Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Learn to paint in awesome Albania!"
September 22-30, 2017
 

Albania is a real gem in Europe that pleasantly surprises the first time visitor. So many awe-inspiring places wherever you look: from the Ottoman architecture of ancient cities to its virgin, azure beaches to archeological sites and modern seaside towns. We travel from Tirana towards the south, stopping by and staying overnight at its points of interest. We produce sketches as well as finished paintings along the way while enjoying local delicacies and the warm hospitality of our local hosts. This is one memorable journey. Come while it's still undiscovered by too many tourists! All levels and non-painting partners welcome! Excludes flights. Booking now!
 
Location: Tirana, Albania
Instructor: Ibolya Taligas watercolorist
Cost: £959 / person based on 2 persons sharing a room
Website, email, +44 208 458 3583 or +44 7564 906 850


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

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


"Self-directed Artist Retreat"
September 23 - October 2, 2017
 

A personal immersion inspired by the positive, supported atmosphere of like-minded and self-motivated artists simply needing time away from their daily routine and plenty of well-lit and airy space to create. Ideal space to work big or with professional exhaust system or if you simply need time to focus and concentrate on your art without distractions or want to spend time with other artists or you just need a relaxing art vacation in a beautiful area filled with inspirational artists, galleries and museums. Maps to local sites are available at the studio to guide you to the popular scenic locations and artsy things to see and do.
 
Location: Gloucester, Massachusetts
Instructor:
Cost: $30/day
Sponsor: Northeast Workshop Retreats
Website, email, (978)-729-4970


"Watercolor and pastels in Spectacular Spain"
September 24-30, 2017
 

This watercolor and pastel course is for all levels, beginners will find Anne Kerr an ideal teacher with her laid back, fun, highly informative approach, the more advanced artist will be gently encouraged to try something new. Plein aire and some studio work included. Anne's course are always popular because they are relaxed and fun. It is Anne's belief that the way we see and interpret our own surroundings is very individual and with this attitude she encourages everyone to paint in their own style. It does not matter whether you are a total beginner or a more advanced artist, you will be motivated and urged to work at your own pace. Fully inclusive stay in private high-class accommodation.
 
Location: Benigánim, Spain
Instructor: Anne Kerr
Cost: 1395 €uros
Sponsor: Dalvaro Art Holidays
Website, email, 0034 96221 7226


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

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


"Portrait Photography"
Wednesdays, September 27 - December 6, 2017
 

Experiment with a variety of styles of portrait photography, including street, studio, family, candid, narrative, and staged. Use both historical and contemporary methods to explore a personal theme or interest. Learn how to think creatively about how lighting and composition can change the meaning of a photograph. Includes a visit to Chuck Close Photographs, on view in the PAFA museum, October 6 – April 8, 2018.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Julia Staples
Cost: For Credit: $525, Non-Credit: $395, Lab Fee: $20
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"A Traveler's Sketchbook at Lake Como"
September 27 - October 4, 2017
 

Capture quick studies of the dramatic scenery, colorful architecture, bustling people and more during your time on this magical trip to Lake Como. This week-long session will cover the basic concepts of atmosphere and linear perspective, capturing people, objects, and dramatic light. With pen and paper in hand, you’ll quickly document the sites while sitting in a café or viewing the grand alps as they melt into the majestic Lake Como. Add a touch of watercolor to enhance your sketches. Your art supplies are light and easy to tote making this ideal for all levels of artists. The traveler’s sketchbook is a wonderful way to document your trip in a carefree way.
 
Location: Lake Como, Italy
Instructor: Jo Ellen Reinhardt
Cost: From $3440.00 per person double occ
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Website, email, 0039 33144229047


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

Italy is a familiar destination to many artists, but this workshop will be a unique art experience. Assisi is a hilltop town with all the beauty, charm and history we associate with Italy without the crowds of more touristy areas. Australia’s leading mixed media artist, Judith White is the tutor on this art practice-focused workshop. Included in the ten day itinerary are select activities to enrich your experience of the region. Art sessions are interspersed with a visit to the famous Basilica, the home of a private collector, a rambling castle, Roman houses, artisans plus exploring, sketching and shopping the cobbled streets all with valley views never more than a stroll away.
 
Location: Assisi, Italy
Instructor: Judith White
Cost: AUD $4275.00pp
Sponsor: On The Verandah
Website, email, 61-8-93881513


"Painting & mixed media art retreats in 17th century château in SW Fr"
September 30 - October 7, 2017
 

Mike Snow (painter/sculptor) & Liz Collins (painter/mixed media) join forces for a special joint artists retreat limited to a maximum of 10 people. Break down walls and barriers, expand your freedom of expression. Retreats take place in the beautiful 17th century Château de Saussignac, in the quaint picturesque village of Saussignac, nestled in the heart of Southwest wine country, about one hour from Bordeaux. Lodging, most meals and wine are included. Meals are tuned to the needs of the students, with a strong emphasis on French cuisine using only the best fresh local ingredients. All supplies are provided. Discounts for early booking.
 
Location: Saussignac, France
Instructor: Mike Snow & Liz Collins
Cost: $1,695 (discount for early registration)
Sponsor: Snow & White with Liz Collins
Website, email, 4054558073


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

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


"Painting on the Brandywine"
October 1, 2017
 

Portray the autumn landscape en plein air in the medium of your choice along the banks of the picturesque Brandywine River. Bring a packed lunch or eat at Hank’s, a longtime haunt of Andrew Wyeth’s. The day concludes with a visit to the Brandywine River Museum (free admission on the first Sunday of the month). Free parking, restrooms and sheltered locations available.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Frederic C. Kaplan
Cost: $115
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"From Mud to Brilliant Colors, acrylic painting in Mexico"
October 2-6, 2017
 

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


"Plein-Air Sketching in Santa Fe with Brenda Swenson"
October 2-7, 2017
 

Join us for an unforgettable painting workshop! Santa Fe, New Mexico is called “Land of Enchantment” for a good reason. It’s a destination known to artists for its picturesque landscape, historical architecture, galleries, light, museums and food. The focus of the workshop will be on sketching with watercolor on location. Brenda Swenson will provide daily demonstrations, friendly critiques, and one on one help. She is the author of two books on watercolor, and is in demand to demonstrate and teach her painting techniques to groups nationwide and abroad. We’ll visit and sketch the Historic District, picturesque old churches, colorful nooks and side streets of Santa Fe. Each location offers a multitude of views to please any artist! All levels of painting experience welcome.
 
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Instructor: Brenda Swenson, www.SwensonsArt.net
Cost: $1595 painters, $1395 non-painters
Sponsor: Flying Colors Art Workshops
Website, email, 858-518-0949


"Studio Italia "
October 3-13, 2017
 

A unique ten-day painting workshop in Italy open to artists of all levels and all media. Plein-air painting in the medium of your choice, art history/theory, touring and gourmet cuisine in the most beautiful area in Tuscany. Studio Italia, offered every June and October since 1997, is so popular that some participants have joined us three times already. Our small groups allow us to offer personalized instruction and an intimate and fun environment that fosters creativity. Price of $3.150 CAD (around $2350 US as of October 2016) includes ten-night double accommodation, all meals except two lunches and one dinner, transportation to all sites on schedule, train ticket to Florence and entrance to the Uffizi Museum. Register now!
 
