Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"The Portrait and The Figure"
March 21-28, 2020
 

Picture yourself painting and touring with internationally acclaimed watercolorist, Mary Whyte. Mary will 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. Enjoy lots of painting action, one-on-one instruction, wonderful meals and wine, and Italian activities! Come, explore the Amalfi Coast, visit Capri, take in local museums and more. We have a full itinerary with you in mind so don't miss this workshop of a lifetime for travel enthusiasts and all levels of artists. Mary’s work is in many corporate and museum collections, and has been featured in many magazines.
 
Location: Sorrento, Italy
Instructor: Mary Whyte
Cost: $4500 Painters, $3200 Companions
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Prints and Places Printmaking Retreat"
April 5-12, 2020
 

Travel to Italy and learn printmaking with a master fine art printmaker in the picturesque village of Castiglione a Casauria, set at the foot of the Abruzzi mountains. UpTrek retreat inclusions: receive 40 hours expert tuition, complete with accommodation, home-made meals served with local wines, trips and visits, as well as all the materials needed for the printmaking workshops. You will explore various printmaking techniques and create your own prints from scratch under the guidance of an experienced artist.
 
Location: Castiglione a Casauria, Italy
Instructor: Colleen Corradi Brannigan
Cost: $1060
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"Art All'Italiana Painting Vacation"
April 9-16, 2020
 

Travel to Italy and learn to paint from a professional painter and expert art tutor, explore different painting styles and techniques, live la dolce vita, and get inspired by mountains, rivers, fields of wild flowers, orchards and grapevines in a tranquil, bucolic setting in Bedogno. Art retreat 2020 inclusions: private accommodation, all meals, all drinks and local wine for dinners, daily painting workshops with professional painter Pheona Kerr (two tutored lessons per day, adapted for a wide range of levels), access to a fully equipped studio, art materials, airport transfers.
 
Location: Bedogno, Italy
Instructor: Pheona Kerr
Cost: $1,530
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Florence Watercolour Workshop"
April 18-23, 2020
 

A fantastic opportunity to paint water colors in the beautiful Renaissance city of Florence. It doesn’t really get any better than this for artists. Soak up the ambience and culture of this famous historical city. Allow your experienced tutor to guide you around from one inspirational backdrop to another. Learn to paint quickly with impressionistic flair through expert tuition from your Academy trained tutor. Whether you’re into the illustrious facades of the ancient cathedrals and palazzos or the grand spaces of Florence’s many piazzas, you really couldn’t be in better hands. You will learn to compose interesting urban scenes with famous landmarks as your focal points. Accommodation, most meals and drinks, guided tours, tuition, all art materials included. Non-painters welcome.
 
Location: Florence, Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: John W. Skelcher
Cost: $2,000
Sponsor: The Retreat
Website, email, 00393349034401


"Plein Air Painting Vacation in Tuscany"
April 21 - May 1, 2020
 

Travel to Italy and take oil painting lessons from artist Garrett Speirs. Explore ancient towns, paint en plein air, stay in a traditional family-owned inn, and enjoy all the delights that Tuscany has to offer. UpTrek 2020 inclusions: 7 night in private accommodation, all breakfasts, 5 lunches, all dinners with wine, daily painting workshops with professional painter Garrett Y. Speirs, transport for painting on location.
 
Location: Pienza, Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Garrett Y. Speirs
Cost: $3,340
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Venice 2020: 8 day Watercolor Retreat"
April 22-30, 2020
 

Venice beckons us wistfully! Give in and come let me show you why this is the trip of a lifetime! Are you a painter? Do you like to paint for a few hours and then fill your day with sightseeing? That's our magic formula! I'll show you all of the "must see's" along with some of my most favorite nooks and crannies that tourists don't even know about. I'm not a tour guide, nor do I speak fluent Italian, but my love for Venice will speak volumes. Are you a non-painter? Bring your camera! Everywhere you turn, there's a picture!! See Venice through my painter's eyes!
 
Location: Venice, Italy
Instructor: Helen K Beacham
Cost: $2500.00
Sponsor: Helen K Beacham Fine Art
Website, email, 843-408-5240


"Venice Plein-air Urban Watercolour Workshop"
April 24-29, 2020
 

Spend 6 fantastic days immersed in splendour painting the historic canals with its gondolas and grand buildings of the grand Renaissance city of Venice. For centuries, water-colourists have been enjoying the magnificent sights, colours and atmosphere that only Venice has to offer. Colour, light, mood, reflections, gondolas, grand palazzos and piazza’s offer endless inspiration to any painter. The romantic light and mood are just some of the themes featuring in this gloriously unforgettable water colour course! A fantastic opportunity painting water colours in this breathtakingly beautiful floating city. Quite simply, it does not get any better than this for an artist! Our accommodation is a beautiful historic Venetian monastery. All art materials, accommodation, breakfast, dinner and guided tours included.
 
