Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Studio Italia - Art workshop offered since 1997"
August 16-25, 2021
 

Thought-provoking and inspirational art workshop open to artists of all levels and all media (oils, acrylics, watercolors, etc.). Nine full days of plein-air painting, art history/theory lectures, touring, group discussions, and gastronomy in the most beautiful area of Tuscany. We limit the size of our groups to eight participants and we offer personalized instruction and a stimulating learning environment. Cost of CAD 3375 (around US$ 2570) includes art instruction, 9-night double accommodation, all breakfasts, 8 lunches, 8 gourmet dinners including wine, transportation from and to the Arezzo train station, transportation to all painting sites (Montepulciano, Cortona, Pienza, Lucignano, etc.) train ticket to Florence and guided tour to the Uffizi Museum. Please read testimonials from former participants on our website.
 
Location: Lucignano, Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$2570
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Studio 'O Canada' - Plein Air Painting in the Ottawa region"
August 21, 2021
 

A one-day art workshop in the Ottawa region open to artists of all levels and mediums (oils, acrylics, watercolors). This workshop is more than an introduction to plein air painting as it will help you to interpret and depict the landscape in a personal way. A reflection on the intertwining of two realities, the one offered by nature and your own as the viewer, leading to a synthesis of both on canvas. Price of 425 CAD (around US$350) includes two-way transportation Ottawa-Val-des-Monts-Ottawa, an art history lecture, three to four-hour plein air painting coaching, and an outdoor five-course gourmet dinner including wine. In a nutshell, a fun art workshop in Canada that emphasizes knowledge, genuineness, colors, flavors, and new friendships.
 
Location: Ottawa, Canada
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$350
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Artists Painting Retreats in southern France with Mike Snow"
August 21-28, 2021
 

Imagine a week of painting in the beautiful wine country of southern France. Whether you are a novice or an experienced artist, this retreat will bring you countless new ideas and help move your creative spirit forward. Relax, unwind, discover and deepen your artistic creativity. All-inclusive: quality accommodations, outstanding cuisine, art materials, sightseeing and instruction. Small classes for personal attention with the insightful guidance of American-French artist Mike Snow. Come spoil yourself in the healing environment and nature of southern France and discover previously untapped creative skills to grow your artistic talents with this delicious immersion into creativity.
 
Location: Quillan, France
Instructor: Mike Snow
Cost: 1,995 € (early-bird discount available)
Sponsor: Mike Snow & Timothy White
Website, email, (+33) 678 852 282


"Artist Retreat"
August 28, 2021
 

Calling all artists and creatives! Explore and discover how to tap into your inner artist in a fun and encouraging environment. We will be exploring the many uses of acrylic paints and mediums and their colour relationships while learning brush technique and how to create compelling abstract work. This class is ideally suited for those who have some knowledge of colour theory and drawing but want to further their techniques as an artist. This workshop offers a different spin on learning intuitively while offering an understanding of the necessary fundamentals. You will work towards creating a free, loose and confident painting which speaks to your unique style. Registration is limited to 10 people in person, and 10 more online.
 
Location: Niagara, Canada
Instructor: Sandra Iafrate
Cost: $85 online / $185 in-person
Website, email


"Painting Holiday in Tuscany"
September 4-11, 2021
 

On this painting holiday artists will be tutored in sessions of fun and creativity by the London-based artist Gina Southgate. Working alongside Gina, you'll learn numerous, simple, effective techniques to incorporate into your own unique and striking artworks. With 30 years' experience Gina is best known for her live paintings of jazz, and she brings this energy to her landscapes and abstracts. You will be hosted at the farmhouse Antico Borgo La Torre, in the tranquil and enchanting surroundings of the Tuscan countryside. The property includes Chianti vineyards, olive trees and a small private lake. Guests will enjoy comfortable rooms, a large natural garden, a 20 metre swimming pool, and wonderful local food.
 
Location: Florence (countryside), Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Gina Southgate
Cost: €1390
Sponsor: Antico Borgo La Torre
Website, email, +39 3206275789


"Etruscan Places Open Air Fundamentals"
September 4-11, 2021
 

Our core program is founded upon the premise that open air painting presents unique challenges to the artist in the fleeting light and unpredictability of atmospheric conditions that require a specific technical approach in execution. We introduce our method through a structured program combining lectures, exercises & demonstrations that aim to enable participants to compose, develop and complete a painting in one session. Two instructors will work directly with participants at all times. Sessions are supported by a Siena museum visit, evening slide shows analyzing works of the masters in the history of landscape painting, books and readings. Fees include materials, surfaces, equipment, meals, accommodation, field trips (Siena and Montalcino), local transport. All levels. 12 student maximum.
 
