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Flying Colors Art Workshops
Click here to learn more about these art workshops! Flying Colors Art Workshops specializes in organizing and hosting art workshops around the world - USA, Europe, Latin America and Asia. We concentrate on providing workshop participants with the finest, widely known instructors, and in arranging a variety of travel destinations designed to enhance participant experiences and satisfaction. As a result, Flying Colors enjoys a well established 20+ year reputation for creative planning, attention to detail and a commitment to artists' needs and interests. Every effort is made to identify workshop locations that feature unique cultural, historical and landscape characteristics. Your comfort and safety remain uppermost as we plan and carry out these diverse workshop experiences. And we also focus on having fun-- a LOT of fun!,, 858.518-0949

Montfaucon Art Tours in Southern France
Click here to learn more about these art workshops in Southern France! Join us for a spectacular art tour in scenic southern France with respected professional artists and teachers to guide you in your artistic journey! 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. Stay at the luxury Montfaucon private hotel where you will enjoy chef-prepared breakfasts and dinners and have use of the Montfaucon studio, easels and art stools. Come and be creative where some of France's most renowned artists found their inspiration! Visit

artbreak Arts Immersion Vacations in Prague (Czech Republic)
Click here to learn more about these art tours in Prague! Named in 2008 by National Geographic as one of the world's 'Best Girlfriends Getaways'! The secret is out: artbreak is a one-of-a-kind learning vacation and totally new way to experience a great European capital - via its artistic heart. artbreak puts you in intimate contact with Prague's vibrant artistic community, morning to night, for six creativity-filled days. Your mornings: three hours in an atelier, honing your skills at painting, collage and ceramics. Afterwards you'll browse private galleries and major museums, then fit in some wine tasting and dinner before heading out to savor the absolute best of Prague's opera, theatre, ballet, and superlative jazz scene. artbreak is a chance to inspire your artistic self and an exquisitely choreographed cultural adventure. Visit to learn more.

"Art Makers Denver - An Urban Art Retreat", Denver, CO - September 18-20, 2016
Click here to learn more about this art workshop in Washington! Whether you want to discover your inner artist, hone existing art skills, or stretch your artistic muscles in a new direction, Art Makers Denver is for you! Join us for three days of artistic discovery with our hand-picked panel of dynamic instructors from around the country, teaching over 30 workshops. Whether it is jewelry making, hand-lettering, intuitive painting, illustration, digital oil painting or surface pattern design (and more!), our dedicated instructors bring innovative techniques and tools to the table - all you need is the insatiable desire to create! Art Makers Denver is an urban art retreat located in the heart of downtown Denver, Colorado. Visit our website at to learn more!

An All Inclusive Art Destination Holiday (Virginia, USA)
Click here to learn more about these art classes and workshops in Virginia! The Shenandoah Art Destination is a 10-acre property, magnificently located near the historic town of Lexington, nestled in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley. Offering an ideal creative vacation and inspiration for any art lover - all artists welcome from the beginner to the professional painter for watercolor, oil and acrylics; lino and woodcuts; drypoint and mono printing. Daily course guidance/tutelage by your host, Jan-Willem Boer, an established artist in the USA and Europe. Courses run from early spring to late autumn - choice of weekend, 4-day, 7-day or 10-day stay. The fee for your stay is all-inclusive - lodging, food, transport from airport, and art instruction/inspiration. Limited to 8 participants + non-artist partner/spouse welcome. For course schedule & cost: or call 612-221-1140 or contact

The Wonder of Florence: Creating Beauty (June 23-30, 2016)
Click here to learn more about this art workshop in Florence, italy! The Wonder of the World, founded by award-winning professor Dr. Jennifer Cook, is proud to announce a retreat commemorating the 50th anniversary of the 1966 flood and benefiting historic art restoration in Florence, Italy. "The Wonder of Florence: Creating Beauty" will offer creative writing, drawing, painting, and cooking classes at the beautiful, inspiring 15th-century Villa il Palmerino, the former home of writer Vernon Lee. With its abundant history and character, books and art, gardens and orchards, Palmerino is the ideal venue to ignite your creativity. Space is extremely limited; deposits are due by 3/31. Enjoy a purposeful journey that is good for you, and for the art you love. Come discover - and help preserve - The Wonder of Florence! Visit:,

