Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"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 & 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 & 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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"Artists Painting Retreats in southern France with Mike Snow"
July 10-17, 2021
 

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


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

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


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

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


"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


"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


"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 Holiday in Tuscany"
September 4-11, 2021
 

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


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

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


"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: 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


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

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


"Painting Retreat 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 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


"Advanced Seminar"
October 9-16, 2021
 

Our Advanced Seminar will offer experienced painters the opportunity to work intensively all day without the disruption of movements. Two instructors, Maddine Insalaco and Joe Vinson, will be available to work with participants. Critiques will be held daily. Slide shows on issues relevant to landscape painting will be held two evenings. Fees include most materials, surfaces and equipment, accommodations, all meals and wine, field trip, local transportation. Reduced fees for extended stays.
 
Location: Buonconvento, Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Maddine Insalaco and Joe Vinson
Cost: $2,500 - $2,860 depending on occupancy
Sponsor: Etruscan Places
Website, email, 212-780-3216


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

Break down walls and barriers, and expand your freedom of expression. Whether you are a novice or an experienced artist, this retreat will bring you countless new ideas and help move your creative spirit forward. Retreats take place at the southern-most tip of Spain next to the National Park del Estrecho, with stunning views of the Mediterranean sea and Morocco. All-inclusive: quality accommodations, outstanding cuisine, art materials, sightseeing and instruction. Small classes for personal attention with the insightful guidance of American-French artist Mike Snow. Come spoil yourself in the healing environment and nature of Andalusia, Spain and discover previously untapped creative skills to grow your artistic talents with this delicious immersion into creativity.
 
Location: Algeciras, Spain
Instructor: Mike Snow
Cost: 1,995 € (early-bird discount available)
Sponsor: Mike Snow & Timothy White
Website, email, (+33) 678 852 282


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

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


"Studio Colombia Art & Eat"
February 15-23, 2022
 

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 a "mojarra con arroz con coco" with a cold Colombian beer or an "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. Price of CAD 2600 (around US$2075) includes eight-night double accommodation in comfortable and centrally located hotels, all ground transportation, all breakfasts, one lunch, two suppers, one street food tour, art instruction, cooking classes/demonstrations, art supplies, and more.
 
Location: Cartagena, Colombia
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US $2075
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


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

Break down walls and barriers and expand your freedom of expression. Whether you are a novice or an experienced artist, this retreat will bring you countless new ideas and help move your creative spirit forward. Retreats take place at the southern-most tip of Spain next to the National Park del Estrecho, with stunning views of the Mediterranean sea and Morocco. All-inclusive: quality accommodations, outstanding cuisine, art materials, sightseeing and instruction. Small classes for personal attention with the insightful guidance of American-French artist Mike Snow. Come spoil yourself in the healing environment and nature of Andalusia, Spain and discover previously untapped creative skills to grow your artistic talents with this delicious immersion into creativity.
 
Location: Algeciras, Spain
Instructor: Mike Snow
Cost: 1,995 € (early-bird discount available)
Sponsor: Mike Snow & Timothy White
Website, email, (+33) 678 852 282


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

Break down walls and barriers and expand your freedom of expression. Whether you are a novice or an experienced artist, this retreat will bring you countless new ideas and help move your creative spirit forward. Retreats take place at the southern-most tip of Spain next to the National Park del Estrecho, with stunning views of the Mediterranean sea and Morocco. All-inclusive: quality accommodations, outstanding cuisine, art materials, sightseeing and instruction. Small classes for personal attention with the insightful guidance of American-French artist Mike Snow. Come spoil yourself in the healing environment and nature of Andalusia, Spain and discover previously untapped creative skills to grow your artistic talents with this delicious immersion into creativity.
 
Location: Algeciras, Spain
Instructor: Mike Snow
Cost: 1,995 € (early-bird discount available)
Sponsor: Mike Snow & Timothy White
Website, email, (+33) 678 852 282


"Painting in Spain: Watercolor Sketching Workshop"
May 7-14, 2022
 

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 Nov 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting in Spain: Plein Air in Watercolor & Oil"
May 14-21, 2022
 

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


"Tuscan Treasures in Colored Pencil"
May 15-20, 2022; 5 days, 4 nights
 

Join Kristy Kutch for this extraordinary colored pencil workshop at your own private villa set in the gorgeous Italian countryside. Learn a vast variety of easy-to-implement techniques for improving your colored pencil sketches. From the use of color for painterly effects to capturing the stunning Tuscan landscape, prepare to take your sketching to the next level. All of this is while you enjoy delightful excursions, inspiring activities, and delectable chef-prepared meals. This small workshop group (maximum 10) offers the opportunity for many one-on-one sessions with Kristy, who is experienced at providing personalized attention to each student. Under her guidance, beginners feel comfortable and confident and experienced artists feel challenged and informed as they learn the newest tools and techniques.
 