Location: Venice, Italy
Instructor: John W. Skelcher
Cost: $1850
Sponsor: The Retreat
Website, email, 393349034401


"Florence Watercolour Workshop"
May 2-7, 2020
 

A fantastic opportunity to paint water colors in the beautiful Renaissance city of Florence. It doesn’t really get any better than this for artists. Soak up the ambience and culture of this famous historical city. Allow your experienced tutor to guide you around from one inspirational backdrop to another. Learn to paint quickly with impressionistic flair through expert tuition from your Academy trained tutor. Whether you’re into the illustrious facades of the ancient cathedrals and palazzos or the grand spaces of Florence’s many piazzas, you really couldn’t be in better hands. You will learn to compose interesting urban scenes with famous landmarks as your focal points. Accommodation, most meals and drinks, guided tours, tuition, all art materials included. Non-painters welcome.
 
Location: Florence, Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: John W Skelcher
Cost: $2,000
Sponsor: The Retreat
Website, email, 393349034401


"Capturing the Tuscan Light in Plein Air"
May 6-13, 2020
 

Come and paint en plein air in the warmth of the Tuscan sun in Cortona, one of the oldest and most beautiful cities in Tuscany! 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.
 
Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: William Rogers CSPWC TWSA SCA
Cost: From $3590.00 all-incluseve except airfare
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Website, email, +39 331 422 9047


"Painting Holiday in Tuscany"
May 9-16, 2020
 

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: €1100
Sponsor: Antico Borgo La Torre
Website, email, +39 3206275789


"The Joy of Art: Creative Tuscany Tour"
May 14-25, 2020
 

Travel to Tuscany and experience an art adventure like no other. Explore Florence, Pisa, Lucca, Siena, San Gimignano, and San Leo, learn fun and easy artistic techniques in several mediums, admire masterpieces of the Renaissance period, visit magnificent churches and hidden Tuscan villages — all while enjoying fantastic accommodation, local wines, and delicious meals.
 
Location: Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Bethany Ekblad
Cost: $3995
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40 0757 302 302


"Art All'Italiana Painting Vacation"
May 16-23, 2020
 

Travel to Italy and learn to paint from a professional painter and expert art tutor, explore different painting styles and techniques, live la dolce vita, and get inspired by mountains, rivers, fields of wild flowers, orchards and grapevines in a tranquil, bucolic setting in Bedogno. Art retreat 2020 inclusions: private accommodation, all meals, all drinks and local wine for dinners, daily painting workshops with professional painter Pheona Kerr (two tutored lessons per day, adapted for a wide range of levels), access to a fully equipped studio, art materials, airport transfers.
 
Location: Bedogno, Italy
Instructor: Pheona Kerr
Cost: $1,530
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Capturing Tuscany in Watercolor: A Cultural Retreat"
May 17-27, 2020
 

Join Kim Minicheillo, a former Walt Disney Imagineer, for a 10-day cultural experience in Tuscany! Chef Karolina Lenart at the beautiful Casa Fiori, overlooking the city of Lucca, is hosting Kim. You will capture this rich area by sketching and painting en plein air in watercolor, and also experience the food, wine and history of the region. Never painted outdoors before? Let Kim guide through her process of simplifying the scene to record the impression of what is before you. Retreat includes: painting instruction and exploring daily, cooking class, wine tasting, music concert, accommodations, tuition, excursions, and most meals. Create life-long memories! Kim will help beginners or intermediate painters take your painting to the next level. Non-painters are welcome.
 
Location: Lucca, Italy
Instructor: Kim Minichiello
Cost: $3749
Sponsor: Follow Your Senses in Tuscany
Website, email, 407-668-7082


"Venice Plein-air Urban Watercolour Workshop"
May 18-23, 2020
 

Spend 6 fantastic days immersed in splendour painting the historic canals with its gondolas and grand buildings of the grand Renaissance city of Venice. For centuries, water-colourists have been enjoying the magnificent sights, colours and atmosphere that only Venice has to offer. Colour, light, mood, reflections, gondolas, grand palazzos and piazza’s offer endless inspiration to any painter. The romantic light and mood are just some of the themes featuring in this gloriously unforgettable water colour course! A fantastic opportunity painting water colours in this breathtakingly beautiful floating city. Quite simply, it does not get any better than this for an artist! Our accommodation is a beautiful historic Venetian monastery. All art materials, accommodation, breakfast, dinner and guided tours included.
 
Location: Venice, Italy
Instructor: John W. Skelcher
Cost: $1850
Sponsor: The Retreat
Website, email, 393349034401


"The Tuscan Landscape in Watercolor"
May 19-27, 2020
 

Join American fine artist Jill Williams for an authentic Italian experience while painting the beautiful Tuscan landscape in watercolor during this plein air tour just outside historic Arezzo. Surrounded by the lush summertime Italian landscape, multiple painting sessions will be on location at the beautifully revived 250 year old villa and gardens of Casafredda, as well as the Etruscan hilltop town of Cortona. Nearby excursions to museums, cathedrals, and city streets will inspire more painting, and provide an immersive experience with Medieval and Renaissance era architecture and art. Plein air painting, art history, fine dining and the warm hospitality of your hosts combine to provide guests with memorable experiences and the very best the region has to offer.
 