Location: Buonconvento, Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Maddine Insalaco and Joe Vinson
Cost: $2,500 - $2,860 depending on occupancy
Sponsor: Etruscan Places
Website, email, 212-780-3216


"Artists Painting Retreats in southern France with Mike Snow"
September 18-25, 2021
 

Imagine a week of painting in the beautiful wine country of southern France. Whether you are a novice or an experienced artist, this retreat will bring you countless new ideas and help move your creative spirit forward. Relax, unwind, discover and deepen your artistic creativity. All-inclusive: quality accommodations, outstanding cuisine, art materials, sightseeing and instruction. Small classes for personal attention with the insightful guidance of American-French artist Mike Snow. Come spoil yourself in the healing environment and nature of southern France and discover previously untapped creative skills to grow your artistic talents with this delicious immersion into creativity.
 
Location: Quillan, France
Instructor: Mike Snow
Cost: 1,995 € (early-bird discount available)
Sponsor: Mike Snow & Timothy White
Website, email, (+33) 678 852 282


"Painting Retreat (no instructor) in the South West of France"
September 19-26, 2021
 

Join us for one week in beautiful Provence! We will drive you to the paintings sites, the tour leader will organize picnics, and stay with the group all day. Paint or sketch, in the media of your choice, surrounded by other like-minded artists.
 
Location: Toulouse, France
Cost: $3,390 ($3,190 before Jan 31st)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Plein Air Painting Retreat with Artist Nicholas O'Leary"
September 30 - October 7, 2021
 

Join artist Nicholas O'Leary on a plein air painting retreat in Almería, Spain. Receive expert tuition and draw your creative inspiration from an idyllic oasis full of exotic palms, trees and plants from all over the world, waterfalls, fountains, and ponds. Stay at a stunning Spanish Finca, enjoy delicious organic meals, and take in the Granada skyline and Sierra Nevada scenic vistas from the Alhambra's red fortress towers. UpTrek painting retreat inclusions: tuition, accommodation, meals, drinks, trips, studio space, transfers. For details, please visit our website (link below) or get in touch at contact@uptrek.com
 
Location: Almería, Spain
Instructor: Nicholas O'Leary
Cost: $2,650
Sponsor: UpTreK
Website, email, +40757302302


"Studio Italia offered since 1997"
October 1-10, 2021
 

Thought-provoking and inspirational art workshop open to artists of all levels and all media (oils, acrylics, watercolors, etc.). Nine full days of plein-air painting, art history/theory lectures, touring, group discussions, and gastronomy in the most beautiful area of Tuscany. We limit the size of our groups to eight participants and we offer personalized instruction and a stimulating learning environment. Cost of CAD 3375 (around US$ 2500) includes art instruction, 9-night double accommodation, all breakfasts, 8 lunches, 8 gourmet dinners including wine, transportation from and to the Arezzo train station, transportation to all painting sites (Montepulciano, Cortona, Pienza, Lucignano, etc.) train ticket to Florence and entrance to the Uffizi Museum. Please read testimonials from former participants on our website.
 
Location: Lucignano, Italy
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$2500
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Studio and Plein Air Painting during the Tuscan Harvest"
October 2-9, 2021
 

Join us for this wonderful painting holiday during Italian harvest. See the vineyards at their ripe stages and smell the new autumn air as we paint in the Tuscan countryside and visit medieval towns nearby. Our stay is in an 18th century restored country house just outside of Sienna. Town visits to Sienna, Chiusure di Asciano and San Guismè will be part of our plein air explorations and inspiration! Most of our material is included in this trip. Professional-quality oil and acrylic paints and mediums are included, most meals, wine, excursions and accommodations. All painting levels are welcome from beginners to experienced artist, in this encouraging creative atmosphere.
 
Location: Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Sandra Iafrate
Cost: 1750 GBP
Website, email


"Advanced Seminar"
October 9-16, 2021
 

Our Advanced Seminar will offer experienced painters the opportunity to work intensively all day without the disruption of movements. 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 and wine, field trip, local transportation. Reduced fees for extended stays.
 
