Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Plein Air on the Shores of Lake Como with Jon Budicin"
September 5-12, 2018
 

Spend a week painting, living, and relaxing with a small group of artists on the shores of beautiful Lake Como! Master artist, Jon Budicin, will teach for 5 full days. The class is limited in size to 8 participating artists. We will visit different locations around the lake for painting. Workshop includes all breakfasts and dinners, as well as airport transfers and transportation of artists to painting locations. This will be a week to remember! Come and join us!
 
Location: Lake Como, Italy
Instructor: Jon Budicin
Cost: $3750 Single Occupancy/Private Bath
Sponsor: Open Air Italy
Website, email, 1-321-626-2717


"Plein air painting in the High Tatras in Slovakia"
September 6-11, 2018
 

A very picturesque painting holiday in the High Tatra Mountains in today’s Slovakia or ‘Hungarian Uplands’ as known to native Hungarians. A truly magnificent mountain range with its hidden tarns, lakes and waterfalls as well as the many challenging peaks. We sketch and paint by the crystal clear waters of mountain lakes, we take the cable car up to some of the peaks to enjoy breathtaking views and we’ll do some easy, scenic hiking. No better place than this to practice your painting skills, take photographs and enjoy some fresh air. Booking now for September 2018!
 
Location: Tatranska Lomnica, Slovakia
Instructor: Ibolya Taligas
Cost: €569 / person sharing a room. Excl. flights
Website, email, +44 203 488 2991, +44 7564906850


"Painting the Landscape in Tuscany & Umbria"
September 8-15, 2018
 

This workshop is open to artists of all media, though Judith will work in oils. Mineral spirits for oil painters is provided. An art supply shop is located in Cortona and offers a range of art supplies. The itinerary accommodates morning and afternoon art sessions with the exception of the full-day wine tour to Montalcino, Pienza & Montepulciano. Included is a day in Siena and a half-day trip to Lake Trasimeno! In the event of inclement weather in Cortona indoor space or covered outdoor space will be provided. Non-artists can enjoy sightseeing, shopping and enjoying the relaxed atmosphere of classic Italian caffes and piazzas!! Don't forget to bring a camera to record your experience and bring your memories home!
 
Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: Judith D'Agostino
Cost: From US$3149.00 per person/ all-inclusive except airfare
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Website, email, Italy 331 422 9047


"September in Southern France, Travel-Workshop"
September 11-18, 2018
 

Join Lisa Pressman and Norma Hendrix in the stunning landscape of the Village of Durfort. Our lodging, meals and studio space will be at La Cascade. And our exploration of the region will be our inspiration and resource for a week of creative exploration. On our outings we will photograph and draw while being mindful of all our senses. In the studio we will be experimenting with a range of materials including: R&F pigment sticks, oil paint, cold wax, graphite, ink, and pastels. There is a freedom of gesture, movement and process that occurs when painting with these materials. A variety of techniques, tools and exercises are used to explore personal imagery – abstract as well as representational.
 
Location: Durfort, France
Instructor: Lisa Pressman
Cost: $3,000
Sponsor: Cullowhee Arts
Website, email, 828-342-6913


"Etruscan Places Open Air Fundamentals"
September 15-22, 2018
 

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, most meals, accommodation, field trips (Siena and Montalcino) , local transport. All levels. 12 student maximum.
 
Location: Murlo, Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Maddine Insalaco and Joe Vinson
Cost: $2,500 - $2,860
Sponsor: Etruscan Places
Website, email, 212-780-3216


"Plein Air Lake Como"
September 19-26, 2018
 

Capture the glorious colors of Italy’s Lake Como, in this week long plein air painting workshop with Victoria Brooks. Victoria teaches primarily in oil but also teaches in acrylic and watercolor. She will teach you how to paint water and reflections, capturing colorful architecture and quaint vignettes against grand skies and the cobalt blue of Lake Como. Victoria teaches the methods of simplicity to help you get the next level, whether you are a beginner or experienced painter you will grow as an artist and come home with beautiful painting studies to document your trip. She will work to encourage your personal style. Sharing the steps she takes, she will cover: Story, Composition, Technique, Color, Values and Edges.
 
