Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Studio Colombia Art and Eat 2021"
February 17-25, 2021
 

Join our eight-night workshop and experience the stunning Caribbean coast from Puerto Colombia (Barranquilla) to Cartagena. Learn the fundamentals of perspective drawing and watercolors and have a taste of Colombian Caribbean food and culture. After an art class, try the Mojarra con Arroz con Coco with a cold Colombian beer or Aguardiente. Paint on the beach just like Gauguin was doing in Tahiti. Visit a few restaurants’ kitchens and learn from their chefs. Take part in a street food tour. Stay in comfortable and centrally located hotels. Price of CAD 2600 (around US$1900) includes eight-night double accommodation, all ground transportation, all breakfasts, one lunch, two suppers, an art street food tour, art instruction, cooking classes/demonstrations, and art supplies.
 
Location: Cartagena, Colombia
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$1900
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Virgin Island Retreat"
Multiple dates Dec 2020-March 2021
 

Are you ready to getaway? This 10 day plein air retreat hosted by international artist Rachel Dziga, a former resident of St. Croix has been curated with safety in mind. The island has very low (less than 10 a month) cases of covid and US citizens do not require a passport or visa, your host is here for any concerns on flights and precautions. With a small group of only six this is the perfect escape from winter stress. Includes: Transportation, Resort stay for 10 nights, Breakfast and Lunches, Art instruction plus supplies, Island tours, Biobay kayak tour. Non-painting partners will have endless activities. Divers welcomed. Please contact about private or group rates.
 
Location: Christiansted, St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
Instructor: Rachel Dziga
Cost: $2200 pp
Sponsor: Dziga Arts
Website, email, 501-519-9551


"Capture Ecuador with Kristy Kutch"
March 8-20, 2021
 

Ecuador is incredible: highlands, snow-capped mountains, volcanoes, and waterfalls. Under the guidance of this experienced tour company, visit Inca markets and stay in historic haciendas (with modern amenities.) The Galapagos Islands, 600 miles west of South America, are the crown jewel of the natural world. They offer a fantastic range of unique creatures. Staying aboard the magnificent cruise ship M/V Santa Cruz, participants will enjoy the guidance of a naturalist, plus options for hiking, snorkeling, and glass bottom boat tours. Since the Galapagos are environmentally protected, some art media are not allowed. Colored pencil and graphite pencil are permitted and encouraged. Kristy Kutch, an experienced instructor and author, will guide the group in sketching and capturing these unique experiences.
 
Location: Quito, Galapagos Islands
Instructor: Kristy A. Kutch
Cost: $8,550 per person
Sponsor: Explore Amazing Places
Website, email, 623-888-1314


"A Watercolor Journey In Yunnan"
March 26 - April 6, 2021
 

This all-inclusive watercolor plein air journey begins in the verdant vestiges of the Himalayas and continues along the ancient Tea & Horse road in Yunnan to sparkling, Shangri-La Tibet. For centuries this trade route was used to transport tea to the Tibetan Plateau and offers much inspiration for artists and travelers. You can expect world class instruction with Andy Evansen, an internationally recognized instructor, fantastic bi-lingual guides, hotel stays that offer a true immersion into authentic China, and delicious meals. Experience breathtaking mountain and valley scenery, and paint en plein air amidst the stunning yellow canola fields in bloom, historic Bai-style architecture, temples and open air markets.
 
Location: Xizhou Village, Dali City, Yunnan, China
Instructor: Andy Evansen
Cost: $5,175.00
Sponsor: Open Air Places
Website, email, 715-577-6857


"Painting Holiday in Tuscany"
May 8-15, 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


"Painting in Spain: Urban Sketching in Pen & Ink and Watercolor and Watercolor"
May 9-16, 2021
 

My aim as a teacher is always to help my students bring out their own voice in their sketchbook, and to give them confidence in their own style. To do that, I help them get over thorny issues such as how to bring out the beauty of watercolour and make colour pop without clashing, how to master pen and ink and how to bring depth and interest to compositions. My students bring their sketchbooks to pretty villages, down quiet side streets, outside cafés, into bustling markets and wherever there is life and colour. My specialities as a teacher are storytelling and visual reportage; reflections and foliage; capturing people on the move and easy ways to tackle perspective.
 
