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


"Travel Sketching in Watercolor"
March 29 - April 3, 2022
 

Join me for 4 days of sketching with watercolor in beautiful Santa Barbara. We’ll enjoy the free-flowing and colorful nature of watercolor at its best while sketching and having fun! I’ll help you develop observation skills, color awareness, simple design principles and learn about light and shadows. We’ll investigate various techniques, sketching tools, and approaches to watercolor. Enjoy time with fellow artists, instruction and friendly critiques.
 
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Instructor: Brenda Swenson, www.swensonsart.net
Cost: $1,590 (Hotel is not incl.)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"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


"Sketching and Journaling in Watercolor"
April 8-13, 2022
 

I’ll teach you techniques for capturing the close-up and colourful in this wonderful town, as well as the distant and scenic on the magical coast of Santa Barbara. 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, gazing at a street scene or the way the light grazes the trunk of a tree. We’ll work spontaneously, and I’ll show you how to keep your watercolour sketches fresh and colourful. Each day will start with a short demo and end with a critique, hopefully while sitting in a shady courtyard with a glass of wine in hand.
 
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Instructor: Shari Blaukopf, www.shariblaukopf.com
Cost: $1,590 (Hotel is not incl.)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Watercolor Painting Workshop"
April 8-13, 2022
 

Join me on this wonderful trip to Santa Barbara! We will explore and paint outdoors while enjoying the joie de vivre the town has to offer. If you’re looking for a cozy, personalized therefore very special painting holiday organized by an experienced tour operator, this is it. Since we will be a small group, I can also closely work with each one of you for a semi-private painting experience. My teaching style consists of one hour demo once or twice a day followed by one-to-one support.
 
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Instructor: Keiko Tanabe, www.ktanabefineart.com
Cost: $1,590 (Hotel is not incl.)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Art Escape - Charleston- Gardens of Spring"
April 8-11, 2022
 

3 full days of Escaping into Gardens and History of Charleston- the plantations, the architecture and the Southern Style. All Breakfasts, lunches snacks included. Lodging separate. Transportation between locations is included. You will have an option work with Painter- Lorelle Miller to do Plein Air Watercolors, oil or your own medium of choice or go with fine art photographer April Bielefeldt. Spring in the South offers a mix of Oak Lined roads, fine gardens, and quaint streets and plantations. Evenings will be available for sharing and critique if you choose. April / Lorelle like to take an immersive approach, staying in historic places, eating local foods encouraging artists to play! Recharge and nurture the Creative Spirit inside you.
 
Location: Charleston, South Carolina
Instructor: Lorelle Miller - April Bielefeldt
Cost: $1500.00
Sponsor: FallPhotoTrips
Website, email, 818-723-7413


"Watercolour Workshop with Arnhild Kart"
April 9-15, 2022
 

Arnhild Kart’s actions are always based on the clear awareness that only the knowledge and determination of the artist can transform a work from the “chaos,” inherent in the raw, inanimate material, to the “work of art” rich in vitality and concrete in its being. The instructor will support you in experimentation and surrendering more and more to the painterly process and the bold use of colour. The workshop will be held in the fabulously restored Giomici’s Castle dating back to the eleventh century.
 
Location: Assisi, Italy
Instructor: Arnhild Kart
Cost: 2200 €
Sponsor: Schola Artis Pro Vobis
Website, email


"Mosaic Workshop"
April 16-22, 2022
 

Born in Rome in 1975, Tiziana Mondini studied art and was awarded the diploma of Master Mosaicist. After an apprenticeship and internships with artistic businesses in Ravenna, she began her own business in 2000, creating artistic mosaics to order. By working with artists and professionals, she learned to create works of contemporary art and design. Her total dedication to this genre of art has now led the artist to become a lecturer in mosaic art for private and official organisations. Her art studio has since become a multi-purpose center of local art in the Italian artistic tradition. This exciting workshop will be held in the fabulously restored Giomici’s Castle dating back to the eleventh century.
 