Location: Torrita di Siena, Italy
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$2350
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 1-800-611-4789


"Watercolor and Brusho in Spectacular Spain"
October 8-14, 2017
 

Join Joanne Boon Thomas for a unique week of painting, with watercolor and brusho. Prepare to be dazzled at the amazing effects that can be produced, it literally causes a visual and sensory explosion on the page, enough to drive the most sane and sensible artist wild with excitement and passion. Be delighted at its sheer boldness and astonishing reaction to water. Joanne is a generous artist, guiding you through her loose style of watercolour painting. While painting on location sharing her invaluable tips and techniques that will leave you feeling confident and inspired. There will be demonstrations and lots of one on one tuition throughout the week. Fully inclusive stay in spectacular Valencia, Spain with high-class private accommodation.
 
Location: Benigánim, Spain
Instructor: Joanne Boon Thomas
Cost: 1395 €uros private en suite room
Sponsor: Dalvaro Art Holidays
Website, email, 0034 96221 7226


"Painting Italy's Amalfi Coast"
October 10-17, 2017
 

Spend a week with a small group of artists while painting and enjoying the culture and sights of the Amalfi Coast! Talented artist and instructor Mary Garrish will be teaching for 5 full days. You will visit different painting locations daily, including Positano, Ravello, Capri and more. Workshop is conveniently based in Amalfi in a 4-star hotel and all accommodations are superior rooms and single occupancy. Breakfast, 2 dinners, and all ground transportation is included. Workshop is strictly limited to 8 students to allow for lots of one-on-one time between student and instructor!
 
Location: Amalfi, Italy
Instructor: Mary Garrish
Cost: $3600-Single occupancy/Private bath
Sponsor: Open Air Italy, LLC
Website, email, 1-321-626-2717


"Self-directed Artist Retreat"
October 14-24, 2017
 

A personal immersion inspired by the positive, supported atmosphere of like-minded and self-motivated artists simply needing time away from their daily routine and plenty of well-lit and airy space to create. Ideal space to work big or with professional exhaust system or if you simply need time to focus and concentrate on your art without distractions or want to spend time with other artists or you just need a relaxing art vacation in a beautiful area filled with inspirational artists, galleries and museums. Maps to local sites are available at the studio to guide you to the popular scenic locations and artsy things to see and do.
 
Location: Gloucester, Massachusetts
Instructor:
Cost: $30/day
Sponsor: Northeast Workshop Retreats
Website, email, (978)-729-4970


"Mixed Media in Spectacular Spain"
October 15-21, 2017
 

This art holiday combines outdoor painting and studio based workshops with Robert Dutton. Catering for artists who want to further advance their skills. With a relaxed and confident style, students of mixed levels of ability will gain confidence to develop their own style with many media, in a superb location. Learning skills in a relaxed environment students quickly settle in and create really exciting paintings following his expressive and impressionistic style. Whilst having a rewarding creative experience students are left feeling invigorated and inspired. With Robert's in depth knowledge, command of many differing types of media combined with expert guidance and personal mentoring you will develop your creative ideas in many different and exciting ways.
 
Location: Benigánim, Spain
Instructor: Robert Dutton
Cost: 1245 Euros. Private en-suite room and all meals.
Sponsor: Dalvaro Art Holidays
Website, email, 0034 96221 7226


"Blue Sky Fibers Tour"
October 15-24, 2017
 

Peru is a country of contrasts, where cutting-edge high-rises stand beside 18th century churches; where modern fusion cuisine takes cues from ingredients used for millennia; and where Peruvians proudly wear the patterned textiles of peoples past. Experience fiber in its homeland. Travel with Blue Sky Fibers to the amazing Peruvian countryside to see fiber come to life. It’s guaranteed to be an astonishing journey. Meet the alpacas, learn about the yarn being created and even enjoy the local artisans creating their fiber art with you. Appreciate the Peruvian culture. It will be a colorful and creative 10 day experience.
 
Location: Lima & Arequipa & Colca Canyon, Peru
Instructor:
Cost: $4,325 Shared, $5,125 Single
Sponsor: Arts & Cultural Travel
Website, email, 617-855-9209


"Drawing and Painting with Charles Reid"
October 16-20, 2017
 

A great drawing is the foundation of a great painting. Charles Reid, the master of contour drawing, will teach you how to concentrate on interconnecting shapes rather than drawing separate objects. Discover how to simplify and avoid overworking by focusing on good paint consistency. Practice “direct painting”, using as few over-washes as possible. Achieve the correct color, edge variety, and tonal value on the first try.
 
Location: Charleston, South Carolina
Instructor: Charles Reid
Cost: $995
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Plein Air Painting in Newport, Rhode Island"
October 16-20, 2017
 

Don’t miss this opportunity to paint on location at one of the east coast’s premier sailing ports, led by plein air painter extraordinaire Joseph Sweeney and local architect and watercolorist, John Grosvenor. Newport offers everything the landscape painter could want: breathtaking seascapes, sailing ships, cliff walks, and historic architecture. Learn to paint efficiently out-of-doors with tips on choosing a prime location, capturing the weather and light, and setting up a seascape palette. All media are welcome, including oil, acrylic, pastel, and watercolor. The course features visits to great cliff-side estates of Newport including Castle Hill, the Vanderbilt Grace Hotel, and private estates by special arrangement. Between painting sessions, there will be ample time to explore the picturesque town of Newport.
 
Location: Newport, Rhode Island
Instructor: Joseph Sweeney, www.joesweeneyart.com
Cost: For Credit: $875, Non-Credit: $695
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"5 Paintings in 5 Days in San Miguel de Allende, The Heart of Mexico"
October 16-20, 2017
 

Join experienced and accomplished painters, Cristiana Marinescu and muralist Fernando Gonzalez, founders of Cristi Fer Art Studio/since 1989, in charming Colonial mountain town San Miguel Allende. Paint in the morning explore exuberant town in the afternoon! This workshop is for those who: always wanted to paint, used to paint, want to jumpstart the hobbit, recently retired looking for fun hobby, self-taught painter wants to learn the basics, experienced painter looking for an infusion of inspiration. Learn the essentials of composition, color, increase creativity, view the world through an artist perspective, finish 5 paintings and gain confidence to continue painting. No experience needed! All levels welcomed! Individualized expert instruction in a small group setting. All materials included! Maximum 6.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez & Cristi Marinescu
Cost: $650 all materials included
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio and Gallery
Website, email, 415-121-2311


"Inspired by Tuscany, Paint with Katerina Ring"
October 18-28, 2017
 

Paint in plein air, in oils, while staying at a stunning villa in the hills above Lucca. This tour includes ten remarkable days in Tuscany to enjoy painting, kinship with your fellow artists and the wonders of one of the most beautiful regions of Italy.
 
