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Watercolor Sketching on Location in Costa Rica
March 26 - April 1, 2017 — Our Costa Rican creative adventure travels to two inspiring locales. The Central Valley (near the capital) is the economic and historic capital of Costa Rica, and is home to a host of renowned attractions: coffee-covered hillsides and historic corners, active volcanoes and exotic gardens, cold-water lakes and acidic lagoons. This is a place of incredible diversity and spectacular natural beauty. In the highlands, we’re surrounded by sultry rainforests, where daily showers bring fresh inspiration and lush landscapes beg to be memorialized. Discover a new world destination for eco-conscious travelers at the Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel and Nature Reserve, a 75-acre boutique mountain hotel surrounded by the spectacular Los Angeles Private Biological Reserve. Just imagine the watercolor memories that await! Visit website


Location: San José, Costa Rica
Instructor: Linda Swindle, lswatercolor.com
Sponsor: Arts & Cultural Travel
Cost: $2,975 Single Accommodations
Email: Sharon Blomgren
Phone: 617-855-9209

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Naples and Nature Plein Air Painting Workshop
March 27-29, 2017 (9:00 - 3:00) — Paint on site at cafés, historic cottages and along the coast of Naples Florida. The active spirit of the town is enhanced with architecture, city docks, colorful flowers and figures along the streets. The surrounding nature features palms, flowers and southwest Florida’s subtropical vegetation. Demonstration and individual instruction in inspiring settings. Shea's popular workshops are in New England, Florida and Italy. He has exhibited nationally with the American Artists Professional League and the Salmagundi Club. He has been contracted by Warner Brothers and the Boston Pops, featured in numerous publications, on CNN and displays paintings in several galleries. Visit website


Location: Naples, FL
Instructor: Kevin Shea
Sponsor: Kevin Shea
Cost: $375
Email: Kevin Shea
Phone: 978-387-8105

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After Van Gogh - Arles/St. Remy, France
April 3-10, 2017 — "After Van Gogh" takes you to Arles and St. Remy in the Provence Region of France where Vincent Van Gogh painted many of his most important works. Vincent traveled to Arles in 1888 in search of the very special light that is found there. In 1889 he moved to St. Remy where he committed himself to the asylum in Saint-Paul-de-Mausole where he lived until May of 1890. These locations around the region are truly inspiring and moving. As you draw and paint in these places, you will feel the breezes and hear the birds that Vincent heard. It will put your creativity into a magical place that will urge to make your own art with a renewed passion. Visit website


Location: Arles/St. Remy, France
Instructor: Royce Deans and Tali Farchi
Sponsor: ArtisTTable
Cost: $1410.00
Email: Royce Deans
Phone: 231-883-1681

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Watercolor Sketching on Location
April 3-7, 2017 — This delightful journey to beautiful Charleston (one of Condé Nast Traveler‘s Top 10 Destinations for 14 years in a row) is a creative adventure you don’t want to miss! Your days will be spent drawing and painting in a relaxed, fun environment with a group of like-minded travelers. Each day, we’ll go to a charming locale and Jane will demonstrate drawing and painting with watercolor. She’ll gently guide beginners and experienced alike to see and capture the details and memories in a straightforward, intuitive approach. Jane will also show you how to enhance your drawings with creative page layouts and journaling. Ooh the pages of your journals awash with color, architecture and beautiful gardens, a treasure to cherish for years to come! Visit website


Location: Charleston, SC
Instructor: Jane LaFazio, janelafazio.com
Sponsor: Arts & Cultural Travel
Cost: $3,125 Shared, $500 Single Supplement
Email: Sharon Blomgren
Phone: 617-855-9209

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Painting in San Francisco and in the Sonoma Wine Country
April 5-10, 2017 — Don’t miss this opportunity to join Brenda Swenson for a week of sketching with watercolor. Enjoy the free-flowing and colorful nature of watercolor at its best while sketching and having fun! Brenda will help you develop observation skills, color awareness, simple design principles and teach you about light and shadows. Learn various techniques, sketching tools, and approaches to watercolor. Enjoy time with fellow artists and friendly critiques. Space is limited to 15 participants. Brenda Swenson is the author of two watercolor books, and her paintings have been featured in numerous books and magazines. She has achieved signature status in WW, NWWS, and SDWS and has served on the board of directors for the National Watercolor Society and Watercolor West. Visit website


Location: San Francisco, CA
Instructor: Brenda Swenson, www.swensonsart.net
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $1,490
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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Florence Watercolour Workshop
April 8-15, 2017 — It doesn’t really get any better than this for artists. Soak up the ambience and culture of this famous historical city. Allow your experienced tutor to guide you around from one inspirational backdrop to another. Learn to paint quickly with impressionistic flair through expert tuition from your Academy trained tutor. Whether you’re into the illustrious facades of the ancient cathedrals and palazzos or the grand spaces of Florence’s many piazzas, you really couldn’t be in better hands. Visit website


Location: Florence, Italy
Instructor: John W. Skelcher
Sponsor: The Retreat
Cost: $2,000
Email: John W.Skelcher
Phone: 00393349034401

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Florence Watercolour Workshop
April 15-22, 2017 — It doesn’t really get any better than this for artists. Soak up the ambience and culture of this famous historical city. Allow your experienced tutor to guide you around from one inspirational backdrop to another. Learn to paint quickly with impressionistic flair through expert tuition from your Academy trained tutor. Whether you’re into the illustrious facades of the ancient cathedrals and palazzos or the grand spaces of Florence’s many piazzas, you really couldn’t be in better hands. With this tour, you will learn to compose interesting urban scenes with famous landmarks as your focal points Visit website


Location: Florence, Italy
Instructor: John W. Skelcher
Sponsor: The Retreat
Cost: $2,000
Email: John W. Skelcher
Phone: 00393349034401

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5 Paintings in 5 Days in San Miguel de Allende, The Heart of Mexico
April 17-21, 2017 (9:30 AM to 1 PM) — Join experienced and accomplished painters, Cristiana Marinescu and muralist Fernando Gonzalez, founders of Cristi Fer Art Studio/since 1989, in charming Colonial mountain town San Miguel Allende. Paint in the morning explore exuberant town in the afternoon! This workshop is for those who: always wanted to paint, used to paint, want to jumpstart the hobbit, recently retired looking for fun hobby, self-taught painter wants to learn the basics, experienced painter looking for an infusion of inspiration. Learn the essentials of composition, color, increase creativity, view the world through an artist perspective, finish 5 paintings and gain confidence to continue painting. No experience needed! All levels welcomed! Individualized expert instruction in a small group setting. All materials included! Maximum 6. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez & Cristi Marinescu
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio and Gallery
Cost: $650 all materials included
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 415-121-2311

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Airetiko Art Retreat
April 19-26, 2017 (all day) — Explore... experiment... expand... Come join us for a week of life drawing with aerialists as your models. Challenge yourself with weird angles, and interesting perspectives. On the gorgeous Costa de la Luz, Andalucia, Spain, come spend a week in a carefully designed, creative space to nurture your artistic self and nourish your general self. Under the guidance of professional artist Beth Pearson and hosted by the Airetiko Crew. You will get three deliciously nutritious, vegetarian meals daily. There is swimming, sunsets, sea on the doorstep. Surfing, yoga and aerial lessons and horse-riding available at request and massage treatments, for that extra bit of pampering. You will return home relaxed, inspired and with an exciting portfolio of your week's work. Visit website


Location: El Palmar, Spain
Instructor: Beth Pearson
Sponsor: Airetiko
Cost: £650
Email: Akasha Dryden
Phone: +44 7947 174121

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Creative Color Knitting Workshop in Guatemala
April 20-29, 2017 — Join us in the land of color for an amazing journey into color knitting with fiber artist and creative knitting guru, Brecia Kralovic-Logan. After years of knitting in rows, she discovered the absolute joy of wildly playing off the knitting grid. Once she discovered how simple it was to indulge her free spirit and unquenchable appetite for color while creating uniquely fabulous knitwear, she has been sharing this love with knitters around the globe. Brecia will also share her skills as a creativity coach encouraging everyone to Play- Explore-Discover. The ever-present Maya culture, costumes, religions and way of life will serve as our muse as we leisurely journey from village to village. Let your senses soak in the sights, sounds, tastes and smells of this enchanting land. Visit website


Location: Antigua, Guatemala
Instructor: Brecia Kralovic-Logan, breciacreative.com
Sponsor: Arts & Cultural Travel
Cost: $2,890 Shared, $800 Single Supplement
Email: Sharon Blomgren
Phone: 617-855-9209

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Gallery-Going
April 21 - May 5, 2017 (Fridays, 12:30-3:30pm) — Interested in visiting galleries or collecting art, but don’t know where to start? Explore Philadelphia’s diverse gallery scene with PAFA faculty-artist Lisa Sylvester for an insider’s view of the artist/gallery relationship. Visit artist-run, commercial, and alternative exhibition spaces, as well as local artists’ studios, for the latest art in the city. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Lisa Sylvester
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $125
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

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Provence au Printemps
April 22-29, 2017 (9-4 daily) — A Unique Opportunity for 6 Painters - Immerse yourself in a small group mentoring workshop. Benefit from highly individualized and personalized instruction. Take your work to the next level, while enjoying camaraderie with other painters. Enjoy springtime in Provence. The poppies will be in bloom! Visit website


Location: Noves, France
Instructor: Julie Houck
Sponsor: Plein Air Journeys LLC
Cost: $2,250.00
Email: Julie Houck
Phone: 808-280-6083

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Florence Watercolour Workshop
April 22-29, 2017 — It doesn’t really get any better than this for artists. Soak up the ambience and culture of this famous historical city. Allow your experienced tutor to guide you around from one inspirational backdrop to another. Learn to paint quickly with impressionistic flair through expert tuition from your Academy trained tutor. Whether you’re into the illustrious facades of the ancient cathedrals and palazzos or the grand spaces of Florence’s many piazzas, you really couldn’t be in better hands. With this tour, you will learn to compose interesting urban scenes with famous landmarks as your focal points. Visit website


Location: Florence, Italy
Instructor: John W.Skelcher
Sponsor: The Retreat
Cost: $2,000
Email: John W. Skelcher
Phone: 00393349034401

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Art Adventure in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
April 24-28, 2017 (9:30AM-1:30PM) — Rated #1 by TripAdvisor! Experienced painters and facilitators, painter muralist Fernando Gonzalez and artist Cristiana Marinescu, founders of Cristi Fer Art Gallery, offer an unforgettable week of painting and sketching vacation in the Heart of Mexico. The studio is located in historic building full of old world inspirational details. We will incorporate sketching, plein air, studio painting in acrylics. Great adventure for your first visit to Mexico or San Miguel de Allende. This little town is full of excitement, music, color, parades and joy! You have the option to take the workshop in English or Spanish if you wish to brush off on the native tang and customs. Expert individualized instruction for all levels. Register early groups are max. 6 Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez, Cristiana Marinescu
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Cost: $650 materials included
Email: Cristi
Phone: 415-121-2311

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Watercolor, Fun and Free on a South American Cruise
April 25 - May 15, 2017 (See ship's itinerary intertwined with class.) — Join us for the adventure of a lifetime. Karlyn Holman and Art in the Mountains invite you to join us on this 20-day art adventure from Santiago, Chile to San Francisco, California. Karlyn will provide instruction, demonstrations, individual help and critiques on the 8 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 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's dining room and use our "off of the ship time" to gather photos and just have fun. Visit website


Location: Santiago, Chile
Instructor: Karlyn Holman
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Cost: $655
Email: Tracy Culbertson
Phone: 503.930.4572

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Venice: 8-Day Sketching or Watercolor Workshop
April 25 - May 3, 2017 (9:30-2:30) — We'll again spend 8 glorious days, exploring and sketching the City of Water. We'll live in a Venetian "appartamento" and enjoy all that Venice has to offer us! Acceptable Media: Pen & Ink, Watercolor, Gouache, water-soluble crayons, or graphite. Includes: Shared lodging for 8 nights in our apartment, workshop instruction for 6 days, continental breakfast every day, and 2 dinners. Visit website


Location: Venice, Italy
Instructor: Helen K Beacham
Sponsor: Helen K Beacham Fine Art
Cost: $2400
Email: Helen K Beacham
Phone: 843-408-5240

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Painting the Figure in the Landscape with Tina Garrett
April 26 - May 6, 2017 — Join us for an unforgettable painting holiday in scenic southern France! We’ll stay at the beautifully restored luxury private hotel, Montfaucon, where we will enjoy gourmet dinners & breakfasts and have use of the Montfaucon studio, easels and art stools. Tina Garrett has earned a Master Artist designation through the National Oil and Acrylic Painter's Society Signature Member Guild and an ARC Associate Living Master designation by the Art Renewal Center. She has exhibited in galleries across the U.S. as well as the Museum of Modern Art Europe (MEAM) in Barcelona, Spain. Visit website


Location: Limoux, France
Instructor: Tina Garrett, www.tinagarrett.com
Sponsor: Montfaucon Tours
Cost: $3700
Email: Penny Willocks
Phone: US: +1 (415) 331-9641

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Gourmet painting retreats in 17th century château in SW France
April 29 - May 6, 2017 (10am-6pm) — Break down walls and barriers, expand your freedom of expression. Whether your are a novice or an experienced artist, this retreat will bring you countless new ideas and help move your creative spirit forward. Retreats take place in the beautiful 17th century Château de Saussignac, in the quaint picturesque village of Saussignac, nestled in the heart of Southwest wine country, about one hour from Bordeaux. Lodging, meals and wine are included, and retreats are limited to 6 participants to provide ample one-on-one time with the teacher. Meals are tuned to the needs of the students, with a strong emphasis on French cuisine using only the best fresh local ingredients. All supplies are provided. Discounts for early booking. Visit website


Location: Saussignac, France
Instructor: Mike Snow
Sponsor: Snow & White
Cost: 1,595 € All-Inclusive (discount for early registration)
Email: Mike Snow
Phone: 4054558073

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Painting in Spain: Watercolor Painting Workshop
May 1-8, 2017 — Don't miss this unique opportunity to learn to master the techniques of watercolor painting on the breathtaking coast line of Spain's Costa Brava with Annie Strack, an America's Master Maritime Artist! Annie guides students through the painting process with helpful step-by-step demonstrations and individual attention. This workshop is open to painters of all levels. Multiple watercolor techniques are covered in the workshop, including glazing, washes, dry brush, masking, lifting, & more. Students will gain an understanding of the properties of different paints, learn how to successfully mix colors, and how to use values and color temperatures to enhance their compositions. Watch and learn as each painting step and technique is explained and demonstrated with a clarity that makes the lessons easy to absorb. Visit website