Location: Assisi, Italy
Instructor: Tiziana Mondini
Cost: 2200 €
Sponsor: Schola Artis Pro Vobis
Website, email


"Acrylic Painting Workshop with Arnhild Kart"
April 16-22, 2022
 

Join Arnhild Kart for this acrylic painting course and learn techniques that will lead you to more experimental work in landscape paintings and cityscapes. The instructor supports you in taking your painting process beyond reality, surrendering more and more to the painterly process and the expression of colour. With a broad brush or palette knife, mood and geometry, as well as light and shadow are captured. Here the art of omission is called for in order to direct the view to the essential. We will work with acrylic colours as well as with ink, charcoal, pastels or oil crayons - offering great opportunities for experimentation. This liberating workshop will be held in the fabulously restored Giomici’s Castle!
 
Location: Assisi, Italy
Instructor: Arnhild Kart
Cost: 2200 €
Sponsor: Schola Artis Pro Vobis
Website, email


"Venice Retreat: Watercolor Sketching"
April 22 - May 5, 2022
 

This is truly a Retreat...a mix of sketching in the morning and sightseeing in the afternoons. I think everyone should see Venice's beauty with their own eyes! We'll stay together in a Venice apartment . Whether we cook our meals in our apartment (using only the freshest ingredients), or enjoy a glass of house wine in a small trattoria near San Marco, we'll make memories that will stay with us for a lifetime! My website fills in the other details.
 
Location: Venice, Italy
Instructor: Helen K Beacham
Cost: $2950
Sponsor: Beacham Fine Art
Website, email, 843-408-5240


"Painting Workshop with Alison Ryde"
April 23-29, 2022
 

Join us as we paint with Watercolours/Acrylics on paper. This exciting workshop will be held in the fabulously restored Giomici’s Castle dating back to the eleventh century! The aim is to create conditions for the ability to create a painting which expresses the observations and insights of individual painters - the basis of originality. We will aim to go beyond the usual, creating something very uniquely yours and an expression of your individuality. We will be stretching one’s thinking and working to find the pure essence of our subject. Simplicity and the impression of light and distance without effort will be our goal. This workshop is useful for both beginners and experienced painters.
 
Location: Assisi, Italy
Instructor: Alison Ryde
Cost: 2200 €
Sponsor: Schola Artis Pro Vobis
Website, email


"Watercolor Sketching Workshop"
April 28 - May 3, 2022
 

Join me to learn watercolor sketching in beautiful Pasadena. We’ll enjoy the free-flowing and colorful nature of watercolor at its best while sketching and having fun! I’ll help you develop observation skills, color awareness, simple design principles and learn about light and shadows. We’ll investigate various techniques, sketching tools, and approaches to watercolor. Enjoy time with fellow artists, instruction and friendly critiques.
 
Location: Pasadena, California
Instructor: Brenda Swenson, www.swensonsart.net
Cost: $1,590 (Hotel not included)
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 florals alla prima inside and out"
May 12-19, 2022
 

Join us, and oil painting artist, Alex Kelly for a 7 night painting holiday in our 200 year old farmhouse in this beautiful little known region of Southern France. Charming authentic accommodation and menus featuring many regional specialities, excursions and tuition with Alex included, painting beautiful florals in oil for all levels. Non painting partners welcome. Pack your palette and brushes and lets go!
 
Location: Toulouse, France
Instructor: Alex Kelly
Cost: $1660
Sponsor: Painting holidays at La Salle
Website, email, 0033(0)562294520


"Painting Workshop with Alison Ryde"
May 14-20, 2022
 

Join us as we paint with Watercolours/Acrylics on paper. This exciting workshop will be held in the fabulously restored Giomici’s Castle dating back to the eleventh century! The aim is to create conditions for the ability to create a painting which expresses the observations and insights of individual painters - the basis of originality. We will aim to go beyond the usual, creating something very uniquely yours and an expression of your individuality. We will be stretching one’s thinking and working to find the pure essence of our subject. Simplicity and the impression of light and distance without effort will be our goal. This workshop is useful for both beginners and experienced painters.
 