Location: Calella de Palafrugel, Spain
Instructor: Róisín Curé, www.roisincure.com
Cost: $3,390 ($3,190 before Nov 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting in Spain: Oil, Pastel and Watercolor Workshop"
May 9-16, 2021
 

Release your inner artist along the gorgeous coastline of Costa Brava in Northern Spain with encouragement and instruction from Maureen Engle. All levels and mediums are welcome. Maureen will demonstrate on site plein air painting in various mediums. She will demonstrate and then ‘circle’ to help people individually followed by a friendly group critique. Proficient in watercolor, oil and acrylic and mixed media, Maureen has been teaching painting for almost twenty years. Most of her students join her classes with a desire to learn from Maureen how to ‘loosen up’ and put a contemporary or expressive spin on their work. She promotes the use of large brushes, palette knife, contour drawing, wet-in-wet painting, and most importantly, to enjoy the process.
 
Location: Calella de Palafrugel, Spain
Instructor: Maureen Engle, www.maureenengle-art.com
Cost: $3,390 ($3,190 before Nov 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting in the French Countryside with Artist Michele Illing"
May 11-18, 2021
 

Join artist Michele Illing on a watercolor painting retreat in the French countryside and draw your creative inspiration from beautiful vine covered hills and picturesque villages. Receive expert individual tuition, stay at a beautiful country house, embrace the freedom to paint en plein air, and enjoy delicious homemade meals. UpTrek painting retreat inclusions: 7 nights of accommodation — All meals and drinks — Painting and sketching classes, individual tuition, and demonstrations with artist Michele Illing — Painting trips to Chalais, Aubeterre-sur-Dronne, Saint-Émilion vineyards — Easels, art boards, water containers — Wine and cheese tasting — Traditional French market visit — Private transportation. For details, please visit our website (link below) or get in touch at contact@uptrek.com
 
Location: Yviers, France
Instructor: Michele Illing
Cost: $1,871
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"Painting in Spain: Plein Air in Watercolor & Oil"
May 16-23, 2021
 

Join Julie Gilbert Pollard for a wonderful week of plein air painting on the beautiful coast of Northern Spain, the Costa Brava. Visit inspiring locations, learning to interpret them into your personal visual expression. Expect sight-seeing, photo-sketching, sketching and “light” plein air painting using minimal equipment that is easy to carry in a medium-size backpack. Julie will demonstrate and coach you through methods and techniques that have proven invaluable in learning to distill a scene into its most simple format, leading to studio paintings that retain that illusive “plein air feel”. All levels are welcome. Classes will be small, so Julie will have ample time to help students work toward individual goals.
 
Location: Calella de Palafrugel, Spain
Instructor: Julie Gilbert Pollard, www.juliegilbertpollard.com
Cost: $3,390 ($3,190 before Nov 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting & Sketching the Spirit of Spain"
May 17-27, 2021
 

Plein air painting & sketching adventure workshop in Barcelona, Girona & Costa Brava, Spain with abundant excursions. Throughout the workshop, you will learn how to simplify complex subject matter and paint/sketch various types of scenes with strong visual impact and atmosphere. A small group size will allow you to receive plenty of individual assistance. All levels and non-painting companions are welcome.
 
Location: Barcelona, Girona, Costa Brava, Spain
Instructor: Yuki Hall
Cost: $3,200
Website, email, 937-679-2464


"Painting in Spain: Oil Painting Workshop"
May 23-30, 2021
 

Come join Brian Murphy for a week long painting adventure in the magnificent Costa Brava, Spain. Learn to loosen up your technique and create Light Filled paintings while also learning how to paint with a Limited Palette. Brian has led numerous painting trips to France, Italy and Ireland and this workshop will continue the tradition of painting and experiencing the natural beauty and culture of this beautiful part of the world. Spend each day discovering the wonderful light the Costa Brava landscape and seascapes provide while learning how to capture that light on your canvas. There will be daily critiques and discussions and Brian will spend part of each day “one on one” with you as you paint the magnificent views.
 
Location: Calella de Palafrugel, Spain
Instructor: Brian Murphy, bmurphy.net
Cost: $3,390 ($3,190 before Nov 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting in Provence: All Media Painting Workshop"
May 24-31, 2021
 

Join Janet Knight for a wonderful week of plein air painting in the heart of Provence. What sets Janet apart is the diversity in her expertise as an accomplished, award winning artist in watercolors, pastels, acrylics and oils. Whatever your learning interests may be, she can teach you how to make your dreams a reality. An all medium workshop with lots of fun thrown in!
 