Location: Lake Como, Italy
Instructor: Victoria Brooks
Cost: From US$3440.00 per person/ all-inclusive except airfare
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Website, email, Italy 331 422 9047


"Paint in Southern Albania"
September 23-27, 2018
 

Albania offers the perfect setting for a painting holiday as it is still little known by most travellers. Its landscape is truly breathtaking and the people are some of the friendliest in Europe. It also has many natural wonders and ancient architecture to inspire you. We will be based in Saranda in the South from where we travel to different points of interest by our cosy minibus. An informal art holiday suitable for painters of any levels as well as non-painting partners. Paint and draw while enjoying the stunning virgin beaches. Small group and a dedicated artist tutor and guide. 100% payment protection. Fully compliant with the Package Travel Regulation. Flights and accommodation excl.
 
Location: Saranda, Albania
Instructor: Ibolya Taligas
Cost: €375 (excl. flights and accommodation)
Sponsor: Painting Getaways
Website, email, +442034882991


"Niagara Falls- Finding your focus outdoors"
September 24-25, 2018
 

I often see artists confused about what to focus on outdoors. Some truly don't know where to begin painting something in front of them. A better solution is not to paint a specific subject, instead, look for 'light'. An ordinary object in the right light becomes extraordinary! When you have excitement starting your painting, you can more easily carry that through to the finished piece, instead of deciding at the finish what you can do to make the painting more exciting. Learn to find a strong composition, value pattern, and you'll learn how to work with color temperature for atmospheric effects.
 
Location: Niagara Falls, Canada
Instructor: J.R. Baldini, IPAP
Cost: $297.00 +tx
Sponsor: Baldini Art & Visualization Workshops
Website, email, 1.800.393.7270 in studio 9-5


"Historic Itineraries for Advanced Painters, Civita Castellana"
September 29 - October 6, 2018
 

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, 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
Sponsor: Etruscan Places
Website, email, 212-780-3216


"Tuscany Expressionist Painting Retreat with Dorothy Fagan"
September 29 - October 7, 2018
 

Create Your Own Customized Retreat at a Restored 15th Century Villa in the Maremma region of southern Tuscany. Select from a complete menu from Italian cooking to painting, watercolor and oil to journaling dreams, exploring, visiting artisan shops, writing, cooking, eating, napping, and enjoying the good company of creative souls. Get full details (and amazing photos) about this fabulous villa, gardens with emerald pool, olive grove, vineyards ... this is not your average Tuscan painting workshop! Close to the rocky coastline, beaches, hot sulphur spas, Monte Amiata, an archaeological dig ... you will think you have died and gone to painter's heaven.
 
Location: Grosetto, Italy
Instructor: Dorothy Fagan
Cost: $1800 - $3200
Sponsor: The Painting Lesson
Website, email, 804-366-0990


"Tuscany Painting Retreat"
September 29 - October 7, 2018
 

Stir Up Your CreativSOUP at a Restored 15th Century Villa in the Maremma region of southern Tuscany. Create Your Own Customized Painting Retreat with Dorothy Fagan, on the breath-taking 2500 acre Monteverdi Estate. Select from a complete menu from Italian cooking lessons to painting, watercolor and oil to journaling dreams, exploring, visiting artisan shops, writing, spas, eating, napping, and enjoying the good company of creative souls. Dorothy’s CreativSOUP Method sparks passion and touches heart and soul. Nearby are tennis, golf, riding, sailing, wine tasting, spas, and miles of sandy beach, rocky coastline, and Tuscany’s tallest mountain. Florence, Siena, San Gimignano, archaeological sites of Roselle and Tarquinia, and ancient sulphur baths Saturnia are all within a short drive.
 
Location: Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Dorothy Fagan
Cost: $1800 - $3200
Sponsor: The Painting Lesson
Website, email, 804-366-0990


"Studio Italia offered since 1997"
October 3-13, 2018
 

Thought-provoking and inspirational art workshop open to artists of all levels and all media (oils, acrylics, watercolors). Ten full days of plein-air painting, art history/theory, touring, group critiques and gourmet cuisine/wine in the most beautiful area of Tuscany. Small groups, personalized instruction and an intimate environment that fosters creativity and fun. Cost is CAD 3150 or the equivalent in American dollars at the time of full payment (around US$ 2,550 as of Sept. 2017). Cost includes: art instruction, ten-night double accommodation, all breakfasts, 8 lunches, 9 gourmet dinners including wine, transportation from and to the Arezzo train station, transportation to all painting/visiting sites (Montepulciano, Cortona, Pienza, Assisi, etc.) train ticket to Florence and entrance to the Uffizi Museum.
 