Location: Assisi, Italy
Instructor: Alison Ryde
Cost: 2200 €
Sponsor: Schola Artis Pro Vobis
Website, email


"Sculpture Workshop with wire and paper maché"
May 14-20, 2022
 

Join Arnhild Kart for this inspiring workshop that includes a short introduction to artistic anatomy, the construction of an anatomic skeleton, sculpture modelling with paper and glue, and different types of final treatments. Arnhild Kart’s actions are always based on the clear awareness that only the knowledge and determination of the artist can transform a work from the “chaos,” inherent in the raw, inanimate material, to the “work of art” rich in vitality and concrete in its being. The workshop will be held in the fabulously restored Giomici’s Castle!
 
Location: Assisi, Italy
Instructor: Arnhild Kart
Cost: 2200 €
Sponsor: Schola Artis Pro Vobis
Website, email


"Watercolour Workshop with Arnhild Kart"
May 14-20, 2022
 

Arnhild Kart’s actions are always based on the clear awareness that only the knowledge and determination of the artist can transform a work from the “chaos,” inherent in the raw, inanimate material, to the “work of art” rich in vitality and concrete in its being. The instructor will support you in experimentation and surrendering more and more to the painterly process and the bold use of colour. The workshop will be held in the fabulously restored Giomici’s Castle dating back to the eleventh century.
 
Location: Assisi, Italy
Instructor: Arnhild Kart
Cost: 2200 €
Sponsor: Schola Artis Pro Vobis
Website, email


"Acrylic Painting Workshop with Arnhild Kart"
May 21-27, 2022
 

Join Arnhild Kart for this acrylic painting course and learn techniques that will lead you to more experimental work in landscape paintings and cityscapes. The instructor supports you in taking your painting process beyond reality, surrendering more and more to the painterly process and the expression of colour. With a broad brush or palette knife, mood and geometry, as well as light and shadow are captured. Here the art of omission is called for in order to direct the view to the essential. We will work with acrylic colours as well as with ink, charcoal, pastels or oil crayons - offering great opportunities for experimentation. This liberating workshop will be held in the fabulously restored Giomici’s Castle!
 
Location: Assisi, Italy
Instructor: Arnhild Kart
Cost: 2200 €
Sponsor: Schola Artis Pro Vobis
Website, email


"Mosaic Workshop"
May 21-27, 2022
 

Born in Rome in 1975, Tiziana Mondini studied art and was awarded the diploma of Master Mosaicist. After an apprenticeship and internships with artistic businesses in Ravenna, she began her own business in 2000, creating artistic mosaics to order. By working with artists and professionals, she learned to create works of contemporary art and design. Her total dedication to this genre of art has now led the artist to become a lecturer in mosaic art for private and official organisations. Her art studio has since become a multi-purpose center of local art in the Italian artistic tradition. This exciting workshop will be held in the fabulously restored Giomici’s Castle dating back to the eleventh century.
 
Location: Assisi, Italy
Instructor: Tiziana Mondini
Cost: 2200 €
Sponsor: Schola Artis Pro Vobis
Website, email


"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 Spain: Oil Painting Workshop"
May 26 - June2, 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: $3,590
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"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: $3,590
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


"Watercolour Workshop with Arnhild Kart"
June 11-17, 2022
 

Arnhild Kart’s actions are always based on the clear awareness that only the knowledge and determination of the artist can transform a work from the “chaos,” inherent in the raw, inanimate material, to the “work of art” rich in vitality and concrete in its being. The instructor will support you in experimentation and surrendering more and more to the painterly process and the bold use of colour. The workshop will be held in the fabulously restored Giomici’s Castle dating back to the eleventh century.
 
Location: Assisi, Italy
Instructor: Arnhild Kart
Cost: 2200 €
Sponsor: Schola Artis Pro Vobis
Website, email


"Painting Workshop with Alison Ryde"
June 18-24, 2022
 

Join us as we paint with Watercolours/Acrylics on paper. This exciting workshop will be held in the fabulously restored Giomici’s Castle dating back to the eleventh century! The aim is to create conditions for the ability to create a painting which expresses the observations and insights of individual painters - the basis of originality. We will aim to go beyond the usual, creating something very uniquely yours and an expression of your individuality. We will be stretching one’s thinking and working to find the pure essence of our subject. Simplicity and the impression of light and distance without effort will be our goal. This workshop is useful for both beginners and experienced painters.
 
