Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Painting holiday in rural Spain"
April 13-19, 2020
 

Develop your artistic skills and enjoy a week’s break in the unspoiled heart of Spain. Beautiful countryside and rural villages provide an abundance of subjects to paint or sketch. During the week, you will receive a minimum of 22 hours tutoring in a reduced group (max 10 participants) and have 24 hour access to the studio. This friendly, relaxed and creative holiday offers a flexible selection of options scheduled for the week so every student’s needs and interests are met. All materials and equipment are provided. In addition there is a culinary element to this holiday, with deliciuos mediterranean food. This is a chance to celebrate all the tastes and traditions of Extremadura, guided by inspiring local hosts.
 
Location: Villanueva de la Vera, Cáceres, Spain
Instructor: Granada Munoz
Cost: 1250€
Sponsor: Las Paulinas CB
Website, email, 0034 667 617 493


"Florence Watercolour Workshop"
April 18-23, 2020
 

A fantastic opportunity to paint water colors in the beautiful Renaissance city of Florence. It doesn’t really get any better than this for artists. Soak up the ambience and culture of this famous historical city. Allow your experienced tutor to guide you around from one inspirational backdrop to another. Learn to paint quickly with impressionistic flair through expert tuition from your Academy trained tutor. Whether you’re into the illustrious facades of the ancient cathedrals and palazzos or the grand spaces of Florence’s many piazzas, you really couldn’t be in better hands. You will learn to compose interesting urban scenes with famous landmarks as your focal points. Accommodation, most meals and drinks, guided tours, tuition, all art materials included. Non-painters welcome.
 
Location: Florence, Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: John W. Skelcher
Cost: $2,000
Sponsor: The Retreat
Website, email, 00393349034401


"Art and Culture in the Balearic Islands"
April 18-25, 2020
 

Join us as we return to the island of Mallorca for our fifth year at La Serranía. Located in the foothills of the Tramuntana Mountains and just 10 minutes from the coast, we will spend a week together drawing, painting and walking the gardens and beaches of northwest Mallorca. Finding inspiration in the Mediterranean environment we will create artwork that captures our personal response to what we have experienced. Evenings are filled with wine tastings, local delicacies and discussions about the history of the island and the country of Spain.
 
Location: Mallorca, Spain
Instructor: Meredith Nemirov
Cost: $2375.00
Sponsor: Ridgway Gallery Workshops
Website, email, 970-318-8444


"Venice Plein-air Urban Watercolour Workshop"
April 24-29, 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


"Florence Watercolour Workshop"
May 2-7, 2020
 

A fantastic opportunity to paint water colors in the beautiful Renaissance city of Florence. It doesn’t really get any better than this for artists. Soak up the ambience and culture of this famous historical city. Allow your experienced tutor to guide you around from one inspirational backdrop to another. Learn to paint quickly with impressionistic flair through expert tuition from your Academy trained tutor. Whether you’re into the illustrious facades of the ancient cathedrals and palazzos or the grand spaces of Florence’s many piazzas, you really couldn’t be in better hands. You will learn to compose interesting urban scenes with famous landmarks as your focal points. Accommodation, most meals and drinks, guided tours, tuition, all art materials included. Non-painters welcome.
 
Location: Florence, Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: John W Skelcher
Cost: $2,000
Sponsor: The Retreat
Website, email, 393349034401


"Painting in Provence"
May 2-9, 2020
 

Learn from International award-winning landscape and flower painter, Sandra Iafrate. Artist quality paints are supplied! Book before Nov. 30 and get $450.off your booking (spaces are limited). Join me on this magical week-long workshop, where we stay in a restored historical mill in heart of the charming village of Fontaine de Vaucluse. We will focus on botanical painting and drawing, the beautiful spring fields bursting with wildflowers and quaint vignettes of the Provence villages: window boxes, cobbled streets and Provence life! We will also follow along the footsteps of Van Gogh and be inspired by the same subjects and landscapes. Contact the artist prior to Nov. 30 to learn more and get special rate.
 
