Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


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

Join our eight-night workshop and experience the stunning Caribbean coast from Puerto Colombia (Barranquilla) to Cartagena. Learn the fundamentals of perspective drawing and watercolors and have a taste of Colombian Caribbean food and culture. After an art class, try a "mojarra con arroz con coco" with a cold Colombian beer or an "aguardiente". Paint on the beach just like Gauguin was doing in Tahiti. Visit a few restaurants’ kitchens and learn from their chefs. Take part in a street food tour. Price of CAD 2600 (around US$2075) includes eight-night double accommodation in comfortable and centrally located hotels, all ground transportation, all breakfasts, one lunch, two suppers, one street food tour, art instruction, cooking classes/demonstrations, art supplies, and more.
 
Location: Cartagena, Colombia
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US $2075
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Expressive Brushwork En Plein Air"
March 19-26, 2022
 

Join us for what is sure to be another fun and exciting week of painting in the Tropics as I eagerly return for a fourth year to the gorgeous setting of coastal Boca De Tomatlan, a unique and authentic fishing village just south of Puerto Vallarta. This all-inclusive workshop is one not to be missed, as the Casa De Artistas delivers a rich, relaxing, and inspiring experience. Truly a painter’s paradise…and so much more!
 
Location: Boca de Tomatlan, Mexico
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Cost: $2,195
Sponsor: Casa de los Artistas
Website, email, (413) 625-8382


"Painting in Portugal"
April 4-10, 2022
 

Join California-based painter and renowned art instructor Randall Sexton for an exciting week of 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 Spain: Watercolor Sketching Workshop"
May 7-14, 2022
 

Come join Suhita Shirodkar for a week long painting adventure in the magnificent Costa Brava, Spain. Suhita Shirodkar is a self-confessed obsessive sketcher and watercolor artist. Her love of color and of travel is reflected in her work. You will learn to sketch people, places, flora and fauna so your sketchbooks can truly reflect your travels. There will be critiques and discussions about your paintings and Suhita will spend part of each day “one on one” with you as you sketch the magnificent views.
 
Location: Calella de Palafrugel, Spain
Instructor: Suhita Sirodkar, SketchAway.wordpress.com
Cost: $3,390 ($3,190 before Nov 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Van Gogh and Cézanne in Provence, France"
May 8-15, 2022
 

This retreat will take you to the very places that Van Gogh and Cézanne painted many of their masterpieces. You will be inspired by the rich locations of Arles, Saint Remy, and Aix-en-Provence. Hosts Royce Deans (USA) and Tali Farchi (NL) are accomplished painters and teachers, providing art instruction to enrich your creative process, they’ll share information about these artist's lives and how they worked. The ArtisTTable has hosted hundreds of artists of all levels and backgrounds. During this retreat, we will stay in the center of Arles giving easy access to this historic city. This all inclusive retreat boasts delicious meals, exclusive day trips and lots of art making. It will be a trip you won't forget.
 
Location: Arles, and Aix-en-Provence, France
Instructor: Royce Deans and Tali Farchi
Cost: $2990.00
Sponsor: ArtisTTable
Website, email, 231.883.1681


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

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


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

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


"Painting the Dutch Landscape"
May 22-29, 2022
 

During this retreat to Holland, The Netherlands we will visit the city of Zwolle, founded in 800AD. Its classically designed city center has gorgeous parks surrounded by farmland, wooded areas, canals, dikes, and lots of bikes. Your hosts Royce Deans (USA) and Tali Farchi (Zwolle) are accomplished painters and teachers, providing art instruction to enrich your creative process. The ArtisTTable has hosted hundreds of artists of all levels and backgrounds. During this retreat, we will stay in the 4-Star Bilderberg Wientjes Hotel. This all inclusive retreat boasts delicious meals, exclusive day trips and lots of art making. You will get the full-local experience that will take you will off the beaten tourist path and be a trip you won't forget.
 
Location: Zwolle, The Netherlands
Instructor: Royce Deans and Tali Farchi
Cost: $2990.00
Sponsor: ArtisTTable
Website, email, 231.883.1681


"Painting in the Loire Valley: Travel Sketching in Watercolor"
June 10-17, 2022
 

We will spend an amazing week in the Loire Valley filling our watercolor journals with memories for a lifetime and inspiration for larger paintings back home. Kathy will share how she chooses and composes a composition with quick colorful sketches. As a master plein air artist at the Olmsted Plein Air Invitational (2016) and Olmsted Georgia Color (2019 & 2020), she has a wealth of painting knowledge to share with you, no matter what your level of experience. We will travel light with a small pack of supplies that can easily fit into your backpack or satchel. Kathy will work with each of you individually to create your best watercolor sketches. Kathy has a love for art, adventure and people.
 
Location: Saint Pierre de Corps, France
Instructor: Kathy Rennell Forbes, www.RennellForbes.com
Cost: $3,390
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

This workshop is focused on the plein-air experience. We will be painting in breathtaking locations in the French Alps where subject matter ranges from bucolic mountain scenes with French barn buildings to lakeside scene with boats as well as busy streets/ town settings. Frank Eber works in a direct, loose style influenced by the Old World masters. Typical in his art are color mixes and light that evoke nostalgia while remaining absolutely in the present. Frank’s watercolor workshops reach beyond technique, encouraging individual expression and observing the elusive balance of forces that create beauty in painting.
 
