Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"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 3570 (around US$ 2800) 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$2800
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


"Wild Clay Workshop - Wilderness Artist Residency"
July 20 - August 6, 2022
 

Visitor Center Artist Camp is an Artist Residency site in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, nestled between rural townships, abandoned mines, and the vast wilderness of the Ottawa National Forest. We hold one residency session each summer, hosting artists from around the country for two weeks of camping, exploring, learning, making, and sharing. Choose the Wild Clay Workshop with master ceramicist Amy Joy Hosterman of Stinky Cheese Ceramics to immerse yourself in the clay process, learning everything from harvesting clay on-site and mixing clay bodies by hand with local natural materials, to firing using electric kilns or experimental wood-barrel kilns, atmospheric propane kilns, and raku kilns, all while camping in the woods! All skill levels welcome!
 
Location: Ewen, Michigan
Instructor: Amy Joy Hosterman, Rebecca Meszler
Cost: $1000
Sponsor: Visitor Center Artist Camp
Website, email, 612-385-2835


"Green Woodworking Workshop - Wilderness Artist Residency"
July 20 - August 6, 2022
 

Visitor Center Artist Camp is an Artist Residency site in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, nestled between rural townships, abandoned mines, and the vast wilderness of the Ottawa National Forest. We hold one residency session each summer, hosting artists from around the country for two weeks of camping, exploring, learning, making, and sharing. Choose a workshop in Green Woodworking with Alo Osberg to explore the techniques for shaping fresh-cut, undried timber for uses big and small, using locally harvested materials and working mostly with hand tools. Whether you’re interested in making furniture, carving a spoon, chiseling a sculpture or constructing a cabin— it all begins with building a relationship to place and material.
 
Location: Ewen, Michigan
Instructor: Alo Osberg, Mel Seeger
Cost: $1000
Sponsor: Visitor Center Artist Camp
Website, email, 612-385-2835


"Painting in France: Oil Painting Workshop"
August 19-26, 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: $3,590
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting in France: Oil Painting Workshop"
August 26 - September 2, 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: $3,590
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Expressive Arts in the Cyclades"
June, July and August
 

Connect, create, rejuvenate in art and nature retreats on the beautiful island of Ios in the Cyclades. Explore self through art and embodied expressive arts practices on a secluded beach where you can indulge in natural living. Facilitated by an artist, writer, and professor whose family goes back generations, an Art and Nature Retreat in Ios will heal mind, body and spirit.
 
Location: Ios Cyclades, Greece
Instructor: Eirené
Cost: ranges from $60 per session to $999 per week
Sponsor: Atelier Eirene
Website, email, 6466412076


"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


"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


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

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


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

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


"Pastel Painting Workshop: The People and Landscapes of Umbria"
September 17-23, 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


"Pastel Painting Workshop: The People and Landscapes of Umbria"
September 24-30, 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


"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


"Studio Italia - Art workshop offered since 1997"
October 1-10, 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 3570 (around US$ 2800) 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 $2800
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Explore The Country Of Castles with Vladislav Yeliseyev"
October 2-9, 2022
 

Painting and Cultural Vacation in Czech Republic - Prague and South region. We will start our journey in Prague, "Golden City of a Thousand Spires", one of most fascinating cities in Europe, exploring and painting in historic neighborhoods across the Vltava River. Crossing the country down to the South region, we will experience the number and variety of Czech castles from Gothic ruins to majestic, baroque mansions that are simply awe-inspiring. Stunning architecture and picturesque views of Czesky Krumlov, the second most visited town in Czech Republic will fascinate you greatly. Find more details at www.yeliseyevfineart.com
 
Location: Prague, Czech Republic
Instructor: Vladislav Yeliseyev
Cost: $3300
Sponsor: Renaissance School of Art
Website, email, 941.330.6865


"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


"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


"Italian Language & Painting Workshop"
October 24-31, 2022
 

For those who love Italy and wish to combine learning the Italian language with painting its spectacular scenery, we offer a true “cultural vacation.” Elisa Bassetti is Director of the Artelingua Language School which specializes in teaching Italian Language and Culture as a second and foreign language. The Italian language course is divided into two parts: standard Italian and Italian for Arts. The second part is preparatory for the painting workshop that follows with artist Arnhild Kart. This uniquely immersive workshop will be held in the beautiful, family-run Hotel Le Fontanelle with an excellent restaurant.
 