Location: Arezzo, Italy
Instructor: Jill Williams
Cost: from 2980 euros, all inclusive except airfares
Sponsor: Villa Casafredda
Website, email, +393926654318


"Painting with Pastels in Tuscany!"
May 20-27, 2020
 

Come and paint en plein air in the warmth of the Tuscan sun in Cortona, one of the oldest and most beautiful cities in Tuscany! Painting in the landscape requires a unique combination of left and right brain thinking. We have an emotional, intuitive response to a scene, yet we need technical control and accuracy to convey our concept to paper. This workshop will focus on how to identify, clarify and convey your initial emotional response, and bring it to completion without losing the immediacy and vibrancy of your vision.
 
Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: Molly Lipsher
Cost: From $3590.00 all-incluseve except airfare
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Website, email, +39 331 422 9047


"Art All'Italiana Painting Vacation"
May 23-30, 2020
 

Travel to Italy and learn to paint from a professional painter and expert art tutor, explore watercolors, acrylics, oils, landscape painting, portraiture, life drawing and painting, live la dolce vita, and get inspired by mountains, rivers, fields of wild flowers, orchards and grapevines in a tranquil, bucolic setting in Bedogno. UpTrek Art Retreat 2020 inclusions: private accommodation, all meals, all drinks and local wine for dinners, daily painting workshops with professional painter Pheona Kerr (two tutored lessons per day, adapted for a wide range of levels), access to a fully equipped studio, art materials, airport transfers.
 
Location: Bedogno, Italy
Instructor: Pheona Kerr
Cost: $1,530
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Confident Color and Bold Brushwork in the Italian Landscape"
May 23-29, 2020
 

This workshop starts in the hill town of Fiesole - just 5 miles above Florence. Mid-trip we will transfer you to the beautiful Renaissance city of Florence which has more art per sqft than any city in the world. From painting in the Etruscan/Roman ruins to the Bardini Gardens you will bask in the serenity and beauty that is Tuscany. A visit to the medieval city of San Gimignano in the rolling Chianti countryside where you'll also enjoy lunch at a local winery. Most importantly you'll be advancing your art with master painter and instructor, Kim Casebeer. Kim will demo and offer you one-on-one help at your easel. This workshop is intensive and includes close of day discussions.
 
Location: Florence, Italy
Instructor: Kim Casebeer
Cost: $3150, "Bring a Friend Along" $200/each Discount until Jan 31
Sponsor: Artensity
Website, email


"Venice Plein-air Urban Watercolour Workshop"
May 31 - June 5, 2020
 

Spend 6 fantastic days immersed in splendour painting the historic canals with its gondolas and grand buildings of the grand Renaissance city of Venice. For centuries, water-colourists have been enjoying the magnificent sights, colours and atmosphere that only Venice has to offer. Colour, light, mood, reflections, gondolas, grand palazzos and piazza’s offer endless inspiration to any painter. The romantic light and mood are just some of the themes featuring in this gloriously unforgettable water colour course! A fantastic opportunity painting water colours in this breathtakingly beautiful floating city. Quite simply, it does not get any better than this for an artist! Our accommodation is a beautiful historic Venetian monastery. All art materials, accommodation, breakfast, dinner and guided tours included.
 
Location: Venice, Italy
Instructor: John W. Skelcher
Cost: $1850
Sponsor: The Retreat
Website, email, 393349034401


"Watercolor Sketching Workshop in Tuscany"
June 1-8, 2020
 

Join me on a magical Travel sketch Tour of Tuscany. Those romantic Italian images you’ve dreamed of will soon be there in your sketchbook. You’ll be sketching that quick impression of olive trees, ploughed fields, Tuscan stone cottages, ancient alleyways and archways, roses tumbling from window boxes. With a black pen you’ll be seeing your pages begin to tell the stories in your sketchbook. Done in a moment with a dash of colour added. I will show you exactly how to achieve those skills and precisely what to look for when you’re out and about. That pot of geraniums, that wine glass and bottle. Everything is a sketch. Something seemly everyday comes to life when you sketch it. All levels are welcome.
 
Location: Certaldo, Italy
Instructor: Erin Hill, erinhillsketching.com
Cost: $3,190 before Jan 31st ($3,390 after Jan 31st)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Drawing and Painting Flowers in Italy"
June 6-13, 2020
 

Join Diane Cardaci on a drawing journey in Italy that celebrates the beauty of flowers! You'll explore medieval villages, Italian gardens and countryside lanes flanked by wildflowers, all while learning how to capture the beauty of a flower on paper, alongside an exceptional teacher. Study the form and anatomy of flowers, learn ways to make your sketchbook your floral companion, and strengthen the 3 dimensional quality of your drawings and paintings. Daily onsite sketching lessons, and one-on-one personalized instruction with Diane. Diane Cardaci is the author of over 6 art instruction books, including the perennially popular book "Flowers & Botanicals" published by Walter Foster. Workshop limited to 8 participants-only a few spaces left!
 
Location: Citta della Pieve, Italy
Instructor: Diane Cardaci
Cost: $3,650-$3750
Sponsor: Diane Cardaci
Website, email, 15613154015


"Florence Watercolour Workshop"
June 13-18, 2020
 

A fantastic opportunity to paint water colors in the beautiful Renaissance city of Florence. It doesn’t really get any better than this for artists. Soak up the ambience and culture of this famous historical city. Allow your experienced tutor to guide you around from one inspirational backdrop to another. Learn to paint quickly with impressionistic flair through expert tuition from your Academy trained tutor. Whether you’re into the illustrious facades of the ancient cathedrals and palazzos or the grand spaces of Florence’s many piazzas, you really couldn’t be in better hands. You will learn to compose interesting urban scenes with famous landmarks as your focal points. Accommodation, most meals and drinks, guided tours, tuition, all art materials included. Non-painters welcome.
 