Location: Venasque, France
Instructor: Janet Knight, janetknight.com.au
Cost: $3,390 ($3,190 before Nov 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting & sketching retreat in Dordogne, France"
June 4-13, 2021
 

This magical painting retreat will provide all types of painters the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the Perigord & Quercy regions of France in a way that allows you to paint as and when you wish, in the studio or en plain air. Whether you’re a beginner or more experienced, this workshop is designed to be stimulating and enjoyable for everyone. Yuki will show you how to simplify complex subject matter and create a painting full of atmosphere in a loose and impressionistic style. All levels are welcome.
 
Location: Gourdon, France
Instructor: Yuki Hall, TWSA
Sponsor: Perigord retreats
Website, email, 0033 680 288 237


"Paint in Bulgaria!"
June 10-22, 2021
 

Learn to play, and have fun while doing the wonderful ‘work’ of art with internationally celebrated watercolorist, Stella Canfield while enjoying traveling in Bulgaria! Stella will help you free yourself of the fear and judgment that so often prevent us from doing art. You will learn to relax and paint with your heart while exploring design, shapes, color, value and have fun doing it! All artists welcome, demonstrations in watercolor. Maximum 10 students.
 
Location: Barzitsa, Bulgaria
Instructor: Stella Canfield
Sponsor: Cascade Fine Art Workshops
Website, email, (541) 408-5524


"Studio Italia - Art workshop in Tuscany offered since 1997"
June 12-21, 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


"Painting in the French Alps: All Media Plein Air Workshop"
June 16-23, 2021
 

Join Kirah Van Sickle for a French adventure in watercolor, oil and acrylic painting. With the Alps as our inspiration, we will explore a myriad of journal sketching and alla prima painting techniques. With an approach based on fundamentals of values, composition and color, Kirah will introduce students to exercises and techniques that build brush confidence and achieve bold, fresh and loose results. Students will gain a better understanding of color temperature, limited palette and the dramatic impact in building contrast and dynamic landscape compositions. Both rural and urban subjects will be addressed, using the notan to establish value planes, and color mixing savy. Join us for a plein air escapade!
 
Location: Haute-Savoie, France
Instructor: Kirah Van Sickle, kirahfineart.com
Cost: $3,390 ($3,190 before Nov 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Studio Italia offered since 1997"
June 18-27, 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


"Painting in the French Alps: Watercolor Painting Workshop"
June 23-30, 2021
 

Join us in France, the birth country of plein air painting, and paint the magnificent French Alps en plein air! This workshop is for all levels: whether you are a first time plein air painter, or have been painting around world, you’ll have an amazing experience painting lakes, mountains or chalets in this beautiful region, while improving your on-location painting skills within days! I will be demoing on site, with both watercolor plein air painting and watercolor sketching techniques. You will learn how to select lighting and subject matters, simplify what you see and create strong compositions. In addition to the demos, I will provide fun and easy to follow hands-on tutorials tailored towards each individual's needs.
 
Location: Haute-Savoie, France
Instructor: Shuang Li, www.shuangliwatercolors.com
Cost: $3,390 ($3,190 before Nov 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting in the Loire Valley: Travel Sketching in Watercolor"
June 23-30, 2021
 

The best thing about our itinerary for travel sketching in the French Alps is the sheer breadth of subjects to choose from. We’ll sketch mountains, lakes, green pastures, canals and breathtaking panoramas. In true travel sketching tradition, we’ll pack light — carrying a small bag for art materials and a folding stool. This workshop is designed to give you confidence to take your sketchbook wherever you go. We’ll work spontaneously, and I’ll show you how to keep your watercolour sketches fresh and colourful. Each day will start with a short demo and end with a critique, hopefully while gazing out at an alpine meadow with a glass of wine in hand. As part of a small group, you’ll have plenty of individual attention.
 
Location: Saint Pierre de Corps, France
Instructor: Shari Blaukopf, www.shariblaukopf.com
Cost: $3,390 ($3,190 before Nov 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Studio Provence and Barcelona Art Tour 2021"
June 26 - July 7, 2021
 

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$2900) 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 in France and Spain!
 
Location: Near Manosque & Barcelona, France
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$2900
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Studio Provence and Barcelona Art Tour 2021"
June 26 - July 7, 2021
 

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$2900) 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 in France and Spain!
 