Location: Assisi, Italy
Instructor: Elisa Bassetti & Arnhild Kart
Cost: 2650 €
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


"Watercolor Journaling"
November 1-6, 2022
 

Immerse yourself in the beauty of Santa Barbara for five blissful days, and capture all the fun and memories on the pages of your illustrated watercolor journal. Each day, we’ll sketch outdoors in the warm California sunshine, and I’ll share practical ways to narrow your focus and sketch what you love about a scene. I’ll give you the building blocks for creating dynamic sketchbook pages filled with colorful images, hand lettering, and creative page layouts that complement your images perfectly, and, along the way, I’ll show you practical ways to confidently draw even the trickiest subject matter. If you’ve always wanted to sketch on location, this is a great opportunity to give it a try.
 
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Instructor: Leslie Fehling
Cost: $1,590 (Hotel is not incl.)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"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


"Watercolor Painting"
November 6-11, 2022
 

Come and paint in beautiful, historic Santa Barbara with Carol Carter. We will begin each day with a watercolor tutorial. In the studio, Carol will share her watercolor technique while teaching site specific tutorials gathered from various vistas in Santa Barbara. The workshop will provide templates, reference photos and materials information. After lunch, we will visit the painting site downtown Santa Barbara that will be the topic of our next day painting: time for photography and sketching: the Mission, the Rose garden, the Wharf, the Presidio, the Court House, etc… Relax, enjoy, learn a new watercolor technique or two.
 
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Instructor: Carol Carter
Cost: $1,590 (Hotel is not incl.)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Studio Colombia Art & Eat - Art workshop in South America"
February 14-22, 2023
 

Join our eight-night art 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. Enjoy a street food tour, attend cooking demonstrations by local chefs and visit food markets. The price of CAD$ 2850 (around US$ 2220) includes instruction, eight-night double accommodation, all ground transportation, all breakfasts, one lunch, two great suppers including wine, one street food tour, cooking demonstrations, art supplies, and museum entrances. The perfect winter getaway!
 
Location: Cartagena, Colombia
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$ 2220
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Thoroughly Oaxaca Art Experience 2: mixed media, natural pigments"
March 17-27, 2023
 

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: $1950 (lodging including)
Sponsor: Oaxaca Dreams - Pedro Cruz Pacheco
Website, email, 707-575-6801


"Plein-air Pastel Workshop"
March 26-31, 2023
 

We will be painting on-site at the Santa Barbara wharf and along the coastal waterway (beaches) with emphasis on capturing the light and water-in-motion in pastels. I will do daily live demos at each location and assist everyone at their easels as you paint from the same subjects. Boats, buildings and people along the wharf area, set against the distant atmosphere over the Pacific will play into your paintings. On one of the days we will paint the famous courthouse buildings and gardens in spring color, as well. Emphasis on all will be learning to “see like a painter” and utilizing small sketches (thumbnails) that you produce, to get the values and design patterns before you paint!
 
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Instructor: Steve Hill
Cost: $1,590 (Hotel is not incl.)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Sketching and Journaling in Watercolor"
April 1-6, 2023
 

Old Pasadena with its Victorian and art deco buildings, palm trees and flowers, awaits your paintbrush. Enjoy a California painting getaway and start your summer early as we paint in Pasadena. Theresa and Cindy will guide you through painting experiences with daily demonstrations, personalized instruction, and encouraging support. They will share how to design and simplify your subject, draw confidently, jazz up your colors, paint with flowing serendipity and experiment with new techniques. Enjoy creating colorful paintings with an emphasis on your own unique point of view.
 