Location: Florence, Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: John W. Skelcher
Cost: $2,000
Sponsor: The Retreat
Website, email, 393349034401


"Etruscan Places Open Air Fundamentals"
June 13-20, 2020
 

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


"Studio Italia offered since 1997"
June 15-24, 2020
 

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, touring, group discussions, and gourmet cuisine in the most beautiful area of Tuscany. Small groups, personalized instruction and intimate environment that fosters creativity and fun. Cost of CAD 3375 (around US$ 2580) 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. Limited single rooms available for a supplement. Please find testimonials on our website.
 
Location: Torrita di Siena, Italy
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$2580
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Art All'Italiana Painting Vacation"
June 17-24, 2020
 

Travel to Italy and learn to paint from a professional painter and expert art tutor, explore watercolors, acrylics, oils, landscape painting, portraiture, life drawing and painting, live la dolce vita, and get inspired by mountains, rivers, fields of wild flowers, orchards and grapevines in a tranquil, bucolic setting in Bedogno. UpTrek Art Retreat 2020 inclusions: private accommodation, all meals, all drinks and local wine for dinners, daily painting workshops with professional painter Pheona Kerr (two tutored lessons per day, adapted for a wide range of levels), access to a fully equipped studio, art materials, airport transfers.
 
Location: Bedogno, Italy
Instructor: Pheona Kerr
Cost: $1,530
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Figure Portrait Drawing and Painting"
June 17-23, 2020
 

Students will learn the techniques and procedures of drawing figures and heads with charcoals. In short and long pose practices, students will improve their skill in drawing accurate human proportions, anatomy, and shading, as well as the application of various line works, edge control, lost and found, composition and design. Different techniques introduced in his book will also be explained and practiced in class. Students will then practice traditional, as well as contemporary, ways of painting human figures/portraiture. From limited color palette for quick paintings, to full color palette long time paintings. Demos and individual help will show students how to mix good colors to paint realistically; as well as expressive, contemporary approaches.
 
Location: Sant’Angelo in Vado, Italy
Instructor: Henry Yan
Cost: $3,399
Sponsor: Italiana Tours
Website, email, 214-240-1497


"En Plein Air Painting in Italy with John Skelcher"
June 20-26, 2020
 

Travel to Italy and learn to draw and paint from a professional painter and expert tutor, explore different painting techniques and find your inspiration among scenic hilltop settlements, olive groves, and vineyards. UpTrek Art Retreat 2020 inclusions: daily tuition, accommodation in a restored farmhouse, traditional Italian meals, all the art materials and equipment you need, transport to and from painting locations/excursions, tea/coffee and refreshments during painting breaks, daily aperitivi, transfer on arrival and departure day at specified times from San Benedetto del Tronto train or bus station.
 
Location: Force, Le Marche, Italy
Instructor: John Skelcher
Cost: $1500
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"Art All'Italiana Painting Vacation"
June 24 - July 1, 2020
 

Travel to Italy and learn to paint from a professional painter and expert art tutor, explore watercolors, acrylics, oils, landscape painting, portraiture, life drawing and painting, live la dolce vita, and get inspired by mountains, rivers, fields of wild flowers, orchards and grapevines in a tranquil, bucolic setting in Bedogno. UpTrek Art Retreat 2020 inclusions: private accommodation, all meals, all drinks and local wine for dinners, daily painting workshops with professional painter Pheona Kerr (two tutored lessons per day, adapted for a wide range of levels), access to a fully equipped studio, art materials, airport transfers.
 
Location: Bedogno, Italy
Instructor: Pheona Kerr
Cost: $1,530
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Creating Lifelike and Realistic Portraits"
June 24-30, 2020
 

Dirk Dzimirsky is a German artist who is known for his hyper-realistic drawings and paintings of people. Dzimirsky's works has been exhibited in the US, Europe and Tokyo and are part of numerous international collections. The aim of this workshop is to give the participants a sound understanding of how to create lifelike and realistic portraits, from basic methods to advanced drawing techniques and theory to add depth, volume, atmosphere and life to portrait drawings. Techniques on how to render realistic hair and how to create complex textures like skin with a layering approach, tonal value relationship, drawing details and working with different kinds of contrast to achieve a balanced visual interest in drawing are on the agenda.
 
Location: Sant’Angelo in Vado, Italy
Instructor: Dirk Dzimirsky
Cost: $3,299
Sponsor: Italiana Tours
Website, email, 214-240-1497


"Etruscan Places Elements of Landscape"
July 4-11, 2020
 

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: 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


"Mastering Drawing and Wax Painting"
July 6-12, 2020
 

Veri Apriyatno is a master in drawing, and his works are admired all over the world. The Facebook Page, Drawing Pencil, which was originally a fan community of Veri’s artworks, has now even reached more than 13 million fans from almost every country. Veri is passionate about sharing knowledge and experiences with his fans and anyone who wants to become an artist, and his workshops are always full. Veri is also a master in wax art, both sculpture and painting. There are few artists who possess the craftsmanship to paint with wax, but Veri is one of those very experts. Veri will hold a 5-day workshop in Italy encompassing in-depth drawing topics. Besides diving into the world of drawing with Veri, the tour will focus on enjoying the natural beauty, food, and Italian culture.
 
