Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Cold Wax + Oil I"
January 23-27, 2023
 

Join artist Anne Hebebrand for a 5 day long cold wax medium and oil workshop in Todos Santos. Learn to build a textured and vibrant paint surface using cold wax, oil and pigment sticks. Explore unique techniques using a variety of tools and materials to create richness and depth in your painting through layering. An hour away from Cabo San Lucas in Baja California, Mexico, Todos Santos is a vibrant small town full of restaurants, galleries, yoga studios and wonderful beaches, overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Be inspired by the colors and scents of Todos Santos to explore your art and connect with yourself and others. Workshop is limited to ten students and artists new to cold wax and oil.
 
Location: Todos Santos, Mexico
Instructor: Anne Hebebrand
Cost: $700
Sponsor: Anne Hebebrand
Website, email, 857-930-9849


"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


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

Join Oaxacan artist Pedro Cruz Pacheco and Corrie McCluskey for an art + culture adventure in Oaxaca, Mexico. Enjoy creative time in an intimate setting and experience a hands-on deep dive into the art and culture of Oaxaca. Fill your well of inspiration + recharge your artist soul (you too, beginners!). Develop your unique voice and visual language by playing with watercolor, mixed media, and collage. We’ll share our symbols and talismans that we incorporate into our art and offer you the opportunity to discover and paint your own - the “secret soul” of things that matter to you. Use natural pigments while making a handmade artist book. Field trips include a Sunday market, artisan studios, ancient ruins, renowned arts center, and papermaking studio.
 
Location: Oaxaca, Mexico
Instructor: Pedro Cruz Pacheco & Corrie McCluskey
Cost: $1950 (lodging including)
Sponsor: Oaxaca Dreams - Pedro Cruz Pacheco
Website, email, 707-575-6801


"Expressive Brushwork En Plein Air"
March 18-25, 2023
 

Join us for what is sure to be another fun and exciting week of painting in the Tropics. I eagerly return for a fifth 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: $2,495
Sponsor: Casa de los Artistas
Website, email, (413) 625-8382


"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


"Watercolour Workshop with Arnhild Kart"
April 10-14, 2023
 

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.
 
Location: Assisi, Italy
Instructor: Arnhild Kart
Cost: 2350 €
Sponsor: Schola Artis Pro Vobis
Website, email


"Acrylic Painting Workshop with Arnhild Kart"
April 17-21, 2023
 

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.
 
Location: Assisi, Italy
Instructor: Arnhild Kart
Cost: 2350 €
Sponsor: Schola Artis Pro Vobis
Website, email


"Mosaic Workshop"
April 17-21, 2023
 

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.
 
Location: Assisi, Italy
Instructor: Tiziana Mondini
Cost: 2350 €
Sponsor: Schola Artis Pro Vobis
Website, email


"Watercolor Painting Instructors Retreat in Sicily"
April 22-29, 2023
 

Experience magical Sicily, enjoy breathtaking vistas, tiny villages, amazing Sicilian gastronomy and local wine. My interest in creating a Retreat for Tutors is to create a forum for instructors in watercolor to explore the Art of Teaching. My concerns in the way watercolor workshops are being conducted, seem to me to have vastly narrow limits in the general format in which they are conducted. Of course, to be sure I haven’t seen all the various methods used and the ones I have seen are quite well done but could there be more? I hope this idea appeals to you and you will join me in kicking off a wonderful retreat tradition for years to come.
 
Location: Marsala, Italy
Instructor: Stewart White
Cost: From 1700 €
Sponsor: Salinara
Website, email


"Painting Workshop with Alison Ryde"
April 24-28, 2023
 

Join us as we paint with Watercolours/Acrylics on paper. 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: 2350 €
Sponsor: Schola Artis Pro Vobis
Website, email


"Pastel Painting Workshop: The People and Landscapes of Umbria"
April 29 - May 5, 2023
 

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.
 