Location: Lucca, Italy
Instructor: Katerina Ring, www.katring.com
Cost: € 2690
Sponsor: Abbondanza Toscana
Website, email, 0039 339 6852860


"Drawing and Painting with Charles Reid"
October 23-27, 2017
 

A great drawing is the foundation of a great painting. Charles Reid, the master of contour drawing, will teach you how to concentrate on interconnecting shapes rather than drawing separate objects. Discover how to simplify and avoid overworking by focusing on good paint consistency. Practice “direct painting”, using as few over-washes as possible. Achieve the correct color, edge variety, and tonal value on the first try.
 
Location: Charleston, South Carolina
Instructor: Charles Reid
Cost: $995
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Keiko Tanabe - Plein Air painting retreat"
October 27 - November 3, 2017
 

Capturing Light & Atmosphere in Watercolor. Keiko Tanabe is a Japanese contemporary artist who has won multiple awards, we are so proud that she’s coming to Sicily for the first time. Come to enjoy a masterful tuition by Keiko Tanabe, subject matters will be landscape, Mediterranean seascape, old historic city scape, indoor locations in the authentic villa where the participants will stay. Sicily it's like a dream, colorful sunset, olive groves, lined vineyards, picturesque villages with narrow streets, churches, a never ending range of restaurants and cafés, blue skies and beautiful nature, jovial, kind and friendly people, traditional foods and great local wine. Art, mixture of history and culture, nature create an unique atmosphere and stimulate your creativity.
 
Location: Marsala, Italy
Instructor: Keiko Tanabe
Cost:
Sponsor: Salinara
Website, email, (+39) 3397757062


"Autumn in Tuscany & Umbria Photography"
October 28 - November 4, 2017
 

Join us for a week devoted to capturing the essence of Autumn in Tuscany! With Cortona as our base, each day we will explore and photograph the rich area from Cortona's mountains to Montepulciano's vineyards and from Lake Trasimeno in Umbria to the Chianti area! This is a not-to-be-missed opportunity for photographers of all levels.
 
Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: Patrick Mahoney
Cost: From $3190.00 per person double occ
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Website, email, 978-632-0357


"8 Days Sketching and Painting Vacation in Mexico"
October 29 - November 5, 2017
 

Immerse yourself in the Mexican culture and paint your heart out! Enthrall in the richness of color, Colonial architecture, narrow cable stone streets and enchant your senses: flowers, music, local flavor in the best of Mexico: San Miguel de Allende and Guanajuato. Spend a week in a Mexican home, enjoy a trip to Guanajuato, paint in the studio of professional painters. The perfect painting vacation for solo traveler, girlfriends, groups, artist glides. With expert guidance engage in travel sketching and expressionist studio painting. All levels of experience welcomed from beginner to advance. Your instructors renowned painters Fernando Gonzalez and Cristiana Marinescu, with 29 years of experience. They will lead you on an unforgettable art adventure. Max. 7 register early!
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez & Cristi Marinescu
Cost: $1750 includes materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery & Workshops
Website, email, 415-121-2311


"Autumn in Tuscany & Umbria Photography"
November 4-11, 2017
 

Join us for a week devoted to capturing the essence of Autumn in Tuscany! With Cortona as our base, each day we will explore and photograph the rich area from Cortona's mountains to Montepulciano's vineyards and from Lake Trasimeno in Umbria to the Chianti area! This is a not-to-be-missed opportunity for photographers of all levels.
 
Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: Patrick Mahoney
Cost: From $3190.00 per person double occ
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Website, email, 978-632-0357


"Mark Polomchak Workshop and Retreat"
November 4-5, 2017
 

Mark Polomchak has exhibited his watercolors in various art shows and galleries throughout the United States and Canada. This 2-day Workshop will feature Packet #11 from Mark’s website. The packet, photo, line drawing and instructions are included in the workshop fee. Mark will also be suggesting subjects for warming up and to become familiar with his technique. This workshop will hosted by the BJ Dickhute Studio located on the 50 acre Thistle Farm in the middle of the Shenandoah Valley. Limited on-site accommodations are available. A framer will also be available at extra cost. Surrounded by Civil War Battlefields, the Studio is minutes from Bryce Resort, the Shenandoah Caverns, Meems Bottom Covered Bridge and the New Market Battlefield.
 
Location: Mount Jackson, Virginia
Instructor: Mark Polomchak
Cost: $250.00
Sponsor: BJ Dickhute Studio/Thistle Farm Inc
Website, email, 540-333-2877


"From Mud to Brilliant Colors, acrylic painting in Mexico"
November 6-10, 2017
 

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


"Autumn in Tuscany & Umbria Photography"
November 11-18, 2017
 

Join us for a week devoted to capturing the essence of Autumn in Tuscany! With Cortona as our base, each day we will explore and photograph the rich area from Cortona's mountains to Montepulciano's vineyards and from Lake Trasimeno in Umbria to the Chianti area! This is a not-to-be-missed opportunity for photographers of all levels.
 
Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: Patrick Mahoney
Cost: From $3190.00 per person double occ
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Website, email, 978-632-0357


"Watercolors in Spectacular Spain"
November 12-18, 2017
 

This course objective is to learn how to interpret and synthesize townscapes and landscapes, directly with watercolor while learning a variety of techniques and different forms of working. Teaching is personalized, so that no matter what your level, Michal will guide everyone, gently and progressively through the workshop. You will learn the importance of having a good recognition of the lightest and darkest areas of your scene. Michal will show you his simple techniques of how to create magnificent plein aire paintings. Within the course there will be at least two excursions in and around Valencia in which you will be able to put into practice the studies learned in the studio.
 
Location: Benigánim, Spain
Instructor: Michal Jasiewicz
Cost: 1395 Euros. Single private en-suite room.
Sponsor: Dalvaro Art Holidays
Website, email, 0034 96221 7226


"Capturing Antarctica with Keith Grant"
November 17-28, 2017
 

Join master painter Keith Grant, Artist in Residence, for a once in lifetime voyage to Antarctica. Keith has been capturing the stunning beauty of Arctic & Antarctic landscapes since he first visited Iceland in the ’60s. He’ll be sketching with you on board and on zodiac landings, both in groups and one-on-one. Your home away from home will be the comfortable and stylish all-suite Hebridean Sky, a 118-passenger mega-yacht, equipped for adventure. You’ll be accompanied by first a first-class expedition team of experts in all things Antarctic. The voyage also includes a pre-departure hotel night at the Arakur Resort and Spa in Ushuaia, Argentina.
 