Location: Assisi, Italy
Instructor: Alison Ryde
Cost: 2200 €
Sponsor: Schola Artis Pro Vobis
Website, email


"Mosaic Workshop"
June 18-24, 2022
 

Born in Rome in 1975, Tiziana Mondini studied art and was awarded the diploma of Master Mosaicist. After an apprenticeship and internships with artistic businesses in Ravenna, she began her own business in 2000, creating artistic mosaics to order. By working with artists and professionals, she learned to create works of contemporary art and design. Her total dedication to this genre of art has now led the artist to become a lecturer in mosaic art for private and official organisations. Her art studio has since become a multi-purpose center of local art in the Italian artistic tradition. This exciting workshop will be held in the fabulously restored Giomici’s Castle dating back to the eleventh century.
 
Location: Assisi, Italy
Instructor: Tiziana Mondini
Cost: 2200 €
Sponsor: Schola Artis Pro Vobis
Website, email


"Painting in the French Alps: Watercolor Painting Workshop"
June 21-28, 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, AWS, NWS
Cost: $3,590
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


"Acrylic Painting Workshop with Arnhild Kart"
June 25 - July 1, 2022
 

Join Arnhild Kart for this acrylic painting course and learn techniques that will lead you to more experimental work in landscape paintings and cityscapes. The instructor supports you in taking your painting process beyond reality, surrendering more and more to the painterly process and the expression of colour. With a broad brush or palette knife, mood and geometry, as well as light and shadow are captured. Here the art of omission is called for in order to direct the view to the essential. We will work with acrylic colours as well as with ink, charcoal, pastels or oil crayons - offering great opportunities for experimentation. This liberating workshop will be held in the fabulously restored Giomici’s Castle!
 
Location: Assisi, Italy
Instructor: Arnhild Kart
Cost: 2200 €
Sponsor: Schola Artis Pro Vobis
Website, email


"Watercolour Workshop with Arnhild Kart"
July 2-8, 2022
 

Arnhild Kart’s actions are always based on the clear awareness that only the knowledge and determination of the artist can transform a work from the “chaos,” inherent in the raw, inanimate material, to the “work of art” rich in vitality and concrete in its being. The instructor will support you in experimentation and surrendering more and more to the painterly process and the bold use of colour. The workshop will be held in the fabulously restored Giomici’s Castle dating back to the eleventh century.
 
Location: Assisi, Italy
Instructor: Arnhild Kart
Cost: 2200 €
Sponsor: Schola Artis Pro Vobis
Website, email


"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


"Mosaic Workshop"
July 9-15, 2022
 

Born in Rome in 1975, Tiziana Mondini studied art and was awarded the diploma of Master Mosaicist. After an apprenticeship and internships with artistic businesses in Ravenna, she began her own business in 2000, creating artistic mosaics to order. By working with artists and professionals, she learned to create works of contemporary art and design. Her total dedication to this genre of art has now led the artist to become a lecturer in mosaic art for private and official organisations. Her art studio has since become a multi-purpose center of local art in the Italian artistic tradition. This exciting workshop will be held in the fabulously restored Giomici’s Castle dating back to the eleventh century.
 
Location: Assisi, Italy
Instructor: Tiziana Mondini
Cost: 2200 €
Sponsor: Schola Artis Pro Vobis
Website, email


"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 Workshop with Alison Ryde"
July 16-22, 2022
 

Join us as we paint with Watercolours/Acrylics on paper. This exciting workshop will be held in the fabulously restored Giomici’s Castle dating back to the eleventh century! The aim is to create conditions for the ability to create a painting which expresses the observations and insights of individual painters - the basis of originality. We will aim to go beyond the usual, creating something very uniquely yours and an expression of your individuality. We will be stretching one’s thinking and working to find the pure essence of our subject. Simplicity and the impression of light and distance without effort will be our goal. This workshop is useful for both beginners and experienced painters.
 
