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"Mosaic Workshop"
May 4-11, 2024
 

Intro: brief history of mosaic – main mosaic techniques – focus on the direct method. Materials: learn how to use various materials, adhesives and alternative supports. In this course you will use: glass, lava stone, terracotta, resin, concrete, natural stones and recycled materials. Tools: knowledge and usage of the key tools (hardie, hammer, glass cutter and pliers). Processes: theoretical and practical study of 1) Ceramization of the lava stone – 2) Application of the gold leaf – 3) Usage of resin. Advanced: how to design and realize more complex things like 3D works, land art, jewelry and luminous works. End of course: creation of a unique and fully customized mosaic work of art, for each student.
 
Location: Assisi, Italy
Instructor: Michele Picone
Cost: € 2600
Sponsor: Schola Artis Pro Vobis
Website, email


"Chasing the Painter’s Light to the Tuscan Landscape!"
May 4-11, 2024
 

Join Alyssa for a week of immersing yourself in the sights, sounds, and local color of the Tuscan landscape. Based in Beautiful Cortona, experience all the wonders Tuscany has to offer – the rolling countryside, picturesque hill towns, and breathtaking vistas through the eyes of the artist! With Alyssa’s guidance as a veteran plein-air painter and teaching artist who has spent the past two decades sharing her passion for travel and landscape painting throughout the US and Europe, this will be a week like no other! Get ready to improve your artistic knowledge, expand your creativity, build connections, and embed your experiences and memories of your Italian adventure in the beautiful artworks you create!
 
Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: Alyssa DeLaBruere
Cost: From $3850.00 per person, all inclusive
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Website, email, 978-407-7127


"Travel to Western Sicily and learn en Plein Air Oil Painting"
May 4-11, 2024
 

Come join Andrew Lattimore, as you explore the exciting and varied history of Sicily’s diverse architecture, stunning landscape, fabulous food and rich culture! We’ll be staying in Marsala at Salinara, an 18th-century villa owned by our gracious hosts, Yumi and Adriano. It is surrounded by vineyards and olive groves and is only a 10-minute walk to the Mediterranean sea. Each day we’ll enjoy an early morning breakfast following a full day of painting, exploring the sights and sounds of Sicily. We’ll paint the captivating landscape at the villa but we will also take day excursions to the city of Marsala, the Marsala Salt Pans, Erice, and the Park of Selinunte.
 
Location: Marsala, Sicily, Italy
Instructor: Andrew Lattimore
Cost: From € 2175
Sponsor: Salinara - Art Farm | Retreat Centre
Website, email


"Uniquely Umbria! Pastel Painting in Inspirational Italy"
May 5-12, 2024
 

Umbria, the Green Heart of Italy. Draw inspiration from the magnificent countryside, the fragrant flora, the beautiful food and drink or the charm of the Agriturismo La Malvarina using soft pastel. Learn the basics or improve your pastel painting skills in the morning and in the afternoon, explore this gorgeous region steeped in history, art and culture. Each morning will begin with a demonstration of tips and techniques for pastel application as well as instruction about various surfaces and types of pastels. After the demo, each student will receive individual instruction at the easel. Students will take their art pieces home in clear bags suitable for travel. Are you ready to express your vision of Italy?
 
Location: Assisi, Italy
Instructor: Joycelyn Schedler
Cost: 2600 €
Sponsor: Schola Artis Pro Vobis
Website, email


"Travel to Western Sicily and learn en Plein Air Oil Painting"
May 11-18, 2024
 

Come join Andrew Lattimore, as you explore the exciting and varied history of Sicily’s diverse architecture, stunning landscape, fabulous food and rich culture! We’ll be staying in Marsala at Salinara, an 18th-century villa owned by our gracious hosts, Yumi and Adriano. It is surrounded by vineyards and olive groves and is only a 10-minute walk to the Mediterranean sea. Each day we’ll enjoy an early morning breakfast following a full day of painting, exploring the sights and sounds of Sicily. We’ll paint the captivating landscape at the villa but we will also take day excursions to the city of Marsala, the Marsala Salt Pans, Erice, and the Park of Selinunte.
 
