Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Art by the Sea: Illustration and Drawing Vacation in Croatia"
July 25 - August 1, 2019
 

Travel to Croatia and learn to draw and illustrate from a professional painter and illustrator, explore soft pencil and watercolor techniques, and find your inspiration on Croatia's stunning Dalmatian Coast, among wondrous medieval buildings, picturesque bays, and rocky crags overlooking the turquoise Adriatic Sea. UpTrek Art Retreat 2019 inclusions: accommodation, all meals, daily illustration and drawing workshops with artist Irena Sophia, art supplies, guided Vodice tour, guided tour of Šibenik, guided Prvic Island tour, airport transfers from Zadar or Split.
 
Location: Vodice, Croatia
Instructor: Irena Sophia
Cost: $1,340
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Plein air painting in the Balaton Uplands National Park in Hungary"
August 9-15, 2019
 

A fabulous 5-day plein air painting holiday in a unique landscape full of contrast. We base ourselves in the bustling town of Balatonfüred from where we travel to some outstandingly beautiful places of the Balaton Uplands National Park: the Tihany Peninsula which has a Mediterranean feel, the town of Veszprém, one of Hungary’s oldest and most beautiful towns as well as many geological formations. Paint and sketch while enjoying some local cuisine and wine in a relaxed atmosphere. Take a dip in Lake Balaton, also called the Hungarian Sea for the vast area that it covers. Cost to be confirmed soon!
 
Location: Tihany, Hungary
Instructor: Ibolya Taligas
Cost: To be confirmed
Sponsor: Painting Getaways
Website, email, +44 203 488 2991


"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


"Art by the Sea Painting Retreat on the Dalmatian Coast"
August 22-29, 2019
 

Travel to Croatia and learn to draw and illustrate from a professional painter and illustrator, explore soft pencil and watercolor techniques, and find your inspiration on Croatia's stunning Dalmatian Coast, among wondrous medieval buildings, picturesque bays, and rocky crags overlooking the turquoise Adriatic Sea. UpTrek Art Retreat 2019 inclusions: accommodation, all meals, daily illustration and drawing workshops with artist Irena Sophia, art supplies, guided Vodice tour, guided tour of Šibenik, guided Prvic Island tour, airport transfers from Zadar or Split.
 
Location: Vodice, Croatia
Instructor: Irena Sophia
Cost: $1,340
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"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


"Walk and sketch in the High Tatras in Slovakia"
August 29 - September 4, 2019
 

The High Tatra Mountain range in Slovakia boasts with imposing peaks, pristine lakes and pine forest. This enchanting landscape will be our sketching and painting location for 5 glorious days. We walk along mountain paths that lead us to breathtaking scenery. Each day we visit spectacular locations such as Strbske Pleso, Popradske Pleso, Hrebienok..etc. You will learn sketching technique as well as practical advice working outdoors. Help and demonstrations will be available. A very flexible art holiday where you choose your accommodation and take as many breaks as you like. Suitable for any artist who loves to explore nature. €295/person. Experience nature at its best!
 
Location: Poprad, Slovakia
Instructor: Ibolya Taligas
Cost: €295
Sponsor: Painting Getaways
Website, email, +44 203 488 2991


"Painting Retreat: Get Inspired by the Normandy Countryside"
September 1-7, 2019
 

Travel to Normandy, immerse in a tutored painting retreat, walk in Monet and Pissarro's footsteps, discover new perspectives on artistic techniques, and get inspired by the picturesque Normandy countryside and the scenic Parc Naturel Régional de Normandie-Maine. UpTrek Painting Retreat 2019 inclusions: accommodation in a charming farmhouse designed as an homage to famous French painters, daily home-cooked meals, local wine and cider, daily painting workshops with artist Angela Birchall (classes and workshops in the mornings, guided en plein air in the afternoons), art supplies.
 
Location: Orne, Normandy, France
Instructor: Angela Birchall
Cost: $1,260
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Pen & Watercolor Illustration in Tuscany!"
September 4-11, 2019
 

Picture yourself sitting in an outdoor cafe in one of the piazzas, sketchbook in hand, immersed in capturing the life around you while enjoying a cappuccino. Let me share the techniques I use in my work using a very portable means of sketching - pen and ink and watercolor – to record the beautiful, sensitive lines of an old building or the bold strokes of a street scene. Learn to zoom in on the important elements when working in the field to create interesting compositions and lasting memories with texture and rich washes of color!
 
Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: Ann Thomas
Cost: From $3390.00 double occupancy
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Website, email, +39 331 422 9047


"Illustration and Painting Vacation on Croatia's Dalmatian Coast"
September 4-11, 2019
 

Travel to Croatia and learn to draw and illustrate from a professional painter and illustrator, explore soft pencil and watercolor techniques, and find your inspiration on Croatia's stunning Dalmatian Coast, among wondrous medieval buildings, picturesque bays, and rocky crags overlooking the turquoise Adriatic Sea. UpTrek Art Retreat 2019 inclusions: accommodation, all meals, daily illustration and drawing workshops with artist Irena Sophia, art supplies, guided Vodice tour, guided tour of Šibenik, guided Prvic Island tour, airport transfers from Zadar or Split.
 
Location: Vodice, Croatia
Instructor: Irena Sophia
Cost: $1,340
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Chateau Marouatte (Plein Air Sketching Retreat)"
September 5-12, 2019
 

We will live in a castle in the Dordogne region of France! From beginners (with at least some minimal experience in sketching or watercolor painting) up to advanced levels are invited. You don't need any experience in painting plein air (outdoors). Let me guide you through it...we all start somewhere and I'll make it easy!
 
Location: Grand-Brassac, France
Instructor: Helen K Beacham
Cost: $2500.00
Sponsor: Helen K Beacham Fine Art
Website, email, 843-408-5240


"Dutch Expressions: Art Retreat in The Netherlands"
September 11-18, 2019
 

Travel to the Netherlands for an art retreat covering captivating and authentic Dutch artistic expressions. Take part in animated workshops and outdoor painting sessions under experts’ guidance. UpTrek Art Retreat 2019 inclusions: 7 nights of 4-star hotel accommodation, all meals, drinks, all workshops, lectures, drawing and painting sessions with artists Eduard Moes, Ingrid van Aert, Emilie Lindenbergh, Julia Hope, airport transfers, all tours, entrances and museum fees (Rijksmuseum, Rembrandt House Museum, Zaanse Schans, Singer Museum in Laren, Hoge Veluwe National Park, Kröller-Müller Museum, Mesdag Panorama and Gemeentemuseum in The Hague), souvenir, and tips.
 
Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Instructor: Eduard Moes, Ingrid van Aert
Cost: $3,290
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Heart of Granada: Tutored Painting Vacation in Spain"
September 15-22, 2019
 

Capture the authentic Spanish charm with this painting and drawing vacation including live demonstrations, individual tutoring under professional painters' guidance, open air sessions and dynamic workshops. Redefine your artistic expression and creativity as you explore the vivid streets, hilltop vistas and local flamenco shows of the mesmerizing Granada. UpTrek Art Retreat 2019 inclusions: 7 nights of accommodation, 7 breakfasts, 6 picnic lunches, 2 dinners, painting and drawing classes, workshops and demonstrations with artists Tali Farchi and Royce Deans, admission to a flamenco performance, transport to and from painting locations/excursions, art supplies kit.
 
Location: Granada, Spain
Instructor: Tali Farchi and Royce Deans
Cost: $1,780
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"White Washed Moorish Townscape: Urban Painting Vacation in Andalucia"
September 20-27, 2019
 

Travel to Spain, learn to sketch and paint urban landscapes from widely exhibited painter Noëlle Griffiths, and get inspired by the exquisite white washed Moorish architecture of Vejer de la Frontera. Dramatically revealing itself atop a rocky hill overlooking River Barbate and Costa de la Luz facing the Atlantic, Vejer de la Frontera dazzles visitors with its Moorish architecture, ancient churches and abbeys, labyrinth of narrow alleys, and stunning panoramic views. Inclusions: accommodation in a 17th century Moorish townhouse, meals served with local wines, 30 hours tuition adapted to all levels, small group (max. 6 participants), tours of Vejer de la Frontera and Cádiz, art supplies, airport transfers and all transportation in the region.
 