Location: Near Manosque & Barcelona, Spain
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$2900
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Painting in the French Alps: Watercolor Painting Workshop"
June 30 - July 6, 2021
 

Join award-winning artist and American Watercolor Society signature member, Sarah Yeoman, for this wonderful plein-air painting workshop in the French Alps whether you want to know the basics or to get professional pointers. We will explore the magic of the watercolor medium in a enchanting atmosphere. Beginning with a morning demonstration, she will lead you through the step by step process she uses to create paintings with strong colorful darks and shimmering lights no matter the choice of subject. Sarah will share her years of knowledge on materials, paint application, composition, life as an artist and “finding your light” in watercolor.
 
Location: Haute-Savoie, France
Instructor: Sarah Yeoman, Sarahyeoman.com
Cost: $3,390 ($3,190 before Nov 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Studio Provence and Barcelona Art Tour 2021"
July 3-14, 2021
 

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 3700 (around US$2800) 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 in France and Spain!
 
Location: Alpes de Haute Provence, France
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$2800
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Painting in France: Oil Painting Workshop"
August 21-28, 2021
 

Join me to follow in the footsteps of master painters Monet, Pisarro, Renoir, Gaugin, Picasso, Cassatt and more. Each day we’ll enjoy artistic and cultural experiences, including the unique opportunity to paint in Monet’s Garden with no crowds. My plein air workshops are extremely comprehensive and have been described as ‘art school in a week’. I’ll de-mystify the painting process by teaching straightforward, easy to understand steps. Using tried and true principles as a jumping off point will allow you to loosen up and find your own voice. You’ll leave this class with the skills needed to take your work to the next level…both outdoors and in the studio. There will be demos, discussions, handouts, lots of painting time and individual attention.
 
Location: Giverny, France
Instructor: Jane Hunt, janehuntart.com
Cost: $3,290 before Jan 31st; $3,490 after Jan 31st
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting in the French Alps: Watercolor Sketching Workshop"
August 25 - September 1, 2021
 

Come along with me to France for a week of painting the French Alps. All the logistics will be taken care of – all you have to do is relax and enjoy as we sketch Alpine meadows, cobblestoned villages, wooden chalets with flowery boxes and spectacular lakes and mountains. We’ll also paint in Annecy, known as the Venice of the North, a beautiful medieval city surrounded by canals and mountains. We’ll capture these once-in-a-lifetime experiences on the pages of our travel journals. The workshop is suitable for all levels, but some experience with drawing and watercolor would be helpful.
 
Location: Haute-Savoie, France
Instructor: Leslie Fehling, www.lesliefehling.com
Cost: $3,390 ($3,190 before Jan 31st)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting in France: Oil Painting Workshop"
August 28 - September 4, 2021
 

Join me to follow in the footsteps of master painters Monet, Pisarro, Renoir, Gaugin, Picasso, Cassatt and more. Each day we’ll enjoy artistic and cultural experiences, including the unique opportunity to paint in Monet’s Garden with no crowds. My plein air workshops are extremely comprehensive and have been described as ‘art school in a week’. I’ll de-mystify the painting process by teaching straightforward, easy to understand steps. Using tried and true principles as a jumping off point will allow you to loosen up and find your own voice. You’ll leave this class with the skills needed to take your work to the next level…both outdoors and in the studio. There will be demos, discussions, handouts, lots of painting time and individual attention.
 
Location: Giverny, France
Instructor: Jane Hunt, janehuntart.com
Cost: $3,290 before Jan 31st; $3,490 after Jan 31st
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Botanical and Floral Art Retreat in Portugal with Artist Janie Pirie"
August 28 - September 4, 2021
 

Join artist Janie Pirie on a botanical and floral art retreat on the Algarve coast in Portugal. Receive expert art tuition, stay at a restored authentic Portuguese private villa with panoramic views of the hills and the ocean, indulge in chef-made meals served with some of the best local wines, and get inspired by bohemian Lisbon, Sintra's UNESCO world heritage palaces, and the nearby São Julião beach. UpTrek painting retreat inclusions: tuition, accommodation, meals, drinks, trips, transfers. For details, please visit our website (link below) or get in touch at contact@uptrek.com
 
Location: Valbom, Portugal
Instructor: Janie Pirie
Cost: $2,690
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"Creative Retreat with Artist Cat Coquillette in France"
August 28 - September 4, 2021
 