Location: Assisi, Italy
Instructor: Alison Ryde
Cost: 2200 €
Sponsor: Schola Artis Pro Vobis
Website, email


"Thoroughly Oaxaca Art Experience 2: mixed media, natural pigments"
August 1-10, 2022
 

Join Oaxacan watercolor artist Pedro Cruz Pacheco and immerse yourself in the soulful art scene, indigenous culture, rich culinary and artisanal traditions of this magical colonial city, a UNESCO world heritage site. Field trips include a Sunday open air market, artisan studios, Francisco Toledo's CaSa arts center, and a papermaking studio. Use locally sourced natural pigments to make uniquely Oaxacan memories on paper in a handmade artist book. Develop your unique voice and mark making by playing with different materials. Get out of your habitual way of doing things and be surprised by what shows up on paper. Find your symbols, talismans, personal marks - the "secret soul" of things that matter to you and bring them into your painting.
 
Location: Oaxaca, Mexico
Instructor: Pedro Cruz Pacheco & Corrie McCluskey
Cost: $1850 (lodging including)
Sponsor: Oaxaca Dreams - Pedro Cruz Pacheco
Website, email, 707-575-6801


"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 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


"Mosaic Workshop"
September 3-9, 2022
 

Born in Rome in 1975, Tiziana Mondini studied art and was awarded the diploma of Master Mosaicist. After an apprenticeship and internships with artistic businesses in Ravenna, she began her own business in 2000, creating artistic mosaics to order. By working with artists and professionals, she learned to create works of contemporary art and design. Her total dedication to this genre of art has now led the artist to become a lecturer in mosaic art for private and official organisations. Her art studio has since become a multi-purpose center of local art in the Italian artistic tradition. This exciting workshop will be held in the fabulously restored Giomici’s Castle dating back to the eleventh century.
 
Location: Assisi, Italy
Instructor: Tiziana Mondini
Cost: 2200 €
Sponsor: Schola Artis Pro Vobis
Website, email


"Watercolour Workshop with Arnhild Kart"
September 3-9, 2022
 

Arnhild Kart’s actions are always based on the clear awareness that only the knowledge and determination of the artist can transform a work from the “chaos,” inherent in the raw, inanimate material, to the “work of art” rich in vitality and concrete in its being. The instructor will support you in experimentation and surrendering more and more to the painterly process and the bold use of colour. The workshop will be held in the fabulously restored Giomici’s Castle dating back to the eleventh century.
 
Location: Assisi, Italy
Instructor: Arnhild Kart
Cost: 2200 €
Sponsor: Schola Artis Pro Vobis
Website, email


"Pastel Painting Workshop: The People and Landscapes of Umbria"
September 3-9, 2022
 

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


"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


"Watercolour Workshop with Mariette Egreteau"
September 10-16, 2022
 

Mariette Egreteau Martelli was born in France but now lives in Arezzo, where she has been a teacher for more than thirty years. She has a scientific background and has always been interested in the link between science and art, with her curiosity fully satisfied in the spectacle offered by nature. Light playing on ordinary objects, and the transparency of sky and water are her favourite subjects. She mostly uses watercolour to express herself, for its immediacy and union between water and light. She is bilingual in French and Italian and fluent in English. The workshop will be held in the fabulously restored Giomici’s Castle dating back to the eleventh century.
 
Location: Assisi, Italy
Instructor: Mariette Egreteau Martelli
Cost: 2200 €
Sponsor: Schola Artis Pro Vobis
Website, email


"Sculpture Workshop with wire and paper maché"
September 10-16, 2022
 

Join Arnhild Kart for this inspiring workshop that includes a short introduction to artistic anatomy, the construction of an anatomic skeleton, sculpture modelling with paper and glue, and different types of final treatments. Arnhild Kart’s actions are always based on the clear awareness that only the knowledge and determination of the artist can transform a work from the “chaos,” inherent in the raw, inanimate material, to the “work of art” rich in vitality and concrete in its being. The workshop will be held in the fabulously restored Giomici’s Castle!
 