Location: Sant’Angelo in Vado, Italy
Instructor: Veri Apriyatno
Cost: $3,500
Sponsor: Italiana Tours
Website, email, 214-240-1497


"Landscape Painting in Italy with John Skelcher"
July 11-17, 2020
 

Travel to Italy and learn to draw and paint from a professional painter and expert tutor, explore different painting techniques and find your inspiration among scenic hilltop settlements, olive groves, and vineyards. UpTrek Art Retreat 2020 inclusions: daily tuition, accommodation in a restored farmhouse, traditional Italian meals, all the art materials and equipment you need, transport to and from painting locations/excursions, tea/coffee and refreshments during painting breaks, daily aperitivi, transfer on arrival and departure day at specified times from San Benedetto del Tronto train or bus station.
 
Location: Force, Le Marche, Italy
Instructor: John Skelcher
Cost: $1500
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"Art All'Italiana Painting Vacation"
July 14-21, 2020
 

Travel to Italy and learn to paint from a professional painter and expert art tutor, explore watercolors, acrylics, oils, landscape painting, portraiture, life drawing and painting, live la dolce vita, and get inspired by mountains, rivers, fields of wild flowers, orchards and grapevines in a tranquil, bucolic setting in Bedogno. UpTrek Art Retreat 2020 inclusions: private accommodation, all meals, all drinks and local wine for dinners, daily painting workshops with professional painter Pheona Kerr (two tutored lessons per day, adapted for a wide range of levels), access to a fully equipped studio, art materials, airport transfers.
 
Location: Bedogno, Italy
Instructor: Pheona Kerr
Cost: $1,530
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Appasionata"
July 19-25, 2020
 

Come create with us in beautiful Le Marche, where the sun is shining, the wine is flowing and the laughter is infectious! This experience is not as much about making perfect art as it is about the joyful act of creating. Absolutely no experience necessary! Bethany Ekblad provides the perfect adventure for those who simply want to play around with art for the sheer joy of it. With forgiving techniques designed to help your creativity shine, you will surprise yourself with the impressive results you can get with just a few simple instructions. The atmosphere in her classes is totally relaxed and totally fun.
 
Location: Sant’Angelo in Vado, Italy
Instructor: Bethany Ekblad
Cost: $3,000
Sponsor: Italiana Tours
Website, email, 214-240-1497


"Art All'Italiana Painting Vacation"
July 21-28, 2020
 

Travel to Italy and learn to paint from a professional painter and expert art tutor, explore watercolors, acrylics, oils, landscape painting, portraiture, life drawing and painting, live la dolce vita, and get inspired by mountains, rivers, fields of wild flowers, orchards and grapevines in a tranquil, bucolic setting in Bedogno. UpTrek Art Retreat 2020 inclusions: private accommodation, all meals, all drinks and local wine for dinners, daily painting workshops with professional painter Pheona Kerr (two tutored lessons per day, adapted for a wide range of levels), access to a fully equipped studio, art materials, airport transfers.
 
Location: Bedogno, Italy
Instructor: Pheona Kerr
Cost: $1,530
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Italian Painting Retreat in Le Marche"
July 25-31, 2020
 

Travel to Italy and learn to draw and paint from a professional painter and expert tutor, explore different painting techniques and find your inspiration among scenic hilltop settlements, olive groves, and vineyards. UpTrek Art Retreat 2020 inclusions: daily tuition, accommodation in a restored farmhouse, traditional Italian meals, all the art materials and equipment you need, transport to and from painting locations/excursions, tea/coffee and refreshments during painting breaks, daily aperitivi, transfer on arrival and departure day at specified times from San Benedetto del Tronto train or bus station.
 
Location: Force, Le Marche, Italy
Instructor: John Skelcher
Cost: $1500
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"Watercolors in Italy"
July 26 - August 1, 2020
 

Learn how to paint with fluidity and color during this watercolor workshop. You’ll work on capturing the Italian landscape with brilliant color and pure paint application. You’ll be inspired by Carol’s daily demonstrations and experiments to create wet, loose watercolors . Carol will focus on Italian imagery and interesting points of view. Workshop will include individual instruction and group critique. Carol will also talk about what makes interesting photographs while on sightseeing tours.
 
Location: Sant’Angelo in Vado, Italy
Instructor: Carol Carter
Cost: $3,500
Sponsor: Italiana Tours
Website, email, 214-240-1497


"Art All'Italiana Painting Vacation"
August 12-19, 2020
 

Travel to Italy and learn to paint from a professional painter and expert art tutor, explore watercolors, acrylics, oils, landscape painting, portraiture, life drawing and painting, live la dolce vita, and get inspired by mountains, rivers, fields of wild flowers, orchards and grapevines in a tranquil, bucolic setting in Bedogno. UpTrek Art Retreat 2020 inclusions: private accommodation, all meals, all drinks and local wine for dinners, daily painting workshops with professional painter Pheona Kerr (two tutored lessons per day, adapted for a wide range of levels), access to a fully equipped studio, art materials, airport transfers.
 
