W. Skelcher
Sponsor: The Retreat
Cost: $1,900
Email: John W. Skelcher

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Watercolor Painting Workshop in Italy
June 18-28, 2017 — Are you ready for your Italy Adventure? Fly into Milan, Malpensa airport and we will bring you to Bellagio.....a beautiful gem at the very center of the Lake Como region. We will base here for 10 nights, and explore the surrounding villages by ferry as we discover the many painting venues that this heavenly location has to offer. Visit website


Location: Bellagio, Italy
Instructor: Mel Stabin, AWS, NWS
Sponsor: Flying Colors Art Workshops
Cost: $3,495 painters, $3,295 non-painters
Email: Cris Weatherby
Phone: 858-518-0949

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Open Air Fundamentals
July 1-8, 2017 (All Day) — 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, meals, accommodation, field trips (Siena and Montalcino) , local transport. All levels. 12 student maximum. Call 212-780-3216 Visit website


Location: Buonconvento, Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Maddine Insalaco and Joe Vinson
Sponsor: Etruscan Places
Cost: US$2,300 - US$2,660
Email: Maddine Insalaco and Joe Vinson
Phone: 212-780-3216

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Fresco Painting Workshop
July 2-7, 2017 — All-inclusive one-week Fresco Painting Workshop in Italy near Venice. The workshop offers full-day activities in an intensive course devoted to the techniques, materials, history and the theory of fresco painting and an introduction to conservation. Activities include a series of lectures followed by a demonstration and hands-on. You’ll have the opportunity to learn the technique of the architectural decoration of the Italian Renaissance – from the traditional preparatory drawings, mortar mixing and application, and the use of natural pigments to painting on a wet wall and/or a portable support, which you may keep at the end of the course. Visit website


Location: Vittorio Veneto, Italy
Instructor: Alma Ortolan
Sponsor: Ortolan Studio
Cost: € 1560
Email: Alma Ortolan
Phone: +393487240644

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Photograph & Explore Tuscany & Umbria
July 22-29, 2017 — This tour is designed to give the participants the opportunity to intimately explore and photograph in and around Tuscany & Umbria. As is typical of Tuscan hill-towns, Cortona is a walled city that, for purposes of defense, was built atop a prominent geographical point. Our excursions to Pienza & Montepulciano as well as Montalcino & the Val d'Orcia & Val d'Arbia and Lake Trasimeno (in Umbria) will give the participants an opportunity to photograph in these locations, broadening their understanding and appreciation of life in central Italy. The workshop is designed for all levels of photographer. Visit website


Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: Patrick Mahoney
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Cost: From $3190.00 per person double occ
Email: Patrick Mahoney
Phone: 978-632-0357

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Photograph & Explore Tuscany & Umbria
July 29 - August 5, 2017 — This tour is designed to give the participants the opportunity to intimately explore and photograph in and around Tuscany & Umbria. As is typical of Tuscan hill-towns, Cortona is a walled city that, for purposes of defense, was built atop a prominent geographical point. Our excursions to Pienza & Montepulciano as well as Montalcino & the Val d'Orcia & Val d'Arbia and Lake Trasimeno (in Umbria) will give the participants an opportunity to photograph in these locations, broadening their understanding and appreciation of life in central Italy. The workshop is designed for all levels of photographer. Visit website


Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: Patrick Mahoney
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Cost: From $3190.00 per person double occ
Email: Patrick Mahoney
Phone: 978-632-0357

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Painting in Italy
September 3-11, 2017 — This Artists-Adventure is to an ancient hilltop village in Italy to explore, paint, and eat gourmet Italian cuisine all while staying in an historic 16th Century Villa located in a beautiful, quiet, ancient, medieval village. This exciting journey is for painters and non-painters alike. Artists will find inspiration everywhere in this beautiful undiscovered region of Italy. We will be offering plein-air painting instruction with professional artist Sharon Rusch Shaver, Italian cuisine cooking classes, horseback riding and winery tours and tastings as well as other optional activities for our guests. Private en-suite fully appointed guestrooms overlooking the ancient Umbrian valley available. Visit website