Location: Assisi, Italy
Instructor: Arnhild Kart
Cost: 2200 €
Sponsor: Schola Artis Pro Vobis
Website, email


"Pastel Painting Workshop: The People and Landscapes of Umbria"
September 10-16, 2022
 

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


"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


"Painting in Spain: Watercolor & Sketching"
September 24 - October 1, 2022
 

Explore beautiful Spain with watercolorist Carrie Waller and the well-respected French Escapade tour company (small group of 6-12 people max.)! Carrie has won numerous awards and has been published in many publications including the Watercolor Artist Magazine, The Art of Watercolor, Pratique des Arts, Artist’s and Illustrators and the Splash, Best of Watercolor series, 14, 16, 17, 18, and 19. She is a signature member of the American Watercolor Society, Louisiana Watercolor Society, Mid-Southern Watercolorists and Watercolor USA Honor Society.
 
Location: Calella de Palafrugel, Spain
Instructor: Carrie Waller, www.carriewallerfineart.com
Cost: $3,390
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Acrylic Painting Workshop with Arnhild Kart"
September 25 - October 1, 2022
 

Join Arnhild Kart for this acrylic painting course and learn techniques that will lead you to more experimental work in landscape paintings and cityscapes. The instructor supports you in taking your painting process beyond reality, surrendering more and more to the painterly process and the expression of colour. With a broad brush or palette knife, mood and geometry, as well as light and shadow are captured. Here the art of omission is called for in order to direct the view to the essential. We will work with acrylic colours as well as with ink, charcoal, pastels or oil crayons - offering great opportunities for experimentation. This liberating workshop will be held in the fabulously restored Giomici’s Castle!
 
Location: Assisi, Italy
Instructor: Arnhild Kart
Cost: 2200 €
Sponsor: Schola Artis Pro Vobis
Website, email


"Watercolour Workshop with Arnhild Kart"
October 1-7, 2022
 

Arnhild Kart’s actions are always based on the clear awareness that only the knowledge and determination of the artist can transform a work from the “chaos,” inherent in the raw, inanimate material, to the “work of art” rich in vitality and concrete in its being. The instructor will support you in experimentation and surrendering more and more to the painterly process and the bold use of colour. The workshop will be held in the fabulously restored Giomici’s Castle dating back to the eleventh century.
 
Location: Assisi, Italy
Instructor: Arnhild Kart
Cost: 2200 €
Sponsor: Schola Artis Pro Vobis
Website, email


"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


"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


"Mosaic Workshop"
October 8-14, 2022
 

Born in Rome in 1975, Tiziana Mondini studied art and was awarded the diploma of Master Mosaicist. After an apprenticeship and internships with artistic businesses in Ravenna, she began her own business in 2000, creating artistic mosaics to order. By working with artists and professionals, she learned to create works of contemporary art and design. Her total dedication to this genre of art has now led the artist to become a lecturer in mosaic art for private and official organisations. Her art studio has since become a multi-purpose center of local art in the Italian artistic tradition. This exciting workshop will be held in the fabulously restored Giomici’s Castle dating back to the eleventh century.
 
Location: Assisi, Italy
Instructor: Tiziana Mondini
Cost: 2200 €
Sponsor: Schola Artis Pro Vobis
Website, email


"Sculpture Workshop with wire and paper maché"
October 8-14, 2022
 

Join Arnhild Kart for this inspiring workshop that includes a short introduction to artistic anatomy, the construction of an anatomic skeleton, sculpture modelling with paper and glue, and different types of final treatments. Arnhild Kart’s actions are always based on the clear awareness that only the knowledge and determination of the artist can transform a work from the “chaos,” inherent in the raw, inanimate material, to the “work of art” rich in vitality and concrete in its being. The workshop will be held in the fabulously restored Giomici’s Castle!
 
Location: Assisi, Italy
Instructor: Arnhild Kart
Cost: 2200 €
Sponsor: Schola Artis Pro Vobis
Website, email


"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


"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


"Acrylic Painting Workshop with Arnhild Kart"
October 22-28, 2022
 

Join Arnhild Kart for this acrylic painting course and learn techniques that will lead you to more experimental work in landscape paintings and cityscapes. The instructor supports you in taking your painting process beyond reality, surrendering more and more to the painterly process and the expression of colour. With a broad brush or palette knife, mood and geometry, as well as light and shadow are captured. Here the art of omission is called for in order to direct the view to the essential. We will work with acrylic colours as well as with ink, charcoal, pastels or oil crayons - offering great opportunities for experimentation. This liberating workshop will be held in the fabulously restored Giomici’s Castle!
 