Weeklong All Inclusive Retreats with Renown Artist Instructors in a Tropical Paradise
Click here to learn more about these art workshops near Puerto Vallarta, Mexico! "The Casa Experience is truly unique - It touches the very soul of the artist and provides endless inspiration!" - Sterling Edwards, renown watercolor artist and workshop instructor. Located in the charming village of Boca de Tomatlan, 10 miles south of Puerto Vallarta, on Mexico's gorgeous Pacific Coast, Casa de los Artistas offers one of the most affordable and unique art and cultural experiences available. Oceanside accommodations, all gourmet meals and drinks, private room/bath/balcony and view, (we do not charge extra for a single!), and much more. See our website for details, schedule, free video instruction and more. Find out why participants that have come to the Casa return saying it is the best workshop experience they have ever had!

Art in the Mountains - "Premier Destination Workshops!" Since 1983
Click here to learn more about these art workshops in Bend, Oregon! Art in the Mountains has 10 - 15 fine art painting classes each year including studio and plein-air classes. Our instructors are internationally known and published artists who enjoy sharing their knowledge and techniques in their workshops. We offer instruction in most media and genres. Classes include daily demonstrations, unique curriculum, and one-on-one support. Class sizes are limited to 18 or 20 so you get more individual instruction. Please visit our website for our current line-up of classes and workshops and remember to check back at the end of the year when we post next year's schedule. We hope to see you soon.

Master Classes at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia
Click here to learn more about these art classes in Philadelphia! The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) was founded in 1805, and is the nation's first school and museum of art. Located in a vibrant Center City, Philadelphia location, PAFA is just blocks away from the city's major art museums including the Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia Museum of Art and Rodin Museum. Our Master Classes and Workshops offer you the opportunity to work with renowned artists with national and international reputations, many of them on the PAFA faculty. Classes are scheduled in two- or three-day formats, usually over weekends and often include a public lecture. The 2016 line-up includes Dan Miller, Neysa Grassi, Scott Noel, Stuart Shils, Susan Van Campen, James Toogood, Joe Sweeney, Ellen Eagle, Christine Lafuente and Elizabeth Osborne. Visit or call 215-972-7632.

Madeline Island School of the Arts (MISA) - La Pointe, WI
Click here to learn more about these art classes and workshops in Wisconsin! Madeline Island School of the Arts (MISA) is ranked among the top five art and craft schools in the country. The school is located on Madeline Island, the largest of the 22 Apostle Islands in Lake Superior. Board the car ferry in our charming port town of Bayfield, WI and in twenty minutes you'll slip into Island time. MISA's workshop environment is known for its world renowned instructors, spacious studios, superior on-site accommodations, and a staff that will ensure an unforgettable experience. Our fabulous meals and dining facilities provide an additional opportunity to bond with students and instructors. Classes in photography, painting, writing, quilting, fiber arts and mixed media are available June -October. View our workshop schedule at, email, or call 715.747.2054.

Acrylic Painting Workshops in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Click here to learn more about these art workshops in Mexico! Study Acrylic painting with Susan Santiago, Director of Galeria San Francisco, in a sun filled space, in San Miguel de Allende. The gallery, located in one of the oldest buildings in the city, overlooks the Jardin, with great views of the Parroquia, and has restaurants and shops directly below. Susan has 30 years of experience as an art teacher and exhibiting artist in Los Angeles. She opened her gallery in San Miguel in 2014 and offers beginning, intermediate, and advanced classes throughout the year. If you are interested in learning the basics, improving or brushing up your skills, then these classes are for you. For more information please visit the gallery's website or send an email to

Learn Painting with Ann Bell (Houston, TX)
Click here to learn more about these mixed media workshops! Private painting classes with artist Ann Bell give you a unique creative experience. Personal attention enables you to improve quickly, whether you're a beginner or experienced. You choose the subject matter and degree of detail you want: abstract, realism or in between. You'll learn how to paint, how to mix colors, how to compose your painting, and how to evaluate your finished painting. You can learn watercolor, acrylic or mixed media, even if you can't draw a straight line. Ann provides all supplies for your first class, so even if you are visiting Houston, you can enjoy painting with Ann in her centrally located artist studio. Online Classes are available. Visit, or contact Ann Bell at or 281-330-3827.

