Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Art by the Sea: Illustration and Drawing Vacation in Croatia"
July 25 - August 1, 2019
 

Travel to Croatia and learn to draw and illustrate from a professional painter and illustrator, explore soft pencil and watercolor techniques, and find your inspiration on Croatia's stunning Dalmatian Coast, among wondrous medieval buildings, picturesque bays, and rocky crags overlooking the turquoise Adriatic Sea. UpTrek Art Retreat 2019 inclusions: accommodation, all meals, daily illustration and drawing workshops with artist Irena Sophia, art supplies, guided Vodice tour, guided tour of Šibenik, guided Prvic Island tour, airport transfers from Zadar or Split.
 
Location: Vodice, Croatia
Instructor: Irena Sophia
Cost: $1,340
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Be Brave and Have Fun"
July 28 - August 2, 2019
 

Unearth fresh and honest art inside yourself and learn to capture it with paint. Herman will teach you to find originality in your own work. Get started with new ideas in a way that is fun and fast. You will learn about color mixing, glazes, composition, drying time, thickness and edges to create an impressionist painting you never thought possible with watercolor. Expect to be challenged to be brave, and to have fun! Herman's works are featured in the books Australian Impressionists and Realist Artists, 120 years of Watercolourist, Artists and Galleries of Australia and New Zealand, and Profile on Contemporary Watercolours.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Herman Pekel
Cost: $795
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"High School Intensive: Watercolor"
July 29 - August 2, 2019
 

Explore the vibrant and subtle possibilities of watercolor painting. Learn the fundamentals of the medium, including the selection of papers, brushes, and pigments, as well as transparent and opaque painting methods. Work from still life, photographs, portraits and the cityscape. All levels welcome. One-Week Intensives for High School Students offer teens the valuable opportunity to develop and hone their skills under the guidance of PAFA faculty. Open to students having completed 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grades by Summer 2019. All levels welcome.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Michelle Oosterbaan
Cost: $425
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Sense of Place"
July 29 - August 1, 2019
 

Moving beyond the traditional rectangular, flat sheet of paper, this workshop investigates the relationship between experiences in the landscape and representing those experiences in the studio. With consideration for the viewer’s interaction, create works that encompass space, tactility, and personal content. Through demonstrations, readings, and lectures, you will be introduced to the idea of creating a sense of place through materials and forms. Emphasis will be placed on the production of work. This workshop is more of an exploration of process or a way of approaching the creation of work than a tutorial on how to paint or draw. Using found materials, as well as photographs, paintings, and drawings, you will create a unique document that expresses your understanding of a place.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Gregory Euclide, www.GregoryEuclide.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Watercolor from the Beginning"
July 31, 2019
 

Learn everything you need to build a strong foundation for getting started in watercolor. Receive detailed information on paper, paint, and brushes explained clearly and demonstrated with helpful visual aids. Practice mixing colors; learn how to do basic washes; and find out about special techniques unique to watercolor.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Dawn Flores
Cost: $95
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Color Theory Through Watercolor"
August 1, 2019
 

Understanding color is essential to creating work that captivates the eye and evokes certain moods or emotions. Through a series of fun exercises you will learn to understand tints, shades, and tone, the color wheel, complementary colors, warm and cool colors, and color schemes. You will make useful charts and swatches that can be used for future reference. Whether you are just starting out or have some experience with watercolor, this class will help you masterfully mix color, no matter what your medium or level of experience.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Dawn Flores
Cost: $95
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Critique Group: Open to All Artists"
August 2, 2019
 

We all need feedback. As artists, we also need a second (or third) “set of eyes” on our work. We need to know how our work can be improved. We need to understand how our work is perceived by our audience – the viewer. Sometimes we can spot issues on our own, but most times we need input from others. This is where critique becomes an important part of our development as artists. Open to artists of all backgrounds and media. Moderated by PenArt’s Director of Education Elysia Michaelsen, artists reserve a 30-minute block to show and discuss your work, or just come and share your viewpoints and learn from others. Discussion formats will range from open group conversation to written critiques.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Elysia Michaelsen
Cost: Free
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Watercolor Portraiture & Hand Lettering: Introduction & Techniques"
August 2-4, 2019
 

Learn to paint the portraits and words of people who inspire you. During this workshop, we will review the basics of using watercolors, explore different techniques, and discuss ways to approach painting portraits. Initial steps will include studying facial features and proportions. We'll sketch a base layer drawing of the face, review the basics of color theory like mixing hues and using light/dark hues to create highlights and shadows, and work with layers of watercolor to bring your portrait to life. We'll experiment with combining portraits and hand-lettered quotes with fine tip black markers into a cohesive, compelling composition. Leave with a finished portrait and quote of the influential person in your life.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Kimothy Joy
Cost: $500 - $690
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Painting the Blooming Peony"
August 2, 2019
 

The Painting of the Peony is blending and shaping of a flower using watercolors, liquid watercolors. In this class, you will learn how to layer watercolors, negative space paint, and contrast colors using lights and darks. This is a fun lesson because the paint does most of the work for you. You just learn how to guide the paint. Bring your brushes if you have them .....everything else for the class is provided.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Janet Nunn
Cost: $240 - $270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Gouacheamole! (Cubism with Gouache)"
August 2, 2019
 

Cubism (a style of art that preceded Abstract Expressionism), incubated a grand rebellion against Realism. Basically, cubists argued that a still life painting of a tomato fell short of showing the entire truth of that tomato and that the way to remedy that was to show all aspects of the fruit at the same time. And in order to do that, the tomato needed to be shattered/fragmented and then all its parts and pieces painted on the canvas at the same time. In this workshop we will paint with gouache on paper..... and instead of smashing tomatoes, we'll learn to use photo references to paint a portrait showing different aspects of a face all at the same time.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Jenny Doh
Cost: $240 - $270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Watercolor Trees and Landscapes"
August 2, 2019
 

This crash course in observation-based landscape painting with watercolors shows students how to “see” the world through a painter’s eyes. Technical demonstrations stress line, shape, value, and color. Special instruction on developing a strategy for executing trees, rocks, and sky will be covered. Students learn to simplify the landscape by identifying color masses from which to develop realistic watercolor paintings. A portable easel is helpful, but not required.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Dawn Flores
Cost: $95
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Jason Yeoh in Spaectacular Spain"
August 2-12, 2019
 

A wonderful opportunity to work alongside Jason, he will, as usual put everything into this workshop, which includes a ten night stay. Jason will eagerly share with you the principals of his own personal style which fully expresses his inner feelings of a scene. Whatever your level of experience, Jason's style will open your eyes to semi abstract watercolor painting. Jason will explain his procedure of blending first washes while reserving the white areas, then adding color for creating depth, increase the depth with darker shapes. Finally adding the fine, thin, curly lines, which make his paintings so "Jason Yeoh". Using this effect will give you the opportunity to add your very own style and interpretation.
 
Location: Benigánim, Spain
Instructor: Jason Yeoh
Cost: €2650 before March (€2950 after March 2019)
Sponsor: Dalvaro Art Vacations
Website, email, 610857136


"Watercolor Still Life with Flowers"
August 3, 2019
 

For beginner or experienced watercolor painters, this class will focus on building form, choosing colors that harmonize, as well as painting shadows and backgrounds. Students will bring objects that they are interested in painting, and can make simple attainable compositions with fruit and vegetables, or challenge themselves with crystal and silver. Tips on painting flowers, vases, and water will be included.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Dawn Flores
Cost: $95
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Art Journaling: A Creative Key!"
August 3, 2019
 

Artists and illustrators use sketchbook/art journals every day, and in a variety of ways in order to increase both their creative flow and skills, and for pure enjoyment! This class explores fun methods to create and use sketchbook journaling to build your artistic confidence and excitement. Let this class begin your lifelong adventure into creativity that builds each day! This Class is for: Anyone who wants to explore a multitude of ways to use a sketch journal; Teachers who want to give their students exciting methods toward more creativity; Anyone who wants to explore and expand their imaginative life and enjoy stress-free creating.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Tom Sarmo
Cost: $240 - $270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Painting with Opaque Watercolors"
August 3, 2019
 

Painting with Opaque paint and watercolors is a lesson in building paint and painting directly with white paint. In this class, you will learn how to create a dark surface in watercolors and paint directly with an opaque paint. Bring your brushes if you have them....everything else you need for the painting is provided.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Janet Nunn
Cost: $240 - $270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Painting the Cosmos"
August 4, 2019
 

Painting these Cosmos flowers is so fun because plastic wrap does most of the painting for you. In this class, you will learn how to use plastic wrap and paint to blend the shape of the flowers. And you will learn how to simplify negative space painting. Bring your brushes, if you have them....everything else you need for the painting is provided.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Janet Nunn
Cost: $240 - $270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Creating Illuminated Letters and Decorative Borders!"
August 4, 2019
 

In this fun class you'll learn valuable methods to create uniquely illuminated initial letters, decorative borders, and fanciful marginalia - similar to illuminated medieval manuscripts! These exciting techniques can be used in designing your own paper products - greeting cards, bookmarks, postcards, scrap book pages, book illustrations, etc. The applications are endless! In addition, you'll learn valuable approaches to color, so that your designs and artworks will be highly attractive and effective. This class is for: Anyone who wants to create beautifully illustrated letters and borders.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Tom Sarmo
Cost: $240 - $270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Andy Evansen: Painting Bolder Watercolors"
August 4-8, 2019
 

Create beautiful, impressionistic watercolor paintings using Andy Evansen's popular techniques. Class level is intermediate to advanced though beginners are welcome and encouraged to contact Andy for information about attending. Enjoy the beauty of Lake Superior, healthy, locally-sourced meals and retreat amenities, all in peaceful surroundings in the woods and on the water. Lodging packages available.
 
Location: Bayfield, Wisconsin
Instructor: Andy Evansen
Cost: $650
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, 715-779-0178


"Be Brave and Have Fun"
August 5-9, 2019
 

Unearth fresh and honest art inside yourself and learn to capture it with paint. Herman will teach you to find originality in your own work. Get started with new ideas in a way that is fun and fast. You will learn about color mixing, glazes, composition, drying time, thickness and edges to create an impressionist painting you never thought possible with watercolor. Expect to be challenged to be brave, and to have fun! Herman's works are featured in the books Australian Impressionists and Realist Artists, 120 years of Watercolourist, Artists and Galleries of Australia and New Zealand, and Profile on Contemporary Watercolours.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Herman Pekel
Cost: $795
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
August 7-9, 2019
 

Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then my Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting Workshop is for you! I will teach you how to do each of these realizing there should also be a firm foundation of structure for your paintings using shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. This workshop is also about learning to loosen-up and paint more freely. All who attend will be able to apply the lessons learned to their own style of painting. This workshop is non media specific. All who utilize watercolor, acrylic, and oil are welcome.
 
Location: Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Cost: $375
Sponsor: David M. Kessler Fine Art
Website, email, 336-418-3038


"Plein air painting in the Balaton Uplands National Park in Hungary"
August 9-15, 2019
 

A fabulous 5-day plein air painting holiday in a unique landscape full of contrast. We base ourselves in the bustling town of Balatonfüred from where we travel to some outstandingly beautiful places of the Balaton Uplands National Park: the Tihany Peninsula which has a Mediterranean feel, the town of Veszprém, one of Hungary’s oldest and most beautiful towns as well as many geological formations. Paint and sketch while enjoying some local cuisine and wine in a relaxed atmosphere. Take a dip in Lake Balaton, also called the Hungarian Sea for the vast area that it covers. Cost to be confirmed soon!
 
Location: Tihany, Hungary
Instructor: Ibolya Taligas
Cost: To be confirmed
Sponsor: Painting Getaways
Website, email, +44 203 488 2991


"Developing Artistic Voice: Mixed Media Art Retreat in Greece"
August 10-17, 2019
 

Travel to Greece for an enlightening one-week mixed media art retreat with expert artist coaching. Experiment with painting, drawing and collage and develop your artistic perspective. 8 days - Available in EN, GR, NL, FR, DE - Available to all levels - Max. 6 people - Wheelchair accessible - Mixed media - Landscape, Figurative, Abstract. UpTrek Painting Retreat 2019 inclusions: 7 nights of accommodation, all meals, beverages (coffee, mineral water, tea, juices), painting and mixed media classes, workshops and presentations with artist Annette Luycx, transfers to/from Metamorfosi train station, art supplies, studio space.
 
Location: Afidnes, Attica, Greece
Instructor: Annette Luycx
Cost: $950
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"AWE Arts & Wellness Experience in the Loire Valley, France"
August 11-21, 2019
 

Connect with your inner passion and develop your creative abilities in an idyllic setting in the Loire Valley, France. Immerse yourself in a supportive community which offers you unparalleled opportunities to pursue interests in the arts, French cuisine, and wellness surrounded by tranquillity and beauty. Led by highly qualified, inspirational instructors, the Arts & Wellness Experience (AWE) offers an intensive 10-day program in a wide range of subjects which challenges you to build on your creative experience and/or discover untapped talent hidden within you.
 
Location: Le Mans, France
Cost: $2,950-$3,450
Sponsor: AWE Arts & Wellness Experience
Website, email, 508-367-6633


"Art History as Inspiration"
August 12-15, 2019
 

Where does inspiration come from? Many artists draw inspiration from moments in the history of art, although it may not be readily apparent when looking at their work. In this interdisciplinary, 2D workshop, you will explore what it means to draw inspiration from art history while creating unique, individual works of art. The first three mornings will begin with a brief lecture on a specific time and place in art history. This will be followed by a discussion of a small selection of artworks, including sharing ideas about how individuals might use a piece as a jumping off point to create one original work per day. Breaks for small group discussions and critiques will take place after lunch and at the end of each day.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Wendi Turchan, www.WendiMichelleTurchan.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Sketchbook to Studio. Recording Your Travels at a Higher Level"
August 12-16, 2019
 

Few things are more suited for travel than a sketchbook, pencil, and a small watercolor palette. In addition to traditional plein air work, Iain will focus on strengthening your skills using these tools to record your life through sketching in watercolor. The sounds, smells, sights, and people you come across will remain fresh in your mind as you look over the work you have done on site. There is no better way to relive your memories than a well used sketchbook. Iain Stewart is a signature member of the National Watercolor Society.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Iain Stewart
Cost: $655
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"The Contemporary Still Life"
August 12-14, 2019
 

This three-day workshop will offer the student the opportunity to study with guidance from an accomplished painter of the still life subject. The class is open to all levels of experience and all mediums, including oil or acrylic paint, watercolor, pastel and drawing mediums. Students may choose to paint many small studies or work on larger arrangements for longer periods of time. Goal setting will be individualized. Whether seeking foundational skills or wishing to shake things up a bit, this class and this subject is for you! Topics including drawing, value organization, color, edges, design and paint application will be addressed.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Robert Lemler, www.robertlemler.com
Cost: $375 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Tutored Painting Retreat with Artist Pheona Kerr in Italy"
August 14-21, 2019
 

Travel to Italy and learn to paint from a professional painter and expert art tutor, explore watercolors, acrylics, oils, landscape painting, portraiture, life drawing and painting, live la dolce vita, and get inspired by mountains, rivers, fields of wild flowers, orchards and grapevines in a tranquil, bucolic setting in Bedogno. UpTrek Art Retreat 2019 inclusions: private accommodation, all meals, all drinks and local wine for dinners, daily painting workshops with professional painter Pheona Kerr (two tutored lessons per day, adapted for a wide range of levels), access to a fully equipped studio, art materials, airport transfers.
 