Join artist Cat Coquillette and educator Logan Elliott for an "artpreneur" retreat at a beautiful 18th century countryside manor in Southwestern France. In addition to painting alongside Cat every morning, you’ll also learn insider-knowledge to succeed in the art industry. Visit enchanting chateaus and beaux villages and indulge in exquisite French cuisine paired with some of the best wines in the region. UpTrek painting retreat inclusions: tuition, accommodation, meals, drinks, trips, transfers. For details, please visit our website (link below) or get in touch at contact@uptrek.com
 
Location: Saint-Priest-Ligoure, France
Instructor: Cat Coquillette
Cost: $3,390
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"Painting in the French Alps: Sketching & Watercolor Workshop"
August 29 - September 5, 2021
 

Join us for this magical plein air painting & sketching adventure in the French Alps! Be aware, Yuki’s passion for watercolor painting is contagious! She will walk you through how to create an atmosphere of a scene by establishing the sense of depth in the picture plane and also by breaking away from a rigid coloring-in painting style. You will start painting with confident brush strokes and expressive edge qualities. You will also learn how to simplify a complex subject, leaving unnecessary details out. Establishing a strong tonal value pattern in your picture plane will also be emphasized. Because of the small class size, you will receive plenty of individual help throughout the workshop. All levels are welcome.
 
Location: Haute-Savoie, France
Instructor: Yuki Hall, www.yukihallfineart.com
Cost: $3,390 ($3,190 before Jan 31st)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"A painting retreat. Watercolor Journaling in Lisbon"
September 1-14, 2021
 

Join us with Winnie Givot in Lisbon, a city of beauty, from which explorers in the 15th and 16th centuries set out to discover the world. There we will spend our days painting, drawing, and writing in our watercolor journals as we see more deeply through our art. We will be staying in newly renovated apartments in an old Portuguese building near Prac¸a Intendente, a wonderful location in the historic city. In and around the city we will take many different forms of transport including metro, trolleys, tuk tuks, escalators, train, bus and, of course, walking. There is even an elegant 19th century outdoor elevator which carries passengers up and down between districts.
 
Location: Lisbon, Sintra, Obidos, Portugal
Instructor: Winnie Givot
Cost: $4600
Sponsor: Salinara - International Art Farm, Sicily
Website, email, (+39) 339 77 57 062


"Painting in Provence: Watercolor Painting Workshop"
September 3-10, 2021
 

Join Uma Kelkar for a wonderful week in Provence. Participants will learn how to employ just enough shapes, colors and stroked to achieve maximum impact. This is Uma’s definition of elegance. Exercises during each day will build up towards a final painting. We will focus on the technical skills at the beginning followed by discussion of elements of design and Uma’s philosophy of painting. If you’ve always wanted to overcome the fear of wet on wet painting, rest assured that at the end of the workshop, you will feel more confident about approaching it independently.
 
Location: Venasque, France
Instructor: Uma Kelkar, www.umakelkar.com
Cost: $3,390 ($3,190 before Jan 31st)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting in Spain: Watercolor Painting & Journaling"
September 10-17, 2021
 

Join us on the Costa Brava of Spain and experience daily demonstrations, personalized instruction, and, encouraging support. We show you how to design and simplify your subject, draw confidently, jazz up your colors, paint with serendipity and experiment with new techniques. Enjoy creating colorful paintings with an emphasis on your own unique point of view. We look forward to returning to dreamy Spain and sharing the adventure with you. We have already been there with French Escapade a few years ago and can’t wait to be back! We’ll explore the inspiring coast of the Costa Brava and charming villages as we make the most of our painting time together.
 
Location: Calella de Palafrugel, Spain
Instructor: Cindy Briggs & Theresa Goesling
Cost: $3,390 ($3,190 before Jan 31st)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Travel Sketching in the South West of France"
September 11-18, 2021
 

Join me for one week of sketching with watercolor in beautiful Provence. We’ll enjoy the free-flowing and colorful nature of watercolor at its best while sketching and having fun! I’ll help you develop observation skills, color awareness, simple design principles and learn about light and shadows. We’ll investigate various techniques, sketching tools, and approaches to watercolor. Enjoy time with fellow artists, instruction and friendly critiques. Space is very limited (max 12 participants/workshop).
 
