Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats

"Landscape / Seascape Painting Workshop - Pastels or Oils"
January 24-31, 2018

Join Douglas House in this grand painting adventure. Has you spirit ever been elevated to new heights by listening to great music or by being witness to a wondrous landscape or seascape and wish you could create that beauty in painting? Well you can, just like the great masters. Instructor demonstrations and critiques will teach students how to create beautiful landscapes or seascapes using color, perspective, detail and thoughtfully developed compositions practicing and exploring various techniques with individualized advice and focused direction. You can see Doug's work at
Location: Riviera Nayarit, Mexico
Instructor: Douglas L. House
Cost: $1500.00 Plus Registration
Sponsor: Casa Buena Art Retreats
Website, email, 612-396-5795

"Costa Rica Nature Tour with Art Workshops: Any media"
February 7-19, 2018

All levels enjoy creativity and art workshops: improve skills while touring the natural splendor of Costa Rica. Fine artist instructor Linda Luisi (BFA School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston) inspires creative ideas (realistic/abstract) and fine tunes artistic skills of all levels (beginners welcome). A master of depth and dimension, Linda also teaches perspective, color harmony, and composition. Receive individual attention with Zen-like simplicity, passionate expression, and accurate realism. Includes: Safari rafting, cloud forest suspended bridges, hummingbird sanctuary, butterfly gardens, zip-line (optional), pristine beaches, active volcano, historic farm, native cuisine, volcanic spas, cacao (chocolate) presentation. Taste cacao and homemade tropical ice cream at a family farm. Leisure time. Nature walks: Easy/moderate. Small group—register soon. Spouse/friends, welcome.
Location: Various locations, Costa Rica
Instructor: Linda Luisi,
Cost: $1845 dbl occ. (+ $275 single rm), 2 meals per day
Website, email

"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

"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,
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Nov 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713

"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

"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

"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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"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

"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

"Studio Italia 2018"
June 14-24, 2018

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

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

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

"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

"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

"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,
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Jan. 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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

"3 day immersive encaustic workshop"
To be arranged with client

This three day immersive encaustic workshop with award winning artist Tracey-Mae Chambers in beautiful Norfolk County Ontario. All experience levels are welcome and all supplies are included. A vegetarian lunch and wine as well as snacks and drinks are provided. Please see website for all details.
Location: Simcoe, Canada
Instructor: Tracey-Mae Chambers
Cost: $700
Sponsor: The Queen Bee Studio
Website, email, 226-440-2402


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