Location: Marsala, Sicily, Italy
Instructor: Andrew Lattimore
Cost: From € 2175
Sponsor: Salinara - Art Farm | Retreat Centre
Website, email


"A Traveler's Sketchbook in Tuscany & Umbria!"
May 11-18, 2024
 

Join us for this weeklong plein air workshop in beautiful Tuscany and Umbria. Create vignette sketches and paintings of the dramatic vistas, colorful architecture, bustling people and more during your time on this magical trip to Cortona, Italy. Morning and afternoon sessions, followed by individual instruction, will cover the basic concepts of atmospheric and linear perspective, capturing people, architecture, and dramatic lighting. With pen and paper in hand, you’ll quickly document the sites. Add a touch of watercolor to enhance your sketches. Your art supplies are light and easy to tote making this ideal for all levels of artists. The traveler’s sketchbook is a wonderful way to document your trip in a carefree way.
 
Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: Jo Ellen Reinhardt
Cost: From $3850.00 per person, all inclusive
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Website, email, 978-407-7127


"Uniquely Umbria! Pastel Painting in Inspirational Italy"
May 12-19, 2024
 

Umbria, the Green Heart of Italy. Draw inspiration from the magnificent countryside, the fragrant flora, the beautiful food and drink or the charm of the Agriturismo La Malvarina using soft pastel. Learn the basics or improve your pastel painting skills in the morning and in the afternoon, explore this gorgeous region steeped in history, art and culture. Each morning will begin with a demonstration of tips and techniques for pastel application as well as instruction about various surfaces and types of pastels. After the demo, each student will receive individual instruction at the easel. Students will take their art pieces home in clear bags suitable for travel. Are you ready to express your vision of Italy?
 
Location: Assisi, Italy
Instructor: Joycelyn Schedler
Cost: 2600 €
Sponsor: Schola Artis Pro Vobis
Website, email


"Paint, Tour or Cook Retreat in Sicily"
May 18-25, 2024
 

Lori will be your guide on painting excursions. She will lead happy hour critiques and lessons on most evenings. Mark will be your cooking instructor and guide to visit local markets and wineries. This is a flexible retreat. You will be able to decide in which activities you want to indulge yourself, all, some, or none! For example, you may be coming just to paint and learn and none of the other options interests you. Or, perhaps you decide to skip a day of painting and join the cooking group instead. Only for a small group of Artist Friends.
 
Location: Marsala, Sicily, Italy
Instructor: Lori Putnam & Mark Putnam
Sponsor: Salinara - Art Farm | Retreat Centre
Website, email


"Dynamic Still Life in Tuscany"
May 18-25, 2024
 

“One of the greatest things in the world is to train ourselves to see beauty in the commonplace.” - Charles Hawthorne. Sarah Sedwick is an oil painter whose still lifes celebrate the beauty of the everyday, inspired by color combinations and dynamic composition. Her paintings explore the undercurrents of meaning we impart to the objects around us - whether through a system of personal emotional symbolism or a buildup of familiarity over time.
 
Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: Sarah Sedwick
Cost: From $3850.00 per person, all inclusive
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Website, email, 978-407-7127


"Oil painting adventure in Sicily"
May 25 - June 1, 2024
 

Join us for another amazing painting adventure with Lori Putnam and Kevin Macpherson in Sicily. Western Sicily's splendid atmosphere offers you the opportunity to discover hundreds of picturesque painting spots. Together with Kevin's and Lori's charm and inspiration, we are certain you will have a wonderful time. At the end of the week, you will leave this adventure excited, ready to experiment more on your own; and, above all, pointed toward meaningful, personal artistic growth. Plein air experience strongly recommended. Only for a small group of Artist Friends.
 
Location: Marsala, Sicily, Italy
Instructor: Lori Putnam & Kevin Macpherson
Sponsor: Salinara - Art Farm | Retreat Centre
Website, email


"Painting Lake Como in Watercolor"
May 25 - June 1, 2024
 

A Sketchbook Journaling Workshop with Karen Ramsay. Come join us and capture Lake Como in watercolor! As we fill our art travel journals with sketching and watercolors, Karen will give us tips and tricks for improving this special skill. Sketching on location, while traveling, is an art form that you can take with you on every future trip and the sketches that you create will become a treasured visual diary of your travel. During the week, we will guide you to the finest spots along the shores of the picturesque Lake Como with its charming lakeside towns, its Renaissance architecture, Italian villas and terraced gardens. Lake Como has a timeless beauty where you will find endless inspiration to create art!
 
