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


"Watercolor Adventures in France with Steve and Janet Rogers (Week 1)"
May 25 - June 1, 2019
 

Join Janet and Steve Rogers as they lead this exciting workshop in the beautiful region of the Lot Dordogne in Southwest France at gorgeous Domaine du Haut Baran, a restored 18th Century Country Manor Home with modern accommodations. Trip will include transportation to and from airport, painting and touring beautiful villages and sites. Our host, William Haas speaks fluent French and will accompany us throughout. Rosalie Haas will delight us with her gourmet French cuisine! A modern studio complete with French easels, tables, stools, AC, etc. is available 24/7. Also includes individual attention from Janet&Steve as well as class instruction in studio or on site. This is a very limited and exclusive workshop in a fairy tale setting!
 
Location: Puy l'Eveque, France
Instructor: Steve and Janet Rogers
Cost: $2,950.00 per person, double occupancy
Sponsor: Rogers Art
Website, email, 386-451-8441


"Painting Mediterranean Villages: Watercolor Painting Workshop"
May 26 - June 2, 2019
 

Dreaming of painting in the South of France? You can make your dream come true. Join Kathy Rennell Forbes for daily painting demos and hands on instruction in the incandescent light in the Mediterranean Villages of Southern France. You will learn about composition, mixing colors and capturing the outdoor landscapes of the great masters. We will travel light with just a small bag of watercolor supplies and journal to paint your golden memories while also exploring this magical destination. Kathy encourages your own painting style while sharing her watercolor secrets. You will bring home a personalized journal of your discoveries that you can share with others and inspire you to paint larger versions back home.
 
Location: Vence, France
Instructor: Kathy Forbes, www.artbykrf.com
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Nov 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting in Spain: Watercolor Workshop"
May 27 - June 3, 2019
 

Join Vladislav (Vlad) Yeliseyev, AIS, NWS, for 8 days in Barcelona and Costa Brava! This pristine coast shore is the perfect environment where color and light meet together to produce stunning results waiting to be expressed on watercolor paper. Vlad is an academically trained master watercolorist who will show you how to quickly capture the essence of the scenery with a dynamic and powerful impressionistic approach. His individual approach to teaching is designed for artists at all levels. Join us for plein air painting in beautiful Spain!
 
Location: Calella de Palafrugel, Spain
Instructor: Vladislav Yeliseyev, www.yeliseyevfineart.com
Cost: $3,190 before Nov. 30 ($3,390 after Nov. 30)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Highlights of Printmaking History"
Wednesdays, May 29 - June 26, 2019
 

Gain an appreciation of the rich history and distinctive beauty of the printed image with Tony Rosati, Chair of the PAFA Printmaking Department. Study important prints spanning the 15th to the 21st centuries, with an emphasis on the evolution of printmaking mediums and their historical context. View images by Dürer, Rembrandt, Piranesi, the Impressionists, German Expressionism, Pop Art, Dieter Roth, Richard Artschwager and more. Includes the rare opportunity to view original master works at the print study rooms of PAFA and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Anthony Rosati, tonyrosatiprint.com
Cost: $150
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Materials & Techniques of Oil Painting"
Saturdays, June 1 - July 20, 2019
 

Find the answers to all your oil painting questions in this fascinating examination of the materials used by artists from the pre-Renaissance to the present day. Work from the still life, models, and other subjects to explore traditional underpainting techniques, glazing and scumbling layering methods, and wet-into-wet ala prima painting. Artists’ palettes, the development of colors and mediums, and the mass production of art materials are covered, as well as display, storage, and health issues. Optional field trips to Philadelphia and New York galleries and museums included. Open to all levels.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Anthony Ciambella, anthonyciambella.blogspot.com
Cost: For Credit: $625; Non-Credit: $495
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Deluxe painting retreats in 17th century château in SW France"
June 1-8, 2019
 

Imagine painting in a 17th century château in the middle of wine country in rural France. Relax, unwind, discover and deepen your artistic creativity. All-inclusive, quality accommodations, outstanding cuisine, art materials, sightseeing, and instruction. Small classes for personal attention with the insightful guidance of International artist Mike Snow. Discover untapped painting skills and grow your artistic talents with this intense immersion into creativity.
 
Location: Saussignac, France
Instructor: Mike Snow
Cost: 1,695 €
Sponsor: Snow & White
Website, email, (+33) 678 852 282


"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


"Watercolor Adventures in France with Steve and Janet Rogers (Week 2)"
June 2-9, 2019
 

This is the second week of this exclusive workshop in the beautiful area of Southwest France - the Lot Dordogne Region. The gorgeous Domaine du Haut Baran will be our home - a restored 18th Century Country Manor Home with modern accommodations. Trip will include transportation to and from airport, painting and touring sites including unique villages. Our host, William Haas speaks fluent French and will accompany us throughout. Rosalie will delight us with her gourmet French cuisine! A modern studio complete with French easels, tables, stools, AC, etc is available 24/7. Also includes individual attention from Janet & Steve as well as class instruction/demonstrations in studio and on site. Limited enrollment in this enchanting fairy tale setting!
 