Location: Calella de Palafrugel, Spain
Instructor: Annie Strack, www.anniestrackart.com
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $3,190
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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From Mud to Brilliant Colors, acrylic painting in Mexico
May 1-5, 2017 (9:30AM-1:30PM) — Call for acrylic painters, all levels, who mix shades of mud! Discover how easy it is to mix crisp and vivid colors with acrylic paint! Are you one of many painters who no matter what they do, how hard they try, create paintings that lack depth and contrast and paint in several shades of mud? Your seasoned instructor, master painter Fernando Gonzalez, will show you how to transform your painting with intense dazzling colors. Learn and apply proven techniques of mixing acrylic paint in context of several painting topics. All in one of the most magical Mexico destinations, colonial mountain town of San Miguel Allende. A place where it is easy to be inspired and stimulate your creative juices. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Maestro Fernando Gonzalez
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Cost: $650 materials included
Email: Cristi
Phone: 415-121-2311

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Sketching & Color in Tuscany & Umbria
May 3-10, 2017 — Capture the essence of Tuscany’s and Umbria’s Medieval and Renaissance aged and mellow structures with pen and color! This workshop offers many demos, handouts with samples of pen strokes and how to incorporate them into your work, instruction on simplified perspective, good composition and adding color…all while immersed in the genuine atmosphere of Tuscany and Umbria. Morning and afternoon sessions provide ample time to practice, ask questions, share, critique and of course work out “in the field”. This is a very portable and relaxed workshop suitable for all levels. We will be based in Cortona with day trips to Siena, Montepulciano and Assisi!! Visit website


Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: Ann Thomas
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Cost: From $3290.00 per person double occ
Email: Patrick Mahoney
Phone: 0039 3314229047

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Encaustic Journey in Tuscany!
May 3-10, 2017 (sessions daily) — Shelley’s Encaustic Workshop will give students of all levels an opportunity to explore the ancient art method of Encaustics in a contemporary existence. Students will learn the basics as well as advanced applications of Encaustic, the process of using melted beeswax, pigments and damar resin to create richly colored paintings using alternate media processes. We will learn the history, safety and versatility of this intense medium that invites you to experiment! We will engage in various methods and techniques including fusing, incising, collage, mixed media, image transfers, imbedding, mark-making, shellac burn and incorporating your preferred medium. This is the ideal class for beginners and seasoned artists alike as we embark upon this journey of learning Encaustic in Tuscany. Visit website


Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: Shelley Jean
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Cost: From $3099.00
Email: Patrick Mahoney
Phone: 0039 3314229047

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Kimberley Creative Writing Adventure
May 6-12, 2017 (10am) — Explore the rugged beauty of the remote Australian outback on this challenging creative writing adventure. Experience life on a Kimberley cattle station, get to know colourful characters, access locations not open to the public, travel deep into the landscape and encounter unique wildlife. Stay in a Bush Hut or shared Bunkhouse room with one night camped at a private billabong. Activities include sunset champagne and canapés, barramundi fishing, bull buggy ride, whip cracking, aboriginal cave art, one night camp, final night party. View the itinerary and details online. Inclusions: 6 night's accommodation. All meals. 24 hour tea and coffee. Workshop tuition over five days. Land transfers. All activities as per the itinerary. Exclusions: Flights, Alcohol, Mandatory travel insurance. Visit website


Location: Wyndham, Australia
Instructor: Dr Nandi Chinna
Sponsor: On The Verandah
Cost: $3295pp AUD
Email: Rachel Dillon
Phone: 61-8-93881513

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Painting in Spain: Watercolor & Oil Painting Workshop
May 8-15, 2017 — Susan Blackwood has a love of painting and teaching others to paint and draw. Oils and watercolors are her preferred mediums, and she has been painting plein air for years. Painting on location captures all of the senses and each painting done plein air becomes a memory that will never be forgotten. “I would love to show you how to create successful paintings that you will enjoy years after you go home. Painting in Spain will be full of wonderful opportunities to take your paintings (watercolors or oils) to a new level. I have lots of easy methods to show you how to paint villages, buildings, boats and water. I can’t wait to share them with you”. Visit website


Location: Calella de Palafrugel, Spain
Instructor: Susan Blackwood, www.susanblackwood.com
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $3,190
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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Painting in Spain: Oil Painting Workshop
May 8-15, 2017 — In this workshop we will focus on capturing the unique and spectacular light and subjects of the Costa Brava. No matter how long one has been painting, there is always something new to learn! Every morning, I will demonstrate and lecture for about an hour and explain the day’s lesson, it will then be your turn to explore the many exciting subjects and compositions to be painted. Students will have individual attention at their own easel and a positive critique to give you some food for thought at the end of the day of painting. This will be a fun and memorable painting holiday for all! I really look forward to meeting and painting with all of you! Visit website


Location: Calella de Palafrugel, Spain
Instructor: Howard Friedland, www.howardfriedland.com
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $3,190
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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The Tuscan Landscape - Plein Air
May 12-21, 2017 — Experience the art and beauty of Florence and the peacefulness of the hill town of Fiesole. Enjoy the gorgeous sites of Tuscany on our day trip to the medieval city of Siena. Best of all, enjoy all of this through the eyes and under the direction of master pastelist, Marla Baggetta. This is a very unique opportunity to spend 10 days painting and touring with Marla. She will help you interpret the landscape and to become a better pastelist with personal one-on-one coaching. You will visit Roman/Etruscan ruins, a private garden, a winery, etc… but in Italy it’s often anywhere you are that is a feast for the eyes. Workshop limited to only 8 participants. Visit website


Location: Florence, Italy
Instructor: Marla Baggetta
Sponsor: Artensity Workshops
Email: Debra

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Painting Treasures of the Cinque Terre
May 14-21, 2017 (sessions daily) — Study with Carolyn and capture the adventures of plein air painting colorful landscapes in the beautiful and picturesque Cinque Terre, Italy. Discover how painting from life helps us to see and observe the affects of light and atmosphere. Learn how to simplify your subject while painting more quickly and accurately, with special attention placed on learning to see masses, as opposed to line, and form, rather than detail. This workshop is for anyone interested in learning to develop creative, painterly paintings with clean, rich color, mood, and dynamic compositions. There will be group critiques at the end of each day. Visit website


Location: Cinque Terre, Italy
Instructor: Carolyn Lewis
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Cost: From $3190.00
Email: Patrick Mahoney
Phone: 0039 3314229047

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Painting in Spain: Watercolor Sketching Workshop
May 15-22, 2017 — Don’t miss this opportunity to join Brenda Swenson for a week of sketching with watercolor. Enjoy the free-flowing and colorful nature of watercolor at its best while sketching and having fun! Brenda will help you develop observation skills, color awareness, simple design principles and teach you about light and shadows. Learn various techniques, sketching tools, and approaches to watercolor. Enjoy time with fellow artists and friendly critiques. Space is limited to 10 participants. Brenda Swenson is the author of two watercolor books, and her paintings have been featured in numerous books and magazines. She has achieved signature status in WW, NWWS, and SDWS and has served on the board of directors for the National Watercolor Society and Watercolor West. Visit website


Location: Calella de Palafrugel, Spain
Instructor: Brenda Swenson, www.swensonsart.net
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $3,190
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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5 Paintings in 5 Days in San Miguel de Allende, The Heart of Mexico
May 15-19, 2017 (9:30 AM to 1 PM) — Join experienced and accomplished painters, Cristiana Marinescu and muralist Fernando Gonzalez, founders of Cristi Fer Art Studio/since 1989, in charming Colonial mountain town San Miguel Allende. Paint in the morning explore exuberant town in the afternoon! This workshop is for those who: always wanted to paint, used to paint, want to jumpstart the hobbit, recently retired looking for fun hobby, self-taught painter wants to learn the basics, experienced painter looking for an infusion of inspiration. Learn the essentials of composition, color, increase creativity, view the world through an artist perspective, finish 5 paintings and gain confidence to continue painting. No experience needed! All levels welcomed! Individualized expert instruction in a small group setting. All materials included! Maximum 6. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez & Cristi Marinescu
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio and Gallery
Cost: $650 all materials included
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 415-121-2311

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Art Escape 2017- A Painting Retreat in Denmark
May 16-23, 2017 — Join Canadian artist and Chef Melanie Smith for a relaxing week of fine Danish cuisine and oil painting in the rustic danish countryside. Visit website


Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
Instructor: Melanie Smith
Sponsor: Mel Smith Studios
Cost: from 940€ to 1540€
Email: Melanie Smith
Phone: +45 60 52 16 60

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Plein Air Painting with Manon Sander
May 17-27, 2017 — During years spent studying oil painting under the tutelage of nationally known oil painters, Manon developed her own distinct style, described as “representational with an impressionistic touch”. Join us for a spectacular art tour in scenic southern France! You will have the opportunity to be inspired in and around the picturesque village of Limoux, with its medieval bridges and churches, colorful narrow streets and animated market days. We will venture out to our favorite surrounding towns where you will find stunning abbey ruins, towering castles, plentiful vineyards and dramatic changing landscapes. We will stay at the luxury Montfaucon private hotel where we will enjoy chef-prepared breakfasts and dinners and have use of the Montfaucon studio, easels and art stools. Visit website


Location: Limoux, France
Instructor: Manon Sander, manonsander.com
Sponsor: Montfaucon Tours
Cost: $3,700
Email: Penny Willocks
Phone: US: +1 (415) 331-9641

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5 Paintings in 5 Days in San Miguel de Allende, The Heart of Mexico
May 17-21, 2017 (9:30 AM to 1 PM) — Join experienced and accomplished painters, Cristiana Marinescu and muralist Fernando Gonzalez, founders of Cristi Fer Art Studio/since 1989, in charming Colonial mountain town San Miguel Allende. Paint in the morning explore exuberant town in the afternoon! This workshop is for those who: always wanted to paint, used to paint, want to jumpstart the hobbit, recently retired looking for fun hobby, self-taught painter wants to learn the basics, experienced painter looking for an infusion of inspiration. Learn the essentials of composition, color, increase creativity, view the world through an artist perspective, finish 5 paintings and gain confidence to continue painting. No experience needed! All levels welcomed! Individualized expert instruction in a small group setting. All materials included! Maximum 6. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez & Cristi Marinescu
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio and Gallery
Cost: $650 all materials included
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 415-121-2311

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Painting in Provence: Acrylic, Watercolor and Oil Painting Workshop
May 20-27, 2017 — Positively Plein Air!! For beginner to advanced - acrylic, oil and watercolor artists welcomed. Bonjour Provence! Let's walk in the footsteps of Van Gogh and immerse ourselves in the flavors and colors that inspired so many artists before us! 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. Inspired by Impressionist and Post-Impressionist stylings, students will gain a better understanding of working with color temperature, complimentary color schemes, "broken color" and the dramatic impact in building contrast and dynamic landscape compositions. Visit website


Location: Saint-Rémy de Provence, France
Instructor: Kirah Van Sickle, www.kirahfineart.com
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $3,190
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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Wandering with India Flint: New Mexico
May 22 - June 1, 2017 — India will be traveling to New Mexico from her farm in the deep south of Australia to share her wandering spirit and creative gifts with us. She is best known for developing the highly distinctive eco-print, an ecologically sustainable plant-based printing process that gives brilliant color to cloth. With 20 plus years working with plant dyes, her textile practice embraces art, theatre, science, and fashion. Represented in both private and museum collections in the U.S.A., Europe and Australia, she has undertaken costume commissions for Leigh Warren & Dancers as well as the West Australian Ballet. Using dyes of the leaves, roots, and flowers to color cloth, yarn and paper, she continues her journey into botanical alchemy. Visit website


Location: Abiquiu, Taos, Santa Fe, NM
Instructor: India Flint, indiaflint.com
Sponsor: Arts & Cultural Travel
Cost: $5,295 Shared, $800 Single Supplement
Email: Sharon Blomgren
Phone: 617-855-9209

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Kimberley Photography Adventure
May 22-28, 2017 (10am) — Explore the rugged beauty of the remote Australian outback on this challenging photographer's adventure. Experience life on a Kimberley cattle station, get to know colourful characters, access locations not open to the public, travel deep into the landscape and encounter unique wildlife. Stay in a Bush Hut or shared Bunkhouse room with one night camped at a private billabong. Activities include sunset champagne and canapés, barramundi fishing, bull buggy ride, whip cracking, aboriginal cave art, one night camp, final night party. View the itinerary and details online. Inclusions: 6 night's accommodation. All meals. 24 hour tea and coffee. Workshop tuition over five days. Land transfers. All activities as per the itinerary. Exclusions: Flights, Alcohol, Mandatory travel insurance. Visit website


Location: Wyndham, Australia
Instructor: Bewley Shaylor
Sponsor: On The Verandah
Cost: $3295pp AUD
Email: Rachel Dillon

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Art Adventure in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
May 22-26, 2017 (9:30AM-1:30PM) — Rated #1 by TripAdvisor! Experienced painters and facilitators, painter muralist Fernando Gonzalez and artist Cristiana Marinescu, founders of Cristi Fer Art Gallery, offer an unforgettable week of painting and sketching vacation in the Heart of Mexico. The studio is located in historic building full of old world inspirational details. We will incorporate sketching, plein air, studio painting in acrylics. Great adventure for your first visit to Mexico or San Miguel de Allende. This little town is full of excitement, music, color, parades and joy! You have the option to take the workshop in English or Spanish if you wish to brush off on the native tang and customs. Expert individualized instruction for all levels. Register early groups are max. 6 Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez, Cristiana Marinescu
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Cost: $650 materials included
Email: Cristi
Phone: 415-121-2311

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Painting in Spain: Watercolor Sketching Workshop
May 22-29, 2017 — Don’t miss this opportunity to join Brenda Swenson for a week of sketching with watercolor. Enjoy the free-flowing and colorful nature of watercolor at its best while sketching and having fun! Brenda will help you develop observation skills, color awareness, simple design principles and teach you about light and shadows. Learn various techniques, sketching tools, and approaches to watercolor. Enjoy time with fellow artists and friendly critiques. Space is limited to 10 participants. Brenda Swenson is the author of two watercolor books, and her paintings have been featured in numerous books and magazines. She has achieved signature status in WW, NWWS, and SDWS and has served on the board of directors for the National Watercolor Society and Watercolor West. Visit website


Location: Calella de Palafrugel, Spain
Instructor: Brenda Swenson, www.swensonsart.net
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $3,190
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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Painting Watercolor Memories of the Cinque Terre
May 24-31, 2017 (sessions daily) — During the week we will visit the Cinque Terre and we will stay at Pensione Sorriso in Vernazza. We will also visit the villages of Riomaggiore, Manarola and Monterosso with quality time for plenty of painting at each of the towns we visit. And, in true Toscana Americana Workshops style, we will explore the local Italian culture, cuisine and wines while dining in local restaurants never far from the waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea! This is bound to be a wonderful week with plenty of opportunity to paint "plein air" in a relaxed and inspirational setting! Visit website


Location: Cinque Terre, Italy
Instructor: Sandy Delehanty
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Cost: From $3190.00
Email: Patrick Mahoney
Phone: 0039 3314229047

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Sculpture workshops and stone carving in Italian Riviera
May 25-28, 2017 (10am to 4pm) — For beginners and advanced. Sculpt in a little paradise in a seaview art studio right at the border of the famous French Riviera and the beautiful Italian Riviera. For teen agers and adults, artists residencies on site. You can choose from wood or stone carving or sculpting in clay. Visit website