Location: Fontaine de Vaucluse, France
Instructor: Sandra Iafrate, sandraiafrate.com
Cost: $3,390
Website, email


"Oil and Acrylic with Alex Kelly"
May 5-12, 2020
 

Travel to the South of France and learn to paint and sketch from an accomplished artist with many years of tutoring experience. Work in oils and acrylics. 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: 7 nights accommodation, three daily meals, tea and coffee making facilities in the main house and studio available at all times, painting and drawing classes, workshops, and sessions with Alex Kelly, local wine and 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 at pre-arranged times.
 
Location: St Puy, Gers, France
Instructor: Alex Kelly
Cost: $1060
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"Capturing the Tuscan Light in Plein Air"
May 6-13, 2020
 

Come and paint en plein air in the warmth of the Tuscan sun in Cortona, one of the oldest and most beautiful cities in Tuscany! Discover the effects of light in painting the beautiful countryside around Cortona en plein air. William (Bill) Rogers will demonstrate in both the oil and watercolor mediums. He will help painters of all levels develop a more acute sense of observation as well as learn techniques to simplify and translate their observations into paint.
 
Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: William Rogers CSPWC TWSA SCA
Cost: From $3590.00 all-incluseve except airfare
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Website, email, +39 331 422 9047


"Roaming Art Vancouver Island Painting Holiday"
May 9-16, 2020
 

Welcome to an artist's paradise! Located on the east coast of Vancouver Island on the shores of the Salish Sea. Join us while we explore super-natural British Columbia and you learn how to document your travels in a sketchbook journal. Each day you will receive instruction to help you create a memorable journal of your adventures. You will stay in a shared 2 Bdrm. cottage on the beach and all transportation to painting sites will be provided. Accommodation and pick up from the airport (Comox or Nanaimo) is included. Join us for 6 days of painting fun for $3250 Cdn. and keep your memories forever!
 
Location: Bowser, BC, Canada
Instructor: Carla Flegel
Cost: $3250.00
Sponsor: Roaming Art Painting Journeys
Website, email, 1.250.607.7038


"Painting & Sketching The Spirit of Spain"
May 11-21, 2020
 

Join me for a magical watercolor sketching & plein air painting adventure! We will tour and paint many spectacular scenes in Barcelona, Girona and Costa Brava, Spain. May 11 - May 21, 2020 with Yuki Hall, TWSA, OWS, WPA. This workshop will be filled with many excursions, guided tours so that non-painting companions can also enjoy. Yuki will help you with painting & sketching throughout the trip. Painters of all levels are welcome.
 
Location: Barcelona, Girona, Costa Brava, Spain
Instructor: Yuki Hall
Cost: $3,400
Website, email, 937-679-2464


"Van Gogh and Cézanne in Provence"
May 11-18, 2020
 

Join us in Provence to paint from the very same places that Vincent Van Gogh painted in Arles, and St. Remy, and where Paul Cézanne worked in Aix-en-Provence. You will be inspired as these great artists were, so many years ago. You will be treated to stories from history while in these special locations that will serve as rich backdrop for the paintings you will make in the enchanting light that is found in Provence. The fee includes transportation from Avignon TGV train station to the hotel in Arles, ground transport to our daily locations to St. Paul’s Mausole in St. Remy and Cézanne’s studio in Aix-en-Provence. Breakfast, lunch and your first and last dinner.
 
Location: Provence, France
Instructor: Royce Deans and Tali Farchi
Cost: $2100 (Register before 01 December 2019 - $1950)
Sponsor: ArtisTTable
Website, email, 1 231-883-1681


"Valencia Tour 10 Days"
May 14-23, 2020
 

A watercolor painting vacation with a difference. Begin with three days in the city of Valencia, where history joins the present and meets the future with the architecture of the City of Arts and Sciences. This is the setting for this most exciting painting tour of "Communidad de Valencia". Followed by another five days painting in the Valencian countryside of the Valle D'Albaida and the Orange Blossom coast. Throughout this ten day painting holiday, paint, enjoy and fully experience the bustle of the historic city, coastal marinas, medieval villages, ancient castles, rice fields (where paella was invented) the rural fields, olive and orange groves. You will not want to miss this unique plein aire painting workshop in Spectacular Spain.
 
