Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Drawing spaces short course"
April 16-22, 2023
 

The drawing spaces course is run at Villa Pisani Bolognese Scalabrin, one of Italy’s secret treasures, set close to the magical Colli Euganei. Andy Siddall, Architect, trained at the Royal College of Art, and currently teaching fellow in Interior Design at Edinburgh College of Art, will take you through an adventure in fine drawing skills. He has two unique talents, the first is a fine eye for architectural detail, the second for filling his students with confidence. This is a course for both beginners and the more experienced. Andy’s aim is to encourage you to see the building in front of you with a 3 dimensional presence that interacts with the light and a glorious environment.
 
Location: Vescovana (PD), Italy
Instructor: Andy Siddall
Cost: 2350 €
Sponsor: Linda Winter
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"Watercolor Painting Instructors Retreat in Sicily"
April 22-29, 2023
 

Experience magical Sicily, enjoy breathtaking vistas, tiny villages, amazing Sicilian gastronomy and local wine. My interest in creating a Retreat for Tutors is to create a forum for instructors in watercolor to explore the Art of Teaching. My concerns in the way watercolor workshops are being conducted, seem to me to have vastly narrow limits in the general format in which they are conducted. Of course, to be sure I haven’t seen all the various methods used and the ones I have seen are quite well done but could there be more? I hope this idea appeals to you and you will join me in kicking off a wonderful retreat tradition for years to come.
 
Location: Marsala, Italy
Instructor: Stewart White
Cost: From 1700 €
Sponsor: Salinara
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"Pastel Painting Workshop: The People and Landscapes of Umbria"
April 29 - May 5, 2023
 

This pastel workshop is designed for the beginning and intermediate pastelist and will cover materials, basic design, color, and application. Some materials will be supplied. We will be painting from life and photographs taken on-site or in the surrounding areas of Umbria, the Green Heart of Italy. This is a great opportunity to learn the fundamentals of pastel painting as well as providing a challenge to those who already have a basic understanding of pastel technique. Expect plenty of encouragement and actionable advice. Enjoy a beautiful location with magnificent views and a special atmosphere that only Umbria can offer.
 
Location: Assisi, Italy
Instructor: Neva Rossi Smoll
Cost: 2500 €
Sponsor: Schola Artis Pro Vobis
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"Full-immersion Watercolor Masterclass in Sicily"
April 29 - May 6, 2023
 

Join Polish Watercolorist Artist Michal Jasiewicz to a painting retreat in delightful and peaceful West-Sicily with amazing light and color conditions. Michal will be your tutor during your stay at the stunning Salinara Art Farm, in the Trapani region. Daily painting excursions to surrounding salt pans, local markets, vineyards, villages such as the medieval town Erice, Archeological Park of Selinunte, one of the most flourishing classical civilizations of the Mediterranean area. The workshop will take you through selecting a dramatic composition and simplifying it, tone, light, color theory, effects and how to build up a watercolour painting in a structured, demonstration-led setting. Limited single rooms for a supplement.
 
Location: Marsala, Italy
Instructor: Michal Jasiewicz
Cost: 1650 €
Sponsor: Salinara
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"Pastel Painting Workshop: The People and Landscapes of Umbria"
May 6-12, 2023
 

This pastel workshop is designed for the beginning and intermediate pastelist and will cover materials, basic design, color, and application. Some materials will be supplied. We will be painting from life and photographs taken on-site or in the surrounding areas of Umbria, the Green Heart of Italy. This is a great opportunity to learn the fundamentals of pastel painting as well as providing a challenge to those who already have a basic understanding of pastel technique. Expect plenty of encouragement and actionable advice. Enjoy a beautiful location with magnificent views and a special atmosphere that only Umbria can offer.
 
Location: Assisi, Italy
Instructor: Neva Rossi Smoll
Cost: 2500 €
Sponsor: Schola Artis Pro Vobis
Website, email


"Painting Retreat travel to sunny Sicily and learn oil painting"
May 6-13, 2023
 

Painting, eating, drinking and touring like an Italian, and yes, soaking in some sun after a long winter. So come join me and have some fun, and learn a lot while you do! Why Sicily? It seems so far away. Why go all the way to paint there? Well, because of the light. The sparkling clear, vibrating light. Sicily, and specifically the area we will paint in, is at the very bottom of Italy. Far to the south and out to the west, Marsala is the nearest town. Low in latitude, at the tip of the boot, the toe juts far enough out into the Mediterranean to make the area feel like an island. Limited single rooms for a supplement.
 