Location: Puy l’Eveque, France
Instructor: Steve and Janet Rogers
Cost: $2,950.00 per person, double occupancy
Sponsor: Rogers Art
Website, email, 386-451-8441


"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


"Couleurs de la Vie: Tutored Painting Vacation in the South of France"
June 3-10, 2019
 

Travel to the South of France and learn to paint and sketch from accomplished artists with many years of tutoring experience. Work in oils, watercolor, acrylics or crayon and explore the stunning places that inspired Monet's masterpieces. You will receive 25 hours of tuition adapted to your experience and ability levels, complete with accommodation, meals, day trips, and private transfers. UpTrek Painting Retreat 2019 inclusions: accommodation, three daily meals, painting and drawing workshops with professional painters, wine tasting at Chateau Monluc, a trip to the world heritage site at La Romieu, use of art studio, easels and art boards, transfers from/to Toulouse Airport, transportation for painting on location.
 
Location: St Puy, Gers, France
Instructor: Stuart Williams, Alex Kelly
Cost: $1,020
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"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


"5 paintings in 5 Days"
June 3-7, 2019
 

Great workshop for all levels of artistic experience! Intermediate artists discover your favorite painting style, experienced painters loosen up rekindle your inspiration, beginners learn the basics. Explore abstract mixed media, expressionist and realistic painting in acrylics. Incorporate all there is to know about composition, color and brush/ pallet knife strokes. Fantastic painting vacation in San Miguel de Allende, Heart of Mexico, enchanted Colonial town and artist Mecca of Mexico. Bring your group of 6 participants and receive group rate. Learn from internationally renowned painters, owners and founders of Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops since 1989. Maximum 9 per workshop.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Maestro Fernando Gonzalez
Cost: $750.00 includes materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Website, email, 415-121-2311


"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


"Herman Pekel - Painting Paris' Surrounds"
June 8-15, 2019
 

Picture yourself painting and touring the French countryside and Paris too, with internationally acclaimed artist, Herman Pekel. Herman has great ideas and will guide you to make painting fun and fast. You will learn about color mixing, glazes, composition, drying time, thickness and edges to create an impressionist painting you never thought possible with watercolor. Enjoy lots of painting action, one-on-one instruction, wonderful meals and wine, and iconic sights! Come, explore Paris, Versailles, visit the local villages, see Monet's Gardens, 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. See the full itinerary on our website.
 
Location: Paris/Versailles, France
Instructor: Herman Pekel
Cost: $3400 most all inclusive except airfare to/from Paris
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"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


"Savoir L'Art: Tutored Painting Vacation in France"
June 8-15, 2019
 

Travel to France and develop your artistic skills under expert guidance. You will have ample time to paint en plein air, tour the beautiful Dordogne region, discover its many delights, and spend time relaxing at the estate. 8 days - Available in English - Available to all levels - Professional tuition - Watercolor painting - Landscape painting. UpTrek Painting Retreat 2019 inclusions: 7 nights of accommodation, three daily meals - breakfast, lunch, dinners served with wine, daily painting tuition and one-to-one sessions with professional artists (Murray Ince, Judith Yates, Tony Westmore), outings to several places, such as St. Emilion, St Seurin sur l'Isle, Bergerac, and Monbazillac, wine tasting.
 
Location: Montpeyroux, Dordogne, France
Instructor: Murray Ince, Judith Yates, Tony Westmore
Cost: $900
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Historic Art Destination: Painting Retreat in the Shenandoah Valley"
June 9-14, 2019
 

Travel to Shenandoah Valley in Virginia, USA, and take part in a 6-day art retreat where expert tutor Jan-Willem Boer will help guide you through several artistic mediums. Students from all over the world come to the painting retreat to learn oil, acrylic, watercolor, and pastel painting, as well as drawing, airbrush, drypoint, lino, mono printing, and mixed media. Art Retreat inclusions: accommodation, individualized art lessons with expert art tutor Jan-Willem Boer, all meals, studio equipment for all the classes (easels, drawing boards, light box, artograph).
 
Location: Lexington, Virginia
Instructor: Jan-Willem Boer
Cost: $1,524
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Art Adventure in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico"
June 10-14, 2019
 

Experienced painters and facilitators, Mexican muralist Fernando Gonzalez and Romanian artist and art therapist Cristiana Marinescu, offer an unforgettable week of painting and sketching vacation in San Miguel de Allende. You will incorporate sketching, photography and studio painting from your own sketches and photos! Great adventure for your first visit to Mexico or San Miguel de Allende. This little town is full of excitement, music, color, shopping, restaurants, parades and joy! You will work at your own speed, focusing on what is most important to you: technique, color mixing, composition, loosening up, studies for larger paintings, capturing the moment. Only 6 students per workshop.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Maestro Fernando Gonzalez & Cristi Fer
Cost: $750.00 includes materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Website, email, 415-121-2311


"Painting in Belgium: Watercolor Sketching Workshop"
June 12-19, 2019
 

Join me for a week of sketching with watercolor. We’ll enjoy the free-flowing and colorful nature of watercolor at its best while sketching and having fun! I’ll help you develop observation skills, color awareness, simple design principles and learn about light and shadows. We’ll investigate various techniques, sketching tools, and approaches to watercolor. Enjoy time with fellow artists, instruction and friendly critiques. Bruges, the “Venice of the North”, will capture your heart with its medieval architecture surrounded by numerous canals. Painting in Bruges, the Capital of the Flemish painters, is a one of a kind experience. Besides painting the endless vignettes Bruges has to offer, you will also experience Belgium’s specialties like chocolate, lace making, beers, diamants and waffles.
 