Location: Valencia, Spain
Instructor: Keiko Tanabe
Cost: From 2945 Euros per person
Sponsor: Dalvaro Art Vacations
Website, email, 0034610857136


"Aquarelle Storytelling: Plein-Air Painting Vacation in Spain"
May 16-23, 2020
 

Travel to Valle de Albaida, Valencia, and explore various methods and techniques used to create atmosphere in a watercolor painting. Study with artist Keiko Tanabe and paint en plein air in historic towns, medieval villages, ancient castles, rice fields, coastal marinas, olive and orange groves. 8 days | Available in English | All levels| Max. 10 people | Watercolors | Landscape, Townscape. UpTrek Art Retreat inclusions: daily painting classes, workshops, and demonstrations with artist Keiko Tanabe; 7 nights of accommodation; all meals with soft and alcoholic drinks (wine and beer); water, coffee, tea, assorted beverages; aperitifs each evening with local specialties; airport transfers; painting on location trips; private transport to painting locations; access to a fully equipped studio.
 
Location: Valencia, Spain
Instructor: Keiko Tanabe
Cost: $1,640
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"Plein Air watercolor painting in Southern Spain"
May 16-23, 2020
 

Join me, Lena Thynell, for a week of watercolor painting at the beautiful Garden of Lemons, located in Andalusia, south of Granada, Spain. We will be painting from life, “Plein Air”, capturing what surrounds us. It could be the landscape, the beautiful garden, or the quaint little town. I will give demos focusing on light, contrast, composition and simplification. You will have lots of time to paint. All skill levels are welcome. There will be 6 days of painting and exploring this beautiful place. You will be offered a few inspirational excursions during the week. Bring your spouse or a friend.
 
Location: Valle de Lecrín, Spain
Instructor: Lena Thynell
Website


"Venice Plein-air Urban Watercolour Workshop"
May 18-23, 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


"The Tuscan Landscape in Watercolor"
May 19-27, 2020
 

Join American fine artist Jill Williams for an authentic Italian experience while painting the beautiful Tuscan landscape in watercolor during this plein air tour just outside historic Arezzo. Surrounded by the lush summertime Italian landscape, multiple painting sessions will be on location at the beautifully revived 250 year old villa and gardens of Casafredda, as well as the Etruscan hilltop town of Cortona. Nearby excursions to museums, cathedrals, and city streets will inspire more painting, and provide an immersive experience with Medieval and Renaissance era architecture and art. Plein air painting, art history, fine dining and the warm hospitality of your hosts combine to provide guests with memorable experiences and the very best the region has to offer.
 
Location: Arezzo, Italy
Instructor: Jill Williams
Cost: from 2980 euros, all inclusive except airfares
Sponsor: Villa Casafredda
Website, email, +393926654318


"Painting with Pastels in Tuscany!"
May 20-27, 2020
 

Come and paint en plein air in the warmth of the Tuscan sun in Cortona, one of the oldest and most beautiful cities in Tuscany! Painting in the landscape requires a unique combination of left and right brain thinking. We have an emotional, intuitive response to a scene, yet we need technical control and accuracy to convey our concept to paper. This workshop will focus on how to identify, clarify and convey your initial emotional response, and bring it to completion without losing the immediacy and vibrancy of your vision.
 
Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: Molly Lipsher
Cost: From $3590.00 all-incluseve except airfare
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Website, email, +39 331 422 9047


"Painting the Dutch Landscape"
May 22-27, 2020
 

There is a long and rich history of art in The Netherlands. There you will understand all of the of the variety the Dutch landscape has to offer; farmland, lakes, wooded pathways, dykes, canals, classic Dutch architecture and windmills. The artists, and founders of the ArtisTTable, Royce Deans and Tali Farchi will be your hosts on this trip. Included in the fee for this retreat is transportation from the Zwolle train station to the luxury Bilderberg Wientjes Hotel in Zwolle, and all the ground transport to the many locations that we will be painting. Breakfast at the hotel and lunches on locations daily, and your first and last dinner. Plus an ArtisTTable goodie bag with a sketchbook.
 