Location: Bedogno, Italy
Instructor: Pheona Kerr
Cost: $1,530
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"The Portrait and The Figure"
August 19-23, 2019
 

Learn how light affects the temperature of colors and values, as well as how to use the transparency of watercolor to allow the glow of the paper to shine through. Fealing Lin will teach you to combine impressionistic brushstrokes and semi-abstract techniques to elicit life and movement in your paintings. She will help you relax and enjoy the process as you discover the spontaneity of watercolor. Fealing's techniques are fun and challenging; the possibility of compositions and expressions are unlimited. She is a signature member of the NWS, TWSA, Watercolor West, and many others.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Fealing Lin
Cost: $695
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Watermedia Workshop in Santorini, Greece"
August 19-26, 2019
 

Discover the majestic island of Santorini with George Politis AWS, SDWS, RI. Small and large format, painting in watercolour and other watermedia like watercolour pencils, acrylic inks and collage, learning techniques and how to see and find a subject (often far from the obvious). Boost the creativity by new inspirational ideas, winning techniques for an once-in-a-lifetime experience. Pure watercolour to mixed watermedia, realistic to abstract painting. Emphasis in compositional ideas and eye catching schemes. All inclusive (course, hotel, all 3 meals per day, transportation in Santorini during the workshop). Up to 12 artists, all levels accepted.
 
Location: Santorini, Greece
Instructor: George Politis AWS, RI, SDWS
Cost: 1450 Euros - 1700 USD
Website, email, +306944422097


"Plein Air Painting by Lake Wolfgang in Austria"
August 20-21, 2019
 

Only a short distance from Salzburg lies the impressive stretch of Lake Wolfgang in the Austrian Lake District. Some 10 km long, lined by charming settlements and surrounded by the Salzkammergut mountain range it makes an idyllic location for our 2-day plein air painting workshop. We visit the very popular St Wolfgang and the more tranquil Strobl nearby where we paint and sketch in this alpine paradise. Led by instructor Ibolya Taligas who specialises in watercolour painting and will do demonstrations as well as offer practical advice on painting outdoors. €150/person with flexibility to book your own accommodation and take as many refreshment breaks as you wish. Small group, lots of individual attention.
 
Location: St Wolfgang, Austria
Instructor: Ibolya Taligas
Cost: €150
Sponsor: Painting Getaways
Website, email, +44 201 488 2991


"Plein air watercolour painting at Lake Hallstatt in Austria"
August 22-23, 2019
 

A 2-day plein air watercolour painting workshop by the picturesque Lake Hallstatt in Austria. The charming village of Hallstatt is well-hidden between the Hallstatter See and the imposing peaks of the Dachstein mountains. A real gem and a must-see location for any artist. Come and paint the most amazing water reflections of a place that's considered one of the most photographed in the world!
 
Location: Hallstatt, Austria
Instructor: Ibolya Taligas
Cost: €150
Sponsor: Painting Getaways
Website, email, +44 203 488 2991


"Art by the Sea Painting Retreat on the Dalmatian Coast"
August 22-29, 2019
 

Travel to Croatia and learn to draw and illustrate from a professional painter and illustrator, explore soft pencil and watercolor techniques, and find your inspiration on Croatia's stunning Dalmatian Coast, among wondrous medieval buildings, picturesque bays, and rocky crags overlooking the turquoise Adriatic Sea. UpTrek Art Retreat 2019 inclusions: accommodation, all meals, daily illustration and drawing workshops with artist Irena Sophia, art supplies, guided Vodice tour, guided tour of Šibenik, guided Prvic Island tour, airport transfers from Zadar or Split.
 
Location: Vodice, Croatia
Instructor: Irena Sophia
Cost: $1,340
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
August 23-25, 2019
 

Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then my Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting Workshop is for you! I will teach you how to do each of these realizing there should also be a firm foundation of structure for your paintings using shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. This workshop is also about learning to loosen-up and paint more freely. All who attend will be able to apply the lessons learned to their own style of painting. This workshop is non media specific. All who utilize watercolor, acrylic, and oil are welcome.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Lowe Mill
Website, email, 256-533-0399


"Olga Litvinenko in Spectacular Spain"
August 25 - September 1, 2019
 

Dalvaro Art gives you this wonderful opportunity to enjoy a week of watercolor painting with the wonderful Olga Litvinenko. You will have a fantastic programme of learning while mixing in with the Valencian rural life. This workshop will include value exploration, composition, color theory and color mixing in addition to general sketching techniques. Olga will show you how to photograph as a base for painting in the studio. You will see how to use Olga's simple technique of creating the most successful sketches for painting while using the reference photos to include accurately the main objects of your chosen scene while leaving out the distractions. Plein air and studio work included in this fabulous week.
 
Location: Benigánim, Spain
Instructor: Olga Litvinenko
Cost: €1550 single private room. Early booking discount
Sponsor: Dalvaro Art Vacations
Website, email, 610857136


"Painting in the French Alps: Watermedia Painting Workshop"
August 25 - September 1, 2019
 

Come explore the magnificent French Alps with us! This is a mixed-media workshop, and I will demo in watercolor and/or acrylic with occasional dabblings into collage and texture. We’ll work both on location and in the studio. Our days are relaxed and informative (with lots of good food and laughing in the mix). If you are a first-time plein air painter (and afraid), you’ll find it painless! Advanced painters will discover new techniques and creative solutions with color & design, which will move your work to a new level. There will be demos, hand-outs and personal attention. The best part is our camaraderie, learning from each other, sharing our adventures and painting incredible memories.
 
Location: Haute-Savoie, France
Instructor: Kathie George, www.kathiegeorge.com
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Jan. 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Watercolor Techniques"
August 26-29, 2019
 

Technique is everything and Michael Reardon will help you explore many ways to strengthen your skills in landscape and cityscape watercolor painting. You will learn how to create a strong composition, use value to invoke a sense of light and manipulate color for a full expressive effect. Join us for this 4-day workshop and go home with an abundance of techniques to use the rest of your life. Michael is the Author of Painting Light and Color in Landscapes and Cityscapes, from North Light Books and has three instructional DVD’s.
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Michael Reardon
Cost: $595
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Painting in the French Alps: Watercolor Painting Workshop"
August 28 - September 4, 2019
 

Come explore the magnificent French Alps with us! Each day will include demonstrations of elements of landscape painting with lots of personal instruction. Develop your ability to look at the complexity of the scene in front of you, and focus your vision so that you can design a good painting that speaks of the essence of the scene, rather than merely reporting the things in it. Every painting should have a concept, and your composition, colors and techniques must work towards bringing your concept to life.
 
Location: Haute-Savoie, France
Instructor: Evelyn Dunphy, www.evelyndunphy.com
Cost: $3,190 before Jan. 31 ($3,390 after Jan. 31)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Other Lands Other Sounds 2019, Course on Collaborative Arts Practice"
August 28 - September 9, 2019
 

An intensive residential course bringing together visual artists and musicians to work collaboratively over ten days, creating new works combining photography, moving image, music, and sound art. Surrounded by the beautiful mountainside scenery of Gois, Portugal, Other Lands, Other Sounds 2019 offers a supportive environment for practitioners (professionals, amateurs, students) who want to develop their practice through cross-arts experimentation and collaboration. Musicians will work closely with composer Filipe Sousa, exploring devised composition, improvisation, and collaborative music-making processes. Visual artists will work with Beatriz Martinez, exploring photography, video, and how to merge aesthetics and concept into multi-disciplinary projects. Intensive work sessions will be balanced with nature hikes, sightseeing, swimming, visiting local cafes and enjoying the relaxed pace of Portuguese life.
 
Location: Gois, Portugal
Instructor: Filipe Sousa, Beatriz M Barrio, Kate Smith
Cost: 850 EUR
Sponsor: Curiosa and RaizVanguarda
Website, email, +447759323717


"Walk and sketch in the High Tatras in Slovakia"
August 29 - September 4, 2019
 

The High Tatra Mountain range in Slovakia boasts with imposing peaks, pristine lakes and pine forest. This enchanting landscape will be our sketching and painting location for 5 glorious days. We walk along mountain paths that lead us to breathtaking scenery. Each day we visit spectacular locations such as Strbske Pleso, Popradske Pleso, Hrebienok..etc. You will learn sketching technique as well as practical advice working outdoors. Help and demonstrations will be available. A very flexible art holiday where you choose your accommodation and take as many breaks as you like. Suitable for any artist who loves to explore nature. €295/person. Experience nature at its best!
 
Location: Poprad, Slovakia
Instructor: Ibolya Taligas
Cost: €295
Sponsor: Painting Getaways
Website, email, +44 203 488 2991


"Dordogne Delights: Painting Retreat in Montpeyroux"
August 31 - September 7, 2019
 

Travel to France and develop your artistic skills under expert guidance. You will have ample time to paint en plein air, tour the beautiful Dordogne region, discover its many delights, and spend time relaxing at the estate. 8 days - Available in English - Available to all levels - Professional tuition - Watercolor painting - Landscape painting. UpTrek Painting Retreat 2019 inclusions: 7 nights of accommodation, three daily meals - breakfast, lunch, dinners served with wine, daily painting tuition and one-to-one sessions with professional artists (Murray Ince, Judith Yates, Tony Westmore), outings to several places, such as St. Emilion, St Seurin sur l'Isle, Bergerac, and Monbazillac, wine tasting.
 
Location: Montpeyroux, Dordogne, France
Instructor: Murray Ince, Judith Yates, Tony Westmore
Cost: $900
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Art and Spirit in New Mexico"
September 1-7, 2019
 

Melissa Harris, internationally published artist, author (99 Keys to a Creative Life) is known for her loose, expressive style. She holds an MFA in Painting and a Fulbright Grant in painting. With over 30 years teaching experience, Melissa helps you to bring soul into your watercolors. She will help you build a solid foundation including color, composition and paint handling - or help you refine existing skills. Daily demos individual instruction. No previous experience necessary. You may simply sketch in watercolor in your journal. Experience the beauty of Taos, New Mexico in its best season. Meditate and paint plein air at sacred sites to connect with the spirit of the land and encourage your creative visions to emerge.
 
Location: Taos, New Mexico
Instructor: Melissa Harris
Cost: $1,800 - $2,100
Sponsor: melissa harris art enterprises
Website, email, 845-389-5250


"Painting Mediterranean Villages: Watercolor Painting Workshop"
September 1-8, 2019
 

Join me in Tuscany for a truly memorable week! The most enjoyable painting I do is when I paint outdoors. There is an intimacy and sense of “being there” that only occurs when you take the time to slow down and record your surroundings in watercolor- and what surroundings we will have! We will tour daily with an easy schedule of demonstration, one on one critique, and group discussions designed to build your confidence and ability alike. You may paint or explore or do both on any given day. I will be there to guide you through my approach to painting en plein air and help you take your watercolors to the next level! The course is limited to 12 students.
 
Location: Vence, France
Instructor: Iain Stewart, iainstew.fineartstudioonline.com
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 before Jan. 31)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting in the French Alps: Watermedia Painting Workshop"
September 1-8, 2019
 

Come explore the magnificent French Alps with us! This is a mixed-media workshop, and I will demo in watercolor and/or acrylic with occasional dabblings into collage and texture. We’ll work both on location and in the studio. Our days are relaxed and informative (with lots of good food and laughing in the mix). If you are a first-time plein air painter (and afraid), you’ll find it painless! Advanced painters will discover new techniques and creative solutions with color & design, which will move your work to a new level. There will be demos, hand-outs and personal attention. The best part is our camaraderie, learning from each other, sharing our adventures and painting incredible memories.
 
Location: Haute-Savoie, France
Instructor: Kathie George, www.kathiegeorge.com
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Jan. 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting Retreat: Get Inspired by the Normandy Countryside"
September 1-7, 2019
 

Travel to Normandy, immerse in a tutored painting retreat, walk in Monet and Pissarro's footsteps, discover new perspectives on artistic techniques, and get inspired by the picturesque Normandy countryside and the scenic Parc Naturel Régional de Normandie-Maine. UpTrek Painting Retreat 2019 inclusions: accommodation in a charming farmhouse designed as an homage to famous French painters, daily home-cooked meals, local wine and cider, daily painting workshops with artist Angela Birchall (classes and workshops in the mornings, guided en plein air in the afternoons), art supplies.
 
Location: Orne, Normandy, France
Instructor: Angela Birchall
Cost: $1,260
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"The Joy of Watercolor!"
September 3-6, 2019
 

Learn to play, and have fun while doing the wonderful ‘work’ of art with internationally celebrated watercolorist, Stella Canfield! Stella will help you free yourself of the fear and judgment that so often prevent us from doing art. You will learn to relax and paint with your heart while exploring design, shapes, color, value and have fun doing it! You will feel immensely inspired and free of the myth-inflicted fear of watercolor. Stella will guide students working from their own photographs or sketches. Each morning starts with Stella doing a demo, followed by one-on-one instruction with each student throughout the day, leaving enough time to finish a painting a day!
 
Location: Bend, Oregon
Instructor: Stella Canfield
Cost: $475 by Jul 1; $525 after Jul 1
Sponsor: Cascade Fine Art Workshops
Website, email, (541) 408-5524


"Pen & Watercolor Illustration in Tuscany!"
September 4-11, 2019
 

Picture yourself sitting in an outdoor cafe in one of the piazzas, sketchbook in hand, immersed in capturing the life around you while enjoying a cappuccino. Let me share the techniques I use in my work using a very portable means of sketching - pen and ink and watercolor – to record the beautiful, sensitive lines of an old building or the bold strokes of a street scene. Learn to zoom in on the important elements when working in the field to create interesting compositions and lasting memories with texture and rich washes of color!
 
Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: Ann Thomas
Cost: From $3390.00 double occupancy
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Website, email, +39 331 422 9047


"Mastering the Watercolor Mindset"
September 4-7, 2019
 

Success in watercolor has deep roots in mindset. When you are in the midst of a wash, whether controlled, free, or anything in between, the key ingredient is managing your mindset by redefining results as opportunities to be enhanced and any issues as puzzles to be solved. Explore watercolor’s full potential by using a photograph’s essence as a reference to be captured, rather than copied. Each day you will work toward completing a series of remarkable scenes with Steve as your guide. More importantly, you’ll build skills at mastering a watercolor mindset that will serve you well for a lifetime of painting. This workshop will consist of demonstrations, discussions, and plenty of hands-on practice. All levels welcome.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Steve Puttrich, www.StevePuttrich.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Illustration and Painting Vacation on Croatia's Dalmatian Coast"
September 4-11, 2019
 

Travel to Croatia and learn to draw and illustrate from a professional painter and illustrator, explore soft pencil and watercolor techniques, and find your inspiration on Croatia's stunning Dalmatian Coast, among wondrous medieval buildings, picturesque bays, and rocky crags overlooking the turquoise Adriatic Sea. UpTrek Art Retreat 2019 inclusions: accommodation, all meals, daily illustration and drawing workshops with artist Irena Sophia, art supplies, guided Vodice tour, guided tour of Šibenik, guided Prvic Island tour, airport transfers from Zadar or Split.
 