Location: Bellagio, Lake Como, Italy
Instructor: Karen Ramsay
Cost: $3,890
Sponsor: Alpine Creative Tours
Website, email, 970-846-9000


"Mosaic Workshop"
June 8-15, 2024
 

Intro: brief history of mosaic – main mosaic techniques – focus on the direct method. Materials: learn how to use various materials, adhesives and alternative supports. In this course you will use: glass, lava stone, terracotta, resin, concrete, natural stones and recycled materials. Tools: knowledge and usage of the key tools (hardie, hammer, glass cutter and pliers). Processes: theoretical and practical study of 1) Ceramization of the lava stone – 2) Application of the gold leaf – 3) Usage of resin. Advanced: how to design and realize more complex things like 3D works, land art, jewelry and luminous works. End of course: creation of a unique and fully customized mosaic work of art, for each student.
 
Location: Assisi, Italy
Instructor: Michele Picone
Cost: € 2600
Sponsor: Schola Artis Pro Vobis
Website, email


"Studio Italia - Art workshop in Tuscany offered since 1997"
June 10-19, 2024
 

A thought-provoking and inspirational art workshop open to artists of all levels and media (oils, acrylics, watercolors). Nine full days of plein air painting, art history/theory lectures, touring, and gastronomy in the most beautiful area of Tuscany. Our teaching approach and groups limited to eight participants allow us to offer personalized instruction and a stimulating learning environment. Cost of CAD 3975 (around US$ 3000) includes instruction, 9-night accommodation in single and double rooms (limited single rooms available at no extra cost), all breakfasts, 7 lunches, 9 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 tour to the Uffizi Museum.
 
Location: Lucignano, Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$ 3000
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Pen & Watercolor Illustration in Tuscany!"
June 12-19, 2024
 

Picture yourself sitting in an outdoor cafe in one of the piazzas, sketchbook in hand, immersed in capturing the life around you while enjoying a cappuccino. Let me share the techniques I use in my work using a very portable means of sketching - pen and ink and watercolor – to record the beautiful, sensitive lines of an old building or the bold strokes of a street scene. Learn to zoom in on the important elements when working in the field to create interesting compositions and lasting memories with texture and rich washes of color! This class covers pen and ink and watercolor wash techniques, composition and simple perspective.
 
Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: Ann Thomas
Cost: From $3,850.00 per person all-inclusive
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Website, email, 978-407-7127


"Sculpture Casting Workshop"
June 15-22, 2024
 

An exploratory course in the art of casting and mold-making. Learn to cast a relief of your face, torso, feet or hands in plaster gauze with various finishes to create a memorable self-portrait. Fabricate one or more reusable molds in latex rubber, silicone, and polyurethane rubber with mother-molds. Experiment with various materials to cast your forms from the fabricated molds. Assemble cast forms into a cohesive sculpture or a repetitive compositional design. Materials will be supplied. Take home all artwork made. This is a wonderful opportunity to create art in a beautiful setting with gorgeous views, delicious cuisine, accommodating lodging and enjoy the magical atmosphere that is truly special of the Umbria region of Italy. Course taught in English.
 
Location: Assisi, Italy
Instructor: Sandra Wascher
Cost: 2500 €
Sponsor: Schola Artis Pro Vobis
Website, email


"Watercolour Workshop - Landscape Painting with Qi Yang"
June 22-29, 2024
 

The Work of Qi Yang challenges two painting conceptions of Western and Eastern arts constantly. Yang merges Zen, together with German Expressionism that emphasizes emotion in the paintings through lines, colors, composition and technique. This workshop offers painting combined with poetic thinking for the Italian landscape – from the region Toscana to Assisi. We will at first learn to sketch nature directly in front of beautiful surroundings, for example, trees, forests, mountains, waters and ancient castles, churches, old houses, etc. After sketching the techniques of aquarelle and color ink will be taught, both of which can be used either separately or as mixed technique. Accompanied with the workshop the art theory of the composition on the landscape painting will be taught.
 
Location: Assisi, Italy
Instructor: Qi Yang
Cost: 2600 €
Sponsor: Schola Artis Pro Vobis
Website, email


"Sculpture Casting Workshop"
June 22-29, 2024
 

An exploratory course in the art of casting and mold-making. Learn to cast a relief of your face, torso, feet or hands in plaster gauze with various finishes to create a memorable self-portrait. Fabricate one or more reusable molds in latex rubber, silicone, and polyurethane rubber with mother-molds. Experiment with various materials to cast your forms from the fabricated molds. Assemble cast forms into a cohesive sculpture or a repetitive compositional design. Materials will be supplied. Take home all artwork made. This is a wonderful opportunity to create art in a beautiful setting with gorgeous views, delicious cuisine, accommodating lodging and enjoy the magical atmosphere that is truly special of the Umbria region of Italy. Course taught in English.
 