Location: Buonconvento, Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Maddine Insalaco and Joe Vinson
Cost: $2,500 - $2,860 depending on occupancy
Sponsor: Etruscan Places
Website, email, 212-780-3216


"Painting The Rustic Elegance of Southern Italy"
October 10-17, 2021
 

Sicily is an island of contrasts -from fertile volcanic land, ancient and arid ruins to baroque style architecture. Its stunning location in the middle of the Mediterranean means it is blessed with good weather, ideal for painting! This painting holiday is a complete artistic journey from start to finish. You will stay at authentic yet modern villas in the south-east of the island, surrounded by almond, olive and pomegranate trees. Enjoy daily painting classes in a spacious beautiful studio and excursions to: the coastal town of Siracusa; Ortigia; the Baroque town of Noto; the fishing village of Marzamemi; and the cities of Modica and Ragusa where you will see real Sicilian life and paint in the renowned Giardino Ibleo gardens.
 
Location: Sicily, Italy
Instructor: Sandra Iafrate
Website, email


"Artists Painting Retreats on southern coast of Spain with Mike Snow"
October 23-30, 2021
 

Break down walls and barriers, and expand your freedom of expression. Whether you 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. All-inclusive: quality accommodations, outstanding cuisine, art materials, sightseeing and instruction. Small classes for personal attention with the insightful guidance of American-French artist Mike Snow. Come spoil yourself in the healing environment and nature of Andalusia, Spain and discover previously untapped creative skills to grow your artistic talents with this delicious immersion into creativity.
 
Location: Algeciras, Spain
Instructor: Mike Snow
Cost: 1,995 € (early-bird discount available)
Sponsor: Mike Snow & Timothy White
Website, email, (+33) 678 852 282


"Rose Frantzen Workshop in Provence"
October 26 - November 4, 2021
 

Exclusive 10-day painting workshop in Southern France with painting legend, Rose Frantzen. This workshop is a rare opportunity to learn from Rose Frantzen, the award-winning artist known as an American treasure. The chateau estate is the perfect location to combine elite learning and immersion in Provençal culture. Guests will paint models on the estate, in the village, and also at local painting destinations with historical art significance. Rose will be in residence with guests the entire time. Experience both an exclusive painting workshop with instruction and the best of French life. All-inclusive: instruction, food, wine, Chateau accommodations, museums, entrance fees, ground transportation; except air-fare. All levels. Non-painters welcome.
 
Location: Avignon, France
Instructor: Rose Frantzen
Cost: $5200
Sponsor: Workshops in France
Website, email, 323-251-4487


"Artists Painting Retreats on southern coast of Spain with Mike Snow"
March 19-26, 2022
 

Break down walls and barriers and expand your freedom of expression. Whether you 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. All-inclusive: quality accommodations, outstanding cuisine, art materials, sightseeing and instruction. Small classes for personal attention with the insightful guidance of American-French artist Mike Snow. Come spoil yourself in the healing environment and nature of Andalusia, Spain and discover previously untapped creative skills to grow your artistic talents with this delicious immersion into creativity.
 
Location: Algeciras, Spain
Instructor: Mike Snow
Cost: 1,995 € (early-bird discount available)
Sponsor: Mike Snow & Timothy White
Website, email, (+33) 678 852 282


"Painting in Portugal"
April 4-10, 2022
 

Join California-based painter and renowned art instructor Randall Sexton for an exciting week of painting in the beautiful region of Azeitão, Portugal. This all-inclusive 5 day/6 night trip is open to all skill levels from beginner to advanced. Spaces are limited as the group will be the exclusive guests at a 300 year-old villa just south of Lisbon. This fully renovated estate is surrounded by vineyards, cork trees, and olive orchards, and offers a breathtaking array of subjects from the intimate to the monumental. Away from tourists, you will be able to immerse yourself in a unique countryside and participate in daily painting demos/lectures and lots of and one-on-one painting instruction with Randy.
 
Location: Azeitão, Portugal
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Cost: $3200/single occ, $2900/double occ
Website, email, (919) 272-5958


"Artists Painting Retreats on southern coast of Spain with Mike Snow"
April 16-23, 2022
 

Break down walls and barriers and expand your freedom of expression. Whether you 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. All-inclusive: quality accommodations, outstanding cuisine, art materials, sightseeing and instruction. Small classes for personal attention with the insightful guidance of American-French artist Mike Snow. Come spoil yourself in the healing environment and nature of Andalusia, Spain and discover previously untapped creative skills to grow your artistic talents with this delicious immersion into creativity.
 