Location: Vodice, Croatia
Instructor: Irena Sophia
Cost: $1,340
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Dare to Express: Creative Painting Retreat in France"
September 5-12, 2019
 

Travel to France and develop your creative potential with expert guidance from professional painters. Work in your preferred medium, explore different techniques, and get inspired by Gascony's charm. 8 days - Available in English, French, Spanish - Available to all levels - Professional tuition - Art supplies - Max. 6 people - Watercolor, charcoal, pastels, acrylics - Figurative, Abstract painting. UpTrek Painting Retreat 2019 inclusions: 7 nights of accommodation, all meals, 12.5 hours of tuition with professional painters, art supplies, chateau and vineyard visit for wine tasting session, Armagnac tasting session, visit to the town of Condom, visit to an art gallery exhibition, visits to local French market, transfers to and from Agen train station.
 
Location: Moncrabeau, Gascony, France
Instructor: F. Cairo, R. Tamber, F. Golden
Cost: $1,450
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"The Poetic Dialogue Project"
September 5-6, 2019
 

Create art in response to poetry and bind it into an accordion book. Students should have some watercolor experience and can either bring in a favorite poem or work with poetry supplied by the instructor from various contemporary poets. Students may work in watercolor or mix watercolor with other water-based media (pen and ink, watercolor pencils). The instructor will present her Poetic Dialogue Project – a series of exhibitions of artists interpreting poetry or collaborating with poets – for inspiration, as well as her own works that have been created in partnership with her poet, Lois Roma-Deeley. Individualized instruction in watercolor technique will be offered.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Beth Shadur
Cost: $260
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Chateau Marouatte (Plein Air Sketching Retreat)"
September 5-12, 2019
 

We will live in a castle in the Dordogne region of France! From beginners (with at least some minimal experience in sketching or watercolor painting) up to advanced levels are invited. You don't need any experience in painting plein air (outdoors). Let me guide you through it...we all start somewhere and I'll make it easy!
 
Location: Grand-Brassac, France
Instructor: Helen K Beacham
Cost: $2500.00
Sponsor: Helen K Beacham Fine Art
Website, email, 843-408-5240


"Critique Group: Open to All Artists"
September 6, 2019
 

We all need feedback. As artists, we also need a second (or third) “set of eyes” on our work. We need to know how our work can be improved. We need to understand how our work is perceived by our audience – the viewer. Sometimes we can spot issues on our own, but most times we need input from others. This is where critique becomes an important part of our development as artists. Open to artists of all backgrounds and media. Moderated by PenArt’s Director of Education Elysia Michaelsen, artists reserve a 30-minute block to show and discuss your work, or just come and share your viewpoints and learn from others. Discussion formats will range from open group conversation to written critiques.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Elysia Michaelsen
Cost: Free
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Traveling Through Watercolors - Naples/Sorrento Coast - 2019 Edition"
September 6-15, 2019
 

The Watercolor workshop participants will be immersed in study of watercolor in the ideal setting for the medium. Painting fundamentals, technique and color will be explored as well as the study of drawing, specifically how tone, brush stroke and line can convey form, space, light and texture. The course will hold group critiques to provide feedback and discourse on each participants’ works. With just few materials needed for plein air painting various sites can be explored easily. At the end of the program, it will be arranged an exhibition in Naples, with the artworks created by the participants during the workshop. Lodging, meals, guided tours, transfers, special experiences are included in the price, as scheduled in the program.
 
Location: Sorrento/Naples, Italy
Instructor: Jun Pierre Shiozawa
Cost: 1950 euros
Sponsor: Italylab.education
Website, email, +393341886537


"A Taste for Art: Guided Landscape Painting Vacation in Spain"
September 6-13, 2019
 

Travel to Spain, sketch and paint under a widely exhibited professional painter's guidance, get inspired by the natural wonders of Sierra de Montánchez and unleash your creative potential on a guided painting retreat in a tranquil part of Extremadura. Inclusions: accommodation in a charming finca, 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, and 7 dinners served with local wine, landscape painting workshops with painter Noëlle Griffiths (30 hours tuition), use of studio equipment, art materials, airport transfers from Madrid and/or Seville, all transportation in Sierra de Montánchez, guided tour of Trujillo.
 
Location: Sierra de Montánchez, Extremadura, Spain
Instructor: Noëlle Griffiths
Cost: $1,020
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Art in the Vineyard: Painting Vacation in Le Marche, Italy"
September 7-13, 2019
 

Travel to Italy and learn to draw and paint from a professional painter and expert tutor, explore different painting techniques and find your inspiration among scenic hilltop settlements, olive groves, and vineyards. UpTrek Painting Holiday 2019 inclusions: private accommodation, 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, and 5 dinners served with local wine, daily painting classes, workshops, and sessions with artist John Skelcher, art supplies, transport to and from painting locations/excursions, tea/coffee and refreshments during painting breaks, daily aperitivi, transfers from San Benedetto del Tronto.
 
Location: Force, Le Marche, Italy
Instructor: John Skelcher
Cost: $1,500
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Watercolor and Brusho Painting Vacation with Artist Joanne Boon Thom"
September 7-13, 2019
 

Painter Joanne Boon Thomas will walk you through watercolor and brusho painting. Joanne's patience is endless and her passion is infectious — she gets unbelievably excited when she sees her students blossoming and creating. You will have plenty of opportunities to go out on location, not only to take photographs but also for plein air painting studies. Joanne will provide constant guidance, demonstrations, and plenty of one-on-one tuition. Art Retreat inclusions: daily painting classes, workshops, and demonstrations, accommodation, all meals (wine and beer included), bottled water, coffee, tea, aperitifs, transfers from/to Valencia Airport in Manises or Alicante–Elche Airport (ALC), painting on location trips, private, air-conditioned transport to painting locations, access to a fully equipped studio.
 
Location: Benigánim, Valencia, Spain
Instructor: Joanne Boon Thom
Cost: $1,550
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Manoir de Gurson: Tutored Painting Holiday in France"
September 7-14, 2019
 

Travel to France and develop your artistic skills under expert guidance. You will have ample time to paint en plein air, tour the beautiful Dordogne region, discover its many delights, and spend time relaxing at the estate. 8 days - Available in English - Available to all levels - Professional tuition - Watercolor painting - Landscape painting. UpTrek Painting Holiday 2019 inclusions: 7 nights of accommodation, three daily meals - breakfast, lunch, dinners served with wine, daily painting tuition and one-to-one sessions with professional artists (Murray Ince, Judith Yates, Tony Westmore), outings to several places, such as St. Emilion, St Seurin sur l'Isle, Bergerac, and Monbazillac, wine tasting.
 
Location: Montpeyroux, Dordogne, France
Instructor: Murray Ince, Judith Yates, Tony Westmore
Cost: $900
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Joanne Boon Thomas in Spectacular Spain"
September 7-13, 2019
 

Las Orquideas, a peaceful and relaxing art retreat in the Valle D'Albaida, Spain. Stay in a wonderful villa set amongst beautifully landscaped gardens, designed specifically with the artist in mind. Enjoy a unique week of watercolor and brusho painting, in plein-aire, on location and within the gardens, coupled with detailed studio studies. Be guided through a loose style of painting, sharing invaluable tips and techniques, leaving you confident and inspired. With numerous demonstrations, one on one guidance. Whatever your level you will take some new knowledge away from this inspirational week. With the bonus of instruction in Brusho painting you will be amazed at the incredible visual effects to enliven any painting to the next level.
 
Location: Benigánim, Spain
Instructor: Joanne Boon Thomas
Cost: €1525 book before May (€1725 after)
Sponsor: Dalvaro Art Vacations
Website, email, 0034 610857136


"Costa del Sol Painting Vacation"
September 9-16, 2019
 

Travel to sunny Andalucia, Spain and learn to paint using watercolors in the lovely whitewashed town of Torrox. Spend your days painting in gorgeous settings, improve your technique while you relax on the beach, paint in Malága and in the beautiful lost village of El Acebuchal. 8 days • Available in English • All levels • Max. 10 people • Watercolors • Landscape, Townscape. UpTrek Art Retreat inclusions: 7 nights of Moorish-style accommodation, 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners, drinks (water, wine), expert tuition, trips for painting on location, airport transfers at pre-arranged times.
 
Location: Torrox, Andalucia, Spain
Instructor: Klaus Hinkel
Cost: $1,200
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Flowing Color: Waterscapes"
September 9-12, 2019
 

Using Door County and Lake Michigan as inspiration, learn how to paint water that is convincing and filled with a sense of texture and movement. Adopt a three-step watercolor process for value and color studies, while learning to simplify the landscape down to its most basic shapes. Each morning will begin with a short studio demonstration addressing the challenges in painting this particular subject. Spend the rest of the day gaining hands-on practice painting water reflections, moving water, river and wave action, and color solutions. Individualized instruction will be provided throughout each day. A plein air demonstration will be included to show the process in action.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Catherine Hearding, www.CHearding.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
September 9-12, 2019
 

Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then my Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting Workshop is for you! I will teach you how to do each of these realizing there should also be a firm foundation of structure for your paintings using shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. This workshop is also about learning to loosen-up and paint more freely. All who attend will be able to apply the lessons learned to their own style of painting. This workshop is non media specific. All who utilize watercolor, acrylic, and oil are welcome.
 
Location: Whidbey Island, Washington
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 3606783396


"Painting in Provence: Watercolor Painting Workshop"
September 9-16, 2019
 

I love France, painting in France, have been there numerous times and would enjoy having my students join me in Provence. We’ll be painting on location, capturing the light and color, no need to be an expert. All students, regardless of skill level are welcome, we’ll have a wonderful time. I will be demonstrating as well, so students can watch how I find compositions and arrange my subject. I will help all students get accurate drawings, and realize how proper values help create mood. We will use a variety of techniques, from realism to more impressionistic styles. For my more advanced students, design and composition will be addressed.
 
Location: Venasque, France
Instructor: Stan Miller, stanmiller.net
Cost: $3,390
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Moving Forward and Capturing the Moment"
September 9-13, 2019
 

Capture the fleeting moments! David will show you the best way to tackle painting the rugged coastline, the sea with its character, the calm waters and boats in the beautiful harbor, and street scenes along the harbor and about the city offering movement, color, and atmosphere. He will encourage your creativity and individuality and give you insight into portraying the subject in simple terms, helping you get fresh, spontaneous results. David is the coauthor of Solving Mysteries in Watercolor with Ron Ranson. His work has been featured in the International Artist Magazine.
 
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Instructor: David Taylor
Cost: $795
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Finger Lakes Plein Arts Adventure"
September 12-15, 2019
 

Capture the beauty of fall in Upstate New York's Finger Lakes region by attending Schweinfurth Art Center's Plein Air Adventure! Enjoy four days of painting on the shores and overlooks of several of the 11 finger-shaped lakes. Between and after painting sessions led by artist Mary Padgett, meet farmers and vintners, taste their products, and learn about the region’s culture and history.
 
Location: Auburn, New York
Instructor: Mary Padgett
Cost: $750 for members; $760 for nonmembers
Sponsor: Schweinfurth Art Center
Website, email, 315-255-1553


"Dordogne En Plein Air: Landscape Painting Workshop in France"
September 14-21, 2019
 

Travel to France and develop your artistic skills under expert guidance. You will have ample time to paint en plein air, tour the beautiful Dordogne region, discover its many delights, and spend time relaxing at the estate. 8 days - Available in English - Available to all levels - Professional tuition - Watercolor painting - Landscape painting. UpTrek Painting Retreat 2019 inclusions: 7 nights of accommodation, three daily meals - breakfast, lunch, dinners served with wine, daily painting tuition and one-to-one sessions with professional artists (Murray Ince, Judith Yates, Tony Westmore), outings to several places, such as St. Emilion, St Seurin sur l'Isle, Bergerac, and Monbazillac, wine tasting.
 
Location: Montpeyroux, Dordogne, France
Instructor: Murray Ince, Judith Yates, Tony Westmore
Cost: $900
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Charming Gascony: Creative Painting Retreat in France"
September 14-21, 2019
 

Travel to France and develop your creative potential with expert guidance from professional painters. Work in your preferred medium, explore different techniques, and get inspired by Gascony's charm. 8 days - Available in English, French, Spanish - Available to all levels - Professional tuition - Art supplies - Max. 6 people - Watercolor, charcoal, pastels, acrylics - Figurative, Abstract painting. UpTrek Painting Retreat 2019 inclusions: 7 nights of accommodation, all meals, 12.5 hours of tuition with professional painters, art supplies, chateau and vineyard visit for wine tasting session, Armagnac tasting session, visit to the town of Condom, visit to an art gallery exhibition, visits to local French market, transfers to and from Agen train station.
 
Location: Moncrabeau, Gascony, France
Instructor: F. Cairo, R. Tamber, F. Golden
Cost: $1,450
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Heart of Granada: Tutored Painting Vacation in Spain"
September 15-22, 2019
 

Capture the authentic Spanish charm with this painting and drawing vacation including live demonstrations, individual tutoring under professional painters' guidance, open air sessions and dynamic workshops. Redefine your artistic expression and creativity as you explore the vivid streets, hilltop vistas and local flamenco shows of the mesmerizing Granada. UpTrek Art Retreat 2019 inclusions: 7 nights of accommodation, 7 breakfasts, 6 picnic lunches, 2 dinners, painting and drawing classes, workshops and demonstrations with artists Tali Farchi and Royce Deans, admission to a flamenco performance, transport to and from painting locations/excursions, art supplies kit.
 
Location: Granada, Spain
Instructor: Tali Farchi and Royce Deans
Cost: $1,780
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Painting in Tuscany: Travel Sketching in Watercolor"
September 17-24, 2019
 

The best thing about our itinerary for travel sketching in Tuscany 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 in Italian landscapes. We’ll sketch, rolling hills with vineyards, olive groves, hillside towns and panoramas. In true travel sketching tradition, we’ll pack light — carrying a small bag for art materials and a folding stool. This workshop is designed to give you confidence sketching wherever you are. We’ll work spontaneously, and I’ll show you how to keep your watercolour sketches fresh and colourful.
 
