Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"From Mud to Brilliant Colors, acrylic painting in Mexico"
March 5-9, 2018
 

Call for acrylic painters, all levels, who mix shades of mud! Discover how easy it is to mix crisp and vivid colors with acrylic paint! Are you one of many painters who no matter what they do, how hard they try, create paintings that lack depth and contrast and paint in several shades of mud? Your seasoned instructor, master painter Fernando Gonzalez, will show you how to transform your painting with intense dazzling colors. Learn and apply proven techniques of mixing acrylic paint in context of several painting topics. All in one of the most magical Mexico destinations, colonial mountain town of San Miguel Allende. A place where it is easy to be inspired and stimulate your creative juices.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Maestro Fernando Gonzalez
Cost: $650 materials included
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Website, email, 415-121-2311


"Expressive Brushwork En Plein Air"
March 10-17, 2018
 

Join us for what is sure to be a fun and exciting week of painting in the Tropics. To be in the moment as much as humanly possible is what we so often strive to do. Painting plein air is a good way to get there. Join California artist Randall Sexton for a fun week of “choice moments” while painting the various scenes close to La Casa.
 
Location: Boca de Tomatlan, Mexico
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Cost: $1,995
Website, email, (413) 625-8382


"Paint in the Desert in the South of Israel at Néot Semadar"
March 11-15, 2018
 

The desert (arava) in the southern region of Israel is living kaleidoscope of constantly changing colors and textures. Painting there is a rich and exciting adventure. This 5 day plein air workshop in the Kibbutz Néot Semadar is instructed by Royce Deans from the USA and Tali Farchi from the Netherlands and Israel. There will be demonstrations and lots of time to paint this fascinating landscape and enjoy the incredible food prepared by the kibbutz staff. This retreat/workshop is suitable for those that are new to painting outdoors as well as the experienced plein air painter.
 
Location: Néot Semadar, Israel
Instructor: Royce Deans, Tali Farchi, Ilana Weiler
Cost: $1160.00
Sponsor: ArtisTTable
Website, email, 231.883.1681


"Lowrey in Spectacular Spain"
April 1-7, 2018
 

Our wonderful villa and fabulously landscaped gardens, set amongst the mountains in the Valle D'Albaida. The ideal setting for a week of painting with one of the masters of watercolor. This workshop for any level but some knowledge will be an advantage to enable you to gain the best insight into the brushstrokes, water control, perspective and color adaption from this extremely experienced, patient tutor. Alternating between plein aire, visiting Valencia City, the orange and olive groves plus the largest freshwater lake in Spain, add studio work and this week will be one of the most instructive you have ever attended. This inclusive workshop, all meals, materials, equipment and private en-suite room is available at a discount for early booking.
 
Location: Benigánim, Spain
Instructor: Arnold Lowrey
Cost: 1549 Euros. in private en-suite room single ocupancy.
Sponsor: Dalvaro Art Holidays
Website, email, 0034 96221 7226


"Drawing and Walking in the Tramuntanas, Mallorca, Spain"
April 7-14, 2018
 

An Art and Hiking Retreat. Spend a week exploring nature by walking and drawing along the pathways of this beautiful Mediterranean island. La Serrania, located in the foothills of the Tramuntana Mountains, is the perfect place to start our adventure and then venture out to nearby beaches and coastal towns to hike and draw this incredible landscape. Evenings are filled with wine and conversation about the history and culture of Mallorca. Day trips include a visit to the Robert Graves Museum in Deya, a local farmer's market, and other sites of interest. Sketchbooks and drawing supplies are included.
 
Location: Pollensa, Mallorca, Spain
Instructor: Meredith Nemirov and Jorge Anchondo
Cost: $1950
Sponsor: Ridgway Gallery Workshops
Website, email, 970 318-8444


"Painting and Drawing on the Island of Mallorca, Spain"
April 7-14, 2018
 

Join us for a week immersed in the beauty of the Mediterranean island of Mallorca in Spain. Each day will be filled with on-site drawing and painting along the coast and trails through the foothills of the Tramuntana Mountains. Demonstrations in watercolor as well as lessons in drawing the landscape will be part of the week. Each day will end with exciting conversations about all thing Spain: the language, the food, the culture all over a glass of La Rioja wine and boquerones!
 
