Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Rose Frantzen Workshop in Provence"
October 26 - November 4, 2021
 

Exclusive 10-day painting workshop in Southern France with painting legend, Rose Frantzen. This workshop is a rare opportunity to learn from Rose Frantzen, the award-winning artist known as an American treasure. The chateau estate is the perfect location to combine elite learning and immersion in Provençal culture. Guests will paint models on the estate, in the village, and also at local painting destinations with historical art significance. Rose will be in residence with guests the entire time. Experience both an exclusive painting workshop with instruction and the best of French life. All-inclusive: instruction, food, wine, Chateau accommodations, museums, entrance fees, ground transportation; except air-fare. All levels. Non-painters welcome.
 
Location: Avignon, France
Instructor: Rose Frantzen
Cost: $5200
Sponsor: Workshops in France
Website, email, 323-251-4487


"Studio Colombia Art & Eat"
February 15-23, 2022
 

Join our eight-night workshop and experience the stunning Caribbean coast from Puerto Colombia (Barranquilla) to Cartagena. Learn the fundamentals of perspective drawing and watercolors and have a taste of Colombian Caribbean food and culture. After an art class, try a "mojarra con arroz con coco" with a cold Colombian beer or an "aguardiente". Paint on the beach just like Gauguin was doing in Tahiti. Visit a few restaurants’ kitchens and learn from their chefs. Take part in a street food tour. Price of CAD 2600 (around US$2075) includes eight-night double accommodation in comfortable and centrally located hotels, all ground transportation, all breakfasts, one lunch, two suppers, one street food tour, art instruction, cooking classes/demonstrations, art supplies, and more.
 
Location: Cartagena, Colombia
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US $2075
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Painting in Portugal"
April 4-10, 2022
 

Join California-based painter and renowned art instructor Randall Sexton for an exciting week of painting in the beautiful region of Azeitão, Portugal. This all-inclusive 5 day/6 night trip is open to all skill levels from beginner to advanced. Spaces are limited as the group will be the exclusive guests at a 300 year-old villa just south of Lisbon. This fully renovated estate is surrounded by vineyards, cork trees, and olive orchards, and offers a breathtaking array of subjects from the intimate to the monumental. Away from tourists, you will be able to immerse yourself in a unique countryside and participate in daily painting demos/lectures and lots of and one-on-one painting instruction with Randy.
 
Location: Azeitão, Portugal
Instructor: Randall Sexton, www.rcsexton.com
Cost: $3200/single occ, $2900/double occ
Website, email, (919) 272-5958


"Painting in Spain: Watercolor Sketching Workshop"
May 7-14, 2022
 

Come join Suhita Shirodkar for a week long painting adventure in the magnificent Costa Brava, Spain. Suhita Shirodkar is a self-confessed obsessive sketcher and watercolor artist. Her love of color and of travel is reflected in her work. You will learn to sketch people, places, flora and fauna so your sketchbooks can truly reflect your travels. There will be critiques and discussions about your paintings and Suhita will spend part of each day “one on one” with you as you sketch the magnificent views.
 
Location: Calella de Palafrugel, Spain
Instructor: Suhita Sirodkar, SketchAway.wordpress.com
Cost: $3,390 ($3,190 before Nov 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Van Gogh and Cézanne in Provence, France"
May 8-15, 2022
 

This retreat will take you to the very places that Van Gogh and Cézanne painted many of their masterpieces. You will be inspired by the rich locations of Arles, Saint Remy, and Aix-en-Provence. Hosts Royce Deans (USA) and Tali Farchi (NL) are accomplished painters and teachers, providing art instruction to enrich your creative process, they’ll share information about these artist's lives and how they worked. The ArtisTTable has hosted hundreds of artists of all levels and backgrounds. During this retreat, we will stay in the center of Arles giving easy access to this historic city. This all inclusive retreat boasts delicious meals, exclusive day trips and lots of art making. It will be a trip you won't forget.
 
Location: Arles, and Aix-en-Provence, France
Instructor: Royce Deans and Tali Farchi
Cost: $2990.00
Sponsor: ArtisTTable
Website, email, 231.883.1681


"Painting in Spain: Plein Air in Watercolor & Oil"
May 14-21, 2022
 

Join Julie Gilbert Pollard for a wonderful week of plein air painting on the beautiful coast of Northern Spain, the Costa Brava. Visit inspiring locations, learning to interpret them into your personal visual expression. Expect sight-seeing, photo-sketching, sketching and “light” plein air painting using minimal equipment that is easy to carry in a medium-size backpack. Julie will demonstrate and coach you through methods and techniques that have proven invaluable in learning to distill a scene into its most simple format, leading to studio paintings that retain that illusive “plein air feel”. All levels are welcome. Classes will be small, so Julie will have ample time to help students work toward individual goals.
 