Location: Vejer de la Frontera, Andalucia, Spain
Instructor: Noëlle Griffiths
Cost: $1,250
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Art Adventure in Puerto Vallarta"
September 23-27, 2019
 

The perfect place to learn and practice urban sketching and create an expressionistic painting of this amazing town full of wanders. Learn how to take your sketches to the next level using photography as footnote not the main reference. You will be guided step by step in planning and execution of your painting. Definitely a unique masterpiece. In the morning sketch and paint, afternoons and evenings are yours to enjoy the ocean, sidewalk, shopping, immerse in the energy of Mexico. Offered by successful and experienced artists, in the most beautiful town of Mexico, Puerto Vallarta. Paint with internationally renowned painters Fernando Gonzalez and Cristiana Mar. To make your travel easier materials are included. Register early only 6 per workshop.
 
Location: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Instructor: Maestros Fernando Gonzalez & Cristiana M
Cost: $650.00 includes materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art gallery
Website, email


"Sketch Florence, Italy with Norberto Dorantes"
September 24-30, 2019
 

Grab your sketchbook and a palette of watercolors! Join architect and urban sketcher, Norberto Dorantes, for a week of painting in downtown Florence, Italy. He will start in the studio to instruct on some important basics and then you'll hit the streets with Norberto showing you how to capture the people, cafes, iconic sites and side streets of this beautiful Renaissance city.
 
Location: Florence, Italy
Instructor: Norberto Dorantes
Cost: $2950
Sponsor: Artensity Workshops
Website, email


"Painting Retreat: Walk in Monet and Pissarro's Footsteps"
October 6-12, 2019
 

Travel to Normandy, immerse in a tutored painting retreat, walk in Monet and Pissarro's footsteps, discover new perspectives on artistic techniques, and get inspired by the picturesque Normandy countryside and the scenic Parc Naturel Régional de Normandie-Maine. UpTrek Painting Retreat 2019 inclusions: accommodation in a charming farmhouse designed as an homage to famous French painters, daily home-cooked meals, local wine and cider, daily painting workshops with artist Angela Birchall (classes and workshops in the mornings, guided en plein air in the afternoons), art supplies.
 
Location: Orne, Normandy, France
Instructor: Angela Birchall
Cost: $1,260
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Art Adventure in Puerto Vallarta"
October 14-18, 2019
 

The perfect place to learn and practice urban sketching and create an expressionistic painting of this amazing town full of wanders. Learn how to take your sketches to the next level using photography as footnote not the main reference. You will be guided step by step in planning and execution of your painting. Definitely a unique masterpiece. In the morning sketch and paint, afternoons and evenings are yours to enjoy the ocean, sidewalk, shopping, immerse in the energy of Mexico. Offered by successful and experienced artists, in the most beautiful town of Mexico, Puerto Vallarta. Paint with internationally renowned painters Fernando Gonzalez and Cristiana Mar. To make your travel easier materials are included. Register early only 6 per workshop.
 
Location: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Instructor: Maestros Fernando Gonzalez & Cristiana M
Cost: $650.00 includes materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery
Website, email


"Andalusian Flora: Botanical Illustration Retreat in Spain"
October 15-22, 2019
 

Travel to Spain for an essential introduction in the blooming art of botanical painting and drawing. Gain all necessary notions to pursue botanical illustration from a professional artist and explore Andalusian culture and cuisine. 8 days - Available in English - Available to all levels - Max. 10 people - Wheelchair accessible - Expert art tutor - Watercolor painting - Botanical art. UpTrek Painting Workshop 2019 inclusions: 7 nights of accommodation, all meals, drinks (water, tea, coffee, and soft drinks), 5 days of tuition - botanical painting and drawing courses with professional painter Mariella Baldwin, Museo de Bellas Artes de Granada entrance, art supplies, airport transfers.
 
Location: Moclín, Granada, Spain
Instructor: Mariella Baldwin
Cost: $1,390
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Art Adventure in Puerto Vallarta"
November 11-15, 2019
 

The perfect place to learn and practice urban sketching and create an expressionistic painting of this amazing town full of wanders. Learn how to take your sketches to the next level using photography as footnote not the main reference. You will be guided step by step in planning and execution of your painting. Definitely a unique masterpiece. In the morning sketch and paint, afternoons and evenings are yours to enjoy the ocean, sidewalk, shopping, immerse in the energy of Mexico. Offered by successful and experienced artists, in the most beautiful town of Mexico, Puerto Vallarta. Paint with internationally renowned painters Fernando Gonzalez and Cristiana Mar. To make your travel easier materials are included. Register early only 6 per workshop.
 