Location: Mallorca, Spain
Instructor: Meredith Nemirov
Cost: $1,950
Sponsor: Ridgway Gallery Workshops
Website, email, 970-318-8444


"Art and Culture in the Balearic Islands, Mallorca, Spain"
April 14-21, 2018
 

A Plein Air Painting Retreat. Our days are filled with on-site drawing and painting capturing the colors of the sea and the abundant vegetation of this famous Mediterranean island. Evenings are time for talks over a glass of wine about the history and culture of Mallorca. Excursions include a visit to the Robert Graves museum in Deya, the local farmer's market and other historical sites. Guided hikes are available. Our home base is La Serranía in the foothills of the Tramuntana mountains.
 
Location: Pollensa, Mallorca, Spain
Instructor: Meredith Nemirov and Jorge Anchondo
Cost: $1950
Sponsor: Ridgway Gallery Workshops
Website, email, 970 318-8444


"Joanne Boon Thomas in Spectacular Spain"
April 15-21, 2018
 

Las Orquideas, a peaceful, relaxing art retreat in "La Valle D'Albaida", Valencia, Spain. Stay in a wonderful villa set amongst beautifully landscaped gardens, designed specifically with artists in mind. Enjoy a unique week of watercolor and brusho painting in plein-aire, within the gardens and on location, coupled with studio studies. Be guided through a loose style of watercolor painting sharing invaluable tips and techniques leaving you confident and inspired. With numerous demonstrations, one on one guidance, what ever your level, you will take some new knowledge away from this wonderful week. With the addition of instruction in Brusho painting, you will be amazed at the incredible visual and sensory effects to enliven any painting to the next level.
 
Location: Benigánim, Spain
Instructor: Joanne Boon Thomas
Cost: €1525 single occupation, private en-suite room
Sponsor: Dalvaro Art Holidays
Website, email, 0034 96221 7226


"After Van Gogh in Arles, St. Remy, and Auvers-sur-Oise"
April 18-27, 2018
 

Join us in Arles, St. Remy, and Auvers-sur-Oise to follow the footsteps of Vincent Van Gogh. We will visit many of the exact locations where Vincent painted, and you will have the opportunity to draw and paint where he created many of his memorable masterpieces. Enjoy the sun of the south of France from Saintes Maries del la Mer to the mountains of Saint Paul's Mausole. Then travel by train to Auvers just north of Paris to be where Vincent lived for the last 3 months of his life and made over 80 paintings.
 
Location: Arles, St. Remy, Auvers-sur-Oise, France
Instructor: Royce Deans, Tali Farchi
Cost: $1700 | €1400 | 6000 shekels
Sponsor: ArtisTTable
Website, email, 231.883.1681


"Doranne Alden in Spectacular Spain"
April 22-28, 2018
 

As one of the best known art retreat painting workshop providers, we believe in offering you extraordinarily well-designed art workshops that bring you closer to your own aspirations of mastering painting skills. Allowing you to absorb tips and techniques from the worlds best tutors, while retaining memories of all you see and hear. Our intimate, individual, inclusive itineraries are designed to help you explore the subtleties of your chosen media. Relax and be captivated by the local food, culture, people, customs of this rural Valencian community. Join Doranne to learn the art of how to visualise and experiment, in watercolor, with gentle guidance. In a relaxed manner you will be inspired to create those paintings you have always wanted.
 