Location: Assisi, Italy
Instructor: Neva Rossi Smoll
Cost: 2500 €
Sponsor: Schola Artis Pro Vobis
Website, email


"Full-immersion Watercolor Masterclass in Sicily"
April 29 - May 6, 2023
 

Join Polish Watercolorist Artist Michal Jasiewicz to a painting retreat in delightful and peaceful West-Sicily with amazing light and color conditions. Michal will be your tutor during your stay at the stunning Salinara Art Farm, in the Trapani region. Daily painting excursions to surrounding salt pans, local markets, vineyards, villages such as the medieval town Erice, Archeological Park of Selinunte, one of the most flourishing classical civilizations of the Mediterranean area. The workshop will take you through selecting a dramatic composition and simplifying it, tone, light, color theory, effects and how to build up a watercolour painting in a structured, demonstration-led setting. Limited single rooms for a supplement.
 
Location: Marsala, Italy
Instructor: Michal Jasiewicz
Cost: 1650 €
Sponsor: Salinara
Website, email


"Travel Sketching and Journaling Workshop"
May 5-12, 2023
 

Immerse yourself in the beauty of Belgium for seven fun-filled days and capture all the memories on the pages of your illustrated watercolor journal. Famous for Gothic architecture, timber-frame houses, winding canals, and mouthwatering chocolates, Belgium also has a spectacular coastline on the North Sea and is home to world-class art museums. I can’t wait to experience it all – especially the chocolates! There’s something for everyone, and as your instructor, I’ll help you convert all that inspiration into lively sketches that will keep the trip fresh in your mind for years to come. Each day, we’ll sketch outdoors, visiting a wide variety of painting locations, everything from bustling town squares and quaint villages to windswept beaches and historic windmills.
 
Location: Bruges, Belgium
Instructor: Leslie Fehling
Cost: $3,390 before Nov 30th
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting Retreat travel to sunny Sicily and learn oil painting"
May 6-13, 2023
 

Painting, eating, drinking and touring like an Italian, and yes, soaking in some sun after a long winter. So come join me and have some fun, and learn a lot while you do! Why Sicily? It seems so far away. Why go all the way to paint there? Well, because of the light. The sparkling clear, vibrating light. Sicily, and specifically the area we will paint in, is at the very bottom of Italy. Far to the south and out to the west, Marsala is the nearest town. Low in latitude, at the tip of the boot, the toe juts far enough out into the Mediterranean to make the area feel like an island. Limited single rooms for a supplement.
 
Location: Marsala, Italy
Instructor: Thomas Jefferson Kitts
Cost: From 2640 €
Sponsor: Salinara
Website, email


"Cultural Tour: Spain – Barcelona/Costa Brava"
May 6-13, 2023
 

Discover hidden gems of Spanish history, art and culture in Barcelona and Catalonia. From Gaudi’s masterpieces to the colorful La Boqueria market in Barcelona, from olive groves and archaeological sites to fishing villages and vineyards on the Costa Brava, from tapas and paella to flamenco and surreal Dali, let Spain seduce you!
 
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Cost: $3,390 Before Nov 30th; $3,590 after
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Pastel Painting Workshop: The People and Landscapes of Umbria"
May 6-12, 2023
 

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.
 
Location: Assisi, Italy
Instructor: Neva Rossi Smoll
Cost: 2500 €
Sponsor: Schola Artis Pro Vobis
Website, email


"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


"Mosaic Workshop"
May 8-12, 2023
 

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.
 
Location: Assisi, Italy
Instructor: Tiziana Mondini
Cost: 2350 €
Sponsor: Schola Artis Pro Vobis
Website, email


"Watercolor Plein Air Painting Retreat in Sicily"
May 13-20, 2023
 

We invite you to enjoy a plein air watercolour painting retreat in beautiful West-Sicily. Led by Israeli watercolorist Amir Nir who will be your tutor during your stay at the stunning Salinara Art Farm, in the Trapani region. Daily painting excursions to surrounding towns and villages. Come along to learn to paint en plein air or just to enjoy the company of fellow artists. You will explore surroundings, the itinerary includes visits local markets, salt pans, vineyards, breathtaking Erice Mountain and its medieval village. Every day you will have a picturesque destination to sketch and paint, explore and meet the locals. Limited single rooms for a supplement.
 