Location: Zwolle, Netherlands
Instructor: Royce Deans and Tali Farchi
Cost: $1500 (Register before 31 December 2019 - $1380)
Sponsor: ArtisTTable
Website, email, 1 231-883-1681


"Painting in Spain: Oil Painting Workshop"
May 24-31, 2020
 

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


"Painting Retreat: Walk in Monet and Pissarro's footsteps"
May 24-30, 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


"Venice Plein-air Urban Watercolour Workshop"
May 31 - June 5, 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


"Oils with artist Ian Layton"
June 4-11, 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: Ian Layton
Cost: $1060
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"Picturesque Portugal: Landscape Painting and Drawing Vacation"
June 6-12, 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: $970
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"Painting in Spain: Travel Sketching in Watercolor"
June 8-15, 2020
 

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


"Paint in Bulgaria!"
June 11-23, 2020
 

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.
 
Location: Barzitsa, Bulgaria
Instructor: Stella Canfield
Cost: $2950
Sponsor: Cascade Fine Art Workshops
Website, email, (541) 408-5524


"Oil and acrylic with artist Stuart Wiliams"
June 12-19, 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: Stuart Wiliams
Cost: $1060
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"Stunning Moorish Torrox: Watercolors Art Retreat in Spain"
June 12-19, 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


"Florence Watercolour Workshop"
June 13-18, 2020
 

A fantastic opportunity to paint water colors in the beautiful Renaissance city of Florence. It doesn’t really get any better than this for artists. Soak up the ambience and culture of this famous historical city. Allow your experienced tutor to guide you around from one inspirational backdrop to another. Learn to paint quickly with impressionistic flair through expert tuition from your Academy trained tutor. Whether you’re into the illustrious facades of the ancient cathedrals and palazzos or the grand spaces of Florence’s many piazzas, you really couldn’t be in better hands. You will learn to compose interesting urban scenes with famous landmarks as your focal points. Accommodation, most meals and drinks, guided tours, tuition, all art materials included. Non-painters welcome.
 
Location: Florence, Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: John W. Skelcher
Cost: $2,000
Sponsor: The Retreat
Website, email, 393349034401


"Etruscan Places Open Air Fundamentals"
June 13-20, 2020
 

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


"Painting in Spain: Travel Sketching in Watercolor"
June 15-22, 2020
 

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


"Studio Italia offered since 1997"
June 15-24, 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


"En Plein Air Painting in Italy with John Skelcher"
June 20-26, 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


"Painting in the French Alps: Watercolor Painting Workshop"
June 23-30, 2020
 

Painting on location means capturing the essence, learning what matters and what can be left out. No matter what your style is, you will be encouraged to express it. Students will learn to observe and edit, find light and shadow, crop and design a scene, and mix colors with clarity. Lynn will show you how to use light and shadow to design stronger compositions and bring your paintings to life. She will also teach how you can expand on the techniques learned while painting outdoors to turn the scenes into larger works in your studio. Lynn will provide daily demos, lots of personal attention, and positive, gentle critiques. All levels are welcome and will develop a new artistic confidence.
 
Location: Haute-Savoie, France
Instructor: Lynn Ferris, lynnferris.com
Cost: $3,390
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting Tour in the Loire Valley: Perspective Sketching in Watercolor"
June 24 - July 1, 2020
 

Join me for sketching on-location in the lush Loire River Valley! Embark on this eight day painting holiday which takes you on a journey of discovery through some of the most prominent chateaux and gardens of this famous UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your paintings will be inspired by some of the grandest and most beautiful architectural structures in France like Chenonceau, Clos Luce and Amboise. Learn to capture your experiences on paper, and more important, in your mind and heart. In this workshop, we’ll focus on quickly capturing buildings and spaces, as well as skies, trees and water. I’ll do lots of quick demos and provide hand’s-on guidance as you sketch and paint the beautiful scenes around us.
 