Location: Puerto vallarta, Mexico
Instructor: Maestros Fernando Gonzalez & Cristiana M
Cost: $650.00 includes materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery
Website, email


"Art Adventure in Puerto Vallarta"
December 16-20, 2019
 

The perfect place to learn and practice urban sketching and create an expressionistic painting of this amazing town full of wanders. Learn how to take your sketches to the next level using photography as footnote not the main reference. You will be guided step by step in planning and execution of your painting. Definitely a unique masterpiece. In the morning sketch and paint, afternoons and evenings are yours to enjoy the ocean, sidewalk, shopping, immerse in the energy of Mexico. Offered by successful and experienced artists, in the most beautiful town of Mexico, Puerto Vallarta. Paint with internationally renowned painters Fernando Gonzalez and Cristiana Mar. To make your travel easier materials are included. Register early only 6 per workshop.
 
Location: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Instructor: Maestros Fernando Gonzalez & Cristiana M
Cost: $650.00 includes materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery
Website, email


"Art Adventure in Puerto Vallarta"
January 20-24, 2020
 

The perfect place to learn and practice urban sketching and create an expressionistic painting of this amazing town full of wanders. Learn how to take your sketches to the next level using photography as footnote not the main reference. You will be guided step by step in planning and execution of your painting. Definitely a unique masterpiece. In the morning sketch and paint, afternoons and evenings are yours to enjoy the ocean, sidewalk, shopping, immerse in the energy of Mexico. Offered by successful and experienced artists, in the most beautiful town of Mexico, Puerto Vallarta. Paint with internationally renowned painters Fernando Gonzalez and Cristiana Mar. To make your travel easier materials are included. Register early only 6 per workshop.
 
Location: Puerto vallarta, Mexico
Instructor: Maestros Fernando Gonzalez & Cristiana M
Cost: $650.00 includes materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery
Website, email


"Art Adventure in Puerto Vallarta"
February 17-21, 2020
 

The perfect place to learn and practice urban sketching and create an expressionistic painting of this amazing town full of wanders. Learn how to take your sketches to the next level using photography as footnote not the main reference. You will be guided step by step in planning and execution of your painting. Definitely a unique masterpiece. In the morning sketch and paint, afternoons and evenings are yours to enjoy the ocean, sidewalk, shopping, immerse in the energy of Mexico. Offered by successful and experienced artists, in the most beautiful town of Mexico, Puerto Vallarta. Paint with internationally renowned painters Fernando Gonzalez and Cristiana Mar. To make your travel easier materials are included. Register early only 6 per workshop.
 
Location: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Instructor: Maestros Fernando Gonzalez & Cristiana M
Cost: $650.00 includes materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery
Website, email


"Studio Colombia Art & Eat 2020 by Walk the Arts"
February 19-27, 2020
 

Join our eight-night workshop and experience the stunning Caribbean coast from Puerto Colombia (Barranquilla) to Cartagena. Learn the fundamentals of perspective drawing and watercolors and have a taste of Colombian Caribbean food and culture. After an art class, try the Mojarra con Arroz con Coco with a cold Colombian beer or Aguardiente. Paint on the beach just like Gauguin was doing in Tahiti. Visit a few restaurants’ kitchens and learn from their chefs. Take part in a street food tour. Stay in comfortable and centrally located hotels. Price of CAD 2500 (around US$1900) includes eight-night double accommodation, all ground transportation, all breakfasts, one lunch, two suppers, an art street food tour, art instruction, cooking classes/demonstrations, art supplies and more.
 
Location: Cartagena, Colombia
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$1900
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Art Adventure in Puerto Vallarta"
March 16-20, 2020
 

The perfect place to learn and practice urban sketching and create an expressionistic painting of this amazing town full of wanders. Learn how to take your sketches to the next level using photography as footnote not the main reference. You will be guided step by step in planning and execution of your painting. Definitely a unique masterpiece. In the morning sketch and paint, afternoons and evenings are yours to enjoy the ocean, sidewalk, shopping, immerse in the energy of Mexico. Offered by successful and experienced artists, in the most beautiful town of Mexico, Puerto Vallarta. Paint with internationally renowned painters Fernando Gonzalez and Cristiana Mar. To make your travel easier materials are included. Register early only 6 per workshop.
 
