Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"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


"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


"Painting in Provence: Watercolor Painting Workshop"
June 3-10, 2018
 

Dreaming of painting in Provence? Join Kathy Rennell Forbes for daily painting demos and hands on instruction in the incandescent light of Provence. You will learn about composition, mixing colors and capturing the outdoor landscapes of the great masters. We will travel light with just a small bag of watercolor supplies and journal to paint your golden memories while exploring this magical destination. Kathy encourages your own painting style while sharing her watercolor secrets. There will be ample time to explore the area’s treasures and history while enjoying wine and conversation with Kathy and the group at the end of each day. This is a great workshop for beginner and intermediate painters who want to enhance their watercolors skills while traveling.
 
Location: Saint-Rémy de Provence, France
Instructor: Kathy Rennell Forbes, artbykrf.com
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Nov 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Paint in Central Hungary and Budapest!"
June 4-9, 2018
 

Whether you are learning, have never tried painting or an accomplished artist, you are welcome to join this fabulous painting holiday in Hungary. Excursions to Esztergom, Visegrád, Zsámbék and the Etyek wine region where we'll sketch and paint our beautiful surroundings. Enjoy the views of the Danube Bend from the boat and marvel at the riverside settlements. Step back in time at the ruins of Zsámbék Monastery and enjoy delicious food and local wine in Etyek. Last day spent sketching around Budapest, concluded with a dinner cruise! Comfortable hotel on the Buda side, walking distance from Buda Castle. Your guide and tutor for the 4 days is Hungarian watercolorist Ibolya Taligas. Bookings open.
 
Location: Budapest, Hungary
Instructor: Ibolya Taligas
Cost: €679 / person sharing a double room. Flights exl.
Website, email, +44 203 488 2991 +44 7564 906 850


"Niagara Falls- Finding your focus outdoors"
June 6-7, 2018
 

I often see artists confused about what to focus on outdoors. Some truly don't know where to begin painting something in front of them. A better solution is not to paint a specific subject, instead, look for 'light'. An ordinary object in the right light becomes extraordinary! When you have excitement starting your painting, you can more easily carry that through to the finished piece, instead of deciding at the finish what you can do to make the painting more exciting. Learn to find a strong composition, value pattern, and you'll learn how to work with color temperature for atmospheric effects.
 
Location: Niagara Falls, Canada
Instructor: J.R. Baldini, IPAP
Cost: $297.00 +tx
Sponsor: Baldini Art & Visualization Workshops
Website, email, 1.800.393.7270 in studio 9-5


"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


"Painting in Provence: Journal Sketching and Watercolor Workshop"
June 6-13, 2018
 

Join artist Sandy Delehanty for her 7th trip with French Escapade. Each day Jackie will find us a lovely location where we will sit in a shady spot, sketch the scene in front of us, and absorb the sounds and aromas around us. You will learn to capture the color of your surroundings in watercolor and add your thoughts in writing. You will return home with a lovely Story Book filled with memories of your trip and a new way of looking at the world. Immerse yourself in sketching, beauty, and fun during this weeklong escapade to beautiful Provence!
 
Location: Venasque, France
Instructor: Sandy Delehanty, www.sandydelehanty.com
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Nov 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"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


"Cape Ann Style Landscape Workshop in Cork, Ireland"
June 7-14, 2018
 

Join us as we refresh our spirits and paint the natural beauty of Ireland's Beara Peninsula. Our three day workshop is structured to allow each participant personal attention as we focus on established principles to design and execute a satisfying painting. We will identify what stimulates us and what we want to express about the light, the air, the land, sea and ourselves. Our decisions will guide us towards a strong composition, harmonious color and expressive brushwork. One can only explore the Beara for the first time once. Let's do it with paint! Local artists welcome - contact us about workshop only prices and for more information.
 
Location: Castletownbere, Ireland
Instructor: Jim Murphy
Cost: $1,550.00
Sponsor: artisticXcursions
Website, email


"Tonalism in Ireland"
June 7-14, 2018
 

The Irish landscape whispers Tonalism. Tonalism is a style of painting that uses deep tones and muted hues to convey poetic mystery. Painting in Ireland with its deep, moody and mysterious landscapes, is wonderful for tonalism, as tonalist painting is mysterious, soulful and old world looking. The goal is to paint a tonalist painting without losing the poetry and mystery that tonalism conveys. Here is your opportunity to experience Tonalism inspired by the beauty of the Beara Peninsula in Cork, Ireland. This workshop is appropriate for all levels and numbers are kept to a minimum. Local artists are welcome to attend daily for classes only.
 
Location: Castletownbere, Ireland
Instructor: Teri Canelle
Sponsor: artisticXcursions
Website, email


"Russian Plein Air: One Trip Two Instructors! - Painting Vacation"
June 9-19, 2018
 

Two prominent painting instructors will take you on the Dream Painting Trip to Russia. Cultural and artistic journey which includes Moscow the heart of Russia, and its soul – the provincial towns of Golden Ring that will let you experience both the modern metropolis with ancient history, and the poesy of Russian countryside. These days we hear a lot about Russia. Have you ever had the chance to visit this beautiful bewildered country? We would like to invite you for an intimate trip of a lifetime, to discover the roots of mysterious Russian soul, paint unique authentic places and visit destinations famous for their unreal beauty which attracted many famous Russian landscape painters of the 19th century. All mediums are welcome.
 
Location: Moscow and other, Russia
Instructor: Vladislav Yeliseyev, Hai-Ou Hou
Cost: $3900
Sponsor: Renaissance School of Art
Website, email, 941-330-6865


"Plein air painting in NE Hungary"
June 10-17, 2018
 

Whatever your level of painting skills, come and enjoy a relaxing time in the North-East of Hungary. Our art journey starts with visiting a tiny village where traditions live on. We paint in awe-inspiring settings in the Bukk National Park, famous for its beech forests, waterfalls, streams. Hidden in this forest is Lillafured, the most picturesque location perhaps. Get inspired by the hanging gardens or how about sketching from your own boat on the lake? We move further south and reach a contrasting landscape. Here, by the Tisza Lake full of floating waterlily clusters you can truly relax and paint in peace. A landscape so flat yet so full of surprises. Tutored by Hungarian artist Ibolya Taligas. Bookings open!
 
Location: Eger, Tiszafured, Hungary
Instructor: Ibolya Taligas
Cost: €890 / person sharing a double room, excl. flights
Website, email, +44 203 488 2991 +44 7564 906 850


"Art Adventure urban sketching and painting in Mexico"
June 11-15, 2018
 

Fun creative way of learning and practicing urban sketching and studio painting in the Heart of Mexico, San Miguel de Allende a Humanity Cultural Heritage jewel. Understand the difference between drawing and sketching, learn about color and composition. Absorb the details and hidden corners of this Colonial gem through the eye and perspective of an artist. All levels of artistic experience are welcomed. Groups of 5 and up receive special rate. You may add extra days to visit and sketch vicinities. Experienced and renowned artists and facilitators with 30 years of experience on 2 continents, founders and owners of Cristi Fer Art Gallery will share freely their vast experience. Maximum number of participants is 9.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu
Cost: $650.00 includes most materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Website, email, 415-121-2311


"Yoga and Painting Experience with Caroline"
June 14-21, 2018
 

This workshop is all about having fun and painting on all levels. Caroline Karp is a certified Yoga instructor and a multimedia artist specializing in expressionistic landscapes, flowers, dramatic abstracts and Yoga poses. Relax and release your creativity through Yoga, meditation and structured classes. Caroline enjoys painting outdoors and will take some sessions outside, weather permitting. Experience the colors, the changing light and the beauty in southwest Ireland ~ where everywhere you look is a landscape! Local artists are welcome to attend daily classes only.
 