Location: Marsala, Italy
Instructor: Amir Nir
Cost: From 1550 €
Sponsor: Salinara
Website, email


"Painting Workshop with Alison Ryde"
May 13-19, 2023
 

Join us as we paint with Watercolours/Acrylics on paper. 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: 2350 €
Sponsor: Schola Artis Pro Vobis
Website, email


"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 Picturesque Saint Antonin-Noble-Val France"
May 16-22, 2023
 

Keith Wicks and Chuck Pyle are teaming up with Charolette Clement (privet chef) to paint and enjoy the picturesque town of Saint Antonin-Noble-Val. With two instructors there's lots of one on one time to learn from these two master painters. We will visit St Cirq de la Popie one of the most beautiful towns of France and visit the Toulouse Lautrec Museum. We will also visit the flea market in Albi and the famous farmers market in St Antonin painting and taking in the sites. Students who join will visit Le Touron Charolette's beautiful home and outdoor restaurant for spectacular dining experience. This week will be packed with fun and painting in Plein Air. Enrollment limited to the first 8 students.
 
Location: Saint Antonin-Noble-Val, France
Instructor: Keith Wicks and Chuck Pyle
Cost: $3000
Sponsor: Keith Wicks Fine Art
Website, email, 707-304-0274


"Sculpture Workshop with wire and paper maché"
May 22-26, 2023
 

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.
 
Location: Assisi, Italy
Instructor: Arnhild Kart
Cost: 2350 €
Sponsor: Schola Artis Pro Vobis
Website, email


"Acrylic Painting Workshop with Arnhild Kart"
May 29 - June 2, 2023
 

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.
 
Location: Assisi, Italy
Instructor: Arnhild Kart
Cost: 2350 €
Sponsor: Schola Artis Pro Vobis
Website, email


"Painting in the Loire Valley: Travel Sketching in Perspective & 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


"Van Gogh & Cezanne in Provence"
June 8-15, 2023
 

This retreat will take you to the very places where Van Gogh and Cézanne painted many of their masterpieces. You will be inspired by the rich locations of Arles, Saint Remi, and Aix-en-Provence. Hosts Tali Farchi (NL) and Shay Avivi (IL) are accomplished painters and teachers, providing art instruction to enrich your creative process, they’ll share information about these artists' 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 Provence, France
Instructor: Tali Farchi and Shay Avivi
Cost: $3,100
Sponsor: Artist Table
Website, email, 0031624903316


"Watercolour Workshop with Arnhild Kart"
June 12-16, 2023
 

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.
 
Location: Assisi, Italy
Instructor: Arnhild Kart
Cost: 2350 €
Sponsor: Schola Artis Pro Vobis
Website, email


"Mosaic Workshop"
June 12-16, 2023
 

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.
 
Location: Assisi, Italy
Instructor: Tiziana Mondini
Cost: 2350 €
Sponsor: Schola Artis Pro Vobis
Website, email


"Painting Workshop with Alison Ryde"
June 17-23, 2023
 

Join us as we paint with Watercolours/Acrylics on paper. 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: 2350 €
Sponsor: Schola Artis Pro Vobis
Website, email


"Painting in the Dutch Landscape"
June 22-29, 2023
 

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 Tali Farchi (NL) and Shay Avivi (IL) 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: Tali Farchi and Shay Avivi
Cost: $3,100
Sponsor: Artist Table
Website, email, 0031624903316


"Watercolor Sketching in the South West of France"
June 22-29, 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


"Acrylic Painting Workshop with Arnhild Kart"
June 26-30, 2023
 

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.
 
