Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"The Impressionistic Figure in Florence"
May 25-31, 2019
 

Painting from the live model and photos. Edgar Degas painted from his photo references. Why can’t we? The trick is knowing how to make it look like you didn’t. In addition to working from life, we’ll conduct several photo sessions, discussing lighting, posing models and environments. And we’ll work from our photo references to produce life-like paintings in the thrilling settings of Florence and Fiersole, Italy. You don’t have to be an accomplished painter or pastellist, I’ll help you with the basics if you need that. We’ll get plenty of time for painting, exploring, tasting and sipping. We’ll work inside and out and have a heavenly Italian experience.
 
Location: Florence, Italy
Instructor: Margaret Dyer
Cost: $3150
Sponsor: Artensity Workshops
Website, email


"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


"Tuscany's Val D'Orcia - Plein Air"
June 1-8, 2019
 

Come for a week of plein air painting, camaraderie, and fun! Talented artist Mary Garrish will be instructing for 5 full days. June is a great time to visit and paint Tuscany, with colorful landscape and splendid weather! Our "home base" farmhouse sits on a hilltop with glorious views on every side. As well as painting on the grounds of the farmhouse, we will visit several nearby painting locations. The farmhouse and grounds, though updated and comfortable still retain their original charm. A pool overlooking Mount Amiata completes the picture. 7 nights lodging (single occupancy/private bath), all breakfasts, 5 dinners, instruction, taxes and tips included in the fee. Open to all levels and only 8 participants!
 
Location: Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Mary Garrish
Cost: $3150/Single Occupancy-Private Bath
Sponsor: Open Air Italy, LLC
Website, email, 321-626-2717


"Historic Itineraries for Advanced Painters, Civita Castellana"
June 2-9, 2019
 

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 historical background. Daily critiques. 2 Instructors. Fees include most materials, surfaces, equipment, all meals, accommodation, local transportation. 12 student maximum. Non-painters accompanying artists welcome.
 
Location: Civita Castellana, Italy
Instructor: Maddine Insalaco & Joe Vinson
Cost: $2,700 - $2,950
Sponsor: Etruscan Places
Website, email, 212-780-3216


"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


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

A 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 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 USD at the time of full payment (around US$ 2,520). 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 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


"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


"Prints and Places: Tutored Printmaking Vacation in Italy"
June 8-15, 2019
 

Travel to Italy and learn printmaking with a master fine art printmaker in the picturesque village of Castiglione a Casauria, set at the foot of the Abruzzi mountains. Receive 40 hours expert tuition, complete with accommodation, home-made meals served with local wines, trips and visits, and all the materials needed for the printmaking workshops. You will explore various printmaking techniques and create your own prints from scratch under the guidance of an experienced artist. UpTrek Printmaking Retreat inclusions: accommodation, all meals, intensive printmaking workshops with artist Colleen Corradi Brannigan (40 hours tuition), all printmaking materials, certificate of completion, two excursions, half-day tour of Rocca Calascio, Bominaco, Santo Stefano di Sessanio, visit to San Clemente Abbey, transfers from Torre dei Passeri.
 
Location: Castiglione a Casauria, Italy
Instructor: Colleen Corradi Brannigan
Cost: $1,060
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"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


"Painting & Drawing the Italian Landscape"
June 15-21, 2019
 

Enjoy incorporating your learning experience into your paintings and relish in the improvement of your work during a week of intensive plein-air painting here at The Retreat. This course is a must for those new to Plein-air and wanting to accelerate their confidence in this demanding but ultimately very rewarding genre. It is also suitable for intermediate plein-air painters wishing to take a mirror check on their practice and find some quality time to improve in an ideal setting free from the encumbrances of daily life. All accommodation, most meals, all materials & excursions included. Flights excluded.
 