Location: Benigánim, Spain
Instructor: Doranne Alden Caruana
Cost: €1525. Single occupation in en-suite private room.
Sponsor: Dalvaro Art Holidays
Website, email, 0034 96221 7226


"Painting in Spain: Travel Journal Workshop"
April 30 - May 7, 2018
 

This region is a journaling artist’s paradise. My pre-trip instructions and photos will help you arrive ready to capture the experiences with a keen knowledge of design basics, drawing and unique planning page compositions. Developed as a ‘journal key’ this will also include ideas for cohesive graphics, page edges and calligraphy. Using watercolors as a primary medium, the fun begins with introducing multi-media, iridescent highlighting, aquarelle pencil, found collage/tracing, nature printing, pop-up 3-D sculpture, origami and more. Your pages will come alive and move in vibrant style, interactive surprises and tactile details as you learn to embrace the imagery into a cherished work of art. Join us as we explore the breathtakingly beautiful landscape and architecturally unique villages of the Costa Brava.
 
Location: Calella de Palafrugel, Spain
Instructor: Cherry Sweig, www.cherrysweig.com
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Nov 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting in Spain: Pastel Workshop"
April 30 - May 7, 2018
 

Painting “en plein air” means being fully present to the experience of painting on location. As you observe and paint, every sight, sound, smell, and experience in the environment becomes part of your painting. That’s part of the joy that comes with working from life rather than a photo. We’ll go through the process of creating on location step-by-step, from choosing what you’re going to paint, to simplifying the scene, to drawing up a thumbnail, to blocking in the big shapes, and then to adding detail. We’ll go over the importance of understanding values and how this knowledge can liberate your colour choices and interpretation of a scene. The workshop is suitable for all levels but some experience with drawing and pastels would be helpful.
 
Location: Calella de Palafrugel, Spain
Instructor: Gail Sibley, www.gailsibley.com
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Nov 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


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

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


"The Artist Pilgrimage: Plein Air Painting"
May 6-13, 2018
 

The Artist Pilgrimage is an artist-led exploration of the “hidden” Cilento and Vallo di Diano area of southern Italy. Our aim is not just to show what this region has to offer, but enter into a dialogue about "ways of seeing" and to facilitate real connections with the spirit of this place and with our fellow travelers. During our time together, Melinda will be offering instruction on the use of a 4-color limited palette for en plein air painting: white plus three primaries. This palette, plus the use of small panels for painting, is ideal for the traveller who wants to pack light. You can choose to take instruction, work alongside/exchange notes with Melinda, or simply observe.
 
Location: Sant'Arsenio, Italy
Instructor: Melinda Borysevicz
Cost: From 1950 EUR for shared lodging; 2500 EUR, private
Sponsor: Viandante Project
Website, email, +393888774001


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

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


"Niagara Falls- Finding your focus outdoors"
May 10-11, 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


"Keiko Tanabe in Spectacular Spain"
May 13-19, 2018
 

A great artist, wonderful location, perfect setting for that magical art workshop you have always imagined. "Las Orquideas" an art retreat set in the Valencian countryside and center to many international artists. This workshop is designed for those people who would like to gain a better understanding of methods and techniques to produce watercolor paintings that are simple but strong. The goal is to develop an eye for a potentially good subject and capture the essence of it through the simplification process. You will paint different subjects every day, including landscapes, cityscapes and waterscapes, in plein-air and studio. Each day there will be a small exercise which will then be applied to a painting later in the day.
 
Location: Benigánim, Spain
Instructor: Keiko Tanabe
Cost: €1695 single in private en-suite room
Sponsor: Dalvaro Art Holidays
Website, email, 0034 96221 7226


"Painting in Spain: Watercolor Painting Workshop"
May 14-21, 2018
 

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. Join Kristi in a magical place and learn how to tell your story with the magical medium of 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! Be brave & confident…no more wimpy watercolors!
 
Location: Calella de Palafrugel, Spain
Instructor: Kristi Grussendorf, kristigrussendorf.com
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Nov 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Plein Air Painting in Bermuda with James Toogood"
May 16-20, 2018
 

Join PAFA faculty member and author of Incredible Light and Texture in Watercolor James Toogood for an engaging plein air painting expedition to the beautiful island of Bermuda. Learn to paint efficiently outdoors with tips on choosing a prime location, capturing the weather and light, and setting up a palette. While instruction will focus on watercolor materials and techniques, all media are welcome. Discover and paint the island’s charm and beauty at diverse locations, and visit the Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art to be inspired by the work of master artists who made the Bermuda pilgrimage. After packing up your brushes, feel free to explore the island or relax on the beach!
 