Location: Antarctica, Antarctica
Instructor: Keith Grant
Cost: from $7,295
Sponsor: Polar Latitudes
Website, email


"Gourmet painting retreats on the coast of Southern Spain"
November 18-25, 2017
 

Break down walls and barriers, expand your freedom of expression. Whether your are a novice or an experienced artist, this retreat will bring you countless new ideas and help move your creative spirit forward. Retreats take place at the southern-most tip of Spain next to the National Park del Estrecho, with stunning views of the Mediterranean sea and Morocco. Lodging, meals and wine are included, and retreats are limited to 4 participants to provide ample one-on-one time with the teacher. Meals are tuned to the needs of the students, with a strong emphasis on Mediterranean cuisine using only the best fresh local ingredients. All supplies are provided. Discounts for early booking.
 
Location: Andalusia, Spain
Instructor: Mike Snow
Cost: 1,595 € All-Inclusive (discount for early registration)
Sponsor: Snow & White
Website, email, 4054558073


"5 Paintings in 5 Days in San Miguel de Allende, The Heart of Mexico"
November 20-24, 2017
 

Join experienced and accomplished painters, Cristiana Marinescu and muralist Fernando Gonzalez, founders of Cristi Fer Art Studio/since 1989, in charming Colonial mountain town San Miguel Allende. Paint in the morning explore exuberant town in the afternoon! This workshop is for those who: always wanted to paint, used to paint, want to jumpstart the hobbit, recently retired looking for fun hobby, self-taught painter wants to learn the basics, experienced painter looking for an infusion of inspiration. Learn the essentials of composition, color, increase creativity, view the world through an artist perspective, finish 5 paintings and gain confidence to continue painting. No experience needed! All levels welcomed! Individualized expert instruction in a small group setting. All materials included! Maximum 6.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez & Cristi Marinescu
Cost: $650 all materials included
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio and Gallery
Website, email, 415-121-2311


"Abstract 101 Mixed Media"
November 20-24, 2017
 

The joy of painting resides in each of us! All you have to do is let loose and let go of pre-conceived ideas. On the other hand, each abstract painting has an undetectable structure. You will learn to understand it and have fun applying it. This workshop will enhance your creativity, give you an outlet to relies stress, develop a new hobby, help experienced painters loosen up, but no experience is needed to give yourself the gift of play and create beautiful art! We offer step by step instruction, in a small group setting so you can receive individualized coaching. Registered early! Only 9 participants per workshop! Work with internationally collected painter and with 30 years of experience.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu
Cost: $950.00 includes materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Website, email, 415-121-2311


"From Mud to Brilliant Colors, acrylic painting in Mexico"
December 4-8, 2017
 

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


"Abstract 101 Mixed Media"
December 18-22, 2017
 

The joy of painting resides in each of us! All you have to do is let loose and let go of pre-conceived ideas. On the other hand, each abstract painting has an undetectable structure. You will learn to understand it and have fun applying it. This workshop will enhance your creativity, give you an outlet to relies stress, develop a new hobby, help experienced painters loosen up, but no experience is needed to give yourself the gift of play and create beautiful art! We offer step by step instruction, in a small group setting so you can receive individualized coaching. Registered early! Only 9 participants per workshop! Work with internationally collected painter and with 30 years of experience.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu
Cost: $950.00 includes materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Website, email, 415-121-2311


"5 Paintings in 5 Days in San Miguel de Allende, The Heart of Mexico"
December 18-22, 2017
 

Join experienced and accomplished painters, Cristiana Marinescu and muralist Fernando Gonzalez, founders of Cristi Fer Art Studio/since 1989, in charming Colonial mountain town San Miguel Allende. Paint in the morning explore exuberant town in the afternoon! This workshop is for those who: always wanted to paint, used to paint, want to jumpstart the hobbit, recently retired looking for fun hobby, self-taught painter wants to learn the basics, experienced painter looking for an infusion of inspiration. Learn the essentials of composition, color, increase creativity, view the world through an artist perspective, finish 5 paintings and gain confidence to continue painting. No experience needed! All levels welcomed! Individualized expert instruction in a small group setting. All materials included! Maximum 6.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez & Cristi Marinescu
Cost: $650 all materials included
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio and Gallery
Website, email, 415-121-2311


"From Mud to Brilliant Colors, acrylic painting in Mexico"
January 1-5, 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


"Linocut in Ubud, Bali"
January 7-14, 2018
 

Rediscover the joy of creating. Quieten your mind and connect to your true self making Linocuts. Enter into a creative space with this fully immersive art experience. Absorb the beautiful surroundings, and create without distraction. Learn new skills and share with likeminded people. Explore the possibilities of this unique art form with experienced artist and printmaker Shana James and return home feeling rejuvenated and inspired. Suitable for beginners, upskilling art teachers and professional artists. See the website for details.
 
Location: Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
Instructor: Shana James
Cost: Starts at Australian Dollars $2580 twinshare
Sponsor: Ubud Art Workshops
Website, email, +61 448331519


"Abstract 101 Mixed Media"
January 15-19, 2018
 

The joy of painting resides in each of us! All you have to do is let loose and let go of pre-conceived ideas. On the other hand, each abstract painting has an undetectable structure. You will learn to understand it and have fun applying it. This workshop will enhance your creativity, give you an outlet to relies stress, develop a new hobby, help experienced painters loosen up, but no experience is needed to give yourself the gift of play and create beautiful art! We offer step by step instruction, in a small group setting so you can receive individualized coaching. Registered early! Only 9 participants per workshop! Work with internationally collected painter and with 30 years of experience.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu
Cost: $950.00 includes materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Website, email, 415-121-2311


"The Strength and Flow of Watercolor"
January 31 - February 12, 2018
 

Adventure with David Taylor and Art in the Mountains on this amazing cruise workshop. Free up and explore the freshness and simplicity of watercolor, working spontaneously, in a free and flowing manner. Using watercolor to produce magical results and a variety of subject matter, we will explore the light and shade on seascapes, landscapes, street scenes and more. David will focus on subjects containing movement, color and light with the emphasis on freeing up and building strength to the watercolor. Come along and enjoy the journey and take that leap. David is the coauthor of Solving Mysteries in Watercolor with Ron Ranson. His work has been featured in the International Artist Magazine.
 
Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Instructor: David Taylor
Cost: $795, cruise is separate
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503.930.4572


"The Strength and Flow of Watercolor"
January 31 - February 12, 2018
 

Adventure with David Taylor and Art in the Mountains on this amazing cruise workshop. Free up and explore the freshness and simplicity of watercolor, working spontaneously, in a free and flowing manner. Using watercolor to produce magical results and a variety of subject matter, we will explore the light and shade on seascapes, landscapes, street scenes and more. David will focus on subjects containing movement, color and light with the emphasis on freeing up and building strength to the watercolor. Come along and enjoy the journey and take that leap. David is the coauthor of Solving Mysteries in Watercolor with Ron Ranson. His work has been featured in the International Artist Magazine.
 