Location: Pasadena, California
Instructor: Cindy Briggs and Theresa Goesling
Cost: $1,590 (Hotel not included)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Watercolor Painting Workshop in Spain"
May 5-12, 2023
 

The wonderful views and landscapes of the Costa Brava seem to be just made for watercolor. Complex juicy color transitions, bright Spanish sun and all the incredible nature of coastal Spain are just begging to be caught on the tip of your brush. An excellent program of relaxation and enjoyment of Spain will be combined with a very rich and informative workshop in the open air. Moving from place to place, we will find the right solutions every time to create vibrant and sunny watercolors. In addition to traditional watercolor techniques, I will introduce you to my personal methods and secrets. Every day will be a new discovery. Join us for an unforgettable journey!
 
Location: Calella de Palafrugel, Spain
Instructor: Michael Solovyev
Cost: $3,390 Before Nov 30th
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Plein Air Oil Painting Workshop in Spain"
May 7-14, 2023
 

Join Brian Murphy for a week-long plein air 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 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 about your paintings 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, www.bmurphy.net
Cost: $3,390 Before Nov 30th
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting in Spain: Travel Sketching in Watercolor"
May 14-21, 2023
 

Join me for one week of sketching with watercolor in beautiful Spain. Drawing while traveling is the best way to experience and remember a new place. When we see new sights everything strikes us as unusual, memorable and inspiring. We have a natural desire to admire new vistas, taste new flavors, inhale unusual aromas and record these sensations through taking photos, but also through drawing and writing. For me, drawing while traveling is instinctual, and I am eager to share my passion to fully immerse yourself in a new place through the practice of travel sketching. I will share some of my favorite watercolor techniques and tips on drawing architecture, water, and greenery.
 
Location: Calella de Palafrugel, Spain
Instructor: Rita Sabler, www.ritasabler.com
Cost: $3,390 Before Nov 30th
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting in the Loire Valley: Travel Sketching in Watercolor"
June 1-8, 2023
 

We will spend an amazing week in the Loire Valley filling our watercolor journals with memories of a lifetime. Sketching on-location is powerful. The process of drawing imprints what you see into your brain in such a way that years from now, the sounds of the people walking by, the scent of the rain, the feel of the warm air, and much more will all flood back when you look at your sketch. Urban Sketching is about quickly capturing your experiences on paper, and more important, in your mind and heart. In this workshop, I combine my background in architecture and illustration, together with my many years of teaching, to demystify the world of on-location perspective sketching and painting.
 
Location: Saint Pierre de Corps, France
Instructor: Stephanie Bower
Cost: $3,590 ($3,390 before Nov 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting in the French Alps: Watercolor Painting Workshop"
June 2-9, 2023
 

Join David on a watercolor journey, in the breathtaking surrounding of the Alps. You will be learning 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: Haute-Savoie, France
Instructor: David R. Smith
Cost: $3,590 ($3,390 before Nov 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Explore And Paint Croatia with Vladislav Yeliseyev"
June 3-10, 2023
 

Artists Dream Vacation – Croatia Painting And Cultural Tour! Be inspired by narrow limestone streets and unique baroque buildings, the endless shimmer of the Adriatic and interplay of light on the old stone buildings, mountain and valley, green hills and naked stones, fishing boats and majestic courtyards. Our itinerary will include painting and exploring old towns, fresh food market, local folklore, sparkling marinas, boat trip to one of the picturesque islands and much more! A tour of the world’s second most frequented open-air museum will definitely astound you. The fantastic views will inspire you to paint and to take photographs, and the sights that you will capture will continue to amaze you! Small group. Non-painters are welcome. Discount deadline: 11/30/2022
 
Location: Dubrovnik, Croatia
Instructor: Vladislav Yeliseyev
Cost: $3390
Sponsor: Renaissance School of Art
Website, email, 941.330.6865


"Watercolor Sketching in the South West of France"
June 14-21, 2023
 

Join us in the South West of France and have a creative life experience. You’ll enjoy inspiring locations, daily painting demonstrations, personalized instruction, and encouraging support with Cindy and Theresa. We show you how to simplify and design your subject, draw confidently, jazz up your colors, paint with serendipity and experiment with new techniques. Create colorful paintings en Plein Air and celebrate your own unique point of view. We look forward to sharing this dreamy adventure with you.
 