Location: Marsala, Italy
Instructor: Thomas Jefferson Kitts
Cost: From 2640 €
Sponsor: Salinara
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"Watercolor Plein Air Painting Retreat in Sicily"
May 13-20, 2023
 

We invite you to enjoy a plein air watercolour painting retreat in beautiful West-Sicily. Led by Israeli watercolorist Amir Nir 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. 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. Limited single rooms for a supplement.
 
Location: Marsala, Italy
Instructor: Amir Nir
Cost: From 1550 €
Sponsor: Salinara
Website, email


"Drawing spaces short course"
June 11-17, 2023
 

The drawing spaces course is run at Villa Pisani Bolognese Scalabrin, one of Italy’s secret treasures, set close to the magical Colli Euganei. Andy Siddall, Architect, trained at the Royal College of Art, and currently teaching fellow in Interior Design at Edinburgh College of Art, will take you through an adventure in fine drawing skills. He has two unique talents, the first is a fine eye for architectural detail, the second for filling his students with confidence. This is a course for both beginners and the more experienced. Andy’s aim is to encourage you to see the building in front of you with a 3 dimensional presence that interacts with the light and a glorious environment.
 
Location: Vescovana (PD), Italy
Instructor: Andy Siddall
Cost: 2350 €
Sponsor: Linda Winter
Website, email


"Studio Italia - Art workshop in Tuscany offered since 1997"
July 9-18, 2023
 

A thought-provoking and inspirational art workshop open to artists of all levels and media (oils, acrylics, watercolors, etc.). Join us for 9 full days of plein air painting, art history/theory lectures, touring, and gourmet cuisine in the most beautiful area of Tuscany. Our teaching approach and groups limited to eight participants allow us to offer personalized instruction and a stimulating learning environment. Cost of CAD 3775 (around US$ 2900) includes art instruction, 9-night double accommodation, all breakfasts, 8 lunches, 8 gourmet dinners including wine, transportation from and to the Arezzo train station, transportation to all painting sites (Montepulciano, Cortona, Pienza, etc.), train ticket to Florence, and a guided tour to the Uffizi Museum. Limited single rooms for a supplement.
 
Location: Lucignano, Italy
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$ 2900
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Watercolour Workshop - Landscape Painting with Qi Yang"
September 9-16, 2023
 

The Work of Qi Yang challenges two painting conceptions of Western and Eastern arts constantly. Yang merges Zen, together with German Expressionism that emphasizes emotion in the paintings through lines, colors, composition and technique. This workshop offers painting combined with poetic thinking for the Italian landscape – from the region Toscana to Assisi. We will at first learn to sketch nature directly in front of beautiful surroundings, for example, trees, forests, mountains, waters and ancient castles, churches, old houses, etc. After sketching the techniques of aquarelle and color ink will be taught, both of which can be used either separately or as mixed technique. Accompanied with the workshop the art theory of the composition on the landscape painting will be taught.
 
Location: Assisi, Italy
Instructor: Qi Yang
Cost: 2500 €
Sponsor: Schola Artis Pro Vobis
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"Uniquely Umbria! Pastel Painting in Inspirational Italy"
September 11-15, 2023
 

Umbria, the Green Heart of Italy. Draw inspiration from the magnificent countryside, the fragrant flora, the beautiful food and drink or the charm of the Agriturismo La Malvarina using soft pastel. Learn the basics or improve your pastel painting skills in the morning and in the afternoon, explore this gorgeous region steeped in history, art and culture. Each morning will begin with a demonstration of tips and techniques for pastel application as well as instruction about various surfaces and types of pastels. After the demo, each student will receive individual instruction at the easel. Students will take their art pieces home in clear bags suitable for travel. Are you ready to express your vision of Italy?
 
Location: Assisi, Italy
Instructor: Joycelyn Schedler
Cost: 2500 €
Sponsor: Schola Artis Pro Vobis
Website, email


"Uniquely Umbria! Pastel Painting in Inspirational Italy"
September 18-22, 2023
 

Umbria, the Green Heart of Italy. Draw inspiration from the magnificent countryside, the fragrant flora, the beautiful food and drink or the charm of the Agriturismo La Malvarina using soft pastel. Learn the basics or improve your pastel painting skills in the morning and in the afternoon, explore this gorgeous region steeped in history, art and culture. Each morning will begin with a demonstration of tips and techniques for pastel application as well as instruction about various surfaces and types of pastels. After the demo, each student will receive individual instruction at the easel. Students will take their art pieces home in clear bags suitable for travel. Are you ready to express your vision of Italy?
 