Location: Trevi, Italy
Instructor: Sharon Rusch Shaver
Sponsor: Adventure-Artists
Cost: $3,475
Email: Sharon Rusch Shaver
Phone: 615-451-7304

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Plein-Air Painting Workshop in Italy
September 3-10, 2017 — For artists, Italy speaks to the soul; it burrows deep, inspiring wonder and awe, infusing our spirits, nourishing creation and instilling within us indelible experiences we will carry forever. Join us for en plein air, sketching and painting in the Italian countryside! We will draw inspiration from the local architecture and landscapes, creating an intimate and artistic travelogue of our experience. Immersed in the food and wine of the region and a warm community of chefs, artists and local peoples, this promises to be an authentic and enriching personal voyage. Our workshop is dedicated to painting guidance with sketching and watercolors; instruction with composition, light & shadow, line & form, color & palette, and creative approaches to utilizing techniques. Visit website


Location: Chianti, Italy
Instructor: Lori Dell, loridell.com
Sponsor: Arts & Cultural Travel
Cost: $4,295 Shared, $700 Single Supplement
Email: Sharon Blomgren
Phone: 617-855-9209

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Painting in Tuscany: Oil Painting Workshop
September 10-17, 2017 — Internationally known artist, Daniel J. Keys, will be taking a small group of artists to Tuscany, Italy, to paint and explore. During each of the painting days, Daniel will offer demonstrations and teach each student the fundamentals of painting, both “en plein air” and still life. Topics of discussion will include: Drawing, Values, Color & Color Temperature, Edges, and Composition. Space is very limited (max 10 participants). Visit website


Location: Certaldo, Italy
Instructor: Daniel J. Keys, www.danieljkeys.com
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $3,190
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Sketchbook Travel Journaling in Cortona, Italy
September 16-23, 2017 — What better place to join the visual journaling craze than beautiful Cortona, Italy? Let Caroline guide you through the techniques of quick drawing, collaging and watercolor painting as we record the sights around us. She will show you how to look for telling details and edit larger views, combining travel tickets, postcards, maps and photos for finished journal pages. With Cortona as our homebase, and a local expert as our guide, we will explore Tuscan hill towns, experience an authentic Italian cooking class, and savor exceptional meals and nightly wine tastings, filling our journals with creativity as we go. Visit website


Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: Caroline Coolidge Brown
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Cost: From $3290.00 per person double occ
Email: Patrick Mahoney
Phone: 0039 33144229047

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Open Air Fundamentals
September 16-23, 2017 (All Day) — 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, meals, accommodation, field trips (Siena and Montalcino) , local transport. All levels. 12 student maximum. Call 212-780-3216 Visit website


Location: Buonconvento, Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Maddine Insalaco and Joe Vinson
Sponsor: Etruscan Places
Cost: US$2,300 - US$2,660
Email: Maddine Insalaco and Joe Vinson
Phone: 212-780-3216

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

A Traveler's Sketchbook at Lake Como
September 27 - October 4, 2017 — Capture quick studies of the dramatic scenery, colorful architecture, bustling people and more during your time on this magical trip to Lake Como. This week-long session will cover the basic concepts of atmosphere and linear perspective, capturing people, objects, and dramatic light. With pen and paper in hand, you’ll quickly document the sites while sitting in a café or viewing the grand alps as they melt into the majestic Lake Como. Add a touch of watercolor to enhance your sketches. Your art supplies are light and easy to tote making this ideal for all levels of artists. The traveler’s sketchbook is a wonderful way to document your trip in a carefree way. Visit website


Location: Lake Como, Italy
Instructor: Jo Ellen Reinhardt
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Cost: From $3440.00 per person double occ
Email: Patrick Mahoney
Phone: 0039 33144229047