Location: Bruges, Belgium
Instructor: Brenda Swenson, www.swensonsart.net
Cost: $3,190 before Nov 30 ($3,390 after Nov 30)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"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


"Abstract 101 Creative Outlet"
June 15-19, 2019
 

The joy of painting resides in each of us! All you have to do is let loose and let go of pre-conceived ideas. On the other hand, each abstract painting has a basic structure. You will learn to understand it and have fun applying it. This workshop will enhance your creativity, give you an outlet to relieve stress, help experienced painters loosen up, but no experience is needed to give yourself the gift of play and create your very own beautiful art! Discover another side of yourself! We offer step by step instruction, in a small group setting so you can receive individualized coaching. Work with internationally collected painter and art therapist with 30 years of experience Cristiana Marinescu.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu
Cost: $950.00 includes materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Website, email, 415-121-2311


"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


"Artistic Voice: Mixed Media Art Retreat in Greece"
June 15-22, 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 Art 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


"Les Beaux-Arts: Creative Painting Retreat in France"
June 15-22, 2019
 

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


"Handmade Bijoux: Metal Clay Jewelry Crafting Retreat in France"
June 15-22, 2019
 

Travel to France and learn to design and craft your own jewelry with 18 hours of expert tuition. You will learn basic techniques involved in creating jewelry with precious metal clay (PMC): hollow form design, syringe work, using stones, kilns, torch burners, sanding and polishing tools. You will learn how to create fingerprint jewelry and how to fuse glass. 8 days - Available in English - Available to all levels - Professional tuition - Max. 6 people. UpTrek Jewelry Workshop 2019 inclusions: accommodation, all meals, 18 hours of tuition, workshop materials, visit to an Armagnac distillery, wine tasting, visit to the town of Condom, transfers to and from Agen train station.
 
Location: Moncrabeau, Gascony, France
Instructor: Caroline Bray
Cost: $1,450
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Painting in Belgium: Watercolor Sketching Workshop"
June 19-26, 2019
 

Join me for a week of sketching with watercolor. We’ll enjoy the free-flowing and colorful nature of watercolor at its best while sketching and having fun! I’ll help you develop observation skills, color awareness, simple design principles and learn about light and shadows. We’ll investigate various techniques, sketching tools, and approaches to watercolor. Enjoy time with fellow artists, instruction and friendly critiques. Bruges, the “Venice of the North”, will capture your heart with its medieval architecture surrounded by numerous canals. Painting in Bruges, the Capital of the Flemish painters, is a one of a kind experience. Besides painting the endless vignettes Bruges has to offer, you will also experience Belgium’s specialties like chocolate, lace making, beers, diamants and waffles.
 
Location: Bruges, Belgium
Instructor: Brenda Swenson, www.swensonsart.net
Cost: $3,190 before Nov 30 ($3,390 after Nov 30)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting Retreat in the Shenandoah Valley"
June 19-24, 2019
 

Travel to Shenandoah Valley in Virginia, USA, and take part in a 6-day art retreat where expert tutor Jan-Willem Boer will help guide you through several artistic mediums. Students from all over the world come to the painting retreat to learn oil, acrylic, watercolor, and pastel painting, as well as drawing, airbrush, drypoint, lino, mono printing, and mixed media. Art Retreat inclusions: accommodation, individualized art lessons with expert art tutor Jan-Willem Boer, all meals, studio equipment for all the classes (easels, drawing boards, light box, artograph).
 
Location: Lexington, Virginia
Instructor: Jan-Willem Boer
Cost: $1,524
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Plein Air Painting in Cape May"
June 20-23, 2019
 

Join Joe Sweeney for a plein air painting retreat in beautiful Cape May, New Jersey! Experience small town hospitality while painting Cape May Point, the Cove with sweeping vistas, Cape May Lighthouse, and Sunset Beach. Includes tips on choosing a prime location, reading the weather and light at a particular time of day, and setting up a landscape palette. Morning and evening painting times will leave the afternoons free to relax on the beach – the perfect artist’s getaway! Instruction geared towards oil, acrylic and pastel, but experienced watercolorists are welcome.
 
Location: Cape May, New Jersey
Instructor: Joseph Sweeney
Cost: $595
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Painting in Provence: Watercolor Painting Workshop"
June 22-29, 2019
 

Join Kristi in magical Provence! When you paint a place, you really get to know it. Plein Air is not just a record of what you see but how that place makes you feel. Learn how to tell your story in watercolor. We will cover basic techniques which will give you the language needed to communicate visually. Design & composition is one of Kristi’s strong suits and she will demonstrate on site with lots of individual help as needed. We will strive for a relationship with the medium, learn to trust what the paint does on its own and recognize those “happy accidents” when they occur!
 
Location: Venasque, France
Instructor: Kristi Grussendorf, www.kristigrussendorf.com
Cost: $3,390 ($3,190 until Nov 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"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


"Rediscover the Orient: Photography Vacation in Morocco"
June 22-29, 2019
 

Travel to Morocco and take part in a tutored photography vacation in the fortified town of Essaouira. You will receive approximately 30 hours of training with a professional photographer, complete with accommodation, all meals, and airport transfers. 8 days - Available in English - Beginner friendly - 30 hours tuition - Max. 5 people. UpTrek Photography Workshop with Darren Lewey inclusions: accommodation in a traditional riad, all meals, airport transfers to and from Marrakesh or Essaouira airports, 30 hours of photography tutoring, review of your work during the trip, camera fundamentals workshop, portrait shooting workshop, trip to countryside, reportage workshop.
 