Location: Castletownbere, Ireland
Instructor: Caroline Karp
Cost: $1,550.00
Sponsor: artisticXcursions
Website, email, 352-999-2000


"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


"Painting Mediterranean Villages: Watercolor Painting Workshop"
June 14-21, 2018
 

Join me on this wonderful trip to the South of France! Having been there numerous times, I can say my love for this absolutely delightful region of France has stood the test of time. This will be my fourth time teaching for French Escapade. Medieval villages, narrow streets, the azur blue Mediterranean sea, friendly people, charming villages, scrumptious food and wine, everything conjured up in the image of Southern France awaits us! Please join us as we explore and paint outdoors while enjoying the joie de vivre the region has to offer. If you're looking for a cozy, personalized therefore very special painting holiday organized by a tour operator who is completely bicultural and bilingual, this is it.
 
Location: Vence, France
Instructor: Keiko Tanabe, ktanabefineart.com
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Nov 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"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


"Niagara on the Lake - Finding your focus outdoors"
June 18-19, 2018
 

I often see artists confused about what to focus on outdoors. Some truly don't know where to begin painting something in front of them. A better solution is not to paint a specific subject, instead, look for 'light'. An ordinary object in the right light becomes extraordinary! When you have excitement starting your painting, you can more easily carry that through to the finished piece, instead of deciding at the finish what you can do to make the painting more exciting. Learn to find a strong composition, value pattern, and you'll learn how to work with color temperature for atmospheric effects.
 
Location: Niagara on the Lake, Canada
Instructor: J.R. Baldini, IPAP
Cost: $297.00 +tx
Sponsor: Baldini Art & Visualization Workshops
Website, email, 1.800.393.7270 in studio 9-5


"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
Sponsor: La Romita School of Art
Website, email, 1-855-4ROMITA (476-6482); 202-337-3120


"Watercolors in Provence: A Watercolors Workshop River Cruise"
June 23-30, 2018
 

Create beautiful, luminous watercolor paintings, and lifelong memories, on this luxurious European river cruise in the South of France! From Lyon to Nice, this all-inclusive workshop onboard the spectacular Emerald Waterways’ Liberté will be led by artist Barbara Kerstetter and her partner, Leon Axel. Imagine capturing on Arches paper the beauty and majesty of lavender and poppy fields as far as the eye can see while sipping wine in the ‘original’ wine country. Barbara will lead daily workshops as you explore all the fascinating nuances of the medium, and Leon will talk and teach about the techniques and history of watercolors and the ‘science of seeing’. All materials provided in this wonderful and unique workshop for beginners to advanced painters.
 
Location: South of France, Lyon to Nice, France
Instructor: Barbara Kerstetter
Cost: from $3,795 (discount up to $500 p.p. until March 31st)
Sponsor: Lotus Tours, Ltd
Website, email, (212) 267-5414


"Watercolor Painting and Journaling Workshop in Provence"
June 23-30, 2018
 

Infuse the beauty, charm and colors of Provence into your watercolor paintings with the experienced guidance of instructors, Theresa Goesling and Cindy Briggs. They love teaching together and you get the benefit of two instructors in this small group workshop. Imagine painting in the height of lavendar season as you create captivating compositions with dynamic color statements, creative textures, luminescent light, and add calligraphy and your memories to your paintings if you wish. Recognized by Plein Air Magazine for their workshops and Daniel Smith Fine Art Watercolors for their mastery of watercolors, the duo expertly share how to enjoy the process, loosen up and manipulate both opaque and transparent watercolors.
 
Location: Avignon, France
Instructor: Cindy Briggs & Theresa Goesling
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Nov 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Paint in the Balaton Uplands in Hungary"
June 25 - July 2, 2018
 

The focus of this art workshop is plein air painting and sketching in an idyllic setting in the Balaton Uplands in Western Hungary. Learn how to make visual records quickly and effectively of any subject. You will learn how to select your subjects, compose and set the mood of your painting. Improve your creativity by learning and applying textures and marks in your work. Gain confidence painting outdoors and learn useful tips. We’ll be surrounded by vineyards, a nearby castle ruin, unusual rock formations and the iconic Lake Balaton. All levels welcome! Spaces available! Booking now!
 
Location: Balatonfured, Badacsony, Hungary
Instructor: Ibolya Taligas
Cost: €995 / person sharing a room. Flights excl.
Website, email, +44 (0)203 488 2991 +44 (0)7564 906 850


"Pablo Ruben in Spectacular Spain"
June 26 - July 2, 2018
 

A wonderful opportunity to spend five full days in a small group workshop under the direction of this master of watercolor techniques, winner of numerous art awards around the world. The art retreat of "Las Orquideas" opens its doors once again to Pablo. Learn how to capture the real atmosphere of a street scene by using just two dominant colors plus a few touches of their compliments. With plein aire painting in the cities and towns, a visit to the coastal marina and small local towns of this rural community, studio work and demonstrations in the beautifully landscaped gardens overlooking the Valley of Albaida. All meals, materials and airport transfers are included in this relaxingly invigorating and inspirational art week.
 
Location: Benigánim, Spain
Instructor: Pablo Ruben Lopez Sanz
Cost: €1595 single, private en suite room, inclusive
Sponsor: Dalvaro Art Holidays
Website, email, 0034 96221 7226


"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


"Painting in Provence: Travel Sketching in Watercolor"
July 2-9, 2018
 

The best thing about our itinerary for travel sketching in Provence is the sheer breadth of subjects to choose from — that, and the near-magical light and colour of this unique part of the world. In our week together I'll teach you techniques for capturing the close-up and colourful in villages and towns, as well as the distant and scenic in French landscapes. We'll sketch iconic market scenes, fields of lavender in bloom, hillside towns and panoramas. In true travel sketching tradition, we'll pack light — carrying a small bag for art materials and a folding stool. This workshop is designed to give you confidence sketching wherever you are. We'll work spontaneously, and I'll show you how to keep your watercolour sketches fresh and colourful.
 
Location: Saint-Rémy de Provence, France
Instructor: Shari Blaukopf, shariblaukopf.com
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Nov 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Studio Provence and Barcelona Art Tour 2018"
July 2-13, 2018
 

A seven-day plein-air painting workshop in the Alpes de Haute Provence combined with a four-day art history tour in the magnificent city of Barcelona. Open to artists of all levels and all media. Small groups, personalized instruction and an intimate environment that fosters creativity and fun. A unique opportunity to paint in the land of Cézanne when the lavender is in its glory, to visit Barcelona’s great art and architecture and to enjoy famous Provencal and Catalan cuisine. Price of $3585 CAD (around US$2760 as of July 2017) includes 11-night double accommodation, 11 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners, transportation to all sites on schedule, TGV train ticket Avignon-Barcelona and entrances to all museums on schedule. Register now!
 
Location: Alpes de Haute Provence, France
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$2760
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Escape to Southern France; Loosen up w/ clean color in oils/acrylics"
July 4-14, 2018
 

Le Vieux Couvent drips with inspiration and opportunities for painting around every corner. Flower gardens, French blue shutters, cascading roses adorn the beautiful courtyards where you can sit, paint, read, and relax. The art studio/library is well lit and available for use 24 hours/day. The rooms are quaint, each with an en-suite facility. Chris will provide multiple demos and one on one easel time. She is very open and will give tips on loosening up and going bold with color to create clean, beautiful paintings. The focus will be on color mixing, composition, brushwork and more. We will also go on daily excursions to unspoiled nearby villages to explore, paint or shop! To see all the details, visit my website.
 