Location: Ventimiglia, Italy
Instructor: Nicole Durand
Sponsor: Accademia
Cost: 260 euros
Email: Nicole durand
Phone: 33 608177897

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Painting in Provence: Oil Painting Workshop
May 27 - June 3, 2017 — Join award-winning painter Jennifer McChristian for an inspiring eight day painting trip to the South of France. This workshop is for all levels of artists who want to learn the time-honored joy of painting "en plein air". What better way to learn this traditional art form than to step back in time to paint the pastoral Provencal countryside, just as they did a hundred years ago. Jennifer will teach you to interpret this magical environment in terms of paint, using light and color to create form. Color relationships, composition, simplifying and the benefits of painting outdoors will be discussed, as well as how to design and build a painting that carries an emotional impact. Visit website


Location: Saint-Rémy de Provence, France
Instructor: Jennifer McChristian, jennifermcchristian.com
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $3,390
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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Gourmet painting retreats in 17th century château in SW France
May 27 - June 3, 2017 (10am-6pm) — Break down walls and barriers, expand your freedom of expression. Whether your are a novice or an experienced artist, this retreat will bring you countless new ideas and help move your creative spirit forward. Retreats take place in the beautiful 17th century Château de Saussignac, in the quaint picturesque village of Saussignac, nestled in the heart of Southwest wine country, about one hour from Bordeaux. Lodging, meals and wine are included, and retreats are limited to 6 participants to provide ample one-on-one time with the teacher. Meals are tuned to the needs of the students, with a strong emphasis on French cuisine using only the best fresh local ingredients. All supplies are provided. Discounts for early booking. Visit website


Location: Saussignac, France
Instructor: Mike Snow
Sponsor: Snow & White
Cost: 1,595 € All-Inclusive (discount for early registration)
Email: Mike Snow
Phone: 4054558073

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The Tuscan Palette
June 3-10, 2017 — You are right in the Chianti Hills, the heart of Tuscany where we will paint all this scenic and historic area has to offer: cypress trees, wild flowers, the chiaroscuro of doorways and balconies, and of course the glow of the Tuscan sun! This workshop is open to painters of all levels and mediums. You will learn color mixing, brush stroke techniques and how to compose your paintings. I will take the time to sit with beginners before and after classes. As well as spend time with experienced painters to help develop their work and take it to the next level. And I will dedicate a full day to sunflowers and poppies! I hope you can Join! Visit website


Location: near Sienna, Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Sandra Iafrate
Sponsor: IlChiostro
Cost: $2370. early booking
Email: Sandra Iafrate
Phone: 289-696-2789

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Plein Air in Tuscany's Val d'Orcia with Larry Moore
June 3-10, 2017 — Join a small group of artists for plein air painting, camaradie, and fun in the classically beautiful Val d'Orcia region of Tuscany. Photos of the Val d'Orcia grace the covers of almost every book about Tuscany. I promise that the beauty of this area will not disappoint! Neither will you be disappointed in the instruction provided by artist Larry Moore. Larry is a wonderful artist and a great teacher! Workshop is open to all mediums as Larry is well versed in all. Workshop is limited to a maximum of 8 participants to allow maximum one-on-one time between instructor and student. All levels are welcome. Artist fee includes 7 nights private room and bath, all breakfasts, and 4 group dinners. Visit website


Location: Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Larry Moore
Sponsor: Open Air Italy, LLC
Cost: $2950/Single Occupancy-Private Bath
Email: Susan Truitt
Phone: 1-321-626-2717

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Capturing the Tuscan Light in Plein Air
June 3-10, 2017 — 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. Visit website


Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: William Rogers CSPWC TWSA SCA
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Cost: From $3190.00
Email: Patrick Mahoney
Phone: 0039 3314229047

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Travel Journaling in Tuscany
June 3-10, 2017 — Day 1 arrive and enjoy wine tasting and dinner. Day 2 Arezzo Antique Market. Day 3 workshop after breakfast building our foundations for our unique Travel journals. After lunch we will walk about Cortona to explore thrift store, stunning places for photos and places of interest for supplies! Day 4 tips and techniques to implement into our journals. Day 5 Florence and tour the Uffizi Gallery. Day 6 is dedicated to studio time! In the evening hands-on Tuscan cooking class and dinner! Day 7 our last day to finish up our Travel Journals-make sure you have saved a postcard from your excursion we will be doing something fun! Be ready for a week of paint, stamping, decoupage and so much more! Visit website


Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: Chris Nichols Randall
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Cost: From $3290.00 per person double occ
Email: Patrick Mahoney
Phone: 0039 3314229047

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The Figure in Florence - Pastel and Oil
June 3-11, 2017 — Experience the Renaissance city of Florence, Italy for 9 days while studying the figure with Margaret at The Florence Academy of Art studio. This trip is a combination of exploring the treasures of the city while learning how to perfect your pastel painting. Visit website


Location: Florence, Italy
Instructor: Margaret Dyer
Sponsor: Artensity Workshops
Email: Debra

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Printmaking Workshops in Italy
June 3-10, 2017 (9-6) — This is a full-time immersion program which gives participants the opportunity to explore several aspects of the print medium and experiment combinations of printmaking techniques. Emphasis is placed on the experimental and visual possibilities that printmaking offers, allowing participants to develop their intellectual, creative and critical abilities through a variety of processes used in combination or on their own. From monoprints to etchings, linocuts, transfers, and chine collé. Visit website


Location: Pescara, Italy
Instructor: Colleen Corradi Brannigan
Sponsor: Dedalo
Cost: €500 course only - €950 food and accommodation included
Email: Colleen Corradi
Phone: 39 3930317233

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From Mud to Brilliant Colors, acrylic painting in Mexico
June 5-9, 2017 (9:30AM-1:30PM) — Call for acrylic painters, all levels, who mix shades of mud! Discover how easy it is to mix crisp and vivid colors with acrylic paint! Are you one of many painters who no matter what they do, how hard they try, create paintings that lack depth and contrast and paint in several shades of mud? Your seasoned instructor, master painter Fernando Gonzalez, will show you how to transform your painting with intense dazzling colors. Learn and apply proven techniques of mixing acrylic paint in context of several painting topics. All in one of the most magical Mexico destinations, colonial mountain town of San Miguel Allende. A place where it is easy to be inspired and stimulate your creative juices. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Maestro Fernando Gonzalez
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Cost: $650 materials included
Email: Cristi
Phone: 415-121-2311

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Painting in Spain: Watercolor Painting Workshop
June 5-12, 2017 — There is only one thing that can be better than walking out the door towards a new destination with your paintbox in hand and that is to be joined in this adventure by friends. I am sure our adventure in the Costa Brava will be a wonderful experience and will give us memories for a lifetime. Painting out of doors is different than working in the studio - and nothing is as rewarding as working on location. The rewards are in the experience of the moment, the light, the air, the sounds, everything. This experience comes flooding back when you see your painting - even years later. It is what draws us outside again and again. Visit website


Location: Calella de Palafrugel, Spain
Instructor: Gary Tucker, www.garytuckerartist.com
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $3,190
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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Watercolor Sketching on Location
June 6-11, 2017 — This delightful journey to two of the world’s oldest and most sophisticated cities is a creative adventure you don’t want to miss! Your days will be spent drawing and painting in a relaxed, fun environment with a group of like-minded travelers. Each day, we’ll go to a charming locale and Jane will demonstrate drawing and painting with watercolor. She’ll gently guide beginners and experienced alike to see and capture the details and memories in a straightforward, intuitive approach. Jane will also show you how to enhance your drawings with creative page layouts and journaling. Ooh the pages of your journals awash with color, architecture and beautiful gardens, a treasure to cherish for years to come! Visit website


Location: Montreal & Québec, Canada
Instructor: Jane LaFazio, janelafazio.com
Sponsor: Arts & Cultural Travel
Cost: $2,925 Shared, $500 Single Supplement
Email: Sharon Blomgren
Phone: 617-855-9209

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Watercolour Landscape Course
June 8-15, 2017 — This watercolour painting course is the perfect retreat for anyone wanting to explore their artistic potential, relax and rejuvenate through 3 yoga sessions. Enjoy the beauty of unrivaled views and tranquil sceneries with its many vineyards and olive groves dotted across the wide open landscape. With beautiful seasonal colours, greens and yellows lighting up the fields and rolling-hills at this time of year you won’t be short of inspiration. All materials are provided. Your experienced painting tutor will help you develop your confidence and skills. We will also visit ancient hill-top towns, the sea-side and historic cities where we sit and paint and simply soak up the atmosphere. Visit website


Location: Force, Italy
Instructor: John W. Skelcher
Sponsor: The Retreat
Cost: $1,900
Email: John Skelcher
Phone: 00393349034401

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A Library of Memories
June 8-11, 2017 (9am-4pm) — In this very special, 4-day art-making adventure, we will be creating a one-of-a-kind embellished container to hold a handmade book and a dimensional assemblage. This class will cover a wide variety of techniques related to painting, mixed media, bookbinding, assemblage, collage, and fun-having. In addition, we will be taking the workshop outside the classroom, visiting a number of destinations on the Island for both creative inspiration and supply gathering. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Seth Apter
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $600; Material Fee: $20
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Painting Castles and Gardens in the Loire Valley
June 9-16, 2017 — 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, appropriately named "the garden of France." Your paintings will be inspired by some of the grandest and most beautiful architectural structures in France like Chenonceau, Clos Luce and Amboise. What better places to create memories with paint! And let's not forget the Gourmet French food and wine!! The fee includes the Watercolor Painting and Journal Sketching Workshop (ink & watercolor), accommodation, all breakfasts, 2 lunches and 5 dinners including drinks, as well as entrance fees to all sites on the tour and a personal bilingual guide throughout the week. Visit website


Location: Loire Valley, France
Instructor: Sonja Hamilton, www.sonjahamilton.com
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $3,190
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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Watercolor at a Glance with Ron Stocke
June 10-20, 2017 — Join us for a plein air painting tour in the south of France! The River Aude, poppy fields, vineyards, old towns and abbeys are just some of the subjects we will paint during this 11 day, 10 night workshop in the beautiful Languedoc region of France. We will have transportation to painting sites and will stay at the luxury Montfaucon private hotel where we will enjoy chef-prepared breakfasts and dinners and have use of the Montfaucon studio, easels and art stools. Ron Stocke holds signature memberships from the American Watercolor Society, the Northwest Watercolor Society and he is an elected member of the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolor. Ron’s award winning paintings and teaching style have made him one of today’s top watercolor instructors. Visit website


Location: Limoux, France
Instructor: Ron Stocke, www.ronstocke.com
Sponsor: Montfaucon Tours
Cost: $3700
Email: Penny Willocks
Phone: US: +1 (415) 331-9641

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Florence Watercolour Workshop
June 10-17, 2017 — Treat yourself to this fantastic opportunity to paint watercolours in the beautiful Renaissance city of Florence. Soak up the ambience and culture of this famous historical city. Allow your experienced tutor to guide you around from one inspirational backdrop to another. Learn to paint quickly with impressionistic flair through expert tuition from your Academy trained tutor. Whether you’re into the illustrious facades of the ancient cathedrals and palazzos or the grand spaces of Florence’s many piazzas. With this tour, you will learn to compose interesting urban scenes with famous landmarks as your focal points which will wow your friends and family alike! Locations may include the Ponte Vecchio, Santa Croce, Il Duomo, The Boboli Gardens and views of the Arno. Visit website


Location: Florence, Italy
Instructor: John W. Skelcher
Sponsor: The Retreat
Cost: from $2,000
Email: John W. Skelcher
Phone: 00393349034401

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Watercolor Painting in Tuscany
June 10-17, 2017 — Let’s go paint under the Tuscan sun in beautiful Cortona, Italy. We will work to capture not only the beauty and color of the ancient hills, but also bring out the emotion and flavour of the place in our paintings. We will work daily on different scenes and manage to build a substantial portfolio of paintings by the end of the week. This will be a trip of a life-time. Something you will never forget and cherish all the time. Visit website


Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: Zan Barrage
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Cost: From $3290.00 per person double occ
Email: Patrick Mahoney
Phone: 0039 33144229047

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Paper-Paintings Collage Workshop in Greece
June 11-18, 2017 — Delight in a combined creative-vacation experience. Elizabeth is an award-winning artist with an exceptional talent in (and passion for) handmade paper and collage. Through a variety of techniques you’ll learn to create a palette of beautiful hand-painted papers: splattering, stamping, printing, dry brushing & staining, creating papers uniquely yours. Elizabeth shares ways to use these beautiful papers to develop form using light and shadow, very similar to traditional painting techniques. Come join us in Greece, a beautiful land of ancient ruins, natural beauty and scenic coastline. It’s a place that inspires and brings about creativity. You’ll take home new friends, new experiences, and a new enthusiasm for the treasures you can create with your own two hands. Escape with us! Visit website


Location: Nafplio, Greece
Instructor: Elizabeth St. Hilaire, www.paperpaintings.com
Sponsor: Arts & Cultural Travel
Cost: $3,520 Shared, $800 Single Supplement
Email: Sharon Blomgren
Phone: 617-855-9209

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Storytelling with Collage
June 11-16, 2017 — Travel to Vieux Québec with the talented Roxanne Evans Stout, a distinguished collage artist and creative storyteller. She’ll share with us new and exciting ways to capture inspiration from nature, people and our surroundings – new ways to immerse ourselves in the heart and soul of a new culture. In between demos and techniques, we’ll take to the city and explore. We’ll let the splendor of Vieux Québec wash over us, and seep into our spirits, to later trickle out through our brushstrokes, scissor snips, and paper-folding. If spectacular textures and handmade papers, vibrant colors and non-traditional tools inspire you to create, welcome to the world of storytelling through collage. Come and discover with us! Visit website


Location: Québec, Canada
Instructor: Roxanne Evans Stout, www.roxanneevansstout.com
Sponsor: Arts & Cultural Travel
Cost: $2,695 Shared, $700 Single Supplement
Email: Sharon Blomgren
Phone: 617-855-9209

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Plein Air Safari - Zambia
June 12-23, 2017 — Adventure painting in the heart of Africa. This is an Art Safari: paint the landscape, sketch animals from life, photograph, and see amazing creatures in safe, stable, beautiful Zambia - "The Real Africa". This is a trip of a lifetime! Please write me an email: ringkat@usa.net, and I will send you the PDF describing the package. Visit website


Location: S. Luangwa National Park, Zambia
Instructor: non-instructed
Sponsor: Katerina Ring (with Abbondanza Toscana)
Cost: $5160 sharing
Email: Katerina Ring
Phone: 0039 339 6852860

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Studio Italia
June 14-24, 2017 — A unique ten-day painting workshop in Italy open to artists of all levels and all media. Plein-air painting in the medium of your choice, art history/theory, touring and gourmet cuisine in the most beautiful area in Tuscany. Studio Italia, offered every June and October since 1997, is so popular that some participants have joined us three times already. Our small groups allow us to offer personalized instruction and an intimate and fun environment that fosters creativity. Price of $3.075 CAD (around $2350 US as of October 2016) includes ten-night double accommodation, all meals except two lunches and one dinner, transportation to all sites on schedule, train ticket to Florence and entrance to the Uffizi Museum. Only three places left. Visit website