Location: Sydney, Australia
Instructor: David Taylor
Cost: $795, cruise is separate
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503.930.4572


"From Mud to Brilliant Colors, acrylic painting in Mexico"
February 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


"Photo Tour Sedona, Grand Canyon, Antelope Canyon, Monument Canyon"
February 7-17, 2018
 

Join Patrick Mahoney for a week of photography in lively and inspiring Phoenix/Scottsdale, beautiful and colorful Sedona,the majestic and awe-inspiring Grand Canyon, colorful Sedona, Horseshoe Bend and Antelope Canyon, and Monument Valley! This is a small-group experience open to all levels of photographers. Participants should plan to bring all photographic gear including plenty of battery, memory cards, laptop and downloading gear. All capturing devices are accepted...from digital SLRs to point and shoot to smartphones! Plan to dress for variable conditions! Phoenix/Scottsdale is warm/hot by day and cool evenings. Sedona can be cold, and the Grand Canyon can still experience a mix of winter conditions!
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Guide/Photographer Patrick Mahoney
Cost: From US$3399.00 per person double occ. ask Single price
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Website, email, Italy 331 422 9047


"Watercolor Painting Workshop with Kathleen Conover"
February 14-24, 2018
 

Join Kathleen Conover, a master watercolorist, for an inspring painting workshop in the colorful and enchanting ciites of Panajachel and Antigua. Panajachel, on beautiful Lake Antigua, is a morning's drive from Guatemala City and a World away from the big city vibe. This is a small city of very friendly people as well as many ex-pat artists. We will take a ferry to the villages on the other side of the lake to paint, take photos and shop. The city of Antigua has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The cobblestone streets and the Spanish Baroque architecture recall the beginnings of this city in the 16th century. Join us for an unforgettable painting experience!
 
Location: Panajachel and Antigua, Guatemala
Instructor: Kathleen Conover
Cost: $3,495 painters, $3,295 non-painters
Sponsor: Flying Colors Art Workshops
Website, email, 858-518-0949


"Private Painting Intensive Study with Michael Chesley Johnson"
February 19 - April 13, 2018
 

Join Michael Chesley Johnson in beautiful northern New Mexico where you will paint the high desert in an intense, one-on-one program. In addition to guided trips to his favorite painting locations, you'll work side-by-side with him in his private studio, taking your art to the next level. All your needs will be taken care of with private bed and bath and three meals a day plus consultation for three months after the program. An internationally-recognized artist, Michael paints the Southwest, coastal Maine and the Canadian Maritimes in oil and pastel. An author of art instruction books and videos, he writes frequently for The Artist’s Magazine and Pastel Journal. Signature Member, American Impressionist Society, Pastel Society of America, Pastel Artists Canada.
 
Location: Near Gallup, New Mexico
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $1500
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Website, email, 505-303-0702


"Abstract 101 Mixed Media"
February 20-24, 2018
 

The joy of painting resides in each of us! All you have to do is let loose and let go of pre-conceived ideas. On the other hand, each abstract painting has an undetectable structure. You will learn to understand it and have fun applying it. This workshop will enhance your creativity, give you an outlet to relies stress, develop a new hobby, help experienced painters loosen up, but no experience is needed to give yourself the gift of play and create beautiful art! We offer step by step instruction, in a small group setting so you can receive individualized coaching. Registered early! Only 9 participants per workshop! Work with internationally collected painter and with 30 years of experience.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu
Cost: $950.00 includes materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Website, email, 415-121-2311


"Watercolor Sketching on Location: Cuba with Jane LaFazio"
February 20-26, 2018
 

Jane is known for her fun-loving creative teaching style. Your days will be spent drawing and painting in a relaxed, fun environment with a group of like-minded travelers. Each day, we’ll go to a charming locale and Jane will demonstrate drawing and painting with watercolor. She’ll gently guide beginners (yes, she can teach you to draw) and experienced alike to see and capture the details and memories in a straightforward, intuitive approach with pen and watercolor. You’ll create a set of watercolor journal pages as unique as your own handwriting. Jane will show you how to enhance your drawings with creative page layouts and journaling. You’ll bring home a priceless collection of small watercolors depicting your experiences and memories of your trip.
 
Location: Havana, Cuba
Instructor: Jane LaFazio
Cost: $4,525 Shared, $5,125 Single
Sponsor: Arts & Cultural Travel
Website, email, 617-855-9209


"8 Days Sketching and Painting Vacation in Mexico"
March 4-11, 2018
 

Immerse yourself in the Mexican culture and paint your heart out! Enthrall in the richness of color, Colonial architecture, narrow cable stone streets and enchant your senses: flowers, music, local flavor in the best of Mexico: San Miguel de Allende and Guanajuato. Spend a week in a Mexican home, enjoy a trip to Guanajuato, paint in the studio of professional painters. The perfect painting vacation for solo traveler, girlfriends, groups, artist glides. With expert guidance engage in travel sketching and expressionist studio painting. All levels of experience welcomed from beginner to advance. Your instructors renowned painters Fernando Gonzalez and Cristiana Marinescu, with 29 years of experience. They will lead you on an unforgettable art adventure. Max. 7 register early!
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez & Cristi Marinescu
Cost: $1750 includes materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery & Workshops
Website, email, 415-121-2311


"Watercolor Painting Workshop with Judy Morris"
March 4-10, 2018
 

San Miguel is a place like no other for a painter's inspiration with its beautiful colors, unique architecture and intriguing people. Author of Watercolor Basics: Light, Judy has developed lessons for her travel workshops to help participants capture the colors, textures, & ambiance of the location. As you tour the best possible sites you will be given daily “prompts” to stimulate your creativity and have lessons that complement each painting day. Judy shows you how she captures inspiration in her sketch books. She shares her successful painting process both on location and in the studio, and her “check list for success” will help guide you through the painting process.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Judy Morris, www.judymorris-art.com
Cost: $1,695 painters, $1,495 non-painters
Sponsor: Flying Colors Art Workshops
Website, email, 858-518-0949


"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


"Watercolor Painting Workshop with Betty Carr"
March 11-17, 2018
 

Our beautiful hotel, Posada de la Aldea, is located in the heart of San Miguel just across from the Art Institute, close to many restaurants, a pharmacy and lovely shops. You can walk from the hotel to the Central Square in about 10 minutes. Each morning, the hotel will provide a delicious buffet for breakfast. There is a huge studio room upstairs for our use, and everywhere you look you will see an inspiration for a painting here at the hotel and in the town. All levels of painting ability are welcomed in this workshop. Betty's long experience as an instructor will help you to choose a subject and create a composition whether you are new to watercolor or an experienced painter.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Betty Carr, www.bettycarrfineart.com
Cost: $1,695 painters, $1,495 non-painters
Sponsor: Flying Colors Art Workshops
Website, email, 858-518-0949


"Gourmet painting retreats on the coast of Southern Spain"
March 17-24, 2018
 

Break down walls and barriers, expand your freedom of expression. Whether your are a novice or an experienced artist, this retreat will bring you countless new ideas and help move your creative spirit forward. Retreats take place at the southern-most tip of Spain next to the National Park del Estrecho, with stunning views of the Mediterranean sea and Morocco. Lodging, meals and wine are included, and retreats are limited to 4 participants to provide ample one-on-one time with the teacher. Meals are tuned to the needs of the students, with a strong emphasis on Mediterranean cuisine using only the best fresh local ingredients. All supplies are provided. Discounts for early booking.
 