Location: Assisi, Italy
Instructor: Sandra Wascher
Cost: 2500 €
Sponsor: Schola Artis Pro Vobis
Website, email


"Watercolor atmospheric landscape in Sicily"
July 6-13, 2024
 

Join us for a week of landscape watercolor painting in the Sicilian seaside with Prafull B. Sawant. Prafull Sawant is an Indian contemporary artist, he has long been considered one of the foremost Realistic artists in the world. He is best known for his Plain Air atmospheric landscapes that captures the light to create the mood and space of the scene. We are so proud that he’s coming to SALINARA for the first time. Daily painting excursions to surrounding salt pans, local markets, vineyards, villages such as the medieval town Erice, and Archeological Park of Selinunte, one of the most flourishing classical civilizations of the Mediterranean area. Limited single rooms for a supplement.
 
Location: Marsala, Sicily, Italy
Instructor: Prafull B. Sawant
Cost: From € 2050
Sponsor: Salinara - Art Farm | Retreat Centre
Website, email


"Mosaic Workshop"
July 6-13, 2024
 

Intro: brief history of mosaic – main mosaic techniques – focus on the direct method. Materials: learn how to use various materials, adhesives and alternative supports. In this course you will use: glass, lava stone, terracotta, resin, concrete, natural stones and recycled materials. Tools: knowledge and usage of the key tools (hardie, hammer, glass cutter and pliers). Processes: theoretical and practical study of 1) Ceramization of the lava stone – 2) Application of the gold leaf – 3) Usage of resin. Advanced: how to design and realize more complex things like 3D works, land art, jewelry and luminous works. End of course: creation of a unique and fully customized mosaic work of art, for each student.
 
Location: Assisi, Italy
Instructor: Michele Picone
Cost: € 2600
Sponsor: Schola Artis Pro Vobis
Website, email


"From Start to Finish: Figure Painting in Oils Workshop"
July 6-13, 2024
 

Embark on a captivating artistic journey in this hands-on five-day workshop where you’ll learn to create a stunning figure painting from the initial concept to the final brushstroke. Through comprehensive instruction, personalized guidance, and collaborative discussions, you’ll experience the exhilarating process of bringing a figure painting to life using the expressive medium of oil.
 
Location: Assisi, Italy
Instructor: Trisha Lambi
Cost: € 2600
Sponsor: Schola Artis Pro Vobis
Website, email


"Painting Workshop with Qi Yang"
July 27 - August 3, 2024
 

Expressionistic Painting was the historic revolution of German art movement in the late 1970s and the 80s, which was one of the most important streams of the abstract figurative painting in the world. In this workshop you will learn figurative painting in an abstract style. The figure here means either the human or animal or imaginative figurations, whatever you like. It is free from your own idea and will be shaped from your insight feeling. And which abstraction of the figuration you prefer to paint – if you generate figurative form by drawing with lines, colors or by sketching with color stains of abstraction, could be individual and personal decided for your best choice.
 
Location: Assisi, Italy
Instructor: Qi Yang
Cost: 2600 €
Sponsor: Schola Artis Pro Vobis
Website, email


"A Sense of Place in Tuscany"
September 4-11, 2024
 

Join Alison for a week of joyful exploration of Place, in the beautiful city of Cortona. Sitting in ancient squares, by fountains, or in cafes, I’ll show you some simple ways to capture buildings. In markets we’ll talk about how to include figures in your sketches. Overlooking vistas of vineyards and far off hills, we’ll explore how to simplify the scene to focus on important elements and create depth. Drawing and painting on loose pages rather than in a watercolour journal, allows us to loosen up and have fun with experimental techniques and a variety of media. We’ll work with watercolour, pen, ink, marker, on different papers, to create images, which we will curate into a concertina book.
 
Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: Alison Watt
Cost: From $3,790.00 per person all-inclusive
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Website, email, 978-407-7127


"Mosaic Workshop"
September 14-21, 2024
 

Intro: brief history of mosaic – main mosaic techniques – focus on the direct method. Materials: learn how to use various materials, adhesives and alternative supports. In this course you will use: glass, lava stone, terracotta, resin, concrete, natural stones and recycled materials. Tools: knowledge and usage of the key tools (hardie, hammer, glass cutter and pliers). Processes: theoretical and practical study of 1) Ceramization of the lava stone – 2) Application of the gold leaf – 3) Usage of resin. Advanced: how to design and realize more complex things like 3D works, land art, jewelry and luminous works. End of course: creation of a unique and fully customized mosaic work of art, for each student.
 
Location: Assisi, Italy
Instructor: Michele Picone
Cost: € 2600
Sponsor: Schola Artis Pro Vobis
Website, email


"Watercolour Workshop with Mariette Egreteau"
September 14-21, 2024
 

Mariette Egreteau Martelli was born in France but now lives in Arezzo, where she has been a teacher for more than thirty years. She has a scientific background and has always been interested in the link between science and art, with her curiosity fully satisfied in the spectacle offered by nature. Light playing on ordinary objects, and the transparency of sky and water are her favourite subjects. She mostly uses watercolour to express herself, for its immediacy and union between water and light. She is bilingual in French and Italian and fluent in English.
 
Location: Assisi, Italy
Instructor: Mariette Egreteau Martelli
Cost: 2600 €
Sponsor: Schola Artis Pro Vobis
Website, email


"Pastel Painting Workshop: The People and Landscapes of Umbria"
September 21-28, 2024
 

This pastel workshop is designed for the beginning and intermediate pastelist and will cover materials, basic design, color, and application. Some materials will be supplied. We will be painting from life and photographs taken on-site or in the surrounding areas of Umbria, the Green Heart of Italy. This is a great opportunity to learn the fundamentals of pastel painting as well as providing a challenge to those who already have a basic understanding of pastel technique. Expect plenty of encouragement and actionable advice. Enjoy a beautiful location with magnificent views and a special atmosphere that only Umbria can offer.
 
Location: Assisi, Italy
Instructor: Neva Rossi Smoll
Cost: 2600 €
Sponsor: Schola Artis Pro Vobis
Website, email


"Immersive watercolor workshop in Sicily"
September 21-28, 2024
 

Sicily – It's on everyone's bucket list, with colorful sunsets, olive groves, vineyards, and picturesque villages with narrow streets, a never ending range of restaurants and cafés, blue skies and beautiful nature, it’s a painters paradise… And it will be our home for 7 days. The workshop is hosted by the retreat center Salinara. Our daily watercolor routine will include daily demonstrations by Gary, along with time for individual instruction. Afternoons will vary between painting time, exploring the region on your own, or possible one of the many activities offered through Salinara – on designated days Gary will conduct group critique over cocktails before the evening meal.
 
Location: Marsala, Sicily, Italy
Instructor: Gary Tucker
Cost: From 2300 $
Sponsor: Salinara - Art Farm | Retreat Centre
Website, email


"Exploring the Spirit of Place"
September 24 - October 2, 2024
 

Join artist and instructor, Loriann Signori, in this intuitive Pastel workshop to study landscape painting while experiencing the rich atmosphere of Fiesole and Florence, Italy. Loriann will guide her students into transforming their experiences and observations into an understanding of the character and atmosphere of "place".
 
Location: Florence and Fiesole, Italy
Instructor: Loriann Signori
Cost: $3950.00
Sponsor: Artensity Workshops
Website, email


"Capturing light and atmosphere with watercolor in Sicily"
September 28 - October 5, 2024
 

Keiko Tanabe is a Japanese contemporary artist who has won multiple awards. We are so proud that she’s coming to SALINARA for the fourth time. Come to enjoy a masterful tuition by Keiko Tanabe. Subject matters will be landscape, Mediterranean seascape, old historic city scape, and indoor locations in the authentic 18th century farmhouse where the participants will stay. Sicily is like a dream, colorful sunset, olive groves, lined vineyards, picturesque villages with narrow streets, churches, a never ending range of restaurants and cafés, blue skies and beautiful nature, jovial, kind and friendly people, traditional foods and great local wine. Art, mixture of history and culture, nature create a unique atmosphere and stimulate your creativity. Limited single rooms for a supplement.
 