Location: Cordes-sur-Ciel, France
Instructor: Cindy Briggs and Theresa Goesling
Cost: $3,590 Before Nov 30th
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Atelier Provence and Barcelona Art Tour"
June 24 - July 5, 2023
 

A unique art workshop/art tour open to artists of all levels and media (oils, acrylics, watercolors, etc.). Seven days of plein-air painting, art history/theory lectures, and gourmet cuisine in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence followed by four days visiting Barcelona’s top art sites and enjoying Catalan cuisine. The price of CAD 4275 (around US$ 3330) includes instruction, 11-night double accommodation, 11 breakfasts, 6 healthy lunches, 6 gourmet dinners including wine, transportation from the Manosque train station to our lodge, transportation to all painting sites (Banon, Simiane-la-Rotonde, Rustrel, etc.), TGV train ticket Avignon-Barcelona, transportation and entrance fees to all museums and sites on schedule (Cézanne’s studio, La Sagrada Familia, Picasso Museum, Miró Museum, etc.). Limited single rooms for a supplement.
 
Location: Alpes-de-Haute-Provence & Barcelona, France
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$ 3330
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Studio Italia - Art workshop in Tuscany offered since 1997"
July 9-18, 2023
 

A thought-provoking and inspirational art workshop open to artists of all levels and media (oils, acrylics, watercolors, etc.). Join us for 9 full days of plein air painting, art history/theory lectures, touring, and gourmet cuisine in the most beautiful area of Tuscany. Our teaching approach and groups limited to eight participants allow us to offer personalized instruction and a stimulating learning environment. Cost of CAD 3875 (around US$ 3025) 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. Limited single rooms for a supplement.
 
Location: Lucignano, Italy
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$ 3025
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Painting in France: Watercolor Sketching Workshop"
August 25 - September 1, 2023
 

Join me as we visit Monet’s house, studio, gardens and ponds. This wonderful week is entirely devoted to filling our sketchbooks with the very scenes that inspired the greatest Impressionists: not just Monet, but also Renoir, Pissarro and Cezanne. And, we crown this glorious week with a day at Auvers-sur-Oise, where Van Gogh spent his final days. And what better way to record this memorable week than in our sketchbooks? I’ll share my techniques for capturing the texture and colour of the Normandy Region’s storybook villages and narrow lanes. We’ll sketch gardens and ponds, romantic scenes along the Seine River, and a charming medieval mill. I’ll show you how to keep your watercolour sketches loose, fresh and vibrant.
 
Location: Giverny, France
Instructor: Shari Blaukopf
Cost: $3,590 ($3,390 before Jan 31st)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting in France: Watercolor Sketching Workshop"
September 1-8, 2023
 

Join me as we visit Monet’s house, studio, gardens and ponds. This wonderful week is entirely devoted to filling our sketchbooks with the very scenes that inspired the greatest Impressionists: not just Monet, but also Renoir, Pissarro and Cezanne. And, we crown this glorious week with a day at Auvers-sur-Oise, where Van Gogh spent his final days. And what better way to record this memorable week than in our sketchbooks? I’ll share my techniques for capturing the texture and colour of the Normandy Region’s storybook villages and narrow lanes. We’ll sketch gardens and ponds, romantic scenes along the Seine River, and a charming medieval mill. I’ll show you how to keep your watercolour sketches loose, fresh and vibrant.
 