Location: Bedogno, Italy
Instructor: Pheona Kerr
Cost: $1,530
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Discover Le Marche: Painting Retreat with John Skelcher"
August 22-28, 2020
 

Travel to Italy and learn to draw and paint from a professional painter and expert tutor, explore different painting techniques and find your inspiration among scenic hilltop settlements, olive groves, and vineyards. UpTrek Art Retreat 2020 inclusions: daily tuition, accommodation in a restored farmhouse, traditional Italian meals, all the art materials and equipment you need, transport to and from painting locations/excursions, tea/coffee and refreshments during painting breaks, daily aperitivi, transfer on arrival and departure day at specified times from San Benedetto del Tronto train or bus station.
 
Location: Force, Le Marche, Italy
Instructor: John Skelcher
Cost: $1500
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"Printmaking in Italy"
August 24-31, 2020
 

Travel to Italy and learn printmaking with a master fine art printmaker in the picturesque village of Castiglione a Casauria, set at the foot of the Abruzzi mountains. UpTrek retreat inclusions: receive 40 hours expert tuition, complete with accommodation, home-made meals served with local wines, trips and visits, as well as all the materials needed for the printmaking workshops. You will explore various printmaking techniques and create your own prints from scratch under the guidance of an experienced artist.
 
Location: Castiglione a Casauria, Italy
Instructor: Colleen Corradi Brannigan
Cost: $1060
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"Art All'Italiana Painting Vacation"
September 1-8, 2020
 

Travel to Italy and learn to paint from a professional painter and expert art tutor, explore watercolors, acrylics, oils, landscape painting, portraiture, life drawing and painting, live la dolce vita, and get inspired by mountains, rivers, fields of wild flowers, orchards and grapevines in a tranquil, bucolic setting in Bedogno. UpTrek Art Retreat 2020 inclusions: private accommodation, all meals, all drinks and local wine for dinners, daily painting workshops with professional painter Pheona Kerr (two tutored lessons per day, adapted for a wide range of levels), access to a fully equipped studio, art materials, airport transfers.
 
Location: Bedogno, Italy
Instructor: Pheona Kerr
Cost: $1,530
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"The Abundant Artist"
September 2-8, 2020
 

Learn to paint with what you have as you travel, recording all your special moments, thoughts, and experiences with no limitations. Ann will share her humorous, unique tactics, MacGyver mentality, and determined ways she slips more painting time into her surroundings. Delve into your inner workings as an artist through journaling, discussion, adventures, and sketching. Laugh, learn and paint with her as you allow your creative voice to take hold in the inspired surroundings of Le Marche, Italy.
 
Location: Sant’Angelo in Vado, Italy
Instructor: Ann Moeller Steverson
Cost: $3,500
Sponsor: Italiana Tours
Website, email, 214-240-1497


"Italian Charm: Watercolor, Acrylics and Oil Painting Retreat"
September 5-11, 2020
 

Travel to Italy and learn to draw and paint from a professional painter and expert tutor, explore different painting techniques and find your inspiration among scenic hilltop settlements, olive groves, and vineyards. UpTrek Art Retreat 2020 inclusions: daily tuition, accommodation in a restored farmhouse, traditional Italian meals, all the art materials and equipment you need, transport to and from painting locations/excursions, tea/coffee and refreshments during painting breaks, daily aperitivi, transfer on arrival and departure day at specified times from San Benedetto del Tronto train or bus station.
 
Location: Force, Le Marche, Italy
Instructor: John Skelcher
Cost: $1500
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"Vita al Castello: Painting Retreat at the Castle"
September 6-12, 2020
 

Travel to Italy and paint en plein air in the magical setting of a medieval castle nestled in the "Green Heart of Italy", Umbria. You will enjoy delectable Umbrian wines and fine regional cuisine exceptionally prepared by a top chef. 7 days | Available in English | All levels | Max. 12 people | Oils, Acrylics | Landscape, Townscape, Still Life. UpTrek Art Retreat inclusions: 6 nights of accommodation at castle, all meals, 25 hours of painting tuition with professional artist, Use of art studio, easels and art boards, trips to Gubbio and Assisi, trip to wine region and wine tasting, transfers for trips, and spa tax.
 
Location: Umbria, Italy
Instructor: Elena Romanzin
Cost: $1,660
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"Capturing the Magic of Tuscany"
September 4-12, 2020
 

Join me for a magical painting and sketching vacation workshop in Tuscany, Italy, a trip of a lifetime for artists & art enthusiasts, combining Renaissance art, history, culture, watercolor painting, and Tuscan cousin and wine! We will spend our first 2 days in Florence, immersing ourselves in Renaissance art and architecture, seing works of Renaissance masters such as Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci. We will then transfer to a 16th -century renovated family-owned farmhouse with its history, winery and a spectacular view. We will be painting and sketching on the beautiful grounds of the farmhouse as well as during the excursion to Siena, Pienza and Bagno Vigoni. You will also be enjoying authentic Tuscan cuisine, wine tour and cooking course.
 