Location: Torrita di Siena, Italy
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$2550
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, (800) 611-4789


"Laura and Billy’s Excellent Painting Adventure - Italy 2018"
October 6-13, 2018
 

Replenish your Art Spirit through constructive positive energy. Ten years running, Laura Martinez-Bianco and William Noonan guide these small group week-long plein air painting workshops. Join us this year in the exquisite mystical countryside of Umbria. Individualized instruction allows you to set goals and challenges, while working at your own pace in the media of your choice. The camaraderie of the group benefits seasoned professionals as well as absolute beginners. Italy is sure to inspire; the sights, sounds and tastes will fill your senses. Price is all inclusive excluding travel to Perugia. US $2,950 includes; art instruction, 7 nights double occupancy, all meals, transportation from Perugia to all painting and cultural sites.
 
Location: Perugia, Italy
Instructor: Laura Martinez-Bianco & William Noonan
Cost: $2,950 US$ all inclusive except travel to Perugia
Sponsor: L&B's Excellent Painting Adventures
Website, email, 845-542-6472


"Advanced Plein Air Landscape Seminar"
October 13-20, 2018
 

Our Advanced Seminar will offer experienced painters the opportunity to work intensively all day without the disruption of movements. We will have exclusive use of a spectacularly situated farm which will enable participants to develop longer term and larger scale works if desired. Two instructors, Maddine Insalaco and Joe Vinson, will be available to work with participants. Critiques will be held daily. Slide shows on issues relevant to landscape painting will be held two evenings. Fees include most materials, surfaces and equipment, accommodations, all meals, field trip, local transportation. Reduced fees for extended stays.
 
Location: Buonconvento, Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Maddine Insalaco and Joe Vinson
Cost: $2,500 - $2,860
Sponsor: Etruscan Places
Website, email, 212-780-3216


"Amalfi Coast - Plein Air with Larry Moore"
October 13-20, 2018
 

Spend a week with a small group of artists as we paint and enjoy the beauty and culture of the Amalfi Coast! October is a great time to visit Amalfi, with the temperatures mild and the crowds down! Notable and talented artist, Larry Moore, will be teaching for 5 full days. Class size is limited to 8 participating artists to allow maximum time between individual artists and teacher! We will visit different coastal locations for painting daily. Workshop includes daily breakfasts, welcome and farewell dinners, airport transfers, and all transportation of artists to painting locations. Class is open to all mediums and all levels! Hope to see you there!
 
Location: Amalfi Coast, Italy
Instructor: Larry Moore
Cost: $3750 Single Occupancy/Private Bath
Sponsor: Open Air Italy
Website, email, 1-321-626-2717


"Plein Air Painting in Donegal, Ireland with Joe Sweeney"
October 15-19, 2018
 

Join Joseph Sweeney on a plein air painting getaway in scenic Donegal, Ireland, homeland of Joe’s ancestors, the Mac Sweeney’s! Located along the breathtaking, unspoiled northwest coast of Ireland, Donegal’s high sea cliffs in offer sweeping vistas ideal for plein air painting! Draw and paint historic Donegal Castle, the spectacular Slieve League Cliffs, and St. John’s Point Lighthouse with instruction focusing on oil, acrylic, and pastel; experienced watercolorists also welcome. Accommodations will be provided by the wonderful Castle Murray House (additional cost).
 
Location: Donegal, Ireland
Instructor: Joseph Sweeney
Cost: For Credit: $1425, Non-Credit: $795
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Sketch and walk in the stone forests of the Meteora in Greece"
October 22-26, 2018
 

In such magnificent scenery we walk and sketch the imposing, natural rock formations with their monasteries perched on top. On our art pilgrimage we visit all 6 monasteries from where the view of the forests below are just breathtaking as they transform into vivid gold and magenta colours by the end of October. A truly unique place in Europe and a must-see! Every day we visit different monasteries and sketch along the way in our preferred medium. Your guide and art tutor is available to help and advise at all times. Suitable for anyone interested in art, nature, photography, walking. €370 per person (excl. flights and accommodation). Painting Getaways fully complies with the Package Travel Regulations 1992.
 