Location: Algeciras, Spain
Instructor: Mike Snow
Cost: 1,995 € (early-bird discount available)
Sponsor: Mike Snow & Timothy White
Website, email, (+33) 678 852 282


"Van Gogh and Cézanne in Provence, France"
May 8-15, 2022
 

This special art retreat will take you many of the places you will recognize as the very locations that Vincent painted many of his greatest masterpieces. We will also pay a visit to Cézanne's studio and his beloved Mont Sainte Victoire. We will be staying right in Arles at the Best Western Artrium that is an easy walk to the same sights, sounds and smells of these great artists. Come and be prepared to do lots of drawing and painting, it will be a trip you won't ever forget.
 
Location: Arles, and Aix-en-Provence, France
Instructor: Royce Deans and Tali Farchi
Cost: $2990.00
Sponsor: ArtisTTable
Website, email, 231.883.1681


"Painting the Dutch Landscape"
May 22-29, 2022
 

This art retreat to Zwolle, The Netherlands is one of our favorites to be certain. Zwolle is a picture perfect Dutch city. A classically designed city center with gorgeous parks that you will love. Dutch farmland, canals, dikes, lots of bikes and beautiful wooded areas. Sign up before October 15, 2021 and the cost is only $2840.00
 
Location: Zwolle, The Netherlands
Instructor: Royce Deans and Tali Farchi
Cost: $2990.00
Sponsor: ArtisTTable
Website, email, 231.883.1681


"Artists Painting Retreats in southern France with Mike Snow"
June 4-11, 2022
 

Imagine a week of painting in the beautiful wine country of southern France. Whether you are a novice or an experienced artist, this retreat will bring you countless new ideas and help move your creative spirit forward. Relax, unwind, discover and deepen your artistic creativity. All-inclusive: quality accommodations, outstanding cuisine, art materials, sightseeing and instruction. Small classes for personal attention with the insightful guidance of American-French artist Mike Snow. Come spoil yourself in the healing environment and nature of southern France and discover previously untapped creative skills to grow your artistic talents with this delicious immersion into creativity.
 
Location: Quillan, France
Instructor: Mike Snow
Cost: 1,995 € (early-bird discount available)
Sponsor: Mike Snow & Timothy White
Website, email, (+33) 678 852 282


"Studio Italia - Art workshop in Tuscany offered since 1997"
June 11-20, 2022
 

A thought-provoking and inspirational art workshop open to artists of all levels and all media (oils, acrylics, watercolors, etc.). Nine full days of plein air painting, art history/art theory lectures, touring, group discussions, and gourmet cuisine in the most beautiful area of Tuscany. We limit the size of our groups to eight participants to offer personalized instruction and a stimulating learning environment. Cost of CAD 3375 (around US$ 2600) includes art instruction, 9-night double accommodation, all breakfasts, 8 lunches, 8 gourmet dinners including wine, transportation from and to the Arezzo train station, transportation to all painting sites (Montepulciano, Cortona, Pienza, etc.) train ticket to Florence, and a guided tour to the Uffizi Museum. Testimonials from former participants on our website.
 
Location: Lucignano, Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US $2600
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Atelier Provence and Barcelona Art Trip 2022"
June 25 - July 6, 2022
 

A seven-day plein-air painting workshop in the Alpes de Haute Provence followed by a four-day art history tour in Barcelona. A unique learning experience open to artists of all levels and all mediums. Paint a varied range of subjects, from lavender and poppy fields to ochre cliffs and beautiful mountain scenery, visit Barcelona’s great art museums and architecture, and enjoy famous Provencal and Catalan cuisine. Price of CAD 3800 (around US$2950) includes painting instruction, art history/theory lectures,11-night double accommodation, 11 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 gourmet dinners including wine, TGV train ticket Avignon-Barcelona, transportation, and entrances to all museums and sites on schedule (Cézanne’s studio, La Sagrada Familia, Picasso Museum, Miró Museum, etc.). The perfect art holidays!
 
Location: Alpes de Haute Provence/Barcelona, France
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US $2950
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Studio Italia - Art workshop in Tuscany offered since 1997"
July 10-19, 2022
 

A thought-provoking and inspirational art workshop open to artists of all levels and all media (oils, acrylics, watercolors, etc.). Nine full days of plein air painting, art history/art theory lectures, touring, and gourmet cuisine in the most beautiful area of Tuscany. Our groups of eight participants and our teaching approach allow us to offer personalized instruction and a stimulating learning environment. Cost of CAD 3475 (around US$ 2700) includes instruction, 9-night double accommodation, all breakfasts, 8 lunches, 8 gourmet dinners including wine, transportation from and to the Arezzo train station, transportation to all painting sites (Montepulciano, Cortona, Pienza, etc.) train ticket to Florence, and a guided tour to the Uffizi Museum. Testimonials from former participants on our website.
 