Location: Marsala, Sicily, Italy
Instructor: Keiko Tanabe
Cost: From € 2050
Sponsor: Salinara - Art Farm | Retreat Centre
Website, email


"Pastel Painting Workshop: The People and Landscapes of Umbria"
September 28 - October 5, 2024
 

This pastel workshop is designed for the beginning and intermediate pastelist and will cover materials, basic design, color, and application. Some materials will be supplied. We will be painting from life and photographs taken on-site or in the surrounding areas of Umbria, the Green Heart of Italy. This is a great opportunity to learn the fundamentals of pastel painting as well as providing a challenge to those who already have a basic understanding of pastel technique. Expect plenty of encouragement and actionable advice. Enjoy a beautiful location with magnificent views and a special atmosphere that only Umbria can offer.
 
Location: Assisi, Italy
Instructor: Neva Rossi Smoll
Cost: 2600 €
Sponsor: Schola Artis Pro Vobis
Website, email


"A Retreat for Artists - Umbria 2024"
September 28 - October 5, 2024
 

This exclusive retreat is designed to cater to experienced artists seeking a fresh, inspiring location to delve into their process and develop as artists. Nestled in the heart of Italy, Umbria’s breathtaking beauty is characterized by rolling hills covered in olive groves and vineyards, enchanting medieval villages perched atop hills, and ancient stone bridges over meandering rivers. The studio provided for the artists is spacious with natural light, ensuring the perfect creative environment. As part of the experience, artists will have the opportunity to explore neighboring villages, discover hidden gems, and capture the essence of this timelessly picturesque region on their canvases. Artists will be accommodated in a charming villa, offering single ensuite rooms and delectable meals.
 
Location: Umbria, Italy
Instructor: Sandra Iafrate
Cost: 1950 GBP
Website, email


"Studio Italia - Art workshop in Tuscany offered since 1997"
October 1-10, 2024
 

A thought-provoking and inspirational art workshop open to artists of all levels and media (oils, acrylics, watercolors). Nine full days of plein air painting, art history/theory lectures, touring, and gastronomy in the most beautiful area of Tuscany. Our teaching approach and groups limited to eight participants allow us to offer personalized instruction and a stimulating learning environment. Cost of CAD 3975 (around US$ 3000) includes instruction, 9-night accommodation in single and double rooms (limited single rooms available at no extra cost), all breakfasts, 7 lunches, 9 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 tour to the Uffizi Museum.
 
Location: Lucignano, Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$ 3000
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Painting Cruise: Italian Riviera and France"
October 3-12, 2024
 

5-star Painting and Cultural Cruise - Italian Riviera and France! 9 nights: from Barcelona to Rome. All Mediums | All Levels | Non-Painters | Independent Painters. Welcome to our exciting painting cruise across three countries! Embark on an extraordinary 5-star Mediterranean cruise, an artistic journey that unfolds from Barcelona to Rome. This luxurious voyage includes enchanting stops along the picturesque Italian Riviera and captivating destinations in France. As you sail through azure waters and experience the opulence of a 5-star cruise, immerse yourself in unique painting adventures at each port of call. Ports of Call: Barcelona, Marseille (Provence), Nice, Santa Margherita (Portofino), La Spezia (Cinque Terre, Florence, Pisa), Naples and Rome.
 
Location: Mediterranean Cruise, Italy
Instructor: Vladislav Yeliseyev
Cost: see website
Sponsor: Renaissance School of Art
Website, email, 941-330-6865


"Watercolour Workshop with Mariette Egreteau"
October 5-12, 2024
 

Mariette Egreteau Martelli was born in France but now lives in Arezzo, where she has been a teacher for more than thirty years. She has a scientific background and has always been interested in the link between science and art, with her curiosity fully satisfied in the spectacle offered by nature. Light playing on ordinary objects, and the transparency of sky and water are her favourite subjects. She mostly uses watercolour to express herself, for its immediacy and union between water and light. She is bilingual in French and Italian and fluent in English.
 
Location: Assisi, Italy
Instructor: Mariette Egreteau Martelli
Cost: 2600 €
Sponsor: Schola Artis Pro Vobis
Website, email


"Sicily Painting Holiday 2024"
October 6-13, 2024
 

Discover the sun-drenched landscape of Sicily on this painting holiday that takes you on an artistic journey through the island's vibrant culture, stunning cathedrals, and picturesque fishing villages. From the baroque architecture to the surrounding olive groves and white sandy beaches, there is no shortage of inspiration for any artist. Your stay will be at an authentic yet modern villa in the south-east of the island, surrounded by almond, olive, and pomegranate trees. Your painting supplies, sketchbook, pencils, boards, and easels are provided in a spacious studio where you'll enjoy daily painting classes and excursions to some of the island's most stunning destinations.
 