Location: Tours & Amboise, France
Instructor: Stephanie Bower, www.stephaniebower.com
Cost: $3,390
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Mixed Media with Hannah Twine"
June 26 - July 03, 2020
 

Travel to the South of France and learn to paint and sketch from accomplished artists with many years of tutoring experience. Work in different mediums 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: Hannah Twine
Cost: $1060
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40757302302


"Pablo Garcia Avila in Spectacular Spain"
June 28 - July 3, 2020
 

Join me, Pablo Garcia Avila at Dalvaro Art retreat, Valencia, Spain for this exciting watercolor course. I´m going to show you how to capture the magic of watercolor painting and composition. So, get ready for this fascinating and completely new perspective on watercolors, color, and paint application. Full accommodation, complimentary airport transfers, all meals, 5 days tuition, 6 night stay in private, en-suite, air-conditioned room. Secure your place with a €175 deposit.
 
Location: Benigánim, Spain
Instructor: Pablo Garcia Avila
Cost: From €1445
Sponsor: Dalvaro Art Vacations
Website, email, 0034 610857136


"Studio Provence and Barcelona Art Tour"
June 30 - July 11, 2020
 

A seven-day plein-air painting workshop in the Alpes de Haute Provence followed by a four-day art history tour in Barcelona. Open to artists of all levels and all media. Small groups, personalized instruction and intimate environment that fosters creativity and fun. A unique opportunity to paint in the land of Cézanne, to visit Barcelona’s great art and architecture and to enjoy famous Provencal and Catalan cuisine. Price of CAD 3700 or the equivalent in USD at the time full payment (around US$2800) includes 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, Gaudís sites, Picasso museum, Miró Museum, etc.).
 
Location: Alpes de Haute Provence, France
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$2800
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, (800) 611-4789


"Etruscan Places Elements of Landscape"
July 4-11, 2020
 

The inspiration for this course is the writing of 18th century French painter P. H. Valenciennes. In his famous treatise on open air painting published in 1800 Valenciennes advocated the separate study of the individual “elements” of landscape. “Elements” is organized around morning slide shows focusing on one element of landscape: fields, trees, clouds and skies, water, time and nocturnes. Daily presentations will be followed by painting sessions dedicated to the subject element. No formal technical instruction is offered but two instructors will be available to work with participants individually. Daily reviews of work. Fees include most materials, surfaces, easels & equipment, all meals, accommodation, field trips, local transportation. 12 student maximum. Rain or shine.
 
Location: Buonconvento, Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Maddine Insalaco and Joe Vinson
Cost: $2,500 - $2,860 depending on occupancy
Sponsor: Etruscan Places
Website, email, 212-780-3216


"Painting Retreat in Normandy with Angela Birchall"
July 5-11, 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


"People and Places: a painting retreat in Deux- Sèvres, France"
July 6-10, 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


"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: $820
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"Travel Sketching in the South West of France"
September 2-9, 2020
 

Join me for a week of sketching with watercolor in the beautiful South Western France. 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: $3,790
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"Travel Sketching in the South West of France"
September 10-17, 2020
 

Join me for a week of sketching with watercolor in the beautiful South Western France. 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: $3,790
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"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


"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


"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


"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. 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


"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


"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


"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


"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 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


"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


"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


"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


"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
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"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: $1,480
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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 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


"5 Day Plein-Air Watercolor Workshop, Barcelona"
Year round
 

This is an opportunity to enjoy a 5-day plein-air intensive urban watercolor workshop in the heart of Barcelona. Professional artist Paul Raymonde and his wife Angela run this unusual city based painting course in one of Europe’s most beautiful metropolis'. The week's curriculum is carefully structured to cover all aspects of technique. Starting with simple value studies it rapidly progresses to full colour paintings. Classes are held in the mornings leaving visitors time to explore the sights and culture of Barcelona. All abilities are welcome.
 
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Instructor: Paul Raymonde
Cost: from €400 EUR
Sponsor: La Terraza Atico
Website, email, +24611360131


 

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