Location: Force, Italy
Instructor: John W. Skelcher
Cost: $1900 single or $1650 twin/double p.p.
Sponsor: The Retreat
Website, email, (+39) 3349034401


"Etruscan Places Elements of Landscape"
June 15-22, 2019
 

The inspiration for this course is the writing of 18th century French painter P. H. Valenciennes. In his famous treatise on open air painting published in 1800 Valenciennes advocated the separate study of the individual “elements” of landscape. “Elements” is organized around morning slide shows focusing on one element of landscape: fields, trees, clouds and skies, water, time and nocturnes. Daily presentations will be followed by painting sessions dedicated to the subject element. No formal technical instruction is offered but two instructors will be available to work with participants individually. Daily reviews of work. Fees include most materials, surfaces, easels & equipment, all meals, accommodation, field trips, local transportation. 12 student maximum. Rain or shine.
 
Location: Murlo, Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Maddine Insalaco & Joe Vinson
Cost: $2,500-$2,860
Sponsor: Etruscan Places
Website, email, 212-780-3216


"En Plein Air: Tutored Painting Vacation in Le Marche, Italy"
June 15-21, 2019
 

Travel to Italy and learn to draw and paint from a professional painter and expert tutor, explore different painting techniques and find your inspiration among scenic hilltop settlements, olive groves, and vineyards. UpTrek Painting Holiday 2019 inclusions: private accommodation, 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, and 5 dinners served with local wine, daily painting classes, workshops, and sessions with artist John Skelcher, art supplies, transport to and from painting locations/excursions, tea/coffee and refreshments during painting breaks, daily aperitivi, transfers from San Benedetto del Tronto.
 
Location: Force, Le Marche, Italy
Instructor: John Skelcher
Cost: $1,500
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Paint in Amalfi Italy!"
June 22-29, 2019
 

Seven days of plein air painting with inspiring views and a personalized program of art instruction. The Amalfi Coast presents one of the most spectacular vistas to be found in Italy. Workshop includes seven nights, eight days, 4-star hotel located on the waterfront of Amalfi - sea view rooms with private baths, elevator available. Breakfast each day, 2 lunches, 5 dinners.
 
Location: Amalfi, Italy
Instructor: Sam D'Ambruoso
Cost: $3,475 artist dbl occ; $2,975 guest; single room, add $375
Sponsor: D'Ambruoso Studios LLC
Website, email, 203-758-9660


"Etruscan Places Open Air Fundamentals"
June 29 - July 6, 2019
 

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, meals, accommodation, field trips (Siena and Montalcino) , local transport. All levels. 12 student maximum.
 
Location: Buonconvento, Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Maddine Insalaco & Joe Vinson
Cost: $2,500-$2,860
Sponsor: Etruscan Places
Website, email, 212-780-3216


"Painting Workshop with Yoga and Cooking"
June 29 - July 4, 2019
 

Enjoy a fantastic experience in the heart of the Italy's most panoramic countryside on this intensive painting, cooking and yoga retreat. Expert tuition in all fields with a laid back relaxing atmosphere. Be inspired by uninterrupted panoramic views, culinary delights to tickle your senses and rejuvenating yoga sessions for a uniquely creative and relaxing experience. A must for those intrepid travellers who need to unwind through learning based activities. It’s a fun packed retreat with outings, great vegetarian food, trips to local hill towns, restaurants and wineries. After each activity based day, enjoy gathering with like-minded people, feeling rejuvenated after Hatha yoga sessions and relaxing an aperitivo before dining and savouring the rewards of your newly found culinary skills.
 
Location: Ascoli Piceno, Italy
Instructor: John W. Skelcher
Cost: $1.650 single, $1.550 twin/double occupancy p.p.
Sponsor: The Retreat
Website, email, +393349034401


"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 & Drawing the Italian Landscape"
July 6-12, 2019
 

Enjoy incorporating your learning experience into your paintings and relish in the improvement of your work during a week of intensive plein-air painting here at The Retreat. This course is a must for those new to Plein-air and wanting to accelerate their confidence in this demanding but ultimately very rewarding genre. It is also suitable for intermediate plein-air painters wishing to take a mirror check on their practice and find some quality time to improve in an ideal setting free from the encumbrances of daily life. Accommodation, most meals, excursions, all materials included. Airfare not included.
 