Location: Essaouira, Morocco
Instructor: Darren Lewey
Cost: $1,550
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Watercolor and Mixed Media Painting Vacation with Artist Sue Bradley"
June 23-30, 2019
 

During Sue's watercolor and mixed media painting vacation, you will practice the major watercolor techniques, study color, tone and composition, and explore some of the more specialized watercolor effects. You will sketch and paint in the studio and en plein air, covering subjects such as landscape, floral, and still life. Sue’s approach to teaching is for everyone to relax, enjoy, and progress individually. Art Retreat 2019 inclusions: daily painting classes, workshops, and demonstrations, accommodation, all meals (wine and beer included), daily bottled water supplies, coffee, tea, assorted beverages, aperitifs, transfers from/to Valencia Airport in Manises or Alicante–Elche Airport (ALC), painting on location trips, private, air-conditioned transport to painting locations, access to a fully equipped studio.
 
Location: Benigánim, Valencia, Spain
Instructor: Sue Bradley
Cost: $1,550
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Comme les Français: Tutored Painting Vacation in Normandy, France"
June 23-29, 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


"Sue Bradley in Spectacular Spain"
June 23-30, 2019
 

A wonderful opportunity to spend five full days, seven nights, in a small group workshop under the direction of Sue, who will tutor in watercolor and mixed media techniques, ideal for the progressive beginner. "Las Orquideas" once again opens its doors to Sue. This workshop will encourage you to use the wonderful surroundings and incredible light of rural Valencian countryside localities, to create pictures, using not only traditional ways of painting but experimenting with more exciting but easy alternative techniques. This area will be your inspiration when you marvel at the ever changing light brings colors to life. Join us on this exciting adventure where like artists through the ages you will not fail to be inspired.
 
Location: Benigánim, Spain
Instructor: Sue Bradley
Cost: €1875 save €350 for early booking
Sponsor: Dalvaro Art Vacations
Website, email, 0034 610857136


"Plein air painting in Central Hungary"
June 25-28, 2019
 

A 4-day painting holiday in Central Hungary. Improve your plein air painting and sketching skills in breathtaking scenery. This course includes a trip to Esztergom, a scenic Danube Bend boat trip, a Danube dinner cruise and wine tasting session in the Etyek wine region. All this for only €399!
 
Location: Budapest, Hungary
Instructor: Ibolya Taligas
Cost: €399 / person
Sponsor: Painting Getaways
Website, email, +442034882991


"Metal Clay Jewelry Crafting Retreat in Gascony, France"
June 27 - July 4, 2019
 

Travel to France and learn to design and craft your own jewelry with 18 hours of expert tuition. You will learn basic techniques involved in creating jewelry with precious metal clay (PMC): hollow form design, syringe work, using stones, kilns, torch burners, sanding and polishing tools. You will learn how to create fingerprint jewelry and how to fuse glass. 8 days - Available in English - Available to all levels - Professional tuition - Max. 6 people. UpTrek Jewelry Workshop 2019 inclusions: accommodation, all meals, 18 hours of tuition, workshop materials, visit to an Armagnac distillery, wine tasting, visit to the town of Condom, transfers to and from Agen train station.
 
Location: Moncrabeau, Gascony, France
Instructor: Caroline Bray
Cost: $1,450
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"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


"First ever Outlander Art Experience"
June 30 - July 9, 2019
 

Sketchbook journaling tour of Outlander locations in Scotland. Join us on this 10-day, first ever Outlander-themed art tour and really connect with the land where Jamie and Claire travelled through centuries and lived their love that knew no time nor borders. With your sketchbook journal in hand, feel the creative flow as we visit Doune Castle (Castle Leoch), Culross (Cranesmuir), the Battlefield of Culloden, Jamie’s Printshop in Edinburgh and much more. The artist-guided tour also includes a printmaking workshop at Highland Print Studio in Inverness, some creative writing and a session with a Scottish herbalist. A truly authentic experience from which you will leave inspired and refreshed.
 
Location: Various cities, incl. Edinburgh, Inverness, Scotland
Instructor: Nicky Sanderson & guest tutors
Cost: GBP 2390
Sponsor: Wild at Art Ltd
Website, email, +44(0)7784966165


"Studio Provence and Barcelona Art Tour 2019"
July 1-12, 2019
 

A seven-day plein-air painting workshop in the Alpes de Haute Provence combined with a four-day art history tour in the magnificent city of Barcelona. Open to artists of all levels and all media. Small groups, personalized instruction and an intimate environment that fosters creativity and fun. A unique opportunity to paint in the land of Cézanne when the lavender is in its glory, to visit Barcelona’s great art and architecture and to enjoy famous Provencal and Catalan cuisine. Price of CAD 3685 around US$2830 as of March 2018) includes 11-night double accommodation, 11 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners, transportation to all sites on schedule, TGV train ticket Avignon-Barcelona and entrances to all museums and sites on schedule.
 