Location: Frayssinet, France
Instructor: Chris Brandley
Cost: $3750
Sponsor: Chris Brandley Art
Website, email, 817/455-9087


"Watermedia Workshop in Greece with George Politis AWS"
July 5-12, 2018
 

Watercolor Workshop - Painting Holidays in Santorini, Greece. Join award winning painter George Politis AWS, RI in a journey of exploration and creativity. Santorini is majestic in summer and we have a beautiful and quite hotel to stay, paint and also have as starting point to explore the island. Painting in pure watercolor and mixed watermedia. Focusing in composition and experimenting with the medium. All levels of painters are welcome. Every session starts with a demonstration and then we paint together. Maximum of 12 students to ensure quality instruction. Price is all inclusive (hotels, three meals per day, transportation during the workshop and tuition).
 
Location: Santorini, Greece
Instructor: George Politis AWS, RI
Cost: 1450 Euros - $1700 USD
Sponsor: Watercolor International - Greece
Website, email, +306944422097


"Art Adventure urban sketching and painting in Mexico"
July 9-13, 2018
 

Fun creative way of learning and practicing urban sketching and studio painting in the Heart of Mexico, San Miguel de Allende a Humanity Cultural Heritage jewel. Understand the difference between drawing and sketching, learn about color and composition. Absorb the details and hidden corners of this Colonial gem through the eye and perspective of an artist. All levels of artistic experience are welcomed. Groups of 5 and up receive special rate. You may add extra days to visit and sketch vicinities. Experienced and renowned artists and facilitators with 30 years of experience on 2 continents, founders and owners of Cristi Fer Art Gallery will share freely their vast experience. Maximum number of participants is 9.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu
Cost: $650.00 includes most materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Website, email, 415-121-2311


"Watercolor Meets Ceramic Tile Painting"
July 15-24, 2018
 

We will travel to numerous historic and contemporary sites to gather inspiration from the landscape and architecture, and the rich tradition of Italian maiolica. In the studio component, we will begin with watercolor studies of tile patterns, still life arrangements, and photographs we have taken on excursions throughout the region. Several ideas and compositions will be first resolved in watercolor, then we will translate these studies into maiolica glaze paintings on 8 inch ceramic tiles and larger plate forms. The basic techniques of these two mediums are remarkably similar, and we will introduce them both during this exploratory course, finding our source images in the magnificent light, colors, and landscapes found along the Amalfi Coast.
 
Location: Maiori, Italy
Instructor: Robert Devers
Cost: $2,755.
Sponsor: Amalfi Coast Music & Arts Festival
Website, email, 301-587-6189


"Niagara on the Lake - Finding your focus outdoors"
July 16-17, 2018
 

I often see artists confused about what to focus on outdoors. Some truly don't know where to begin painting something in front of them. A better solution is not to paint a specific subject, instead, look for 'light'. An ordinary object in the right light becomes extraordinary! When you have excitement starting your painting, you can more easily carry that through to the finished piece, instead of deciding at the finish what you can do to make the painting more exciting. Learn to find a strong composition, value pattern, and you'll learn how to work with color temperature for atmospheric effects.
 
Location: Niagara on the Lake, Canada
Instructor: J.R. Baldini, IPAP
Cost: $297.00 +tx
Sponsor: Baldini Art & Visualization Workshops
Website, email, 1.800.393.7270 in studio 9-5


"Keith Hornblower in Spectacular Spain"
July 22-28, 2018
 

Las Orquideas, a peaceful and relaxing art retreat in Valencia, Spain. Stay in this wonderful villa set amongst beautifully landscaped gardens, designed specifically with the artist in mind. All meals created by our own in-house chef using locally grown fresh ingredients. Your own private room to retire to each evening, feeling refreshed and invigorated every morning. A unique week of watercolour tuition in plein-air, on location and in the magnificent gardens, with detailed studio studies. Be guided through a loose style of watercolor painting sharing invaluable tips and techniques leaving you confident and inspired. With numerous demonstrations, Keith will give one-on-one guidance so whatever your level you will take some new knowledge away from this incredible week.
 
Location: Benigánim, Spain
Instructor: Keith Hornblower
Cost: 1525 €uros single, private room, meals + materials
Sponsor: Dalvaro Art
Website, email, 0034 610857136


"Paul Weaver in Spectacular Spain"
August 5-11, 2018
 

A great artist in a beautiful location, a perfect setting for that instructional art workshop you have always wanted. "Las Orquideas" Art Retreat set in the Valencian countryside and centre to many international artists. This particular workshop, with Paul Weaver, an exceptionally talented watercolorist, is designed for those experienced painters to gain a better understanding of methods and techniques to create watercolor paintings which are simple yet strong. The goal; to develop an eye for a potentially good subject and capture the essence of it through the simplification process. You will paint different subjects each day, including landscapes and cityscapes in plein air and in the studio. There will be daily one-on-one tuition with well explained tutorials.
 
Location: Benigánim, Spain
Instructor: Paul Weaver
Cost: 1595 €uros. single, private en suite room + materials
Sponsor: Dalvaro Art
Website, email, 0034 96221 7226


"Art Adventure urban sketching and painting in Mexico"
August 13-17, 2018
 

Fun creative way of learning and practicing urban sketching and studio painting in the Heart of Mexico, San Miguel de Allende a Humanity Cultural Heritage jewel. Understand the difference between drawing and sketching, learn about color and composition. Absorb the details and hidden corners of this Colonial gem through the eye and perspective of an artist. All levels of artistic experience are welcomed. Groups of 5 and up receive special rate. You may add extra days to visit and sketch vicinities. Experienced and renowned artists and facilitators with 30 years of experience on 2 continents, founders and owners of Cristi Fer Art Gallery will share freely their vast experience. Maximum number of participants is 9.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu
Cost: $650.00 includes most materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Website, email, 415-121-2311


"Painting and Drawing Holidays"
August 20-26, 2018
 

During the course the students will receive a minimum of 22 hours a week of tutoring and 24 hours a day access to the studio. The groups are kept small, up to 10 students. Every person regardless of their level will receive a tailored program putting the focus in their interests and wishes in a friendly, relaxed and inspiring atmosphere. Our local chefs will make delicious traditional Spanish dishes and international dishes using mediterranean ingredients. The price includes accomodation, main meals, art materials and equipment, tutoring, transfers from and to the airport and a visit to the nearby village. We also offer discounts to partners.
 
Location: Villanueva de la Vera, Spain
Instructor: Granada Munoz
Cost: 1400€
Sponsor: Las Paulinas
Website, email, 0044 7480 219 108


"Watermedia Workshop in Thassos, Greece with George Politis AWS"
August 21-28, 2018
 

Watercolor Workshop in Thassos Island, Greece. Join award winning artist George Politis AWS, RI in a journey of exploration and creativity. Thassos is majestic in summer and we will be painting in our Hotel Studio and en plein air. We will visit beautiful beaches and picturesque villages. Painting in watercolor and mixed watermedia. Focusing in composition and experimenting with the medium. All levels are welcome. Every session starts with a demonstration and then we paint together. Maximum of 12 students to ensure quality instruction. Price is all inclusive (hotels, three meals per day, tuition and transportation during the workshop). Languages spoken: English, French.
 
