Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats

"Keeping a Travel Journal: Word and Image in Tuscany"
May 8-15, 2019

There is no better way of knowing and remembering what a place is really like than by drawing and writing. Our affection for the earth-toned architecture, the winding cobbled streets, the smell of incense in mysterious interiors of churches, the taste of culinary delights, overflowing textures and colors of the street markets, a late afternoon latte at a sidewalk cafe are just a few of the delights of carrying a sketch journal while traveling. Slowing down and taking it in, and filling the senses is all that is required. So, with our simple tools of paper, pencil, pen, and watercolors we will breathe in its historic charm in word and image.
Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: Janet Fredericks
Cost: From $3390.00 double occupancy
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Website, email, +39 331 422 9047

"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

"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


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