Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Tuscany's Val D'Orcia - Plein Air"
June 1-8, 2019
 

Come for a week of plein air painting, camaraderie, and fun! Talented artist Mary Garrish will be instructing for 5 full days. June is a great time to visit and paint Tuscany, with colorful landscape and splendid weather! Our "home base" farmhouse sits on a hilltop with glorious views on every side. As well as painting on the grounds of the farmhouse, we will visit several nearby painting locations. The farmhouse and grounds, though updated and comfortable still retain their original charm. A pool overlooking Mount Amiata completes the picture. 7 nights lodging (single occupancy/private bath), all breakfasts, 5 dinners, instruction, taxes and tips included in the fee. Open to all levels and only 8 participants!
 
Location: Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Mary Garrish
Cost: $3150/Single Occupancy-Private Bath
Sponsor: Open Air Italy, LLC
Website, email, 321-626-2717


"Historic Itineraries for Advanced Painters, Civita Castellana"
June 2-9, 2019
 

During the 18th century, spurred by Enlightenment empiricism to study nature directly, artists from all over the world flocked to the countryside surrounding Rome, the “Campagna”, to paint and thus created the first school of open air painting. The Roman Campagna workshop offers advanced artists the exclusive opportunity to paint historic motifs in Civita Castellana, immortalized in the works of Corot, Turner and Claude Lorrain. 2 painting sessions daily. All painting locations on private properties and include Mount Soracte, the ancient town of Faleri Novi, gorges of Civita Castellana and Tiber Valley. Slide lectures provide historical background. Daily critiques. 2 Instructors. Fees include most materials, surfaces, equipment, all meals, accommodation, local transportation. 12 student maximum. Non-painters accompanying artists welcome.
 
Location: Civita Castellana, Italy
Instructor: Maddine Insalaco & Joe Vinson
Cost: $2,700 - $2,950
Sponsor: Etruscan Places
Website, email, 212-780-3216


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

A 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 in the most beautiful area of Tuscany. Small groups, personalized instruction and an intimate environment that fosters creativity and fun. Cost is CAD 3250 or the equivalent in USD at the time of full payment (around US$ 2,520). 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 sites (Montepulciano, Cortona, Pienza, Assisi, etc.) train ticket to Florence and entrance to the Uffizi Museum.
 
Location: Torrita di Siena, Italy
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$2520
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Paint Strokes in Tuscany"
June 5-12, 2019
 

Imagine the ambiance that will fill every sensory with excitement as you stand on the rolling hills in the wine country of Italy, surrounded by picturesque stone buildings, painting at your easel, with other likeminded artists, and for a whole week! Smell the fresh air of the country as your paint strokes capture what you see! Bobbi Baldwin will introduce you to some refreshing new ideas about how to approach a painting from the glorious city of Cortona and Lake Trasimeno in Umbria.
 
Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: Bobbi Baldwin
Cost: From $3,499.00 all inclusive in Italy
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Website, email, +39 331 422 9047


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

Thought-provoking and inspirational art workshop open to artists of all levels and all media (oils, acrylics, watercolors). Ten full days of plein-air painting, art history/theory, touring, group critiques and gourmet cuisine/wine in the most beautiful area of Tuscany. Small groups, personalized instruction and an intimate environment that fosters creativity and fun. Cost is CAD 3250 or the equivalent in American dollars at the time of full payment (around US$ 2,520 as of March 2018). Cost includes: art instruction, ten-night double accommodation, all breakfasts, 8 lunches, 9 gourmet dinners including wine, transportation from and to the Arezzo train station, transportation to all painting/visiting sites (Montepulciano, Cortona, Pienza, Assisi, etc.) train ticket to Florence and entrance to the Uffizi Museum.
 
Location: Torrita di Siena, Italy
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$2520
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Painting & Drawing the Italian Landscape"
June 15-21, 2019
 

Enjoy incorporating your learning experience into your paintings and relish in the improvement of your work during a week of intensive plein-air painting here at The Retreat. This course is a must for those new to Plein-air and wanting to accelerate their confidence in this demanding but ultimately very rewarding genre. It is also suitable for intermediate plein-air painters wishing to take a mirror check on their practice and find some quality time to improve in an ideal setting free from the encumbrances of daily life. All accommodation, most meals, all materials & excursions included. Flights excluded.
 