Location: Thassos, Greece
Instructor: George Politis AWS, RI
Cost: 1350 Euros - $1600 USD
Sponsor: Watercolor International - Greece
Website, email, +306944422097


"Painting in the French Alps: Watercolor Painting Workshop"
August 25 - September 1, 2018
 

This workshop will satisfy the artistic soul in every artist. Not only is the scenery is to die for, (I mean it is the gorgeous French Alps after all), but our host (Jackie Grandchamps, founder of French Escapade) looks after us so well, you won’t want to go home! Although students are encouraged to work in whatever medium they prefer, Rae will be demonstrating her techniques in pastels and some watercolor; however she will give ‘at easel’ instruction in the medium of the individual’s choice. A painter of many genres, Rae’s style is loose and free in whatever media she chooses.
 
Location: Haute-Savoie, France
Instructor: Rae Andrews, www.raeandrews.com
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Jan. 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting in the French Alps: Watercolor Painting Workshop"
September 2-9, 2018
 

Come explore the magnificient French Alps with us! In this workshop Frank will share intermediate and advanced watercolor plein air techniques based on tonal values that create atmosphere, balance and unity in your work. Whether painting a french market scene, a farm or landscape, learn the secrets to painting luminous watercolors by manipulating tonal value, color and edge! Basic watercolor background washes will be covered, as well as time sensitive and challenging wet-on-wet and dry-on wet techniques. Frank does numerous demos on site, broken up into parts, to help students keep up and absorb all aspects of painting techniques. Included are discussions and demonstrations on composition, direct color mixing, positive and negative painting as well as the 'state of mind' while painting.
 
Location: Haute-Savoie, France
Instructor: Frank Eber, frankeber.com
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Jan. 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting in Spain: Watercolor Painting Workshop"
September 3-10, 2018
 

Craggy cliffs, sandy coves, pristine beaches and inland, the fascinating, ancient history all await to be painted and experienced! What a great combination for painting. And let’s not forget the Gourmet food and sangria! Demonstrations will help you with composition, color harmony and the play of light on objects. Sonja will do a demo every day and also give you some individual help. All skill levels are welcome. Plan on small format sketching plus painting in ink/ or watercolor - a doable size for the traveling artist. Join us for an unforgettable art holiday in Spain!
 
Location: Calella de Palafrugel, Spain
Instructor: Sonja Hamilton, www.sonjahamilton.com
Cost: $3,190
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Plein Air on the Shores of Lake Como with Jon Budicin"
September 5-12, 2018
 

Spend a week painting, living, and relaxing with a small group of artists on the shores of beautiful Lake Como! Master artist, Jon Budicin, will teach for 5 full days. The class is limited in size to 8 participating artists. We will visit different locations around the lake for painting. Workshop includes all breakfasts and dinners, as well as airport transfers and transportation of artists to painting locations. This will be a week to remember! Come and join us!
 
Location: Lake Como, Italy
Instructor: Jon Budicin
Cost: $3750 Single Occupancy/Private Bath
Sponsor: Open Air Italy
Website, email, 1-321-626-2717


"Plein air painting in the High Tatras in Slovakia"
September 6-11, 2018
 

A very picturesque painting holiday in the High Tatra Mountains in today’s Slovakia or ‘Hungarian Uplands’ as known to native Hungarians. A truly magnificent mountain range with its hidden tarns, lakes and waterfalls as well as the many challenging peaks. We sketch and paint by the crystal clear waters of mountain lakes, we take the cable car up to some of the peaks to enjoy breathtaking views and we’ll do some easy, scenic hiking. No better place than this to practice your painting skills, take photographs and enjoy some fresh air. Booking now for September 2018!
 
Location: Tatranska Lomnica, Slovakia
Instructor: Ibolya Taligas
Cost: €569 / person sharing a room. Excl. flights
Website, email, +44 203 488 2991, +44 7564906850


"Southern France: Painting Retreat in the Dordogne region"
September 7-13, 2018
 

Stay in a retreat complete with gardens, vineyard, pool and Art Studio. Enjoy gourmet meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner and picnics), visit grottoes, outdoor markets, etc! You’ll have plenty of painting time, mixed with sightseeing, so you return home with lots of photos to paint from!! Beginners (with at least minimal experience in sketching) up to advanced levels. Let Helen guide you through painting plein air...we all start somewhere and she'll make it easy! Pen & Ink, Watercolor, Gouache, water-soluble crayons, or graphite. Acrylics are also acceptable if you are already comfortable using them. No oils please since Helen is allergic to them.
 
Location: Gourdon, France
Instructor: Helen K Beacham
Cost: 2000 Euros
Sponsor: Perigord Retreats
Website, email, 843-408-5240


"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


"Watercolor Sketching On Location: Montreal with Anne Kullaf"
September 10-14, 2018
 

Explore the world of watercolor sketching – an art that captures the world’s beauty in a way no camera ever could. Step back in time with us with pen and paper in hand as we wander the cobblestone streets of Old Montreal. Stunning 17th century architecture, sidewalk cafes, horse drawn carriages, world-class museums, art galleries and stylish boutiques. Your days will be spent drawing and painting in a relaxed, fun environment with a group of like-minded travelers. Each day, we’ll go to a charming locale and Anne will demonstrate drawing and painting with watercolor. This is signature Montreal: Old world elegance and historic detailing, with joie de vivre that will infuse your artist’s soul.
 
Location: Montreal, Canada
Instructor: Anne Kullaf, www.kullaf.com
Cost: $3,045 Shared, $3,695 Single
Sponsor: Arts & Cultural Travel
Website, email, 617-855-9209


"Watercolor Sketching On-Location with Candace Rose Rardon"
September 10-16, 2018
 

Candace Rose Rardon is a professional sketch artist and storyteller with a passion for connecting with the world through art. Originally from the state of Virginia, she has spent the past nine years traveling through more than 50 countries and is currently based in Montevideo, Uruguay. As a sketch artist and travel writer since 2011, her stories and sketches have appeared in a wide range of publications including Longreads, BBC Travel and National Geographic’s Intelligent Travel site. And as a professional illustrator, her clients have included Penguin Random House, Yahoo, and Google Thailand. Candace is also the founder of Moment Sketchers, an art and travel blog and global community of artists from more than 20 countries around the world.
 
Location: Porto & Lisbon, Portugal
Instructor: Candace Rose Rardon, www.candaceroserardon.com
Cost: $3,425 Shared, $4,125 Single
Sponsor: Arts & Cultural Travel
Website, email, 617-855-9209


"Paint Ireland with Watercolor Artist Angela Fehr"
September 10-15, 2018
 

What could be more of a dream come true for an artist than to paint the world? Join watercolor artist Angela Fehr for a destination workshop focused on growing your watercolor skills while exploring the scenery and villages of Ireland. This six-day workshop combines sightseeing and painting, as we explore Ireland; taking in the beauty of the natural landscape and historic sites in half-day tours, sketching en plein air on occasion, then returning to the studio to paint our impressions of what we’ve experienced through loose, intuitive painting focused on personal expression and heartfelt emotion. Join us in this cultural, historic and creative wonderland of coastal cliffs and postcard-perfect countryside.
 