Location: Toulouse, France
Instructor: Brenda Swenson, www.swensonsart.net
Cost: $3,390 ($3,190 before Jan 31st)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting Retreat at the Château"
September 14-21, 2021
 

Join artists Carolyn Gavin and Helen Dardik on a painting retreat at an authentic château in the South of France. Receive expert tuition focusing on a variety of styles, techniques, mediums and subject matter, enjoy a stunning 22-acre private estate, draw your inspiration from quintessentially French medieval villages, and indulge in the exquisite local cuisine. UpTrek painting retreat inclusions: tuition, accommodation, meals, drinks, painting trips, wine tasting, transfers. For details, please visit our website (link below) or get in touch at contact@uptrek.com
 
Location: Auty, France
Instructor: Artists Carolyn Gavin and Helen Dardik
Cost: $3,900
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"Figure Drawing and Painting Retreat in Andalucia"
September 16-23, 2021
 

Join artist Henry Yan on a transformative figure drawing and painting retreat in Andalucia, Spain. From short pose gesture and anatomy studies, to long pose painterly approaches, traditional and contemporary ways of painting human figures, improve your drawing and painting skills with expert tuition. Stay at a stunning Spanish Finca, indulge in homemade organic meals, and draw your inspiration from the whitewashed vistas of magnificent Granada — the land of a thousand castles. UpTrek painting retreat inclusions: tuition, accommodation, meals, drinks, trips, transfers. For details, please visit our website (link below) or get in touch at contact@uptrek.com
 
Location: Almería, Spain
Instructor: Henry Yan
Cost: $2,790
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"Painting & Sketching the Magic of Tuscany"
September 17-25, 2021
 

Join us for a magical painting and sketching vacation workshop in Tuscany, Italy with Yuki Hall, TWSA. A trip of a lifetime for artists & art enthusiasts, combining Renaissance art, history, culture, watercolor painting/sketching, Tuscan cousin and wine! The workshop is filled with excursions. Throughout the workshop, you will learn how to simplify complex subject matter and capture the atmosphere of the scenes to create a painting in a loose and impressionistic style. All levels are welcome.
 
Location: Florence, Trequanda, Italy
Instructor: Yuki Hall
Cost: $3,200
Website, email, 937-679-2464


"Painting in Spain: Watercolor Painting & Journaling"
September 17-24, 2021
 

Join us on the Costa Brava of Spain and experience daily demonstrations, personalized instruction, and, encouraging support. We show you how to design and simplify your subject, draw confidently, jazz up your colors, paint with serendipity and experiment with new techniques. Enjoy creating colorful paintings with an emphasis on your own unique point of view. We look forward to returning to dreamy Spain and sharing the adventure with you. We have already been there with French Escapade a few years ago and can’t wait to be back! We’ll explore the inspiring coast of the Costa Brava and charming villages as we make the most of our painting time together.
 
Location: Calella de Palafrugel, Spain
Instructor: Cindy Briggs & Theresa Goesling
Cost: $3,390 ($3,190 before Jan 31st)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Travel Sketching in the South West of France"
September 19-26, 2021
 

Join me for one week of sketching with watercolor in beautiful Provence. We’ll enjoy the free-flowing and colorful nature of watercolor at its best while sketching and having fun! I’ll help you develop observation skills, color awareness, simple design principles and learn about light and shadows. We’ll investigate various techniques, sketching tools, and approaches to watercolor. Enjoy time with fellow artists, instruction and friendly critiques. Space is very limited (max 12 participants/workshop).
 
Location: Toulouse, France
Instructor: Brenda Swenson, www.swensonsart.net
Cost: $3,390 ($3,190 before Jan 31st)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting Retreat in the French Pyrenees"
September 23-30, 2021
 

Join artists Carolyn Gavin and Helen Dardik on a painting retreat in the French Pyrenees. Receive expert tuition focusing on a variety of styles, techniques, mediums and subject matter, get inspired by landscapes, street scenes, buildings, and people in the once refuge and inspiration of Picasso, Matisse, Soutine, and Chagall, stay in an ancient Catalan farmhouse framed by Mount Canigou, and enjoy the delicious local cuisine. UpTrek painting retreat inclusions: tuition, accommodation, meals, drinks, painting trips, transfers. For details, please visit our website (link below) or get in touch at contact@uptrek.com.
 