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Mixed Media Workshop
September 29 - October 8, 2017 (10am) — Italy is a familiar destination to many artists, but this workshop will be a unique art experience. Assisi is a hilltop town with all the beauty, charm and history we associate with Italy without the crowds of more touristy areas. Australia’s leading mixed media artist, Judith White is the tutor on this art practice-focused workshop. Included in the ten day itinerary are select activities to enrich your experience of the region. Art sessions are interspersed with a visit to the famous Basilica, the home of a private collector, a rambling castle, Roman houses, artisans plus exploring, sketching and shopping the cobbled streets all with valley views never more than a stroll away. Visit website


Location: Assisi, Italy
Instructor: Judith White
Sponsor: On The Verandah
Cost: AUD $4275.00pp
Email: Rachel Dillon
Phone: 61-8-93881513

Advanced Level

Historic Itineraries, Civita Castellana
September 30 - October 7, 2017 (All Day) — 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 the town of 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. Visit website


Location: Civita Castellana, Italy
Instructor: Maddine Insalaco and Joe Vinson
Sponsor: Etruscan Places
Cost: US$2,700 - US$2,950
Email: Maddine Insalaco and Joe Vinson
Phone: 212-780-3216

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Still Life Photography on Location in Italy
October 2-8, 2017 — Let me take you on a journey…in the light of the Tuscan countryside… a journey of self-discovery and artistic expression…using a wonderful medium – still life photography! Modern day still life photography is often connected with mindfulness, stillness, and playfulness. My own experience with the art form has led me to a place of emotional healing and growth. Our very being compels us to create. It is the means by which we make sense of the world. We will be taking time for journaling and a little poetry. And daily discussions on seeing the artist within, pushing past our inner critic, and discovering a sense of possibility. Each day, we will discuss technical aspects of still life photography, and explore the Tuscan countryside in the afternoons. Visit website


Location: Siena, Italy
Instructor: Karen Olson, renukostyle.com
Sponsor: Arts & Cultural Travel
Cost: $3,215 Shared, $3,625 Single
Email: Sharon Blomgren
Phone: 617-855-9209

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Studio Italia
October 3-13, 2017 — 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 some participants have joined us three times already. Our small groups allow us to offer personalized instruction and an intimate and fun environment that fosters creativity. Price of $3.150 CAD (around $2350 US as of October 2016) 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! Visit website


Location: Torrita di Siena, Italy
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Cost: US$2350
Email: Monica Marquez
Phone: 1-800-611-4789

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Painting Italy's Amalfi Coast
October 10-17, 2017 — Spend a week with a small group of artists while painting and enjoying the culture and sights of the Amalfi Coast! Talented artist and instructor Mary Garrish will be teaching for 5 full days. You will visit different painting locations daily, including Positano, Ravello, Capri and more. Workshop is conveniently based in Amalfi in a 4-star hotel and all accommodations are superior rooms and single occupancy. Breakfast, 2 dinners, and all ground transportation is included. Workshop is strictly limited to 8 students to allow for lots of one-on-one time between student and instructor! Visit website


Location: Amalfi, Italy
Instructor: Mary Garrish
Sponsor: Open Air Italy, LLC
Cost: $3600-Single occupancy/Private bath
Email: Susan Truitt
Phone: 1-321-626-2717

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Elements of Landscape
October 14-21, 2017 (All Day) — 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. Call 212-780-3216 Visit website


Location: Murlo, Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Maddine Insalaco and Joe Vinson
Sponsor: Etruscan Places
Cost: US$2,450 - US$2,810
Email: Maddine Insalaco and Joe Vinson
Phone: 212-780-3216

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level

Inspired by Tuscany, Paint with Katerina Ring
October 18-28, 2017 — Paint in plein air, in oils, while staying at a stunning villa in the hills above Lucca. This tour includes ten remarkable days in Tuscany to enjoy painting, kinship with your fellow artists and the wonders of one of the most beautiful regions of Italy. Visit website


Location: Lucca, Italy
Instructor: Katerina Ring, www.katring.com
Sponsor: Abbondanza Toscana
Cost: € 2690
Email: Paula Sullivan or Katerina Ring
Phone: 0039 339 6852860