Location: Force, Italy
Instructor: John W. Skelcher
Cost: $1900 single or $1650 twin/double p.p.
Sponsor: The Retreat
Website, email, (+39) 3349034401


"Set in Stone: Sculpting Vacation in Umbria, Italy"
July 6-13, 2019
 

Travel to Umbria, Italy, and learn to sculpt from an experienced artist and tutor, explore the artistic influences of the region and find stillness in nature. You will receive daily sculpting lessons adapted to your level and needs, complete with stone carving tools and stone block, accommodation in a traditional Umbrian country house, and Italian home-cooked and restaurant meals. UpTrek Sculpting Workshop inclusions: accommodation, all meals, preliminary counseling with instructor Wolfgang Sandt, 5 stone carving lessons, marble / limestone block, stone carving tools, guided tour including transfers and entrance tickets, body massage, airport transfers.
 
Location: Perugia, Umbria, Italy
Instructor: Wolfgang Sandt
Cost: $2,400
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Capturing the Soul of Le Marche"
July 8-14, 2019
 

Join International Watercolor Society Master Artist Zan Barrage on an unforgettable week of watercolors and fun. Picture yourself among the sights and sounds of beautiful olive groves, vineyards and centuries-old buildings. Let’s paint the winding old streets and the rolling hills all bathed in the warm and vibrant sunlight of old Italy. My goal is to guide you to loosen up and express yourself as you paint in a relaxed and inspiring atmosphere no matter what your stage of experience is with watercolors. I have been teaching watercolors for over 10 years leading classes and workshops in Canada and around the world. Watercolor is my language, and I have been painting in the medium for more than 30 years.
 
Location: Sant’Angelo in Vado, Italy
Instructor: Zan Barrage
Cost: $2,999
Sponsor: Italiana Tours
Website, email, 214-240-1497


"Art All'Italiana: Tutored Painting Vacation in Bedogno, Italy"
July 11-18, 2019
 

Travel to Italy and learn to paint from a professional painter and expert art tutor, explore different painting styles and techniques, live la dolce vita, and get inspired by mountains, rivers, fields of wild flowers, orchards and grapevines in a tranquil, bucolic setting in Bedogno. Art retreat 2019 inclusions: private accommodation, all meals, all drinks and local wine for dinners, daily painting workshops with professional painter Pheona Kerr (two tutored lessons per day, adapted for a wide range of levels), access to a fully equipped studio, art materials, airport transfers.
 
Location: Bedogno, Italy
Instructor: Pheona Kerr
Cost: $1,530
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Light of Dawn: Tutored Painting Vacation in Italy"
July 12-19, 2019
 

Join artist Jill Nichols on a tutored painting retreat at "Borgo Il Ducato", a picturesque and veritable Italian villa surrounded by olive groves, located in the commune of Farnese, Latium, Italy. Explore different painting techniques, paint under the light of dawn, enjoy authentic Italian cuisine, and discover the medieval village of Farnese. UpTrek Art Retreat 2019 inclusions: 7 nights of accommodation, all meals, daily painting classes and sessions with artist Jill Nichols, art materials (easels, canvas, solvent).
 
Location: Farnese, Lazio, Italy
Instructor: Jill Nichols
Cost: $2,250
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Becoming a Ceramic Artist in the Renaissance Majolica Tradition"
July 15-21, 2019
 

Join us in Italy and discover the lifestyle of the studio artist. Cindy Ingraham Keefer is a professional ceramics artist, sculptor and teacher. The pottery wheel is her first love, and the dynamic firings bring excitement to the process. Cindy will share her methods and techniques to help you achieve your best personal work! Inspired by the natural beauty and history of Italy, we will visit the birthplace of the decorative Majolica style of ceramic art in Urbania, Here you’ll be transformed into being an artist of the Renaissance times, enjoying the culinary arts as well. Each of us will learn what it takes to create our own Majolica tiles and decorative art for you to bring back home.
 