Location: Andalusia, Spain
Instructor: Mike Snow
Cost: 1,595 € All-Inclusive (discount for early registration)
Sponsor: Snow & White
Website, email, 4054558073


"Abstract 101 Mixed Media"
March 20-24, 2018
 

The joy of painting resides in each of us! All you have to do is let loose and let go of pre-conceived ideas. On the other hand, each abstract painting has an undetectable structure. You will learn to understand it and have fun applying it. This workshop will enhance your creativity, give you an outlet to relies stress, develop a new hobby, help experienced painters loosen up, but no experience is needed to give yourself the gift of play and create beautiful art! We offer step by step instruction, in a small group setting so you can receive individualized coaching. Registered early! Only 9 participants per workshop! Work with internationally collected painter and with 30 years of experience.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu
Cost: $950.00 includes materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Website, email, 415-121-2311


"San Francisco Watercolor Sketching Workshop"
April 3-8, 2018
 

Join us in San Francisco for five fun-filled days of painting iconic sights like the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman’s Wharf, and the colorful Queen Anne-style “Painted Ladies”. All the logistics will be taken care of – all you have to do is relax and enjoy as we sketch our way through the city. Then we’ll venture out of town for a visit to the spectacular wine country of Sonoma to paint scenes that echo the colors and look of Tuscany. And you’ll record it all in your own unique travel journal. Our focus will be on illustrated watercolor journaling. The workshop is suitable for all levels, but some experience with drawing and watercolor would be helpful.
 
Location: San Francisco, California
Instructor: Leslie Fehling, www.lesliefehling.com
Cost: $1,490
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"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


"The Pillars of Watercolor"
April 8-10 and/or April 12-14, 2018
 

Seeking answers and understanding? This workshop will explain all aspects of successful painting using frequent demonstrations and detailed analysis. We will explore a range of subject including composition and design, effectively using light and dark values, color mixing, edges, brush stroke techniques and much more. Stimulate and expand your insight into the magic of watercolors! This workshop is for resilient outdoor painters who want plainspoken feedback and lots of painting action. Alvaro is author of Watercolor Painting with Passion, Painting with Passion, Beyond Technique and Watercolour Masterclass. His work has been featured in International Artist and The Artist’s Magazine. Join us in Santa Fe, NM on the historic plaza.
 
Location: Santa Fe, Oregon
Instructor: Alvaro Castagnet
Cost: $595
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503.930.4572


"San Francisco Watercolor Sketching Workshop"
April 8-13, 2018
 

Each day will include demonstrations of elements of landscape painting with lots of personal instruction. Develop your ability to look at the complexity of the scene in front of you, and focus your vision so that you can design a good painting that speaks of the essence of the scene, rather than merely reporting the things in it. Every painting should have a concept, and your composition, colors and techniques must work towards bringing your concept to life. The goal of Evelyn’s workshops is to share her painting knowledge and experience with each student in the way that will best help them to further their own personal development.
 
Location: San Francisco, California
Instructor: Evelyn Dunphy, www.evelyndunphy.com
Cost: $1,490
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"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


"Abstract 101 Mixed Media"
April 16-20, 2018
 

The joy of painting resides in each of us! All you have to do is let loose and let go of pre-conceived ideas. On the other hand, each abstract painting has an undetectable structure. You will learn to understand it and have fun applying it. This workshop will enhance your creativity, give you an outlet to relies stress, develop a new hobby, help experienced painters loosen up, but no experience is needed to give yourself the gift of play and create beautiful art! We offer step by step instruction, in a small group setting so you can receive individualized coaching. Registered early! Only 9 participants per workshop! Work with internationally collected painter and with 30 years of experience.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu
Cost: $950.00 includes materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Website, email, 415-121-2311


"Plein-Air Sketching in Santa Barbara with Brenda Swenson"
April 29 - May 4, 2018
 

Join us for an unforgettable painting workshop in beautiful Santa Barbara! The focus of the workshop will be on sketching with watercolor on location. Brenda Swenson will provide daily demonstrations, friendly critiques, and one on one help. She is the author of two books on watercolor, and is in demand to demonstrate and teach her painting techniques to groups nationwide and abroad. Each location offers a multitude of views to please any artist! All levels of painting experience welcome.
 
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Instructor: Brenda Swenson, www.SwensonsArt.net
Cost: $1795 painters, $1595 non-painters
Sponsor: Flying Colors Art Workshops
Website, email, 858-518-0949


"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
Cost: $3,595 Shared, $4,195 Single
Sponsor: Arts & Cultural Travel
Website, email, 617-855-9209


"The Portrait and The Figure"
May 8-10, 2018
 

Using live models, Mary will demonstrate and guide you through the techniques of planning your compositions, drawing, mixing color and creating great backgrounds. She will show you how to work with the model, avoid mistakes and give personal critiques and great tips for marketing your work. Mary’s work is in many corporate and museum collections, and has been featured in International Artist, American Artist, Artist Magazine, and American Art Collector magazines. She has been awarded the Portrait Society of America's Gold Medal.
 
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Instructor: Mary Whyte
Cost: $995
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503.930.4572


"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


"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


"Art + Awe in Ireland with Lesley Riley"
May 21-26, 2018
 

Lesley Riley is an internationally known mixed media artist, writer, workshop leader, creative coach and mentor who turned her initial passion for photos, color and the written word into a dream occupassion. Ever the seeker of wonder and awe, Lesley will begin the week by guiding you in the experience of awe-walking and gathering. Back in the studio, we will make our souls visible, by translating our moments of awe and beauty into visual notes, mementos, messages and meaning through a variety of personal, expressive mark-making exercises. Lesley will guide you through adding layers of marks, paint, message and meaning, with an eye towards the use of line, composition and color inspired and guided by our awe walks.
 
Location: Ballina, Ireland
Instructor: Lesley Riley, lesleyriley.com
Cost: $2,945 Shared, $3,445 Single
Sponsor: Arts & Cultural Travel
Website, email, 617-855-9209


"Abstract 101 Mixed Media"
May 21-25, 2018
 

The joy of painting resides in each of us! All you have to do is let loose and let go of pre-conceived ideas. On the other hand, each abstract painting has an undetectable structure. You will learn to understand it and have fun applying it. This workshop will enhance your creativity, give you an outlet to relies stress, develop a new hobby, help experienced painters loosen up, but no experience is needed to give yourself the gift of play and create beautiful art! We offer step by step instruction, in a small group setting so you can receive individualized coaching. Registered early! Only 9 participants per workshop! Work with internationally collected painter and with 30 years of experience.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu
Cost: $950.00 includes materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Website, email, 415-121-2311


"Painting in Tuscany: Watercolor Painting Workshop"
May 25 - June 1, 2018
 

The most enjoyable painting I do is when I paint outdoors. There is an intimacy and sense of “being there” that only occurs when you take the time to slow down and record your surroundings in watercolor- and what surroundings we will have! Join me in Tuscany for a truly memorable week! We will tour daily with an easy schedule of demonstration, one on one critique, and group discussions designed to build your confidence and ability alike. You may paint or explore or do both on any given day. I will be there to guide you through my approach to painting en plein air and help you take your watercolors to the next level! Indulge your creative and adventurous spirit with a painting holiday in Tuscany!
 