Location: Certaldo, Italy
Instructor: Shari Blaukopf, www.shariblaukopf.com
Cost: $3,190 before Jan. 31 ($3,390 after Jan. 31)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"White Washed Moorish Townscape: Urban Painting Vacation in Andalucia"
September 20-27, 2019
 

Travel to Spain, learn to sketch and paint urban landscapes from widely exhibited painter Noëlle Griffiths, and get inspired by the exquisite white washed Moorish architecture of Vejer de la Frontera. Dramatically revealing itself atop a rocky hill overlooking River Barbate and Costa de la Luz facing the Atlantic, Vejer de la Frontera dazzles visitors with its Moorish architecture, ancient churches and abbeys, labyrinth of narrow alleys, and stunning panoramic views. Inclusions: accommodation in a 17th century Moorish townhouse, meals served with local wines, 30 hours tuition adapted to all levels, small group (max. 6 participants), tours of Vejer de la Frontera and Cádiz, art supplies, airport transfers and all transportation in the region.
 
Location: Vejer de la Frontera, Andalucia, Spain
Instructor: Noëlle Griffiths
Cost: $1,250
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
September 20-22, 2019
 

Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then my Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting Workshop is for you! I will teach you how to do each of these realizing there should also be a firm foundation of structure for your paintings using shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. This workshop is also about learning to loosen-up and paint more freely. All who attend will be able to apply the lessons learned to their own style of painting. This workshop is non media specific. All who utilize watercolor, acrylic, and oil are welcome.
 
Location: Lake Charles, Louisiana
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Associated Louisiana Artists
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"Etruscan Places Open Air Fundamentals"
September 21-28, 2019
 

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 & Joe Vinson
Cost: $2,500-$2,860
Sponsor: Etruscan Places
Website, email, 212-780-3216


"Mykonos Greece - J. R. Baldini & Linda Richichi"
September 21-28, 2019
 

One of the most popular islands in Greece. Workshop fee includes: 7 days worth of intense lessons in oil, acrylic, watercolor or pastel (your choice of medium). Paint during the day and enjoy one nocturnal (painting at night) experience. Already an experienced painter and want to be with other painters? Join us, we never stop learning. The light, the colors of the sea and roof tops, the scenery, the food, the people... take your pick about what draws us to this beautiful island of Mykonos. Our travel agent will do all the work booking your hotel, airlines and any optional stay in Santorini (or Athens if you want to really extend your trip).
 
Location: Mykonos, Greece
Instructor: J.R. Baldini, Linda Richichi
Cost: $975.00
Sponsor: Baldini Painting Holidays
Website, email, 1.800.393.7270 9-5 pm studio


"Uma Kelkar: Elegance in Watercolors"
September 22-26, 2019
 

Make your watercolors sing by studying the right balance of shapes, colors, and strokes in your scenes. This retreat features a mixture of studio and plein air painting. Enjoy the beauty of Lake Superior, healthy, locally-sourced meals, and retreat center amenities, all in peaceful surroundings in the woods and on the water. Lodging packages available.
 
Location: Bayfield, Wisconsin
Instructor: Uma Kelkar
Cost: $650
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, 715-779-0178


"Visual Abstraction"
September 23-27, 2019
 

Translating everyday images into stunning abstract designs. Never be without a design from which to create an abstract painting. Taking images you see on your daily walks or in your home...dissecting them into shapes and value to produce abstract paintings that sell. Held at Gwen Fox's private Art Sanctuary in Taos, New Mexico. Her 100-year-old adobe home is the perfect environment to inspire and renew your creativity. There will be private critiques that empower, glorious breakthroughs while basking in a safe environment in which to grow as an artist. This workshop will fill fast. Limited to 10 artists. Each artist will have their own table.
 
Location: Taos, New Mexico
Instructor: Gwen Fox
Cost: $975
Sponsor: Fox Studio
Website, email, 575-751-0183


"Portable Sketching Techniques for Capturing Structures and Street Scenes"
September 23-26, 2019
 

Using Door County’s scenic towns as a backdrop, hone your skills in sketching structures and street scenes with a simple set of portable tools in this four-day workshop. Walk away with new techniques and strategies to create more interesting compositions in any setting. Through demonstrations and discussions, Ann will share techniques in using pen and ink and watercolor, zooming in on the most important elements for dynamic compositions, and achieving convincing yet simple perspective in the field. Plenty of time for one-on-one assistance will be emphasized. An enjoyable critique will close each day. Weather permitting, the class will work outside.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Ann Thomas, www.AnnThomasIllustration.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Picturesque France: Painting Workshop with Accomplished Artists"
September 23-30, 2019
 

Travel to the South of France and learn to paint and sketch from accomplished artists with many years of tutoring experience. Work in oils, watercolor, acrylics or crayon and explore the stunning places that inspired Monet's masterpieces. You will receive 25 hours of tuition adapted to your experience and ability levels, complete with accommodation, meals, day trips, and private transfers. UpTrek Painting Retreat 2019 inclusions: accommodation, three daily meals, painting and drawing workshops with professional painters, wine tasting at Chateau Monluc, a trip to the world heritage site at La Romieu, use of art studio, easels and art boards, transfers from/to Toulouse Airport, transportation for painting on location.
 
Location: St Puy, Gers, France
Instructor: Stuart Williams, Alex Kelly
Cost: $1,020
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Sketch Florence, Italy with Norberto Dorantes"
September 24-30, 2019
 

Grab your sketchbook and a palette of watercolors! Join architect and urban sketcher, Norberto Dorantes, for a week of painting in downtown Florence, Italy. He will start in the studio to instruct on some important basics and then you'll hit the streets with Norberto showing you how to capture the people, cafes, iconic sites and side streets of this beautiful Renaissance city.
 
Location: Florence, Italy
Instructor: Norberto Dorantes
Cost: $2950
Sponsor: Artensity Workshops
Website, email


"Painting in Tuscany: Travel Sketching in Watercolor"
September 25 - October 2, 2019
 

The best thing about our itinerary for travel sketching in Tuscany 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 in Italian landscapes. We’ll sketch, rolling hills with vineyards, olive groves, hillside towns and panoramas. In true travel sketching tradition, we’ll pack light — carrying a small bag for art materials and a folding stool. This workshop is designed to give you confidence sketching wherever you are. We’ll work spontaneously, and I’ll show you how to keep your watercolour sketches fresh and colourful.
 
Location: Certaldo, Italy
Instructor: Shari Blaukopf, www.shariblaukopf.com
Cost: $3,190 before Jan. 31 ($3,390 after Jan. 31)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Open Studio Wednesdays"
check website for dates
 

During Open Studio Sessions artists can come and work on their projects with Ingrid's help during 3 hours of uninterrupted studio time. Work may be brought in for critiques by Ingrid. A critique session occurs near the end of the three hours.
 
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Instructor: Ingrid E Albrecht
Cost: $50.00/session
Sponsor: Ingrid's Originals Inc.
Website, email, 312-320-0833


"Plein Air Tuscany"
September 25 - October 2, 2019
 

One week of painting in the sublime landscape of Tuscany. Garrett Speirs has over 35 years of experience teaching and painting in Tuscany. Guided instruction with daily demonstrations highlighting the day's topic all while painting in the most spectacular Tuscan landscapes. Your day begins with a bounty of fresh baked good and fruits. Along with farm fresh eggs and delicious cappuccinos. Almost all lunches and all dinners are included with wine. A truly farm to table experience as most of our meals come from the gardens surrounding our country home. Nightly champagne and appetizers. You are lovingly taken care of by our hosts who will soon become like family. Tuscany awaits!
 
Location: Pienza, Italy
Instructor: Garrett Speirs
Cost: $3340.00
Sponsor: Plein Air Tuscany
Website, email, 805-448-9166


"Painting in Tuscany: Watercolor Sketching Workshop"
September 26 - October 3, 2019
 

Tuscany is a dream come true for Watercolour Sketching! We will be a lovely small group where I can work with you individually to ensure that every aspect of the experience meets your expectations. There will be plenty of opportunity to have your questions answered and have fun along the way. My approach to teaching is positive and encouraging to give you confidence. The subjects covered will be truly inspirational – including Italian buildings, landscapes, local scenes and sketching the everyday such as your lunch. 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 Italy.
 
Location: Certaldo, Italy
Instructor: Judy Salleh, judysalleh.com.au
Cost: $3,190 before Jan. 31 ($3,390 after Jan. 31)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting Under The Tuscan Sun"
September 27 - October 4, 2019
 

Join us for a magical painting and touring adventure in Tuscany! We will be staying in a 16th century renovated family owned farmhouse with its history, winery and a spectacular view. You will be painting and sketching in watercolor as well as learning Chinese brush painting. Your instructors, Yuki Hall and Diana Marra will share their passion of painting with you throughout the workshop. After a day of painting, you can swim and relax in one of three swimming pools with breathtaking views. Our week in Tuscany will include three fantastic excursions with a English speaking guide; Florence, Siena & San Gimignano and Montalcino, all by private transportation. www.yukihallfineart.com, yukihallfineart@gmail.com, www.dianamarra.com, designbydiana@aol.com
 
Location: Trequanda, Italy
Instructor: Yuki Hall & Diana Marra
Cost: $3,200 (double occupancy)
Sponsor: Yuki Hall & Diana Marra
Website, email, 937-679-2464


"Tutored Painting Vacation in the Shenandoah Valley"
September 27 - October 2, 2019
 

Travel to Shenandoah Valley in Virginia, USA, and take part in a 6-day art retreat where expert tutor Jan-Willem Boer will help guide you through several artistic mediums. Students from all over the world come to the painting retreat to learn oil, acrylic, watercolor, and pastel painting, as well as drawing, airbrush, drypoint, lino, mono printing, and mixed media. UpTrek Art Retreat 2019 inclusions: accommodation, individualized art lessons with expert art tutor Jan-Willem Boer, all meals, studio equipment for all the classes (easels, drawing boards, light box, artograph).
 
Location: Lexington, Virginia
Instructor: Jan-Willem Boer
Cost: $1,524
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Open Studio Saturdays"
check website for dates
 

Artists can come and work for three uninterrupted hours on their projects with Ingrid's help. Work can be brought in for critique. There is a critique of work done near the end of the session.
 
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Instructor: Ingrid E. Albrecht, AWS, NWS, WHS
Cost: $50.00/session
Sponsor: Ingrid's Originals Inc.
Website, email, 312-320-0833


"Landscape, Portraiture, Animals, Botanical Painting Retreat in Italy"
October 1-8, 2019
 

Travel to Italy and learn to paint from a professional painter and expert art tutor, explore different painting styles and techniques, live la dolce vita, and get inspired by mountains, rivers, fields of wild flowers, orchards and grapevines in a tranquil, bucolic setting in Bedogno. UpTrek Art Retreat 2019 inclusions: private accommodation, all meals, all drinks and local wine for dinners, daily painting workshops with professional painter Pheona Kerr (two tutored lessons per day, adapted for a wide range of levels), access to a fully equipped studio, art materials, airport transfers.
 
Location: Bedogno, Italy
Instructor: Pheona Kerr
Cost: $1,530
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Art Retreat in the South of France"
October 2-9, 2019
 

Travel to the South of France and learn to paint and sketch from accomplished artists with many years of tutoring experience. Work in oils, watercolor, acrylics or crayon and explore the stunning places that inspired Monet's masterpieces. You will receive 25 hours of tuition adapted to your experience and ability levels, complete with accommodation, meals, day trips, and private transfers. UpTrek Painting Retreat 2019 inclusions: accommodation, three daily meals, painting and drawing workshops with professional painters, wine tasting at Chateau Monluc, a trip to the world heritage site at La Romieu, use of art studio, easels and art boards, transfers from/to Toulouse Airport, transportation for painting on location.
 
Location: St Puy, Gers, France
Instructor: Stuart Williams, Alex Kelly
Cost: $1,020
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Exploring the Magic of Watercolor"
October 2-5, 2019
 

Immerse yourself in the unique qualities of watercolor in this comprehensive workshop designed for students looking to strengthen their skills in composition, expand their visual language, and develop their artistic voice. Create more interest in your paintings as you exploit the wonder and intrinsic beauty of watercolor with Mick as your guide. Discussions and demonstrations will emphasize the importance of developing dynamic shapes, value contrast, and edge quality to produce sound compositions. Working with a limited palette, simplifying scenes, atmospheric perspective, and color theory will also be addressed. Less experienced students will follow along in step-by-step group paintings, while more experiences painters will work from their own reference materials with Mick available for individual guidance.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Mick McAndrews, MickMcAndrewsFineArt.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Architect of Light...It's All about the Light"
October 3-5, 2019
 

The focus of this three-day watercolor workshop is on finding and expressing our own artistic voice. Fundamentals will be demonstrated and duality...the dialogue between opposing forces that finds resolution or not...on the paper's surface, will also be explored. A painting demonstration will be done first thing in the morning to illustrate the topics covered that day. There will be an informal exhibit and critique on the final day, discussing what was learned on the previous days.
 
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Instructor: Thomas Schaller
Cost: $490
Sponsor: Ingrid's Originals Inc.
Website, email, 312-320-0833


"Painting in Tuscany: Watercolor Painting & Journaling"
October 3-10, 2019
 

We look forward to returning to dreamy Tuscany and sharing the adventure with you! We’ll explore the inspiring countryside and charming villages as we make the most of our painting time together. Experience daily demonstrations, personalized instruction, and, encouraging support with Theresa and Cindy. 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.
 
Location: Certaldo, Italy
Instructor: Cindy Briggs & Theresa Goesling
Cost: $3,190 before Jan. 31 ($3,390 after Jan. 31)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


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

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


"Painting in Tuscany"
October 4-11, 2019
 

Ciao Tuscany! Let’s immerse ourselves in the flavors and colors of Tuscany, famous for its rolling hills, olive groves, cypress trees, winding vineyards but also superb Renaissance art and of course Chianti wine. Join Kirah Van Sickle for a plein air adventure in watercolor, oil and acrylic painting. We will explore a myriad of journal sketching and alla prima painting techniques. With an approach based on fundamentals of values, composition and color, Kirah will introduce students to exercises and techniques that build brush confidence and achieve bold, fresh and loose results. Students will gain a better understanding of color temperature, limited palette and the dramatic impact in building contrast and dynamic landscape compositions. Join us in the heart of Italy!
 
Location: Certaldo, Italy
Instructor: Kirah Van Sickle, www.kirahfineart.com
Cost: $3,190 before Jan. 31 ($3,390 after Jan. 31)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
October 4-6, 2019
 

Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then my Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting Workshop is for you! I will teach you how to do each of these realizing there should also be a firm foundation of structure for your paintings using shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. This workshop is also about learning to loosen-up and paint more freely. All who attend will be able to apply the lessons learned to their own style of painting. This workshop is non media specific. All who utilize watercolor, acrylic, and oil are welcome.
 