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Keiko Tanabe - Plein Air painting retreat
October 27 - November 3, 2017 — Capturing Light & Atmosphere in Watercolor. Keiko Tanabe is a Japanese contemporary artist who has won multiple awards, we are so proud that she’s coming to Sicily for the first time. Come to enjoy a masterful tuition by Keiko Tanabe, subject matters will be landscape, Mediterranean seascape, old historic city scape, indoor locations in the authentic villa where the participants will stay. Sicily it's like a dream, colorful sunset, olive groves, lined vineyards, picturesque villages with narrow streets, churches, a never ending range of restaurants and cafés, blue skies and beautiful nature, jovial, kind and friendly people, traditional foods and great local wine. Art, mixture of history and culture, nature create an unique atmosphere and stimulate your creativity. Visit website


Location: Marsala, Italy
Instructor: Keiko Tanabe
Sponsor: Salinara
Email: Yumi
Phone: (+39) 3397757062

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Autumn in Tuscany & Umbria Photography
October 28 - November 4, 2017 — Join us for a week devoted to capturing the essence of Autumn in Tuscany! With Cortona as our base, each day we will explore and photograph the rich area from Cortona's mountains to Montepulciano's vineyards and from Lake Trasimeno in Umbria to the Chianti area! This is a not-to-be-missed opportunity for photographers of all levels. Visit website


Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: Patrick Mahoney
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Cost: From $3190.00 per person double occ
Email: Patrick Mahoney
Phone: 978-632-0357

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Autumn in Tuscany & Umbria Photography
November 4-11, 2017 — Join us for a week devoted to capturing the essence of Autumn in Tuscany! With Cortona as our base, each day we will explore and photograph the rich area from Cortona's mountains to Montepulciano's vineyards and from Lake Trasimeno in Umbria to the Chianti area! This is a not-to-be-missed opportunity for photographers of all levels. Visit website


Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: Patrick Mahoney
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Cost: From $3190.00 per person double occ
Email: Patrick Mahoney
Phone: 978-632-0357

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Autumn in Tuscany & Umbria Photography
November 11-18, 2017 — Join us for a week devoted to capturing the essence of Autumn in Tuscany! With Cortona as our base, each day we will explore and photograph the rich area from Cortona's mountains to Montepulciano's vineyards and from Lake Trasimeno in Umbria to the Chianti area! This is a not-to-be-missed opportunity for photographers of all levels. Visit website


Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: Patrick Mahoney
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Cost: From $3190.00 per person double occ
Email: Patrick Mahoney
Phone: 978-632-0357

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Painting in Tuscany: Watercolor Painting Workshop
May 25 - June 1, 2018 — The most enjoyable painting I do is when I paint outdoors. There is an intimacy and sense of “being there” that only occurs when you take the time to slow down and record your surroundings in watercolor- and what surroundings we will have! Join me in Tuscany for a truly memorable week! We will tour daily with an easy schedule of demonstration, one on one critique, and group discussions designed to build your confidence and ability alike. You may paint or explore or do both on any given day. I will be there to guide you through my approach to painting en plein air and help you take your watercolors to the next level! Indulge your creative and adventurous spirit with a painting holiday in Tuscany! Visit website


Location: Certaldo, Italy
Instructor: Iain Stewart, iainstew.fineartstudioonline.com
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Nov 30th)
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Color and Light: Tuscany with Marjorie Glick (All Mediums)
June 2-9, 2018 (9:30-3:30) — 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. Visit website


Location: Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Marjorie Glick
Sponsor: Marjorie Glick
Cost: $2950
Email: Marjorie Glick
Phone: 617-787-3086

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Studio Italia offered since 1997
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 some participants have joined us three times already. Our small groups allow us to offer personalized instruction and an intimate and fun environment that fosters creativity. Price of CAD 3.150(around US$ 2370 as of April 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! Visit website


Location: Torrita di Siena, Italy
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Cost: US$2370
Email: Monica Marquez
Phone: 1-800-611-4789

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Paint Tuscany with Michael Chesley Johnson
June 16-23, 2018 (all day) — 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. Visit website


