Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Unique Affordable Artist Workshop/Photoshoot"
July 8-11, 2020
 

Two ranches located in scenic Northwest Nebraska are hosting this workshop. 1860's village, stage coach, sod house, cattle, horses, diverse scenery and period-clothed models. Instructions, lodging and food are included in the price. Three artists will be available for instruction. Our mission is to provide a vast collection of material for present and future works of art. See Our Heritage Guest Ranch on Facebook for more details.
 
Location: Crawford, Nebraska
Instructor: Marilyn Jean Norman and Linda Dabbs
Cost: $575
Sponsor: Our Heritage Guest Ranch and High Plains Homestead
Website, email, 308-430-1239


"Eyes on the Skies, A Watercolor Workshop"
July 8, 2020
 

Learn to paint clouds of all shapes, sizes and colors! We'll also look to the skies, especially in the lowcountry, where they are mesmerizing.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Jan Ross
Cost: $72 for Members, $80 for Non-members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Watercolor: Painting the Summer Landscape (Online Class)"
July 9, 2020
 

This 3-week Zoom course explores the colors and textures of the summer landscape. Techniques including wet-in-wet, glazing and dry brush will be addressed as we paint marsh, water, trees, flowers, shrubbery and meadows. The objective is to capture the spirit of the colors and textures rather than detailed realistic representation. We will accomplish this through brushwork, color mixing, attention to values, and composition. Class will have limited registration to enable each participant to have one-on-one attention. Registrants can paint from their own photographic references and interact with Alex as they paint.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Alex Sharma
Cost: $108 for Members, $120 for Non-members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Line Drawing: The Landscape (Online)"
Fridays, July 10 - August 7, 2020
 

Line is the fundamental element in drawing, capable of a wide range of aesthetic possibilities, from describing shape to creating space and atmospheric effects. Capture the landscape though descriptive and expressive drawn line in this live Zoom class. Make quick studies from your own photographs and window views, and develop them into finished pieces through impressionistic, calligraphic, cross-hatch, and linear mark-making. Learn to achieve a variety of effects by using different papers and drawing implements, including pencil, pen, ink and brush, and color pencil. Find inspiration in references to contemporary and historical artists such as Mondrian, Van Gogh, and Andrew Wyeth.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Michelle Oosterbaan
Cost: $175
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Flash Forward to Expressive Brushstrokes"
July 9-11, 2020
 

Paint the glorious landscape and surrounds near Zion National Park on location! This highly successful format combines plein air painting with studio critiques intended to address the specific issues and goals of each artist. The group is open to all levels, but especially designed for the experienced artist to “Move Forward”, strengthening their skills and understanding of painting while working en plein air and loosening up their brushwork. Space is limited - sign up early!
 
Location: St. George, Utah
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Cost: $475
Sponsor: Authentique Fine Art Gallery
Website, 435-313-5008


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

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


"Medieval Countryside Painting Vacation in England"
July 12-19, 2020
 

Travel to England, discover your artistic expression under expert guidance and immerse in tutored studio and outdoor painting sessions. Wander through the picturesque coast of southwest England and find the inspiration for your next artworks. UpTrek Medieval Countryside Painting Vacation 2020 with professional artist Lynda Appleby includes: 7 nights of accommodation, all meals, 6 days of painting tuition with artist Lynda Appleby, transfers for daily trips, tea and biscuits during studio breaks.
 
Location: Dunster, Somerset, England
Instructor: Lynda Appleby
Cost: $850
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Open Painting in Oils, Acrylics or Watercolor"
Mondays, July 13-27, 2020
 

Paint with the medium (acrylic, oil, or watercolor) of your choice in a relaxed Summertime atmosphere with as much instructor help as you want. Bring in new or unfinished work you want to do. Short demos and techniques in laying out and blocking in your choice of pictures will be discussed. Frequent critiques will be available to assist you. Realism and impressionism techniques will be discussed for use in your painting.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Dennis Lake
Cost: $108 for Members, $120 for Non-members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


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

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


"Palette Knife Landscape Painting: Lose the Brush!"
July 16-17, 2020
 

Embrace the freedom that comes from decisive, impasto knife application. Work wet-into-wet in either oil or acrylic (oil is preferred). Students will plan, design, sketch and complete two or more compositions. This class will focus on the reinforcement of traditional fundamentals including color theory, values, temperature management, large masses, focal point emphasis, simplification of detail and soft edges…all with a palette knife! No brushes allowed. Learn to identify and solve “problems” ahead of time to ensure beautiful results. This is a fun, relaxed atmosphere that will push even the most advanced artists out of their comfort zones and open a new door to expressionism. Students may use their own landscape, cityscape or seascape photographs or use some provided by the instructor.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Renee Palmer-Jones, www.rpjfineart.com
Cost: $235 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Couleurs de la Vie Painting Vacation"
July 16-23, 2020
 

Travel to the South of France and learn to paint and sketch from accomplished artists with many years of tutoring experience. Work in oils, watercolor, acrylics or crayon and explore the stunning places that inspired Monet's masterpieces. You will receive 25 hours of tuition adapted to your experience and ability levels, complete with accommodation, meals, day trips, and private transfers. UpTrek Painting Retreat 2020 inclusions: accommodation, three daily meals, painting and drawing workshops with professional painters, wine tasting at Chateau Monluc, a trip to the world heritage site at La Romieu, use of art studio, easels and art boards, transfers from/to Toulouse Airport, transportation for painting on location.
 
Location: St Puy, Gers, France
Instructor: Kaye Parmenter
Cost: $1,080
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Strait Ahead – Carquinez Plein Air"
July 18-19, 2020
 

Explore the Carquinez Strait area with a fresh eye towards design, color, and a sense of place in the moment. While reviewing the basics of solid picture-making, push yourself to see the world more abstractly, pushing paint with a sense of freedom. Two days of plein air start with demonstrations to set you up with plenty of painting time and individual attention. Students must have at least some plein air experience and have a proper painting set-up of outdoor easel etc.
 
Location: Crockett, California
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Cost: $235 Members / $250 Non-Members
Sponsor: Benicia Arts
Website, 707 747-0131


"Finding Artistic Voice: Mixed Media Retreat in Greece"
July 18-25, 2020
 

Travel to Greece and find your artistic voice throughout an enlightening one-week mixed media art retreat with expert artist coaching. Experiment with painting, drawing and collage and develop your artistic perspective. 8 days | Available in EN, GR, NL, FR, DE | All levels | Max. 6 people | Wheelchair accessible | Mixed media | Figurative, Abstract. UpTrek Art Retreat inclusions: 7 nights of accommodation; all meals; beverages (coffee, mineral water, tea, juices); painting and mixed media classes, workshops and presentations with artist Annette Luycx; transfers to/from Metamorfosi train station; art supplies; studio space.
 
Location: Afidnes, Attica, Greece
Instructor: Annette Luycx
Cost: $970
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"Monhegan Island, Maine Art & Visualization Workshop Retreat"
July 20-24, 2020
 

A fun art workshop in an exotic location, but not an ocean away, only 10 miles of ocean to reach tiny Monhegan Island, Maine. Let us help you reconnect with the 'confident you' that you've put aside to do 'the stuff that happens in life'...don't just go with the flow, live life like you do in your happiest moments. Realize, this is not just a workshop in learning or relearning to paint, it's a workshop to help you remember where you left yourself. Remembering your core of who you truly are - awesome, just the way you are.,'the tiny island that time forgot' step off the boat and into a way of life that existed in the 1960's.
 
Location: Monhegan Island, Maine
Instructor: J. R. Baldini, IPAP Founder
Cost: $ 597.00
Sponsor: Baldini Painting Holidays
Website, email, 1.800.393.7270


"Monhegan Island, Maine Art & Visualization Workshop Retreat"
July 20-21, 2020
 

A fun art workshop in an exotic location, but not an ocean away, only 10 miles of ocean to reach tiny Monhegan Island, Maine. Let us help you reconnect with the 'confident you' that you've put aside to do 'the stuff that happens in life'...don't just go with the flow, live life like you do in your happiest moments. Realize, this is not just a workshop in learning or relearning to paint, it's a workshop to help you remember where you left yourself. Remembering your core of who you truly are - awesome, just the way you are.,'the tiny island that time forgot' step off the boat and into a way of life that existed in the 1960's.
 
Location: Monhegan Island, Maine
Instructor: J. R. Baldini, IPAP Founder
Cost: $335.00
Sponsor: Baldini Painting Holidays
Website, email, 1.800.393.7270


"Storytelling of Venice in Watercolor (Online)"
July 20-21, 2020
 

For centuries, Venice has attracted many artists including John Singer Sargent who made hundreds of watercolors there in the early 1880s. In this interactive class, we will paint 2 new compositions that tell a compelling story, inspired by some of Sargent’s Venice paintings. Keiko will demonstrate her process and take you every step of the way to capture the romance of Venice. Q&A and critique is an integral part of the lessons on both days. Reference photos will be provided prior to the start of class. Make sure to print them to have them available during the sessions. Max 16 participants.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Keiko Tanabe, www.ktanabefineart.com
Cost: $198 for 2 sessions of 3 hours each
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


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

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


"Plein Air Landscape of Northern New England"
July 21-23, 2020
 

Paint the summer colors at this beautiful and historic location overlooking the beautiful Connecticut River Valley while relaxing in the comfort of the Gibson House Inn. This workshop will focus on plein air landscape painting with some classroom instruction and will be open to all abilities. Born 1954, in Rochester, NY, Robert O'Brien has been painting in the watercolor medium for thirty years. Since moving to Vermont in 1977, he has focused his work on landscape and architectural studies. The artist finds beauty in the ordinary, subtle reminders of everyday life in rural New England. In his own words, he is driven "to capture the vanishing landscape in my paintings" before they disappear forever as a result of the steady hand of "progress."
 