Location: Torrita di Siena, Italy
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Cost: US$2350
Email: Monica Marquez
Phone: 1-800-611-4789

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Painter's Retreat in Provence
June 16-23, 2017 — Join a small group of artists for a week of painting, camaraderie, and fun in the Cotes du Rhone region of northern Provence. Here, vineyards and lavender abound with a backdrop of the Vaucluse mountains, and tourists are few! An old silk mill, beautifully restored into a lovely estate will be "home" for a week. All rooms are private, as are most baths. The grounds surrounding the estate are gorgeous...and flanked by 2 lavender fields! You will be escorted to varying painting locations daily, and will also paint on the lovely grounds. On Sunday you will be escorted to the world famous open air market in L'Isle- sur-la-Sorgue. Fee includes all breakfasts and 3 group dinners. Visit website


Location: Provence, France
Instructor: Uninstructed
Sponsor: Open Air Italy, LLC
Cost: $2500/Single Occupancy
Email: Susan Truitt
Phone: 1-321-626-2717

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Italian Landscapes Painting Workshop with Yoga & Cooking
June 17-24, 2017 — Indulge in a variety of creative experiences and recharge your batteries through the power of Yoga. If you are passionate about all things Italian, then this course is for you. We will spend 6 mornings and two afternoons drawing, sketching and painting the beautiful local scenery and ancient hill-top towns. Your experienced and patient tutor will demonstrate and guide you through the use of various media. A great opportunity for beginners to explore different media and techniques. Experienced painters can create in stunning new surroundings and are invited to venture away from familiar media. Three 2 hour Hatha Yoga and and one fun cooking class are also included. Visit website


Location: Force, Italy
Instructor: John W. Skelcher
Sponsor: The Retreat
Cost: $1,900
Email: John W. Skelcher

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Painting in Provence: Painting retreat for all artists
June 18-25, 2017 — Join us for a relaxed week of plein-air painting and fun among artists (all skill levels and all media are welcome) in the beautiful setting of Provence. Everything will be taken care of so you can fully immerse yourself in beautiful locations while enjoying the camaraderie of other artists without having to worry about the logistics. Spend your time painting, taking photos for future paintings and learning many of the customs and traditions of the area - and of course, enjoying the food and wine! There will not be any instruction on the trip, only artists painting together. This exceptional retreat for artists will take you to several beautiful locations during the week where you can choose the view that inspires you. Visit website


Location: Saint-Rémy de Provence, France
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $2,790 ($2,590 before Jan 30th)
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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Watercolor Painting Workshop in Italy
June 18-28, 2017 — Are you ready for your Italy Adventure? Fly into Milan, Malpensa airport and we will bring you to Bellagio.....a beautiful gem at the very center of the Lake Como region. We will base here for 10 nights, and explore the surrounding villages by ferry as we discover the many painting venues that this heavenly location has to offer. Visit website


Location: Bellagio, Italy
Instructor: Mel Stabin, AWS, NWS
Sponsor: Flying Colors Art Workshops
Cost: $3,495 painters, $3,295 non-painters
Email: Cris Weatherby
Phone: 858-518-0949

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5 Paintings in 5 Days in San Miguel de Allende, The Heart of Mexico
June 19-23, 2017 (9:30 AM to 1 PM) — Join experienced and accomplished painters, Cristiana Marinescu and muralist Fernando Gonzalez, founders of Cristi Fer Art Studio/since 1989, in charming Colonial mountain town San Miguel Allende. Paint in the morning explore exuberant town in the afternoon! This workshop is for those who: always wanted to paint, used to paint, want to jumpstart the hobbit, recently retired looking for fun hobby, self-taught painter wants to learn the basics, experienced painter looking for an infusion of inspiration. Learn the essentials of composition, color, increase creativity, view the world through an artist perspective, finish 5 paintings and gain confidence to continue painting. No experience needed! All levels welcomed! Individualized expert instruction in a small group setting. All materials included! Maximum 6. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez & Cristi Marinescu
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio and Gallery
Cost: $650 all materials included
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 415-121-2311

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Gourmet painting retreats in 17th century château in SW France
June 24 - July 1, 2017 (10am-6pm) — Break down walls and barriers, expand your freedom of expression. Whether your are a novice or an experienced artist, this retreat will bring you countless new ideas and help move your creative spirit forward. Retreats take place in the beautiful 17th century Château de Saussignac, in the quaint picturesque village of Saussignac, nestled in the heart of Southwest wine country, about one hour from Bordeaux. Lodging, meals and wine are included, and retreats are limited to 6 participants to provide ample one-on-one time with the teacher. Meals are tuned to the needs of the students, with a strong emphasis on French cuisine using only the best fresh local ingredients. All supplies are provided. Discounts for early booking. Visit website


Location: Saussignac, France
Instructor: Mike Snow
Sponsor: Snow & White
Cost: 1,595 € All-Inclusive (discount for early registration)
Email: Mike Snow
Phone: 4054558073

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Painting in Provence: Watercolor Journaling Workshop
June 25 - July 2, 2017 — In this week-long Provence workshop, we’ll be immersing ourselves in the history, culture, and beauty of the south of France. We’ll have plenty of time to capture once-in-a-lifetime experiences on the pages of our watercolor journals as we explore the charming villages of Roussillon, Gordes, Isle sur la Sorgue, Oppede, and St. Remy de Provence. You’ll learn how to add style and interest to your sketchbook pages through the use of unique page layouts and borders, and we’ll cover several fun new lettering styles. In addition, I’ll offer daily demonstrations of techniques for painting the subject matter you’ll encounter each day. The workshop is suitable for all levels, but some experience with drawing and watercolor would be helpful. Visit website


Location: Saint-Rémy de Provence, France
Instructor: Leslie Fehling, www.lesliefehling.com
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $3,190
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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Pastel Painting En Plein Air with Nancie King Mertz
June 30 - July 10, 2017 — Join Master Pastelist, Nancie King Mertz, for a plein air painting tour in the south of France! The River Aude, fields of wildflowers, vineyards, old towns and abbeys are just some of the subjects we will paint during this 11 day, 10 night workshop in the beautiful Languedoc region of France. We will have transportation to painting sites and will stay at the luxury Montfaucon private hotel where we will enjoy chef-prepared breakfasts and dinners and have use of the Montfaucon studio, easels and art stools. Nancie will share tips and techniques used to create her award-winning work. Her teaching method is very one-on-one, helping the artist develop their personal style while learning to capture the light in a rapid, confident manner. Visit website


Location: Limoux, France
Instructor: Nancie King Mertz, nanciekingmertz.com
Sponsor: Montfaucon Tours
Cost: $3700
Email: Penny Willocks
Phone: US: +1 (415) 331-9641

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Stitched Art Workshop in Greece
July 2-9, 2017 — We invite you to explore one of the world’s most beautiful, historic, and meaningful places: Greece, the cradle of modern civilization and home to spectacular scenery. Join talented textile artist Natalya Aikens and learn how to create hand stitched textural landscapes on the fly, to interpret the scenes before us with stitches and fabric, instead of with brushes and paints. As we wander the storied streets of Greece, we’ll pick out a special spot and make a thread sketch of the scene. We’ll snap a few pictures of the scene and later, in the hotel, we’ll work on the details while looking at our pictures as reference. Over the course of our workshop, we’ll balance sightseeing with sketching, creating and stitching. Visit website


Location: Nafplio, Greece
Instructor: Natalya Aikens, www.artbynatalya.com
Sponsor: Arts & Cultural Travel
Cost: $3,295 Shared, $700 Single Supplement
Email: Sharon Blomgren
Phone: 617-855-9209

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Atelier Provence and Barcelona Art Tour
July 3-14, 2017 — A seven-day painting workshop in the Alpes de Haute Provence combined with a four-day art history tour in the magnificent city of Barcelona. Open to artists of all levels and all media and to accompanying partners. Our small groups allow us to offer personalized instruction and an intimate and fun environment that fosters creativity. 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 $3585 CAD around $2685 US as of October 2016) includes 11-night double accommodation, 11 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners, transportation to all sites on schedule, TGV train ticket Avignon-Barcelona and entrances to all museums on schedule. Register now! Visit website


Location: Manosque, France
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Cost: US$2685
Email: Monica Marquez
Phone: 1-800-611-4789

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Atelier Provence and Barcelona Art Tour
July 3-14, 2017 — A seven-day painting workshop in the Alpes de Haute Provence combined with a four-day art history tour in the magnificent city of Barcelona. Open to artists of all levels and all media and to accompanying partners. Our small groups allow us to offer personalized instruction and an intimate and fun environment that fosters creativity. 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 $3585 CAD around $2685 US as of October 2016) includes 11-night double accommodation, 11 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners, transportation to all sites on schedule, TGV train ticket Avignon-Barcelona and entrances to all museums on schedule. Register now! Visit website


Location: Barcelona, Spain
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Cost: US$2685
Email: Monica Marquez
Phone: 1-800-611-4789

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From Mud to Brilliant Colors, acrylic painting in Mexico
July 3-7, 2017 (9:30AM-1:30PM) — Call for acrylic painters, all levels, who mix shades of mud! Discover how easy it is to mix crisp and vivid colors with acrylic paint! Are you one of many painters who no matter what they do, how hard they try, create paintings that lack depth and contrast and paint in several shades of mud? Your seasoned instructor, master painter Fernando Gonzalez, will show you how to transform your painting with intense dazzling colors. Learn and apply proven techniques of mixing acrylic paint in context of several painting topics. All in one of the most magical Mexico destinations, colonial mountain town of San Miguel Allende. A place where it is easy to be inspired and stimulate your creative juices. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Maestro Fernando Gonzalez
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Cost: $650 materials included
Email: Cristi
Phone: 415-121-2311

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Mixed Media Workshop
July 6-14, 2017 (10am) — With instruction by Australia’s leading mixed media artist, Judith White, a much sought after tutor, immerse in the rugged beauty of the remote Australian outback. A challenging art adventure for those wishing to experience a Kimberley cattle station, meet colourful characters and access sacred locations not open to the public. Judith has had over 40 solo exhibitions throughout Australia and in Japan, with major commissions for the Olympic Co-ordination authority, Walker Corporation, Southern Pacific Petroleum, Attorney General Department of NSW, and the Hilton Hotel, Sydney. Judith has won many major awards including the Mosman Art Prize, the Margaret Fesq Memorial Art Prize, Manly Daily Art Prize, the Maitland Art Prize and the Fleurieu Peninsula McLaren Vale Prize. Visit website


Location: Wyndham, Australia
Instructor: Judith White
Sponsor: On The Verandah
Cost: $4199pp AUD
Email: Rachel Dillon
Phone: 61-8-93881513

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The Portrait and The Figure
July 11-13, 2017 (9:00 AM - 4:00 PM) — Explore the wonders of watercolor with an inspirational three-day workshop in Laguna Beach, California. Mary will cover the fundamentals of getting a likeness, planning dynamic compositions, mixing clean colors, achieving value balance and creating paintings with emotion. Her daily demonstrations from life and one-on-one assistance will guide you to making your best paintings ever. Mary’s work is in many corporate and museum collections, and has been featured in International Artist, American Artist, Artist Magazine, and American Art Collector magazines. She has been awarded the Portrait Society of America's Gold Medal. Visit website


Location: Laguna Beach, CA
Instructor: Mary Whyte
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Cost: $995
Email: Tracy Culbertson
Phone: 503.930.4572

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5 Paintings in 5 Days in San Miguel de Allende, The Heart of Mexico
July 17-21, 2017 (9:30 AM to 1 PM) — Join experienced and accomplished painters, Cristiana Marinescu and muralist Fernando Gonzalez, founders of Cristi Fer Art Studio/since 1989, in charming Colonial mountain town San Miguel Allende. Paint in the morning explore exuberant town in the afternoon! This workshop is for those who: always wanted to paint, used to paint, want to jumpstart the hobbit, recently retired looking for fun hobby, self-taught painter wants to learn the basics, experienced painter looking for an infusion of inspiration. Learn the essentials of composition, color, increase creativity, view the world through an artist perspective, finish 5 paintings and gain confidence to continue painting. No experience needed! All levels welcomed! Individualized expert instruction in a small group setting. All materials included! Maximum 6. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez & Cristi Marinescu
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio and Gallery
Cost: $650 all materials included
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 415-121-2311

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Photograph & Explore Tuscany & Umbria
July 22-29, 2017 — This tour is designed to give the participants the opportunity to intimately explore and photograph in and around Tuscany & Umbria. As is typical of Tuscan hill-towns, Cortona is a walled city that, for purposes of defense, was built atop a prominent geographical point. Our excursions to Pienza & Montepulciano as well as Montalcino & the Val d'Orcia & Val d'Arbia and Lake Trasimeno (in Umbria) will give the participants an opportunity to photograph in these locations, broadening their understanding and appreciation of life in central Italy. The workshop is designed for all levels of photographer. Visit website


Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: Patrick Mahoney
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Cost: From $3190.00 per person double occ
Email: Patrick Mahoney
Phone: 978-632-0357

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Monhegan island, Maine Painting Workshop
July 24-28, 2017 (9:00 am - 4:00 pm) — The island atmosphere is relaxed & your learning curve is shortened with creative visualizations.In the past that these sessions hastened the quieting of the conscious mind, so that right brain learning commences more easily. More than that, you'll find the workshop demos and the work of the other participants shared at critiques in an atmosphere fostering your creativity, will allow you to bring your work forward in a new exciting way! Visit website


Location: Monhegan Island, ME
Instructor: J. R. Baldini
Sponsor: Baldini Painting Holidays
Cost: $597.00
Email: J. R. Baldini, IPAP
Phone: 800.393.7270

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Monhegan Island, Maine 2 day Painting Workshop
July 24-25, 2017 (9:00 am - 4:00 pm) — The island atmosphere is relaxed & your learning curve is shortened with creative visualizations.In the past that these sessions hastened the quieting of the conscious mind, so that right brain learning commences more easily. More than that, you'll find the workshop demos and the work of the other participants shared at critiques in an atmosphere fostering your creativity, will allow you to bring your work forward in a new exciting way! Visit website


Location: Monhegan Island, ME
Instructor: J. R. Baldini
Sponsor: Baldini Painting Holidays
Cost: $325.00
Email: J. R. Baldini, IPAP
Phone: 800.393.7270

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Photograph & Explore Tuscany & Umbria
July 29 - August 5, 2017 — This tour is designed to give the participants the opportunity to intimately explore and photograph in and around Tuscany & Umbria. As is typical of Tuscan hill-towns, Cortona is a walled city that, for purposes of defense, was built atop a prominent geographical point. Our excursions to Pienza & Montepulciano as well as Montalcino & the Val d'Orcia & Val d'Arbia and Lake Trasimeno (in Umbria) will give the participants an opportunity to photograph in these locations, broadening their understanding and appreciation of life in central Italy. The workshop is designed for all levels of photographer. Visit website


Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: Patrick Mahoney
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Cost: From $3190.00 per person double occ
Email: Patrick Mahoney
Phone: 978-632-0357

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Watercolors from A To Z
August 7-11, 2017 — Spend five days on beautiful Madeline Island with world renowned watercolor artist Sterling Edwards. In this workshop you will learn a multitude of creative watercolor techniques and how to apply them when painting a floral, landscape, seascape, or buildings. Sterling's style of teaching is laid back, fun, and inspirational. All skill levels are invited to this creative and informative class. Visit website


Location: LaPointe, WI
Instructor: Sterling Edwards
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $650
Email: Jenna J. Erickson
Phone: 715-747-2054

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From Mud to Brilliant Colors, acrylic painting in Mexico
August 7-11, 2017 (9:30AM-1:30PM) — Call for acrylic painters, all levels, who mix shades of mud! Discover how easy it is to mix crisp and vivid colors with acrylic paint! Are you one of many painters who no matter what they do, how hard they try, create paintings that lack depth and contrast and paint in several shades of mud? Your seasoned instructor, master painter Fernando Gonzalez, will show you how to transform your painting with intense dazzling colors. Learn and apply proven techniques of mixing acrylic paint in context of several painting topics. All in one of the most magical Mexico destinations, colonial mountain town of San Miguel Allende. A place where it is easy to be inspired and stimulate your creative juices. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Maestro Fernando Gonzalez
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Cost: $650 materials included
Email: Cristi
Phone: 415-121-2311

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Painting on Location in Santorini, Greece
August 9-15, 2017 — For artists who crave the open air, who love landscapes and sunsets, who draw inspiration from ancient architecture and historical sites, Greece is a destination that stirs the soul. Santorini is a place of startling beauty and the wisdom of the millennia. It is a place where a single, timeworn cobblestone has seen more life, more color, more history than we could ever experience in a lifetime. It is a place that burrows into our hearts, demands attention, and brands us with memories and experiences that inspire new creativity. If you have ever dreamed of swimming on a rooftop, or of painting under a golden sun… If you have ever wished to put memory and experience to canvas… join us! Visit website


Location: Santorini, Greece
Instructor: Susan Nichter, susannichter.com
Sponsor: Arts & Cultural Travel
Cost: $3,825 Shared, $4,425 Single
Email: Sharon Blomgren
Phone: 617-855-9209

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Sketch the Different Flavors of Montreal
August 9-16, 2017 (9:30-2:30) — Montreal is a beautiful, almost European city, right here in North America! It's my home town! Acceptable Media: Pen & Ink, Watercolor, Gouache, water-soluble crayons, or graphite. Skill Level: From beginners (with at least some minimal experience in sketching or painting...not necessarily experience in plein air) up to advanced levels are invited. Includes: Shared accommodations in a quaint yet updated Montreal apartment, workshop instruction for 6 days, continental breakfast every day, and 2 dinners. Not included: Airfare, travel to and from the airport, lunches, 5 dinners, Metro or bus fares, sightseeing, museum or garden entry fees, and personal expenses. Visit website


Location: Montreal, Canada
Instructor: Helen K Beacham
Sponsor: Helen K Beacham Fine Art
Cost: $1500.00
Email: Helen K Beacham
Phone: 843-408-5240

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Kimberley Artist's Adventure with Nada Murphy
August 13-19, 2017 (10am) — Explore the rugged beauty of the iconic Kimberley region on this challenging artist's adventure. Experience life on an outback cattle station, get to know colourful characters, access locations not open to the public, travel deep into the landscape and encounter unique wildlife. Stay in a Bush Hut or shared Bunkhouse room with one night camped beside a pristine, private billabong. Average 2 art workshop sessions per day over five days. Visit website


Location: Wyndham, Australia
Instructor: Nada Murphy
Sponsor: On The Verandah
Cost: $3295pp AUD
Email: Rachel Dillon
Phone: 61-8-93881513

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5-Day Plein Air Painting Workshop in Beautiful Nova Scotia, Canada
August 14-18, 2017 (9 am-5 pm) — Join artist James Middleton for a 5-day outdoor painting workshop on the beautiful South Shore of Nova Scotia, Canada. The workshops offer a good balance between friendly interchange and education. They will be a relaxed, yet informative experience for all participants. Subjects covered: • Various ways to start a painting. • Making quick field sketches to determine compositions. • Making preliminary value sketches. • Types of light and value planes. • Understanding cool/warm colours. • Simplifying detail for a more powerful statement. • Understanding edges (soft, hard and lost). • Creating atmospheric perspective. And more. If you are coming from out-of-province, I recommend staying a few extra days – or even longer – to enjoy the spectacular Bluenose Coast! Visit website


Location: LaHave, Canada
Instructor: James Middleton
Cost: $477.00 USD
Email: James Middleton
Phone: 902-693-2093

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5 Paintings in 5 Days in San Miguel de Allende, The Heart of Mexico
August 14-18, 2017 (9:30 AM to 1 PM) — Join experienced and accomplished painters, Cristiana Marinescu and muralist Fernando Gonzalez, founders of Cristi Fer Art Studio/since 1989, in charming Colonial mountain town San Miguel Allende. Paint in the morning explore exuberant town in the afternoon! This workshop is for those who: always wanted to paint, used to paint, want to jumpstart the hobbit, recently retired looking for fun hobby, self-taught painter wants to learn the basics, experienced painter looking for an infusion of inspiration. Learn the essentials of composition, color, increase creativity, view the world through an artist perspective, finish 5 paintings and gain confidence to continue painting. No experience needed! All levels welcomed! Individualized expert instruction in a small group setting. All materials included! Maximum 6. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez & Cristi Marinescu
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio and Gallery
Cost: $650 all materials included
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 415-121-2311

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Painting in the French Alps: Painting retreat for all artists
August 25 - September 1, 2017 — Join us for a relaxed week of plein-air painting and fun among artists (all skill levels and all media are welcome) in the beautiful setting of the French Alps. Everything will be taken care of so you can fully immerse yourself in beautiful locations while enjoying the camaraderie of other artists without having to worry about the logistics. Spend your time painting, taking photos for future paintings and learning many of the customs and traditions of the area - and of course, enjoying the food and wine! There will not be any instruction on the trip, only artists painting together. This exceptional retreat for artists will take you to several beautiful locations during the week where you can choose the view that inspires you. Visit website


Location: Haute-Savoie, France
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $2,790
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

Beginner Level

Follow Suzy Birstein to Greek Island Paradise “Mia Muse”
September 1-16, 2017 — Envision your “Inner Muse” with ceramist Suzy Birstein, famed artist for the 2008 Academy Award nominees on the enchanting island of Skopelos, Greece where “Mama Mia” was filmed! Suzy is returning to Skopelos for a fifth time presenting her transformational figurative sculpture program “Mia Muse”! Suzy will demonstrate her unique hand building techniques combining inner structures with slabs, coils, pinching and textures to create imaginative figure/animal hybrids. Participants will have hands on experience discovering their artistic process and inner muse. Bisqued pieces will be surfaced with combinations of fired and cold surfaces, including colourful glazes, patinas and paints. Costs include: workshop instruction & studio, materials, firings, opening/closing dinners, group exhibit and breakfasts. Visit website


Location: Skopelos, Greece
Instructor: Suzy Birstein
Sponsor: The Skopelos Foundation for the Arts
Cost: $1,900
Email: Jill Somer
Phone: 30 24240 24143

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Plein-air Watercolor Painting with Art Adventures
September 2-16, 2017 — Join us in scenic southern France! Your tour will include some of the most beautiful and ancient towns in the area where you will have plenty of time to paint, photograph and shop! We’ll hit Market Day in Mirepoix, enjoy the peaceful surroundings of Alet-les-Bains as we paint the antique bridges and buildings. We’ll stay at the beautifully restored luxury private hotel, Montfaucon, where we will enjoy gourmet dinners & breakfasts and have use of the Montfaucon studio, easels and art stools. Susan and Lee are both award winning watermedia painters. Students get twice the attention and input from these two veteran teachers who compliment each other with their love of painting, passion for travel, and nurturing of fellow artists. Visit website


Location: Limoux, France
Instructor: Susan Cowan & Lee Baughman
Sponsor: Montfaucon Tours
Cost: $4350
Email: Penny Willocks
Phone: US: +1 (415) 331-9641

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Painting in Italy
September 3-11, 2017 — This Artists-Adventure is to an ancient hilltop village in Italy to explore, paint, and eat gourmet Italian cuisine all while staying in an historic 16th Century Villa located in a beautiful, quiet, ancient, medieval village. This exciting journey is for painters and non-painters alike. Artists will find inspiration everywhere in this beautiful undiscovered region of Italy. We will be offering plein-air painting instruction with professional artist Sharon Rusch Shaver, Italian cuisine cooking classes, horseback riding and winery tours and tastings as well as other optional activities for our guests. Private en-suite fully appointed guestrooms overlooking the ancient Umbrian valley available. Visit website


Location: Trevi, Italy
Instructor: Sharon Rusch Shaver
Sponsor: Adventure-Artists
Cost: $3,475
Email: Sharon Rusch Shaver
Phone: 615-451-7304

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Plein-Air Painting Workshop in Italy
September 3-10, 2017 — For artists, Italy speaks to the soul; it burrows deep, inspiring wonder and awe, infusing our spirits, nourishing creation and instilling within us indelible experiences we will carry forever. Join us for en plein air, sketching and painting in the Italian countryside! We will draw inspiration from the local architecture and landscapes, creating an intimate and artistic travelogue of our experience. Immersed in the food and wine of the region and a warm community of chefs, artists and local peoples, this promises to be an authentic and enriching personal voyage. Our workshop is dedicated to painting guidance with sketching and watercolors; instruction with composition, light & shadow, line & form, color & palette, and creative approaches to utilizing techniques. Visit website


Location: Chianti, Italy
Instructor: Lori Dell, loridell.com
Sponsor: Arts & Cultural Travel
Cost: $4,295 Shared, $700 Single Supplement
Email: Sharon Blomgren
Phone: 617-855-9209

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Unique Island artist workshop in Helsinki
September 3-14, 2017 — Explore a Scandinavian influence for your art in Helsinki, Finland. This workshop is for independent artists seeking a unique instructional experience coupled with time to explore Helsinki’s world class arts and design culture. Stay in your own apartment in Central Helsinki and attend class in an island studio a few minutes’ ferry ride off the coast. With a limit of 10 students, you will receive individual and group instruction in English with an exceptional instructor to enhance and develop your art. Quality lodging in a great location, a travel pass to easily explore Helsinki and social events to meet and compare notes with your fellow artists make for an exceptional and memorable experience. Visit www.selftourshaws.com to learn more. Visit website


Location: Helsinki, Finland
Sponsor: Self Tours Art Workshops LLC
Cost: $3,100
Email: Debra Self
Phone: 626-524-9700

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5 Paintings in 5 Days in San Miguel de Allende, The Heart of Mexico
September 4-8, 2017 (9:30 AM to 1 PM) — Join experienced and accomplished painters, Cristiana Marinescu and muralist Fernando Gonzalez, founders of Cristi Fer Art Studio/since 1989, in charming Colonial mountain town San Miguel Allende. Paint in the morning explore exuberant town in the afternoon! This workshop is for those who: always wanted to paint, used to paint, want to jumpstart the hobbit, recently retired looking for fun hobby, self-taught painter wants to learn the basics, experienced painter looking for an infusion of inspiration. Learn the essentials of composition, color, increase creativity, view the world through an artist perspective, finish 5 paintings and gain confidence to continue painting. No experience needed! All levels welcomed! Individualized expert instruction in a small group setting. All materials included! Maximum 6. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez & Cristi Marinescu
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio and Gallery
Cost: $650 all materials included
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 415-121-2311

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Painting in Provence: Travel Watercolor Sketching
September 4-11, 2017 — Join Deborah Rubin for 8 days in the heart of Provence. Learn to sketch and paint in a journal, travel to great places, and have fun all at the same time! This class is for anyone and everyone who wants to record travel experiences in a personal way. You will use minimal materials: a small watercolor journal, small case of paints, ink pen, and two brushes, all in a small carrying case or tote bag. Learning to travel sketch is learning to see as well. You will start with small subjects and build to larger imagery by the end of the week adding elements of design like color, contrast, and composition. Maximum of 12 particpants. Visit website


Location: Venasque, France
Instructor: Deborah Rubin, www.deborahrubin.com
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $3,190
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

From Mud to Brilliant Colors, acrylic painting in Mexico
September 4-8, 2017 (9:30AM-1:30PM) — Call for acrylic painters, all levels, who mix shades of mud! Discover how easy it is to mix crisp and vivid colors with acrylic paint! Are you one of many painters who no matter what they do, how hard they try, create paintings that lack depth and contrast and paint in several shades of mud? Your seasoned instructor, master painter Fernando Gonzalez, will show you how to transform your painting with intense dazzling colors. Learn and apply proven techniques of mixing acrylic paint in context of several painting topics. All in one of the most magical Mexico destinations, colonial mountain town of San Miguel Allende. A place where it is easy to be inspired and stimulate your creative juices. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Maestro Fernando Gonzalez
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Cost: $650 materials included
Email: Cristi
Phone: 415-121-2311

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Residency on the Greek Island of Skopelos
March - November — The residency lasts 2 weeks - 2 months and is designed for the artist that wants to not only develop their work but also interact and be inspired by the Greek culture. Applications must be submitted and approved by our board of directors. The studio is set high on the hill overlooking the Aegean Sea and the neighboring island of Alonissos. Typically artists have transformative experiences in Skopelos and at SkopArt. Visit website


Location: Skopelos, Greece
Sponsor: The Skopelos Foundation for the Arts
Cost: Starting at $500
Email: Jill Somer
Phone: 40 24240 24143

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Painting in Belgium: Watercolor Painting Workshop
September 6-13, 2017 — 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. In this workshop you will learn how to judge the ratio of pigment and water in order to get the desired color and value the first time, combine pigments for glowing, transparent mixtures, and use your brush most effectively. Visit website


Location: Flanders, Belgium
Instructor: Evelyn Dunphy, www.evelyndunphy.com
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $3,190
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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Wool + Paper Felting Journey
September 8-19, 2017 — Join us in Peru, a place of vast beauty and millenary culture, and the once-epicenter of the Inca Empire. Peru is a country of contrasts, where cutting-edge high-rises stand beside 18th century churches; where modern fusion cuisine takes cues from ingredients used for millennia; and where Peruvians proudly wear the patterned textiles of peoples past. Release your creativity and immerse yourself in a felting and Joomchi workshop with Spanish artist Eva Camacho, and Polish artist Ania Gilmore. Eva will introduce you to traditional wool felting and guide you to make your own painterly surfaced personalized vest. Ania will introduce you to Joomchi, the traditional Korean way of making textured mulberry handmade paper. You will make a flat wall paper piece and a Joomchi necklace to match your vest. Visit website