Location: Force, Italy
Instructor: John W. Skelcher
Cost: $1900 single or $1650 twin/double p.p.
Sponsor: The Retreat
Website, email, (+39) 3349034401


"Etruscan Places Elements of Landscape"
June 15-22, 2019
 

The inspiration for this course is the writing of 18th century French painter P. H. Valenciennes. In his famous treatise on open air painting published in 1800 Valenciennes advocated the separate study of the individual “elements” of landscape. “Elements” is organized around morning slide shows focusing on one element of landscape: fields, trees, clouds and skies, water, time and nocturnes. Daily presentations will be followed by painting sessions dedicated to the subject element. No formal technical instruction is offered but two instructors will be available to work with participants individually. Daily reviews of work. Fees include most materials, surfaces, easels & equipment, all meals, accommodation, field trips, local transportation. 12 student maximum. Rain or shine.
 
Location: Murlo, Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Maddine Insalaco & Joe Vinson
Cost: $2,500-$2,860
Sponsor: Etruscan Places
Website, email, 212-780-3216


"Painting Workshop with Yoga and Cooking"
June 29 - July 4, 2019
 

Enjoy a fantastic experience in the heart of the Italy's most panoramic countryside on this intensive painting, cooking and yoga retreat. Expert tuition in all fields with a laid back relaxing atmosphere. Be inspired by uninterrupted panoramic views, culinary delights to tickle your senses and rejuvenating yoga sessions for a uniquely creative and relaxing experience. A must for those intrepid travellers who need to unwind through learning based activities. It’s a fun packed retreat with outings, great vegetarian food, trips to local hill towns, restaurants and wineries. After each activity based day, enjoy gathering with like-minded people, feeling rejuvenated after Hatha yoga sessions and relaxing an aperitivo before dining and savouring the rewards of your newly found culinary skills.
 
Location: Ascoli Piceno, Italy
Instructor: John W. Skelcher
Cost: $1.650 single, $1.550 twin/double occupancy p.p.
Sponsor: The Retreat
Website, email, +393349034401


"Plein Air Tuscany & Umbria"
July 6-13, 2019
 

Workshops include as many demos as participants may need, abundant one on one instruction with Spencer and daily critique sessions for those who wish to participate. And just to make sure the student has everything he or she needs to succeed in making better paintings, you’ll have the beauty of the Tuscan landscape to inspire you! Come and learn how to better express your artistic vision in a place that has inspired some of history’s giants, with an artist who genuinely loves to teach.
 
Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: Spencer Meagher
Cost: From $3,149.00 all inclusive in Italy
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Website, email, +39 331 422 9047


"Painting & Drawing the Italian Landscape"
July 6-12, 2019
 

Enjoy incorporating your learning experience into your paintings and relish in the improvement of your work during a week of intensive plein-air painting here at The Retreat. This course is a must for those new to Plein-air and wanting to accelerate their confidence in this demanding but ultimately very rewarding genre. It is also suitable for intermediate plein-air painters wishing to take a mirror check on their practice and find some quality time to improve in an ideal setting free from the encumbrances of daily life. Accommodation, most meals, excursions, all materials included. Airfare not included.
 
Location: Force, Italy
Instructor: John W. Skelcher
Cost: $1900 single or $1650 twin/double p.p.
Sponsor: The Retreat
Website, email, (+39) 3349034401


"Plein Air on the Shores of Lake Como"
September 4-11, 2019
 

Join a small group of artists to paint and enjoy the beauty of Italy's Lake Como! This picturesque area is filled with variety for painting...harbors, mountains, gardens, street scenes, etc! September is a wonderful time to be on the lake, with lovely weather and fewer crowds. Accomplished artist Calvin Liang will be instructing for 5 full days. We will visit different painting locations daily...Varenna, Lenno, Bellagio, to name a few. We will stay in a lovely lakeshore hotel about 5 km south of Bellagio. All rooms are private with private bath and all breakfasts and dinners are included. Airport transfers and artist transportation to painting locations is also included in the fee. Class size limited to 8 participants.
 