Location: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Instructor: Maestros Fernando Gonzalez & Cristiana M
Cost: $650.00 includes materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery
Website, email


"Art Adventure in Puerto Vallarta"
April 13-17, 2020
 

The perfect place to learn and practice urban sketching and create an expressionistic painting of this amazing town full of wanders. Learn how to take your sketches to the next level using photography as footnote not the main reference. You will be guided step by step in planning and execution of your painting. Definitely a unique masterpiece. In the morning sketch and paint, afternoons and evenings are yours to enjoy the ocean, sidewalk, shopping, immerse in the energy of Mexico. Offered by successful and experienced artists, in the most beautiful town of Mexico, Puerto Vallarta. Paint with internationally renowned painters Fernando Gonzalez and Cristiana Mar. To make your travel easier materials are included. Register early only 6 per workshop.
 
Location: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Instructor: Maestros Fernando Gonzalez & Cristiana M
Cost: $650.00 includes materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery
Website, email


"Art and Culture in the Balearic Islands"
April 18-25, 2020
 

Join us as we return to the island of Mallorca for our fifth year at La Serranía. Located in the foothills of the Tramuntana Mountains and just 10 minutes from the coast, we will spend a week together drawing, painting and walking the gardens and beaches of northwest Mallorca. Finding inspiration in the Mediterranean environment we will create artwork that captures our personal response to what we have experienced. Evenings are filled with wine tastings, local delicacies and discussions about the history of the island and the country of Spain.
 
Location: Mallorca, Spain
Instructor: Meredith Nemirov
Cost: $2375.00
Sponsor: Ridgway Gallery Workshops
Website, email, 970-318-8444


"Art Adventure in Puerto Vallarta"
May 11-15, 2020
 

The perfect place to learn and practice urban sketching and create an expressionistic painting of this amazing town full of wanders. Learn how to take your sketches to the next level using photography as footnote not the main reference. You will be guided step by step in planning and execution of your painting. Definitely a unique masterpiece. In the morning sketch and paint, afternoons and evenings are yours to enjoy the ocean, sidewalk, shopping, immerse in the energy of Mexico. Offered by successful and experienced artists, in the most beautiful town of Mexico, Puerto Vallarta. Paint with internationally renowned painters Fernando Gonzalez and Cristiana Mar. To make your travel easier materials are included. Register early only 6 per workshop.
 
Location: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Instructor: Maestros Fernando Gonzalez & Cristiana M
Cost: $650.00 includes materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery
Website, email


"Painting Tour in the Loire Valley: Perspective Sketching in Watercolor"
June 24 - July 1, 2020
 

Join me for sketching on-location in the lush Loire River Valley! 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. Your paintings will be inspired by some of the grandest and most beautiful architectural structures in France like Chenonceau, Clos Luce and Amboise. Learn to capture your experiences on paper, and more important, in your mind and heart. In this workshop, we’ll focus on quickly capturing buildings and spaces, as well as skies, trees and water. I’ll do lots of quick demos and provide hand’s-on guidance as you sketch and paint the beautiful scenes around us.
 
Location: Tours & Amboise, France
Instructor: Stephanie Bower, www.stephaniebower.com
Cost: $3,190 before Nov. 30 ($3,390 after Nov. 30)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Illustration Workshop in Belgium"
July 3-10, 2020
 

Join us in Bruges, a splendid medieval city that is one of Belgium’s crown jewels. This Unesco World Heritage site is largely considered one of the most beautiful towns in Europe. Our instructor Lapin is a French illustrator, artist, teacher, and urban sketcher living in Barcelona. He has taught many workshops all over the world and records every second of his life through sketching. From whimsical portraits of the people he meets to bustling urban sketches, Lapin’s style is unique and will inspire you to dive right into the magnificent scenery around you. Lapin has already filled around 190 sketchbooks over the last 15 years and has published 25 books!
 
Location: Bruges, Belgium
Instructor: Lapin, www.lesillustrationsdelapin
Cost: $3,190 before Nov 30 ($3,390 after Nov 30)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


 

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