Location: Fort Walton Beach, Florida
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Arts and Design Society (ADSO)
Website, email, 850-244-1271


"Critique Group: Open to All Artists"
October 4, 2019
 

We all need feedback. As artists, we also need a second (or third) “set of eyes” on our work. We need to know how our work can be improved. We need to understand how our work is perceived by our audience – the viewer. Sometimes we can spot issues on our own, but most times we need input from others. This is where critique becomes an important part of our development as artists. Open to artists of all backgrounds and media. Moderated by PenArt’s Director of Education Elysia Michaelsen, artists reserve a 30-minute block to show and discuss your work, or just come and share your viewpoints and learn from others. Discussion formats will range from open group conversation to written critiques.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Elysia Michaelsen
Cost: Free
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Dare to Express: Creative Painting Retreat in France"
October 5-12, 2019
 

Travel to France and develop your creative potential with expert guidance from professional painters. Work in your preferred medium, explore different techniques, and get inspired by Gascony's charm. 8 days - Available in English, French, Spanish - Available to all levels - Professional tuition - Art supplies - Max. 6 people - Watercolor, charcoal, pastels, acrylics - Figurative, Abstract painting. UpTrek Painting Retreat 2019 inclusions: 7 nights of accommodation, all meals, 12.5 hours of tuition with professional painters, art supplies, chateau and vineyard visit for wine tasting session, Armagnac tasting session, visit to the town of Condom, visit to an art gallery exhibition, visits to local French market, transfers to and from Agen train station.
 
Location: Moncrabeau, Gascony, France
Instructor: F. Cairo, R. Tamber, F. Golden
Cost: $1,450
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"En Plein Air in Sierra de Montánchez: Landscape Painting Retreat"
October 5-12, 2019
 

Travel to Spain, sketch and paint under a widely exhibited professional painter's guidance, get inspired by the natural wonders of Sierra de Montánchez and unleash your creative potential on a guided painting retreat in a tranquil part of Extremadura. Inclusions: accommodation in a charming finca, 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, and 7 dinners served with local wine, landscape painting workshops with painter Noëlle Griffiths (30 hours tuition), use of studio equipment, art materials, airport transfers from Madrid and/or Seville, all transportation in Sierra de Montánchez, guided tour of Trujillo.
 
Location: Sierra de Montánchez, Extremadura, Spain
Instructor: Noëlle Griffiths
Cost: $1,020
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Painting Tuscany: The Colours of the Italian Harvest Season"
October 5-12, 2019
 

Join award-winning artist and GOLDEN Artist Educator Sandra Iafrate for this 7-day Tuscan painting holiday held in a beautifully restored 18th-century farm house set in vineyards and olive groves. Enjoy painting amidst the breathtaking sights and colors of the harvest season. In addition to daily workshops we will visit nearby towns: Siena, San Gusme and pedestrian-only village of Chiusere di Asciano with its stunning view from Abbey of Monte Oliveto. Each evening we return to an authentic Italian meal prepared by our resident chef! All levels of experience are welcome, working in all mediums: oil, acrylic, watercolour or mixed media. Bonus: all paint supplies are included in this workshop and there is no single supplement fee!
 
Location: Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Sandra Iafrate, sandraiafrate.com
Cost: $2300 US p/p (no single supplement fee)
Website, email


"Historic Itineraries for Advanced Painters, Civita Castellana"
October 5-12, 2019
 

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 & Joe Vinson
Cost: $2,700 - $2,950
Sponsor: Etruscan Places
Website, email, 212-780-3216


"Watercolor Retreat in Umbria & Tuscany"
October 6-13, 2019 and May 12-19, 2020
 

Just imagine… the slower pace of the hills, fairy-tale castle towns, stunningly landscapes… and a cosy bedroom waiting for you in a breath-taking villa. Just paint… Here art overflows everywhere, it inspires your senses, awakens creativity, deeply gratifies the search for beauty. Just savor… the Italian “Dolce Vita”, the flavor of its amazing wines and olive oil, the goodness of our fresh garden produce… Just live… as the Italians live, from the inside. Maybe it’s the delight of this garden brimming with flowers, maybe it’s the peace of the pool hidden by majestic cypresses or maybe it’s the contagious enthusiasm of your expert tutor Sarah Miatt, but the inspiration here is practically palpable. Savor this moment. Cherish it.
 
Location: Umbria & Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Sarah Miatt
Cost: $1500
Sponsor: MyRetreataly
Website, email


"Painting Retreat: Walk in Monet and Pissarro's Footsteps"
October 6-12, 2019
 

Travel to Normandy, immerse in a tutored painting retreat, walk in Monet and Pissarro's footsteps, discover new perspectives on artistic techniques, and get inspired by the picturesque Normandy countryside and the scenic Parc Naturel Régional de Normandie-Maine. UpTrek Painting Retreat 2019 inclusions: accommodation in a charming farmhouse designed as an homage to famous French painters, daily home-cooked meals, local wine and cider, daily painting workshops with artist Angela Birchall (classes and workshops in the mornings, guided en plein air in the afternoons), art supplies.
 
Location: Orne, Normandy, France
Instructor: Angela Birchall
Cost: $1,260
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Watercolor Painting"
October 7-10, 2019
 

The workshop sessions begin as Couch completes a painting, explaining what he is doing, and why, as he paints. Students paint in the afternoons, after which Couch critiques all the day’s completed work, including his own. Skill Level: Beginners, Students, Hobbyists and Professional Artists. Couch received a Bachelor Degree in Art from the University of Tampa, and did further work at Pratt Institute in New York. His first book, Watercolor: You Can Do It, became North Light Publishing's all time best selling book on painting. A follow-up book on technique went through three printings and was translated into Japanese for that market. A third, Tony Couch’s Keys to Successful Painting was also published by North Light. More information, visit tonycouch.com.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: Tony Couch
Cost: $450 members/ $500 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-6372


"Architect of Light...It's All about the Light"
October 7-9, 2019
 

The focus of this three-day watercolor workshop is on finding and expressing our own artistic voice. Fundamentals will be demonstrated and duality...the dialogue between opposing forces that finds resolution or not...on the paper's surface, will also be explored. A painting demonstration will be done first thing in the morning to illustrate the topics covered that day. There will be an informal exhibit and critique on the final day, discussing what was learned on the previous days.
 
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Instructor: Thomas Schaller
Cost: $490
Sponsor: Ingrid's Originals Inc.
Website, email, 312-320-0833


"Watercolors, Acrylics, Oil Painting Retreat in Italy"
October 8-15, 2019
 

Travel to Italy and learn to paint from a professional painter and expert art tutor, explore different painting styles and techniques, live la dolce vita, and get inspired by mountains, rivers, fields of wild flowers, orchards and grapevines in a tranquil, bucolic setting in Bedogno. UpTrek Art Retreat 2019 inclusions: private accommodation, all meals, all drinks and local wine for dinners, daily painting workshops with professional painter Pheona Kerr (two tutored lessons per day, adapted for a wide range of levels), access to a fully equipped studio, art materials, airport transfers.
 
Location: Bedogno, Italy
Instructor: Pheona Kerr
Cost: $1,530
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Watercolor: The Perfect Plein Air Medium"
October 11-12, 2019
 

Learning to paint on location is not only fun, it can help you to make strides in your studio work as well. Bring excitement to your paintings with the use of strong value sketches, bold washes, and quick energetic strokes in this two-day workshop. Each day will begin with a meeting in the studio to discuss the day’s plan and key concepts with time split between painting indoors and out. Brienne will demonstrate and explain her process for plein air painting, including where to start, what to paint, and how to deal with the elements, as well as share great exercises and practices that will help you become a better painter in and out of the studio.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Brienne Brown, BrienneMBrown.com
Cost: Members: $225, Non-Members: $250
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Hilltop Inspiration: En Plein Air Painting Vacation in Italy"
October 12-18, 2019
 

Travel to Italy and learn to draw and paint from a professional painter and expert tutor, explore different painting techniques and find your inspiration among scenic hilltop settlements, olive groves, and vineyards. UpTrek Painting Holiday 2019 inclusions: private accommodation, 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, and 5 dinners served with local wine, daily painting classes, workshops, and sessions with artist John Skelcher, art supplies, transport to and from painting locations/excursions, tea/coffee and refreshments during painting breaks, daily aperitivi, transfers from San Benedetto del Tronto.
 
Location: Force, Le Marche, Italy
Instructor: John Skelcher
Cost: $1,500
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Painting Brilliant Still Lifes"
October 14-17, 2019
 

Soon teaches how to paint a brilliant Still Life. You will receive a drawing to copy and mask. Soon will start with a very loose wash, then she will teach how to paint layers of color. Her method is simple and she will give each student the time and attention to make this painting sing with light and color. A step-by-step instructional process will be used, incorporating Soon Y. Warren's reference photos and drawings for each project. Daily painting demonstrations and critiques will be provided concentrating on technique, the concept of color theory, composition and color values.
 
Location: Miami, Florida
Instructor: Soon Y. Warren
Cost: $300 MWS price til Sept 30; $330 after; +$30 non-MWS
Sponsor: Miami Watercolor Society
Website, email, 954-646-8698


"Andalusian Flora: Botanical Illustration Retreat in Spain"
October 15-22, 2019
 

Travel to Spain for an essential introduction in the blooming art of botanical painting and drawing. Gain all necessary notions to pursue botanical illustration from a professional artist and explore Andalusian culture and cuisine. 8 days - Available in English - Available to all levels - Max. 10 people - Wheelchair accessible - Expert art tutor - Watercolor painting - Botanical art. UpTrek Painting Workshop 2019 inclusions: 7 nights of accommodation, all meals, drinks (water, tea, coffee, and soft drinks), 5 days of tuition - botanical painting and drawing courses with professional painter Mariella Baldwin, Museo de Bellas Artes de Granada entrance, art supplies, airport transfers.
 
Location: Moclín, Granada, Spain
Instructor: Mariella Baldwin
Cost: $1,390
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Art Destination: Painting Holiday in the Shenandoah Valley"
October 17-22, 2019
 

Travel to Shenandoah Valley in Virginia, USA, and take part in a 6-day art retreat where expert tutor Jan-Willem Boer will help guide you through several artistic mediums. Students from all over the world come to the painting retreat to learn oil, acrylic, watercolor, and pastel painting, as well as drawing, airbrush, drypoint, lino, mono printing, and mixed media. UpTrek Painting Holiday inclusions: accommodation, individualized art lessons with expert art tutor Jan-Willem Boer, all meals, studio equipment for all the classes (easels, drawing boards, light box, artograph).
 
Location: Lexington, Virginia
Instructor: Jan-Willem Boer
Cost: $1,524
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Watercolors in a Valencian Autumn with Artist Michal Jasiewicz"
October 18-25, 2019
 

During the 'Watercolors in a Valencian autumn' painting vacation, tutor Michal Jasiewicz will show you how to capture landscapes differently. You will enrich your technique with new perspectives on color, movement, and paint application, explore a variety of techniques and different forms of working, and paint en plein air on location and within the studio environment. Art Retreat inclusions: daily painting classes, workshops, and demonstrations, accommodation, all meals (wine and beer included), bottled water, coffee, tea, aperitifs, transfers from/to Valencia Airport in Manises or Alicante–Elche Airport (ALC), painting on location trips, private, air-conditioned transport to painting locations, access to a fully equipped studio.
 
Location: Benigánim, Valencia, Spain
Instructor: Michal Jasiewicz
Cost: $1,550
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Michal Jasiewicz: Watercolors in Spectacular Spain"
October 18-25, 2019
 

An incredible opportunity to spend one week in a small intimate group workshop with this master of watercolor techniques and winner of numerous awards around the world. The art retreat of "Las Orquideas" opens its doors once again to Michal. Learn how to capture the real atmosphere of a street scene by using several shades with coolness on one side and warmer colors towards the other, showing the light and shade. With plein-aire painting in the rural countryside and towns, studio work and demonstrations in the beautifully landscaped gardens overlooking the Valley of Albaida. All meals and complimentary airport transfers are included in this relaxing, invigorating and inspiration week. An amazing and unmissable art opportunity.
 
Location: Benigánim, Spain
Instructor: Michal Jasiewicz
Cost: €1550 book before May (€1850after)
Sponsor: Dalvaro Art Vacations
Website, email, 0034 610857136


"Advanced Plein Air Landscape Seminar"
October 19-26, 2019
 

Our Advanced Seminar will offer experienced painters the opportunity to work intensively all day without the disruption of movements. We will have exclusive use of a spectacularly situated farm which will enable participants to develop longer term and larger scale works if desired. Two instructors, Maddine Insalaco and Joe Vinson, will be available to work with participants. Critiques will be held daily. Slide shows on issues relevant to landscape painting will be held two evenings. Fees include most materials, surfaces and equipment, accommodations, all meals, field trip, local transportation. Reduced fees for extended stays.
 
Location: Murlo, Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Maddine Insalaco & Joe Vinson
Cost: $2,700 - $2,950
Sponsor: Etruscan Places
Website, email, 212-780-3216


"Watercolor, Fun and Free 2019 Painting Workshop Cruise - Transatlantic"
October 20 - November 8, 2019
 

Join us for the adventure of a lifetime. Karlyn Holman and Art in the Mountains invite you to join us on this 19-day art adventure from Copenhagen, Denmark. Karlyn will provide instruction, demonstrations, individual help and critiques on the days at sea so you can enjoy your off-shore excursions with your companion(s). No on location painting experience is necessary. Karlyn will teach plein air techniques, as well as fun and free approaches to watercolor. Enjoy travel adventures with other artists without hauling all kinds of equipment. We will paint in the comfort of the ship. Karlyn has taught more than seventy-five international workshops and feels that painting and travel are valuable learning experiences.
 
Location: Copenhagen to New Orleans, 9-Country Cruise
Instructor: Karlyn Holman
Cost: $695 (Cruise Separate)
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Developing Your Artistic Voice"
October 21-24, 2019
 

Designed to encourage students to see in a more organic and abstract way, this multi-level workshop will push you to view your subject as a point of departure toward your creative interpretations. This process will engage and energize your thinking and inspire personal discovery that is unique to your vision, experiences, and being. Each day, questions will be posed through thoughtful group discussions that will prompt responses through the means of word and/or visual actions. Exercises in introspection, one-on-one conversations with Joseph, and plenty of working time will bridge the gap in creative possibilities and opposing views, as well as aid in you finding and using your own artistic voice. All skill levels and painting media are welcome.
 
Location: Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Instructor: Joe Gyurcsak, www.JosephGyurcsak.com
Cost: Members: $450, Non-Members: $490
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Website, email, (920) 868-3455


"Art and Spirit in Woodstock, NY"
October 25-27, 2019
 

Art and Spirit workshops are a mix of artistic technique and process painting. I combine my intuitive abilities with my extensive background in painting (MFA in Painting and Fulbright Scholar in Painting) in a fun and informative retreat. Suitable for beginner or advanced painters. My light-filled Woodstock NY mountain studio with meadow and forest views is the ideal location to support you as you relax and explore your creative process. Demos are done in watercolor but you may work in other mediums. Workshops include lunches. Weather permitting we often gather at Melissa’s fire circle in the evening for some song, laughter and treats. Combine a visit to the beautiful Catskills and the historic town of Woodstock with an art weekend.
 