Location: Lake Como, Italy
Instructor: Calvin Liang
Cost: $3750/Single Occupancy-Private Bath
Sponsor: Open Air Italy, LLC
Website, email, 321-626-2717


"Painting the Colors, Textures and Horizons of Italy"
September 25 - October 1, 2019
 

Come on a fabulous painting and touring excursion in Le Marche, Italy. This area is a cultural and creative wonderland. We’ll focus our eyes on the stunning countryside and villages. This is an abstract painting class, although students’ work could be semi-realistic. We’ll study the contrast and tonality of the various textures and colors of the rich landscape and structures. We’ll work in acrylics, using fluid and textural mediums to create both visual and actual textures. We’ll study the horizon lines in our photos and build our paintings there. We’ll explore our emotional response to the beauty of the area and paint from that perspective. A few writing exercises will help bring to the surface our responses to our travels.
 
Location: Sant’Angelo in Vado, Italy
Instructor: Jacqueline Sullivan
Cost: $3,499
Sponsor: Italiana Tours
Website, email, 214-240-1497


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

Thought-provoking and inspirational art workshop open to artists of all levels and all media (oils, acrylics, watercolors). Ten full days of plein-air painting, art history/theory, touring, group critiques and gourmet cuisine/wine in the most beautiful area of Tuscany. Small groups, personalized instruction and an intimate environment that fosters creativity and fun. Cost is CAD 3250 or the equivalent in American dollars at the time of full payment (around US$ 2,520 as of March 2018). Cost includes: art instruction, ten-night double accommodation, all breakfasts, 8 lunches, 9 gourmet dinners including wine, transportation from and to the Arezzo train station, transportation to painting/visiting sites (Montepulciano, Cortona, Pienza, Assisi, etc.) train ticket to Florence and entrance to the Uffizi Museum.
 
Location: Torrita di Siena, Italy
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$2520
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Painting in Tuscany"
October 4-11, 2019
 

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


"Historic Itineraries for Advanced Painters, Civita Castellana"
October 5-12, 2019
 

During the 18th century, spurred by Enlightenment empiricism to study nature directly, artists from all over the world flocked to the countryside surrounding Rome, the “Campagna”, to paint and thus created the first school of open air painting. The Roman Campagna workshop offers advanced artists the exclusive opportunity to paint historic motifs in Civita Castellana, immortalized in the works of Corot, Turner and Claude Lorrain. 2 painting sessions daily. All painting locations on private properties and include Mount Soracte, the ancient town of Faleri Novi, gorges of Civita Castellana and Tiber Valley. Slide lectures provide the historical background. Daily critiques. 2 Instructors. Fees include most materials, surfaces, equipment, all meals, accommodation, local transportation. 12 student maximum. Non-painters accompanying artists welcome.
 
Location: Civita Castellana, Italy
Instructor: Maddine Insalaco & Joe Vinson
Cost: $2,700 - $2,950
Sponsor: Etruscan Places
Website, email, 212-780-3216


"Learn the secrets of abstract painting in Tuscany Italy"
October 13-23, 2019
 

I am thrilled to return for another trip to Italy where we will be pampered, inspired, wined and dined in true Italian hospitality. We begin our journey exploring the hills of Lucca and our beautifully restored farmhouse. Your interaction with your surroundings will influence the colors and textures in your paintings. The mystery evolves with collage layering techniques and veiling using acrylic mediums. I will share with you my formulas and techniques for creating textures and building layers. We will also incorporate local materials into our mixed media work and maybe even add a transfer. You will learn innovative painting techniques, but more importantly you will learn fresh new ways to see!
 
Location: Lucca, Italy
Instructor: Sandra Duran Wilson
Cost: $3,599
Sponsor: Follow Your Senses in Tuscany
Website, email


"Advanced Plein Air Landscape Seminar"
October 19-26, 2019
 

Our Advanced Seminar will offer experienced painters the opportunity to work intensively all day without the disruption of movements. We will have exclusive use of a spectacularly situated farm which will enable participants to develop longer term and larger scale works if desired. Two instructors, Maddine Insalaco and Joe Vinson, will be available to work with participants. Critiques will be held daily. Slide shows on issues relevant to landscape painting will be held two evenings. Fees include most materials, surfaces and equipment, accommodations, all meals, field trip, local transportation. Reduced fees for extended stays.
 
Location: Murlo, Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Maddine Insalaco & Joe Vinson
Cost: $2,700 - $2,950
Sponsor: Etruscan Places
Website, email, 212-780-3216


 

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