Location: Manosque, France
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$2830
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"Studio Provence and Barcelona Art Tour 2019"
July 1-12, 2019
 

A seven-day plein-air painting workshop in the Alpes de Haute Provence combined with a four-day art history tour in the magnificent city of Barcelona. Open to artists of all levels and all media. Small groups, personalized instruction and an intimate environment that fosters creativity and fun. A unique opportunity to paint in the land of Cézanne when the lavender is in its glory, to visit Barcelona’s great art and architecture and to enjoy famous Provencal and Catalan cuisine. Price of CAD 3685 around US$2830 as of March 2018) includes 11-night double accommodation, 11 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners, transportation to all sites on schedule, TGV train ticket Avignon-Barcelona and entrances to all museums and sites on schedule.
 
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$2830
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 800-611-4789


"5 paintings in 5 Days"
July 1-5, 2019
 

Great workshop for all levels of artistic experience! Intermediate artists discover your favorite painting style, experienced painters loosen up rekindle your inspiration, beginners learn the basics. Explore abstract mixed media, expressionist and realistic painting in acrylics. Incorporate all there is to know about composition, color and brush/ pallet knife strokes. Fantastic painting vacation in San Miguel de Allende, Heart of Mexico, enchanted Colonial town and artist Mecca of Mexico. Bring your group of 6 participants and receive group rate. Learn from internationally renowned painters, owners and founders of Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops since 1989. Maximum 9 per workshop.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Maestro Fernando Gonzalez
Cost: $750.00 includes materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Website, email, 415-121-2311


"Earth’s Eye: Lakescape Painting Vacation in England"
July 1-5, 2019
 

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


"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


"Jewelry Crafting Workshop in Gascony, France"
July 6-13, 2019
 

Travel to France and learn to design and craft your own jewelry with 18 hours of expert tuition. You will learn basic techniques involved in creating jewelry with precious metal clay (PMC): hollow form design, syringe work, using stones, kilns, torch burners, sanding and polishing tools. You will learn how to create fingerprint jewelry and how to fuse glass. 8 days - Available in English - Available to all levels - Professional tuition - Max. 6 people. UpTrek Jewelry Workshop 2019 inclusions: accommodation, all meals, 18 hours of tuition, workshop materials, visit to an Armagnac distillery, wine tasting, visit to the town of Condom, transfers to and from Agen train station.
 
Location: Moncrabeau, Gascony, France
Instructor: Caroline Bray
Cost: $1,450
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"En Plein Air Painting Retreat in the South of France"
July 7-14, 2019
 

Travel to the South of France and learn to paint and sketch from accomplished artists with many years of tutoring experience. Work in oils, watercolor, acrylics or crayon and explore the stunning places that inspired Monet's masterpieces. You will receive 25 hours of tuition adapted to your experience and ability levels, complete with accommodation, meals, day trips, and private transfers. UpTrek Painting Retreat 2019 inclusions: accommodation, three daily meals, painting and drawing workshops with professional painters, wine tasting at Chateau Monluc, a trip to the world heritage site at La Romieu, use of art studio, easels and art boards, transfers from/to Toulouse Airport, transportation for painting on location.
 
Location: St Puy, Gers, France
Instructor: Stuart Williams, Alex Kelly
Cost: $1,020
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Art Adventure in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico"
July 8-12, 2019
 

Experienced painters and facilitators, Mexican muralist Fernando Gonzalez and Romanian artist and art therapist Cristiana Marinescu, offer an unforgettable week of painting and sketching vacation in San Miguel de Allende. You will incorporate sketching, photography and studio painting from your own sketches and photos! Great adventure for your first visit to Mexico or San Miguel de Allende. This little town is full of excitement, music, color, shopping, restaurants, parades and joy! You will work at your own speed, focusing on what is most important to you: technique, color mixing, composition, loosening up, studies for larger paintings, capturing the moment. Only 6 students per workshop.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Maestro Fernando Gonzalez & Cristi Fer
Cost: $750.00 includes materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Website, email, 415-121-2311


"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


"Tutored Painting Holiday in the Shenandoah Valley"
July 10-15, 2019
 

Travel to Shenandoah Valley in Virginia, USA, and take part in a 6-day art retreat where expert tutor Jan-Willem Boer will help guide you through several artistic mediums. Students from all over the world come to the painting retreat to learn oil, acrylic, watercolor, and pastel painting, as well as drawing, airbrush, drypoint, lino, mono printing, and mixed media. UpTrek Art Retreat 2019 inclusions: accommodation, individualized art lessons with expert art tutor Jan-Willem Boer, all meals, studio equipment for all the classes (easels, drawing boards, light box, artograph).
 
Location: Lexington, Virginia
Instructor: Jan-Willem Boer
Cost: $1,524
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"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


"Wildlife Photography Workshop on St. George Island"
July 12-19, 2019
 

Travel to the Pribilof Islands in Alaska and take part in an expert-led wildlife photography adventure. Photograph in several Northern Fur Seal rookeries, snap pictures of migratory seabirds nesting, Fur Seal pups, and Arctic Fox pups, watch the Orcas along the coastline, and explore vast untouched landscapes and coastal island cliffs. UpTrek Photography Workshop inclusions: accommodation for 4 nights on St. George Island, all meals, air transportation between Anchorage and St. George Island, airport transfers in Anchorage, transportation on St. George Island, daily tuition from expert wildlife photographers.
 