Location: Ballina, Ireland
Instructor: Angela Fehr, angelafehr.com
Cost: $3,125 Shared, $3,625 Single
Sponsor: Arts & Cultural Travel
Website, email, 617-855-9209


"Art Adventure urban sketching and painting in Mexico"
September 10-14, 2018
 

Fun creative way of learning and practicing urban sketching and studio painting in the Heart of Mexico, San Miguel de Allende a Humanity Cultural Heritage jewel. Understand the difference between drawing and sketching, learn about color and composition. Absorb the details and hidden corners of this Colonial gem through the eye and perspective of an artist. All levels of artistic experience are welcomed. Groups of 5 and up receive special rate. You may add extra days to visit and sketch vicinities. Experienced and renowned artists and facilitators with 30 years of experience on 2 continents, founders and owners of Cristi Fer Art Gallery will share freely their vast experience. Maximum number of participants is 9.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu
Cost: $650.00 includes most materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Website, email, 415-121-2311


"September in Southern France, Travel-Workshop"
September 11-18, 2018
 

Join Lisa Pressman and Norma Hendrix in the stunning landscape of the Village of Durfort. Our lodging, meals and studio space will be at La Cascade. And our exploration of the region will be our inspiration and resource for a week of creative exploration. On our outings we will photograph and draw while being mindful of all our senses. In the studio we will be experimenting with a range of materials including: R&F pigment sticks, oil paint, cold wax, graphite, ink, and pastels. There is a freedom of gesture, movement and process that occurs when painting with these materials. A variety of techniques, tools and exercises are used to explore personal imagery – abstract as well as representational.
 
Location: Durfort, France
Instructor: Lisa Pressman
Cost: $3,000
Sponsor: Cullowhee Arts
Website, email, 828-342-6913


"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


"Autumn on Lake Como Watercolor Workshop"
September 17-30, 2018
 

Immerse yourself in your art for an extended stay near Tremezzo on Lake Como with the gorgeous Swiss Alps as a background. Enjoy visiting the small coastal villages along the shores of Lake Como as we travel by boat from one to another. The weather should still be nice while we avoid hectic summer crowds. You will be led by our instructor David Beale, both an accomplished artist and teacher. He has won numerous national and international awards and has taught many workshops in both the USA and abroad. David is known not only for his skill and knowledge but easy-going personality that makes every workshop experience memorable and delightful.
 
Location: Tremezzo, Italy
Instructor: David Beale
Cost: $1340
Sponsor: The Picture house
Website, email, 607-591-6752


"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


"Paint in Southern Albania"
September 23-27, 2018
 

Albania offers the perfect setting for a painting holiday as it is still little known by most travellers. Its landscape is truly breathtaking and the people are some of the friendliest in Europe. It also has many natural wonders and ancient architecture to inspire you. We will be based in Saranda in the South from where we travel to different points of interest by our cosy minibus. An informal art holiday suitable for painters of any levels as well as non-painting partners. Paint and draw while enjoying the stunning virgin beaches. Small group and a dedicated artist tutor and guide. 100% payment protection. Fully compliant with the Package Travel Regulation. Flights and accommodation excl.
 
Location: Saranda, Albania
Instructor: Ibolya Taligas
Cost: €375 (excl. flights and accommodation)
Sponsor: Painting Getaways
Website, email, +442034882991


"Niagara Falls- Finding your focus outdoors"
September 24-25, 2018
 

I often see artists confused about what to focus on outdoors. Some truly don't know where to begin painting something in front of them. A better solution is not to paint a specific subject, instead, look for 'light'. An ordinary object in the right light becomes extraordinary! When you have excitement starting your painting, you can more easily carry that through to the finished piece, instead of deciding at the finish what you can do to make the painting more exciting. Learn to find a strong composition, value pattern, and you'll learn how to work with color temperature for atmospheric effects.
 
Location: Niagara Falls, Canada
Instructor: J.R. Baldini, IPAP
Cost: $297.00 +tx
Sponsor: Baldini Art & Visualization Workshops
Website, email, 1.800.393.7270 in studio 9-5


"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


"Tuscany Painting Retreat"
September 29 - October 7, 2018
 

Stir Up Your CreativSOUP at a Restored 15th Century Villa in the Maremma region of southern Tuscany. Create Your Own Customized Painting Retreat with Dorothy Fagan, on the breath-taking 2500 acre Monteverdi Estate. Select from a complete menu from Italian cooking lessons to painting, watercolor and oil to journaling dreams, exploring, visiting artisan shops, writing, spas, eating, napping, and enjoying the good company of creative souls. Dorothy’s CreativSOUP Method sparks passion and touches heart and soul. Nearby are tennis, golf, riding, sailing, wine tasting, spas, and miles of sandy beach, rocky coastline, and Tuscany’s tallest mountain. Florence, Siena, San Gimignano, archaeological sites of Roselle and Tarquinia, and ancient sulphur baths Saturnia are all within a short drive.
 
Location: Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Dorothy Fagan
Cost: $1800 - $3200
Sponsor: The Painting Lesson
Website, email, 804-366-0990


"Tuscany Expressionist Painting Retreat with Dorothy Fagan"
September 29 - October 7, 2018
 

Create Your Own Customized Retreat at a Restored 15th Century Villa in the Maremma region of southern Tuscany. Select from a complete menu from Italian cooking to painting, watercolor and oil to journaling dreams, exploring, visiting artisan shops, writing, cooking, eating, napping, and enjoying the good company of creative souls. Get full details (and amazing photos) about this fabulous villa, gardens with emerald pool, olive grove, vineyards ... this is not your average Tuscan painting workshop! Close to the rocky coastline, beaches, hot sulphur spas, Monte Amiata, an archaeological dig ... you will think you have died and gone to painter's heaven.
 
Location: Grosetto, Italy
Instructor: Dorothy Fagan
Cost: $1800 - $3200
Sponsor: The Painting Lesson
Website, email, 804-366-0990


"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


"Art Adventure urban sketching and painting in Mexico"
October 8-12, 2018
 

Fun creative way of learning and practicing urban sketching and studio painting in the Heart of Mexico, San Miguel de Allende a Humanity Cultural Heritage jewel. Understand the difference between drawing and sketching, learn about color and composition. Absorb the details and hidden corners of this Colonial gem through the eye and perspective of an artist. All levels of artistic experience are welcomed. Groups of 5 and up receive special rate. You may add extra days to visit and sketch vicinities. Experienced and renowned artists and facilitators with 30 years of experience on 2 continents, founders and owners of Cristi Fer Art Gallery will share freely their vast experience. Maximum number of participants is 9.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu
Cost: $650.00 includes most materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Website, email, 415-121-2311


"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


"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


"Sketch and walk in the stone forests of the Meteora in Greece"
October 22-26, 2018
 

In such magnificent scenery we walk and sketch the imposing, natural rock formations with their monasteries perched on top. On our art pilgrimage we visit all 6 monasteries from where the view of the forests below are just breathtaking as they transform into vivid gold and magenta colours by the end of October. A truly unique place in Europe and a must-see! Every day we visit different monasteries and sketch along the way in our preferred medium. Your guide and art tutor is available to help and advise at all times. Suitable for anyone interested in art, nature, photography, walking. €370 per person (excl. flights and accommodation). Painting Getaways fully complies with the Package Travel Regulations 1992.
 