Location: Haverhill, New Hampshire
Instructor: Robert O'Brien, www.robertjobrien.com
Cost: $275
Sponsor: Gibson House Bed and Breakfast
Website, email, (800) 989-2150 or (603) 989-3125


"Colored wooden boats of Costa Brava (Online)"
July 22, 2020
 

Kathy Rennell Forbes will share her step by step process of painting the brightly colored wooden boats of Costa Brava Spain. Kathy will also share some of her fondest memories of this beautiful region of Spain. Kathy will comment as needed, while answering any additional questions you may have about watercolor painting. She will give each person personal feedback and the class will end with a critique. Max 16 participants.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Kathy Rennell Forbes, www.artbykrf.com
Cost: $98 for 3 hours
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Boats and cliffs of the rocky coast of the Mediterranean (Online)"
July 22 & 29, 2020
 

Kathy Rennell Forbes will share her step by step process of painting the brightly colored wooden boats of Costa Brava Spain in the first lesson and the rocky coast of Calella in the second. Kathy will also share some of her fondest memories of this beautiful region of Spain. Kathy will comment as needed, while answering any additional questions you may have about watercolor painting. She will give each person personal feedback and the class will end with a critique. Max 16 participants.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Kathy Rennell Forbes, www.artbykrf.com
Cost: $178 for 2 sessions of 3 hours
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


" Wisteria Terrace of a Medieval House in Italy (Online)"
July 22 & 24, 2020
 

In the heart of Tuscany, you can feel the warmth and the feelings of an ancient land…… an inspiration for artists for centuries! Working in Oil on Italian Linen, we construct a beautiful Italian painting in two sessions concentrating on strong natural light contrasts and composition harmony, as well as studying how to mix natural colours to create the essence of a beautiful Tuscan scene. As Janet demonstrates, step by step, quiet time is provided so that you can paint along with her. Since the class is interactive, you will be able to ask questions directly to Janet as well as show her your work through your camera to get personal feedback and critique.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Janet Knight, janetknight.com.au
Cost: $178 for 2 sessions of 3 hours
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Beach Bright’s & Glowing Light (Online)"
July 23-24, 2020
 

Stroll along the beach in Spain and you’ll come across colorful fishing boats mixed in with sunbathers and colorful umbrellas. Brighten your summer days as we head to the coast (virtually) to create with captivating colors illuminated by sunlight! Enjoy the camaraderie of two teachers with sunny dispositions and decades of leading watercolor workshops worldwide. Each instructor will be teaching a session of 4 hours, so you can discover different ways to approach your painting as they share their secrets. As you follow along step-by-step, you will complete two paintings (one in each session). Since the class is interactive, you will be able to ask questions directly, get personal feedback, and see everyone’s work. Max 16 participants.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Cindy Briggs & Theresa Goesling
Cost: $198 for 2 sessions of 4 hours
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"The Art of the Sketchbook"
July 24, 2020
 

Let's face it - life gets busy and studio time can be hard to come by. The key to maintaining a healthy studio practice lies in the sketchbook. This class explores the sketchbook as a portable art studio, a place to 'play' like nobody's watching, and a way of recording your personal process. Together, we'll embark on a creative journey starting with non-traditional warm-up exercises and resulting in standalone abstract works in your personal sketchbook. We'll explore color mixing, palette building, creative prompts, doodling, paint application and collage. Learn to take risks and work out ideas before starting on a big canvas. Most importantly, you'll learn to love the process in addition to the end result.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Amanda Hawkins
Cost: $210
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Fingerpainting Sunscapes and Moonscapes"
July 25, 2020
 

This day is split into two 3-hour segments. In this one-day workshop, you will be painting along with master finger-painting Kathy Beekman, as she shows you how to create dynamic paintings incorporating the sun and the moon. Perfect for beginners and fun for students that love to get down and dirty with their fingers. Learn how to mix color directly on your paper and how to manipulate the pastel sticks to create dreamy imagery. You'll be sure to find it refreshing not using any tools other than your fingers. Bonus: By the end of the day you will have a minimum of two beautiful paintings and a wonderful story about how they were created to share with family and friends.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Kathy Beekman
Cost: $210
Sponsor: Kathy Beekman
Website, email, 303-269-6963


"Expressive Landscape Painting"
July 25, 2020
 

The foundation of this workshop lies in traditional landscape painting, however, the resultant paintings will be anything but traditional! This workshop is rooted in the formal qualities of landscape painting and uses these principles as means to abstract. The first half of the workshop will be spent exploring automatic drawing techniques, compositional studies, and non-traditional color palettes. The later half will be spent working on a larger, more involved painting. The sequential layout of this class will give students the tools and confidence to take chances and make informed decisions on the canvas.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Amanda Hawkins
Cost: $210
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


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

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


"Sketch Memories from Europe (Online)"
July 25 & August 1, 2020
 

Traveling becomes so much better when you sketch memories. Let me show you beautiful & fun ways to capture your impressions. Not just on a big trip, but on your journey through life right now. Capture your life in sketches you will treasure. In this class, we will explore a variety of ways to quickly get the essence or linger and let the details flow from you pen, pencil or brush. Remember – “ If you Sketch a Memory, it will stay with you Forever”. Through a step-by-step demo and Q&A, you will follow Susan as she shares her tips and secrets. Reference photos will be provided prior to the start of the class.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Susan Blackwood, www.susanblackwood.com
Cost: $178 for 2 sessions of 3 hours
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Kim Casebeer: Composition of the Landscape (live virtual retreat)"
July 26-30, 2020
 

Start outside painting plein air, then move into a studio setting to work out composition and design. The beginner and advanced-level student is welcome; attendees should have a basic knowledge of painting and drawing. Enjoy the beauty of Lake Superior, healthy, locally-sourced meals and retreat amenities, all in peaceful surroundings in the woods and on the water, Lodging packages available.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Kim Casebeer
Cost: $675
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, 715-779-0178


"Capture the Beauty of Trees"
July 26, 2020
 

This day is split into two 3-hour segments. Discover and capture the magical personalities of trees in this soft pastel workshop. With many demonstrations, experimentation, and plenty of individual instruction, you will learn Kathy's techniques for achieving mood, emotion and atmosphere in the tree "portraits" that you produce. Plus! You'll learn how to create spiraling limbs and glowing keyholes of light shining through the trees you paint. All of Kathy's workshops are grounded in technique, experimentation, and intriguing information about the subject at hand. Her number one priority is that every student is able to build their confidence level in a safe and playful environment.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Kathy Beekman
Cost: $210
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Flowers of Giverny in Watercolor (Online)"
July 27-28, 2020
 

The class will paint a unique vision of the wisteria on the bridge overlooking Monet’s water garden, using wet in wet techniques to create a misty, ethereal affect, leading to watery reflections and glowing water lilies, emerging buds and leaves. This painting will increase your awareness of creating mood through merged and lost edges, choosing a limited palette to enhance that mood, and specific techniques to design a strong composition. As Evelyn demonstrates, step by step, quiet time is provided so that you can paint along with her. Evelyn emphasizes the fundamentals of good design, strong value arrangements and achieving a glowing, luminous surface in your paintings. Critique and feedback are an important part of the time in class.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Evelyn Dunphy, www.evelyndunphy.com
Cost: $178 for 2 sessions of 3 hours
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Key Elements of Plein Air Painting"
July 28-30, 2020
 

Join George Van Hook, a nationally recognized artist who has won numerous Plein Air competitions and awards from around the country for his oils and watercolors. George stresses allaprima painting and using a loose and fast approach to capture the landscape in the first try. Participants will be meeting on location and painting all day from 9am-4pm with a lunch provided. Workshop includes live demos and individual attention. Please bring your own plein air equipment, supports, and media (oil, pastel, watercolor, acrylic).
 
Location: Haverhill, New Hampshire
Instructor: George Van Hook
Cost: $300
Sponsor: Gibson House Bed and Breakfast
Website, email, (800) 989-2150 or (603) 989-3125


"Shenandoah Valley Painting Retreat"
July 29 - August 3, 2020
 

Travel to Shenandoah Valley in Virginia, USA, and take part in a 6-day art retreat where expert tutor Jan-Willem Boer will help guide you through several artistic mediums. Students from all over the world come to the retreat to learn oil, acrylic, watercolor, and pastel painting, as well as drawing, airbrush, drypoint, lino, mono printing, and mixed media. UpTrek Painting Retreat 2020: 5 nights of accommodation, individualized art lessons with expert art tutor Jan-Willem Boer, all meals for the duration of your stay (breakfast, lunch, dinner), sStudio equipment for all the classes (easels, drawing boards, light box, artograph)
 
Location: Lexington, Virginia
Instructor: Jan-Willem Boer
Cost: $1731
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"Rocky coast of the Spanish Mediterranean (Online)"
July 29, 2020
 

Kathy Rennell Forbes will share her step by step process of painting the rocky coast of Calella, Spain. Kathy will also share some of her fondest memories of this beautiful region of Spain. Kathy will comment as needed, while answering any additional questions you may have about watercolor painting. She will give each person personal feedback and the class will end with a critique. Max 16 participants.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Kathy Rennell Forbes, www.artbykrf.com
Cost: $98 for 3 hours
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Capturing Light with Watercolor in an Architectural Setting (Online)"
July 30-31, 2020
 