Location: Sicily, Italy
Instructor: Sandra Iafrate, sandraiafrate.com
Cost: 1899 GBP
Website, email


"Watercolor Plein Air Painting Retreat in Sicily"
October 12-19, 2024
 

Join us for a plein air watercolour painting retreat in delightful and peaceful West-Sicily with Polish watercolorist Michal Jasiewicz. We are so proud that he’s coming to SALINARA for the second time. Michal will be your tutor during your stay at the stunning Salinara Art Farm, in the Trapani region. Daily painting excursions to surrounding salt pans, local markets, vineyards, villages such as the medieval town Erice, and Archeological Park of Selinunte, one of the most flourishing classical civilizations of the Mediterranean area. The workshop will take you through selecting a dramatic composition and simplifying it, tone, light, color theory, effects and how to build up a watercolour painting in a structured, demonstration-led setting. Limited single rooms for a supplement.
 
Location: Marsala, Sicily, Italy
Instructor: Michal Jasiewicz
Cost: From € 1750
Sponsor: Salinara - Art Farm | Retreat Centre
Website, email


"The 2024 Venice Biennale and Istanbul Biennial Art Tour"
October 14-23, 2024
 

Join the 2024 Venice Biennale and Istanbul Biennial Art Tour, a unique 9-night art history trip in Italy and Turkey open to everyone, from artists and art lovers to students and lifelong learners. The cost of CAD $ 4 570 (around US$ 3420) includes 9-night double accommodation in well-rated and centrally located hotels in Venice and Istanbul; daily breakfast, group transportation to the sites on schedule (vaporetto, taxi, bus, ferry), flight from Venice to Istanbul, daily discovery walks in Venice and Istanbul, two-day entrance to the Venice Biennale and the Istanbul Biennial, entrances to the Hagia Sophia, the Topkapi Palace, and the Blue Mosque, and the constant service of an art historian guide and a logistics responsible.
 
Location: Venice, Italy
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$ 3420
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Umbria Art History"
weekly, May to October 2024
 

Introducing history of art in Umbria – journey among the wonder. Day 1 Assisi – before and after Giotto: Cimabue and Pietro Cavallini. Investigation around art changings through the XIII century. Day 2 Spoleto – Alberto Sotio: unique XII century school of art in remote Umbria, how byzantine influences have produced masterpieces. Day 3 Montefalco – Benozzo Gozzoli: a piece of Florence in Umbria. Spello – Pinturicchio: artist of the most reach XVth century courts of Italian Renaissance. Day 4 Orvieto – From ‘300 to ‘500: three centuries in a single masterpiece, the Duomo of Orvieto and the ‘Fabrica’. Day 5 Perugia – briefing up: Galleria Nazionale dell’Umbria, eight centuries of History of Art in Umbria in one place.
 
Location: Assisi, Italy
Instructor: Irene Maturi
Cost: € 2600
Sponsor: Schola Artis Pro Vobis
Website, email


"Stained Glass Workshop"
biweekly, May to October 2024
 

Maddalena Forenza continues the tradition, having learnt the art of glass-painting from her mother. Her work can be admired on the counter facade of the Church of Santo Spirito in Perugia and in the Lemmo Rossi Scotti Castle at Santa Petronilla on the outskirts of Perugia. Course includes 9 half days of creative arts immersion with all materials and supplies, 14 nights full exclusive deluxe accommodation in Agriturismo La Malvarina, 14 gourmet dinners, and breakfasts each morning with fresh croissants, fruits & yogurt. When you are not painting, you can enjoy the swimming pool, set up some horse-back riding nearby, or enjoy sightseeing.
 
Location: Assisi, Italy
Instructor: Maddalena Forenza
Cost: 3860 €
Sponsor: Schola Artis Pro Vobis
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"Fresco Workshop in Italy"
weekly, May to October except August
 

Learn fresco techniques and materials from Elvio Marchionni, a specialist in medieval painting techniques. His studies in 1963 at the Bernardino de Betto Art Institute in Perugia gave him a love for restoration and medieval art that he still has today. This fascinating workshop takes place, as in renaissance time, at the Artist atelier and the accomodation at the four stars Hotel Palazzo Bocci in Spello.
 