Location: Woodstock, New York
Instructor: Melissa Harris
Cost: $335
Sponsor: melissa harris art enterprises
Website, email, 845-389-5250


"Capturing Light & Atmosphere in Watercolor"
October 26 - November 2, 2019
 

Keiko Tanabe is a Japanese contemporary artist who has won multiple awards and has been invited to and completed successfully more than 120 workshops and numerous live demonstrations around the world, this is her second edition in Sicily. Come to enjoy a masterful tuition by Keiko Tanabe, subject matters will be landscape, Mediterranean seascape, old historic city scape, indoor locations in the authentic villa where the participants will stay. Sicily is 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, kind and friendly people, traditional foods and great local wine. Ask for last minute booking discount.
 
Location: Marsala, Sicily, Italy
Instructor: Keiko Tanabe
Cost: US$1.700
Sponsor: Salinara International Art Farm
Website, email, +393397757062


"Freedom in Watermedia with Stan Kurth"
October 28-30, 2019
 

The Freedom in Watermedia Workshop is designed to teach all levels of students to paint intuitively, starting without preconceived notions or outcome. There is no preliminary planning or drawing. The process will dictate direction as students use a variety of techniques to implement color, texture, line, shape and value. Instruction will start with arbitrary mark making and color application, working transparent to opaque building layers using a variety of mark making tools, watercolor, gesso and acrylic. It is entirely possible finished work may be representational, but the goal is work which is visually pleasing and aligned with the artist's personal aesthetic.
 
Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Instructor: Stan Kurth
Sponsor: Artensity Workshops
Website, email


"Beyond the Likeness"
October 31 - November 2, 2019
 

Let Jeannie help you create stronger figurative work by adding the story. Through demonstrations, candid conversation and individual time Jeannie shares her painting style and thoughts as well as the versatility of watercolor. Her workshops focus on; absorbing the viewer by developing emotion and movement; intertwining figurative subjects with their background; seeing natural design in reference materials; and most importantly a purpose for creating art in your unique style.
 
Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Instructor: Jeannie McGuire
Cost: $425
Sponsor: Artensity Art Workshops
Website, email


"Master Class with Elizabeth Osborne"
November 2-3, 2019
 

Don’t miss this opportunity to study with one of America’s premier painters and long-time PAFA faculty member Elizabeth Osborne. Work in the medium of your choice from a visually rich still-life and life model arrangement as you explore means of translating form and articulating space. Maximize the expressive impact of luminous color through stronger, more focused compositions. The artist will demonstrate oil and watercolor techniques and present a slide presentation on the work of related contemporary artists. Revitalize your work and advance your love of color while working directly with a contemporary master.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Elizabeth Osborne, elizabethosborne.us
Cost: $495
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
November 4-6, 2019
 

Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then my Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting Workshop is for you! I will teach you how to do each of these realizing there should also be a firm foundation of structure for your paintings using shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. This workshop is also about learning to loosen-up and paint more freely. All who attend will be able to apply the lessons learned to their own style of painting. This workshop is non media specific. All who utilize watercolor, acrylic, and oil are welcome.
 
Location: Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Cost: $375
Sponsor: David M. Kessler Fine Art
Website, email, 336-418-3038


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting"
November 9-10, 2019
 

Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then my Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting Workshop is for you! I will teach you how to do each of these realizing there should also be a firm foundation of structure for your paintings using shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. This workshop is also about learning to loosen-up and paint more freely. All who attend will be able to apply the lessons learned to their own style of painting. This workshop is non media specific. All who utilize watercolor, acrylic, and oil are welcome.
 
Location: Raleigh, North Carolina
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Sponsor: Art of the Carolinas (Jerrys Artarama)
Website, email


"Painting the Figure from Photographs"
November 11-15, 2019
 

Although painting a person in watercolor may seem daunting, it is every bit as approachable as creating a still life or landscape. Ted Nuttall demonstrates the techniques and instills the confidence to enjoy painting people. Ted will discuss the benefits of photographic reference, as well as how to interpret a photo in order to give life and energy to the subject. In Ted’s daily demonstrations and presentations, he shares his personal approach to painting – plus he introduces the work of other artists with the objective of inspiring enriched seeing and thinking skills. What’s more, significant time is allowed for one-on-one instruction. In an atmosphere that’s both creative and supportive, Ted encourages a renewed enthusiasm for art – regardless of your skill level.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Ted Nuttall, www.tednuttall.com
Cost: $700 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Advanced Abstraction - 4-Day Workshop"
November 13-16, 2019
 

Larry will show you a system that is designed to inspire growth, allow you to focus on the components of art making that are important to you and guide you towards your authentic voice as an artist. The exercises are designed to make you work in a way that is new to you so that your brain will reroute and solve problems in a new way. It’s an exciting class and you'll be amazed at what comes out of it. Larry has written a book about the creative process called Fishing for Elephants. Insights and exercises to inspire authentic creativity.
 
Location: St. Simons Island, Georgia
Instructor: Larry Moore
Cost: $ 575.
Sponsor: Anderson Fine Art Gallery
Website, email, 912.634.8414


"Hidden Treasures: Painting Retreat in Scotland"
November 17-24, 2019
 

Travel to Scotland for an all-inclusive art retreat. Take part in artist-led cloudscape, skyscape, and landscape painting workshops, paint en plein air, stay in an inspiring 13th century historic house, and enjoy daily meals prepared by an in-house chef. UpTrek Painting Retreat 2019 inclusions: 7 nights of accommodation at Hospitalfield, 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners, 6 days of artist-led painting workshops with painter Kate Cunningham, all workshop materials, round-the-clock access to art studio, sketchbook journal, 6 morning yoga sessions, intro session to creative writing, snacks and nibbles, pick-up and drop-off at Arbroath train station, transportation during excursion to explore the nearby area, additional activities (such as a musical and poetry evening).
 
Location: Arbroath, Angus, Scotland
Instructor: Kate Cunningham
Cost: $2,150
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Watercolors in Plein Air"
November 18-22, 2019
 

This class is designed to familiarize the student with the joy of painting outdoors. Keen observation combined with the student’s personal interpretation for an expressive painting will be the mainstay of discussion. Students will be visiting several locations so transportation is encouraged with the possibility of sharing rides. All levels of experience welcome. Portable equipment and transportation required.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Eric Wiegardt, www.ericwiegardt.com
Cost: $680 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Direct Figure and Portrait Painting from Life"
November 18-22, 2019
 

With a kinship to the Russian School, this workshop will encourage the development, through an open color palette, gestural and dynamic compositional design, body language and structural form while demonstrating a non-linear approach to painting light, form and color. This workshop will push beyond the purely academic while stressing the uniqueness of each subject and encourage students' individual expression. Individual critiques and extended demonstrations will offer students a clear overview throughout the process toward creating more authentic and compelling portraits and figure paintings. Nude and portrait poses will be offered.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Garin Baker, www.garinbaker.com
Cost: $695 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Animals, Figures and Backgrounds"
December 16-19, 2019
 

Over four days, students will breathe life into their paintings by going outside the lines and “getting loose” with their techniques. Each day will begin with a demonstration, followed by plenty of painting time with lots of individual attention from Kim. She will focus on helping students gain confidence painting the human/animal form or portrait, upgrade their ability, and learn to be more analytical of their own paintings. Techniques will include painting shapes and the application of paint with correct values, leaving lost and found edges for interest and movement, and integrating the foreground with the background to make a cohesive painting.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Kim Johnson Nechtman, www.kj-art.com
Cost: $420 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Art Journaling: Visual Storytelling"
February 7-8, 2020
 

Explore the many different sides of art journals from getting past the blank pages to tips and techniques in capturing your words and imagery. An art journal is a combination of visual and written imagery that captures thoughts, ideas and images in a visual way – travel logs, dream diaries, art techniques, therapy logs, storybooks, or anything – from using mixed media, collage, paint, pen and charcoal. Wood has been creating art ever since she can remember. She has a bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering, but after working for a few years, decided to go back to college and take art classes. She enrolled with the University of Alabama in Huntsville and studied photography, sculpture and painting. Visit lesliewoodarts.com.
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Instructor: Leslie Wood
Cost: $275 members/$300 non-members
Sponsor: Huntsville Museum of Art
Website, email, 256-535-6372


"Painting the Figure from Photographs"
February 10-14, 2020
 

Although painting a person in watercolor may seem daunting, it is every bit as approachable as creating a still life or landscape. Ted Nuttall demonstrates the techniques and instills the confidence to enjoy painting people. Ted will discuss the benefits of photographic reference, as well as how to interpret a photo in order to give life and energy to the subject. In Ted’s daily demonstrations and presentations, he shares his personal approach to painting – plus he introduces the work of other artists with the objective of inspiring enriched seeing and thinking skills. What’s more, significant time is allowed for one-on-one instruction. In an atmosphere that’s both creative and supportive, Ted encourages a renewed enthusiasm for art – regardless of your skill level.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Ted Nuttall, www.tednuttall.com
Cost: $700 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser"
February 19-20, 2020
 

Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then my Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting Workshop is for you! I will teach you how to do each of these realizing there should also be a firm foundation of structure for your paintings using shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. This workshop is not only about painting abstract compositions, but also about learning to loosen-up and paint more freely. All who attend will be able to apply the lessons learned to their own style of painting in their studios.
 
Location: Quincy, Florida
Instructor: David M. Kessler
Cost: $375 GACM/TAWS Members, $405 nonmembers
Sponsor: Gadsden Arts Center & Museum
Website, email, (850) 627-5023


"Studio Colombia Art & Eat 2020 by Walk the Arts"
February 19-27, 2020
 

Join our eight-night workshop and experience the stunning Caribbean coast from Puerto Colombia (Barranquilla) to Cartagena. Learn the fundamentals of perspective drawing and watercolors and have a taste of Colombian Caribbean food and culture. After an art class, try the Mojarra con Arroz con Coco with a cold Colombian beer or Aguardiente. Paint on the beach just like Gauguin was doing in Tahiti. Visit a few restaurants’ kitchens and learn from their chefs. Take part in a street food tour. Stay in comfortable and centrally located hotels. Price of CAD 2500 (around US$1900) includes eight-night double accommodation, all ground transportation, all breakfasts, one lunch, two suppers, an art street food tour, art instruction, cooking classes/demonstrations, art supplies and more.
 
Location: Cartagena, Colombia
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$1900
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Experience the Wonders of Water-Based Media"
February 24-28, 2020
 

This is an experimental workshop allowing abstract design to dictate the subject matter. This is usually done with a combination of watercolor, acrylic, gouache and gesso (white). This workshop will include painting figures, wildlife, and florals. Mort will demo each morning and will work with students in the afternoon. He may request to paint directly on student’s work with their approval. Mort will be giving a slide presentation to explain his process. Each student may bring three pieces of their own work for class critique.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Morten Solberg, www.mortenesolberg.com
Cost: $700 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Wiegardt’s Painterly Watercolors"
March 2-6, 2020
 

This is a workshop for those who wish to loosen up in watercolor. Painting techniques and a philosophy of design will encourage bold, loose paintings. Eric believes most painting problems are the violation of an elementary painting principle. Lectures will be easily understood and helpful. It is recommended that the student have minimal previous experience. There will be ample time for students to try the concepts presented in a safe environment. Eric will do a completed painting demonstration daily. Subject matter may include land, marine, and streetscapes, florals and interiors.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Eric Wiegardt, www.ericwiegardt.com
Cost: $680 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"From Sketchbook to Studio"
March 11-14, 2020
 

Explore the medium of watercolor in a relaxing and creative environment. Iain Stewart's, sole focus will be bringing your creativity to light and aiding you in dispelling the myths of the difficulties of painting in this wonderful medium. Through demonstration, critique, and lessons learned over a long painting career, Iain will help you understand how to prepare for and anticipate the challenges that painting in watercolor presents. By guiding you through his process which relies on simplification of subject through exploratory sketching and value studies Iain will demonstrate how to create a road map, that if followed, will greatly improve your painting.
 
Location: Quincy, Florida
Instructor: Iain Stewart
Cost: $460 GACM/TAWS Members, $500 Nonmembers
Sponsor: Gadsden Arts Center & Museum
Website, email, (850) 627-5023


"The Portrait and The Figure"
March 21-28, 2020
 

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, and has been featured in many magazines.
 
Location: Sorrento, Italy
Instructor: Mary Whyte
Cost: $4500 Painters, $3200 Companions
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Negative Painting with Watercolor"
March 23-26, 2020
 

Discover the exciting results of negative painting! This is a technique of painting around an object (negative space) to define it in the composition. Create interesting shapes and depth by building transparent glazes, overlapping and interlocking shapes. Build confidence in handling glazes, wet into wet, charging colors, and more. Students will develop a stronger understanding of color pigments and how they directly relate to the complex medium of watercolor. Students will benefit from daily demonstrations, friendly critiques, and one-on-one help.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Brenda Swenson, www.swensonsart.net
Cost: $525 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Reach for the Sky: Cloudscape Painting Retreat in Scotland"
April 3-10, 2020
 

Travel to Scotland for an all-inclusive art retreat. Take part in artist-led cloudscape, skyscape, and landscape painting workshops, paint en plein air, stay in an inspiring 13th century historic house, and enjoy daily meals prepared by an in-house chef. UpTrek Painting Retreat 2020 inclusions: 7 nights of accommodation at Hospitalfield, 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners, 6 days of artist-led painting workshops with painter Kate Cunningham, all workshop materials, round-the-clock access to art studio, sketchbook journal, 6 morning yoga sessions, intro session to creative writing, snacks and nibbles, pick-up and drop-off at Arbroath train station, transportation during excursion to explore the nearby area, additional activities (such as a musical and poetry evening).
 
Location: Arbroath, Angus, Scotland
Instructor: Kate Cunningham
Cost: $2,150
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Santa Barbara Travel Sketching Workshop"
April 5-10, 2020
 

Join us 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! Brenda Swenson will 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. Space is very limited (max 12 participants). Brenda is the artist author of two books, Keeping a Watercolor Sketchbook (Award of Excellence Finalist) and Steps to Success in Watercolor. Her paintings and sketches have been featured in numerous books and magazines (Watercolor Artist, Watercolor Magazine, Watercolor Highlights, Plein Air Magazine).
 
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Instructor: Brenda Swenson, www.swensonsart.net
Cost: $1,490 (Hotel is not incl.)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Art All'Italiana Painting Vacation"
April 9-16, 2020
 

Travel to Italy and learn to paint from a professional painter and expert art tutor, explore different painting styles and techniques, live la dolce vita, and get inspired by mountains, rivers, fields of wild flowers, orchards and grapevines in a tranquil, bucolic setting in Bedogno. Art retreat 2020 inclusions: private accommodation, all meals, all drinks and local wine for dinners, daily painting workshops with professional painter Pheona Kerr (two tutored lessons per day, adapted for a wide range of levels), access to a fully equipped studio, art materials, airport transfers.
 
Location: Bedogno, Italy
Instructor: Pheona Kerr
Cost: $1,530
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Sketching Workshop in Santa Barbara"
April 10-15, 2020
 

Join us on this 5 day workshop in beautiful Santa Barbara. Our instructor Lapin is a French illustrator, artist, teacher, and urban sketcher living in Barcelona. He has taught many workshops all over the world and records every second of his life through sketching. From whimsical portraits of the people he meets to bustling urban sketches, Lapin’s style is unique and will inspire you to dive right into the magnificent scenery around you. Lapin has already filled around 190 sketchbooks over the last 15 years and has published 25 books!
 