Location: Kalampaka, Greece
Instructor: Ibolya Taligas
Cost: €370 (excl. flights and accommodation)
Sponsor: Painting Getaways
Website, email, +442034882991


"Art Adventure urban sketching and painting in Mexico"
November 19-23, 2018
 

Fun creative way of learning and practicing urban sketching and studio painting in the Heart of Mexico, San Miguel de Allende a Humanity Cultural Heritage jewel. Understand the difference between drawing and sketching, learn about color and composition. Absorb the details and hidden corners of this Colonial gem through the eye and perspective of an artist. All levels of artistic experience are welcomed. Groups of 5 and up receive special rate. You may add extra days to visit and sketch vicinities. Experienced and renowned artists and facilitators with 30 years of experience on 2 continents, founders and owners of Cristi Fer Art Gallery will share freely their vast experience. Maximum number of participants is 9.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu
Cost: $650.00 includes most materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Website, email, 415-121-2311


"Art Adventure urban sketching and painting in Mexico"
December 10-14, 2018
 

Fun creative way of learning and practicing urban sketching and studio painting in the Heart of Mexico, San Miguel de Allende a Humanity Cultural Heritage jewel. Understand the difference between drawing and sketching, learn about color and composition. Absorb the details and hidden corners of this Colonial gem through the eye and perspective of an artist. All levels of artistic experience are welcomed. Groups of 5 and up receive special rate. You may add extra days to visit and sketch vicinities. Experienced and renowned artists and facilitators with 30 years of experience on 2 continents, founders and owners of Cristi Fer Art Gallery will share freely their vast experience. Maximum number of participants is 9.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu
Cost: $650.00 includes most materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Website, email, 415-121-2311


"Art Adventure urban sketching and painting in Mexico"
January 14-18, 2019
 

Fun creative way of learning and practicing urban sketching and studio painting in the Heart of Mexico, San Miguel de Allende a Humanity Cultural Heritage jewel. Understand the difference between drawing and sketching, learn about color and composition. Absorb the details and hidden corners of this Colonial gem through the eye and perspective of an artist. All levels of artistic experience are welcomed. Groups of 5 and up receive special rate. You may add extra days to visit and sketch vicinities. Experienced and renowned artists and facilitators with 30 years of experience on 2 continents, founders and owners of Cristi Fer Art Gallery will share freely their vast experience. Maximum number of participants is 9.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu
Cost: $750.00 includes most materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Website, email, 415-121-2311


"Art Adventure urban sketching and painting in Mexico"
February 11-15, 2019
 

Fun creative way of learning and practicing urban sketching and studio painting in the Heart of Mexico, San Miguel de Allende a Humanity Cultural Heritage jewel. Understand the difference between drawing and sketching, learn about color and composition. Absorb the details and hidden corners of this Colonial gem through the eye and perspective of an artist. All levels of artistic experience are welcomed. Groups of 5 and up receive special rate. You may add extra days to visit and sketch vicinities. Experienced and renowned artists and facilitators with 30 years of experience on 2 continents, founders and owners of Cristi Fer Art Gallery will share freely their vast experience. Maximum number of participants is 9.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu
Cost: $750.00 includes most materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Website, email, 415-121-2311


"Art Adventure urban sketching and painting in Mexico"
March 8-12, 2019
 

Fun creative way of learning and practicing urban sketching and studio painting in the Heart of Mexico, San Miguel de Allende a Humanity Cultural Heritage jewel. Understand the difference between drawing and sketching, learn about color and composition. Absorb the details and hidden corners of this Colonial gem through the eye and perspective of an artist. All levels of artistic experience are welcomed. Groups of 5 and up receive special rate. You may add extra days to visit and sketch vicinities. Experienced and renowned artists and facilitators with 30 years of experience on 2 continents, founders and owners of Cristi Fer Art Gallery will share freely their vast experience. Maximum number of participants is 9.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu
Cost: $750.00 includes most materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Website, email, 415-121-2311


"Painting in Provence: Watercolor Painting Workshop"
May 3-10, 2019
 

Being immersed in the gorgeous scenery of Provence, France, we’ll be capturing its beauty and light through Plein air painting in Watercolor. Using painterly, impressionistic brush strokes, we’ll focus on capturing the luminosity of the city’s colorful areas throughout the day. Students will learn the “how tos” of seeing light on form, understand temperatures of light and shadow and work with values and edges for creating depth in their inspiring paintings of France. We’ll return home with memories of this amazing painting experience as well as painting sketches that will affect our painting styles and gain inspiration for future work.
 
Location: Venasque, France
Instructor: Betty Carr, www.bettycarrfineart.com
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Nov 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting in Spain: Watercolor Journaling Workshop"
May 6-13, 2019
 

Come along with me to Spain for a week of painting Barcelona and the Costa Brava. All the logistics will be taken care of – all you have to do is relax and enjoy as we sketch pristine shorelines, craggy cliffs, sandy coves, medieval villages, white-washed houses and flowers from a botanical garden. In Barcelona, we’ll visit the fascinating Dali museum and attend an unforgettable flamenco show. And we’ll capture these once-in-a-lifetime experiences on the pages of our travel journals. Our focus throughout the tour will be on illustrated watercolor journaling. I’ll share my sketching process from start to finish and offer daily demonstrations of techniques for painting the subjects you’ll encounter each day.
 
Location: Calella de Palafrugel, Spain
Instructor: Leslie Fehling, www.lesliefehling.com
Cost: $3,190 before Nov. 30 ($3,390 after Nov. 30)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting in Provence: Art Journaling Workshop"
May 10-17, 2019
 

Join Jacqueline Newbold on an artistic journey of creative expression! We will incorporate watercolor and mixed-media art journaling techniques as we explore Provence, rich with sights, sounds and colors – all wonderful inspiration for developing your artistic eye. The local colors will inspire us as we play with luscious ochres and rich gem-tone colors from the surrounding landscapes. Jacqueline will share her favorite ideas for creating paintings-on-the-go using watercolor washes and mixed-media ideas. Discover how magically enjoyable it is to record your life voyages as you slow down and savor your time in France. This workshop is available for all levels – beginners and experienced artists are all invited to come along on this delightful journey!
 
Location: Venasque, France
Instructor: Jacqueline Newbold, djnewbold.blogspot.com
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Nov 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting in Spain: Travel Sketching in Watercolor"
May 13-20, 2019
 

Join me for sketching on-location in beautiful Spain! Learn to capture your experiences on paper, and more important, in your mind and heart. The process of drawing imprints what you see into your brain in such a way that years from now, the sounds of the people walking by, the scent of the rain, the feel of the warm air, and much more will all flood back when you look at your sketch. In this workshop, we’ll focus on quickly capturing buildings and spaces, as well as skies, trees and water. I’ll do lots of quick demos and provide hand’s-on guidance as you sketch and paint the beautiful scenes of the Spanish coast and Barcelona.
 
Location: Calella de Palafrugel, Spain
Instructor: Stephanie Bower, www.stephaniebower.com
Cost: $3,190 before Nov. 30 ($3,390 after Nov. 30)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting in Spain: Travel Sketching in Watercolor"
May 20-27, 2019
 

Join me for sketching on-location in beautiful Spain! Learn to capture your experiences on paper, and more important, in your mind and heart. The process of drawing imprints what you see into your brain in such a way that years from now, the sounds of the people walking by, the scent of the rain, the feel of the warm air, and much more will all flood back when you look at your sketch. In this workshop, we’ll focus on quickly capturing buildings and spaces, as well as skies, trees and water. I’ll do lots of quick demos and provide hand’s-on guidance as you sketch and paint the beautiful scenes of the Spanish coast and Barcelona.
 