Location: Haute-Savoie, France
Instructor: Frank Eber
Cost: $3,390
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


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

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


"Paint without fear"
July 7-14, 2022
 

Bonjour, join us and artist Gregory Wellman at our beautiful country house, La Salle, in Southern France for a 7 night painting holiday. Luxury accommodation, delicious meals with wine, a friendly environment and like minded people. Non painters are welcome. We will visit villages nearby, passing through glorious landscapes ablaze with Sunflowers. We will be winetasting at the Chateau, visiting wonderful farmer's markets plus a fabulous flea market. Groups are of 5 -10 artists enabling plenty of individual tuition, painting on location and in the studio. Gregory demonstrates in acrylic but invites artists to bring their preferred medium. His teaching style is encouraging and confidence building while developing skills and technique. Pack your paints and brushes and let's go!
 
Location: Toulouse, France
Instructor: Gregory Wellman
Cost: $1660
Sponsor: Painting holidays at La Salle
Website, email, 0033(0)562294520


"Studio Italia - Art workshop in Tuscany offered since 1997"
July 10-19, 2022
 

A thought-provoking and inspirational art workshop open to artists of all levels and all media (oils, acrylics, watercolors, etc.). Nine full days of plein air painting, art history/art theory lectures, touring, and gourmet cuisine in the most beautiful area of Tuscany. Our groups of eight participants and our teaching approach allow us to offer personalized instruction and a stimulating learning environment. Cost of CAD 3475 (around US$ 2700) includes instruction, 9-night double accommodation, all breakfasts, 8 lunches, 8 gourmet dinners including wine, transportation from and to the Arezzo train station, transportation to all painting sites (Montepulciano, Cortona, Pienza, etc.) train ticket to Florence, and a guided tour to the Uffizi Museum. Testimonials from former participants on our website.
 
Location: Lucignano, Italy
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$2700
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


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

Join me to follow in the footsteps of master painters Monet, Pisarro, Renoir, Gaugin, Picasso, Cassatt and more. Each day we’ll enjoy artistic and cultural experiences, including the unique opportunity to paint in Monet’s Garden with no crowds. My plein air workshops are extremely comprehensive and have been described as ‘art school in a week’. I’ll de-mystify the painting process by teaching straightforward, easy to understand steps. Using tried and true principles as a jumping off point will allow you to loosen up and find your own voice. You’ll leave this class with the skills needed to take your work to the next level…both outdoors and in the studio. There will be demos, discussions, handouts, lots of painting time and individual attention.
 
Location: Giverny, France
Instructor: Jane Hunt, janehuntart.com
Cost: $3,390
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


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

Join us for this magical plein air painting & sketching adventure in the French Alps! Yuki will walk you through how to create an atmosphere of a scene by establishing the sense of depth in the picture plane and also by breaking away from a rigid coloring-in painting style. You will start painting with confident brush strokes and expressive edge qualities. You will also learn how to simplify a complex subject by extracting the most important feature of the subject while leaving unnecessary details out. Establishing a strong tonal value pattern in your picture plane is also important. We will practice tonal value studies and monochromatic paintings and learn how to translate them into full-color paintings for maximum visual and emotional impact.
 
Location: Haute-Savoie, France
Instructor: Yuki Hall, www.yukihallfineart.com
Cost: $3,390
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


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

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


"Painting in the French Alps: Watercolor Sketching Workshop"
September 2-9, 2022
 

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


"Painting in Provence: Oil Painting Workshop"
September 9-16, 2022
 

Join us in in Provence! 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.
 
Location: Venasque, France
Instructor: Suzie Baker, www.suziebaker.com
Cost: $3,390
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


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

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


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

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


"Capturing the Magic of Tuscany"
September 22-30, 2022
 

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, seeing 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 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: Florence, Trequanda, Italy
Instructor: Yuki Hall, TWSA
Cost: $3,400
Website, email, 937-679-2464


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

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


"Tuscany Painting Holiday 2022"
October 1-8, 2022
 

Join us for this wonderful painting holiday during Italian harvest. 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, most meals, wine, excursions and accommodations. All painting levels are welcome from beginners to experienced artist, in this encouraging creative atmosphere.
 
Location: Siena, Italy
Instructor: Sandra Iafrate, sandraiafrate.com
Cost: 1750 GBP
Website, email


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

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


"Sicily Painting Holiday 2022"
October 9-16, 2022
 

Sicily is an island of contrasts -from fertile volcanic land, ancient and arid ruins to baroque style architecture, it offers beautiful compositions for painters. Its stunning location in the middle of the Mediterranean means it is blessed with good weather, ideal for painting! This painting holiday is a complete artistic journey from start to finish. You will stay at authentic yet modern villas in the south-east of the island, surrounded by almond, olive and pomegranate trees. Your painting supplies, sketchbook, pencils, boards and easels are provided in a spacious beautiful studio. You will enjoy daily painting classes and excursions to: the coastal town of Siracusa; Ortigia; the Baroque town of Noto; the fishing village of Marzamemi; and the cities of Modica and Ragusa.
 
Location: Sicily, Italy
Instructor: Sandra Iafrate, sandraiafrate.com
Cost: 1750 GBP
Website, email


 

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