Location: Assisi, Italy
Instructor: Arnhild Kart
Cost: 2350 €
Sponsor: Schola Artis Pro Vobis
Website, email


"Watercolour Workshop with Arnhild Kart"
July 3-7, 2023
 

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.
 
Location: Assisi, Italy
Instructor: Arnhild Kart
Cost: 2350 €
Sponsor: Schola Artis Pro Vobis
Website, email


"Mosaic Workshop"
July 3-7, 2023
 

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.
 
Location: Assisi, Italy
Instructor: Tiziana Mondini
Cost: 2350 €
Sponsor: Schola Artis Pro Vobis
Website, email


"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 3775 (around US$ 2900) 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$ 2900
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Sculpture Workshop with wire and paper maché"
July 10-14, 2023
 

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.
 
Location: Assisi, Italy
Instructor: Arnhild Kart
Cost: 2350 €
Sponsor: Schola Artis Pro Vobis
Website, email


"Acrylic Painting Workshop with Arnhild Kart"
July 17-21, 2023
 

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.
 
Location: Assisi, Italy
Instructor: Arnhild Kart
Cost: 2350 €
Sponsor: Schola Artis Pro Vobis
Website, email


"Painting Workshop with Alison Ryde"
July 22-28, 2023
 

Join us as we paint with Watercolours/Acrylics on paper. 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: 2350 €
Sponsor: Schola Artis Pro Vobis
Website, email


"Watercolour Workshop with Arnhild Kart"
August 21-15, 2023
 

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.
 
Location: Assisi, Italy
Instructor: Arnhild Kart
Cost: 2350 €
Sponsor: Schola Artis Pro Vobis
Website, email


"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


"Painting in Provence: Oil Painting Workshop"
September 8-15, 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


"Watercolour Workshop with Mariette Egreteau"
September 11-15, 2023
 

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.
 
Location: Assisi, Italy
Instructor: Mariette Egreteau Martelli
Cost: 2350 €
Sponsor: Schola Artis Pro Vobis
Website, email


"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


"Sculpture Workshop with wire and paper maché"
September 11-15, 2023
 

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.
 
Location: Assisi, Italy
Instructor: Arnhild Kart
Cost: 2350 €
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


"A painting retreat. Watercolor journaling in Siicily"
September 15-28, 2023
 

Join Winnie Givot for her 5th workshop to Villa Salinara on the west coast of Sicily, a unique place that has been shaped by many cultures over many thousands of years. Our days will be filled with painting, drawing and writing in our watercolor journals as we explore this beautiful place, seeing more deeply through our art. Winnie will give daily lessons and individual help. This is an opportunity for art immersion as we play with color and texture, with composition, writing and page embellishments, while connecting with the beauty around us. There will be lightheartedness and musings in our journals and our days. Limited single rooms for a supplement.
 
Location: Marsala, Italy
Instructor: Winnie Givot
Cost: US$ 4200
Sponsor: Salinara
Website, email


"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


"Mosaic Workshop"
September 25-29, 2023
 

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.
 
Location: Assisi, Italy
Instructor: Tiziana Mondini
Cost: 2350 €
Sponsor: Schola Artis Pro Vobis
Website, email


"Acrylic Painting Workshop with Arnhild Kart"
September 25-29, 2023
 

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.
 
Location: Assisi, Italy
Instructor: Arnhild Kart
Cost: 2350 €
Sponsor: Schola Artis Pro Vobis
Website, email


"Capturing light and atmosphere in watercolor"
September 30 - October 7, 2023
 

Come to enjoy a masterful tuition by Keiko Tanabe, subject matters will be landscape, Mediterranean seascape, old historic city scape, locations in the charming 18th century farmhouse where the participants will stay. Sicily it’s like a dream, colorful sunset, olive groves, lined vineyards, picturesque villages with narrow streets, churches, a never ending range of restaurants and cafés, blue skies and beautiful nature, jovial people, traditional foods and great local wine. The participants will benefit from daily one-on-one guidance and a group sharing with Keiko. You can expect to learn about composition, how to capture lights and atmosphere, methods and techniques of creative process. Limited single rooms for a supplement.
 