Location: Certaldo, Italy
Instructor: Iain Stewart, iainstew.fineartstudioonline.com
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Nov 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


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

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


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

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


"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


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

Let’s go paint under the Tuscan sun in beautiful Cortona, Italy. We will work to capture not only the beauty and color of the ancient hills, but also bring out the emotion and flavour of the place in our paintings. We will work daily on different scenes and manage to build a substantial portfolio of paintings by the end of the week. This will be a trip of a life-time. Something you will never forget and cherish all the time.
 
Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: Zan Barrage
Cost: From US$2790.00 per person/ all-inclusive except airfare
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Website, email, Italy 331 422 9047


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

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


"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


"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


"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


"Watercolor Painting Workshop in Switzerland"
June 17-27, 2018
 

Mel Stabin is an internationally known teacher, author, and watercolorist. For over twenty-five years Mel has conducted watercolor workshops with groups on location throughout the country and abroad. We will fly into Zurich where we will stay overnight. The next morning we will go to beautiful Lauderbrunnen a village tucked into the Swiss Alps. While we will be surrounded by towering Alps and many waterfalls, the village is at a comfortable 2600ft so you will not have any problem with the altitude. We will stay in our village the whole time as there is much to paint and we will take a few day trips to the surrounding areas. See website for suggested watercolor supply list.
 
Location: Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland
Instructor: Mel Stabin, www.melstabin.com
Cost: $3,495 painters, $3,295 non-painters
Sponsor: Flying Colors Art Workshops
Website, email, 858-518-0949


"Abstract 101 Mixed Media"
June 18-22, 2018
 

The joy of painting resides in each of us! All you have to do is let loose and let go of pre-conceived ideas. On the other hand, each abstract painting has an undetectable structure. You will learn to understand it and have fun applying it. This workshop will enhance your creativity, give you an outlet to relies stress, develop a new hobby, help experienced painters loosen up, but no experience is needed to give yourself the gift of play and create beautiful art! We offer step by step instruction, in a small group setting so you can receive individualized coaching. Registered early! Only 9 participants per workshop! Work with internationally collected painter and with 30 years of experience.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu
Cost: $950.00 includes materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Website, email, 415-121-2311


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

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


"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


"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


"Abstract 101 Mixed Media"
July 16-20, 2018
 

The joy of painting resides in each of us! All you have to do is let loose and let go of pre-conceived ideas. On the other hand, each abstract painting has an undetectable structure. You will learn to understand it and have fun applying it. This workshop will enhance your creativity, give you an outlet to relies stress, develop a new hobby, help experienced painters loosen up, but no experience is needed to give yourself the gift of play and create beautiful art! We offer step by step instruction, in a small group setting so you can receive individualized coaching. Registered early! Only 9 participants per workshop! Work with internationally collected painter and with 30 years of experience.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu
Cost: $950.00 includes materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Website, email, 415-121-2311


"Watercolor Painting Workshop in Bali"
August 5-17, 2018
 

We are so excited to return to Bali, one of our favorite destinations! We will spend the first half of our time in Ubud in bungalows tucked into the forest where you will experience a new culture, dances, new foods, interesting traditions, museums and special ceremonies. You may also want to take advantage of the great shopping or a massage on the beach. We will also spend some time in Candi Dasa to relax, swim in the Indian Ocean or in the lovely pool at our hotel. Ken Goldman will help you fill your sketchbook with colorful memories of this wonderful island. We will work with light equipment so you are free to visit several spots each day to draw and paint.
 
Location: Bali, Indonesia
Instructor: Ken Goldman, NWS, AWS
Cost: $3,495 painters, $3,295 non-painters
Sponsor: Flying Colors Art Workshops
Website, email, 858-518-0949


"Self-directed Artist Retreat"
August 16-25, 2018
 

A personal immersion inspired by the positive, supported atmosphere of like-minded and self-motivated artists simply needing time away from their daily routine and plenty of well-lit and airy space to create. Ideal space to work big or with professional exhaust system or if you simply need time to focus and concentrate on your art without distractions or want to spend time with other artists or you just need a relaxing art vacation in a beautiful area filled with inspirational artists, galleries and museums. Maps to local sites are available at the studio to guide you to the popular scenic locations and artsy things to see and do.
 
Location: Gloucester, Massachusetts
Instructor:
Cost: $30/day
Sponsor: Northeast Workshop Retreats
Website, email, (978)-729-4970


"Abstract 101 Mixed Media"
August 20-24, 2018
 

The joy of painting resides in each of us! All you have to do is let loose and let go of pre-conceived ideas. On the other hand, each abstract painting has an undetectable structure. You will learn to understand it and have fun applying it. This workshop will enhance your creativity, give you an outlet to relies stress, develop a new hobby, help experienced painters loosen up, but no experience is needed to give yourself the gift of play and create beautiful art! We offer step by step instruction, in a small group setting so you can receive individualized coaching. Registered early! Only 9 participants per workshop! Work with internationally collected painter and with 30 years of experience.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu
Cost: $950.00 includes materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Website, email, 415-121-2311


"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 the Textures of Ireland"
August 26-31, 2018
 

Jacqueline Sullivan is a mixed media artist who pursues an element of adventure and discovery in her art seeking the truly unique. She experiments with all types of textures, paints and materials. In addition to her studio practice, Jacqueline loves teaching and inspiring creativity in others. Join us for a fabulous abstract painting class and excursion in the west of Ireland, as we focus our artists’ eyes on the stunningly beautiful countryside and rugged coastline for creative inspiration. We’ll study in depth the contrast and tonality of the various textures and colors of the rich landscape and historic structures. We’ll work in acrylics, using fluid acrylics and textural mediums to create both visual and actual textures.
 