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Instructor: Lapin, www.lesillustrationsdelapin
Cost: $1,490 (Hotel is not incl.)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Watercolor Fun and Free"
April 15 - May 1, 2020
 

Join us for a travel and painting adventure of a lifetime. Karlyn Holman and AITM invite you to join us on this 16-day art adventure from Singapore to Tokyo. Karlyn will provide instruction, demonstrations, individual help and critiques on the 5 days at sea so you can enjoy your excursions with your companion(s). No on location painting experience is necessary. Karlyn will teach En Plein Air techniques, as well as fun and free approaches to watercolor. Enjoy travel adventures with other artists without hauling all kinds of equipment. We will paint in the comfort of the ship and use our "off of the ship time" to gather photos and just have fun. Karlyn has taught more than 75 International workshops.
 
Location: Singapore to Tokyo, 3-Country Cruise
Instructor: Karlyn Holman
Cost: $695 (cruise separate)
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Art and Culture in the Balearic Islands"
April 18-25, 2020
 

Join us as we return to the island of Mallorca for our fifth year at La Serranía. Located in the foothills of the Tramuntana Mountains and just 10 minutes from the coast, we will spend a week together drawing, painting and walking the gardens and beaches of northwest Mallorca. Finding inspiration in the Mediterranean environment we will create artwork that captures our personal response to what we have experienced. Evenings are filled with wine tastings, local delicacies and discussions about the history of the island and the country of Spain.
 
Location: Mallorca, Spain
Instructor: Meredith Nemirov
Cost: $2375.00
Sponsor: Ridgway Gallery Workshops
Website, email, 970-318-8444


"Mastering Water Media: Acrylic and Watercolor"
April 20-24, 2020
 

Capturing the beauty of light through studying temperatures of light and shadow, visual movement, and value/color relationship will be demonstrated daily in this exciting workshop. The still life, landscape, sky-scape, and architectural subjects will all be focused on as well as adding figures into a painting. As a Master in the American Impressionist Society, Carr will be emphasizing the "how to's" in achieving dynamic and impressionistic paintings using painterly brushwork in both watercolor and acrylic. How to use confident, loose, and dramatic strokes in achieving dynamic paintings will be stressed throughout the week. Massing and organizing darks and lights, importance of drawing and the value sketch, atmospheric and linear perspective will also be covered.
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Instructor: Betty Carr, www.bettycarrfineart.com
Cost: $630 (not including fees)
Sponsor: Scottsdale Artists' School
Website, email, (480) 990-1422 or (800) 333-5707


"Les Beaux-Arts Creative Painting Retreat in France"
May 2-9, 2020
 

Travel to France and develop your creative potential with expert guidance from professional painters. Work in your preferred medium, explore different techniques, and get inspired by Gascony's charm. 8 days - Available in English, French, Spanish - Available to all levels - Professional tuition - Art supplies - Max. 6 people - Watercolor, charcoal, pastels, acrylics - Figurative, Abstract painting. UpTrek Painting Retreat 2020 inclusions: 7 nights of accommodation, all meals, 12.5 hours of tuition with professional painters, art supplies, chateau and vineyard visit for wine tasting session, Armagnac tasting session, visit to the town of Condom, visit to an art gallery exhibition, visits to local French market, transfers to and from Agen train station.
 
Location: Moncrabeau, Gascony, France
Instructor: F. Cairo, R. Tamber, F. Golden
Cost: $1450
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Capturing the Tuscan Light in Plein Air"
May 6-13, 2020
 

Come and paint en plein air in the warmth of the Tuscan sun in Cortona, one of the oldest and most beautiful cities in Tuscany! Discover the effects of light in painting the beautiful countryside around Cortona en plein air. William (Bill) Rogers will demonstrate in both the oil and watercolor mediums. He will help painters of all levels develop a more acute sense of observation as well as learn techniques to simplify and translate their observations into paint.
 
Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: William Rogers CSPWC TWSA SCA
Cost: From $3590.00 all-incluseve except airfare
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Website, email, +39 331 422 9047


"A Taste for Art Painting Vacation"
May 10-17, 2020
 

Travel to Spain, sketch and paint under a widely exhibited professional painter's guidance, get inspired by the natural wonders of Sierra de Montánchez and unleash your creative potential on a guided painting retreat in a tranquil part of Extremadura. Inclusions: accommodation in a charming finca, 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, and 7 dinners served with local wine, landscape painting workshops with painter Noëlle Griffiths (30 hours tuition), use of studio equipment, art materials, airport transfers from Madrid and/or Seville, all transportation in Sierra de Montánchez, guided tour of Trujillo.
 
Location: Sierra de Montánchez, Extremadura, Spain
Instructor: Noëlle Griffiths
Cost: $950
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Painting & Sketching The Spirit of Spain"
May 11-21, 2020
 

Join me for a magical watercolor sketching & plein air painting adventure! We will tour and paint many spectacular scenes in Barcelona, Girona and Costa Brava, Spain. May 11 - May 21, 2020 with Yuki Hall, TWSA, OWS, WPA. This workshop will be filled with many excursions, guided tours so that non-painting companions can also enjoy. Yuki will help you with painting & sketching throughout the trip. Painters of all levels are welcome.
 
Location: Barcelona, Girona, Costa Brava, Spain
Instructor: Yuki Hall
Cost: $3,400
Website, email, 937-679-2464


"Plein Air watercolor painting in Southern Spain"
May 16-23, 2020
 

Join me, Lena Thynell, for a week of watercolor painting at the beautiful Garden of Lemons, located in Andalusia, south of Granada, Spain. We will be painting from life, “Plein Air”, capturing what surrounds us. It could be the landscape, the beautiful garden, or the quaint little town. I will give demos focusing on light, contrast, composition and simplification. You will have lots of time to paint. All skill levels are welcome. There will be 6 days of painting and exploring this beautiful place. You will be offered a few inspirational excursions during the week. Bring your spouse or a friend.
 
Location: Valle de Lecrín, Spain
Instructor: Lena Thynell
Website


"Art All'Italiana Painting Vacation"
May 16-23, 2020
 

Travel to Italy and learn to paint from a professional painter and expert art tutor, explore different painting styles and techniques, live la dolce vita, and get inspired by mountains, rivers, fields of wild flowers, orchards and grapevines in a tranquil, bucolic setting in Bedogno. Art retreat 2020 inclusions: private accommodation, all meals, all drinks and local wine for dinners, daily painting workshops with professional painter Pheona Kerr (two tutored lessons per day, adapted for a wide range of levels), access to a fully equipped studio, art materials, airport transfers.
 
Location: Bedogno, Italy
Instructor: Pheona Kerr
Cost: $1,530
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Capturing Tuscany in Watercolor: A Cultural Retreat"
May 17-27, 2020
 

Join Kim Minicheillo, a former Walt Disney Imagineer, for a 10-day cultural experience in Tuscany! Chef Karolina Lenart at the beautiful Casa Fiori, overlooking the city of Lucca, is hosting Kim. You will capture this rich area by sketching and painting en plein air in watercolor, and also experience the food, wine and history of the region. Never painted outdoors before? Let Kim guide through her process of simplifying the scene to record the impression of what is before you. Retreat includes: painting instruction and exploring daily, cooking class, wine tasting, music concert, accommodations, tuition, excursions, and most meals. Create life-long memories! Kim will help beginners or intermediate painters take your painting to the next level. Non-painters are welcome.
 
Location: Lucca, Italy
Instructor: Kim Minichiello
Cost: $3749
Sponsor: Follow Your Senses in Tuscany
Website, email, 407-668-7082


"The Tuscan Landscape in Watercolor"
May 19-27, 2020
 

Join American fine artist Jill Williams for an authentic Italian experience while painting the beautiful Tuscan landscape in watercolor during this plein air tour just outside historic Arezzo. Surrounded by the lush summertime Italian landscape, multiple painting sessions will be on location at the beautifully revived 250 year old villa and gardens of Casafredda, as well as the Etruscan hilltop town of Cortona. Nearby excursions to museums, cathedrals, and city streets will inspire more painting, and provide an immersive experience with Medieval and Renaissance era architecture and art. Plein air painting, art history, fine dining and the warm hospitality of your hosts combine to provide guests with memorable experiences and the very best the region has to offer.
 
Location: Arezzo, Italy
Instructor: Jill Williams
Cost: from 2980 euros, all inclusive except airfares
Sponsor: Villa Casafredda
Website, email, +393926654318


"Art All'Italiana Painting Vacation"
May 23-30, 2020
 

Travel to Italy and learn to paint from a professional painter and expert art tutor, explore watercolors, acrylics, oils, landscape painting, portraiture, life drawing and painting, live la dolce vita, and get inspired by mountains, rivers, fields of wild flowers, orchards and grapevines in a tranquil, bucolic setting in Bedogno. UpTrek Art Retreat 2020 inclusions: private accommodation, all meals, all drinks and local wine for dinners, daily painting workshops with professional painter Pheona Kerr (two tutored lessons per day, adapted for a wide range of levels), access to a fully equipped studio, art materials, airport transfers.
 
Location: Bedogno, Italy
Instructor: Pheona Kerr
Cost: $1,530
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Stunning Moorish Torrox: Watercolors Art Retreat in Spain"
June 12-19, 2020
 

Travel to sunny Andalucia, Spain and learn to paint using watercolors in the lovely whitewashed town of Torrox. Spend your days painting in gorgeous settings, improve your technique while you relax on the beach, paint in Malága and in the beautiful lost village of El Acebuchal. 8 days • Available in English • All levels • Max. 10 people • Watercolors • Landscape, Townscape. UpTrek Art Retreat inclusions: 7 nights of Moorish-style accommodation, 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners, drinks (water, wine), expert tuition, trips for painting on location, airport transfers at pre-arranged times.
 
Location: Torrox, Andalucia, Spain
Instructor: Klaus Hinkel
Cost: $1,200
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Painting in Gascony: A Creative Retreat in France"
June 13-20, 2020
 

Travel to France and develop your creative potential with expert guidance from professional painters. Work in your preferred medium, explore different techniques, and get inspired by Gascony's charm. 8 days - Available in English, French, Spanish - Available to all levels - Professional tuition - Art supplies - Max. 6 people - Watercolor, charcoal, pastels, acrylics - Figurative, Abstract painting. UpTrek Painting Retreat 2020 inclusions: 7 nights of accommodation, all meals, 12.5 hours of tuition with professional painters, art supplies, chateau and vineyard visit for wine tasting session, Armagnac tasting session, visit to the town of Condom, visit to an art gallery exhibition, visits to local French market, transfers to and from Agen train station.
 
Location: Moncrabeau, Gascony, France
Instructor: F. Cairo, R. Tamber, F. Golden
Cost: $1450
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"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


"Art All'Italiana Painting Vacation"
June 17-24, 2020
 

Travel to Italy and learn to paint from a professional painter and expert art tutor, explore watercolors, acrylics, oils, landscape painting, portraiture, life drawing and painting, live la dolce vita, and get inspired by mountains, rivers, fields of wild flowers, orchards and grapevines in a tranquil, bucolic setting in Bedogno. UpTrek Art Retreat 2020 inclusions: private accommodation, all meals, all drinks and local wine for dinners, daily painting workshops with professional painter Pheona Kerr (two tutored lessons per day, adapted for a wide range of levels), access to a fully equipped studio, art materials, airport transfers.
 
Location: Bedogno, Italy
Instructor: Pheona Kerr
Cost: $1,530
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Janet Rogers: Watercolor Impressions: From Flowers to Figures"
June 21-25, 2020
 

Develop a loose and natural approach to painting flowers, faces, and figures with nationally recognized artist Janet Rogers. All levels of painter welcome. Enjoy the beauty of Lake Superior, healthy, locally-sourced meals and retreat amenities, all in peaceful surroundings in the woods and on the water. Lodging packages available.
 
Location: Bayfield, Wisconsin
Instructor: Janet Rogers
Cost: $650
Sponsor: Wild Rice Retreat
Website, email, 715-559-0178


"Painting Tour in the Loire Valley: Perspective Sketching in Watercolor"
June 24 - July 1, 2020
 

Join me for sketching on-location in the lush Loire River Valley! Embark on this eight day painting holiday which takes you on a journey of discovery through some of the most prominent chateaux and gardens of this famous UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your paintings will be inspired by some of the grandest and most beautiful architectural structures in France like Chenonceau, Clos Luce and Amboise. Learn to capture your experiences on paper, and more important, in your mind and heart. In this workshop, we’ll focus on quickly capturing buildings and spaces, as well as skies, trees and water. I’ll do lots of quick demos and provide hand’s-on guidance as you sketch and paint the beautiful scenes around us.
 
Location: Tours & Amboise, France
Instructor: Stephanie Bower, www.stephaniebower.com
Cost: $3,190 before Nov. 30 ($3,390 after Nov. 30)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Art All'Italiana Painting Vacation"
June 24 - July 1, 2020
 

Travel to Italy and learn to paint from a professional painter and expert art tutor, explore watercolors, acrylics, oils, landscape painting, portraiture, life drawing and painting, live la dolce vita, and get inspired by mountains, rivers, fields of wild flowers, orchards and grapevines in a tranquil, bucolic setting in Bedogno. UpTrek Art Retreat 2020 inclusions: private accommodation, all meals, all drinks and local wine for dinners, daily painting workshops with professional painter Pheona Kerr (two tutored lessons per day, adapted for a wide range of levels), access to a fully equipped studio, art materials, airport transfers.
 
Location: Bedogno, Italy
Instructor: Pheona Kerr
Cost: $1,530
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Studio Provence and Barcelona Art Tour"
June 30 - July 11, 2020
 

A seven-day plein-air painting workshop in the Alpes de Haute Provence followed by a four-day art history tour in Barcelona. Open to artists of all levels and all media. Small groups, personalized instruction and intimate environment that fosters creativity and fun. A unique opportunity to paint in the land of Cézanne, to visit Barcelona’s great art and architecture and to enjoy famous Provencal and Catalan cuisine. Price of CAD 3700 or the equivalent in USD at the time full payment (around US$2800) includes 11-night double accommodation, 11 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 gourmet dinners including wine, TGV train ticket Avignon-Barcelona, transportation and entrances to all museums and sites on schedule (Cézanne’s studio, Gaudís sites, Picasso museum, Miró Museum, etc.).
 
Location: Alpes de Haute Provence, France
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$2800
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, (800) 611-4789


"Illustration Workshop in Belgium"
July 3-10, 2020
 

Join us in Bruges, a splendid medieval city that is one of Belgium’s crown jewels. This Unesco World Heritage site is largely considered one of the most beautiful towns in Europe. Our instructor Lapin is a French illustrator, artist, teacher, and urban sketcher living in Barcelona. He has taught many workshops all over the world and records every second of his life through sketching. From whimsical portraits of the people he meets to bustling urban sketches, Lapin’s style is unique and will inspire you to dive right into the magnificent scenery around you. Lapin has already filled around 190 sketchbooks over the last 15 years and has published 25 books!
 
