Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Venice Plein-air Urban Watercolour Workshop"
May 31 - June 5, 2020
 

Spend 6 fantastic days immersed in splendour painting the historic canals with its gondolas and grand buildings of the grand Renaissance city of Venice. For centuries, water-colourists have been enjoying the magnificent sights, colours and atmosphere that only Venice has to offer. Colour, light, mood, reflections, gondolas, grand palazzos and piazza’s offer endless inspiration to any painter. The romantic light and mood are just some of the themes featuring in this gloriously unforgettable water colour course! A fantastic opportunity painting water colours in this breathtakingly beautiful floating city. Quite simply, it does not get any better than this for an artist! Our accommodation is a beautiful historic Venetian monastery. All art materials, accommodation, breakfast, dinner and guided tours included.
 
Location: Venice, Italy
Instructor: John W. Skelcher
Cost: $1850
Sponsor: The Retreat
Website, email, 393349034401


"Florence Watercolour Workshop"
June 13-18, 2020
 

A fantastic opportunity to paint water colors in the beautiful Renaissance city of Florence. It doesn’t really get any better than this for artists. Soak up the ambience and culture of this famous historical city. Allow your experienced tutor to guide you around from one inspirational backdrop to another. Learn to paint quickly with impressionistic flair through expert tuition from your Academy trained tutor. Whether you’re into the illustrious facades of the ancient cathedrals and palazzos or the grand spaces of Florence’s many piazzas, you really couldn’t be in better hands. You will learn to compose interesting urban scenes with famous landmarks as your focal points. Accommodation, most meals and drinks, guided tours, tuition, all art materials included. Non-painters welcome.
 
Location: Florence, Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: John W. Skelcher
Cost: $2,000
Sponsor: The Retreat
Website, email, 393349034401


"Etruscan Places Open Air Fundamentals"
June 13-20, 2020
 

Our core program is founded upon the premise that open air painting presents unique challenges to the artist in the fleeting light and unpredictability of atmospheric conditions that require a specific technical approach in execution. We introduce our method through a structured program combining lectures, exercises & demonstrations that aim to enable participants to compose, develop and complete a painting in one session. Two instructors will work directly with participants at all times. Sessions are supported by a Siena museum visit, evening slide shows analyzing works of the masters in the history of landscape painting, books and readings. Fees include materials, surfaces, equipment, meals, accommodation, field trips (Siena and Montalcino), local transport. All levels. 12 student maximum.
 
Location: Buonconvento, Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Maddine Insalaco and Joe Vinson
Cost: $2,500 - $2,860 depending on occupancy
Sponsor: Etruscan Places
Website, email, 212-780-3216


"Studio Italia offered since 1997"
June 15-24, 2020
 

Thought-provoking and inspirational art workshop open to artists of all levels and all media (oils, acrylics, watercolors, etc.). Nine full days of plein-air painting, art history/theory, touring, group discussions, and gourmet cuisine in the most beautiful area of Tuscany. Small groups, personalized instruction and intimate environment that fosters creativity and fun. Cost of CAD 3375 (around US$ 2580) includes art instruction, 9-night double accommodation, all breakfasts, 8 lunches, 8 gourmet dinners including wine, transportation from and to the Arezzo train station, transportation to all painting sites (Montepulciano, Cortona, Pienza, Lucignano, etc.) train ticket to Florence and entrance to the Uffizi Museum. Limited single rooms available for a supplement. Please find testimonials on our website.
 
Location: Torrita di Siena, Italy
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$2580
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Etruscan Places Elements of Landscape"
July 4-11, 2020
 

The inspiration for this course is the writing of 18th century French painter P. H. Valenciennes. In his famous treatise on open air painting published in 1800 Valenciennes advocated the separate study of the individual “elements” of landscape. “Elements” is organized around morning slide shows focusing on one element of landscape: fields, trees, clouds and skies, water, time and nocturnes. Daily presentations will be followed by painting sessions dedicated to the subject element. No formal technical instruction is offered but two instructors will be available to work with participants individually. Daily reviews of work. Fees include most materials, surfaces, easels & equipment, all meals, accommodation, field trips, local transportation. 12 student maximum. Rain or shine.
 
Location: Buonconvento, Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Maddine Insalaco and Joe Vinson
Cost: $2,500 - $2,860 depending on occupancy
Sponsor: Etruscan Places
Website, email, 212-780-3216


"Capturing the Magic of Tuscany"
September 4-12, 2020
 

Join me for a magical painting and sketching vacation workshop in Tuscany, Italy, a trip of a lifetime for artists & art enthusiasts, combining Renaissance art, history, culture, watercolor painting, and Tuscan cousin and wine! We will spend our first 2 days in Florence, immersing ourselves in Renaissance art and architecture, seing works of Renaissance masters such as Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci. We will then transfer to a 16th -century renovated family-owned farmhouse with its history, winery and a spectacular view. We will be painting and sketching on the beautiful grounds of the farmhouse as well as during the excursion to Siena, Pienza and Bagno Vigoni. You will also be enjoying authentic Tuscan cuisine, wine tour and cooking course.
 