Location: Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Peru
Instructor: Eva Camacho + Ania Gilmore
Sponsor: Arts & Cultural Travel
Cost: $4,195 Shared, $800 Single Supplement
Email: Sharon Blomgren
Phone: 617-855-9209

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Painting in Tuscany: Oil Painting Workshop
September 10-17, 2017 — Internationally known artist, Daniel J. Keys, will be taking a small group of artists to Tuscany, Italy, to paint and explore. During each of the painting days, Daniel will offer demonstrations and teach each student the fundamentals of painting, both “en plein air” and still life. Topics of discussion will include: Drawing, Values, Color & Color Temperature, Edges, and Composition. Space is very limited (max 10 participants). Visit website


Location: Certaldo, Italy
Instructor: Daniel J. Keys, www.danieljkeys.com
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $3,190
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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Watercolor Painting Workshop with Don Andrews
September 10-21, 2017 — Join us for an unforgettable painting workshop in France! All levels of painting experience welcome. Don is a graduate of the Ringling School of Art in Sarasota. His paintings have received numerous awards in national competitions, including many awards from the American Watercolor Society. A nationally known artist and teacher, Don has conducted over 200 painting workshops throughout North America and Europe. He is the author of Interpreting the Figure in Watercolor, Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Watercolor, and Rough Sketches, as well as the video, Making Watercolor Glow. Don's newest book is called, Interpreting the Landscape in Watercolor. Visit website


Location: Honfleur and Dinan, France
Instructor: Don Andrews
Sponsor: Flying Colors Art Workshops
Cost: $3,695 painters, $3,495 non-painters
Email: Cris Weatherby
Phone: 858-518-0949

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Trinity Plein Air Retreat 2017
September 10-15, 2017 — Paint along side local Artist Elizabeth Burry, in this unique retreat designed for the novice to the expert artist who would like to combine their love of painting with exploring & experiencing one of the most scenic areas of Newfoundland & Labrador. This is not an instructional workshop however there will be time dedicated each afternoon to group sharing with fellow painters. Spend your time learning and painting, living, relaxing & enjoying unique experiences to make your week one to remember. This retreat is designed with a focus on multiple afternoon & evening activities, while allowing time for individual expression and exploration in morning painting sessions. Visit website


Location: Trinity NL, Canada
Instructor: Elizabeth Burry
Sponsor: Elizabeth Burry Studios
Cost: varies
Email: Elizabeth
Phone: 709-697-1061

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Staying Afloat in Watercolor
September 11-15, 2017 (9 AM - 4 PM Mon - Thur 9 AM - 3 PM Friday) — 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. Visit website


Location: Monterey, CA
Instructor: David Taylor
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Cost: $795 (includes $100 food vouchers)
Email: Tracy Culbertson
Phone: 503-930-4572

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Painting in Provence: Watercolor Painting Workshop
September 11-18, 2017 — Paint en Plein Air in Provence - the perfect environment where color and light meet together to produce stunning results. Academically trained master watercolorist Vladislav Yeliseyev (Vlad) will show you how to quickly capture the essence of the scenery with a dynamic and powerful impressionistic approach. All levels of watercolor painters are welcome. Vlad is a professional drawing and watercolor teacher at Renaissance School of Art in Sarasota Florida. His work is featured on the cover of the January 2016 Watercolor Artist magazine, and he was awarded Best of Show in the 2016 Mountain Maryland Plein Air event. Maximum of 12 participants. Visit website


Location: Venasque, France
Instructor: Vlad Yeliseyev, www.artist-yeliseyev.com
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $3,190
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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Plein Air in Santorini, Greece
September 13-19, 2017 — For those who love the open air, panoramic landscapes, the golden sun, and the turquoise Aegean, there is plein air painting. For those who love culture, history, and unforgettable cuisine, there is Santorini - a feast for your senses and your canvas. It is as beautiful today as it was millennia ago: a place of hilltop vistas and crashing waves, amazing sunsets and ancient cityscapes. If these possibilities stir your creative soul and awaken your wanderlust, then welcome to a workshop tailor-made for you. Come, revel in the glory of Greece with us. Step out into the salty sea air. Sip wine with us. Climb ruins and walk volcanoes with us. Paint plein air with us! Visit website


Location: Santorini, Greece
Instructor: Allison Watson
Sponsor: Arts & Cultural Travel
Cost: $3,295 Shared, $3,995 Single
Email: Sharon Blomgren
Phone: 617-855-9209

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Santorini, Greece with Textile Artist Linda Matthews
September 13-19, 2017 — Linda currently teaches digital and sewing techniques, and loves nothing more than sharing and inspiring others to think, sew and make textile art in a creative way. As we travel, we’ll pay attention to the small moments, the beautiful moments, the moments that touch our hearts. Then we’ll collect the memories that we want to remember and incorporate them into beautiful textile art “fragments” - small stitched textiles that are a fusion of fabrics, fibers and papers, images and words, and found objects. All these pieces are hand stitched together using a free-form sewing technique to form a beautiful collaged fabric travel journal that contains secret pockets and places to hold the things we most want to remember about this trip. Visit website


Location: Santorini, Greece
Instructor: Linda Matthews
Sponsor: Arts & Cultural Travel
Email: Sharon Blomgren
Phone: 617-855-9209

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Sketchbook Travel Journaling in Cortona, Italy
September 16-23, 2017 — What better place to join the visual journaling craze than beautiful Cortona, Italy? Let Caroline guide you through the techniques of quick drawing, collaging and watercolor painting as we record the sights around us. She will show you how to look for telling details and edit larger views, combining travel tickets, postcards, maps and photos for finished journal pages. With Cortona as our homebase, and a local expert as our guide, we will explore Tuscan hill towns, experience an authentic Italian cooking class, and savor exceptional meals and nightly wine tastings, filling our journals with creativity as we go. Visit website


Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: Caroline Coolidge Brown
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Cost: From $3290.00 per person double occ
Email: Patrick Mahoney
Phone: 0039 33144229047

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Plein Air Painting with Joe Anna Arnett
September 16-26, 2017 — Paint en plein air in the beautiful Languedoc region in the southwest of France. Based in the charming town of Limoux, Montfaucon Tours gives you the very best of the region. From the food, wine and landscapes, experience all the region has to offer. Montfaucon is a luxury private hotel. While still maintaining aspects of the original building from the 12th century, Montfaucon has been elegantly renovated to combine the rich local history with modern amenities. Day excursions for plein air painting in scenic southern France with a lovely studio (located in a former medieval wine cellar) available to the artists, this tour will provide ample opportunity to experience the very best of the region while learning from Joe Anna. Visit website


Location: Limoux, France
Instructor: Joe Anna Arnett, joeannaarnett.com
Sponsor: Montfaucon Tours
Cost: $3700
Email: Penny Willocks
Phone: US: +1 (415) 331-9641

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Painting & mixed media art retreats in 17th century château in SW Fr
September 16-23, 2017 (10am-6pm) — Mike Snow (painter/sculptor) & Liz Collins (painter/mixed media) join forces for a special joint artists retreat limited to a maximum of 10 people. Break down walls and barriers, expand your freedom of expression. Retreats take place in the beautiful 17th century Château de Saussignac, in the quaint picturesque village of Saussignac, nestled in the heart of Southwest wine country, about one hour from Bordeaux. Lodging, most meals and wine are included. Meals are tuned to the needs of the students, with a strong emphasis on French cuisine using only the best fresh local ingredients. All supplies are provided. Discounts for early booking. Visit website


Location: Saussignac, France
Instructor: Mike Snow & Liz Collins
Sponsor: Snow & White with Liz Collins
Cost: $1,695 (discount for early registration)
Email: Mike Snow
Phone: 4054558073

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Painting in Provence: Watercolor Painting Workshop
September 18-25, 2017 — Join Michael Reardon for 8 days of painting under the Provencal sun. Each day will begin with a demo from Michael followed by one-on-one instruction. The small size class will ensure plenty of individual attention. The day concludes with an informal review of the day's work over a glass of wine, watching the day slide into evening. Michael Reardon has been painting in watercolor for over 25 years. An avid traveler, he uses watercolor to record his observations, convey a sense of place and light and communicate his impressions of the built, natural, and imagined worlds. Visit website


Location: Venasque, France
Instructor: Michael Reardon, www.mreardon.com
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $3,190
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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A Traveler's Sketchbook at Lake Como
September 27 - October 4, 2017 — Capture quick studies of the dramatic scenery, colorful architecture, bustling people and more during your time on this magical trip to Lake Como. This week-long session will cover the basic concepts of atmosphere and linear perspective, capturing people, objects, and dramatic light. With pen and paper in hand, you’ll quickly document the sites while sitting in a café or viewing the grand alps as they melt into the majestic Lake Como. Add a touch of watercolor to enhance your sketches. Your art supplies are light and easy to tote making this ideal for all levels of artists. The traveler’s sketchbook is a wonderful way to document your trip in a carefree way. Visit website


Location: Lake Como, Italy
Instructor: Jo Ellen Reinhardt
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Cost: From $3440.00 per person double occ
Email: Patrick Mahoney
Phone: 0039 33144229047

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Amsterdam Guided Art Tour
September 28 - October 1, 2017 — Visits will include the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum, Van Loon Museum, some galleries and the amazing art collection at the Six Collection. If possible we will visit the studio of one of the top portrait painters in the Netherlands. All this under the excellent guidance of Juliette Aristides! The price includes 4 nights at the Hotel, entrance fees to Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh museum and private bus to Hummelo, as well as all guidance/organizational services by Juliette and Cary. It does not include hotel taxes, food, taxi fares and other entrance fees. Visit website


Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Instructor: Juliette Aristides, aristidesarts.com
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Cost: $2,000 double occupancy, $2,400 single occupancy
Email: Cary Jurriaans
Phone: 360.637.4690

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Mixed Media Workshop
September 29 - October 8, 2017 (10am) — Italy is a familiar destination to many artists, but this workshop will be a unique art experience. Assisi is a hilltop town with all the beauty, charm and history we associate with Italy without the crowds of more touristy areas. Australia’s leading mixed media artist, Judith White is the tutor on this art practice-focused workshop. Included in the ten day itinerary are select activities to enrich your experience of the region. Art sessions are interspersed with a visit to the famous Basilica, the home of a private collector, a rambling castle, Roman houses, artisans plus exploring, sketching and shopping the cobbled streets all with valley views never more than a stroll away. Visit website


Location: Assisi, Italy
Instructor: Judith White
Sponsor: On The Verandah
Cost: AUD $4275.00pp
Email: Rachel Dillon
Phone: 61-8-93881513

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Painting & mixed media art retreats in 17th century château in SW Fr
September 30 - October 7, 2017 (10am-6pm) — Mike Snow (painter/sculptor) & Liz Collins (painter/mixed media) join forces for a special joint artists retreat limited to a maximum of 10 people. Break down walls and barriers, expand your freedom of expression. Retreats take place in the beautiful 17th century Château de Saussignac, in the quaint picturesque village of Saussignac, nestled in the heart of Southwest wine country, about one hour from Bordeaux. Lodging, most meals and wine are included. Meals are tuned to the needs of the students, with a strong emphasis on French cuisine using only the best fresh local ingredients. All supplies are provided. Discounts for early booking. Visit website


Location: Saussignac, France
Instructor: Mike Snow & Liz Collins
Sponsor: Snow & White with Liz Collins
Cost: $1,695 (discount for early registration)
Email: Mike Snow
Phone: 4054558073

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Wandering with India Flint: New Mexico
October 1-11, 2017 — India will be traveling to New Mexico from her farm in the deep south of Australia to share her wandering spirit and creative gifts with us. She is best known for developing the highly distinctive eco-print, an ecologically sustainable plant-based printing process that gives brilliant color to cloth. With 20 plus years working with plant dyes, her textile practice embraces art, theatre, science, and fashion. Represented in both private and museum collections in the U.S.A., Europe and Australia, she has undertaken costume commissions for Leigh Warren & Dancers as well as the West Australian Ballet. Using dyes of the leaves, roots, and flowers to color cloth, yarn and paper, she continues her journey into botanical alchemy. Visit website


Location: Abiquiu, Taos, Santa Fe, NM
Instructor: India Flint, indiaflint.com
Sponsor: Arts & Cultural Travel
Cost: $5,295 Shared, $800 Single Supplement
Email: Sharon Blomgren
Phone: 617-855-9209

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Still Life Photography on Location in Italy
October 2-8, 2017 — Let me take you on a journey…in the light of the Tuscan countryside… a journey of self-discovery and artistic expression…using a wonderful medium – still life photography! Modern day still life photography is often connected with mindfulness, stillness, and playfulness. My own experience with the art form has led me to a place of emotional healing and growth. Our very being compels us to create. It is the means by which we make sense of the world. We will be taking time for journaling and a little poetry. And daily discussions on seeing the artist within, pushing past our inner critic, and discovering a sense of possibility. Each day, we will discuss technical aspects of still life photography, and explore the Tuscan countryside in the afternoons. Visit website


Location: Siena, Italy
Instructor: Karen Olson, renukostyle.com
Sponsor: Arts & Cultural Travel
Cost: $3,215 Shared, $3,625 Single
Email: Sharon Blomgren
Phone: 617-855-9209

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Master Workshop with Juliette Aristides at Keppel Castle
October 2-6, 2017 — Learn still life painting and portrait painting from the live model. Juliette Aristides will be our instructor. Founder and instructor of the Aristides Atelier at the Gage Academy of Art in Seattle, WA, she teaches workshops both nationally and internationally. She is the author of The Classical Drawing Atelier, The Classical Painting Atelier, and Lessons in Classical Drawing published by Watson-Guptill, NY and a frequent contributor to Artist’s Magazine. Aristides’ work has been featured in magazines such as Art Connoisseur, American Art Collector, American Artist, and Gulf Connoisseur Magazine. Visit website


Location: Laag-Keppel, Netherlands
Instructor: Juliette Aristides, aristidesarts.com
Sponsor: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Cost: $950 including lunch and model fee
Email: Cary Jurriaans
Phone: 360.637.4690

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Plein-Air Sketching in Santa Fe with Brenda Swenson
October 2-7, 2017 — Join us for an unforgettable painting workshop! Santa Fe, New Mexico is called “Land of Enchantment” for a good reason. It’s a destination known to artists for its picturesque landscape, historical architecture, galleries, light, museums and food. The focus of the workshop will be on sketching with watercolor on location. Brenda Swenson will provide daily demonstrations, friendly critiques, and one on one help. She is the author of two books on watercolor, and is in demand to demonstrate and teach her painting techniques to groups nationwide and abroad. We’ll visit and sketch the Historic District, picturesque old churches, colorful nooks and side streets of Santa Fe. Each location offers a multitude of views to please any artist! All levels of painting experience welcome. Visit website


Location: Santa Fe, NM
Instructor: Brenda Swenson, www.SwensonsArt.net
Sponsor: Flying Colors Art Workshops
Cost: $1595 painters, $1395 non-painters
Email: Cris Weatherby
Phone: 858-518-0949