Location: Kalampaka, Greece
Instructor: Ibolya Taligas
Cost: €370 (excl. flights and accommodation)
Sponsor: Painting Getaways
Website, email, +442034882991


"Art and Culture in the Balearic Islands"
April 13-20, 2019
 

Join us for a week of art and culture on the island of Mallorca, Spain! Our days will be filled with on-site drawing and painting on the nearby beaches and coastal towns in the foothills of the Tramuntana mountains. Evenings are filled with fun-filled talks about everything Spanish and the week includes excursions to cultural sites. Some experience painting outdoors is desirable. On-site demonstrations and time for personal instruction in the studio are available every day.
 
Location: Mallorca, Spain
Instructor: Meredith Nemirov
Cost: $2250
Sponsor: Ridgway Gallery Workshops
Website, email, 970-318-8444


"Art and Culture in the Alentejo, Portugal"
April 27 - May 4, 2019
 

Join us in the medieval town of Arrailos in the Alentejo region of Portugal for a week of painting, drawing and printmaking. This workshop is for all levels of art experience. Demonstrations will be plein air in watercolor and drawing with a two day workshop in monoprints in the town's municipal print studio. Cultural excursions to the nearby town of Evora and stone megaliths are included in the week.
 
Location: Arraiolos, Portugal
Instructor: Meredith Nemirov
Cost: $2250
Sponsor: Ridgway Gallery Workshops
Website, email, 970-318-8444


"Paint Strokes in Tuscany"
June 5-12, 2019
 

Imagine the ambiance that will fill every sensory with excitement as you stand on the rolling hills in the wine country of Italy, surrounded by picturesque stone buildings, painting at your easel, with other likeminded artists, and for a whole week! Smell the fresh air of the country as your paint strokes capture what you see! Bobbi Baldwin will introduce you to some refreshing new ideas about how to approach a painting from the glorious city of Cortona and Lake Trasimeno in Umbria.
 
Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: Bobbi Baldwin
Cost: From $3,499.00 all inclusive in Italy
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Website, email, +39 331 422 9047


"Plein Air Artist Retreat: Ireland with Hilary McCarthy"
June 9-14, 2019
 

If you’ve ever lusted after emerald countryside spilling over rocky cliffs and into a gray Irish sea, we’ve found your place. Your home away from home for six blissful days. Immerse yourself in the location and record your journey and time spent in this special place. In this workshop, the beautiful and mysterious landscape of the Irish coast will be our muse and inspire our paintings. We will be learning the formal elements of plein air painting in oil. Color mixing, color theory, value importance, and atmosphere will be discussed. We will focus on learning the anatomy of the sea and how to paint waves, foam, light reflections.
 
Location: Westport, Ireland
Instructor: Hilary Robin McCarthy, www.hilarymccarthyart.com
Cost: $3,795 Shared, $4,195 Single
Sponsor: Arts & Cultural Travel
Website, email, 617-855-9209


"Studio Italia offered since 1997"
June 14-24, 2019
 

Thought-provoking and inspirational art workshop open to artists of all levels and all media (oils, acrylics, watercolors). Ten full days of plein-air painting, art history/theory, touring, group critiques and gourmet cuisine/wine in the most beautiful area of Tuscany. Small groups, personalized instruction and an intimate environment that fosters creativity and fun. Cost is CAD 3250 or the equivalent in American dollars at the time of full payment (around US$ 2,520 as of March 2018). Cost includes: art instruction, ten-night double accommodation, all breakfasts, 8 lunches, 9 gourmet dinners including wine, transportation from and to the Arezzo train station, transportation to all painting/visiting sites (Montepulciano, Cortona, Pienza, Assisi, etc.) train ticket to Florence and entrance to the Uffizi Museum.
 
