Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Plein Air Painting, Lake Como Italy"
September 23-30, 2017
 

Outstanding views, places to paint and a lovely hotel in Varenna on the lake. Includes a day at the Belaggio and other exciting cultural excursions. All three delicious meals a day and wine, lodging, transportation to painting sites and entry fees are included. Cost: $2900 per student double occupancy (airfare not included) and $2400 non painting guest.
 
Location: Varenna, Italy
Instructor: Sara Linda Poly
Cost: $2900/$2400
Sponsor: Studio B
Website, email, 443-988-1818


"Watercolor Workshop in Tuscany with Dodie Davis & Vitalia Tours"
September 25 - October 4, 2017
 

Our 10-day watercolor workshop this fall is a unique combination of activities, food, wine, excursions and painting workshops. Tuscany is quintessential Italy and an artist’s dreamscape with amazing scenery: Patchwork quilts of fields and vineyards, hills dotted with cypress and iridescent olive groves, interspersed with winding roads and medieval towns. Mother Nature’s palette, the astonishing landscape, the exquisite changing light and shadow, are all sources of inspiration. Throughout the countryside, autumn colors are at their peak: Leaves and vines provide a dazzling display of colors from plums. to rich reds, deep gold, and browns. This workshop is ideal for beginners and experts, as instructor Dodie Davis presents a relaxed itinerary allowing for experimentation and play at all levels.
 
Location: Tuscany (with Venice Add-on), Italy
Instructor: Dodie Davis
Cost: $4100 ($250 discount if booked before July 31, 2017)
Sponsor: Vitalia Tours
Website, email, 408-314-3273


"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.
 
Location: Lake Como, Italy
Instructor: Jo Ellen Reinhardt
Cost: From $3440.00 per person double occ
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Website, email, 0039 33144229047


"Mixed Media Workshop"
September 29 - October 8, 2017
 

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.
 
Location: Assisi, Italy
Instructor: Judith White
Cost: AUD $4275.00pp
Sponsor: On The Verandah
Website, email, 61-8-93881513


"Historic Itineraries, Civita Castellana"
September 30 - October 7, 2017
 

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


"Painting the Light of Italy"
September 30 - October 8, 2017
 

Come with us to Italy and paint its light, landscape, and people. Learn how to use expressive color to paint Florence and the countryside; filling your paintings with light and atmosphere. This workshop is meant to be a local experience so we try to incorporate free time while still giving you highlights of the most obvious points of interest, but since there’s so much to see and do in Florence one could stay a lifetime and still feel like you needed more. This is the feast the city offers and it will linger in your mind and feelings long after you leave.
 
Location: Florence and Fiesole, Italy
Instructor: Vianna Szabo
Cost:
Sponsor: Artensity Workshops
Website, email


"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!
 
Location: Torrita di Siena, Italy
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$2350
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 1-800-611-4789


"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!
 
Location: Amalfi, Italy
Instructor: Mary Garrish
Cost: $3600-Single occupancy/Private bath
Sponsor: Open Air Italy, LLC
Website, email, 1-321-626-2717


"Elements of Landscape"
October 14-21, 2017
 

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


"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.
 
Location: Lucca, Italy
Instructor: Katerina Ring, www.katring.com
Cost: € 2690
Sponsor: Abbondanza Toscana
Website, email, 0039 339 6852860


"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.
 
Location: Marsala, Italy
Instructor: Keiko Tanabe
Cost:
Sponsor: Salinara
Website, email, (+39) 3397757062


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


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


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


"Watercolor Sketching On Location: Italy with Anne Kullaf"
May 5-11, 2018
 

A watercolor sketch can say so much with a few properly placed strokes in just the right color and value. In this workshop, we will concentrate on identifying and capturing the essential elements of the places we visit–the things that evoke the unique feelings we experience during our travels that we will want to remember most when we return home. The sunlight on warm terra cotta, the petals of sunflowers and the old world feeling of the plazas, churches and fountains. Most important of all, we will have a relaxed learning experience in a supportive atmosphere where everyone is encouraged to learn at their own pace in one of the most beautiful places in the world!
 
Location: Siena, Italy
Instructor: Anne Kullaf
Cost: $3,595 Shared, $4,195 Single
Sponsor: Arts & Cultural Travel
Website, email, 617-855-9209


"Capturing the Tuscan Light in Plein Air"
May 16-23, 2018
 

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. Bill will start each onsite session with a different problem to resolve and will do a small demo to illustrate possible solutions. This will be followed by students working on their own projects while Bill circulates with a clipboard and a painting surface to show students, with mini side demos, particular strategies for their unique painting- such as colour mixing, paint handling, drawing, and composition.
 
Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: William Rogers CSPWC TWSA SCA
Cost: From US$2790.00 per person/ all-inclusive except airfare
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Website, email, Italy 331 422 9047


"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!
 
Location: Certaldo, Italy
Instructor: Iain Stewart, iainstew.fineartstudioonline.com
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Nov 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Impressions of Tuscany en Plein Aire"
May 30 - June 6, 2018
 

Rich’s workshops are designed to teach the beginning plein aire painter to create impactful compositions by selecting dynamic shapes that work well together. The student will learn to accurately identify value and color, to guide the viewer’s eye through a painting with the use of temperature shifts, textural variety, and effective edge treatment, as well as proper paint application. For the more advanced student, Rich will help raise the level of their work by introducing them to new ideas about color use, shape containment, and the effective use the these principles.
 
Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: Rich Gallego
Cost: From US$2790.00 per person/ all-inclusive except airfare
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Website, email, Italy 331 422 9047


"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


"Watercolor Painting in Tuscany"
June 6-13, 2018
 

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.
 
Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: Zan Barrage
Cost: From US$2790.00 per person/ all-inclusive except airfare
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Website, email, Italy 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


"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


"Impressions of Umbria in Watercolor"
June 21 - July 5, 2018
 

Painting Trip. Join me for a painting workshop in a beautifully restored Capuchin monastery from the 16th century surrounded by olive groves in the foothills of the Apennines mountains. Lodging and great local meals by Umbrian chefs are included! Take tours in a modern bus available for us 24/7 for trips to the beautiful hill-towns of Umbria, Lazio and Tuscany. Classes are held in La Romita’s frescoed chapel, day trips (plein air painting and excursions) are held to the various scenic hill towns that dot the region, and all students experience the sweeping vistas, exquisite food, and warm hospitality that the region offers.
 
Location: Terni - Umbria Region, Italy
Instructor: Vladislav Yeliseyev
Cost:
Sponsor: La Romita School of Art
Website, email, 1-855-4ROMITA (476-6482); 202-337-3120


"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


"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


"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).
 
Location: Certaldo, Italy
Instructor: Brenda Swenson, www.swensonsart.net
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Jan 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"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).
 
Location: Certaldo, Italy
Instructor: Brenda Swenson, www.swensonsart.net
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Jan 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"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.
 
Location: Certaldo, Italy
Instructor: Georgia Mansur, www.georgiamansur.com
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Jan 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"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


 

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