Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Watercolour Painting Florence"
April 20-27, 2019
 

Treat yourself to this fantastic opportunity to paint water colours in the beautiful Renaissance city of Florence. It doesn’t really get any better than this for artists. Soak up the ambience and culture of this famous historical city. Allow your experienced tutor to guide you around from one inspirational backdrop to another. Learn to paint quickly with impressionistic flair through expert tuition from your tutor. Stay in a beautiful monastery in the heart of this magnificent city, conveniently situated for our painting locations and for exploring this tuscan jewel through the eye of an artist. All materials, accommodation, most meals are included. Airfare not included.
 
Location: Florence, Italy
Instructor: John W. Skelcher
Cost: $2000 single occupancy or $1900 twin/double p.p.
Sponsor: The Retreat
Website, email, (+39) 3349034401


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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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