Location: Certaldo Alto, Italy
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Artravelitaly
Cost: € 2,200 and up
Email: Claudia Bruhin
Phone: +39 377 2709500

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Painting in Tuscany: Watercolor Sketching Workshop
September 21-28, 2018 — Join me for a week of sketching with watercolor in beautiful Tuscany, Italy! We'll enjoy the free-flowing and colorful nature of watercolor at its best while sketching and having fun! I’ll help you develop observation skills, color awareness, simple design principles and learn about light and shadows. We’ll investigate various techniques, sketching tools, and approaches to watercolor. Brenda Swenson is the author of two artists' books: Keeping a Watercolor Sketchbook (Award of Excellence Finalist) and Steps to Success in Watercolor. Her paintings and sketches have also been featured in numerous other books and magazines. Space is very limited (max 10 participants/workshop). Visit website


Location: Certaldo, Italy
Instructor: Brenda Swenson, www.swensonsart.net
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Nov 30th)
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Painting in Tuscany: Watercolor Sketching Workshop
September 29 - October 6, 2018 — Join me for a week of sketching with watercolor in beautiful Tuscany, Italy! We'll enjoy the free-flowing and colorful nature of watercolor at its best while sketching and having fun! I’ll help you develop observation skills, color awareness, simple design principles and learn about light and shadows. We’ll investigate various techniques, sketching tools, and approaches to watercolor. Brenda Swenson is the author of two artists' books: Keeping a Watercolor Sketchbook (Award of Excellence Finalist) and Steps to Success in Watercolor. Her paintings and sketches have also been featured in numerous other books and magazines. Space is very limited (max 10 participants/workshop). Visit website


Location: Certaldo, Italy
Instructor: Brenda Swenson, www.swensonsart.net
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Nov 30th)
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Painting in Tuscany: Watercolor Painting Workshop
September 30 - October 7, 2018 — I am very passionate about sharing my creativity and art with others and helping them gain access to that part of themselves, whether they are a beginning artist or a seasoned professional. My students have given me the nickname "The Art Whisperer" so I hope that you will find something to inspire, move you to engage more each day with art and the creative process in my workshop. I will give you the tools you need to simplify what you see when painting on location and break it up into manageable shapes and values. We will build on those strong foundations and learn about colour mixing, colour harmony, colour temperature and mood to help express yourself fully and paint what you really feel. Visit website


Location: Certaldo, Italy
Instructor: Georgia Mansur, www.georgiamansur.com
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Nov 30th)
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Painting in Florence Italy
choose your own dates (Mornings or afternoons) — Create Your Own Workshop. Explore the secrets of the Old Masters in a beautiful studio in the heart of historic Florence with classically trained professional artists. Discover your potential while also experiencing the master works of the Renaissance, wonderful food and wine, and the magic of Florence. Individual instruction and small classes allows for all levels of artists -from the very beginner to the more advanced. All workshops are available for your choice of 1 day, 3 days, 5 days or 10 days at 3 hours/day (you may choose your own dates at any time subject to availability) leaving the remainder of the day free to explore Florence. Visit website


Location: Florence, Italy
Instructor: Laura Thompson
Sponsor: The Florence Studio
Cost: €95 intro - €865 for 10 days
Email: Laura Thompson
Phone: (39)389 157 0276

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Sculpting in Florence Italy
choose your own dates (Mornings or afternoons) — Create Your Own Workshop. Explore the secrets of the Old Masters in a beautiful studio in the heart of historic Florence with classically trained professional artists. Discover your potential while also experiencing the master works of the Renaissance, wonderful food and wine, and the magic of Florence. Individual instruction and small classes allows for all levels of artists -from the very beginner to the more advanced. All workshops are available for your choice of 3 days, 5 days or 10 days at 3 hours/day (you may choose your own dates at any time subject to availability) leaving the remainder of the day free to explore Florence on your own. Visit website


Location: Florence, Italy
Instructor: Frank Rekrut
Sponsor: The Florence Studio
Cost: €95 intro - €865 for 10 days
Email: Laura Thompson
Phone: (39)389 157 0276

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