Location: Calella de Palafrugel, Spain
Instructor: Julie Gilbert Pollard, www.juliegilbertpollard.com
Cost: $3,390
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting the Dutch Landscape"
May 22-29, 2022
 

During this retreat to Holland, The Netherlands we will visit the city of Zwolle, founded in 800AD. Its classically designed city center has gorgeous parks surrounded by farmland, wooded areas, canals, dikes, and lots of bikes. Your hosts Royce Deans (USA) and Tali Farchi (Zwolle) are accomplished painters and teachers, providing art instruction to enrich your creative process. The ArtisTTable has hosted hundreds of artists of all levels and backgrounds. During this retreat, we will stay in the 4-Star Bilderberg Wientjes Hotel. This all inclusive retreat boasts delicious meals, exclusive day trips and lots of art making. You will get the full-local experience that will take you will off the beaten tourist path and be a trip you won't forget.
 
Location: Zwolle, The Netherlands
Instructor: Royce Deans and Tali Farchi
Cost: $2990.00
Sponsor: ArtisTTable
Website, email, 231.883.1681


"Painting in the Loire Valley: Travel Sketching in Watercolor"
June 10-17, 2022
 

We will spend an amazing week in the Loire Valley filling our watercolor journals with memories for a lifetime and inspiration for larger paintings back home. Kathy will share how she chooses and composes a composition with quick colorful sketches. As a master plein air artist at the Olmsted Plein Air Invitational (2016) and Olmsted Georgia Color (2019 & 2020), she has a wealth of painting knowledge to share with you, no matter what your level of experience. We will travel light with a small pack of supplies that can easily fit into your backpack or satchel. Kathy will work with each of you individually to create your best watercolor sketches. Kathy has a love for art, adventure and people.
 
Location: Saint Pierre de Corps, France
Instructor: Kathy Rennell Forbes, www.RennellForbes.com
Cost: $3,390
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Studio Italia - Art workshop in Tuscany offered since 1997"
June 11-20, 2022
 

A thought-provoking and inspirational art workshop open to artists of all levels and all media (oils, acrylics, watercolors, etc.). Nine full days of plein air painting, art history/art theory lectures, touring, group discussions, and gourmet cuisine in the most beautiful area of Tuscany. We limit the size of our groups to eight participants to offer personalized instruction and a stimulating learning environment. Cost of CAD 3375 (around US$ 2600) includes art instruction, 9-night double accommodation, all breakfasts, 8 lunches, 8 gourmet dinners including wine, transportation from and to the Arezzo train station, transportation to all painting sites (Montepulciano, Cortona, Pienza, etc.) train ticket to Florence, and a guided tour to the Uffizi Museum. Testimonials from former participants on our website.
 
Location: Lucignano, Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US $2600
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Painting in the French Alps: Watercolor Painting Workshop"
June 20-27, 2022
 

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, www.shuangliwatercolors.com
Cost: $3,390
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Atelier Provence and Barcelona Art Trip 2022"
June 25 - July 6, 2022
 

A seven-day plein-air painting workshop in the Alpes de Haute Provence followed by a four-day art history tour in Barcelona. A unique learning experience open to artists of all levels and all mediums. Paint a varied range of subjects, from lavender and poppy fields to ochre cliffs and beautiful mountain scenery, visit Barcelona’s great art museums and architecture, and enjoy famous Provencal and Catalan cuisine. Price of CAD 3800 (around US$2950) includes painting instruction, art history/theory lectures,11-night double accommodation, 11 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 gourmet dinners including wine, TGV train ticket Avignon-Barcelona, transportation, and entrances to all museums and sites on schedule (Cézanne’s studio, La Sagrada Familia, Picasso Museum, Miró Museum, etc.). The perfect art holidays!
 
Location: Alpes de Haute Provence/Barcelona, France
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US $2950
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Painting in the French Alps: Watercolor Painting Workshop"
June 27 - July 4, 2022
 

This workshop is focused on the plein-air experience. We will be painting in breathtaking locations in the French Alps where subject matter ranges from bucolic mountain scenes with French barn buildings to lakeside scene with boats as well as busy streets/ town settings. Frank Eber works in a direct, loose style influenced by the Old World masters. Typical in his art are color mixes and light that evoke nostalgia while remaining absolutely in the present. Frank’s watercolor workshops reach beyond technique, encouraging individual expression and observing the elusive balance of forces that create beauty in painting.
 
Location: Haute-Savoie, France
Instructor: Frank Eber
Cost: $3,390
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting in the French Alps: Watercolor Painting Workshop"
July 4-11, 2022
 

Join award-winning artist and American Watercolor Society signature member, Sarah Yeoman, for this wonderful plein-air painting workshop in the French Alps whether you want to know the basics or to get professional pointers. We will explore the magic of the watercolor medium in a enchanting atmosphere. Beginning with a morning demonstration, she will lead you through the step by step process she uses to create paintings with strong colorful darks and shimmering lights no matter the choice of subject. Sarah will share her years of knowledge on materials, paint application, composition, life as an artist and “finding your light” in watercolor.
 