Through a step by step approach, we will begin our session by focusing on the “how tos” of seeing light on form, understanding temperatures of light and shadow and working with edges in creating depth. We’ll be incorporating our value sketch in planning the pattern, direction and movement of light. As we paint along together, I’ll be demonstrating various ways to create textural effects in watercolor using impressionistic and painterly brushwork. How to paint using glazing techniques as well as incorporating frisket will be covered. We’ll have a number of critiques as we paint together to create the luminous qualities of this warm and inviting entrance to the Tlaquepaque courtyard located in Sedona, Arizona.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Betty Carr, bettycarrfineart.com
Cost: $178 for 2 sessions of 3 hours
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Virtually Paint the Wild Coast of Spain in Oils (Online)"
July 30-31, 2020
 

Join me for two x 3-hour sessions (6 hours total) where I will show you how you can use the fundamental oil painting techniques of expressing what you see and feel into a piece of beautiful artwork. We will cover: the best compositional practices, massing value patterns and color harmony and theory among others. Critique and feedback are an important part of the time in class. Since this is an interactive class, you can ask questions directly, show your work through your camera and receive personal feedback and critique along the way, just like in a plein air or studio workshop.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Howard Friedland
Cost: $178 for 2 sessions of 3 hours
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Skies 101"
August 1, 2020
 

Join international artist and instructor Addison Palmer for this exciting class and learn how to perfect painting skies. Addison will give a lot of one on one individual attention in this class. Come prepared to paint in the medium of your choice (oil or acrylic).
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Addison Palmer
Cost: $72 for Members, $80 for Non-members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Key Elements of Plein Air Painting"
August 2-7, 2020
 

Join George Van Hook for a four-day plein air workshop. George stresses alla prima painting and using a loose and fast approach to capture the landscape in the first try. The workshop will include live demonstrations and individual attention. One afternoon will include a 3-hour visit to the nationally renowned Clark Art Institute. There George will share his extensive knowledge of art history with participants as he highlights techniques used by masters in composition, brushstrokes and color. George is a nationally recognized artist who has won numerous plein air competitions and awards all over the country for his oils and watercolors . He also teaches plein air classes, nationally.
 
Location: Williamstown, Massachusetts
Instructor: George Van Hook
Cost: $900- $1200
Sponsor: Buxton School
Website, email, 413 884-2110


"Painting Retreat: Find Inspiration in Normandy, France"
August 2-8, 2020
 

Travel to Normandy, immerse in a tutored painting retreat, walk in Monet and Pissarro's footsteps, discover new perspectives on artistic techniques, and get inspired by the picturesque Normandy countryside and the scenic Parc Naturel Régional de Normandie-Maine. UpTrek Painting Retreat 2020 inclusions: accommodation in a charming farmhouse designed as an homage to famous French painters, daily home-cooked meals, local wine and cider, daily painting workshops with artist Angela Birchall (classes and workshops in the mornings, guided en plein air in the afternoons), art supplies.
 
Location: Orne, Normandy, France
Instructor: Angela Birchall
Cost: $1,260
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Open Painting in Oils, Acrylics or Watercolor"
Mondays, August 3-24, 2020
 

Paint with the medium (acrylic, oil, or watercolor) of your choice in a relaxed Summertime atmosphere with as much instructor help as you want. Bring in new or unfinished work you want to do. Short demos and techniques in laying out and blocking in your choice of pictures will be discussed. Frequent critiques will be available to assist you. Realism and impressionism techniques will be discussed for use in your painting.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Dennis Lake
Cost: $144 for Members, $160 for Non-members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Composing the Landscape"
August 4-6, 2020
 

In this workshop we will learn about composition, editing the landscape and choosing the important elements. Using values and color to complete your idea. You will also learn some ideas about how to deal with the changing light, and getting the most out of your subject. The palette and color mixing will be discussed. I will begin the day with a demonstration to help students navigate the landscape after the demo. I will give individual critique to the class as they paint. One evening we will have a group critique. We shall work on the grounds or in a location that is close to the Gibson house.
 
Location: Haverhill, New Hampshire
Instructor: T. M. Nicholas, tomnicholasgallery.com
Cost: $350
Sponsor: Gibson House Bed and Breakfast
Website, email, (800) 989-2150 or (603) 989-3125


"Painting the Quality of Light in Oil Landscapes"
August 5-7, 2020
 

Bring life to your landscape paintings through a dynamic presence of light! Learn how a subject’s form can come alive through structuring light and shadow families. This workshop has a strong emphasis on developing a foundation of practical and useful techniques to structure the light and dark values in landscapes. With a focus on emphasizing the quality of light, palette and color mixing strategies will be included to assure a harmonious and unified painting. Discussions, demonstrations, and helpful visual displays are utilized. Personalized instruction is also given throughout the class to students at their individual skill levels. Students should bring their own landscape photographs for reference.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: David Flitner, www.davidflitner.com
Cost: $315 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Painting Intuitively: Watercolor Methods for Landscape & Still Life (Online Class)"
August 7, 2020
 

This 4-week Zoom course will focus on how to paint intuitively by employing fresh, loose brushwork while simplifying the complex elements of the landscape. We will examine the property of light and how it reveals form and color as we employ each to achieve atmospheric perspective and appearance of volume. Alex will demonstrate from life and from registrant’s own photo references. Class will have limited registration to enable each participant to have one-on-one attention.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Alex Sharma
Cost: $144 for Members, $160 for Non-members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Art To Heart - Heart To Art"
August 8-16, 2020
 

9Days/8Nights. Explorations in Painting from the Landscape to the Abstracted Landscape. Immersed in the Balinese environment, in the most supportive and relaxed atmosphere, this meditative Retreat & Art Workshop hosted by the luxurious Villa Selat will offer solid instruction from the first time artist to the most advanced artist looking to find new inspiration. Each day will start with an invitational meditation, gourmet breakfast and a three hour group workshop. Afternoons will offer excursions, bodywork/treatments, down time or some on location painting sessions. All Gourmet meals, transportation, luxury accommodations, excursions and workshop - everything is included.
 
Location: Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia
Instructor: Yvette Gellis
Cost: shared luxury accommodation- $2500, Single - $3500
Sponsor: www.villaselat.com
Website, email, 818-631-8237


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

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


"6 Day Art Retreat in Virginia with Jan-Willem Boer"
August 13-18, 2020
 

Travel to Shenandoah Valley in Virginia, USA, and take part in a 6-day art retreat where expert tutor Jan-Willem Boer will help guide you through several artistic mediums. Students from all over the world come to the retreat to learn oil, acrylic, watercolor, and pastel painting, as well as drawing, airbrush, drypoint, lino, mono printing, and mixed media. UpTrek Painting Retreat 2020: 5 nights of accommodation, individualized art lessons with expert art tutor Jan-Willem Boer, all meals for the duration of your stay (breakfast, lunch, dinner), sStudio equipment for all the classes (easels, drawing boards, light box, artograph)
 
Location: Lexington, Virginia
Instructor: Jan-Willem Boer
Cost: $1731
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"Eddie Soloway: A Natural Eye Photography Retreat"
August 16-20, 2020
 

During this retreat, outdoor experiences in local, natural areas take you through important steps to enriching your photographs in the natural world as you find yourself less focused on objects and things and more on the magic of moments and essence of places. Enjoy the beauty of Lake Superior, healthy locally-sourced meals, and retreat center amenities, all in peaceful surroundings in the woods and on the water. Lodging packages available.
 
Location: Bayfield, Wisconsin
Instructor: Eddie Soloway
Cost: $650
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, (715) 779-0178


"Manolo Jiménez Sanchés in Spectacular Spain"
August 16-22, 2020
 

Join Manolo at Dalvaro Art Retreat in Valencia for this highly recommended 5 day watercolor workshop. In an absolute wonderland of inspiration and relaxation Manolo will hold nothing back on this art workshop. Whatever your level of experience you are bound to thoroughly enjoy and benefit from Manolo's easy going style of teaching. Full accommodation, complimentary airport transfers, all meals, 5 days tuition and 6 night stay in a private, en-suite, air-conditioned room.
 
Location: Benigánim, Spain
Instructor: Manolo Jiménez Sanchés
Cost: From 1547 Euros per person
Sponsor: Dalvaro Art Vacations
Website, email, 0034 610857136


"Painting The Complicated Using The 'KISS' Method"
August 18-20, 2020
 

Stewart Burgess White is a painter with a long list of accolades including Signature membership in The American Watercolor Society (AWS). Stewart will provide a presentation on how to create paintings that simplify complicated subject matter with an emphasis on composition and line. From landscapes to urban industrial scenes. Color choices and mark-making will also be addressed during the process. Students will practice in Plein Air in the surrounding area.
 
Location: Haverhill, New Hampshire
Instructor: Stewart Burgess White
Cost: $300
Sponsor: Gibson House Bed and Breakfast
Website, email, (800) 989-2150 or (603) 989-3125


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

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


"Artiste d'Occitanie: Plein Air Painting Vacation"
August 23-30, 2020
 

Travel to France and learn to paint and sketch en plein air with expert tuition from a professional artist. Capture the captivating Occitan landscapes and improve your artistic composition skills in the charming French countryside. You will receive 25 hours of tuition adapted to your experience and ability levels, complete with accommodation, meals, day trips, and private transfers. UpTrek Painting Retreat 2020 inclusions: accommodation, all meals (breakfasts, lunches and dinners with wine), painting and drawing workshops with a professional artist, a trip to Albi, use of art studio, easels and art boards, transfers from/to Cordes-Vindrac train station.
 