Location: Giverny, France
Instructor: Shari Blaukopf
Cost: $3,590 ($3,390 before Jan 31st)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting in Provence: Oil Painting Workshop"
September 1-8, 2023
 

While learning the importance of oil painting techniques (values, edges, composition, etc.), the joy of actually painting France en plein air won’t get lost on Kathie! Her enthusiasm for painting the rolling vineyards and lavender fields with you will be contagious! Kathie will walk through her process of narrowing down the choices of subject matter and then demo before it’s time for you to get your brushes wet too… and she will be right alongside cheering you on with personal instruction and encouragement! There is a reason why you want to paint. Kathie will work to help you tap that desire by throwing herself into the entire experience and beauty of Provence!
 
Location: Venasque, France
Instructor: Kathie Odom
Cost: $3,390 before Jan 31st
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Uniquely Umbria! Pastel Painting in Inspirational Italy"
September 11-15, 2023
 

Umbria, the Green Heart of Italy. Draw inspiration from the magnificent countryside, the fragrant flora, the beautiful food and drink or the charm of the Agriturismo La Malvarina using soft pastel. Learn the basics or improve your pastel painting skills in the morning and in the afternoon, explore this gorgeous region steeped in history, art and culture. Each morning will begin with a demonstration of tips and techniques for pastel application as well as instruction about various surfaces and types of pastels. After the demo, each student will receive individual instruction at the easel. Students will take their art pieces home in clear bags suitable for travel. Are you ready to express your vision of Italy?
 
Location: Assisi, Italy
Instructor: Joycelyn Schedler
Cost: 2500 €
Sponsor: Schola Artis Pro Vobis
Website, email


"Painting in Provence: Watercolor Sketching Workshop"
September 15-22, 2023
 

Do you struggle to apply watercolour or get overwhelmed sometimes when sketching? I will help solve your problems by showing you how to make fast improvements through sharing my most successful tips with watercolour sketching. You will receive plenty of individual tuition, demonstrations and examples to support you along the way. Return home armed with new skills in watercolour and sketching as you will have learnt how to sketch confidently, understand paint consistency and application and mix wonderful glowing colours to capture the magical light of Provence. I will encourage you to sketch what makes your heart sing! We will be a lovely small group so I can work with you individually to ensure that every aspect of the experience meets your expectations.
 
Location: Venasque, France
Instructor: Judy Salleh, www.judysalleh.com.au
Cost: $3,390 before Jan 31st
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Uniquely Umbria! Pastel Painting in Inspirational Italy"
September 18-22, 2023
 

Umbria, the Green Heart of Italy. Draw inspiration from the magnificent countryside, the fragrant flora, the beautiful food and drink or the charm of the Agriturismo La Malvarina using soft pastel. Learn the basics or improve your pastel painting skills in the morning and in the afternoon, explore this gorgeous region steeped in history, art and culture. Each morning will begin with a demonstration of tips and techniques for pastel application as well as instruction about various surfaces and types of pastels. After the demo, each student will receive individual instruction at the easel. Students will take their art pieces home in clear bags suitable for travel. Are you ready to express your vision of Italy?
 
Location: Assisi, Italy
Instructor: Joycelyn Schedler
Cost: 2500 €
Sponsor: Schola Artis Pro Vobis
Website, email


"Studio Italia - Art workshop in Tuscany offered since 1997"
October 1-10, 2023
 

A thought-provoking and inspirational art workshop open to artists of all levels and media (oils, acrylics, watercolors, etc.). Join us for 9 full days of plein air painting, art history/theory lectures, touring, and gourmet cuisine in the most beautiful area of Tuscany. Our teaching approach and groups limited to eight participants allow us to offer personalized instruction and a stimulating learning environment. Cost of CAD 3875 (around US$ 3025) 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. Limited single rooms for a supplement.
 
Location: Lucignano, Italy
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$ 3025
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


 

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