Location: Calella de Palafrugel, Spain
Instructor: Stephanie Bower, www.stephaniebower.com
Cost: $3,190 before Nov. 30 ($3,390 after Nov. 30)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting Mediterranean Villages: Watercolor Painting Workshop"
May 26 - June 2, 2019
 

Dreaming of painting in the South of France? You can make your dream come true. Join Kathy Rennell Forbes for daily painting demos and hands on instruction in the incandescent light in the Mediterranean Villages of Southern France. You will learn about composition, mixing colors and capturing the outdoor landscapes of the great masters. We will travel light with just a small bag of watercolor supplies and journal to paint your golden memories while also exploring this magical destination. Kathy encourages your own painting style while sharing her watercolor secrets. You will bring home a personalized journal of your discoveries that you can share with others and inspire you to paint larger versions back home.
 
Location: Vence, France
Instructor: Kathy Forbes, www.artbykrf.com
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Nov 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting in Spain: Watercolor Workshop"
May 27 - June 3, 2019
 

Join Vladislav (Vlad) Yeliseyev, AIS, NWS, for 8 days in Barcelona and Costa Brava! This pristine coast shore is the perfect environment where color and light meet together to produce stunning results waiting to be expressed on watercolor paper. Vlad is an academically trained master watercolorist who will show you how to quickly capture the essence of the scenery with a dynamic and powerful impressionistic approach. His individual approach to teaching is designed for artists at all levels. Join us for plein air painting in beautiful Spain!
 
Location: Calella de Palafrugel, Spain
Instructor: Vladislav Yeliseyev, www.yeliseyevfineart.com
Cost: $3,190 before Nov. 30 ($3,390 after Nov. 30)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Herman Pekle - Painting Paris and Surrounds"
June 8-15, 2019
 

Picture yourself painting and touring the French countryside and Paris too, with internationally acclaimed artist, Herman Pekel. Herman has great ideas and will guide you to make painting fun and fast. You will learn about color mixing, glazes, composition, drying time, thickness and edges to create an impressionist painting you never thought possible with watercolor. Enjoy lots of painting action, one-on-one instruction, wonderful meals and wine, and iconic sights! Come, explore Paris, Versailles, visit the local villages, see Monet's Gardens, and more. We have a full itinerary with you in mind so don't miss this workshop of a lifetime for travel enthusiasts and all levels of artists. See the full itinerary on our website.
 
Location: Paris/Versailles, France
Instructor: Herman Pekel
Cost: $3400 most all inclusive except airfare to/from Paris
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Painting in Belgium: Watercolor Sketching Workshop"
June 12-19, 2019
 

Join me for a week of sketching with watercolor. 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. Enjoy time with fellow artists, instruction and friendly critiques. Bruges, the “Venice of the North”, will capture your heart with its medieval architecture surrounded by numerous canals. Painting in Bruges, the Capital of the Flemish painters, is a one of a kind experience. Besides painting the endless vignettes Bruges has to offer, you will also experience Belgium’s specialties like chocolate, lace making, beers, diamants and waffles.
 
Location: Bruges, Belgium
Instructor: Brenda Swenson, www.swensonsart.net
Cost: $3,190 before Nov 30 ($3,390 after Nov 30)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Studio Italia offered since 1997"
June 14-24, 2019
 

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 3250 or the equivalent in American dollars at the time of full payment (around US$ 2,520 as of March 2018). 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$2520
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Painting in Provence: Watercolor Painting Workshop"
June 15-22, 2019
 

Join Kristi in magical Provence! When you paint a place, you really get to know it. Plein Air is not just a record of what you see but how that place makes you feel. Learn how to tell your story in watercolor. We will cover basic techniques which will give you the language needed to communicate visually. Design & composition is one of Kristi’s strong suits and she will demonstrate on site with lots of individual help as needed. We will strive for a relationship with the medium, learn to trust what the paint does on its own and recognize those “happy accidents” when they occur!
 
Location: Venasque, France
Instructor: Kristi Grussendorf, www.kristigrussendorf.com
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Nov 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting in the French Alps: Watercolor Painting Workshop"
June 17-24, 2019
 

Come explore the magnificent French Alps with us! The Alps are a dream destination for a plein air artist because of the spectacular scenery you will encounter: alpine meadows, cobblestoned villages, waterfalls, glaciated peaks, wildflowers, clean lakes, chalet with flowers from window boxes. One of the highlights of the tour is Annecy, a beautiful medieval city surrounded by canals and mountains. Daily demonstrations will help you with composition, color harmony and the play of light on objects. All skill levels are welcome.
 
Location: Haute-Savoie, France
Instructor: Sonja Hamilton, www.sonjahamilton.com
Cost: $3,190 before Nov 30 ($3,390 after Nov 30)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting in Belgium: Watercolor Sketching Workshop"
June 19-26, 2019
 

Join me for a week of sketching with watercolor. 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. Enjoy time with fellow artists, instruction and friendly critiques. Bruges, the “Venice of the North”, will capture your heart with its medieval architecture surrounded by numerous canals. Painting in Bruges, the Capital of the Flemish painters, is a one of a kind experience. Besides painting the endless vignettes Bruges has to offer, you will also experience Belgium’s specialties like chocolate, lace making, beers, diamants and waffles.
 
Location: Bruges, Belgium
Instructor: Brenda Swenson, www.swensonsart.net
Cost: $3,190 before Nov 30 ($3,390 after Nov 30)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting in Provence: Watercolor Painting Workshop"
June 22-29, 2019
 

Join Kristi in magical Provence! When you paint a place, you really get to know it. Plein Air is not just a record of what you see but how that place makes you feel. Learn how to tell your story in watercolor. We will cover basic techniques which will give you the language needed to communicate visually. Design & composition is one of Kristi’s strong suits and she will demonstrate on site with lots of individual help as needed. We will strive for a relationship with the medium, learn to trust what the paint does on its own and recognize those “happy accidents” when they occur!
 
Location: Venasque, France
Instructor: Kristi Grussendorf, www.kristigrussendorf.com
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Nov 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Studio Provence and Barcelona Art Tour 2019"
July 1-12, 2019
 

A seven-day plein-air painting workshop in the Alpes de Haute Provence combined with a four-day art history tour in the magnificent city of Barcelona. Open to artists of all levels and all media. Small groups, personalized instruction and an intimate environment that fosters creativity and fun. A unique opportunity to paint in the land of Cézanne when the lavender is in its glory, to visit Barcelona’s great art and architecture and to enjoy famous Provencal and Catalan cuisine. Price of CAD 3685 around US$2830 as of March 2018) includes 11-night double accommodation, 11 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners, transportation to all sites on schedule, TGV train ticket Avignon-Barcelona and entrances to all museums and sites on schedule.
 
Location: Manosque, France
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$2830
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Studio Provence and Barcelona Art Tour 2019"
July 1-12, 2019
 

A seven-day plein-air painting workshop in the Alpes de Haute Provence combined with a four-day art history tour in the magnificent city of Barcelona. Open to artists of all levels and all media. Small groups, personalized instruction and an intimate environment that fosters creativity and fun. A unique opportunity to paint in the land of Cézanne when the lavender is in its glory, to visit Barcelona’s great art and architecture and to enjoy famous Provencal and Catalan cuisine. Price of CAD 3685 around US$2830 as of March 2018) includes 11-night double accommodation, 11 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners, transportation to all sites on schedule, TGV train ticket Avignon-Barcelona and entrances to all museums and sites on schedule.
 