Location: Haute-Savoie, France
Instructor: Sarah Yeoman, Sarahyeoman.com
Cost: $3,390
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Studio Italia - Art workshop in Tuscany offered since 1997"
July 10-19, 2022
 

A thought-provoking and inspirational art workshop open to artists of all levels and all media (oils, acrylics, watercolors, etc.). Nine full days of plein air painting, art history/art theory lectures, touring, and gourmet cuisine in the most beautiful area of Tuscany. Our groups of eight participants and our teaching approach allow us to offer personalized instruction and a stimulating learning environment. Cost of CAD 3475 (around US$ 2700) includes instruction, 9-night double accommodation, all breakfasts, 8 lunches, 8 gourmet dinners including wine, transportation from and to the Arezzo train station, transportation to all painting sites (Montepulciano, Cortona, Pienza, etc.) train ticket to Florence, and a guided tour to the Uffizi Museum. Testimonials from former participants on our website.
 
Location: Lucignano, Italy
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$2700
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


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

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


"Painting in the French Alps: Sketching & Watercolor"
August 22-29, 2022
 

Join us for this magical plein air painting & sketching adventure in the French Alps! Yuki will walk you through how to create an atmosphere of a scene by establishing the sense of depth in the picture plane and also by breaking away from a rigid coloring-in painting style. You will start painting with confident brush strokes and expressive edge qualities. You will also learn how to simplify a complex subject by extracting the most important feature of the subject while leaving unnecessary details out. Establishing a strong tonal value pattern in your picture plane is also important. We will practice tonal value studies and monochromatic paintings and learn how to translate them into full-color paintings for maximum visual and emotional impact.
 
Location: Haute-Savoie, France
Instructor: Yuki Hall, www.yukihallfineart.com
Cost: $3,390
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting in the French Alps: Watercolor Sketching Workshop"
September 2-9, 2022
 

Come along with me to France for a week of painting the French Alps. All the logistics will be taken care of – all you have to do is relax and enjoy as we sketch Alpine meadows, cobblestoned villages, wooden chalets with flowery boxes and spectacular lakes and mountains. We’ll also paint in Annecy, known as the Venice of the North, a beautiful medieval city surrounded by canals and mountains. We’ll capture these once-in-a-lifetime experiences on the pages of our travel journals. The workshop is suitable for all levels, but some experience with drawing and watercolor would be helpful.
 
Location: Haute-Savoie, France
Instructor: Leslie Fehling, www.lesliefehling.com
Cost: $3,390
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


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

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


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

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


"Capturing the Magic of Tuscany"
September 22-30, 2022
 

Join me for a magical painting and sketching vacation workshop in Tuscany, Italy - a trip of a lifetime for artists & art enthusiasts, combining Renaissance art, history, culture, watercolor painting, and Tuscan cousin and wine! We will spend our first 2 days in Florence, immersing ourselves in Renaissance art and architecture, seeing works of Renaissance masters such as Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci. We will then transfer to a 16th -century renovated family-owned farmhouse with its history, winery and a spectacular view. We will be painting on the beautiful grounds of the farmhouse as well as during the excursion to Siena, Pienza and Bagno Vigoni. You will also be enjoying authentic Tuscan cuisine, wine tour and cooking course.
 
Location: Florence, Trequanda, Italy
Instructor: Yuki Hall, TWSA
Cost: $3,400
Website, email, 937-679-2464


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

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


"Studio Italia - Art workshop offered since 1997"
October 1-11, 2022
 

A thought-provoking and inspirational art workshop open to artists of all levels and all media (oils, acrylics, watercolors, etc.). Nine full days of plein air painting, art history/art theory lectures, touring, group discussions, and gourmet cuisine in the most beautiful area of Tuscany. We offer personalized instruction and a stimulating learning environment that fosters creativity and fun. Cost of CAD 3375 (around US$ 2600) includes art instruction, 9-night double accommodation, all breakfasts, 8 lunches, 8 gourmet dinners including wine, transportation from and to the Arezzo train station, transportation to all painting sites (Montepulciano, Cortona, Pienza, etc.) train ticket to Florence, and a guided tour to the Uffizi Museum. Testimonials from former participants on our website.
 
Location: Lucignano, Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US $2600
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Painting in Provence: Watercolor Sketching Workshop"
October 2-9, 2022
 

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


"Painting in Provence: Watercolor Painting Workshop"
October 9-16, 2022
 

Join Uma Kelkar for a wonderful week in Provence. Participants will learn how to employ just enough shapes, colors and stroked to achieve maximum impact. This is Uma’s definition of elegance. Exercises during each day will build up towards a final painting. We will focus on the technical skills at the beginning followed by discussion of elements of design and Uma’s philosophy of painting. If you’ve always wanted to overcome the fear of wet on wet painting, rest assured that at the end of the workshop, you will feel more confident about approaching it independently.
 
Location: Venasque, France
Instructor: Uma Kelkar, www.umakelkar.com
Cost: $3,390
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


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

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


 

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