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From Mud to Brilliant Colors, acrylic painting in Mexico
October 2-6, 2017 (9:30AM-1:30PM) — Call for acrylic painters, all levels, who mix shades of mud! Discover how easy it is to mix crisp and vivid colors with acrylic paint! Are you one of many painters who no matter what they do, how hard they try, create paintings that lack depth and contrast and paint in several shades of mud? Your seasoned instructor, master painter Fernando Gonzalez, will show you how to transform your painting with intense dazzling colors. Learn and apply proven techniques of mixing acrylic paint in context of several painting topics. All in one of the most magical Mexico destinations, colonial mountain town of San Miguel Allende. A place where it is easy to be inspired and stimulate your creative juices. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Maestro Fernando Gonzalez
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Cost: $650 materials included
Email: Cristi
Phone: 415-121-2311

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Studio Italia
October 3-13, 2017 — A unique ten-day painting workshop in Italy open to artists of all levels and all media. Plein-air painting in the medium of your choice, art history/theory, touring and gourmet cuisine in the most beautiful area in Tuscany. Studio Italia, offered every June and October since 1997, is so popular that some participants have joined us three times already. Our small groups allow us to offer personalized instruction and an intimate and fun environment that fosters creativity. Price of $3.150 CAD (around $2350 US as of October 2016) includes ten-night double accommodation, all meals except two lunches and one dinner, transportation to all sites on schedule, train ticket to Florence and entrance to the Uffizi Museum. Register now! Visit website


Location: Torrita di Siena, Italy
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Cost: US$2350
Email: Monica Marquez
Phone: 1-800-611-4789

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Painting Italy's Amalfi Coast
October 10-17, 2017 — Spend a week with a small group of artists while painting and enjoying the culture and sights of the Amalfi Coast! Talented artist and instructor Mary Garrish will be teaching for 5 full days. You will visit different painting locations daily, including Positano, Ravello, Capri and more. Workshop is conveniently based in Amalfi in a 4-star hotel and all accommodations are superior rooms and single occupancy. Breakfast, 2 dinners, and all ground transportation is included. Workshop is strictly limited to 8 students to allow for lots of one-on-one time between student and instructor! Visit website


Location: Amalfi, Italy
Instructor: Mary Garrish
Sponsor: Open Air Italy, LLC
Cost: $3600-Single occupancy/Private bath
Email: Susan Truitt
Phone: 1-321-626-2717

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Paper-Paintings Collage Workshop in Québec
October 15-20, 2017 — Come join us in Québec, a spectacularly beautiful city of natural beauty and historic architecture, where art and creativity flow like a river. Delight in a combined creative-vacation experience. Elizabeth is an award-winning artist with an exceptional talent in (and passion for) handmade paper and collage. Through a variety of techniques you’ll learn to create a palette of beautiful hand-painted papers: splattering, stamping, printing, dry brushing & staining, creating papers uniquely yours. Elizabeth shares ways to use these beautiful papers to develop form using light and shadow, very similar to traditional painting techniques. You’ll take home new friends, new experiences, and a new enthusiasm for the treasures you can create with your own two hands. Escape with us! Visit website


Location: Québec, Canada
Instructor: Elizabeth St. Hilaire, www.paperpaintings.com
Sponsor: Arts & Cultural Travel
Cost: $2,695 Shared, $500 Single Supplement
Email: Sharon Blomgren
Phone: 617-855-9209

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Drawing and Painting with Charles Reid
October 16-20, 2017 (9 AM - 4 PM Mon - Thur 9 AM - 3 PM Friday) — A great drawing is the foundation of a great painting. Charles Reid, the master of contour drawing, will teach you how to concentrate on interconnecting shapes rather than drawing separate objects. Discover how to simplify and avoid overworking by focusing on good paint consistency. Practice “direct painting”, using as few over-washes as possible. Achieve the correct color, edge variety, and tonal value on the first try. Visit website


Location: Charleston, SC
Instructor: Charles Reid
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Cost: $995
Email: Tracy Culbertson
Phone: 503-930-4572

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5 Paintings in 5 Days in San Miguel de Allende, The Heart of Mexico
October 16-20, 2017 (9:30 AM to 1 PM) — Join experienced and accomplished painters, Cristiana Marinescu and muralist Fernando Gonzalez, founders of Cristi Fer Art Studio/since 1989, in charming Colonial mountain town San Miguel Allende. Paint in the morning explore exuberant town in the afternoon! This workshop is for those who: always wanted to paint, used to paint, want to jumpstart the hobbit, recently retired looking for fun hobby, self-taught painter wants to learn the basics, experienced painter looking for an infusion of inspiration. Learn the essentials of composition, color, increase creativity, view the world through an artist perspective, finish 5 paintings and gain confidence to continue painting. No experience needed! All levels welcomed! Individualized expert instruction in a small group setting. All materials included! Maximum 6. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez & Cristi Marinescu
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio and Gallery
Cost: $650 all materials included
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 415-121-2311

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Inspired by Tuscany, Paint with Katerina Ring
October 18-28, 2017 — Paint in plein air, in oils, while staying at a stunning villa in the hills above Lucca. This tour includes ten remarkable days in Tuscany to enjoy painting, kinship with your fellow artists and the wonders of one of the most beautiful regions of Italy. Visit website


Location: Lucca, Italy
Instructor: Katerina Ring, www.katring.com
Sponsor: Abbondanza Toscana
Cost: € 2690
Email: Paula Sullivan or Katerina Ring
Phone: 0039 339 6852860

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Drawing and Painting with Charles Reid
October 23-27, 2017 (9 AM - 4 PM Mon - Thur, 9 AM - 3 PM Friday) — A great drawing is the foundation of a great painting. Charles Reid, the master of contour drawing, will teach you how to concentrate on interconnecting shapes rather than drawing separate objects. Discover how to simplify and avoid overworking by focusing on good paint consistency. Practice “direct painting”, using as few over-washes as possible. Achieve the correct color, edge variety, and tonal value on the first try. Visit website


Location: Charleston, SC
Instructor: Charles Reid
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Cost: $995
Email: Tracy Culbertson
Phone: 503-930-4572

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Keiko Tanabe - Plein Air painting retreat
October 27 - November 3, 2017 — Capturing Light & Atmosphere in Watercolor. Keiko Tanabe is a Japanese contemporary artist who has won multiple awards, we are so proud that she’s coming to Sicily for the first time. 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 it's like a dream, colorful sunset, olive groves, lined vineyards, picturesque villages with narrow streets, churches, a never ending range of restaurants and cafés, blue skies and beautiful nature, jovial, kind and friendly people, traditional foods and great local wine. Art, mixture of history and culture, nature create an unique atmosphere and stimulate your creativity. Visit website


Location: Marsala, Italy
Instructor: Keiko Tanabe
Sponsor: Salinara
Email: Yumi
Phone: (+39) 3397757062

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Autumn in Tuscany & Umbria Photography
October 28 - November 4, 2017 — Join us for a week devoted to capturing the essence of Autumn in Tuscany! With Cortona as our base, each day we will explore and photograph the rich area from Cortona's mountains to Montepulciano's vineyards and from Lake Trasimeno in Umbria to the Chianti area! This is a not-to-be-missed opportunity for photographers of all levels. Visit website


Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: Patrick Mahoney
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Cost: From $3190.00 per person double occ
Email: Patrick Mahoney
Phone: 978-632-0357

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Autumn in Tuscany & Umbria Photography
November 4-11, 2017 — Join us for a week devoted to capturing the essence of Autumn in Tuscany! With Cortona as our base, each day we will explore and photograph the rich area from Cortona's mountains to Montepulciano's vineyards and from Lake Trasimeno in Umbria to the Chianti area! This is a not-to-be-missed opportunity for photographers of all levels. Visit website


Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: Patrick Mahoney
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Cost: From $3190.00 per person double occ
Email: Patrick Mahoney
Phone: 978-632-0357

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From Mud to Brilliant Colors, acrylic painting in Mexico
November 6-10, 2017 (9:30AM-1:30PM) — Call for acrylic painters, all levels, who mix shades of mud! Discover how easy it is to mix crisp and vivid colors with acrylic paint! Are you one of many painters who no matter what they do, how hard they try, create paintings that lack depth and contrast and paint in several shades of mud? Your seasoned instructor, master painter Fernando Gonzalez, will show you how to transform your painting with intense dazzling colors. Learn and apply proven techniques of mixing acrylic paint in context of several painting topics. All in one of the most magical Mexico destinations, colonial mountain town of San Miguel Allende. A place where it is easy to be inspired and stimulate your creative juices. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Maestro Fernando Gonzalez
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Cost: $650 materials included
Email: Cristi
Phone: 415-121-2311

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Autumn in Tuscany & Umbria Photography
November 11-18, 2017 — Join us for a week devoted to capturing the essence of Autumn in Tuscany! With Cortona as our base, each day we will explore and photograph the rich area from Cortona's mountains to Montepulciano's vineyards and from Lake Trasimeno in Umbria to the Chianti area! This is a not-to-be-missed opportunity for photographers of all levels. Visit website


Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: Patrick Mahoney
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Cost: From $3190.00 per person double occ
Email: Patrick Mahoney
Phone: 978-632-0357

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Gourmet painting retreats on the coast of Southern Spain
November 18-25, 2017 (10am-6pm) — Break down walls and barriers, expand your freedom of expression. Whether your are a novice or an experienced artist, this retreat will bring you countless new ideas and help move your creative spirit forward. Retreats take place at the southern-most tip of Spain next to the National Park del Estrecho, with stunning views of the Mediterranean sea and Morocco. Lodging, meals and wine are included, and retreats are limited to 4 participants to provide ample one-on-one time with the teacher. Meals are tuned to the needs of the students, with a strong emphasis on Mediterranean cuisine using only the best fresh local ingredients. All supplies are provided. Discounts for early booking. Visit website


Location: Andalusia, Spain
Instructor: Mike Snow
Sponsor: Snow & White
Cost: 1,595 € All-Inclusive (discount for early registration)
Email: Mike Snow
Phone: 4054558073

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5 Paintings in 5 Days in San Miguel de Allende, The Heart of Mexico
November 20-24, 2017 (9:30 AM to 1 PM) — Join experienced and accomplished painters, Cristiana Marinescu and muralist Fernando Gonzalez, founders of Cristi Fer Art Studio/since 1989, in charming Colonial mountain town San Miguel Allende. Paint in the morning explore exuberant town in the afternoon! This workshop is for those who: always wanted to paint, used to paint, want to jumpstart the hobbit, recently retired looking for fun hobby, self-taught painter wants to learn the basics, experienced painter looking for an infusion of inspiration. Learn the essentials of composition, color, increase creativity, view the world through an artist perspective, finish 5 paintings and gain confidence to continue painting. No experience needed! All levels welcomed! Individualized expert instruction in a small group setting. All materials included! Maximum 6. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez & Cristi Marinescu
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio and Gallery
Cost: $650 all materials included
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 415-121-2311

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

From Mud to Brilliant Colors, acrylic painting in Mexico
December 4-8, 2017 (9:30AM-1:30PM) — Call for acrylic painters, all levels, who mix shades of mud! Discover how easy it is to mix crisp and vivid colors with acrylic paint! Are you one of many painters who no matter what they do, how hard they try, create paintings that lack depth and contrast and paint in several shades of mud? Your seasoned instructor, master painter Fernando Gonzalez, will show you how to transform your painting with intense dazzling colors. Learn and apply proven techniques of mixing acrylic paint in context of several painting topics. All in one of the most magical Mexico destinations, colonial mountain town of San Miguel Allende. A place where it is easy to be inspired and stimulate your creative juices. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Maestro Fernando Gonzalez
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Cost: $650 materials included
Email: Cristi
Phone: 415-121-2311

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

5 Paintings in 5 Days in San Miguel de Allende, The Heart of Mexico
December 18-22, 2017 (9:30 AM to 1 PM) — Join experienced and accomplished painters, Cristiana Marinescu and muralist Fernando Gonzalez, founders of Cristi Fer Art Studio/since 1989, in charming Colonial mountain town San Miguel Allende. Paint in the morning explore exuberant town in the afternoon! This workshop is for those who: always wanted to paint, used to paint, want to jumpstart the hobbit, recently retired looking for fun hobby, self-taught painter wants to learn the basics, experienced painter looking for an infusion of inspiration. Learn the essentials of composition, color, increase creativity, view the world through an artist perspective, finish 5 paintings and gain confidence to continue painting. No experience needed! All levels welcomed! Individualized expert instruction in a small group setting. All materials included! Maximum 6. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Fernando Gonzalez & Cristi Marinescu
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio and Gallery
Cost: $650 all materials included
Email: Cristiana
Phone: 415-121-2311

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

From Mud to Brilliant Colors, acrylic painting in Mexico
January 1-5, 2018 (9:30AM-1:30PM) — Call for acrylic painters, all levels, who mix shades of mud! Discover how easy it is to mix crisp and vivid colors with acrylic paint! Are you one of many painters who no matter what they do, how hard they try, create paintings that lack depth and contrast and paint in several shades of mud? Your seasoned instructor, master painter Fernando Gonzalez, will show you how to transform your painting with intense dazzling colors. Learn and apply proven techniques of mixing acrylic paint in context of several painting topics. All in one of the most magical Mexico destinations, colonial mountain town of San Miguel Allende. A place where it is easy to be inspired and stimulate your creative juices. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Maestro Fernando Gonzalez
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Cost: $650 materials included
Email: Cristi
Phone: 415-121-2311

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

From Mud to Brilliant Colors, acrylic painting in Mexico
February 5-9, 2018 (9:30AM-1:30PM) — Call for acrylic painters, all levels, who mix shades of mud! Discover how easy it is to mix crisp and vivid colors with acrylic paint! Are you one of many painters who no matter what they do, how hard they try, create paintings that lack depth and contrast and paint in several shades of mud? Your seasoned instructor, master painter Fernando Gonzalez, will show you how to transform your painting with intense dazzling colors. Learn and apply proven techniques of mixing acrylic paint in context of several painting topics. All in one of the most magical Mexico destinations, colonial mountain town of San Miguel Allende. A place where it is easy to be inspired and stimulate your creative juices. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Maestro Fernando Gonzalez
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Cost: $650 materials included
Email: Cristi
Phone: 415-121-2311

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Intermediate Level
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Watercolor Painting Workshop with Kathleen Conover
February 7-17, 2018 — Join Kathleen Conover, a master watercolorist, for an inspring painting workshop in the colorful and enchanting ciites of Panajachel and Antigua. Panajachel, on beautiful Lake Antigua, is a morning's drive from Guatemala City and a World away from the big city vibe. This is a small city of very friendly people as well as many ex-pat artists. We will take a ferry to the villages on the other side of the lake to paint, take photos and shop. The city of Antigua has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The cobblestone streets and the Spanish Baroque architecture recall the beginnings of this city in the 16th century. Join us for an unforgettable painting experience! Visit website


Location: Panajachel and Antigua, Guatemala
Instructor: Kathleen Conover
Sponsor: Flying Colors Art Workshops
Cost: $3,495 painters, $3,295 non-painters
Email: Cris Weatherby
Phone: 858-518-0949