Location: Sant’Angelo in Vado, Italy
Instructor: Cindy Keefer
Cost: $3,700
Sponsor: Italiana Tours
Website, email, 214-240-1497


"Art All'Italiana: Painting Retreat in Bedogno, Italy"
July 18-25, 2019
 

Travel to Italy and learn to paint from a professional painter and expert art tutor, explore different painting styles and techniques, live la dolce vita, and get inspired by mountains, rivers, fields of wild flowers, orchards and grapevines in a tranquil, bucolic setting in Bedogno. Art retreat 2019 inclusions: private accommodation, all meals, all drinks and local wine for dinners, daily painting workshops with professional painter Pheona Kerr (two tutored lessons per day, adapted for a wide range of levels), access to a fully equipped studio, art materials, airport transfers.
 
Location: Bedogno, Italy
Instructor: Pheona Kerr
Cost: $1,530
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Painting Retreat with Artist John Skelcher in Le Marche, Italy"
July 20-26, 2019
 

Travel to Italy and learn to draw and paint from a professional painter and expert tutor, explore different painting techniques and find your inspiration among scenic hilltop settlements, olive groves, and vineyards. UpTrek Painting Holiday 2019 inclusions: private accommodation, 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, and 5 dinners served with local wine, daily painting classes, workshops, and sessions with artist John Skelcher, art supplies, transport to and from painting locations/excursions, tea/coffee and refreshments during painting breaks, daily aperitivi, transfers from San Benedetto del Tronto.
 
Location: Force, Le Marche, Italy
Instructor: John Skelcher
Cost: $1,500
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Paint En Plein Air: Tutored Art Retreat in Le Marche, Italy"
July 20-26, 2019
 

Travel to Italy and learn to draw and paint from a professional painter and expert tutor, explore different painting techniques and find your inspiration among scenic hilltop settlements, olive groves, and vineyards. UpTrek Painting Holiday 2019 inclusions: private accommodation, 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, and 5 dinners served with local wine, daily painting classes, workshops, and sessions with artist John Skelcher, art supplies, transport to and from painting locations/excursions, tea/coffee and refreshments during painting breaks, daily aperitivi, transfers from San Benedetto del Tronto.
 
Location: Force, Le Marche, Italy
Instructor: John Skelcher
Cost: $1,500
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Tutored Painting Retreat with Artist Pheona Kerr in Italy"
August 14-21, 2019
 

Travel to Italy and learn to paint from a professional painter and expert art tutor, explore watercolors, acrylics, oils, landscape painting, portraiture, life drawing and painting, live la dolce vita, and get inspired by mountains, rivers, fields of wild flowers, orchards and grapevines in a tranquil, bucolic setting in Bedogno. UpTrek Art Retreat 2019 inclusions: private accommodation, all meals, all drinks and local wine for dinners, daily painting workshops with professional painter Pheona Kerr (two tutored lessons per day, adapted for a wide range of levels), access to a fully equipped studio, art materials, airport transfers.
 
Location: Bedogno, Italy
Instructor: Pheona Kerr
Cost: $1,530
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Photograph & Explore Tuscany & Umbria"
August 19-26, 2019
 

This tour is designed to give the participants the opportunity to intimately explore and photograph in and around Cortona, one of the true jewels of the Tuscan “hill towns.” Cortona, which is often called the “City of Art,” has its origin as an Etruscan city that pre-dates Roman times with sections of its walls dating back some 2500 years. 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.
 
Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: Guide/Photographer Patrick Mahoney
Cost: From $3490.00 all-inclusive except airfare
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Website, email, +39 331 422 9047


"Intensive Printmaking Workshop in Italy"
August 24-31, 2019
 

Travel to Italy and learn printmaking with a master fine art printmaker in the picturesque village of Castiglione a Casauria, set at the foot of the Abruzzi mountains. Receive 40 hours expert tuition, accommodation, home-made meals served with local wines, trips and visits, and all the materials needed for the printmaking workshops. You will explore various printmaking techniques and create your own prints from scratch under the guidance of an experienced artist. UpTrek Printmaking Retreat inclusions: accommodation, all meals, intensive printmaking workshops with artist Colleen Corradi Brannigan (40 hours tuition), printmaking materials, certificate of completion, two excursions, half-day tour of Rocca Calascio, Bominaco, Santo Stefano di Sessanio, visit to San Clemente Abbey, transfers from Torre dei Passeri.
 
Location: Castiglione a Casauria, Italy
Instructor: Colleen Corradi Brannigan
Cost: $1,060
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Discover Tuscany & Umbria"
August 28 - September 4, 2019
 

Experience the thrill and beauty of the heart of Italy... Tuscany & Umbria! Our one-week itinerary offers five full days of exploration in historic medieval Cortona and its surrounding countryside including Lucignano & the Val di Chiana, as well as Orvieto and Lago Trasimeno! Artists and Photographers....this is a tour for you too!
 
Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: Guide/Photographer Patrick Mahoney
Cost: From $3490.00 all-inclusive except airfare
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Website, email, +39 331 422 9047


"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


"Plein Air on the Shores of Lake Como"
September 4-11, 2019
 

Join a small group of artists to paint and enjoy the beauty of Italy's Lake Como! This picturesque area is filled with variety for painting...harbors, mountains, gardens, street scenes, etc! September is a wonderful time to be on the lake, with lovely weather and fewer crowds. Accomplished artist Calvin Liang will be instructing for 5 full days. We will visit different painting locations daily...Varenna, Lenno, Bellagio, to name a few. We will stay in a lovely lakeshore hotel about 5 km south of Bellagio. All rooms are private with private bath and all breakfasts and dinners are included. Airport transfers and artist transportation to painting locations is also included in the fee. Class size limited to 8 participants.
 
Location: Lake Como, Italy
Instructor: Calvin Liang
Cost: $3750/Single Occupancy-Private Bath
Sponsor: Open Air Italy, LLC
Website, email, 321-626-2717


"Traveling Through Watercolors - Naples/Sorrento Coast - 2019 Edition"
September 6-15, 2019
 

The Watercolor workshop participants will be immersed in study of watercolor in the ideal setting for the medium. 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. With just few materials needed for plein air painting various sites can be explored easily. At the end of the program, it will be arranged an exhibition in Naples, with the artworks created by the participants during the workshop. Lodging, meals, guided tours, transfers, special experiences are included in the price, as scheduled in the program.
 
Location: Sorrento/Naples, Italy
Instructor: Jun Pierre Shiozawa
Cost: 1950 euros
Sponsor: Italylab.education
Website, email, +393341886537


"Art in the Vineyard: Painting Vacation in Le Marche, Italy"
September 7-13, 2019
 

Travel to Italy and learn to draw and paint from a professional painter and expert tutor, explore different painting techniques and find your inspiration among scenic hilltop settlements, olive groves, and vineyards. UpTrek Painting Holiday 2019 inclusions: private accommodation, 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, and 5 dinners served with local wine, daily painting classes, workshops, and sessions with artist John Skelcher, art supplies, transport to and from painting locations/excursions, tea/coffee and refreshments during painting breaks, daily aperitivi, transfers from San Benedetto del Tronto.
 
Location: Force, Le Marche, Italy
Instructor: John Skelcher
Cost: $1,500
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Marla Baggetta Paints Italy!"
September 14-22, 2019
 

Marla's workshop will take place in the beautiful city of Florence, Italy. Florence has an abundance of subject matter to choose from - the Arno River, gardens or even a close-up of a flower filled window sill, there is something to enchant and inspire every artist! This workshop will be painting-centric but we’ll have plenty of time to relax and restore and absorb all of the art and inspiration that is Florence - an artist's dream city!
 
