Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Plein Air on the Shores of Lake Como with Jon Budicin"
September 5-12, 2018
 

Spend a week painting, living, and relaxing with a small group of artists on the shores of beautiful Lake Como! Master artist, Jon Budicin, will teach for 5 full days. The class is limited in size to 8 participating artists. We will visit different locations around the lake for painting. Workshop includes all breakfasts and dinners, as well as airport transfers and transportation of artists to painting locations. This will be a week to remember! Come and join us!
 
Location: Lake Como, Italy
Instructor: Jon Budicin
Cost: $3750 Single Occupancy/Private Bath
Sponsor: Open Air Italy
Website, email, 1-321-626-2717


"Painting the Landscape in Tuscany & Umbria"
September 8-15, 2018
 

This workshop is open to artists of all media, though Judith will work in oils. Mineral spirits for oil painters is provided. An art supply shop is located in Cortona and offers a range of art supplies. The itinerary accommodates morning and afternoon art sessions with the exception of the full-day wine tour to Montalcino, Pienza & Montepulciano. Included is a day in Siena and a half-day trip to Lake Trasimeno! In the event of inclement weather in Cortona indoor space or covered outdoor space will be provided. Non-artists can enjoy sightseeing, shopping and enjoying the relaxed atmosphere of classic Italian caffes and piazzas!! Don't forget to bring a camera to record your experience and bring your memories home!
 
Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: Judith D'Agostino
Cost: From US$3149.00 per person/ all-inclusive except airfare
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Website, email, Italy 331 422 9047


"Venice: 8 Day Painting Retreat"
September 14-22, 2018
 

Do you like to paint for a few hours and then fill your day with sightseeing? That's our magic formula! I'll show you my most favorite nooks and crannies that tourists don't even know about. (Non-painters are welcome too!) Skill Level : From beginners up to advanced levels are welcome. Includes: Shared lodging (2 to a room) for 8 nights in a typical Venice apartment, workshop instruction for 6 days, continental breakfast every day, and 2 dinners. Not included: Airfare, transportation, museums, daily lunches and 6 dinners.
 
Location: Venice, Italy
Instructor: Helen K Beacham
Cost: $2500 US (or $2300 Early Bird rate through March 30)
Website, email, 843-408-5240


"Etruscan Places Open Air Fundamentals"
September 15-22, 2018
 

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


"Autumn on Lake Como Watercolor Workshop"
September 17-30, 2018
 

Immerse yourself in your art for an extended stay near Tremezzo on Lake Como with the gorgeous Swiss Alps as a background. Enjoy visiting the small coastal villages along the shores of Lake Como as we travel by boat from one to another. The weather should still be nice while we avoid hectic summer crowds. You will be led by our instructor David Beale, both an accomplished artist and teacher. He has won numerous national and international awards and has taught many workshops in both the USA and abroad. David is known not only for his skill and knowledge but easy-going personality that makes every workshop experience memorable and delightful.
 
Location: Tremezzo, Italy
Instructor: David Beale
Cost: $1340
Sponsor: The Picture house
Website, email, 607-591-6752


"Plein Air Lake Como"
September 19-26, 2018
 

Capture the glorious colors of Italy’s Lake Como, in this week long plein air painting workshop with Victoria Brooks. Victoria teaches primarily in oil but also teaches in acrylic and watercolor. She will teach you how to paint water and reflections, capturing colorful architecture and quaint vignettes against grand skies and the cobalt blue of Lake Como. Victoria teaches the methods of simplicity to help you get the next level, whether you are a beginner or experienced painter you will grow as an artist and come home with beautiful painting studies to document your trip. She will work to encourage your personal style. Sharing the steps she takes, she will cover: Story, Composition, Technique, Color, Values and Edges.
 
Location: Lake Como, Italy
Instructor: Victoria Brooks
Cost: From US$3440.00 per person/ all-inclusive except airfare
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Website, email, Italy 331 422 9047


"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).
 