Location: Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Yuki Hall, TWSA
Cost: $3,200
Sponsor: Yuki Hall, TWSA
Website, email, (937) 679-2464


"Nurture your Soul in Tuscany!"
September 17-24, 2020
 

Who wants to stay in a classical Tuscan B&B with hillsides of vineyards, olive trees and Italian cypress right outside? Our B&B is just 45 minutes from Florence. Although we'll visit surrounding villages, we also have an indoor Studio for our use. We will focus on techniques such as color mixing (for abundant greens!), perspective as well as on the very basics of plein air painting. Because artists are “visuals”, even beginners will learn so much just by watching my demos. It’s “your time” to rejuvenate and there are no rules!
 
Location: Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Helen K Beacham
Cost: $2250
Sponsor: Helen K Beacham Fine Art
Website, email, 843-408-5240


"Two Watercolor Masters! Painting retreat in Sicily - Italy"
October 3-10, 2020
 

Join Igor and Ekaterina on this exciting opportunity to paint in the Western Sicily where we will paint some beautiful picturesque Sicilian scenes. Colorful sunset, olive groves, lined vineyards, typical historic centers of small villages, churches, fish markets, sleepy harbors, blue skies, unspoiled coastline, beautiful nature, jovial and friendly local people, traditional cusine and great local wine. Art, mixture of history and culture, create an unique atmosphere and stimulate your creativity. Sicilian breakfasts, lunches and dinners will be freshly prepared by our chef and served at our historic 17th century villa.
 
Location: Marsala, Sicily, Italy
Instructor: Igor Sava & Ekaterina Sava
Cost: from € 1500
Sponsor: Salinara - International Art Farm, Sicily
Website, email, (+39) 339 77 57 062


"Painting Tuscany"
October 3-10, 2020
 

Join us for this wonderful painting holiday during Italian harvest led by award-winning artist Sandra Iafrate. See the vineyards at their ripe stages and smell the new autumn air as we paint in the Tuscan countryside and visit medieval towns nearby. Our stay is in an 18th century restored country house just outside of Sienna. Town visits to Sienna, Chiusure di Asciano and San Guismè will be part of our plein air explorations and inspiration! Most of our material is included in this trip. Professional-quality oil and acrylic paints and mediums are included, all meals, wine, excursions and accommodations. All painting levels are welcome from beginners to experienced artist, in this encouraging creative atmosphere. No extra fee for single room.
 
Location: Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Sandra Iafrate, sandraiafrate.com
Cost: $2300.USD
Website, email


"Studio Italia offered since 1997"
October 5-14, 2020
 

Thought-provoking and inspirational art workshop open to artists of all levels and all media (oils, acrylics, watercolors, etc.). Nine full days of plein-air painting, art history/theory, touring, group discussions, and gourmet cuisine in the most beautiful area of Tuscany. Small groups, personalized instruction and intimate environment that fosters creativity and fun. Cost of CAD 3375 (around US$ 2580) includes art instruction, 9-night double accommodation, all breakfasts, 8 lunches, 8 gourmet dinners including wine, transportation from and to the Arezzo train station, transportation to all painting sites (Montepulciano, Cortona, Pienza, Lucignano, etc.) train ticket to Florence and entrance to the Uffizi Museum. Limited single rooms available for a supplement. Please find testimonials on our website.
 
Location: Torrita di Siena, Italy
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$2580
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Venice Watercolour Workshop"
October 9-15, 2020
 

Spend 6 fantastic days immersed in splendour painting the historic canals with its gondolas and grand buildings of the grand Renaissance city of Venice. For centuries, water-colourists have been enjoying the magnificent sights, colours and atmosphere that only Venice has to offer. Colour, light, mood, reflections, gondolas, grand palazzos and piazza’s offer endless inspiration to any painter. The romantic light and mood are just some of the themes featuring in this gloriously unforgettable water colour course! A fantastic opportunity painting water colours in this breathtakingly beautiful floating city. Quite simply, it does not get any better than this for an artist! Our accommodation is a beautiful historic Venetian monastery. All art materials, accommodation, breakfast, dinner and guided tours included.
 