Location: Anchorage - St. George Island, Alaska
Instructor: Albert Marquez
Cost: $5,995
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


"Art and Spirit in Woodstock, NY"
July 12-14, 2019
 

Art and Spirit workshops are a mix of artistic technique and process painting. I combine my intuitive abilities with my extensive background in painting (MFA in Painting and Fulbright Scholar in Painting) in a fun and informative retreat. Suitable for beginner or advanced painters. My light-filled Woodstock NY mountain studio with meadow and forest views is the ideal location to support you as you relax and explore your creative process. Demos are done in watercolor but you may work in other mediums. Workshops include lunches. Weather permitting we often gather at Melissa’s fire circle in the evening for some song, laughter and treats. Combine a visit to the beautiful Catskills and the historic town of Woodstock with an art weekend.
 
Location: Woodstock, New York
Instructor: Melissa Harris
Cost: $335
Sponsor: melissa harris art enterprises
Website, email, 845-389-5250


"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


""Paint the Light in Pastel" with Rita Kirkman"
July 15-19, 2019
 

Join Rita for the Ultimate Summer Art Vacation - an all-inclusive 5-day Art Retreat at The Abbey of the Hills, in the heart of the glacial lakes region of South Dakota. Immerse yourself in the tranquility of this former monastery while stimulating your creativity with a Rita Kirkman Pastel Workshop! The 5-day workshop will give you plenty of time to exercise and improve your pastel abilities (all skill levels welcome) in the classroom, while leaving extra hours to explore the beautiful grounds, paint outside, sketch and take photos, or simply relax! Learn from Rita’s 40+ years of experience with pastel. Lots of individual attention given. One price includes the workshop tuition, on-site lodging and daily home-cooked meals!
 
Location: Marvin, South Dakota
Instructor: Rita Kirkman
Cost: $807 (shared room)
Sponsor: Rita Kirkman Studio
Website, email, 210-274-3384


"Abstract 101 Creative Outlet"
July 15-19, 2019
 

The joy of painting resides in each of us! All you have to do is let loose and let go of pre-conceived ideas. On the other hand, each abstract painting has a basic structure. You will learn to understand it and have fun applying it. This workshop will enhance your creativity, give you an outlet to relieve stress, help experienced painters loosen up, but no experience is needed to give yourself the gift of play and create your very own beautiful art! Discover another side of yourself! We offer step by step instruction, in a small group setting so you can receive individualized coaching. Work with internationally collected painter and art therapist with 30 years of experience Cristiana Marinescu.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu
Cost: $950.00 includes materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Website, email, 415-121-2311


"Painting Holidays in Spain"
July 8-14, 2019 / July 15-21, 2019
 

Develop your artistic skills and enjoy a week’s break in the unspoiled heart of Spain on this painting holiday in Extremadura. With excellent weather throughout the year, beautiful countryside and rural villages provide an abundance of subjects to paint or sketch, and groups are limited to a maximum of 10 participants. During the week, you will receive a minimum of 22 hours tutoring and have 24 hours access to the studio. The price includes accommodation, meals, art tuition, art materials and transfers from Madrid airport and its main train station on the first and last day of the course (the price does not include flights). Come to join us in this friendly, relaxed and creative holiday.
 
Location: Extremadura, Spain
Instructor: Granada Munoz
Cost: €1400 excluding flights
Sponsor: Las Paulinas
Website, email, 0044 7480 219 108


"French Countryside: Landscape Painting Holiday at La Salle"
July 15-22, 2019
 

Travel to the South of France and learn to paint and sketch from accomplished artists with many years of tutoring experience. Work in oils, watercolor, acrylics or crayon and explore the stunning places that inspired Monet's masterpieces. You will receive 25 hours of tuition adapted to your experience and ability levels, complete with accommodation, meals, day trips, and private transfers. UpTrek Painting Retreat 2019 inclusions: accommodation, three daily meals, painting and drawing workshops with professional painters, wine tasting at Chateau Monluc, a trip to the world heritage site at La Romieu, use of art studio, easels and art boards, transfers from/to Toulouse Airport, transportation for painting on location.
 
Location: St Puy, Gers, France
Instructor: Stuart Williams, Alex Kelly
Cost: $1,020
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"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 Photography Vacation in the Fortified Town of Essaouira"
July 20-27, 2019
 

Travel to Morocco and take part in a tutored photography vacation in the fortified town of Essaouira. You will receive approximately 30 hours of training with a professional photographer, complete with accommodation, all meals, and airport transfers. 8 days - Available in English - Beginner friendly - 30 hours tuition - Max. 5 people. UpTrek Photography Workshop with Darren Lewey inclusions: accommodation in a traditional riad, all meals, airport transfers to and from Marrakesh or Essaouira airports, 30 hours of photography tutoring, review of your work during the trip, camera fundamentals workshop, portrait shooting workshop, trip to countryside, reportage workshop.
 
Location: Essaouira, Morocco
Instructor: Darren Lewey
Cost: $1,550
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Monhegan Island Art & Visualization plein air painting art workshop"
July 22-26, 2019
 

Join J.R. and clinical psychologist M. DeLaney, Psy.D for a very different kind of workshop - Molly and I have been offering this workshop since 2005 on Monhegan. You will learn to use your life filters in a positive, nurturing group experience reinforcing the reason you paint and be able to communicate that on a more personal level. Value, composition, aerial perspective and color temperature will be the formal part. Individual interpretation, finding your style will be the practice part. All levels welcome. Individual instruction, visualization sessions and group critiques included.
 