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From Mud to Brilliant Colors, acrylic painting in Mexico
March 5-9, 2018 (9:30AM-1:30PM) — Call for acrylic painters, all levels, who mix shades of mud! Discover how easy it is to mix crisp and vivid colors with acrylic paint! Are you one of many painters who no matter what they do, how hard they try, create paintings that lack depth and contrast and paint in several shades of mud? Your seasoned instructor, master painter Fernando Gonzalez, will show you how to transform your painting with intense dazzling colors. Learn and apply proven techniques of mixing acrylic paint in context of several painting topics. All in one of the most magical Mexico destinations, colonial mountain town of San Miguel Allende. A place where it is easy to be inspired and stimulate your creative juices. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Maestro Fernando Gonzalez
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Cost: $650 materials included
Email: Cristi
Phone: 415-121-2311

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Watercolor Painting Workshop with Betty Carr
March 11-17, 2018 — Our beautiful hotel, Posada de la Aldea, is located in the heart of San Miguel just across from the Art Institute, close to many restaurants, a pharmacy and lovely shops. You can walk from the hotel to the Central Square in about 10 minutes. Each morning, the hotel will provide a delicious buffet for breakfast. There is a huge studio room upstairs for our use, and everywhere you look you will see an inspiration for a painting here at the hotel and in the town. All levels of painting ability are welcomed in this workshop. Betty's long experience as an instructor will help you to choose a subject and create a composition whether you are new to watercolor or an experienced painter. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Betty Carr
Sponsor: Flying Colors Art Workshops
Cost: $1,695 painters, $1,495 non-painters
Email: Cris Weatherby
Phone: 858-518-0949

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Gourmet painting retreats on the coast of Southern Spain
March 17-24, 2018 (10am-6pm) — Break down walls and barriers, expand your freedom of expression. Whether your are a novice or an experienced artist, this retreat will bring you countless new ideas and help move your creative spirit forward. Retreats take place at the southern-most tip of Spain next to the National Park del Estrecho, with stunning views of the Mediterranean sea and Morocco. Lodging, meals and wine are included, and retreats are limited to 4 participants to provide ample one-on-one time with the teacher. Meals are tuned to the needs of the students, with a strong emphasis on Mediterranean cuisine using only the best fresh local ingredients. All supplies are provided. Discounts for early booking. Visit website


Location: Andalusia, Spain
Instructor: Mike Snow
Sponsor: Snow & White
Cost: 1,595 € All-Inclusive (discount for early registration)
Email: Mike Snow
Phone: 4054558073

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Painting in Spain: Travel Journal Workshop
April 30 - May 7, 2018 — This region is a journaling artist’s paradise. My pre-trip instructions and photos will help you arrive ready to capture the experiences with a keen knowledge of design basics, drawing and unique planning page compositions. Developed as a ‘journal key’ this will also include ideas for cohesive graphics, page edges and calligraphy. Using watercolors as a primary medium, the fun begins with introducing multi-media, iridescent highlighting, aquarelle pencil, found collage/tracing, nature printing, pop-up 3-D sculpture, origami and more. Your pages will come alive and move in vibrant style, interactive surprises and tactile details as you learn to embrace the imagery into a cherished work of art. Join us as we explore the breathtakingly beautiful landscape and architecturally unique villages of the Costa Brava. Visit website


Location: Calella de Palafrugel, Spain
Instructor: Cherry Sweig, www.cherrysweig.com
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 before Nov 30th)
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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Painting in Spain: Pastel Workshop
April 30 - May 7, 2018 — Painting “en plein air” means being fully present to the experience of painting on location. As you observe and paint, every sight, sound, smell, and experience in the environment becomes part of your painting. That’s part of the joy that comes with working from life rather than a photo. We’ll go through the process of creating on location step-by-step, from choosing what you’re going to paint, to simplifying the scene, to drawing up a thumbnail, to blocking in the big shapes, and then to adding detail. We’ll go over the importance of understanding values and how this knowledge can liberate your colour choices and interpretation of a scene. The workshop is suitable for all levels but some experience with drawing and pastels would be helpful. Visit website


Location: Calella de Palafrugel, Spain
Instructor: Gail Sibley, www.gailsibley.com
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 before Nov 30th)
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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Painting in Spain: Watercolor Painting Workshop
May 14-21, 2018 — When you paint a place, you really get to know it. Plein Air is not just a record of what you see but how that place makes you feel. Join Kristi in a magical place and learn how to tell your story with the magical medium of watercolor. We will cover basic techniques which will give you the language needed to communicate visually. Design & composition is one of Kristi’s strong suits and she will demonstrate on site with lots of individual help as needed. We will strive for a relationship with the medium, learn to trust what the paint does on its own and recognize those “happy accidents” when they occur! Be brave & confident…no more wimpy watercolors! Visit website


Location: Calella de Palafrugel, Spain
Instructor: Kristi Grussendorf, kristigrussendorf.com
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 before Nov 30th)
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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Painting in Tuscany: Watercolor Painting Workshop
May 25 - June 1, 2018 — 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! Join me in Tuscany for a truly memorable week! 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! Indulge your creative and adventurous spirit with a painting holiday in Tuscany! Visit website


Location: Certaldo, Italy
Instructor: Iain Stewart, iainstew.fineartstudioonline.com
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Nov 30th)
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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Color and Light: Tuscany with Marjorie Glick (All Mediums)
June 2-9, 2018 (9:30-3:30) — This will be a relaxing and inspiring painting workshop and artists’ re-treat in the Chianti Region of Tuscany, Italy. We will stay in an authentic 11th century monastery, San Fedele, which has been recently restored to modern first class lodging accommodations while retaining an old-world authenticity. We will paint daily, either on site or on short field trips to view charming villages, olive groves and the beautiful, romantic Tuscan country- side. The workshop is offered through Il Chiostro. Artists of all levels and mediums are welcome and will leave enriched by this experience. Visit website


Location: Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Marjorie Glick
Sponsor: Marjorie Glick
Cost: $2950
Email: Marjorie Glick
Phone: 617-787-3086

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Painting in Provence: Watercolor Painting Workshop
June 3-10, 2018 — Dreaming of painting in Provence? Join Kathy Rennell Forbes for daily painting demos and hands on instruction in the incandescent light of Provence. 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 to paint your golden memories while exploring this magical destination. 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. Visit website


Location: Saint-Rémy de Provence, France
Instructor: Kathy Rennell Forbes, artbykrf.com
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Nov 30th)
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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Painting in Provence: Journal Sketching and Watercolor Workshop
June 6-13, 2018 — Join artist Sandy Delehanty for her 7th trip with French Escapade. Each day Jackie will find us a lovely location where we will sit in a shady spot, sketch the scene in front of us, and absorb the sounds and aromas around us. You will learn to capture the color of your surroundings in watercolor and add your thoughts in writing. You will return home with a lovely Story Book filled with memories of your trip and a new way of looking at the world. Immerse yourself in sketching, beauty, and fun during this weeklong escapade to beautiful Provence! Visit website


Location: Venasque, France
Instructor: Sandy Delehanty, www.sandydelehanty.com
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Nov 30th)
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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Painting Mediterranean Villages: Watercolor Painting Workshop
June 13-20, 2018 — Join me on this wonderful trip to the South of France! Having been there numerous times, I can say my love for this absolutely delightful region of France has stood the test of time. This will be my fourth time teaching for French Escapade. Medieval villages, narrow streets, the azur blue Mediterranean sea, friendly people, charming villages, scrumptious food and wine, everything conjured up in the image of Southern France awaits us! Please join us as we 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 bicultural and bilingual, this is it. Visit website


Location: Vence, France
Instructor: Keiko Tanabe, ktanabefineart.com
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Nov 30th)
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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Paint Tuscany with Michael Chesley Johnson
June 16-23, 2018 (all day) — Join Michael Chesley Johnson for a relaxing, fun-filled week of exploring the Tuscan countryside with sketching materials in hand. You’ll visit ancient villages, artisan shops, wineries and markets, and delight in the unique experience of staying at Fattoria Bacio, a winery estate, at the start of a beautiful Tuscan summer. Michael's teaching will inspire you to dive in and explore these locations in the medium of your choice – and have fun doing it! Each day, he'll share his secrets of landscape sketching. Contributing Editor for The Artists Magazine, writer for Pastel Journal, Master Signature Member American Impressionist Society, Signature Member Pastel Society of America. Visit website


Location: Certaldo Alto, Italy
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Sponsor: Artravelitaly
Cost: € 2,200 and up
Email: Claudia Bruhin
Phone: +39 377 2709500

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Painting in Normandy: from Giverny to Honfleur
June 24-31, 2018 — This painting workshop in Normandy is an invitation to travel in time, and to discover the magic sites that were painted by famous artists at the turn of the 20th century. Landscapes and scenes of daily life were immortalized not only by Claude Monet, but also by William Turner, Camille Pissarro, Alfred Sisley, Auguste Renoir, Paul Gauguin, George Braque, Pablo Picasso and others. Every day will be an opportunity to learn about painting techniques, and enjoy local food and culture. Theresa and Cindy share how to loosen up your approach and manipulate watercolors with exciting results. Their workshops have been featured in Plein Air Magazine and Outdoor painter, and their mastery of color has been recognized by Daniel Smith. Visit website


Location: Giverny, France
Instructor: Theresa Goesling & Cindy Briggs
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Nov 30th)
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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Painting in Provence: Travel Sketching in Watercolor
July 2-9, 2018 — The best thing about our itinerary for travel sketching in Provence 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 French landscapes. We'll sketch iconic market scenes, fields of lavender in bloom, 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. Visit website


Location: Saint-Rémy de Provence, France
Instructor: Shari Blaukopf, shariblaukopf.com
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 before Nov 30th)
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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Painting in the French Alps: Watercolor Painting Workshop
September 2-9, 2018 — Come explore the magnificient French Alps with us! In this workshop Frank will share intermediate and advanced watercolor plein air techniques based on tonal values that create atmosphere, balance and unity in your work. Whether painting a french market scene, a farm or landscape, learn the secrets to painting luminous watercolors by manipulating tonal value, color and edge! Basic watercolor background washes will be covered, as well as time sensitive and challenging wet-on-wet and dry-on wet techniques. Frank does numerous demos on site, broken up into parts, to help students keep up and absorb all aspects of painting techniques. Included are discussions and demonstrations on composition, direct color mixing, positive and negative painting as well as the 'state of mind' while painting. Visit website


Location: Haute-Savoie, France
Instructor: Frank Eber, frankeber.com
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Nov. 30th)
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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Painting in Spain: Watercolor Painting Workshop
September 3-10, 2018 — We will paint and creatively savor the essence of Spain in all of its warm sunshine, vivid colors, and rich splendor by creating a simple, creative, handmade travel sketchbook. Trish will help you develop and translate some of your favorite moments from the sketches into paintings. Join us for an unforgettable art holiday in Spain! Visit website


Location: Calella de Palafrugel, Spain
Instructor: Trish McKinney, www.trishmckinney.com
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 before Nov 30th)
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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Painting in Spain: Watercolor Painting Workshop
September 17-24, 2018 — I am very passionate about sharing my creativity and art with others and helping them gain access to that part of themselves, whether they are a beginning artist or a seasoned professional. My students have given me the nickname "The Art Whisperer" so I hope that you will find something to inspire, move you to engage more each day with art and the creative process in my workshop. I will give you the tools you need to simplify what you see when painting on location and break it up into manageable shapes and values. We will build on those strong foundations and learn about colour mixing, colour harmony, colour temperature and mood to help express yourself fully and paint what you really feel. Visit website


Location: Calella de Palafrugel, Spain
Instructor: Georgia Mansur, www.georgiamansur.com
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 before Nov 30th)
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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Painting in Tuscany: Watercolor Sketching Workshop
September 21-28, 2018 — Join me for a week of sketching with watercolor in beautiful Tuscany, Italy! 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. Brenda Swenson is the author of two artists' books: Keeping a Watercolor Sketchbook (Award of Excellence Finalist) and Steps to Success in Watercolor. Her paintings and sketches have also been featured in numerous other books and magazines. Space is very limited (max 10 participants/workshop). Visit website


Location: Certaldo, Italy
Instructor: Brenda Swenson, www.swensonsart.net
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Nov 30th)
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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Painting in Tuscany: Watercolor Sketching Workshop
September 29 - October 6, 2018 — Join me for a week of sketching with watercolor in beautiful Tuscany, Italy! 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. Brenda Swenson is the author of two artists' books: Keeping a Watercolor Sketchbook (Award of Excellence Finalist) and Steps to Success in Watercolor. Her paintings and sketches have also been featured in numerous other books and magazines. Space is very limited (max 10 participants/workshop). Visit website


Location: Certaldo, Italy
Instructor: Brenda Swenson, www.swensonsart.net
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Nov 30th)
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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Painting in Tuscany: Watercolor Painting Workshop
September 30 - October 7, 2018 — I am very passionate about sharing my creativity and art with others and helping them gain access to that part of themselves, whether they are a beginning artist or a seasoned professional. My students have given me the nickname "The Art Whisperer" so I hope that you will find something to inspire, move you to engage more each day with art and the creative process in my workshop. I will give you the tools you need to simplify what you see when painting on location and break it up into manageable shapes and values. We will build on those strong foundations and learn about colour mixing, colour harmony, colour temperature and mood to help express yourself fully and paint what you really feel. Visit website


Location: Certaldo, Italy
Instructor: Georgia Mansur, www.georgiamansur.com
Sponsor: French Escapade
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Nov 30th)
Email: Jackie Grandchamps
Phone: 510-483-5713

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One Painting in One Day-Doors of San Miguel
Offered Tuesdays year around (9:30 AM - 1 PM) — Easy and fun this workshop is for any lever of experience! Beginners and novice have being amazed by their results. Working with acrylic paint we’ll pain a typical Mexican door starting with one of my professional photos or yours. Participants learn composition, color, painting strategies, practice drawing, painting, gain confidence and finish a unique original painting. As a professional painter, workshop facilitator and college instructor of 27 years, I have worked with individuals at all levels of experience. What is required is a spirit of adventure, open mind, willingness to make mistakes and have fun. If you consider having a painting day with your family and friends while in San Miguel, contact me in advance to make special arrangement. Visit website


Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Cost: $95 includes all materials
Email: Cristi
Phone: 415-121-2311

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Art Coaching Workshop
One week, all year round (afternoon) — In this Art Coaching Workshop you will explore your creativity through non- academic art exercises, using painting and drawing with mixed-media. You will develop trust in intuition, expand your sense of freedom and possibility, and explore unknown aspects of yourself as creator of meanings. The Art Coaching Workshop is a great opportunity for people with no experience, beginners as well as advanced artists. Play and flow are encouraged, using breathing, body work, relaxing techniques and sound design as well. The final artwork will be the result of your presence in the here and now, in the inspirational city of Barcelona. Fee includes all materials + 2 guided tours. Visit website


Location: Barcelona, Spain
Instructor: Marta Mandolini
Sponsor: Libremente Art
Cost: 950 €
Email: Marta Mandolini
Phone: 0034 619164632

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