Location: Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Yuki Hall, TWSA
Cost: $3,200
Sponsor: Yuki Hall, TWSA
Website, email, (937) 679-2464


"Art All'Italiana Painting Vacation"
September 8-15, 2020
 

Travel to Italy and learn to paint from a professional painter and expert art tutor, explore watercolors, acrylics, oils, landscape painting, portraiture, life drawing and painting, live la dolce vita, and get inspired by mountains, rivers, fields of wild flowers, orchards and grapevines in a tranquil, bucolic setting in Bedogno. UpTrek Art Retreat 2020 inclusions: private accommodation, all meals, all drinks and local wine for dinners, daily painting workshops with professional painter Pheona Kerr (two tutored lessons per day, adapted for a wide range of levels), access to a fully equipped studio, art materials, airport transfers.
 
Location: Bedogno, Italy
Instructor: Pheona Kerr
Cost: $1,530
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Painting the Colors, Textures and Horizons of Italy"
September 9-15, 2020
 

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


"Dino Tomic Tour"
September 16-22, 2020
 

One of the world's most followed artists today. In recent years he has gotten more than 1,000,000,000 views of his art online. He makes art no one else does and makes his own rules on what is possible. He also works for Netflix, HBO, Sony, Showtime and HULU. He has sold art to major celebrities and big publishing houses alike.
 
Location: Sant’Angelo in Vado, Italy
Instructor: Dino Tomic
Cost: $3,199
Sponsor: Italiana Tours
Website, email, 214-240-1497


"Tuscan Creative Experience with Bethany Ekblad"
September 17-28, 2020
 

Travel to Tuscany and experience an art adventure like no other. Explore Florence, Pisa, Lucca, Siena, San Gimignano, and San Leo, learn fun and easy artistic techniques in several mediums, admire masterpieces of the Renaissance period, visit magnificent churches and hidden Tuscan villages — all while enjoying fantastic accommodation, local wines, and delicious meals.
 
Location: Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Bethany Ekblad
Cost: $3995
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"Nurture your Soul in Tuscany!"
September 17-24, 2020
 

Who wants to stay in a classical Tuscan B&B with hillsides of vineyards, olive trees and Italian cypress right outside? Our B&B is just 45 minutes from Florence. Although we'll visit surrounding villages, we also have an indoor Studio for our use. We will focus on techniques such as color mixing (for abundant greens!), perspective as well as on the very basics of plein air painting. Because artists are “visuals”, even beginners will learn so much just by watching my demos. It’s “your time” to rejuvenate and there are no rules!
 
Location: Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Helen K Beacham
Cost: $2250
Sponsor: Helen K Beacham Fine Art
Website, email, 843-408-5240


"Learn the Art of Printmaking in Italy with Colleen Corradi Brannigan"
September 27 - October 4, 2020
 

Travel to Italy and learn printmaking with a master fine art printmaker in the picturesque village of Castiglione a Casauria, set at the foot of the Abruzzi mountains. Receive 40 hours expert tuition, complete with accommodation, home-made meals served with local wines, trips and visits, as well as all the materials needed for the printmaking workshops. You will explore various printmaking techniques and create your own prints from scratch under the guidance of an experienced artist.
 
Location: Castiglione a Casauria, Italy
Instructor: Colleen Corradi Brannigan
Cost: $1060
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"Painting Tour in Italy"
September 30 - October 6, 2020
 

Join us for a fabulous painting and touring excursion in Le Marche, Italy. This area is a cultural and creative wonderland. Enjoy lunches and dinners with fellow artists and paint en plein air with magnificent views. Dennis Perrin is an internationally renowned and collected artist whose workshops have become exceedingly popular. His teachings go beyond the usual emphasis on traditional painting techniques to include visualization, imagination, and meditation, and Perrin strongly encourages his students to develop their own unique Personal Vision as artists. Local excursions, including a truffle hunt with a professional guide, will add further excitement to your experience.
 
Location: Sant’Angelo in Vado, Italy
Instructor: Dennis Perrin
Cost: $3,699
Sponsor: Italiana Tours
Website, email, 214-240-1497


"Art All'Italiana Painting Vacation"
October 2-9, 2020
 

Travel to Italy and learn to paint from a professional painter and expert art tutor, explore watercolors, acrylics, oils, landscape painting, portraiture, life drawing and painting, live la dolce vita, and get inspired by mountains, rivers, fields of wild flowers, orchards and grapevines in a tranquil, bucolic setting in Bedogno. UpTrek Art Retreat 2020 inclusions: private accommodation, all meals, all drinks and local wine for dinners, daily painting workshops with professional painter Pheona Kerr (two tutored lessons per day, adapted for a wide range of levels), access to a fully equipped studio, art materials, airport transfers.
 
Location: Bedogno, Italy
Instructor: Pheona Kerr
Cost: $1,530
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Painting Tuscany"
October 3-10, 2020
 

Join us for this wonderful painting holiday during Italian harvest led by award-winning artist Sandra Iafrate. 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, all meals, wine, excursions and accommodations. All painting levels are welcome from beginners to experienced artist, in this encouraging creative atmosphere. No extra fee for single room.
 