Location: Cordes-sur-Ciel, France
Instructor: Mark Warner
Cost: $1,870
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"Painting Retreat: Watercolor and Acrylic with Angela Birchall"
August 23-29, 2020
 

Travel to Normandy, immerse in a tutored painting retreat, walk in Monet and Pissarro's footsteps, discover new perspectives on artistic techniques, and get inspired by the picturesque Normandy countryside and the scenic Parc Naturel Régional de Normandie-Maine. UpTrek Painting Retreat 2020 inclusions: accommodation in a charming farmhouse designed as an homage to famous French painters, daily home-cooked meals, local wine and cider, daily painting workshops with artist Angela Birchall (classes and workshops in the mornings, guided en plein air in the afternoons), art supplies.
 
Location: Orne, Normandy, France
Instructor: Angela Birchall
Cost: $1,260
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Watercolor Technique for Dynamic Landscape Paintings"
August 23-28, 2020
 

There are relatively few ways to apply watercolor to paper. This workshop focuses on adapting the handful of techniques to your landscape paintings. We’ll work to create rich visual sensations that reveal your own vision of the landscape. We’ll start by examining and understanding the basic techniques and exploring the visual possibilities of each. Then we’ll apply these techniques to convey symbolism and meaning, and for providing the paintings with a rich dynamism. Tony is a Signature Member of both the New England and Vermont Watercolor Societies, and an Artist Member of the North Shore Arts Association and New York’s venerable Salmagundi Club. He works from his studio in Bennington, Vermont.
 
Location: Williamstown, Massachusetts
Instructor: Tony Conner
Cost: $900- $1200
Sponsor: Buxton School
Website, email, 413 884-2110


"Famous Places of Kyoto, Japan, inspired by Hiroshige (Online)"
August 24-25, 2020
 

I would like to invite you to travel virtually to Japan and paint my hometown Kyoto. This ancient Japanese capital has captivated artists for centuries including Hiroshige, a master of the Japanese traditional art of ukiyo-e, who influenced Western masters such as Claude Monet. Inspired by his dynamic composition and extraordinary storytelling skill, we will paint 2 scenes of famous places of Kyoto, one with a river and boats and another with a temple. I will demonstrate and give you a lot of tips to capture a sense of time and place effectively. Since the class is interactive, you will be able to show your work through your camera to get personal feedback as well as see everybody else’s work.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Keiko Tanabe, www.ktanabefineart.com
Cost: $198 for 2 sessions of 3 hours
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting in the French Alps: Watercolor Painting Workshop"
August 25 - September 1, 2020
 

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, shuangliwatercolors.com
Cost: $3,390
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Impression and Design Plein Air Workshop"
August 25-27, 2020
 

We will inevitably be chasing the light and seeing beyond what is there, always looking for more, to capture the sensation of the place. It all comes down to design and interpretation. Utilizing and building on what nature gives us but not being a slave to it. We will be working to simplify our shapes, really push to explore our use of temperatures and color along with controlling our values as well as our edges. Composition and design underlie all of these along with our drawing which will be our foundation. We will look to make our paintings fresh, vibrant, and full of light and color. Not being a slave to what is there but knowing how to interpret it.
 
Location: Haverhill, New Hampshire
Instructor: Ken DeWaard
Cost: $350
Sponsor: Gibson House Bed and Breakfast
Website, email, (800) 989-2150 or (603) 989-3125


"Color Mixing with a Limited Palette"
August 27-28, 2020
 

This class is designed to give the artist a really useful method of color mixing to achieve consistent, harmonious paintings, and to then apply those skills to palette knife painting. Day One: Learn how to use only six colors (plus white) to create every color. This method will set the artist on the way to mastering color temperature, values, and intensity. Day Two: This class will focus on the reinforcement of traditional fundamentals including; values, temperature management, large masses, focal point emphasis, simplification of detail and soft edges…all with a palette knife! No brushes allowed. This is a fun, relaxed atmosphere that will push even the most advanced artists out of their comfort zones and open a new door to passionate expressionism.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Renee Palmer-Jones, www.rpjfineart.com
Cost: $225 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Mastering Skies & Reflections in Oil, Acrylic or Pastel"
August 27-30, 2020
 

Master your landscape painting and join South Carolina artist Michael Story for this four day workshop as we use the sky and water as a dramatic design element in our painting’s composition. You’’ll begin your painting with an initial charcoal drawing, followed by a color wash applied over the image. Starting with shadow colors, you’ll begin blocking in your painting, then progressing dark to light to completion. Building final layers of color and avoiding muddy mixtures, you’ll achieve fresh, bright color while capturing depth, drama and mood to your work. He will demonstrate and provide photo reference to paint from if desired along with color exercises you may complete after the workshop. For more information, visit michaelstory.com.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: Michael Story
Cost: $525 Museum members/ $575 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-6372


"Painting in Portugal"
August 28 - September 3, 2020
 

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


"Painting in the French Alps: Watercolor Painting Workshop"
August 31 - September 7, 2020
 

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
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting in the French Alps: Watercolor Painting Workshop"
September 1-8, 2020
 

Dreaming of painting in the Alps? You can make your dream come true. Join Kathy Rennell Forbes for daily painting demos and hands on instruction in the magnificent French Alps. You will learn about composition, mixing colors and capturing the outdoor landscapes of the great masters. We will travel light with just a small bag of watercolor supplies and journal. Kathy encourages your own painting style while sharing her watercolor secrets. There will be ample time to explore the area’s treasures and history while enjoying wine and conversation with Kathy and the group at the end of each day. This is a great workshop for beginner and intermediate painters who want to enhance their watercolors skills while traveling.
 
Location: Haute-Savoie, France
Instructor: Kathy Rennell Forbes, www.artbykrf.com
Cost: $3,390
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


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

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


"A Taste for Art Painting Vacation"
September 4-11, 2020
 

Travel to Spain, sketch and paint under a widely exhibited professional painter's guidance, get inspired by the natural wonders of Sierra de Montánchez and unleash your creative potential on a guided painting retreat in a tranquil part of Extremadura. Inclusions: accommodation in a charming finca, 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, and 7 dinners served with local wine, landscape painting workshops with painter Noëlle Griffiths (30 hours tuition), use of studio equipment, art materials, airport transfers from Madrid and/or Seville, all transportation in Sierra de Montánchez, guided tour of Trujillo.
 
Location: Sierra de Montánchez, Extremadura, Spain
Instructor: Noëlle Griffiths
Cost: $950
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


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

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


"Mediterranean Light: Plein Air Painting Vacation in Cyprus"
September 5-12, 2020
 

Travel to Cyprus and paint en plein air in and around the beautiful village of Pano Lefkara. Get inspired by stunning mountain ranges and sea shores, olive and lemon groves, unique architecture, signature Venetian merchant houses, medieval convents and monasteries, narrow cobbled streets, traditional courtyards, and brightly colored doorways. UpTrek painting retreat 2020 inclusions: 7 nights of accommodation — 5 days of painting tuition — full-time art tutor on hand — air-conditioned transportation for daily excursions — art materials provided for all mediums — 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 6 dinners — lunches and dinners served with a bottle of wine for two people to share — wine and olive oil tasting — traditional silversmith and lacemaking demonstration — airport transfers
 
Location: Lefkara, Cyprus
Instructor: Anna Kakoulli, Georgia Michaelides Saad
Cost: $1,050
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


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

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


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

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


"Les Darlow in Spectacular Spain"
September 6-12, 2020
 

Full accommodation, complimentary transfers, all meals, 5 days tuition, 6 nights stay in private, en-suite, air conditioned room. Join Les at Dalvaro Art Retreat in Valencia for this highly recommended 5 day pastel workshop. Les will show you how to become less preoccupied with extracting every detail and to become more abstract with your work. Think more about composition, light and the balance of shapes while eliminating some of the detail without losing focus on the subject. Join us on this journey which you will certainly find to be continuously creating evolving and inspiring as you develop new skills.
 
Location: Benigánim, Spain
Instructor: Les Darlow
Cost: From 1547 Euros per person
Sponsor: Dalvaro Art Vacations
Website, email, 0034 610857136


"People and Places: a painting retreat in Deux- Sèvres, France"
September 7-11, 2020 (tuition dates)
 

Portraiture and the human figure coupled with stunning landscapes, gardens and architecture have captured the imagination and inspired many artists over the centuries. We will begin our art retreat by looking at a variety of paintings from different times and places for inspiration. Each day will have a different focus making full use of our beautiful surroundings in a 17th century manor house with full board accommodation using a variety of media. Come and inspire your creativity.
 
Location: Melle, France
Instructor: Heather Ford
Cost: £800
Sponsor: Tess Goodliffe
Website, email, +33 (0)617448321


"Painting in the French Alps: Oil Painting Workshop"
September 8-15, 2020
 

The workshop will kick off with a lecture and demo. Students receive instruction on principals of painting ranging from drawing, color, value, composition, color theory and so much more. You will apply what is being taught by getting outside and paint with full days in the field seeing, recording and observing our picturesque surroundings. Suzie will demo on location and offer one-on-one instruction to all the students while they paint in scenic locations. Open to all levels, Suzie’s personal goal is to identify every student's level and provide strategies to progress through group instruction, example, and individual interaction. Her humorous, informative manner makes tackling this multi-faceted challenge a fun and rewarding experience.
 