PhotoQuest Adventures
Click here to learn more about these photo tours! PhotoQuest Adventures (PQA) is an international travel company specializing in intimate photography workshops and unique cultural experiences around the globe. Through the highly skilled travel and photographic leadership of the Quest Leaders, PQA breaks down barriers commonly encountered in global travel, creating access to unforgettable experiences for travel enthusiasts and photographers of all skill levels. With PQA, you'll enjoy once-in-a-lifetime photography adventures to the most interesting and photogenic corners of the world. Visit:

A variety of one week painting workshops all year around
Click here to learn more about these art workshops in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico! Cristi Fer Art Studio and Gallery established in 1989, offers a great variety of one week workshops in San Miguel de Allende, picturesque and inspirational setting, called The Heart of Mexico. We welcome beginners to advanced artists to join acrylic, watercolor, oil painting workshops, teaching expressionist and realistic painting, in studio and plein air. Choose one of the scheduled workshops or contact us for a private week. Novice encouraged to enroll. We offer personalized instruction in a small group setting from accomplished and experienced painters and instructors. It is a fantastic vacation blending painting and side seeing of Colonial architecture, narrow cobblestone streets, shopping, restaurants and brilliant light. Gain experience and confidence! Contact us in advance at and

"The New Colored Pencil" - July 19-21, 2016 in Coos Bay, OR
Click here to learn more about this art workshop in Washington! Come to the Oregon coast, a gorgeous summer haven! Kristy Kutch, workshop instructor, invites you for three fascinating days, exploring the remarkable range of colored pencil techniques. Waxy/oily and watersoluble colored pencils, even some watercolor crayons, will be featured, combining them for "painterly" results. Giving frequent demonstrations, Kristy acquaints students with an abundance of related materials. Students receive a generous supply of products, including new items on the art scene. (Bring a spare tote bag!) Classes are held at the Coos Art Museum. Kristy Kutch is the featured artist in 4 instructional DVDs and is the author of the books Drawing and Painting with Colored Pencil and The New Colored Pencil. Members: $300, non-members: $350. (Registration ends June 15). Visit or contact Stephanie Donaldson at or 541-267-3901.

Plein Air Pastel Painting in Southern France - August 23 - September 2, 2016
Click here to learn more about this painting workshop in Southern France! Join Terri Ford for 10 fun and educational days of painting in the Lot & Dordogne regions of Southern France. Based at the idyllic Domaine du Haut Baran, the trip will include day trips to charming nearby villages, vineyards & many picturesque, historical locations. Terri will demonstrate techniques that she uses to create her award winning paintings. We will paint at Domain du Haut Baran (indoor studio and French easels available), and travel to neighboring villages and other locations on alternate days. Work closely with Terri or at your own pace and leisure. Enjoy delicious meals and wine along the way. Terri, an Eminent Pastelist with the International Association of Pastel Societies, is an enthusiastic and knowledgeable instructor. View details.

Gibson House Art Workshops/Retreats (Haverhill, New Hampshire)
Click here to learn more about these art workshops in New Hampshire! The Gibson House Bed and Breakfast overlooks the peaceful landscape of New Hampshire's pristine Upper Connecticut River Valley, offering an idyllic setting for artists' workshops/retreats. You will find yourself inspired by the charming, unspoiled New England village and the picture-perfect village, garden and mountain views. Two 50-foot-long porches insure outdoor work and relaxation in any weather. And the 2000 square foot art gallery and workshop features 12 foot ceilings with great illumination. A wide variety of workshops are taught by an accomplished group of artists/instructors who have a passion for teaching all experience levels. Attending a Workshop at the Gibson House is an experience you will long remember. Visit, call (603) 989-3125 or (800) 989-2150, or email