Location: Florence, Italy
Instructor: Marla Baggetta
Sponsor: Artensity Workshops
Website, email


"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


"Etruscan Places Open Air Fundamentals"
September 21-28, 2019
 

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, meals, accommodation, field trips (Siena and Montalcino) , local transport. All levels. 12 student maximum.
 
Location: Buonconvento, Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Maddine Insalaco & Joe Vinson
Cost: $2,500-$2,860
Sponsor: Etruscan Places
Website, email, 212-780-3216


"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


"Autumn in Tuscany & Umbria"
September 25 - October 2, 2019
 

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. Or if you are not a photographer come along for the experience of a lifetime!! Artists and Photographers....this is a tour for you too!
 
Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: Guide/Photographer Patrick Mahoney
Cost: From $3490.00 all-inclusive except airfare
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Website, email, +39 331 422 9047


"Painting the Colors, Textures and Horizons of Italy"
September 25 - October 1, 2019
 

Come on a fabulous painting and touring excursion in Le Marche, Italy. This area is a cultural and creative wonderland. We’ll focus our eyes on the stunning countryside and villages. This is an abstract painting class, although students’ work could be semi-realistic. We’ll study the contrast and tonality of the various textures and colors of the rich landscape and structures. We’ll work in acrylics, using fluid and textural mediums to create both visual and actual textures. We’ll study the horizon lines in our photos and build our paintings there. We’ll explore our emotional response to the beauty of the area and paint from that perspective. A few writing exercises will help bring to the surface our responses to our travels.
 
Location: Sant’Angelo in Vado, Italy
Instructor: Jacqueline Sullivan
Cost: $3,499
Sponsor: Italiana Tours
Website, email, 214-240-1497


"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 Under The Tuscan Sun"
September 27 - October 4, 2019
 

Join us for a magical painting and touring adventure in Tuscany! We will be staying in a 16th century renovated family owned farmhouse with its history, winery and a spectacular view. You will be painting and sketching in watercolor as well as learning Chinese brush painting. Your instructors, Yuki Hall and Diana Marra will share their passion of painting with you throughout the workshop. After a day of painting, you can swim and relax in one of three swimming pools with breathtaking views. Our week in Tuscany will include three fantastic excursions with a English speaking guide; Florence, Siena & San Gimignano and Montalcino, all by private transportation. www.yukihallfineart.com, yukihallfineart@gmail.com, www.dianamarra.com, designbydiana@aol.com
 
Location: Trequanda, Italy
Instructor: Yuki Hall & Diana Marra
Cost: $3,200 (double occupancy)
Sponsor: Yuki Hall & Diana Marra
Website, email, 937-679-2464


"Landscape, Portraiture, Animals, Botanical Painting Retreat in Italy"
October 1-8, 2019
 

Travel to Italy and learn to paint from a professional painter and expert art tutor, explore different painting styles and techniques, live la dolce vita, and get inspired by mountains, rivers, fields of wild flowers, orchards and grapevines in a tranquil, bucolic setting in Bedogno. UpTrek Art Retreat 2019 inclusions: private accommodation, all meals, all drinks and local wine for dinners, daily painting workshops with professional painter Pheona Kerr (two tutored lessons per day, adapted for a wide range of levels), access to a fully equipped studio, art materials, airport transfers.
 
Location: Bedogno, Italy
Instructor: Pheona Kerr
Cost: $1,530
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Painting Tour in Italy"
October 2-8, 2019
 

Join us for a fabulous painting and touring excursion in Le Marche, Italy. This area is a cultural and creative wonderland. In addition to learning paintng methods and techniques from Dennis, we will explore with an art historian, tour historical villages, visit the spectacular Palazzo Ducale and Raphael’s childhood home, enjoy a wine tasting at a small local wine producer, have meals together, and go on a truffle hunt!
 