Location: Venice, Italy
Instructor: John W. Skelcher
Cost: $1,850
Sponsor: The Retreat
Website, email, 393349034401


"Historic Itineraries for Advanced Painters, Civita Castellana"
October 10-17, 2020
 

During the 18th century, spurred by Enlightenment empiricism to study nature directly, artists from all over the world flocked to the countryside surrounding Rome, the “Campagna”, to paint and thus created the first school of open air painting. The Roman Campagna workshop offers advanced artists the exclusive opportunity to paint historic motifs in Civita Castellana, immortalized in the works of Corot, Turner and Claude Lorrain. 2 painting sessions daily. All painting locations on private properties and include Mount Soracte, the ancient town of Faleri Novi, gorges of Civita Castellana and Tiber Valley. Slide lectures provide the historical background. Daily critiques. 2 Instructors. Fees include most materials, surfaces, equipment, all meals, accommodation, local transportation. 12 student maximum. Non-painters accompanying artists welcome.
 
Location: Civita Castellana, Italy
Instructor: Maddine Insalaco and Joe Vinson
Cost: $2,700 - $2,950 depending on occupancy
Sponsor: Etruscan Places
Website, email, 212-780-3216


"Painting in Sicily"
October 11-18, 2020
 

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


"Painting retreat in picturesque Western Sicily"
October 11-16, 2020
 

Join watercolor artist Jeni Caruana on the beautiful island of Sicily in the Mediterranean Sea on the South side of Italy. As all my students know, I like to encourage everyone to achieve the best results they can in their own way. I don’t expect anyone to copy me or my methods; I would rather inspire and guide so that everyone feels confident to follow their own path. I want to show you a new way of looking at the world and your unique talents. In the evenings we will eat meals prepared by Salinara Chef accompanied selected local wines. Non-painters welcome.
 
Location: Marsala, Sicily, Italy
Instructor: Jeni Caruana
Cost: from € 1050
Sponsor: Salinara - International Art Farm, Sicily
Website, email, (+39) 339 77 57 062


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

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


"Plein Air watercolor painting retreat in Sicily - Italy"
October 25 - November 1, 2020
 

We invite you to enjoy a plein air watercolour painting retreat in beautiful West-Sicily. Led by Italian Master Watercolorist Massimiliano Iocco 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. The course is conducted in English, with translation into Italian, French, Spanish and Japanese on demand. The holiday course is aimed at beginners, amateur, enthusiast and semi-pro. Accommodation in charming historic 17th century villa, most meals and drinks, guided tours, tuition. Non-painters welcome.
 
Location: Marsala, Sicily, Italy
Instructor: Massimiliano Iocco
Cost: from € 1450
Sponsor: Salinara - International Art Farm, Sicily
Website, email, (+39) 339 77 57 062


"Venice Plein-air Urban Watercolour Workshop"
October 30 - November 4, 2020
 

Spend 6 fantastic days immersed in splendour painting the historic canals with its gondolas and grand buildings of the grand Renaissance city of Venice. For centuries, water-colourists have been enjoying the magnificent sights, colours and atmosphere that only Venice has to offer. Colour, light, mood, reflections, gondolas, grand palazzos and piazza’s offer endless inspiration to any painter. The romantic light and mood are just some of the themes featuring in this gloriously unforgettable water colour course! A fantastic opportunity painting water colours in this breathtakingly beautiful floating city. Quite simply, it does not get any better than this for an artist! Our accommodation is a beautiful historic Venetian monastery. All art materials, accommodation, breakfast, dinner and guided tours included.
 
Location: Venice, Italy
Instructor: John W. Skelcher
Cost: $1850
Sponsor: The Retreat
Website, email, 393349034401


"The Portrait and The Figure"
April 18-25, 2021
 

Picture yourself painting and touring with internationally acclaimed watercolorist, Mary Whyte. Mary will guide you through the techniques of planning your compositions, drawing, mixing color and creating great backgrounds. She will show you how to work with the model, avoid mistakes and give personal critiques and great tips for marketing your work. Enjoy lots of painting action, one-on-one instruction, wonderful meals and wine, and Italian activities! Come, explore the Amalfi Coast, visit Capri, take in local museums and more. We have a full itinerary with you in mind so don't miss this workshop of a lifetime for travel enthusiasts and all levels of artists. Mary’s work is in many corporate and museum collections.
 
Location: Sorrento, Italy
Instructor: Mary Whyte
Cost: $4500 All inclusive
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Painting Holiday in Tuscany"
May 8-15, 2021
 

On this painting holiday artists will be tutored in sessions of fun and creativity by the London-based artist Gina Southgate. Working alongside Gina, you'll learn numerous, simple, effective techniques to incorporate into your own unique and striking artworks. With 30 years' experience Gina is best known for her live paintings of jazz, and she brings this energy to her landscapes and abstracts. You will be hosted at the farmhouse Antico Borgo La Torre, in the tranquil and enchanting surroundings of the Tuscan countryside. The property includes Chianti vineyards, olive trees and a small private lake. Guests will enjoy comfortable rooms, a large natural garden, a 20 metre swimming pool, and wonderful local food.
 
Location: Florence (countryside), Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Gina Southgate
Cost: €1390
Sponsor: Antico Borgo La Torre
Website, email, +39 3206275789


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

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


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

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


 

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