Location: Paget, Bermuda
Instructor: James Toogood
Cost: For Credit: $1,425; Non-Credit: $750
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


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

Discover the effects of light in painting the beautiful countryside around Cortona en plein air. William (Bill) Rogers will demonstrate in both the oil and watercolor mediums. He will help painters of all levels develop a more acute sense of observation as well as learn techniques to simplify and translate their observations into paint. Bill will start each onsite session with a different problem to resolve and will do a small demo to illustrate possible solutions. This will be followed by students working on their own projects while Bill circulates with a clipboard and a painting surface to show students, with mini side demos, particular strategies for their unique painting- such as colour mixing, paint handling, drawing, and composition.
 
Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: William Rogers CSPWC TWSA SCA
Cost: From US$2790.00 per person/ all-inclusive except airfare
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Website, email, Italy 331 422 9047


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

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


"Paint by Lake Ohrid in Macedonia!"
May 20-27, 2018
 

Learn to paint in the magical lakeside town of Ohrid in Macedonia, also called the Jerusalem of the Balkans after its numerous byzantine churches. We paint in mountain villages in the Galicica Mountains, around the narrow streets of the Old Town and by the mesmerising blue-green waters of the St Naum Springs. Ancient buildings, crystal clear water, tasty local cuisine and breathtaking views are just some of the highlights. Varied subjects, guiding in any medium. Comfortable, modern accommodation walking distance from the lake and the town centre. All levels welcome! Book your place now!
 
Location: Ohrid, Macedonia
Instructor: Ibolya Taligas
Cost: €545 per person sharing a double or twin room
Website, email, +44 203 488 2991 or +44 7564 906 850


"Artist Pilgrimage: Photography"
May 20-27, 2018
 

The Artist Pilgrimage is an artist-led exploration of the “hidden” Cilento area of southern Italy. Our aim is not just to show what this region has to offer, but enter into a dialogue about "ways of seeing" and to facilitate real connections with the spirit of this place and with our fellow travelers. In an informal and comfortable setting, Imke will work both with beginners looking to improve their skills and advanced participants who are invited to expand on specific areas in their photography practice with as much or as little tutoring as they wish.
 
Location: Sant'Arsenio, Italy
Instructor: Imke Lass
Cost: From 2200 EUR double occupancy, 2500 EUR single
Sponsor: Viandante Project
Website, email, +393888774001


"Plein Air Painting in Ireland with Joe Sweeney"
May 21-25, 2018
 

Join Joseph Sweeney on a plein air painting getaway in scenic Donegal, Ireland, homeland of Joe’s ancestors, the Mac Sweeney’s! Located along the breathtaking, unspoiled northwest coast of Ireland, Donegal’s high sea cliffs offer sweeping vistas ideal for plein air painting! Enjoy specially arranged accommodations at Castle Murray House on McSwyne’s Bay, near the idyllic fishing port of Killybegs, as well as excursions to historic Donegal Castle, the spectacular Slieve League Cliffs, and St. John’s Point Lighthouse. Draw or paint the stunning mountain and coastal views in your choice of media, with expert advice on color mixing, capturing light and atmosphere, and creating a composition. Instruction will focus on oil, acrylic, and pastel, but experienced watercolorists are welcome.
 
Location: Donegal, Ireland
Instructor: Joe Sweeney
Cost: For Credit: $1,425; Non-Credit: $750
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"The Landscape in Pastel (or Oil) / Florence, Italy"
May 21-28, 2018
 

Join Marla Baggetta in the stunning Renaissance city of Florence! Create, be inspired and revived! You will paint in both the studio and Plein Air. With an abundance of subject matter to choose from such as the Arno River, the Bardini Gardens or even a close-up of a flower filled window sill, there is something to enchant and inspire every artist! This workshop will be painting-centric, but you will have plenty of time to relax and restore, with optional morning yoga and evenings to gather and discuss the day’s work over a glass of Italian wine. Come and be inspired!
 