Location: Lucignano, Italy
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$2700
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Artists Painting Retreats in southern France with Mike Snow"
July 16-23, 2022
 

Imagine a week of painting in the beautiful wine country of southern France. Whether you are a novice or an experienced artist, this retreat will bring you countless new ideas and help move your creative spirit forward. Relax, unwind, discover and deepen your artistic creativity. All-inclusive: quality accommodations, outstanding cuisine, art materials, sightseeing and instruction. Small classes for personal attention with the insightful guidance of American-French artist Mike Snow. Come spoil yourself in the healing environment and nature of southern France and discover previously untapped creative skills to grow your artistic talents with this delicious immersion into creativity.
 
Location: Quillan, France
Instructor: Mike Snow
Cost: 1,995 € (early-bird discount available)
Sponsor: Mike Snow & Timothy White
Website, email, (+33) 678 852 282


"Abstract Artist Retreat 2022"
August 6, 2022
 

This workshop scheduled for 2022 will focus on working in abstract while considering some basic fundamentals exploring composition, colour and expressive brushwork. This event is held at my Niagara-on-the-Lake studio. The studio is bright and spacious and registration is limited to 10 people. Outdoor painting may be an option, weather permitting. In this workshop you will learn how to plan work as well as work intuitively to create a loose and confident painting which speaks to your unique style. No lugging of paints and materials! All GOLDEN Artist quality paints and mediums are included along with 16”x20” canvas. A healthy artisan lunch is included and all beverages. All participants will take home their abstract work along with an Artist Pack gift.
 
Location: Niagara, Canada
Instructor: Sandra Iafrate
Cost: $80 online / $185 in-person
Website, email


"Artists Painting Retreats in southern France with Mike Snow"
August 27 - September 3, 2022
 

Imagine a week of painting in the beautiful wine country of southern France. Whether you are a novice or an experienced artist, this retreat will bring you countless new ideas and help move your creative spirit forward. Relax, unwind, discover and deepen your artistic creativity. All-inclusive: quality accommodations, outstanding cuisine, art materials, sightseeing and instruction. Small classes for personal attention with the insightful guidance of American-French artist Mike Snow. Come spoil yourself in the healing environment and nature of southern France and discover previously untapped creative skills to grow your artistic talents with this delicious immersion into creativity.
 
Location: Quillan, France
Instructor: Mike Snow
Cost: 1,995 € (early-bird discount available)
Sponsor: Mike Snow & Timothy White
Website, email, (+33) 678 852 282


"Studio Italia - Art workshop offered since 1997"
October 1-11, 2022
 

A thought-provoking and inspirational art workshop open to artists of all levels and all media (oils, acrylics, watercolors, etc.). Nine full days of plein air painting, art history/art theory lectures, touring, group discussions, and gourmet cuisine in the most beautiful area of Tuscany. We offer personalized instruction and a stimulating learning environment that fosters creativity and fun. Cost of CAD 3375 (around US$ 2600) includes art instruction, 9-night double accommodation, all breakfasts, 8 lunches, 8 gourmet dinners including wine, transportation from and to the Arezzo train station, transportation to all painting sites (Montepulciano, Cortona, Pienza, etc.) train ticket to Florence, and a guided tour to the Uffizi Museum. Testimonials from former participants on our website.
 
Location: Lucignano, Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US $2600
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Artists Painting Retreats on southern coast of Spain with Mike Snow"
October 22-29, 2022
 

Break down walls and barriers and expand your freedom of expression. Whether you 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. All-inclusive: quality accommodations, outstanding cuisine, art materials, sightseeing and instruction. Small classes for personal attention with the insightful guidance of American-French artist Mike Snow. Come spoil yourself in the healing environment and nature of Andalusia, Spain and discover previously untapped creative skills to grow your artistic talents with this delicious immersion into creativity.
 
Location: Algeciras, Spain
Instructor: Mike Snow
Cost: 1,995 € (early-bird discount available)
Sponsor: Mike Snow & Timothy White
Website, email, (+33) 678 852 282


 

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