Location: Haute-Savoie, France
Instructor: Suzie Baker, suziebaker.com
Cost: $3,390
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Spectacular Costa del Sol: Watercolors Painting Retreat"
September 8-15, 2020
 

Travel to sunny Andalucia, Spain and learn to paint using watercolors in the lovely whitewashed town of Torrox. Spend your days painting in gorgeous settings, improve your technique while you relax on the beach, paint in Malága and in the beautiful lost village of El Acebuchal. 8 days • Available in English • All levels • Max. 10 people • Watercolors • Landscape, Townscape. UpTrek Art Retreat inclusions: 7 nights of Moorish-style accommodation, 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners, drinks (water, wine), expert tuition, trips for painting on location, airport transfers at pre-arranged times.
 
Location: Torrox, Andalucia, Spain
Instructor: Klaus Hinkel
Cost: $1,200
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


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

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


"Exploring Lowcountry Marshland in Watercolor"
September 15, 2020
 

Meandering thru Lowcountry Marshland, we will use reference materials provided in class, to capture the fauna grass and waterways unique to this environment.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Jan Ross
Cost: $72 for Members, $80 for Non-members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Exploring Lowcountry Marshland in Watercolor"
September 15, 2020
 

Meandering thru Lowcountry Marshland, we will use reference materials provided in class, to capture the fauna grass and waterways unique to this environment.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Jan Ross
Cost: $72 for Members, $80 for Non-members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"ArtisTTable Valencia Painting Workshop"
September 16-23, 2020
 

If you have never been to Spain, but you kind of like their music, this is an ArtisTTable art retreat you will not want to miss. Located at the phenomenal art villa Las Orquideas near Valencia. We will be treated to incredible views, vistas and lush gardens to paint. The property also includes an art studio we will have access too. We will take painting excursions from Las Orquideas to many beautiful spots the region as to offer. Your hosts will be the artists and ArtisTTable founders, Royce Deans and Tali Farchi. The fee includes your accommodations, and ground transportation. Plus an ArtisTTable goodie bag with a sketchbook, all of your meals, unless you decide to eat out.
 
Location: Valencia, Spain
Instructor: Royce Deans and Tali Farchi
Cost: $2100 (Register before 01 February 2020 - $1950)
Sponsor: ArtisTTable
Website, email, 1 231-883-1681


"Autumn in Vermont"
September 16-19, 2020
 

Join Randall for his annual return to the quintessential New England backdrop of Landgrove Vermont. Close to the Vermont Country Store in Weston, between Manchester and Brattleboro, this plein air workshop is a favorite of past and returning attendees. All levels welcome, visiting students are encouraged to spoil themselves at the Langrove Inn that hosts the workshop series.
 
Location: Landgrove, Vermont
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Sponsor: Langrove Inn
Website, (802) 824-6673


"Couleurs de la Vie Painting Vacation"
September 17-24, 2020
 

Travel to the South of France and learn to paint and sketch from accomplished artists with many years of tutoring experience. Work in oils, watercolor, acrylics or crayon and explore the stunning places that inspired Monet's masterpieces. You will receive 25 hours of tuition adapted to your experience and ability levels, complete with accommodation, meals, day trips, and private transfers. UpTrek Painting Retreat 2020 inclusions: accommodation, three daily meals, painting and drawing workshops with professional painters, wine tasting at Chateau Monluc, a trip to the world heritage site at La Romieu, use of art studio, easels and art boards, transfers from/to Toulouse Airport, transportation for painting on location.
 
Location: St Puy, Gers, France
Instructor: David Wilcox
Cost: $1,080
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


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

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


"Plein Air with the Nagels"
Thursdays, September 17 & 24, 2020
 

First Day: Sketch and /or paint on the grounds of the Coastal Museum. Day 2: sketch or paint at Dolphin Head in Hilton Head Plantation. Instructors will phone each student ahead to hear their goals for the outing. Demo and orientation before each student selects his or her own view to paint. One instructor will keep working on demo and both will circulate to help individuals as the afternoon progresses.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Don & Joyce Nagel
Cost: $90 for Members, $100 for Non-members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"White Washed Moorish Townscape Painting Vacation"
September 18-25, 2020
 

Travel to Spain, learn to sketch and paint urban landscapes from a widely exhibited professional painter, and get inspired by the exquisite white washed Moorish architecture of Vejer de la Frontera. UpTrek Art Retreat inclusions: 7 nights of accommodation, 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, and 7 dinners served with local wine, 30 hours of tuition: urban painting and sketching courses and workshops, use of easels, art boards, sketching stools, water containers, water sprays, basic palettes, aprons, charcoal, A2 paper, sketchbook, poster paint, and ink (for workshops only), tours of Vejer de la Frontera and Cádiz, airport transfers from Seville airport, all transportation in the region.
 
Location: Vejer de la Frontera, Spain
Instructor: Noëlle Griffiths
Cost: $1210
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"Painting and Drawing Vacation in Portugal"
September 19-25, 2020
 

Travel to Portugal and learn to paint or draw while staying in a beautifully renovated farmhouse. Immerse yourself in blissful tranquility and enjoy breathtaking views, delicious vegetarian meals, and first class art tutoring in a variety of mediums. You will receive tuition adapted to your experience and ability levels, complete with accommodation, meals, day trips, and private transfers. UpTrek Painting Retreat 2020 inclusions: accommodation, daily vegetarian breakfasts, lunches and dinners, 18 hours of painting and drawing tuition with a professional artist, art materials (graphite pencils, chalk pastels, charcoal, ink, watercolor, acrylic paints, brusho), optional afternoon guided nature walks, and transfers to and from Faro Airport at a predetermined time.
 
Location: S.B. de Messines, Portugal
Instructor: Tracy-Jane Pooler
Cost: $980
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"Landscape, Seascape, Townscape Painting Workshop in Cyprus"
September 19-26, 2020
 

Travel to Cyprus and paint en plein air in and around the beautiful village of Pano Lefkara. Get inspired by stunning mountain ranges and sea shores, olive and lemon groves, unique architecture, signature Venetian merchant houses, medieval convents and monasteries, narrow cobbled streets, traditional courtyards, and brightly colored doorways. UpTrek painting retreat 2020 inclusions: 7 nights of accommodation — 5 days of painting tuition — full-time art tutor on hand — air-conditioned transportation for daily excursions — art materials provided for all mediums — 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 6 dinners — lunches and dinners served with a bottle of wine for two people to share — wine and olive oil tasting — traditional silversmith and lacemaking demonstration — airport transfers
 
Location: Lefkara, Cyprus
Instructor: Anna Kakoulli, Georgia Michaelides Saad
Cost: $1,050
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"Plein-air Painting at Château d'Avignon in Provence with Artist Paul O'Kane"
September 19-26, 2020
 

Join artist Paul O'Kane on a painting retreat in Provence and paint en plein air in the once home and inspiration of Post-Impressionists Van Gogh and Cézanne. Receive expert art tuition, stay at a luxurious 14th century chateau, enjoy gourmet meals prepared by your private chef, and go on plein-air painting trips to Avignon, Roussillon, Les Baux-de-Provence, Gordes, Arles, Saint-Rémy-de-Provence. If there is a painter’s heaven, this is it. UpTrek painting retreat 2020 inclusions: 7 nights of accommodation — Meals and drinks — Painting and sketching classes, individual tuition, and demonstrations with artist Paul O'Kane — Painting trips to Roussillon, Les Baux-de-Provence, Gordes, Arles, Saint-Rémy-de-Provence — Private transportation. For details, visit the website (below) or get in touch at contact@uptrek.com
 
Location: Avignon, France
Instructor: Paul O'Kane
Cost: $3,294
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"Watercolor Painting Workshop in Belgium"
September 21-28, 2020
 

Join me on this wonderful trip to Belgium! Canals, wind mills, medieval town of Bruges, friendly people, charming villages, scrumptious food and wine, everything conjured up in the image of Belgium awaits when we go there in Sept 2020. We will explore and paint outdoors while enjoying the joie de vivre the region has to offer. If you’re looking for a cozy, personalized therefore very special painting holiday organized by a tour operator who is completely bi-cultural and bilingual, this is it. Since we will be a small group, I can also closely work with each one of you for a semi-private painting experience.
 
Location: Bruges, Belgium
Instructor: Keiko Tanabe, www.ktanabefineart.com
Cost: $3,390
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Plein Air Painting at the Grand Canyon: Arizona"
September 21-25, 2020
 

Is there any better place to plein air paint and explore the concepts of working outdoors than the Grand Canyon? During the workshop, students will be painting from the spectacular South Rim for five days with special access to the views! Mitch Baird will cover the concepts of learning to optically “see” subjects and interpret those visual elements in order to help execute the subject onto canvas. The fundamental principles of painting -composition, drawing, value, color, and edges- will be stressed along with a special emphasis on atmosphere with this grand subject. Demos and short lectures will reinforce these concepts. Individual attention will be a high priority, as well as laughs and lots of enthusiasm.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Mitch Baird, www.mitchbaird.com
Cost: $675 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Guatemala: Spirit of the Maya Photography Retreat"
September 23 - October 2, 2020
 

Join us in exploring gorgeous Guatemala, a land where the indigenous live as they have for centuries. The stunningly beautiful colonial town of Antigua will be our home base and introduction to outdoor markets, crafts, food and culture. Day trips will include visits to other local villages, photogenic ruins, shrines and cultural sites. We’ll end our journey with a few days exploring around majestic Lake Atitlan, completely surrounded by towering volcanoes, considered sacred to the Mayans. You can expect much light-heartedness and serendipity while learning from internationally recognized photographer, Douglas Beasley on how to better respond photographically to the world around you and how to make personal travel images with feeling, meaning and depth rather than anonymous pretty postcard pictures.
 