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$2830
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Painting in the French Alps: Watermedia Painting Workshop"
August 25 - September 1, 2019
 

Come explore the magnificent French Alps with us! This is a mixed-media workshop, and I will demo in watercolor and/or acrylic with occasional dabblings into collage and texture. We’ll work both on location and in the studio. Our days are relaxed and informative (with lots of good food and laughing in the mix). If you are a first-time plein air painter (and afraid), you’ll find it painless! Advanced painters will discover new techniques and creative solutions with color & design, which will move your work to a new level. There will be demos, hand-outs and personal attention. The best part is our camaraderie, learning from each other, sharing our adventures and painting incredible memories.
 
Location: Haute-Savoie, France
Instructor: Kathie George, www.kathiegeorge.com
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Jan. 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting in the French Alps: Watercolor Painting Workshop"
August 28 - September 4, 2019
 

Come explore the magnificent French Alps with us! Each day will include demonstrations of elements of landscape painting with lots of personal instruction. Develop your ability to look at the complexity of the scene in front of you, and focus your vision so that you can design a good painting that speaks of the essence of the scene, rather than merely reporting the things in it. Every painting should have a concept, and your composition, colors and techniques must work towards bringing your concept to life.
 
Location: Haute-Savoie, France
Instructor: Evelyn Dunphy, www.evelyndunphy.com
Cost: $3,190 before Jan. 31 ($3,390 after Jan. 31)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting in the French Alps: Watermedia Painting Workshop"
September 1-8, 2019
 

Come explore the magnificent French Alps with us! This is a mixed-media workshop, and I will demo in watercolor and/or acrylic with occasional dabblings into collage and texture. We’ll work both on location and in the studio. Our days are relaxed and informative (with lots of good food and laughing in the mix). If you are a first-time plein air painter (and afraid), you’ll find it painless! Advanced painters will discover new techniques and creative solutions with color & design, which will move your work to a new level. There will be demos, hand-outs and personal attention. The best part is our camaraderie, learning from each other, sharing our adventures and painting incredible memories.
 
Location: Haute-Savoie, France
Instructor: Kathie George, www.kathiegeorge.com
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Jan. 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting Mediterranean Villages: Watercolor Painting Workshop"
September 1-8, 2019
 

Join me in Tuscany for a truly memorable week! 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! 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! The course is limited to 12 students.
 
Location: Vence, France
Instructor: Iain Stewart, iainstew.fineartstudioonline.com
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 before Jan. 31)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting in Tuscany: Travel Sketching in Watercolor"
September 17-24, 2019
 

The best thing about our itinerary for travel sketching in Tuscany is the sheer breadth of subjects to choose from — that, and the near-magical light and colour of this unique part of the world. In our week together I’ll teach you techniques for capturing the close-up and colourful in villages and towns, as well as the distant and scenic in Italian landscapes. We’ll sketch, rolling hills with vineyards, olive groves, hillside towns and panoramas. In true travel sketching tradition, we’ll pack light — carrying a small bag for art materials and a folding stool. This workshop is designed to give you confidence sketching wherever you are. We’ll work spontaneously, and I’ll show you how to keep your watercolour sketches fresh and colourful.
 
Location: Certaldo, Italy
Instructor: Shari Blaukopf, www.shariblaukopf.com
Cost: $3,190 before Jan. 31 ($3,390 after Jan. 31)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting in Tuscany: Travel Sketching in Watercolor"
September 25 - October 2, 2019
 

The best thing about our itinerary for travel sketching in Tuscany is the sheer breadth of subjects to choose from — that, and the near-magical light and colour of this unique part of the world. In our week together I’ll teach you techniques for capturing the close-up and colourful in villages and towns, as well as the distant and scenic in Italian landscapes. We’ll sketch, rolling hills with vineyards, olive groves, hillside towns and panoramas. In true travel sketching tradition, we’ll pack light — carrying a small bag for art materials and a folding stool. This workshop is designed to give you confidence sketching wherever you are. We’ll work spontaneously, and I’ll show you how to keep your watercolour sketches fresh and colourful.
 
Location: Certaldo, Italy
Instructor: Shari Blaukopf, www.shariblaukopf.com
Cost: $3,190 before Jan. 31 ($3,390 after Jan. 31)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting in Tuscany: Watercolor Sketching Workshop"
September 26 - October 3, 2019
 

Tuscany is a dream come true for Watercolour Sketching! We will be a lovely small group where I can work with you individually to ensure that every aspect of the experience meets your expectations. There will be plenty of opportunity to have your questions answered and have fun along the way. My approach to teaching is positive and encouraging to give you confidence. The subjects covered will be truly inspirational – including Italian buildings, landscapes, local scenes and sketching the everyday such as your lunch. Return home armed with new skills in watercolour and sketching as you will have learnt how to sketch confidently, understand paint consistency and application and mix wonderful glowing colours to capture the magical light of Italy.
 
Location: Certaldo, Italy
Instructor: Judy Salleh, judysalleh.com.au
Cost: $3,190 before Jan. 31 ($3,390 after Jan. 31)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting in Tuscany: Watercolor Painting & Journaling"
October 3-10, 2019
 

We look forward to returning to dreamy Tuscany and sharing the adventure with you! We’ll explore the inspiring countryside and charming villages as we make the most of our painting time together. Experience daily demonstrations, personalized instruction, and, encouraging support with Theresa and Cindy. We show you how to design and simplify your subject, draw confidently, jazz up your colors, paint with serendipity and experiment with new techniques. Enjoy creating colorful paintings with an emphasis on your own unique point of view.
 
Location: Certaldo, Italy
Instructor: Cindy Briggs & Theresa Goesling
Cost: $3,190 before Jan. 31 ($3,390 after Jan. 31)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Studio Italia offered since 1997"
October 3-13, 2019
 

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 3250 or the equivalent in American dollars at the time of full payment (around US$ 2,520 as of March 2018). 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 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$2520
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Painting in Tuscany"
October 4-11, 2019
 

Ciao Tuscany! Let’s immerse ourselves in the flavors and colors of Tuscany, famous for its rolling hills, olive groves, cypress trees, winding vineyards but also superb Renaissance art and of course Chianti wine. Join Kirah Van Sickle for a plein air adventure in watercolor, oil and acrylic painting. We will explore a myriad of journal sketching and alla prima painting techniques. With an approach based on fundamentals of values, composition and color, Kirah will introduce students to exercises and techniques that build brush confidence and achieve bold, fresh and loose results. Students will gain a better understanding of color temperature, limited palette and the dramatic impact in building contrast and dynamic landscape compositions. Join us in the heart of Italy!
 
Location: Certaldo, Italy
Instructor: Kirah Van Sickle, www.kirahfineart.com
Cost: $3,190 before Jan. 31 ($3,390 after Jan. 31)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"5 Day Plein-Air Watercolor Workshop, Barcelona"
Year round
 

This is an opportunity to enjoy a 5-day plein-air intensive urban watercolor workshop in the heart of Barcelona. Professional artist Paul Raymonde and his wife Angela run this unusual city based painting course in one of Europe’s most beautiful metropolis'. The week's curriculum is carefully structured to cover all aspects of technique. Starting with simple value studies it rapidly progresses to full colour paintings. Classes are held in the mornings leaving visitors time to explore the sights and culture of Barcelona. All abilities are welcome.
 
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Instructor: Paul Raymonde
Cost: from €400 EUR
Sponsor: La Terraza Atico
Website, email, +24611360131


 

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