Location: Monhegan Island, Maine
Instructor: J.R. Baldini, Int'l Plein Air Painters
Cost: $597.00
Sponsor: Baldini Painting Holidays
Website, email, 1.800.393.7270 9-5 pm studio


"Monhegan Island Art & Visualization plein air painting art workshop"
July 22-23, 2019
 

Join J.R. and clinical psychologist M. DeLaney, Psy.D for a very different kind of workshop - Molly and I have been offering this workshop since 2005 on Monhegan. You will learn to use your life filters in a positive, nurturing group experience reinforcing the reason you paint and be able to communicate that on a more personal level. Value, composition, aerial perspective and color temperature will be the formal part. Individual interpretation, finding your style will be the practice part. All levels welcome. Individual instruction, visualization sessions and group critiques included.
 
Location: Monhegan Island, Maine
Instructor: J.R. Baldini, Int'l Plein Air Painters
Cost: $325.00
Sponsor: Baldini Painting Holidays
Website, email, 1.800.393.7270 9-5 pm studio


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

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


"Igor Sava in spectacular Spain"
July 22-29, 2019
 

This is a wonderful, unmissable chance to spend a week with two of the best watercolor painters around today. Igor focuses on cityscapes. His approach combines deft control of edges plus visual charm of freely mixed washes. His architectural subjects carry a feeling of atmosphere and light, as well as material textures. Ekaterina emphasises on the delicate more detailed control of her subject. "Every flower tells a story", her still life's just come to life on the canvas. Expect to be captivated and astonished at the versatility of these two outstanding, vibrant and enthusiastic artists. Join this artistic journey in rural Valencian countryside and towns, with plein air and studio studies.
 
Location: Benigánim, Spain
Instructor: Igor and Ekaterina Sava
Cost: €2295 single private room. Early booking discount
Sponsor: Dalvaro Art Vacations
Website, email, 610857136


"Watercolor Painting Vacation with Artists Igor and Ekaterina Sava"
July 22-29, 2019
 

On this painting workshop you will be shown the basics and quickly move on to some more advanced concepts of painting still life, animals, and landscapes in watercolor. Ekaterina's courses are usually studio based, venturing out on location for some plein air painting with additional sketching and photographing in preparation for the more detailed work in the studio. Art Retreat inclusions: daily painting classes, workshops, and demonstrations, accommodation, all meals (wine and beer included), bottled water, coffee, tea, aperitifs, transfers from/to Valencia Airport in Manises or Alicante–Elche Airport (ALC), painting on location trips, private, air-conditioned transport to painting locations, access to a fully equipped studio.
 
Location: Benigánim, Valencia, Spain
Instructor: Igor and Ekaterina Sava
Cost: $1,550
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"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


"Images in the Sun: Photography Workshop in Morocco"
July 27 - August 3, 2019
 

Travel to Morocco and take part in a tutored photography vacation in the fortified town of Essaouira. You will receive approximately 30 hours of training with a professional photographer, complete with accommodation, all meals, and airport transfers. 8 days - Available in English - Beginner friendly - 30 hours tuition - Max. 5 people. UpTrek Photography Workshop with Darren Lewey inclusions: accommodation in a traditional riad, all meals, airport transfers to and from Marrakesh or Essaouira airports, 30 hours of photography tutoring, review of your work during the trip, camera fundamentals workshop, portrait shooting workshop, trip to countryside, reportage workshop.
 
Location: Essaouira, Morocco
Instructor: Darren Lewey
Cost: $1,550
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Jason Yeoh in Spaectacular Spain"
August 2-12, 2019
 

A wonderful opportunity to work alongside Jason, he will, as usual put everything into this workshop, which includes a ten night stay. Jason will eagerly share with you the principals of his own personal style which fully expresses his inner feelings of a scene. Whatever your level of experience, Jason's style will open your eyes to semi abstract watercolor painting. Jason will explain his procedure of blending first washes while reserving the white areas, then adding color for creating depth, increase the depth with darker shapes. Finally adding the fine, thin, curly lines, which make his paintings so "Jason Yeoh". Using this effect will give you the opportunity to add your very own style and interpretation.
 
Location: Benigánim, Spain
Instructor: Jason Yeoh
Cost: €2650 before March (€2950 after March 2019)
Sponsor: Dalvaro Art Vacations
Website, email, 610857136


"5 paintings in 5 Days"
August 5-9, 2019
 

Great workshop for all levels of artistic experience! Intermediate artists discover your favorite painting style, experienced painters loosen up rekindle your inspiration, beginners learn the basics. Explore abstract mixed media, expressionist and realistic painting in acrylics. Incorporate all there is to know about composition, color and brush/ pallet knife strokes. Fantastic painting vacation in San Miguel de Allende, Heart of Mexico, enchanted Colonial town and artist Mecca of Mexico. Bring your group of 6 participants and receive group rate. Learn from internationally renowned painters, owners and founders of Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops since 1989. Maximum 9 per workshop.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Maestro Fernando Gonzalez
Cost: $750.00 includes materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Website, email, 415-121-2311


"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


"Painting Retreat for Experienced Painters - Michael Chesley Johnson"
August 11-16, 2019
 

Join Michael Chesley Johnson in this plein air painting retreat for experienced painters in Lubec, Maine. This historic town has a working harbor and boats, lighthouses, bold cliffs and is just a 5-minute drive from the natural scenery of the Roosevelt-Campobello International Park in New Brunswick, Canada. This is a retreat, not a workshop, but Michael will be offering daily critiques and demonstrations plus guide you to his favorite spots. Lodging (not included) is at the beautifully-restored Coast Guard campus at West Quoddy Head. Michael has painted and taught for over 18 years. Author of Outdoor Study to Studio, he is also a frequent writer for Pastel Journal, The Artist's Magazine and PleinAir Magazine.
 