Location: Villa Poggio alle Trese, Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Kristy Ann Kutch
Cost: $3,130 Single Occupancy w/ Ensuite Bath; $3,030 Shared
Sponsor: Strada Toscana
Website, email


"Painting in Spain: Oil Painting Workshop"
May 21-28, 2022
 

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


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

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


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

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


"Painting in the French Alps: Watercolor Painting Workshop"
June 20-27, 2022
 

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


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

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


"Painting in the French Alps: Watercolor Painting Workshop"
June 27 - July 4, 2022
 

Join Kim for a glorious sketching and painting excursion in the French Alps. From Chamonix to Annecy, the little Venice of the French Alps, Kim will help you to record the beautiful scenery and this 7-day cultural experience. We will have medieval streets, local markets and the majestic Mont-Blanc as inspiration. And of course, who can resist the gastronomic cheeses of this region. Open to all levels from beginners to intermediate students.
 
Location: Haute-Savoie, France
Instructor: Kim Minichiello, www.kimminichiello.com
Cost: $3,390 ($3,190 before Nov 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting in the French Alps: Watercolor Painting Workshop"
July 4-11, 2022
 

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


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

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


"Painting in France: Oil Painting Workshop"
August 21-28, 2022
 

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 22-29, 2022
 

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 the French Alps: Sketching & Watercolor"
August 22-29, 2022
 

Join us for this magical plein air painting & sketching adventure in the French Alps! Yuki 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 by extracting the most important feature of the subject while leaving unnecessary details out. Establishing a strong tonal value pattern in your picture plane is also important. We will practice tonal value studies and monochromatic paintings and learn how to translate them into full-color paintings for maximum visual and emotional impact.
 
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


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

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


"Painting in France: Oil Painting Workshop"
August 28 - September 4, 2022
 

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 Spain: Travel Sketching in Watercolor"
September 10-17, 2022
 

The best thing about our itinerary for travel sketching in Spain is the sheer breadth of subjects to choose from — that, and the near-magical light and colour of this unique part of the world. In our week together I’ll teach you techniques for capturing the close-up and colourful in villages and towns, as well as the distant and scenic on the magical coast of Costa Brava. We’ll sketch the sea, majestic cliffs, boats, a botanical garden, a castle, a medieval village, etc… In true travel sketching tradition, we’ll pack light — carrying a small bag for art materials and a folding stool (that will be provided). This workshop is designed to give you confidence sketching wherever you are.
 
Location: Calella de Palafrugel, Spain
Instructor: Shari Blaukopf, shariblaukopf.com
Cost: $3,390 ($3,190 before Jan 31st)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting in Spain: Watercolor Painting & Journaling"
September 17-24, 2022
 

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


"Painting in Spain: Watercolor & Sketching"
September 24 - October 1, 2022
 

Explore beautiful Spain with watercolorist Carrie Waller and the well-respected French Escapade tour company (small group of 6-12 people max.)! Carrie has won numerous awards and has been published in many publications including the Watercolor Artist Magazine, The Art of Watercolor, Pratique des Arts, Artist’s and Illustrators and the Splash, Best of Watercolor series, 14, 16, 17, 18, and 19. She is a signature member of the American Watercolor Society, Louisiana Watercolor Society, Mid-Southern Watercolorists and Watercolor USA Honor Society.
 
Location: Calella de Palafrugel, Spain
Instructor: Carrie Waller, www.carriewallerfineart.com
Cost: $3,390 ($3,190 before Jan 31st)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


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

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


"Painting in Provence: Watercolor Sketching Workshop"
October 2-9, 2022
 

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 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting in Provence: Watercolor Painting Workshop"
October 9-16, 2022
 

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


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

Break down walls and barriers and expand your freedom of expression. Whether you are a novice or an experienced artist, this retreat will bring you countless new ideas and help move your creative spirit forward. Retreats take place at the southern-most tip of Spain next to the National Park del Estrecho, with stunning views of the Mediterranean sea and Morocco. All-inclusive: quality accommodations, outstanding cuisine, art materials, sightseeing and instruction. Small classes for personal attention with the insightful guidance of American-French artist Mike Snow. Come spoil yourself in the healing environment and nature of Andalusia, Spain and discover previously untapped creative skills to grow your artistic talents with this delicious immersion into creativity.
 
Location: Algeciras, Spain
Instructor: Mike Snow
Cost: 1,995 € (early-bird discount available)
Sponsor: Mike Snow & Timothy White
Website, email, (+33) 678 852 282


 

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