Location: Antigua, Guatemala
Instructor: Douglas Beasley
Cost: $3,220.00
Sponsor: Open Air Places
Website, email, 715-577-6857


"Plein Air. Brittany, France"
September 23-30, 2020
 

This workshop is designed to take the edge off of the often-daunting, maddening world of Watercolour Painting. Simply focusing on tone, composition and above all, fun, we’ll be producing simple, strong and striking scenes featuring the surrounding landscape and seascape as well as some prepared exercises. We’ll work outside in the elements and in the studio. Tony will show you his way of simplifying a scene and stripping it back to its bare essentials, ensuring the capture of the most important elements of strong light and atmosphere.
 
Location: Gite, France
Instructor: Tony White
Cost: £1875
Sponsor: Painting In Europe, Arte Umbria
Website, email, +0033 643 436 721


"A sketchbook and lino cut journey with Jane Smith"
September 25 - October 02, 2020
 

Travel to the South of France and learn to paint and sketch from accomplished artists with many years of tutoring experience. Explore the stunning places that inspired Monet's masterpieces. You will receive 25 hours of tuition adapted to your experience and ability levels, complete with accommodation, meals, day trips, and private transfers. UpTrek Painting Retreat 2020 inclusions: accommodation, three daily meals, painting and drawing workshops with professional painters, wine tasting at Chateau Monluc, a trip to the world heritage site at La Romieu, use of art studio, easels and art boards, transfers from/to Toulouse Airport, transportation for painting on location.
 
Location: St Puy, Gers, France
Instructor: Jane Smith
Cost: $1060
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"Michal Jasiewicz in Spectacular Spain"
September 27 - October 3, 2020
 

Join us and Michal in Valencia for this highly regarded watercolor workshop. He will show you how to capture landscapes differently. Get ready for an exciting, completely new perspective on color, movement and paint application, on location and in the studio, directly with watercolors. You will learn a variety of techniques and different forms of working. With small student numbers the teaching will be personal so no matter what your level, although not suitable for absolute beginners, Michal will quietly and patiently guide everyone through the course each day, including one to one tuition as necessary. Full accommodation, complimentary airport transfers, all meals, tuition and stay in your own private, en-suite, air-conditioned room.
 
Location: Benigánim, Spain
Instructor: Michal Jasiewicz
Cost: From 1547 Euros per person
Sponsor: Dalvaro Art Vacations
Website, email, 0034 610857136


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

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


"Two Watercolor Masters! Painting retreat in Sicily - Italy"
October 3-10, 2020
 

Join Igor and Ekaterina on this exciting opportunity to paint in the Western Sicily where we will paint some beautiful picturesque Sicilian scenes. Colorful sunset, olive groves, lined vineyards, typical historic centers of small villages, churches, fish markets, sleepy harbors, blue skies, unspoiled coastline, beautiful nature, jovial and friendly local people, traditional cusine and great local wine. Art, mixture of history and culture, create an unique atmosphere and stimulate your creativity. Sicilian breakfasts, lunches and dinners will be freshly prepared by our chef and served at our historic 17th century villa.
 
Location: Marsala, Sicily, Italy
Instructor: Igor Sava & Ekaterina Sava
Cost: from € 1500
Sponsor: Salinara - International Art Farm, Sicily
Website, email, (+39) 339 77 57 062


"Painting Mediterranean Villages: Watercolor Painting & Journaling Workshop"
October 3-10, 2020
 

Join us in the Count East of France, in the Mediterranean Villages and experience daily demonstrations, personalized instruction, and, encouraging support with Theresa and Cindy. 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 France and sharing the adventure with you. We’ll explore the inspiring countryside and charming villages as we make the most of our painting time all together.
 
Location: Vence, France
Instructor: Cindy Briggs & Theresa Goesling
Cost: $3,190
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Autumn Oils Painting with Alex Kelly"
October 3-10, 2020
 

Travel to the South of France and learn to paint and sketch from accomplished artists with many years of tutoring experience. Work in oils, watercolor, acrylics or crayon and explore the stunning places that inspired Monet's masterpieces. You will receive 25 hours of tuition adapted to your experience and ability levels, complete with accommodation, meals, day trips, and private transfers. UpTrek Painting Retreat 2020 inclusions: accommodation, three daily meals, painting and drawing workshops with professional painters, wine tasting at Chateau Monluc, a trip to the world heritage site at La Romieu, use of art studio, easels and art boards, transfers from/to Toulouse Airport, transportation for painting on location.
 
Location: St Puy, Gers, France
Instructor: Alex Kelly
Cost: $1060
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"Painting Tuscany"
October 3-10, 2020
 

Join us for this wonderful painting holiday during Italian harvest led by award-winning artist Sandra Iafrate. See the vineyards at their ripe stages and smell the new autumn air as we paint in the Tuscan countryside and visit medieval towns nearby. Our stay is in an 18th century restored country house just outside of Sienna. Town visits to Sienna, Chiusure di Asciano and San Guismè will be part of our plein air explorations and inspiration! Most of our material is included in this trip. Professional-quality oil and acrylic paints and mediums are included, all meals, wine, excursions and accommodations. All painting levels are welcome from beginners to experienced artist, in this encouraging creative atmosphere. No extra fee for single room.
 
Location: Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Sandra Iafrate, sandraiafrate.com
Cost: $2300.USD
Website, email


"Provencal Painting Retreat in France"
October 4-11, 2020
 

Travel to Provence and learn to paint and sketch in the once home and inspiration of Post-Impressionists Vincent van Gogh and Paul Cézanne. Complete your artistic journey with trips to renowned Van Gogh and Cézanne sites, enjoy art workshops, attentive painting tuition, accommodation, and meals. 8 days | Available in English, Dutch, Hebrew | All levels | Max. 14 people | Watercolors, Acrylics, Gouache | Landscape, Townscape. UpTrek Art Retreat inclusions: 7 nights of accommodation; 7 breakfasts, 6 picnic lunches, 2 dinners; painting and drawing classes, workshops and demonstrations with artists Tali Farchi and Royce Deans; daily excursions; transport to and from painting locations; welcome art supplies kit; transfers from/to Avignon TGV train station.
 
Location: Arles, France
Instructor: Tali Farchi and Royce Deans
Cost: $2,050
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"Post-Impressionist Provence Painting Retreat in France"
October 4-11, 2020
 

Travel to Provence and learn to paint and sketch in the once home and inspiration of Post-Impressionists Vincent van Gogh and Paul Cézanne. Complete your artistic journey with trips to renowned Van Gogh and Cézanne sites, enjoy art workshops, attentive painting tuition, accommodation, and meals. 8 days | Available in English, Dutch, Hebrew | All levels | Max. 14 people | Watercolors, Acrylics, Gouache | Landscape, Townscape. UpTrek Art Retreat inclusions: 7 nights of accommodation; 7 breakfasts, 6 picnic lunches, 2 dinners; painting and drawing classes, workshops and demonstrations with artists Tali Farchi and Royce Deans; daily excursions; transport to and from painting locations; welcome art supplies kit; transfers from/to Avignon TGV train station.
 
Location: Arles, France
Instructor: Tali Farchi and Royce Deans
Cost: $1,870
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"A Taste for Art Painting Vacation"
October 4-11, 2020
 

Travel to Spain, sketch and paint under a widely exhibited professional painter's guidance, get inspired by the natural wonders of Sierra de Montánchez and unleash your creative potential on a guided painting retreat in a tranquil part of Extremadura. Inclusions: accommodation in a charming finca, 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, and 7 dinners served with local wine, landscape painting workshops with painter Noëlle Griffiths (30 hours tuition), use of studio equipment, art materials, airport transfers from Madrid and/or Seville, all transportation in Sierra de Montánchez, guided tour of Trujillo.
 
Location: Sierra de Montánchez, Extremadura, Spain
Instructor: Noëlle Griffiths
Cost: $950
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


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

Thought-provoking and inspirational art workshop open to artists of all levels and all media (oils, acrylics, watercolors, etc.). Nine full days of plein-air painting, art history/theory, touring, group discussions, and gourmet cuisine in the most beautiful area of Tuscany. Small groups, personalized instruction and intimate environment that fosters creativity and fun. Cost of CAD 3375 (around US$ 2580) includes art instruction, 9-night double accommodation, all breakfasts, 8 lunches, 8 gourmet dinners including wine, transportation from and to the Arezzo train station, transportation to all painting sites (Montepulciano, Cortona, Pienza, Lucignano, etc.) train ticket to Florence and entrance to the Uffizi Museum. Limited single rooms available for a supplement. Please find testimonials on our website.
 
Location: Torrita di Siena, Italy
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$2580
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Konstantin Sterkov in Spectacular Spain"
October 7-13, 2020
 

Join me at Dalvaro Art Retreat in Valencia for a genuinely memorable workshop. I get most pleasure when painting plein aire, there is a personal interaction and sense of - I am here, let's do it - this can only happen when you concentrate on the scene and feel your surroundings. With the spectacular scenery in this area we cannot go wrong. We will intersperse studio and location painting with an easy going schedule of demonstrations and exercises, one on one instruction and group tuition designed to build on your ability and increase confidence. your watercolor painting will go to the next level.
 