Location: Certaldo, Italy
Instructor: Brenda Swenson, www.swensonsart.net
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Jan 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Traveling Through Watercolors: Bay of Naples"
September 28 - October 12, 2018
 

The Watercolor workshop participants will be immersed in study of watercolor in the wonderful scenario of the Bay of Naples. Painting fundamentals, technique and color will be explored as well as the study of drawing, specifically how tone, brush stroke and line can convey form, space, light and texture. The course will hold group critiques to provide feedback and discourse on each participants' works. The program will also offer scheduled lectures and excursions, a wonderful way to explore the beautiful area of Sorrento and Amalfi Coast. Painting during our excursions will be exciting opportunities to record the beautiful settings we will be visiting. The two week long course will conclude with a group exhibit in an Art Gallery in Naples.
 
Location: Sorrento Coast-Naples, Italy
Instructor: Jun Pierre Shiozawa
Cost: 2.200,00 €
Sponsor: italylab.education
Website, email, +39 3341886537


"Tuscany Expressionist Painting Retreat with Dorothy Fagan"
September 29 - October 7, 2018
 

Create Your Own Customized Retreat at a Restored 15th Century Villa in the Maremma region of southern Tuscany. Select from a complete menu from Italian cooking to painting, watercolor and oil to journaling dreams, exploring, visiting artisan shops, writing, cooking, eating, napping, and enjoying the good company of creative souls. Get full details (and amazing photos) about this fabulous villa, gardens with emerald pool, olive grove, vineyards ... this is not your average Tuscan painting workshop! Close to the rocky coastline, beaches, hot sulphur spas, Monte Amiata, an archaeological dig ... you will think you have died and gone to painter's heaven.
 
Location: Grosetto, Italy
Instructor: Dorothy Fagan
Cost: $1800 - $3200
Sponsor: The Painting Lesson
Website, email, 804-366-0990


"Historic Itineraries for Advanced Painters, Civita Castellana"
September 29 - October 6, 2018
 

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


"Tuscany Painting Retreat"
September 29 - October 7, 2018
 

Stir Up Your CreativSOUP at a Restored 15th Century Villa in the Maremma region of southern Tuscany. Create Your Own Customized Painting Retreat with Dorothy Fagan, on the breath-taking 2500 acre Monteverdi Estate. Select from a complete menu from Italian cooking lessons to painting, watercolor and oil to journaling dreams, exploring, visiting artisan shops, writing, spas, eating, napping, and enjoying the good company of creative souls. Dorothy’s CreativSOUP Method sparks passion and touches heart and soul. Nearby are tennis, golf, riding, sailing, wine tasting, spas, and miles of sandy beach, rocky coastline, and Tuscany’s tallest mountain. Florence, Siena, San Gimignano, archaeological sites of Roselle and Tarquinia, and ancient sulphur baths Saturnia are all within a short drive.
 
Location: Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Dorothy Fagan
Cost: $1800 - $3200
Sponsor: The Painting Lesson
Website, email, 804-366-0990


"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).
 
Location: Certaldo, Italy
Instructor: Brenda Swenson, www.swensonsart.net
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Jan 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Studio Italia offered since 1997"
October 3-13, 2018
 

Thought-provoking and inspirational art workshop open to artists of all levels and all media (oils, acrylics, watercolors). Ten full days of plein-air painting, art history/theory, touring, group critiques and gourmet cuisine/wine in the most beautiful area of Tuscany. Small groups, personalized instruction and an intimate environment that fosters creativity and fun. Cost is CAD 3150 or the equivalent in American dollars at the time of full payment (around US$ 2,550 as of Sept. 2017). Cost includes: art instruction, ten-night double accommodation, all breakfasts, 8 lunches, 9 gourmet dinners including wine, transportation from and to the Arezzo train station, transportation to all painting/visiting sites (Montepulciano, Cortona, Pienza, Assisi, etc.) train ticket to Florence and entrance to the Uffizi Museum.
 