Location: Spello, Italy
Instructor: Elvio Marchionni
Cost: 2600 €
Sponsor: Schola Artis Pro Vobis
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"Mosaic Workshop"
October 26 - November 2, 2024
 

Intro: brief history of mosaic – main mosaic techniques – focus on the direct method. Materials: learn how to use various materials, adhesives and alternative supports. In this course you will use: glass, lava stone, terracotta, resin, concrete, natural stones and recycled materials. Tools: knowledge and usage of the key tools (hardie, hammer, glass cutter and pliers). Processes: theoretical and practical study of 1) Ceramization of the lava stone – 2) Application of the gold leaf – 3) Usage of resin. Advanced: how to design and realize more complex things like 3D works, land art, jewelry and luminous works. End of course: creation of a unique and fully customized mosaic work of art, for each student.
 
Location: Assisi, Italy
Instructor: Michele Picone
Cost: € 2600
Sponsor: Schola Artis Pro Vobis
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"Painting Retreat in Sicily, “Spirit, Mind, Body”"
October 27 - November 3, 2024
 

We invite you to join us in this relaxed, beautiful, historic place. Give yourself this time and space to joyfully become a better painter! The setting of Salinara, with its rustic beauty, farm fresh meals, and interesting excursions provides the perfect environment for our “Spirit,Mind,Body” experience. Your artistic SPIRIT will be recognized, encouraged, and celebrated as you work with other creative participants. Your MIND will be engaged by discussions of Art within the group, and your problem solving skills will be challenged as you are improving your painting ability. Your BODY will be nourished with fresh food, walks, biking, and yoga sessions. The emphasis on this workshop is to help promote skill-building with your painting, regardless of your level.
 
Location: Marsala, Sicily, Italy
Instructor: Qiang Huang and Suzanne Enriquez Dougher
Cost: From 2000 $
Sponsor: Salinara - Art Farm | Retreat Centre
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"Catch the charm of Sicily with expressive bold strokes and colourful"
April 5-12, 2025
 

Amit Kapoor is a leading master of watercolor in India. Join us for a unique and exceptional watercolor painting workshop in Sicily with the Indian artist Amit Kapoor. It’s a beautiful opportunity for you to live and paint with a master artist in an authentic Sicilian farmhouse located just 500 m from the Mediterranean sea. Participants will learn Amit’s techniques and process to paint Plein-Air and in studio, how to be expressive with bold brush strokes and colourful palette. Limited single rooms for a supplement.
 
Location: Marsala, Sicily, Italy
Instructor: Amit Kapoor
Cost: From € 2150
Sponsor: Salinara - Art Farm | Retreat Centre
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"Watercolor Sketching and Journaling in Western Sicily"
September 20-27, 2025
 

Join Cindy Briggs and Theresa Goesling for their 2nd workshop at the stunning Salinara Art Farm on the west coast of Sicily. Sicily is a unique island that has been shaped by many cultures over many thousands of years. Excursions and painting to surrounding salt pans with colorful sunset, fisherman boats, local markets, picturesque villages with narrow streets, churches, a never ending range of restaurants and cafés, blue skies and beautiful nature, jovial, kind and friendly people, traditional foods and great local wine, medieval hill town of Erice, Archeological Park of Selinunte with Greek temples. And many beaches where we can swim in the blue water of the Mediterranean Sea. Limited single rooms for a supplement.
 
Location: Marsala, Sicily, Italy
Instructor: Theresa Goesling and Cindy Briggs
Cost: From € 3100
Sponsor: Salinara - Art Farm | Retreat Centre
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"Immersive watercolor workshop in Sicily"
October 4-11, 2025
 

Sicily – It's on everyone's bucket list, with colorful sunsets, olive groves, vineyards, and picturesque villages with narrow streets, a never ending range of restaurants and cafés, blue skies and beautiful nature, it’s a painters paradise… And it will be our home for 7 days. The workshop is hosted by the retreat center Salinara. Our daily watercolor routine will include daily demonstrations by Gary, along with time for individual instruction. Afternoons will vary between painting time, exploring the region on your own, or possible one of the many activities offered through Salinara – on designated days Gary will conduct group critique over cocktails before the evening meal. Limited single rooms for a supplement.
 
Location: Marsala, Sicily, Italy
Instructor: Gary Tucker
Cost: From $2300
Sponsor: Salinara - Art Farm | Retreat Centre
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