Location: Assisi, Italy
Instructor: Arnhild Kart
Cost: 2200 €
Sponsor: Schola Artis Pro Vobis
Website, email


"Watercolour Workshop with Mariette Egreteau"
October 22-28, 2022
 

Mariette Egreteau Martelli was born in France but now lives in Arezzo, where she has been a teacher for more than thirty years. She has a scientific background and has always been interested in the link between science and art, with her curiosity fully satisfied in the spectacle offered by nature. Light playing on ordinary objects, and the transparency of sky and water are her favourite subjects. She mostly uses watercolour to express herself, for its immediacy and union between water and light. She is bilingual in French and Italian and fluent in English. The workshop will be held in the fabulously restored Giomici’s Castle dating back to the eleventh century.
 
Location: Assisi, Italy
Instructor: Mariette Egreteau Martelli
Cost: 2200 €
Sponsor: Schola Artis Pro Vobis
Website, email


"Travel Sketching in Watercolor"
October 26-31, 2022
 

Join me for 4 days of sketching with watercolor in beautiful Santa Barbara. We’ll enjoy the free-flowing and colorful nature of watercolor at its best while sketching and having fun! I’ll help you develop observation skills, color awareness, simple design principles and learn about light and shadows. We’ll investigate various techniques, sketching tools, and approaches to watercolor. Enjoy time with fellow artists, instruction and friendly critiques.
 
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Instructor: Brenda Swenson, www.swensonsart.net
Cost: $1,590 (Hotel is not incl.)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"2022 Día de Muertos Art + Culture Workshop in Oaxaca, Mexico"
October 28 - November 6, 2022
 

Want to experience a hands-on, deep dive into authentic traditions of Day of the Dead? Nowhere is it observed with more color and pageantry than Oaxaca. Immerse yourself in the soulful art scene, indigenous culture, rich culinary and artisanal traditions of this magical city. Gather decorations and offerings for our group altar, make a Muertos sand tapestry, and tin milagros. Field trips include evening visits to cemeteries where graves are lovingly adorned, and master artisan studios. Paint symbolic representations of loved ones - adding natural pigments to make uniquely Oaxacan memories on paper. Mexican artist Pedro Cruz Pacheco shares his extensive repertoire of personal symbols incorporated into his art, and you'll discover and paint your own in this intimate setting.
 
Location: Oaxaca, Mexico
Instructor: Pedro Cruz Pacheco
Cost: $1850 (lodging including)
Sponsor: Oaxaca Dreams - Pedro Cruz Pacheco
Website, email, 707-575-6801


"On-The-Go Ink-n-Splash Sketching Workshop"
November 1-6, 2022
 

Close by or across the globe, travel light and capture your views with pop and zing. All it takes is a small watercolor palette (with five basic primary colors), a classic Ticonderoga pencil, a black office pen, a medium size watercolor brush, a small water container, and a medium-size sketch book. You are now at the ready to knock off joyful sketches! To keep those sketches rolling, I’ll teach you how to visually K.I.S.S. (Keep It Super Simple) what you see and what you draw and paint.
 
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Instructor: David Lobenberg
Cost: $1,590 (Hotel is not incl.)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Watercolor Painting Workshop"
November 6-11, 2022
 

Join David on a Watercolor Journey, learning the most valuable watercolor concepts and techniques. This workshop will save you countless hours of trial & error by demonstrating approaches in an easily understood manner that will open new doors of discovery and creativity. David will discuss outdoor equipment options, considerations when choosing a composition, value study options to help prepare for the painting process, and provide numerous demonstrations and individual attention. Regardless of your level of experience, you’re almost guaranteed to leave with a handsome work of art, and the skills, concepts, and confidence to take your paintings to a higher level.
 
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Instructor: David R. Smith, AWS
Cost: $1,590 (Hotel is not incl.)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


 

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