Location: Torrita di Siena, Italy
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$2550
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, (800) 611-4789


"Laura and Billy’s Excellent Painting Adventure - Italy 2018"
October 6-13, 2018
 

Replenish your Art Spirit through constructive positive energy. Ten years running, Laura Martinez-Bianco and William Noonan guide these small group week-long plein air painting workshops. Join us this year in the exquisite mystical countryside of Umbria. Individualized instruction allows you to set goals and challenges, while working at your own pace in the media of your choice. The camaraderie of the group benefits seasoned professionals as well as absolute beginners. Italy is sure to inspire; the sights, sounds and tastes will fill your senses. Price is all inclusive excluding travel to Perugia. US $2,950 includes; art instruction, 7 nights double occupancy, all meals, transportation from Perugia to all painting and cultural sites.
 
Location: Perugia, Italy
Instructor: Laura Martinez-Bianco & William Noonan
Cost: $2,950 US$ all inclusive except travel to Perugia
Sponsor: L&B's Excellent Painting Adventures
Website, email, 845-542-6472


"Advanced Plein Air Landscape Seminar"
October 13-20, 2018
 

Our Advanced Seminar will offer experienced painters the opportunity to work intensively all day without the disruption of movements. We will have exclusive use of a spectacularly situated farm which will enable participants to develop longer term and larger scale works if desired. Two instructors, Maddine Insalaco and Joe Vinson, will be available to work with participants. Critiques will be held daily. Slide shows on issues relevant to landscape painting will be held two evenings. Fees include most materials, surfaces and equipment, accommodations, all meals, field trip, local transportation. Reduced fees for extended stays.
 
Location: Buonconvento, Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Maddine Insalaco and Joe Vinson
Cost: $2,500 - $2,860
Sponsor: Etruscan Places
Website, email, 212-780-3216


"Amalfi Coast - Plein Air with Larry Moore"
October 13-20, 2018
 

Spend a week with a small group of artists as we paint and enjoy the beauty and culture of the Amalfi Coast! October is a great time to visit Amalfi, with the temperatures mild and the crowds down! Notable and talented artist, Larry Moore, will be teaching for 5 full days. Class size is limited to 8 participating artists to allow maximum time between individual artists and teacher! We will visit different coastal locations for painting daily. Workshop includes daily breakfasts, welcome and farewell dinners, airport transfers, and all transportation of artists to painting locations. Class is open to all mediums and all levels! Hope to see you there!
 
Location: Amalfi Coast, Italy
Instructor: Larry Moore
Cost: $3750 Single Occupancy/Private Bath
Sponsor: Open Air Italy
Website, email, 1-321-626-2717


"Found – Stitch – Paint Workshop"
October 22-28, 2018
 

This is a hands on, experimental workshop with a strong emphasis on using found materials and inventive applications of textile and mixed media processes as part of the exploration of developing a ‘creative language’. The principles of Wabi Sabi come into play as part of the process of exploring connection to place as you work with your found materials. Taking inspiration from both material and place, the workshop explores the use of layers in found textiles and papers to create folding forms and objects inspired by the land and landscape. Paint, color, collage and stitch will transform the ordinary into the extraordinary as new surfaces emerge and your pieces unfold as you journey, observe and create.
 
Location: Colle Val d’ Elsa, Italy
Instructor: Cas Holmes
Cost: $3,625 Shared, $4,195 Single
Sponsor: Arts & Cultural Travel
Website, email, 617-855-9209


"Art Trip Italy and the Venice Biennale 2019"
June 1-11, 2019
 

Ten days visiting the major art sites and art museums in Rome and Florence as well as the 58th Venice Biennale, the world’s most prestigious contemporary art exhibition. A cultural and fun trip in the company of an experienced art historian and a small group of like-minded adults. Price of CAD 3600 (around US$ 2790 as of March 2018) includes ten-night double accommodation, complimentary breakfast, two-day entrance to the Venice Biennale and entrance to all museums and sites on schedule (Palazzo Massimo, Sistine Chapel, Galleria Borguese, Uffizi, Palazzo Pitti, Modern Art Gallery, l’Accademia, etc.) all ground transportation as a group (train, bus, subway, vaporetto) to all cities and sites on schedule, daily art talks and discovery walks.
 