Discounted June Workshop in the South of France with Luxury Accommodations
Click here to learn more about this art workshop in the South of France! We are offering a $500 discount to fill the last 2 slots in this workshop! Spend 8 days painting stunning venues such as the lush gardens of a mysterious abbey, the ruins of a Cathar castle, charming vineyards and ancient villages. Stay in a luxurious 12th century property in the south of France with panoramic views of the surrounding vineyards. And when you aren't out painting, you can take a dip in the pool or enjoy the luxurious steam baths. All gourmet meals provided, including lunches out at sunny cafes in the French countryside. For oil and acrylic painters; all levels welcome. More details at Contact to redeem the discount.

Kristy Kutch Colored Pencil Workshops
Click here to learn more about these colored pencil workshops! Kristy Kutch has been creating colored pencil art for almost thirty years and has been teaching colored pencil workshops since 1991. A teacher with a life license, she applies many basic learning principles to her workshops, enthusiastically meeting each student at the appropriate level. Beginners are always welcome, but even advanced artists benefit from Kristy's instruction. Offering demonstrations of techniques and the characteristics of different types of colored pencils, papers, and other related materials, Kristy covers a wide range of possibilities. Her techniques book, Drawing and Painting with Colored Pencil (Watson-Guptill Publications), was released in 2005. Her new book, The New Colored Pencil, is a May, 2014 Watson-Guptill release. She is also the feature artist in the Artist Palette Productions DVD "Colored Pencil Landscapes: Beyond The Basics". Kristy's workshops are held nationwide; each is an enjoyable, supportive, memorable experience in a beautiful location. To learn more, visit or contact Kristy at or 219-874-4688.

Etruscan Places - Landscape Painting in Tuscany and Civita Castellana, Italy
Click here to learn more about these plein air painting workshops in Italy! Etruscan Places offers a completely unique series of open air painting workshops on location, rain or shine, in some of Italy's most spectacular landscapes. Artists, curators, writers Maddine Insalaco and Joe Vinson are residents and home owners in both the USA and Italy. Their presence in Tuscany since 1995 guarantees their knowledge of the landscape, inhabitants and local culture and everything connected with it. Presently 4 distinct 1 week classes are offered May - October: Open Air Fundamentals (all levels); Elements of Landscape (intermediate +); Roman Campagna (advanced); Advanced Seminar. Fees include materials and surfaces, equipment, meals, accommodation, field trips and local transport. 12 student max and 2 instructors every class. 40%+ participant return rate. Contact or call 212-780-3216.

The most personalized plein-air painting workshops in Europe
Click here to learn more about these art workshops in Europe! We have the reputation to be the company that organizes the most personalised painting workshops by taking care of you from start to finish. We provide transportation to painting spots in a comfortable mini van and a bilingual tour leader stays with you at all times. We hire the best teachers known for their love and reputation of teaching. Our workshops take place in unique places carefully chosen for their beauty but also their history, culture and food: France, Spain, Italy, Holland, Belgium, Switzerland. Because of the small size of the group (6 to 12 students), not only will the teacher will be able to spend time with each participant but each trip will feel like a family trip. Our motto is "Don't be a tourist, be our guest".,, 510-483-5713

Painting the light of the Amalfi Coast, Italy (July 14-23, 2016)
Click here to learn more about this art workshop in Italy! Enjoy the spectacular nature and charming villages of the Amalfi Coast in this plein air painting workshop organized by the Amalfi Coast Festival and led by artist Gonzalo Ruiz-Navarro. Highlights: Maximum 12 students, all levels and mediums, art-related excursions, present your work at Festival exhibitions, join a vibrant community of visual and performing artists, lodging in 4-start hotel, daily concerts in local venues, special guest program for spouses and friends. Workshop will focus on 3 aspects: 1) Use of value and color to create the impression of light and achieve natural harmony in your paintings; 2) Compositional strategies to build a strong, expressive design; 3) Use of linear and aerial perspective to create the illusion of volume and depth. Visit: www.gonzaloruiznavarro or email

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