Location: Benigánim, Spain
Instructor: Konstantin Sterkov
Cost: From 1547 Euros per person
Sponsor: Dalvaro Art Vacations
Website, email, 0034 610857136


"Autumn Painting Retreat in Virginia"
October 8-13, 2020
 

Travel to Shenandoah Valley in Virginia, USA, and take part in a 6-day art retreat where expert tutor Jan-Willem Boer will help guide you through several artistic mediums. Students from all over the world come to the retreat to learn oil, acrylic, watercolor, and pastel painting, as well as drawing, airbrush, drypoint, lino, mono printing, and mixed media. UpTrek Painting Retreat 2020: 5 nights of accommodation, individualized art lessons with expert art tutor Jan-Willem Boer, all meals for the duration of your stay (breakfast, lunch, dinner), sStudio equipment for all the classes (easels, drawing boards, light box, artograph).
 
Location: Lexington, Virginia
Instructor: Jan-Willem Boer
Cost: $1731
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"Venice Watercolour Workshop"
October 9-15, 2020
 

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


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

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


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

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


"Plein Air Painting Retreat in the Foothills of the Troödos Mountain"
October 10-17, 2020
 

Travel to Cyprus and paint en plein air in and around the beautiful village of Pano Lefkara. Get inspired by stunning mountain ranges and sea shores, olive and lemon groves, unique architecture, signature Venetian merchant houses, medieval convents and monasteries, narrow cobbled streets, traditional courtyards, and brightly colored doorways. UpTrek painting retreat 2020 inclusions: 7 nights of accommodation — 5 days of painting tuition — full-time art tutor on hand — air-conditioned transportation for daily excursions — art materials provided for all mediums — 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 6 dinners — lunches and dinners served with a bottle of wine for two people to share — wine and olive oil tasting — traditional silversmith and lacemaking demonstration — airport transfers
 
Location: Lefkara, Cyprus
Instructor: Anna Kakoulli, Georgia Michaelides Saad
Cost: $1,050
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"Painting Mediterranean Villages: Watercolor Painting & Journaling Workshop"
October 10-17, 2020
 

Join us in the Count East of France, in the Mediterranean Villages and experience daily demonstrations, personalized instruction, and, encouraging support with Theresa and Cindy. 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 France and sharing the adventure with you. We’ll explore the inspiring countryside and charming villages as we make the most of our painting time all together.
 
Location: Vence, France
Instructor: Cindy Briggs & Theresa Goesling
Cost: $3,190
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting in Sicily"
October 11-18, 2020
 

Paint in Sicily with award-winning artist/instructor Sandra Iafrate. Sicily is an island of contrasts -from fertile volcanic land, ancient and arid ruins to baroque style architecture, it offers beautiful compositions for painters. Its stunning location in the middle of the Mediterranean means it is blessed with good weather, ideal for painting! This painting holiday is a complete artistic journey from start to finish. You will stay at authentic yet modern villas in the south-east of the island, surrounded by almond, olive and pomegranate trees. Your artist quality paints ($125. Value), sketchbook, pencils, boards and easels are provided in a spacious beautiful studio. Enjoy daily painting classes and excursions. All meals and accommodations are included. No extra fee for single room.
 
Location: Sicily, Italy
Instructor: Sandra Iafrate, sandraiafrate.com
Cost: $2300.USD
Website, email


"Painting retreat in picturesque Western Sicily"
October 11-16, 2020
 

Join watercolor artist Jeni Caruana on the beautiful island of Sicily in the Mediterranean Sea on the South side of Italy. As all my students know, I like to encourage everyone to achieve the best results they can in their own way. I don’t expect anyone to copy me or my methods; I would rather inspire and guide so that everyone feels confident to follow their own path. I want to show you a new way of looking at the world and your unique talents. In the evenings we will eat meals prepared by Salinara Chef accompanied selected local wines. Non-painters welcome.
 
Location: Marsala, Sicily, Italy
Instructor: Jeni Caruana
Cost: from € 1050
Sponsor: Salinara - International Art Farm, Sicily
Website, email, (+39) 339 77 57 062


"Expressive Brushwork in Oil & Acrylic!"
October 14-17, 2020
 

Award Winning Artist Workshops was created for artists with a desire to study with the highest caliber instructors. Join California artist Randall Sexton at the McDowell Arts Center for a 4-Day workshop in "Expressive Brushwork." Brushwork is your other “Voice”…Your Signature... It is recognizable whether you know it or not. Think of painting as if weaving a tapestry…overlapping the negative shapes with positive shapes (and visa versa) to create the edges of shapes….and to define the shapes in the process.
 
Location: Charlotte, North Carolina
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Cost: $575
Website, email, 1-877-860-3500


"Watercolor and Oil Painting retreat in Sicily - Italy"
October 17-24, 2020
 

Experience magical Sicily, enjoy breathtaking vistas, tiny villages, amazing Sicilian gastronomy and local wine. Join Stewart White for this 7-days retreat and meet Artists friends at all levels. You will explore surroundings, the itinerary includes visits local markets, salt pans, vineyards, breathtaking Erice Mountain and its medieval village Every day you will have a picturesque destination to sketch and paint, explore and meet the locals. All participants will benefit from Stewart daily one-on-one guidance. Accommodation in charming historic 17th century villa, most meals and drinks, guided tours, tuition. Non-painters welcome.
 
Location: Marsala, Sicily, Italy
Instructor: Stewart White
Cost: from € 1450
Sponsor: Salinara - International Art Farm, Sicily
Website, email, (+39) 339 77 57 062


"Earth’s Eye Painting Vacation"
October 19-23, 2020
 

The painting holiday includes daily demonstrations, one-to-one tuition, and critique sessions. Under the guidance of professional painter Colin Halliday, you will be encouraged to exceed your creativity, express you own style and learn how to master light, space, tones and balance techniques, among many others. 5 days - Available in English - Available to all levels - Max. 10 people - Expert art tutor - Oils, acrylics, mixed media - Landscape, Lakescape. UpTrek Painting Holiday 2020 inclusions: 4 nights of accommodation, all meals, 5 full days of painting tuition with artist Colin Halliday, wine during dinner, transfers for daily painting trips.
 
Location: Keswick, Lake District, England
Instructor: Colin Halliday
Cost: $1,490
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"From Dawn to Dusk, Capturing Light in Oils"
October 20-22, 2020
 

Join award-winning artist Peggy Ellis for this exciting workshop! We will explore capturing light with step by step techniques and tips; including starting with a strong composition, value studies and color harmony.
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Instructor: Peggy Ellis
Cost: $315 for Members, $350 for Non-members
Sponsor: Art League of Hilton Head
Website, email, (843) 842-5738


"Hidden Gem in the Eastern Mediterranean: Painting Retreat in Lefkara"
October 24-31, 2020
 

Travel to Cyprus and paint en plein air in and around the beautiful village of Pano Lefkara. Get inspired by stunning mountain ranges and sea shores, olive and lemon groves, unique architecture, signature Venetian merchant houses, medieval convents and monasteries, narrow cobbled streets, traditional courtyards, and brightly colored doorways. UpTrek painting retreat 2020 inclusions: 7 nights of accommodation — 5 days of painting tuition — full-time art tutor on hand — air-conditioned transportation for daily excursions — art materials provided for all mediums — 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 6 dinners — lunches and dinners served with a bottle of wine for two people to share — wine and olive oil tasting — traditional silversmith and lacemaking demonstration — airport transfers
 
Location: Lefkara, Cyprus
Instructor: Anna Kakoulli, Georgia Michaelides Saad
Cost: $1,050
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"Plein Air watercolor painting retreat in Sicily - Italy"
October 25 - November 1, 2020
 

We invite you to enjoy a plein air watercolour painting retreat in beautiful West-Sicily. Led by Italian Master Watercolorist Massimiliano Iocco who will be your tutor during your stay at the stunning Salinara Art Farm, in the Trapani region. Daily painting excursions to surrounding towns and villages. Come along to learn to paint en plein air or just to enjoy the company of fellow artists. The course is conducted in English, with translation into Italian, French, Spanish and Japanese on demand. The holiday course is aimed at beginners, amateur, enthusiast and semi-pro. Accommodation in charming historic 17th century villa, most meals and drinks, guided tours, tuition. Non-painters welcome.
 
Location: Marsala, Sicily, Italy
Instructor: Massimiliano Iocco
Cost: from € 1450
Sponsor: Salinara - International Art Farm, Sicily
Website, email, (+39) 339 77 57 062


"'Carmel By The Sea' En Plein Air"
October 26-29, 2020
 

Paint along the Monterey and Carmel Coastline en plain air with Plein Air Painters of America member, Randall Sexton. Open to all levels, this 3 (or 4) day workshop is especially geared to encourage the experienced artist to reach greater heights in their work. Sexton will review the basics of solid picture making - while sharing his own methods for simplifying the complex. Three days (weather permitting) will be spent on location en plain air, while an (optional) fourth studio day will focus on simplifying the figure directly (with a model). Daily demonstrations will be followed up with individual assistance at the easel.
 
Location: Carmel, California
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Cost: $600 for 3 Days, $800 for 4 Days
Sponsor: Carmel Visual Arts
Website, 831.620.2955


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

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


"Quick Sketch Watercolors"
thru December 31, 2020
 

Discover how to draw with flowing lines and flowing colors. This online Quick Sketch Watercolors Workshop includes 10 Watercolor basics videos, 10+ lesson modules with subjects from the US and Europe, animals to landscapes and sunflowers. Bonus Plein Air Lesson. Live Paint-Along Webinars and previously recorded webinar bonuses with Cindy and a group Facebook Page for sharing the journey.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Cindy Briggs
Cost: $297
Sponsor: CindyBriggs
Website, email, 541-420-9463


"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


"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


"Santa Barbara Travel Sketching in Watercolor"
April 4-9, 2021
 

Join me on the scenic magical coast of Santa Barbara. 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. 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 sitting in a shady courtyard with a glass of wine in hand. As part of a small group, you’ll have plenty of individual attention as we work on value studies, composition, simplifying a scene and capturing the essence of a place.
 