Location: Assisi, Italy
Instructor: Joycelyn Schedler
Cost: 2500 €
Sponsor: Schola Artis Pro Vobis
Website, email


"Capturing light and atmosphere in watercolor"
September 30 - October 7, 2023
 

Come to enjoy a masterful tuition by Keiko Tanabe, subject matters will be landscape, Mediterranean seascape, old historic city scape, locations in the charming 18th century farmhouse where the participants will stay. Sicily it’s like a dream, colorful sunset, olive groves, lined vineyards, picturesque villages with narrow streets, churches, a never ending range of restaurants and cafés, blue skies and beautiful nature, jovial people, traditional foods and great local wine. The participants will benefit from daily one-on-one guidance and a group sharing with Keiko. You can expect to learn about composition, how to capture lights and atmosphere, methods and techniques of creative process. Limited single rooms for a supplement.
 
Location: Marsala, Italy
Instructor: Keiko Tanabe
Cost: 1950 €
Sponsor: Salinara
Website, email


"Studio Italia - Art workshop in Tuscany offered since 1997"
October 1-10, 2023
 

A thought-provoking and inspirational art workshop open to artists of all levels and media (oils, acrylics, watercolors, etc.). Join us for 9 full days of plein air painting, art history/theory lectures, touring, and gourmet cuisine in the most beautiful area of Tuscany. Our teaching approach and groups limited to eight participants allow us to offer personalized instruction and a stimulating learning environment. Cost of CAD 3775 (around US$ 2900) includes art instruction, 9-night double accommodation, all breakfasts, 8 lunches, 8 gourmet dinners including wine, transportation from and to the Arezzo train station, transportation to all painting sites (Montepulciano, Cortona, Pienza, etc.), train ticket to Florence, and a guided tour to the Uffizi Museum. Limited single rooms for a supplement.
 
Location: Lucignano, Italy
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$ 2900
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Sicily Painting Holiday 2023"
October 1-8, 2023
 

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 painting supplies, sketchbook, pencils, boards and easels are provided in a spacious beautiful studio. You will enjoy daily painting classes and excursions to: the coastal town of Siracusa; Ortigia; the Baroque town of Noto; the fishing village of Marzamemi; and the cities of Modica and Ragusa.
 
Location: Sicily, Italy
Instructor: Sandra Iafrate, sandraiafrate.com
Cost: $2980. Canadian
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"Watercolor Sketching and Journaling in Western Sicily"
October 8-15, 2023
 

Join Cindy Briggs and Theresa Goesling for their workshop at the stunning Salinara Art Farm on the west coast of Sicily. Cindy and Theresa will give daily painting lessons and individual help, encouraging support, share how to draw and simplify your subject, play with colors and water, textures, composition, writing and precious advice on how to create and improve your watercolor journal pages. Resume of the workshop, final discussion about student’s works with Cindy and Theresa. Sicily is a unique island that has been shaped by many cultures over many thousands of years. Salinara is a 10 minute walk from the Sea, close by are salt pans with windmills, lined vineyards and olive groves. Limited single rooms for a supplement.
 
Location: Marsala, Italy
Instructor: Theresa Goesling and Cindy Briggs
Cost: From 2900 €
Sponsor: Salinara
Website, email


"Painting in a relaxing atmosphere in picturesque Marsala"
October 15-22, 2023
 

Join watercolor artist Jeni Caruana on the beautiful island of Sicily in the Mediterranean Sea. Jeni is an experienced tutor for all levels of artists, from beginners to advanced. She encourages everyone to challenge their boundaries and make new discoveries about their own unique expression. Whether it’s basic techniques to give a firm background, or a nudge into loosening up rigid habits, Jeni gives individual attention and inspiration to everyone in the group. The sessions are taught in watercolour, because it is so portable and easy to use on site, but the principles of drawing and colour apply to all mediums, so artists are welcome to bring whatever they are most happy with. Or to bring something different to experiment!
 
Location: Marsala, Italy
Instructor: Jeni Caruana
Sponsor: Salinara
Website, email


 

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