Location: Ballina, Ireland
Instructor: Jacqueline Sullivan, jacquelinesullivan.com
Cost: $2,945 Shared, $3,445 Single
Sponsor: Arts & Cultural Travel
Website, email, 617-855-9209


"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


"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 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
Cost: $3,125 Shared, $3,625 Single
Sponsor: Arts & Cultural Travel
Website, email, 617-855-9209


"Abstract 101 Mixed Media"
September 17-21, 2018
 

The joy of painting resides in each of us! All you have to do is let loose and let go of pre-conceived ideas. On the other hand, each abstract painting has an undetectable structure. You will learn to understand it and have fun applying it. This workshop will enhance your creativity, give you an outlet to relies stress, develop a new hobby, help experienced painters loosen up, but no experience is needed to give yourself the gift of play and create beautiful art! We offer step by step instruction, in a small group setting so you can receive individualized coaching. Registered early! Only 9 participants per workshop! Work with internationally collected painter and with 30 years of experience.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu
Cost: $950.00 includes materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Website, email, 415-121-2311


"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


"Self-directed Artist Retreat"
September 23 - October 2, 2018
 

A personal immersion inspired by the positive, supported atmosphere of like-minded and self-motivated artists simply needing time away from their daily routine and plenty of well-lit and airy space to create. Ideal space to work big or with professional exhaust system or if you simply need time to focus and concentrate on your art without distractions or want to spend time with other artists or you just need a relaxing art vacation in a beautiful area filled with inspirational artists, galleries and museums. Maps to local sites are available at the studio to guide you to the popular scenic locations and artsy things to see and do.
 
Location: Gloucester, Massachusetts
Instructor:
Cost: $30/day
Sponsor: Northeast Workshop Retreats
Website, email, (978)-729-4970


"being (t)here with India Flint: Norway"
September 23-29, 2018
 

India will be traveling to Norway from her farm in the deep south of Australia to share her wandering spirit and creative gifts with us. She is best known for developing the highly distinctive eco-print, an ecologically sustainable plant-based printing process that gives brilliant color to cloth. With 20 plus years working with plant dyes, her textile practice embraces art, theatre, science, and fashion. Represented in both private and museum collections in the U.S.A., Europe and Australia, she has undertaken costume commissions for Leigh Warren & Dancers as well as the West Australian Ballet. Using dyes of the leaves, roots, and flowers to color cloth, yarn and paper, she continues her journey into botanical alchemy.
 
Location: Valldal, Norway
Instructor: India Flint
Cost: $7,395 Shared, $8,195 Single
Sponsor: Arts & Cultural Travel
Website, email, 617-855-9209


"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


"Abstract 101 Mixed Media"
October 15-19, 2018
 

The joy of painting resides in each of us! All you have to do is let loose and let go of pre-conceived ideas. On the other hand, each abstract painting has an undetectable structure. You will learn to understand it and have fun applying it. This workshop will enhance your creativity, give you an outlet to relies stress, develop a new hobby, help experienced painters loosen up, but no experience is needed to give yourself the gift of play and create beautiful art! We offer step by step instruction, in a small group setting so you can receive individualized coaching. Registered early! Only 9 participants per workshop! Work with internationally collected painter and with 30 years of experience.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu
Cost: $950.00 includes materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Website, email, 415-121-2311


"San Miguel de Allende with Don Andrews"
Ocotober 28 - November 3, 2018
 

Join us for our first ever workshop celebration during the Day of the Dead. Dia de los Muertos is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico and celebrated by people of Mexican heritage in many other countries, especially the United States. The festival is celebrated with marigolds, paper decorations, food and people dressed in vibrant costumes with their faces painted. Don Andrews will be our instructor. He is a nationally known painter, author and instructor recognized for his figure paintings and his landscapes with glowing granular washes and vibrant light.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Don Andrews
Cost: $1,695 painters, $1,495 non-painters
Sponsor: Flying Colors Art Workshops
Website, email, 858-518-0949


"Abstract 101 Mixed Media"
November 19-23, 2018
 

The joy of painting resides in each of us! All you have to do is let loose and let go of pre-conceived ideas. On the other hand, each abstract painting has an undetectable structure. You will learn to understand it and have fun applying it. This workshop will enhance your creativity, give you an outlet to relies stress, develop a new hobby, help experienced painters loosen up, but no experience is needed to give yourself the gift of play and create beautiful art! We offer step by step instruction, in a small group setting so you can receive individualized coaching. Registered early! Only 9 participants per workshop! Work with internationally collected painter and with 30 years of experience.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu
Cost: $950.00 includes materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Website, email, 415-121-2311


"Abstract 101 Mixed Media"
December 17-21, 2018
 

The joy of painting resides in each of us! All you have to do is let loose and let go of pre-conceived ideas. On the other hand, each abstract painting has an undetectable structure. You will learn to understand it and have fun applying it. This workshop will enhance your creativity, give you an outlet to relies stress, develop a new hobby, help experienced painters loosen up, but no experience is needed to give yourself the gift of play and create beautiful art! We offer step by step instruction, in a small group setting so you can receive individualized coaching. Registered early! Only 9 participants per workshop! Work with internationally collected painter and with 30 years of experience.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu
Cost: $950.00 includes materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Website, email, 415-121-2311


"One Painting in One Day-Doors of San Miguel"
Offered Tuesdays year around
 

Easy and fun this workshop is for any lever of experience! Beginners and novice have being amazed by their results. Working with acrylic paint we’ll pain a typical Mexican door starting with one of my professional photos or yours. Participants learn composition, color, painting strategies, practice drawing, painting, gain confidence and finish a unique original painting. As a professional painter, workshop facilitator and college instructor of 27 years, I have worked with individuals at all levels of experience. What is required is a spirit of adventure, open mind, willingness to make mistakes and have fun. If you consider having a painting day with your family and friends while in San Miguel, contact me in advance to make special arrangement.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu
Cost: $95 includes all materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Website, email, 415-121-2311


"Art Coaching Workshop"
One week, all year round
 

In this Art Coaching Workshop you will explore your creativity through non- academic art exercises, using painting and drawing with mixed-media. You will develop trust in intuition, expand your sense of freedom and possibility, and explore unknown aspects of yourself as creator of meanings. The Art Coaching Workshop is a great opportunity for people with no experience, beginners as well as advanced artists. Play and flow are encouraged, using breathing, body work, relaxing techniques and sound design as well. The final artwork will be the result of your presence in the here and now, in the inspirational city of Barcelona. Fee includes all materials + 2 guided tours.
 
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Instructor: Marta Mandolini
Cost: 950 €
Sponsor: Libremente Art
Website, email, 0034 619164632


"8 Days Sketching and Painting Vacation in Mexico"
Per request for groups of 4-6
 

Immerse yourself in the Mexican culture and paint your heart out! Enthrall in the richness of color, Colonial architecture, narrow cable stone streets and enchant your senses: flowers, music, local flavor in the best of Mexico: San Miguel de Allende and Guanajuato. Spend a week in a Mexican home, enjoy a trip to Guanajuato, paint in the studio of professional painters. The perfect painting vacation for solo traveler, girlfriends, groups, artist glides. With expert guidance engage in travel sketching and expressionist studio painting. All levels of experience welcomed from beginner to advance. Your instructors renowned painters Fernando Gonzalez and Cristiana Marinescu, with 29 years of experience. They will lead you on an unforgettable art adventure. Max. 7 register early!
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez & Cristi Marinescu
Cost: $1750 includes materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery & Workshops
Website, email, 415-121-2311


 

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