Location: Marsala, Italy
Instructor: Keiko Tanabe
Cost: 1950 €
Sponsor: Salinara
Website, email


"Painting in Provence: Watercolor Workshop"
September 30 - October 7, 2023
 

The wonderful views and landscapes of Provence seem to be just made for watercolor. Complex juicy color transitions, bright sun and all the incredible villages of Provence are just begging to be caught on the tip of your brush. But every view, every subject that you want to transfer to your paper requires a different approach. Sometimes it needs the use of a different technique, or a serious change in the set of colors. Understanding how to properly build a project to achieve the best result with the least effort is the key to success. An excellent program of relaxation and enjoyment of Provence will be combined with informative work in the open air to create vibrant and sunny watercolors.
 
Location: Venasque, France
Instructor: Michael Solovyev
Cost: $3,390 before Jan 31st
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"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 3775 (around US$ 2900) 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$ 2900
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Sicily Painting Holiday 2023"
October 1-8, 2023
 

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: $2980. Canadian
Website, email


"Mosaic Workshop"
October 2-6, 2023
 

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.
 
Location: Assisi, Italy
Instructor: Tiziana Mondini
Cost: 2350 €
Sponsor: Schola Artis Pro Vobis
Website, email


"Watercolour Workshop with Arnhild Kart"
October 2-6, 2023
 

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.
 
Location: Assisi, Italy
Instructor: Arnhild Kart
Cost: 2350 €
Sponsor: Schola Artis Pro Vobis
Website, email


"Watercolor Sketching and Journaling in Western Sicily"
October 8-15, 2023
 

Join Cindy Briggs and Theresa Goesling for their workshop at the stunning Salinara Art Farm on the west coast of Sicily. Cindy and Theresa will give daily painting lessons and individual help, encouraging support, share how to draw and simplify your subject, play with colors and water, textures, composition, writing and precious advice on how to create and improve your watercolor journal pages. Resume of the workshop, final discussion about student’s works with Cindy and Theresa. Sicily is a unique island that has been shaped by many cultures over many thousands of years. Salinara is a 10 minute walk from the Sea, close by are salt pans with windmills, lined vineyards and olive groves. Limited single rooms for a supplement.
 
Location: Marsala, Italy
Instructor: Theresa Goesling and Cindy Briggs
Cost: From 2900 €
Sponsor: Salinara
Website, email


"Sculpture Workshop with wire and paper maché"
October 9-13, 2023
 

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.
 
Location: Assisi, Italy
Instructor: Arnhild Kart
Cost: 2350 €
Sponsor: Schola Artis Pro Vobis
Website, email


"Painting in a relaxing atmosphere in picturesque Marsala"
October 15-22, 2023
 

Join watercolor artist Jeni Caruana on the beautiful island of Sicily in the Mediterranean Sea. Jeni is an experienced tutor for all levels of artists, from beginners to advanced. She encourages everyone to challenge their boundaries and make new discoveries about their own unique expression. Whether it’s basic techniques to give a firm background, or a nudge into loosening up rigid habits, Jeni gives individual attention and inspiration to everyone in the group. The sessions are taught in watercolour, because it is so portable and easy to use on site, but the principles of drawing and colour apply to all mediums, so artists are welcome to bring whatever they are most happy with. Or to bring something different to experiment!
 
Location: Marsala, Italy
Instructor: Jeni Caruana
Sponsor: Salinara
Website, email


"Watercolour Workshop with Mariette Egreteau"
October 16-20, 2023
 

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.
 
Location: Assisi, Italy
Instructor: Mariette Egreteau Martelli
Cost: 2350 €
Sponsor: Schola Artis Pro Vobis
Website, email


 

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