Location: Torrita di Siena, Italy
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$2520
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Studio Provence and Barcelona Art Tour 2019"
July 1-12, 2019
 

A seven-day plein-air painting workshop in the Alpes de Haute Provence combined with a four-day art history tour in the magnificent city of Barcelona. Open to artists of all levels and all media. Small groups, personalized instruction and an intimate environment that fosters creativity and fun. A unique opportunity to paint in the land of Cézanne when the lavender is in its glory, to visit Barcelona’s great art and architecture and to enjoy famous Provencal and Catalan cuisine. Price of CAD 3685 around US$2830 as of March 2018) includes 11-night double accommodation, 11 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners, transportation to all sites on schedule, TGV train ticket Avignon-Barcelona and entrances to all museums and sites on schedule.
 
Location: Manosque, France
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$2830
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Studio Provence and Barcelona Art Tour 2019"
July 1-12, 2019
 

A seven-day plein-air painting workshop in the Alpes de Haute Provence combined with a four-day art history tour in the magnificent city of Barcelona. Open to artists of all levels and all media. Small groups, personalized instruction and an intimate environment that fosters creativity and fun. A unique opportunity to paint in the land of Cézanne when the lavender is in its glory, to visit Barcelona’s great art and architecture and to enjoy famous Provencal and Catalan cuisine. Price of CAD 3685 around US$2830 as of March 2018) includes 11-night double accommodation, 11 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners, transportation to all sites on schedule, TGV train ticket Avignon-Barcelona and entrances to all museums and sites on schedule.
 
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$2830
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Plein Air Tuscany & Umbria"
July 6-13, 2019
 

Workshops include as many demos as participants may need, abundant one on one instruction with Spencer and daily critique sessions for those who wish to participate. And just to make sure the student has everything he or she needs to succeed in making better paintings, you’ll have the beauty of the Tuscan landscape to inspire you! Come and learn how to better express your artistic vision in a place that has inspired some of history’s giants, with an artist who genuinely loves to teach.
 
Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: Spencer Meagher
Cost: From $3,149.00 all inclusive in Italy
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Website, email, +39 331 422 9047


"Painting Like Van Gogh"
July 17-25, 2019
 

In this exciting workshop for artists, we will be painting daily in the exact locations where Van Gogh walked, painted and had a gallery. The brilliant blues, warm golds, and lavender of southern France are what brought him to the area. Award-winning professional artist Sharon Rusch Shaver will offer guidance and demonstrations to capture subject matter that Van Gogh loved about the area. You will enjoy en-suite accommodations in an authentic historic Maison, ground transfers to sites, and gourmet chef-prepared meals. All mediums and levels of ability are welcome. Join us in 2019 for this exciting adventure for artists! Book early for special discounts!
 
Location: Arles, France
Instructor: Sharon Rusch Shaver
Cost: $3,800
Website, email, 615-451-7304


"Studio Italia offered since 1997"
October 3-13, 2019
 

Thought-provoking and inspirational art workshop open to artists of all levels and all media (oils, acrylics, watercolors). Ten full days of plein-air painting, art history/theory, touring, group critiques and gourmet cuisine/wine in the most beautiful area of Tuscany. Small groups, personalized instruction and an intimate environment that fosters creativity and fun. Cost is CAD 3250 or the equivalent in American dollars at the time of full payment (around US$ 2,520 as of March 2018). Cost includes: art instruction, ten-night double accommodation, all breakfasts, 8 lunches, 9 gourmet dinners including wine, transportation from and to the Arezzo train station, transportation to painting/visiting sites (Montepulciano, Cortona, Pienza, Assisi, etc.) train ticket to Florence and entrance to the Uffizi Museum.
 
Location: Torrita di Siena, Italy
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$2520
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Painting in Tuscany"
October 4-11, 2019
 

Ciao Tuscany! Let’s immerse ourselves in the flavors and colors of Tuscany, famous for its rolling hills, olive groves, cypress trees, winding vineyards but also superb Renaissance art and of course Chianti wine. Join Kirah Van Sickle for a plein air adventure in watercolor, oil and acrylic painting. 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. Join us in the heart of Italy!
 
Location: Certaldo, Italy
Instructor: Kirah Van Sickle, www.kirahfineart.com
Cost: $3,190 before Jan. 31 ($3,390 after Jan. 31)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


 

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