Location: Bruges, Belgium
Instructor: Lapin, www.lesillustrationsdelapin
Cost: $3,190 before Nov 30 ($3,390 after Nov 30)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Couleurs de la Vie Painting Vacation"
July 9-16, 2020
 

Travel to the South of France and learn to paint and sketch from accomplished artists with many years of tutoring experience. Work in oils, watercolor, acrylics or crayon and explore the stunning places that inspired Monet's masterpieces. You will receive 25 hours of tuition adapted to your experience and ability levels, complete with accommodation, meals, day trips, and private transfers. UpTrek Painting Retreat 2020 inclusions: accommodation, three daily meals, painting and drawing workshops with professional painters, wine tasting at Chateau Monluc, a trip to the world heritage site at La Romieu, use of art studio, easels and art boards, transfers from/to Toulouse Airport, transportation for painting on location.
 
Location: St Puy, Gers, France
Instructor: Kaye Parmenter
Cost: $1,080
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Art All'Italiana Painting Vacation"
July 14-21, 2020
 

Travel to Italy and learn to paint from a professional painter and expert art tutor, explore watercolors, acrylics, oils, landscape painting, portraiture, life drawing and painting, live la dolce vita, and get inspired by mountains, rivers, fields of wild flowers, orchards and grapevines in a tranquil, bucolic setting in Bedogno. UpTrek Art Retreat 2020 inclusions: private accommodation, all meals, all drinks and local wine for dinners, daily painting workshops with professional painter Pheona Kerr (two tutored lessons per day, adapted for a wide range of levels), access to a fully equipped studio, art materials, airport transfers.
 
Location: Bedogno, Italy
Instructor: Pheona Kerr
Cost: $1,530
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Art All'Italiana Painting Vacation"
July 21-28, 2020
 

Travel to Italy and learn to paint from a professional painter and expert art tutor, explore watercolors, acrylics, oils, landscape painting, portraiture, life drawing and painting, live la dolce vita, and get inspired by mountains, rivers, fields of wild flowers, orchards and grapevines in a tranquil, bucolic setting in Bedogno. UpTrek Art Retreat 2020 inclusions: private accommodation, all meals, all drinks and local wine for dinners, daily painting workshops with professional painter Pheona Kerr (two tutored lessons per day, adapted for a wide range of levels), access to a fully equipped studio, art materials, airport transfers.
 
Location: Bedogno, Italy
Instructor: Pheona Kerr
Cost: $1,530
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Art All'Italiana Painting Vacation"
August 12-19, 2020
 

Travel to Italy and learn to paint from a professional painter and expert art tutor, explore watercolors, acrylics, oils, landscape painting, portraiture, life drawing and painting, live la dolce vita, and get inspired by mountains, rivers, fields of wild flowers, orchards and grapevines in a tranquil, bucolic setting in Bedogno. UpTrek Art Retreat 2020 inclusions: private accommodation, all meals, all drinks and local wine for dinners, daily painting workshops with professional painter Pheona Kerr (two tutored lessons per day, adapted for a wide range of levels), access to a fully equipped studio, art materials, airport transfers.
 
Location: Bedogno, Italy
Instructor: Pheona Kerr
Cost: $1,530
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Painting in the French Alps: Watercolor Painting Workshop"
August 25 - September 1, 2020
 

Join us in France, the birth country of plein air painting, and paint the magnificent French Alps en plein air! This workshop is for all levels: whether you are a first time plein air painter, or have been painting around world, you’ll have an amazing experience painting lakes, mountains or chalets in this beautiful region, while improving your on-location painting skills within days! I will be demoing on site, with both watercolor plein air painting and watercolor sketching techniques. You will learn how to select lighting and subject matters, simplify what you see and create strong compositions. In addition to the demos, I will provide fun and easy to follow hands-on tutorials tailored towards each individual's needs.
 
Location: Haute-Savoie, France
Instructor: Shuang Li, shuangliwatercolors.com
Cost: $3,190 before Jan. 31 ($3,390 after Jan. 31)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting in the French Alps: Watercolor Painting Workshop"
September 1-8, 2020
 

Dreaming of painting in the Alps? You can make your dream come true. Join Kathy Rennell Forbes for daily painting demos and hands on instruction in the magnificent French Alps. You will learn about composition, mixing colors and capturing the outdoor landscapes of the great masters. We will travel light with just a small bag of watercolor supplies and journal. Kathy encourages your own painting style while sharing her watercolor secrets. There will be ample time to explore the area’s treasures and history while enjoying wine and conversation with Kathy and the group at the end of each day. This is a great workshop for beginner and intermediate painters who want to enhance their watercolors skills while traveling.
 
Location: Haute-Savoie, France
Instructor: Kathy Rennell Forbes, www.artbykrf.com
Cost: $3,190 before Jan. 31 ($3,390 after Jan. 31)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Art All'Italiana Painting Vacation"
September 1-8, 2020
 

Travel to Italy and learn to paint from a professional painter and expert art tutor, explore watercolors, acrylics, oils, landscape painting, portraiture, life drawing and painting, live la dolce vita, and get inspired by mountains, rivers, fields of wild flowers, orchards and grapevines in a tranquil, bucolic setting in Bedogno. UpTrek Art Retreat 2020 inclusions: private accommodation, all meals, all drinks and local wine for dinners, daily painting workshops with professional painter Pheona Kerr (two tutored lessons per day, adapted for a wide range of levels), access to a fully equipped studio, art materials, airport transfers.
 
Location: Bedogno, Italy
Instructor: Pheona Kerr
Cost: $1,530
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Travel Sketching in the South West of France"
September 2-9, 2020
 

Join me for a week of sketching with watercolor in the beautiful South Western France. 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. Space is very limited (max 12 participants/workshop).
 
Location: Toulouse, France
Instructor: Brenda Swenson, www.swensonsart.net
Cost: $3,590 ($3,790 after Jan 31st)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Creative Painting Retreat in Gascony, France"
September 3-10, 2020
 

Travel to France and develop your creative potential with expert guidance from professional painters. Work in your preferred medium, explore different techniques, and get inspired by Gascony's charm. 8 days - Available in English, French, Spanish - Available to all levels - Professional tuition - Art supplies - Max. 6 people - Watercolor, charcoal, pastels, acrylics - Figurative, Abstract painting. UpTrek Painting Retreat 2020 inclusions: 7 nights of accommodation, all meals, 12.5 hours of tuition with professional painters, art supplies, chateau and vineyard visit for wine tasting session, Armagnac tasting session, visit to the town of Condom, visit to an art gallery exhibition, visits to local French market, transfers to and from Agen train station.
 
Location: Moncrabeau, Gascony, France
Instructor: F. Cairo, R. Tamber, F. Golden
Cost: $1450
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"A Taste for Art Painting Vacation"
September 4-11, 2020
 

Travel to Spain, sketch and paint under a widely exhibited professional painter's guidance, get inspired by the natural wonders of Sierra de Montánchez and unleash your creative potential on a guided painting retreat in a tranquil part of Extremadura. Inclusions: accommodation in a charming finca, 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, and 7 dinners served with local wine, landscape painting workshops with painter Noëlle Griffiths (30 hours tuition), use of studio equipment, art materials, airport transfers from Madrid and/or Seville, all transportation in Sierra de Montánchez, guided tour of Trujillo.
 
Location: Sierra de Montánchez, Extremadura, Spain
Instructor: Noëlle Griffiths
Cost: $950
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Art All'Italiana Painting Vacation"
September 8-15, 2020
 

Travel to Italy and learn to paint from a professional painter and expert art tutor, explore watercolors, acrylics, oils, landscape painting, portraiture, life drawing and painting, live la dolce vita, and get inspired by mountains, rivers, fields of wild flowers, orchards and grapevines in a tranquil, bucolic setting in Bedogno. UpTrek Art Retreat 2020 inclusions: private accommodation, all meals, all drinks and local wine for dinners, daily painting workshops with professional painter Pheona Kerr (two tutored lessons per day, adapted for a wide range of levels), access to a fully equipped studio, art materials, airport transfers.
 
Location: Bedogno, Italy
Instructor: Pheona Kerr
Cost: $1,530
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Spectacular Costa del Sol: Watercolors Painting Retreat"
September 8-15, 2020
 

Travel to sunny Andalucia, Spain and learn to paint using watercolors in the lovely whitewashed town of Torrox. Spend your days painting in gorgeous settings, improve your technique while you relax on the beach, paint in Malága and in the beautiful lost village of El Acebuchal. 8 days • Available in English • All levels • Max. 10 people • Watercolors • Landscape, Townscape. UpTrek Art Retreat inclusions: 7 nights of Moorish-style accommodation, 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners, drinks (water, wine), expert tuition, trips for painting on location, airport transfers at pre-arranged times.
 
Location: Torrox, Andalucia, Spain
Instructor: Klaus Hinkel
Cost: $1,200
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Travel Sketching in the South West of France"
September 10-17, 2020
 

Join me for a week of sketching with watercolor in the beautiful South Western France. 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. Space is very limited (max 12 participants/workshop).
 
Location: Toulouse, France
Instructor: Brenda Swenson, www.swensonsart.net
Cost: $3,590 ($3,790 after Jan 31st)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Creative Break: Painting Retreat in Gascony, France"
September 12-19, 2020
 

Travel to France and develop your creative potential with expert guidance from professional painters. Work in your preferred medium, explore different techniques, and get inspired by Gascony's charm. 8 days - Available in English, French, Spanish - Available to all levels - Professional tuition - Art supplies - Max. 6 people - Watercolor, charcoal, pastels, acrylics - Figurative, Abstract painting. UpTrek Painting Retreat 2020 inclusions: 7 nights of accommodation, all meals, 12.5 hours of tuition with professional painters, art supplies, chateau and vineyard visit for wine tasting session, Armagnac tasting session, visit to the town of Condom, visit to an art gallery exhibition, visits to local French market, transfers to and from Agen train station.
 
Location: Moncrabeau, Gascony, France
Instructor: F. Cairo, R. Tamber, F. Golden
Cost: $1450
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Couleurs de la Vie Painting Vacation"
September 17-24, 2020
 

Travel to the South of France and learn to paint and sketch from accomplished artists with many years of tutoring experience. Work in oils, watercolor, acrylics or crayon and explore the stunning places that inspired Monet's masterpieces. You will receive 25 hours of tuition adapted to your experience and ability levels, complete with accommodation, meals, day trips, and private transfers. UpTrek Painting Retreat 2020 inclusions: accommodation, three daily meals, painting and drawing workshops with professional painters, wine tasting at Chateau Monluc, a trip to the world heritage site at La Romieu, use of art studio, easels and art boards, transfers from/to Toulouse Airport, transportation for painting on location.
 
Location: St Puy, Gers, France
Instructor: David Wilcox
Cost: $1,080
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Watercolor Painting Workshop in Belgium"
September 21-28, 2020
 

Join me on this wonderful trip to Belgium! Canals, wind mills, medieval town of Bruges, friendly people, charming villages, scrumptious food and wine, everything conjured up in the image of Belgium awaits when we go there in Sept 2020. We will explore and paint outdoors while enjoying the joie de vivre the region has to offer. If you’re looking for a cozy, personalized therefore very special painting holiday organized by a tour operator who is completely bi-cultural and bilingual, this is it. Since we will be a small group, I can also closely work with each one of you for a semi-private painting experience.
 
Location: Bruges, Belgium
Instructor: Keiko Tanabe, www.ktanabefineart.com
Cost: $3,190 before Nov 30 ($3,390 after Nov 30)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Art All'Italiana Painting Vacation"
October 2-9, 2020
 

Travel to Italy and learn to paint from a professional painter and expert art tutor, explore watercolors, acrylics, oils, landscape painting, portraiture, life drawing and painting, live la dolce vita, and get inspired by mountains, rivers, fields of wild flowers, orchards and grapevines in a tranquil, bucolic setting in Bedogno. UpTrek Art Retreat 2020 inclusions: private accommodation, all meals, all drinks and local wine for dinners, daily painting workshops with professional painter Pheona Kerr (two tutored lessons per day, adapted for a wide range of levels), access to a fully equipped studio, art materials, airport transfers.
 
Location: Bedogno, Italy
Instructor: Pheona Kerr
Cost: $1,530
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"A Taste for Art Painting Vacation"
October 4-11, 2020
 

Travel to Spain, sketch and paint under a widely exhibited professional painter's guidance, get inspired by the natural wonders of Sierra de Montánchez and unleash your creative potential on a guided painting retreat in a tranquil part of Extremadura. Inclusions: accommodation in a charming finca, 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, and 7 dinners served with local wine, landscape painting workshops with painter Noëlle Griffiths (30 hours tuition), use of studio equipment, art materials, airport transfers from Madrid and/or Seville, all transportation in Sierra de Montánchez, guided tour of Trujillo.
 
Location: Sierra de Montánchez, Extremadura, Spain
Instructor: Noëlle Griffiths
Cost: $950
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"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


"Art All'Italiana Painting Vacation"
October 9-16, 2020
 

Travel to Italy and learn to paint from a professional painter and expert art tutor, explore watercolors, acrylics, oils, landscape painting, portraiture, life drawing and painting, live la dolce vita, and get inspired by mountains, rivers, fields of wild flowers, orchards and grapevines in a tranquil, bucolic setting in Bedogno. UpTrek Art Retreat 2020 inclusions: private accommodation, all meals, all drinks and local wine for dinners, daily painting workshops with professional painter Pheona Kerr (two tutored lessons per day, adapted for a wide range of levels), access to a fully equipped studio, art materials, airport transfers.
 
Location: Bedogno, Italy
Instructor: Pheona Kerr
Cost: $1,530
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"5 Day Plein-Air Watercolor Workshop, Barcelona"
Year round
 

This is an opportunity to enjoy a 5-day plein-air intensive urban watercolor workshop in the heart of Barcelona. Professional artist Paul Raymonde and his wife Angela run this unusual city based painting course in one of Europe’s most beautiful metropolis'. The week's curriculum is carefully structured to cover all aspects of technique. Starting with simple value studies it rapidly progresses to full colour paintings. Classes are held in the mornings leaving visitors time to explore the sights and culture of Barcelona. All abilities are welcome.
 
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Instructor: Paul Raymonde
Cost: from €400 EUR
Sponsor: La Terraza Atico
Website, email, +24611360131


"Plein Air Essentials"
Ongoing - web/online
 

Have you always wanted to paint en plein air, outdoors, but didn't know how to begin? Then this is the course for you! Online web course includes downloadable textbook and a series of videos to get you going. In this course, award-winning painter Michael Chesley Johnson will teach you the basics. Supplemental material available for more advanced painters. All levels of painter will benefit from this course.
 
Location: Web-delivered (Online)
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $19.99
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Website, email


 

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