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Instructor: Shari Blaukopf, www.shariblaukopf.com
Cost: $1,490 (Hotel is not incl.)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"The Portrait and The Figure"
April 18-25, 2021
 

Picture yourself painting and touring with internationally acclaimed watercolorist, Mary Whyte. Mary will guide you through the techniques of planning your compositions, drawing, mixing color and creating great backgrounds. She will show you how to work with the model, avoid mistakes and give personal critiques and great tips for marketing your work. Enjoy lots of painting action, one-on-one instruction, wonderful meals and wine, and Italian activities! Come, explore the Amalfi Coast, visit Capri, take in local museums and more. We have a full itinerary with you in mind so don't miss this workshop of a lifetime for travel enthusiasts and all levels of artists. Mary’s work is in many corporate and museum collections.
 
Location: Sorrento, Italy
Instructor: Mary Whyte
Cost: $4500 All inclusive
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Santa Barbara Travel Sketching Workshop"
April 26 - May 1, 2021
 

Join us for 4 days of sketching with watercolor in beautiful Santa Barbara. We’ll enjoy the free-flowing and colorful nature of watercolor at its best while sketching and having fun! Brenda Swenson will 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). Brenda is the artist author of two books, Keeping a Watercolor Sketchbook (Award of Excellence Finalist) and Steps to Success in Watercolor. Her paintings and sketches have been featured in numerous books and magazines (Watercolor Artist, Watercolor Magazine, Watercolor Highlights, Plein Air Magazine).
 
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Instructor: Brenda Swenson, www.swensonsart.net
Cost: $1,490 (Hotel is not incl.)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"The Pillars of Watercolor"
May 1-4, 2021
 

Seeking answers and understanding? This workshop will explain all aspects of successful painting using frequent demonstrations and detailed analysis. We will explore a range of subject including composition and design, effectively using light and dark values, color mixing, edges, brush stroke techniques and much more. Stimulate and expand your insight into the magic of watercolors! This workshop is for resilient outdoor painters who want plainspoken feedback and lots of painting action. Alvaro is author of Watercolor Painting with Passion, Painting with Passion, Beyond Technique and Watercolour Masterclass. His work has been featured in International Artist and The Artist’s Magazine.
 
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Instructor: Alvaro Castagnet
Cost: $855
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"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 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 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


"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


"Watercolor Techniques"
June 12-15, 2021
 

Technique is everything and Michael Reardon will help you explore so many ways to strengthen your skills in landscape and cityscape watercolor painting. You will learn how to create a strong composition and use value to invoke a sense of light. Michael will teach you how to manipulate color for a full expressive effect. Join us for this 4-day workshop and you'll go home with an abundance of techniques that you can use the rest of your life. Michael is the Author of Painting Light and Color in Landscapes and Cityscapes, from North Light Books and has three instructional DVD’s.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Michael Reardon
Cost: $695
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"The Importance of Tone"
June 16-20, 2021
 

Come join a week of exploring the beauty of color in oils. Designed for all levels of experience in oils, this is an exciting and informative workshop helping you to train your eye in the discipline of observation. There will be demonstrations each day based on the solid fundamental approach championed by the impressionists and realists. We will explore landscapes, streetscapes and waterscapes. Herman's works are featured in the books Australian Impressionists and Realist Artists and 3 others. Herman's workshops are in high demand Australia wide and internationally. Early enrollment is encouraged.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Herman Pekel
Cost: $825
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"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


"Sketchbook and Watercolor Painting Workshop"
June 20-27, 2021
 

The most enjoyable painting I do is when I paint outdoors. There is an intimacy and sense of “being there” that only occurs when you take the time to slow down and record your surroundings in watercolor- and what surroundings we will have! Join me in Belgium for a truly memorable week! We will tour daily with an easy schedule of demonstration, one on one critique, and group discussions designed to build your confidence and ability alike. You may paint or explore or do both on any given day. I will be there to guide you through my approach to painting en plein air and help you take your watercolors to the next level!
 
Location: Bruges, Belgium
Instructor: Iain Stewart, AWS/NWS
Cost: $3,190 before Nov 30, 2020
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Launching a Masterpiece, Lessons in Perspective"
June 21-23, 2021
 

Let's put paintings in perspective. You want your work to show mastery and a proper drawing will do this and make the journey so enjoyable. Steve Kleier will give you the tools to bring structure and meaning to your paintings. Using traditional and classic art skills that date from the renaissance, you will find proportion, capture the effects of light and create the illusion of depth. Come experience success and be inspired to launch masterpiece after masterpiece. Steve 's past clients include: Nike, Tektronix, US Bank, Stash tea, Microsoft and many more.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Steve Kleier
Cost: $395
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"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


"Be Brave and Have Fun"
June 24-28, 2021
 

Unearth fresh and honest art inside yourself and learn to capture it with paint. Herman will teach you to find originality in your own work. Get started with new ideas in a way that is fun and fast. You will learn about color mixing, glazes, composition, drying time, thickness and edges to create an impressionist painting you never thought possible with watercolor. Expect to be challenged to be brave, and to have fun! Herman's works are featured in the books Australian Impressionists and Realist Artists, 120 years of Watercolourist, Artists and Galleries of Australia and New Zealand, and Profile on Contemporary Watercolours.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Herman Pekel
Cost: $825
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"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


"Realism Through Design"
July 12-16, 2021
 

Use design to strengthen and enhance your paintings. John will help you in all aspects of painting a representational cityscape or town scene – choosing the subject, adding mood and creating emotional content, lighting the scene for dramatic effect, using photo references in a meaningful way and most importantly, strengthening and enhancing representational painting through design. This is an invaluable opportunity to gain new painting insights and lots of one-on-one individual help. John is a signature member of the AWS, TWSA, NWS and many more.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: John Salminen
Cost: $995
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Abstract Landscape Painting"
July 27-31, 2021
 

How can you capture that energy and express those fleeting feelings of exhilaration, nostalgia, or serenity on canvas? Amanda will help you transform your reference imagery into rich, energetic, abstract paintings. She will teach the traditional rules of landscape painting and encourage you to break the rules. We will build unconventional color palettes and create marks and brushstrokes that will surprise ourselves. Come explore abstraction, color and mark-making through the lens of landscape painting. Artists will complete several mini-series of paintings on paper and 5-6 larger paintings on canvas over the course of this workshop.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Amanda Hawkins
Cost: $625
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Sketchbook to Studio, Recording Your Travels at a Higher Level"
August 6-10, 2021
 

Few things are more suited for travel than a sketchbook, pencil, and a small watercolor palette. In addition to traditional plein air work, Iain will focus on strengthening your skills using these tools to record your life through sketching in watercolor. The sounds, smells, sights, and people you come across will remain fresh in your mind as you look over the work you have done on site. There is no better way to relive your memories than a well used sketchbook. Iain Stewart is a signature member of the National Watercolor Society.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Iain Stewart
Cost: $695
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"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 Nov 30th; $3,490 after Nov 30th
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 Nov 30th; $3,490 after Nov 30th
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"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


"Staying Afloat in Watercolor"
September 6-10, 2021
 

Capture the fleeting moments David will show you the best way to tackle painting the rugged coastline, the sea with its character, the calm waters and boats in the beautiful harbor, and street scenes along the harbor and about the city offering movement, color, and atmosphere. He will encourage your creativity and individuality and give you insight into portraying the subject in simple terms, helping you get fresh, spontaneous results. David is the coauthor of Solving Mysteries in Watercolor with Ron Ranson. His work has been featured in the International Artist Magazine.
 
Location: Newport, Oregon
Instructor: David Taylor
Cost: $825
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"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 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 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


"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


"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


"Santa Barbara Travel Sketching Workshop"
October 28 - November 2, 2021
 

Join us for 4 days of sketching with watercolor in beautiful Santa Barbara. We’ll enjoy the free-flowing and colorful nature of watercolor at its best while sketching and having fun! Brenda Swenson will 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). Brenda is the artist author of two books, Keeping a Watercolor Sketchbook (Award of Excellence Finalist) and Steps to Success in Watercolor. Her paintings and sketches have been featured in numerous books and magazines (Watercolor Artist, Watercolor Magazine, Watercolor Highlights, Plein Air Magazine).
 
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Instructor: Brenda Swenson, www.swensonsart.net
Cost: $1,490 (Hotel is not incl.)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Online Art Mentoring-Customized Drawing, Painting and Mural Painting"
Anytime
 

The Online Art Mentorship is a long distance learning from the comfort of your home at the time that most suits your needs. You will be able to practice drawing, painting and/or mural painting at your own pace, getting systematic instructions and feedbacks on the art project you are working on. Note that, because of the nature of the one-to-one mentoring, each student will be taken great care and time in personalised critiques and lessons. This is a most affordable and time flexible learning practice which requires self-discipline and commitment. The students will need to be open to work under guidance and critique to be able to reach goals and experience art technique and creativity improvement.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Valeria Latorre
Cost: £150 or £250 per month
Website, email, 00393664977501


 

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