Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"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


"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


"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


"Artistic Voice Mixed Media Retreat in Greece"
June 20-29, 2020
 

Travel to Greece for 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


"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


"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


"Loli Alvaro Oils and Acrylics"
July 12-18, 2020
 

I will be pleased to see you here at my art retreat in Valencia, Spain, for this abstract painting course in oils and acrylic. You may choose to paint in either one or enjoy learning the techniques I use in each one. I thoroughly enjoy painting in these two media and I am sure that you will have a week to remember. We will mix and apply paint to express our moods and feelings while creating artwork to be proud of. Please join me and have a great time. Full accommodation, complimentary airport transfers, all meals, 5 days tuition, 6 night stay in private, en-suite, air-conditioned room. A €175 deposit will secure your place.
 
Location: Benigánim, Spain
Instructor: Loli Alvaro
Cost: From €1295
Sponsor: Dalvaro Art Vacations
Website, email, 0034610857136


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

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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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 in Sicily"
October 11-18, 2020
 

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


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

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


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

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


"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


"Painting in Spain: Oil, Pastel and Watercolor Workshop"
May 9-16, 2021
 

Release your inner artist along the gorgeous coastline of Costa Brava in Northern Spain with encouragement and instruction from Maureen Engle. All levels and mediums are welcome. Maureen will demonstrate on site plein air painting in various mediums. She will demonstrate and then ‘circle’ to help people individually followed by a friendly group critique. Proficient in watercolor, oil and acrylic and mixed media, Maureen has been teaching painting for almost twenty years. Most of her students join her classes with a desire to learn from Maureen how to ‘loosen up’ and put a contemporary or expressive spin on their work. She promotes the use of large brushes, palette knife, contour drawing, wet-in-wet painting, and most importantly, to enjoy the process.
 
Location: Calella de Palafrugel, Spain
Instructor: Maureen Engle, www.maureenengle-art.com
Cost: $3,390 ($3,190 before Nov 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting in Spain: Plein Air in Watercolor & Oil"
May 16-23, 2021
 

Join Julie Gilbert Pollard for a wonderful week of plein air painting on the beautiful coast of Northern Spain, the Costa Brava. Visit inspiring locations, learning to interpret them into your personal visual expression. Expect sight-seeing, photo-sketching, sketching and “light” plein air painting using minimal equipment that is easy to carry in a medium-size backpack. Julie will demonstrate and coach you through methods and techniques that have proven invaluable in learning to distill a scene into its most simple format, leading to studio paintings that retain that illusive “plein air feel”. All levels are welcome. Classes will be small, so Julie will have ample time to help students work toward individual goals.
 
Location: Calella de Palafrugel, Spain
Instructor: Julie Gilbert Pollard, www.juliegilbertpollard.com
Cost: $3,390 ($3,190 before Nov 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting in Spain: Oil Painting Workshop"
May 23-30, 2021
 

Come join Brian Murphy for a week long painting adventure in the magnificent Costa Brava, Spain. Learn to loosen up your technique and create Light Filled paintings while also learning how to paint with a Limited Palette. Brian has led numerous painting trips to France, Italy and Ireland and this workshop will continue the tradition of painting and experiencing the natural beauty and culture of this beautiful part of the world. Spend each day discovering the wonderful light the Costa Brava landscape and seascapes provide while learning how to capture that light on your canvas. There will be daily critiques and discussions and Brian will spend part of each day “one on one” with you as you paint the magnificent views.
 
Location: Calella de Palafrugel, Spain
Instructor: Brian Murphy, bmurphy.net
Cost: $3,390 ($3,190 before Nov 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting in Provence: All Media Painting Workshop"
May 24-31, 2021
 

Join Janet Knight for a wonderful week of plein air painting in the heart of Provence. What sets Janet apart is the diversity in her expertise as an accomplished, award winning artist in watercolors, pastels, acrylics and oils. Whatever your learning interests may be, she can teach you how to make your dreams a reality. An all medium workshop with lots of fun thrown in!
 
Location: Venasque, France
Instructor: Janet Knight, janetknight.com.au
Cost: $3,390 ($3,190 before Nov 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting in the French Alps: All Media Plein Air Workshop"
June 16-23, 2021
 

Join Kirah Van Sickle for a French adventure in watercolor, oil and acrylic painting. With the Alps as our inspiration, we will explore a myriad of journal sketching and alla prima painting techniques. With an approach based on fundamentals of values, composition and color, Kirah will introduce students to exercises and techniques that build brush confidence and achieve bold, fresh and loose results. Students will gain a better understanding of color temperature, limited palette and the dramatic impact in building contrast and dynamic landscape compositions. Both rural and urban subjects will be addressed, using the notan to establish value planes, and color mixing savy. Join us for a plein air escapade!
 
Location: Haute-Savoie, France
Instructor: Kirah Van Sickle, kirahfineart.com
Cost: $3,390 ($3,190 before Nov 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Studio Italia offered since 1997"
June 18-27, 2021
 

Thought-provoking and inspirational art workshop open to artists of all levels and all media (oils, acrylics, watercolors, etc.). Nine full days of plein-air painting, art history/theory lectures, touring, group discussions, and gastronomy in the most beautiful area of Tuscany. We limit the size of our groups to eight participants and we offer personalized instruction and a stimulating learning environment. Cost of CAD 3375 (around US$ 2500) includes art instruction, 9-night double accommodation, all breakfasts, 8 lunches, 8 gourmet dinners including wine, transportation from and to the Arezzo train station, transportation to all painting sites (Montepulciano, Cortona, Pienza, Lucignano, etc.) train ticket to Florence and entrance to the Uffizi Museum. Please read testimonials from former participants on our website.
 
Location: Lucignano, Italy
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$2500
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Studio Provence and Barcelona Art Tour 2021"
July 3-14, 2021
 

A seven-day plein-air painting workshop in the Alpes de Haute Provence followed by a four-day art history tour in Barcelona. A unique learning experience open to artists of all levels and all mediums. Paint a varied range of subjects, from lavender and poppy fields to ochre cliffs and beautiful mountain scenery, visit Barcelona’s great art museums and architecture, and enjoy famous Provencal and Catalan cuisine. Price of CAD 3700 (around US$2800) includes painting instruction, art history/theory lectures, 11-night double accommodation, 11 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 gourmet dinners including wine, TGV train ticket Avignon-Barcelona, transportation and entrances to all museums and sites on schedule (Cézanne’s studio, La Sagrada Familia, Picasso museum, Miró Museum, etc.). The perfect art holidays in France and Spain!
 
Location: Alpes de Haute Provence, France
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$2800
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"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


"Studio Italia offered since 1997"
October 1-10, 2021
 

Thought-provoking and inspirational art workshop open to artists of all levels and all media (oils, acrylics, watercolors, etc.). Nine full days of plein-air painting, art history/theory lectures, touring, group discussions, and gastronomy in the most beautiful area of Tuscany. We limit the size of our groups to eight participants and we offer personalized instruction and a stimulating learning environment. Cost of CAD 3375 (around US$ 2500) includes art instruction, 9-night double accommodation, all breakfasts, 8 lunches, 8 gourmet dinners including wine, transportation from and to the Arezzo train station, transportation to all painting sites (Montepulciano, Cortona, Pienza, Lucignano, etc.) train ticket to Florence and entrance to the Uffizi Museum. Please read testimonials from former participants on our website.
 
Location: Lucignano, Italy
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$2500
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


 

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