Location: Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Sandra Iafrate, sandraiafrate.com
Cost: $2300.USD
Website, email


"Studio Italia offered since 1997"
October 5-14, 2020
 

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, touring, group discussions, and gourmet cuisine in the most beautiful area of Tuscany. Small groups, personalized instruction and intimate environment that fosters creativity and fun. Cost of CAD 3375 (around US$ 2580) 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. Limited single rooms available for a supplement. Please find testimonials on our website.
 
Location: Torrita di Siena, Italy
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$2580
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Alla Prima with Jennifer Gennari"
October 7-13, 2020
 

Have you ever wondered what creates that "spark" in a portrait? That something special that turns a regular study into a portrait that looks like it can breathe? In this four-day course, you will learn not only the traditional method of establishing value, and exploring color, but also what to look for in your subject that will breathe an extra bit of life into the portrait. Over the course of the workshop we will work in an alla prima style. Using this technique, we will complete entire paintings in one session or two without waiting for the paint layers to dry completely. Using this technique we will discover the energy and life that can be injected into your work.
 
Location: Sant’Angelo in Vado, Italy
Instructor: Jennifer Gennari
Cost: $3,500
Sponsor: Italiana Tours
Website, email, 214-240-1497


"Venice Watercolour Workshop"
October 9-15, 2020
 

Spend 6 fantastic days immersed in splendour painting the historic canals with its gondolas and grand buildings of the grand Renaissance city of Venice. For centuries, water-colourists have been enjoying the magnificent sights, colours and atmosphere that only Venice has to offer. Colour, light, mood, reflections, gondolas, grand palazzos and piazza’s offer endless inspiration to any painter. The romantic light and mood are just some of the themes featuring in this gloriously unforgettable water colour course! A fantastic opportunity painting water colours in this breathtakingly beautiful floating city. Quite simply, it does not get any better than this for an artist! Our accommodation is a beautiful historic Venetian monastery. All art materials, accommodation, breakfast, dinner and guided tours included.
 
Location: Venice, Italy
Instructor: John W. Skelcher
Cost: $1,850
Sponsor: The Retreat
Website, email, 393349034401


"Art All'Italiana Painting Vacation"
October 9-16, 2020
 

Travel to Italy and learn to paint from a professional painter and expert art tutor, explore watercolors, acrylics, oils, landscape painting, portraiture, life drawing and painting, live la dolce vita, and get inspired by mountains, rivers, fields of wild flowers, orchards and grapevines in a tranquil, bucolic setting in Bedogno. UpTrek Art Retreat 2020 inclusions: private accommodation, all meals, all drinks and local wine for dinners, daily painting workshops with professional painter Pheona Kerr (two tutored lessons per day, adapted for a wide range of levels), access to a fully equipped studio, art materials, airport transfers.
 
Location: Bedogno, Italy
Instructor: Pheona Kerr
Cost: $1,530
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Historic Itineraries for Advanced Painters, Civita Castellana"
October 10-17, 2020
 

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


"Painting in Sicily"
October 11-18, 2020
 

Paint in Sicily with award-winning artist/instructor Sandra Iafrate. Sicily is an island of contrasts -from fertile volcanic land, ancient and arid ruins to baroque style architecture, it offers beautiful compositions for painters. 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. Your artist quality paints ($125. Value), sketchbook, pencils, boards and easels are provided in a spacious beautiful studio. Enjoy daily painting classes and excursions. All meals and accommodations are included. No extra fee for single room.
 
Location: Sicily, Italy
Instructor: Sandra Iafrate, sandraiafrate.com
Cost: $2300.USD
Website, email


"Renaissance Ceramics"
October 14-20, 2020
 

The culture of Italy surrounds itself with art that is both useful and adored. You will be visiting the birthplace of the decorative Majolica style of ceramic art in Urbania. Here you’ll be transformed into being an artist of the Renaissance times, enjoying the culinary arts as well. Each of us will learn what it takes to create our own Majolica tiles and decorative art for you to bring back home. Join us for the experience of discovering the lifestyle of the studio artist and Cindy will share her joy of teaching you the methods to achieve your personal best work!
 
Location: Sant’Angelo in Vado, Italy
Instructor: Cindy Ingraham Keefer
Cost: $3,399
Sponsor: Italiana Tours
Website, email, 214-240-1497


"Venice Plein-air Urban Watercolour Workshop"
October 30 - November 4, 2020
 

Spend 6 fantastic days immersed in splendour painting the historic canals with its gondolas and grand buildings of the grand Renaissance city of Venice. For centuries, water-colourists have been enjoying the magnificent sights, colours and atmosphere that only Venice has to offer. Colour, light, mood, reflections, gondolas, grand palazzos and piazza’s offer endless inspiration to any painter. The romantic light and mood are just some of the themes featuring in this gloriously unforgettable water colour course! A fantastic opportunity painting water colours in this breathtakingly beautiful floating city. Quite simply, it does not get any better than this for an artist! Our accommodation is a beautiful historic Venetian monastery. All art materials, accommodation, breakfast, dinner and guided tours included.
 
Location: Venice, Italy
Instructor: John W. Skelcher
Cost: $1850
Sponsor: The Retreat
Website, email, 393349034401


 

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