Location: Florence, Italy
Instructor: Marla Baggetta
Sponsor: Artensity
Website, email


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

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


"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


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

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


"Painting 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 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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"Paint the English Gardens"
June 16-23, 2018
 

This is a 7 night workshop is taught by Pat Fiorello for oil, acrylic and watercolor artists who love gardens! We will paint in the most beautiful gardens along the famous Cornwall coast of England. Pat is an experienced and supportive instructor who has taught over 15 workshops in Europe. Price includes accommodation, transfers from Heathrow airport, daily transport to all stops on the itinerary (see below), breakfast each day and dinner on 6 of the 7 nights. Flights are not included. Please note: This is a small group trip; space is very limited. If you are interested, reserve early!
 
Location: Cornwall, England
Instructor: Pat Fiorello
Cost: $3299 double occupancy
Sponsor: Cerulean Blue Trips/ Pat Fiorello ( instructor)
Website, email, 404-531-4160


"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


"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


"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
 

We will paint and creatively savor the essence of Spain in all of its warm sunshine, vivid colors, and rich splendor by creating a simple, creative, handmade travel sketchbook. Trish will help you develop and translate some of your favorite moments from the sketches into paintings. Join us for an unforgettable art holiday in Spain!
 
Location: Calella de Palafrugel, Spain
Instructor: Trish McKinney, www.trishmckinney.com
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Jan 30th)
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 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


"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


"Painting in Spain: Watercolor Painting Workshop"
September 17-24, 2018
 

I am very passionate about sharing my creativity and art with others and helping them gain access to that part of themselves, whether they are a beginning artist or a seasoned professional. My students have given me the nickname "The Art Whisperer" so I hope that you will find something to inspire, move you to engage more each day with art and the creative process in my workshop. I will give you the tools you need to simplify what you see when painting on location and break it up into manageable shapes and values. We will build on those strong foundations and learn about colour mixing, colour harmony, colour temperature and mood to help express yourself fully and paint what you really feel.
 
Location: Calella de Palafrugel, Spain
Instructor: Georgia Mansur, www.georgiamansur.com
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Jan 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"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


"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


"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


"Painting in Tuscany: Watercolor Sketching Workshop"
September 29 - October 6, 2018
 

Join me for a week of sketching with watercolor in beautiful Tuscany, Italy! We'll enjoy the free-flowing and colorful nature of watercolor at its best while sketching and having fun! I’ll help you develop observation skills, color awareness, simple design principles and learn about light and shadows. We’ll investigate various techniques, sketching tools, and approaches to watercolor. Brenda Swenson is the author of two artists' books: Keeping a Watercolor Sketchbook (Award of Excellence Finalist) and Steps to Success in Watercolor. Her paintings and sketches have also been featured in numerous other books and magazines. Space is very limited (max 10 participants/workshop).
 
Location: Certaldo, Italy
Instructor: Brenda Swenson, www.swensonsart.net
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Jan 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting in Tuscany: Watercolor Painting Workshop"
September 30 - October 7, 2018
 

I am very passionate about sharing my creativity and art with others and helping them gain access to that part of themselves, whether they are a beginning artist or a seasoned professional. My students have given me the nickname "The Art Whisperer" so I hope that you will find something to inspire, move you to engage more each day with art and the creative process in my workshop. I will give you the tools you need to simplify what you see when painting on location and break it up into manageable shapes and values. We will build on those strong foundations and learn about colour mixing, colour harmony, colour temperature and mood to help express yourself fully and paint what you really feel.
 
Location: Certaldo, Italy
Instructor: Georgia Mansur, www.georgiamansur.com
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Jan 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


"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


"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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