Location: Sant’Angelo in Vado, Italy
Instructor: Dennis Perrin
Cost: $3,699
Sponsor: Italiana Tours
Website, email, 214-240-1497


"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


"Painting Tuscany: The Colours of the Italian Harvest Season"
October 5-12, 2019
 

Bienvenuti a Tuscana! Join us for this wonderful week of painting during Italian harvest. See the vineyards at their ripe stages and smell the new autumn air as we paint in the Tuscan countryside and visit medieval towns nearby. Our stay is in an 18th century restored country house outside of Sienna. Town visits to Sienna, San Giminiano and San Guisme and possibly other small town visits will be part of our plein air explorations. Most of our material is included in this trip. A side-trip to Florence is optional. (Space is limited to 8 participants)
 
Location: Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Sandra Iafrate, sandraiafrate.com
Website, email


"Historic Itineraries for Advanced Painters, Civita Castellana"
October 5-12, 2019
 

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, all meals, accommodation, local transportation. 12 student maximum. Non-painters accompanying artists welcome.
 
Location: Civita Castellana, Italy
Instructor: Maddine Insalaco & Joe Vinson
Cost: $2,700 - $2,950
Sponsor: Etruscan Places
Website, email, 212-780-3216


"Watercolor Retreat in Umbria & Tuscany"
October 6-13, 2019 and May 12-19, 2020
 

Just imagine… the slower pace of the hills, fairy-tale castle towns, stunningly landscapes… and a cosy bedroom waiting for you in a breath-taking villa. Just paint… Here art overflows everywhere, it inspires your senses, awakens creativity, deeply gratifies the search for beauty. Just savor… the Italian “Dolce Vita”, the flavor of its amazing wines and olive oil, the goodness of our fresh garden produce… Just live… as the Italians live, from the inside. Maybe it’s the delight of this garden brimming with flowers, maybe it’s the peace of the pool hidden by majestic cypresses or maybe it’s the contagious enthusiasm of your expert tutor Sarah Miatt, but the inspiration here is practically palpable. Savor this moment. Cherish it.
 
Location: Umbria & Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Sarah Miatt
Cost: $1500
Sponsor: MyRetreataly
Website, email


"Watercolors, Acrylics, Oil Painting Retreat in Italy"
October 8-15, 2019
 

Travel to Italy and learn to paint from a professional painter and expert art tutor, explore different painting styles and techniques, live la dolce vita, and get inspired by mountains, rivers, fields of wild flowers, orchards and grapevines in a tranquil, bucolic setting in Bedogno. UpTrek Art Retreat 2019 inclusions: private accommodation, all meals, all drinks and local wine for dinners, daily painting workshops with professional painter Pheona Kerr (two tutored lessons per day, adapted for a wide range of levels), access to a fully equipped studio, art materials, airport transfers.
 
Location: Bedogno, Italy
Instructor: Pheona Kerr
Cost: $1,530
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Hilltop Inspiration: En Plein Air Painting Vacation in Italy"
October 12-18, 2019
 

Travel to Italy and learn to draw and paint from a professional painter and expert tutor, explore different painting techniques and find your inspiration among scenic hilltop settlements, olive groves, and vineyards. UpTrek Painting Holiday 2019 inclusions: private accommodation, 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, and 5 dinners served with local wine, daily painting classes, workshops, and sessions with artist John Skelcher, art supplies, transport to and from painting locations/excursions, tea/coffee and refreshments during painting breaks, daily aperitivi, transfers from San Benedetto del Tronto.
 
