Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Art Workshops and Tours in Ireland"
July 22-29, 2019
 

Hugh O’Neill created this exciting Irish art travel company in 1994, celebrating our 25th year as the most successful art workshops and cultural experiences to Ireland North and South. Hugh O’Neill was born in Belfast Ireland in 1959 and has been teaching students of all ages and abilities for over 30 years, developing over the years a deep understanding of your needs. Art materials are supplied free in Ireland for oil and pastel, acrylic users. For total beginners and non painters. The atmosphere is always relaxed and friendly, whilst also being productive and lively. Expect positive encouragement to try new ideas. His renowned teaching skills, experience and talents ensures you get a rewarding experience. " Best trip of our lifetimes” Barbara and Brian Callery, Rhode Island USA
 
Location: Newcastle, Ireland
Instructor: HughO'Neill
Cost: $1200-1580
Sponsor: Hugh O'Neill Art Tours
Website, email, 561-718-1294


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


"Mixed Media Acrylic Painting Workshop in Amsterdam"
September 1, 2019
 

Create whimsical and wonderful flowers using acrylic and mixed-media. This workshop will be held right in the centre of Amsterdam where we focus on flowers while creating contemporary mixed media work. Starting from construct drawing to final painting we will bring collage and other mediums into our painting. Participants will learn how to use effective brush stroke and palette knife techniques, how to mix beautiful colours and create an interesting unique composition. Some materials provided. For material list and information please email, link below.
 
Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Instructor: Sandra Iafrate, sandraiafrate.com
Website, email


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


"Learn the secrets of abstract painting in Tuscany Italy"
October 13-23, 2019
 

I am thrilled to return for another trip to Italy where we will be pampered, inspired, wined and dined in true Italian hospitality. We begin our journey exploring the hills of Lucca and our beautifully restored farmhouse. Your interaction with your surroundings will influence the colors and textures in your paintings. The mystery evolves with collage layering techniques and veiling using acrylic mediums. I will share with you my formulas and techniques for creating textures and building layers. We will also incorporate local materials into our mixed media work and maybe even add a transfer. You will learn innovative painting techniques, but more importantly you will learn fresh new ways to see!
 
Location: Lucca, Italy
Instructor: Sandra Duran Wilson
Cost: $3,599
Sponsor: Follow Your Senses in Tuscany
Website, email


"Lakescape Painting Workshop with Colin Halliday"
October 14-18, 2019
 

The painting workshop includes daily demonstrations, one-to-one tuition, and critique sessions. Under the guidance of professional painter Colin Halliday, you will be encouraged to exceed your creativity, express you own style and learn how to master light, space, tones and balance techniques, among many others. 5 days - Available in English - Available to all levels - Max. 10 people - Expert art tutor - Oils, acrylics, mixed media - Landscape, Lakescape. UpTrek Painting Holiday 2019 inclusions: 4 nights of accommodation, all meals, 5 full days of painting tuition with artist Colin Halliday, wine during dinner, transfers for daily painting trips.
 
Location: Keswick, Lake District, England
Instructor: Colin Halliday
Cost: $1,540
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Awakening Your Creative Soul in Costa Rica"
November 9-16, 2019
 

I invite you to join me on this beautiful, inspiring and nurturing adventure for awakening your creative soul. We will have the entire Ahki Resort near Nosara for our small group. A true retreat destination, intentionally created for group work to support your overall body, mind & soul. We will work with art, music, movement and inquiry to nurture your creative spirit. “Your art will be found in the hidden corners and crevices of your soul. It won’t hit you over the head, it will whisper your name. Learn to listen and see with fresh eyes. Expand your perceptions and invite your muse to join you in a grand adventure.” -excerpt taken from Awakening Your Creative Soul by Sandra Duran Wilson.
 
Location: Nosara, Costa Rica
Instructor: Sandra Duran Wilson
Cost: $2,995
Sponsor: Ahki Retreat
Website, email


"Earth’s Eye: Painting Holiday in the Unesco Lake District"
January 27-31, 2020
 

The painting holiday includes daily demonstrations, one-to-one tuition, and critique sessions. Under the guidance of professional painter Colin Halliday, you will be encouraged to exceed your creativity, express you own style and learn how to master light, space, tones and balance techniques, among many others. 5 days - Available in English - Available to all levels - Max. 10 people - Expert art tutor - Oils, acrylics, mixed media - Landscape, Lakescape. UpTrek Painting Holiday 2020 inclusions: 4 nights of accommodation, all meals, 5 full days of painting tuition with artist Colin Halliday, wine during dinner, transfers for daily painting trips.
 
Location: Keswick, Lake District, England
Instructor: Colin Halliday
Cost: $1,540
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Unlocking the Mysteries of Acrylic Mixed Media"
April 1-20, 2020
 

Texture, layers, color and materials are the words of the story your creative muse is writing. In this course you will learn the language of acrylic and mixed media, to enhance your artistic story. The world will open as you explore your authentic voice and awaken your creative soul. All skill levels are welcome, and I especially encourage new painters along with experienced artists looking to add freshness and excitement to their art. The only requirement is that you come with an open mind and create with fresh eyes as we explore unusual ways to use fabrics, tools and mediums. You will uncover the mysteries of how acrylic gels and pastes can add dimension to your mixed media work.
 
Location: Ballarat, Australia
Instructor: Sandra Duran Wilson
Sponsor: Fibre Arts Australia
Website, email, 505-954-4179


 

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