Location: Corsavy, France
Instructor: Carolyn Gavin and Helen Dardik
Cost: $3,900
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"Painting in Spain: Watercolor Sketching Workshop"
September 24 - October 1, 2021
 

Come join Suhita Shirodkar for a week long painting adventure in the magnificent Costa Brava, Spain. Suhita Shirodkar is a self-confessed obsessive sketcher and watercolor artist. Her love of color and of travel is reflected in her work. You will learn to sketch people, places, flora and fauna so your sketchbooks can truly reflect your travels. There will be critiques and discussions about your paintings and Suhita will spend part of each day “one on one” with you as you sketch the magnificent views.
 
Location: Calella de Palafrugel, Spain
Instructor: Suhita Sirodkar, SketchAway.wordpress.com
Cost: $3,390 ($3,190 before Jan 31st)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting in Spain: Plein Air Pastel Workshop"
September 24 - October 1, 2021
 

Join us for a week long adventure in the magnificent Costa Brava, Spain where you’ll learn to capture the light and mood of the moment and boost your observational and painting skills. In this plein air workshop, you will learn the key steps and techniques to work more successfully in painting outdoor scenes, from Spain’s magnificent sandy beaches and rocky coves and cliffs, to beautiful seaside towns, and medieval villages. Nancy covers many tips and techniques of composing and designing your painting on location. Working with shapes, values, edges and color, Nancy will help guide you to edit, simplify and interpret the scene to tell a story and create that emotional response in the viewer that all artists seek.
 
Location: Calella de Palafrugel, Spain
Instructor: Nancy Nowak, NancyNowak.com
Cost: $3,390 ($3,190 before Jan 31st)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting Retreat at the French Manoir"
September 27 - October 4, 2021
 

Join artist Dennis Perrin on an oil painting retreat in the bucolic French countryside. You will learn how to reflect light onto your canvas and you will receive expert tuition including essential techniques and concepts to help you expand your artistic skills. Stay in a charming country house, enjoy homemade French cuisine, taste some of the best Saint-Émilion Premier Grand Cru wines, and get inspired by stunning medieval villages. UpTrek painting retreat inclusions: tuition, accommodation, meals, drinks, painting trips, wine and cheese tasting, use of basic art materials, transfers. For details, please visit our website (link below) or get in touch at contact@uptrek.com.
 
Location: Yviers, France
Instructor: Dennis Perrin
Cost: $3,390
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"Plein Air watercolor painting retreat in Milos, Greece"
September 28 - October 5, 2021
 

Come on the enchanting Greek island of Milos in the Aegean Sea, enjoy a masterful tuition by Keiko Tanabe. Subject matters will be landscape, Mediterranean seascape, old historic village scape, people. The participants will benefit from daily one-on-one guidance and a group critique with Keiko. Her workshop is designed for all painters both amateurs and more accomplished. On Milos we will paint and swim at lovely beaches surrounded by trees and goats. The island is known for its honey, and the local feta cheese is exceptional. The most stunning scenery in the world, it is also the island where the famous Venus de Milo was discovered.
 
Location: Milos Island, Greece
Instructor: Keiko Tanabe
Cost: from € 1900
Sponsor: Salinara - International Art Farm, Sicily
Website, email, (+39) 339 77 57 062


"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


"Painting in Provence: Watercolor Sketching Workshop"
October 2-9, 2021
 

Do you struggle to apply watercolour or get overwhelmed sometimes when sketching? I will help solve your problems by showing you how to make fast improvements through sharing my most successful tips with watercolour sketching. You will receive plenty of individual tuition, demonstrations and examples to support you along the way. Return home armed with new skills in watercolour and sketching as you will have learnt how to sketch confidently, understand paint consistency and application and mix wonderful glowing colours to capture the magical light of Provence. I will encourage you to sketch what makes your heart sing! We will be a lovely small group so I can work with you individually to ensure that every aspect of the experience meets your expectations.
 
Location: Venasque, France
Instructor: Judy Salleh, www.judysalleh.com.au
Cost: $3,390 ($3,190 before Jan 31st)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"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


"Acrylic Painting"
Year Round
 

I have been a practicing artist for 30 years with years of experience teaching Advanced Art classes to students in the Los Angeles Area. I have been living in San Miguel de Allende for the past 5 years. I own and exhibit my work in Galeria San Francisco and I offer classes working in the studio of my sun filled gallery over looking the Jardin and the Parroquia in beautiful San Miguel de Allende.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Susan Santiago
Cost: $50 per 3 hour session, including all materials
Sponsor: Galeria San Francisco
Website, email, 415-152-0552


 

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