Location: Force, Le Marche, Italy
Instructor: John Skelcher
Cost: $1,500
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


"Advanced Plein Air Landscape Seminar"
October 19-26, 2019
 

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: Murlo, Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Maddine Insalaco & Joe Vinson
Cost: $2,700 - $2,950
Sponsor: Etruscan Places
Website, email, 212-780-3216


"The Portrait and The Figure"
March 21-28, 2020
 

Picture yourself painting and touring with internationally acclaimed watercolorist, Mary Whyte. Mary will guide you through the techniques of planning your compositions, drawing, mixing color and creating great backgrounds. She will show you how to work with the model, avoid mistakes and give personal critiques and great tips for marketing your work. Enjoy lots of painting action, one-on-one instruction, wonderful meals and wine, and Italian activities! Come, explore the Amalfi Coast, visit Capri, take in local museums and more. We have a full itinerary with you in mind so don't miss this workshop of a lifetime for travel enthusiasts and all levels of artists. Mary’s work is in many corporate and museum collections, and has been featured in many magazines.
 
Location: Sorrento, Italy
Instructor: Mary Whyte
Cost: $4500 Painters, $3200 Companions
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Capturing the Tuscan Light in Plein Air"
May 6-13, 2020
 

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.
 
Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: William Rogers CSPWC TWSA SCA
Cost: From $3590.00 all-incluseve except airfare
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Website, email, +39 331 422 9047


"Capturing Tuscany in Watercolor: A Cultural Retreat"
May 17-27, 2020
 

Join Kim Minicheillo, a former Walt Disney Imagineer, for a 10-day cultural experience in Tuscany! Chef Karolina Lenart at the beautiful Casa Fiori, overlooking the city of Lucca, is hosting Kim. You will capture this rich area by sketching and painting en plein air in watercolor, and also experience the food, wine and history of the region. Never painted outdoors before? Let Kim guide through her process of simplifying the scene to record the impression of what is before you. Retreat includes: painting instruction and exploring daily, cooking class, wine tasting, music concert, accommodations, tuition, excursions, and most meals. Create life-long memories! Kim will help beginners or intermediate painters take your painting to the next level. Non-painters are welcome.
 
Location: Lucca, Italy
Instructor: Kim Minichiello
Cost: $3749
Sponsor: Follow Your Senses in Tuscany
Website, email, 407-668-7082


"Painting with Pastels in Tuscany!"
May 20-27, 2020
 

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! Painting in the landscape requires a unique combination of left and right brain thinking. We have an emotional, intuitive response to a scene, yet we need technical control and accuracy to convey our concept to paper. This workshop will focus on how to identify, clarify and convey your initial emotional response, and bring it to completion without losing the immediacy and vibrancy of your vision.
 
Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: Molly Lipsher
Cost: From $3590.00 all-incluseve except airfare
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Website, email, +39 331 422 9047


"Studio Italia offered since 1997"
June 15-25, 2020
 

Thought-provoking and inspirational art workshop open to artists of all levels and all media (oils, acrylics, watercolors, etc). Ten full days of plein-air painting, art history/theory, touring, positive group critiques and gourmet cuisine in the most beautiful area of Tuscany. Small groups, personalized instruction and intimate environment that fosters creativity and fun. Cost is CAD 3275 or the equivalent in USD at the time of full payment (around US$ 2,500). 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 sites (Montepulciano, Cortona, Pienza, etc.) train ticket to Florence and entrance to the Uffizi Museum. Single rooms available for a supplement.
 
Location: Torrita di Siena, Italy
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$2500
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Studio Italia offered since 1997"
October 5-15, 2020
 

Thought-provoking and inspirational art workshop open to artists of all levels and all media (oils, acrylics, watercolors, etc). Ten full days of plein-air painting, art history/theory, touring, positive group critiques and gourmet cuisine in the most beautiful area of Tuscany. Small groups, personalized instruction and intimate environment that fosters creativity and fun. Cost is CAD 3275 or the equivalent in USD at the time of full payment (around US$ 2,500). 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 sites (Montepulciano, Cortona, Pienza, etc.) train ticket to Florence and entrance to the Uffizi Museum. Single rooms available for a supplement.
 
Location: Torrita di Siena, Italy
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$2500
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


 

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