Location: Rome, Florence and Venice, Italy
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$2790
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Drawing in Central Italy"
June 2-9, 2019
 

I invite you to draw, learn and celebrate the joy of slow art with me in Central Italy (Tuscany & Umbria), one of the most artistically inspirational places in the world. Learn to "see" more acutely, gain control of the exciting world of color, make your sketchbook your companion and use it as a tool for meditation. Let me share with you the beauty and incredible art history of this "Cradle of the Renaissance", while we learn to use our sketchbook as a way of life. Diane Cardaci is the author of over 6 art instruction books and has been teaching and sharing her knowledge of the fine art of drawing and painting for over 30 years.
 
Location: Lago Trasimeno Area, Italy
Instructor: Diane Cardaci
Cost: $3370-$3570
Sponsor: Strada Toscana
Website, email, 15613154015


"Paint Strokes in Tuscany"
June 5-12, 2019
 

Imagine the ambiance that will fill every sensory with excitement as you stand on the rolling hills in the wine country of Italy, surrounded by picturesque stone buildings, painting at your easel, with other likeminded artists, and for a whole week! Smell the fresh air of the country as your paint strokes capture what you see! Bobbi Baldwin will introduce you to some refreshing new ideas about how to approach a painting from the glorious city of Cortona and Lake Trasimeno in Umbria.
 
Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: Bobbi Baldwin
Cost: From $3,499.00 all inclusive in Italy
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Website, email, +39 331 422 9047


"Studio Italia offered since 1997"
June 14-24, 2019
 

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


"Plein Air Tuscany & Umbria"
July 6-13, 2019
 

Workshops include as many demos as participants may need, abundant one on one instruction with Spencer and daily critique sessions for those who wish to participate. And just to make sure the student has everything he or she needs to succeed in making better paintings, you’ll have the beauty of the Tuscan landscape to inspire you! Come and learn how to better express your artistic vision in a place that has inspired some of history’s giants, with an artist who genuinely loves to teach.
 
Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: Spencer Meagher
Cost: From $3,149.00 all inclusive in Italy
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Website, email, +39 331 422 9047


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

The best thing about our itinerary for travel sketching in Tuscany is the sheer breadth of subjects to choose from — that, and the near-magical light and colour of this unique part of the world. In our week together I’ll teach you techniques for capturing the close-up and colourful in villages and towns, as well as the distant and scenic in Italian landscapes. We’ll sketch, rolling hills with vineyards, olive groves, hillside towns and panoramas. In true travel sketching tradition, we’ll pack light — carrying a small bag for art materials and a folding stool. This workshop is designed to give you confidence sketching wherever you are. We’ll work spontaneously, and I’ll show you how to keep your watercolour sketches fresh and colourful.
 
Location: Certaldo, Italy
Instructor: Shari Blaukopf, www.shariblaukopf.com
Cost: $3,190 before Jan. 31 ($3,390 after Jan. 31)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


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

The best thing about our itinerary for travel sketching in Tuscany is the sheer breadth of subjects to choose from — that, and the near-magical light and colour of this unique part of the world. In our week together I’ll teach you techniques for capturing the close-up and colourful in villages and towns, as well as the distant and scenic in Italian landscapes. We’ll sketch, rolling hills with vineyards, olive groves, hillside towns and panoramas. In true travel sketching tradition, we’ll pack light — carrying a small bag for art materials and a folding stool. This workshop is designed to give you confidence sketching wherever you are. We’ll work spontaneously, and I’ll show you how to keep your watercolour sketches fresh and colourful.
 
Location: Certaldo, Italy
Instructor: Shari Blaukopf, www.shariblaukopf.com
Cost: $3,190 before Jan. 31 ($3,390 after Jan. 31)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


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

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


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

We look forward to returning to dreamy Tuscany and sharing the adventure with you! We’ll explore the inspiring countryside and charming villages as we make the most of our painting time together. Experience daily demonstrations, personalized instruction, and, encouraging support with Theresa and Cindy. We show you how to design and simplify your subject, draw confidently, jazz up your colors, paint with serendipity and experiment with new techniques. Enjoy creating colorful paintings with an emphasis on your own unique point of view.
 
Location: Certaldo, Italy
Instructor: Cindy Briggs & Theresa Goesling
Cost: $3,190 before Jan. 31 ($3,390 after Jan. 31)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


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

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


"Painting in Tuscany"
October 4-11, 2019
 

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


 

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