Location: Lubec, Maine
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: $300
Sponsor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Website, email


"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


"Capturing a Full Portrait of Madeline Island"
August 12-16, 2019
 

For most photographers, taking a trip presents an incredible opportunity to capture the unique sights and allure of a new place. But are there any guidelines on how to best approach photographing a new destination? Learn what to consider when planning your itinerary and your photographs. Seasoned travel photographer Pei Ketron will lead the class to different visually-rich locations around Madeline Island, including the Big Bay Lagoon and downtown La Pointe, where she will provide instruction on how best to capture the scenes you encounter, whether you're shooting with a DSLR, film camera, or smartphone. This workshop also includes a private boat tour of the Devils Island sea caves, on the northern-most Apostle Island.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Pei Ketron, www.pketron.com
Cost: $770
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Art Adventure in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico"
August 12-16, 2019
 

Experienced painters and facilitators, Mexican muralist Fernando Gonzalez and Romanian artist and art therapist Cristiana Marinescu, offer an unforgettable week of painting and sketching vacation in San Miguel de Allende. You will incorporate sketching, photography and studio painting from your own sketches and photos! Great adventure for your first visit to Mexico or San Miguel de Allende. This little town is full of excitement, music, color, shopping, restaurants, parades and joy! You will work at your own speed, focusing on what is most important to you: technique, color mixing, composition, loosening up, studies for larger paintings, capturing the moment. Only 6 students per workshop.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Maestro Fernando Gonzalez & Cristi Fer
Cost: $750.00 includes materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Website, email, 415-121-2311


"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


"All-Inclusive Jewelry Making Retreat in France"
August 17-24, 2019
 

Travel to France and learn to design and craft your own jewelry with 18 hours of expert tuition. You will learn basic techniques involved in creating jewelry with precious metal clay (PMC): hollow form design, syringe work, using stones, kilns, torch burners, sanding and polishing tools. You will learn how to create fingerprint jewelry and how to fuse glass. 8 days - Available in English - Available to all levels - Professional tuition - Max. 6 people. UpTrek Jewelry Workshop 2019 inclusions: accommodation, all meals, 18 hours of tuition, workshop materials, visit to an Armagnac distillery, wine tasting, visit to the town of Condom, transfers to and from Agen train station.
 
Location: Moncrabeau, Gascony, France
Instructor: Caroline Bray
Cost: $1,450
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


"Abstract 101 Creative Outlet"
August 19-23, 2019
 

The joy of painting resides in each of us! All you have to do is let loose and let go of pre-conceived ideas. On the other hand, each abstract painting has a basic structure. You will learn to understand it and have fun applying it. This workshop will enhance your creativity, give you an outlet to relieve stress, help experienced painters loosen up, but no experience is needed to give yourself the gift of play and create your very own beautiful art! Discover another side of yourself! We offer step by step instruction, in a small group setting so you can receive individualized coaching. Work with internationally collected painter and art therapist with 30 years of experience Cristiana Marinescu.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu
Cost: $950.00 includes materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Website, email, 415-121-2311


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

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


"Photographing the Apostle Islands with Craig Blacklock"
August 19-23, 2019
 

This workshop is open to photographers with a working understanding of their camera settings and a beginning knowledge of how to edit photos in Adobe Photoshop or Lightroom. This is an all-week series of unforgettable photo outings with master photographer Craig Blacklock, including a sunset boat cruise to the Apostle Island Sea Caves, canoeing in Madeline Island’s Big Bay Lagoon, a visit to the Bodin’s Fisheries in Bayfield, as well as dawn and sunset photo shoots. Sharpen your compositional skills with group critiques and personal time with Craig, while you edit and print your images in our studio. Craig Blacklock is one of the most knowledgeable Lake Superior photographers in the country and has published more than 17 books.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Craig Blacklock, blacklockgallery.com
Cost: $1,050
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Plein Air Painting by Lake Wolfgang in Austria"
August 20-21, 2019
 

Only a short distance from Salzburg lies the impressive stretch of Lake Wolfgang in the Austrian Lake District. Some 10 km long, lined by charming settlements and surrounded by the Salzkammergut mountain range it makes an idyllic location for our 2-day plein air painting workshop. We visit the very popular St Wolfgang and the more tranquil Strobl nearby where we paint and sketch in this alpine paradise. Led by instructor Ibolya Taligas who specialises in watercolour painting and will do demonstrations as well as offer practical advice on painting outdoors. €150/person with flexibility to book your own accommodation and take as many refreshment breaks as you wish. Small group, lots of individual attention.
 
Location: St Wolfgang, Austria
Instructor: Ibolya Taligas
Cost: €150
Sponsor: Painting Getaways
Website, email, +44 201 488 2991


"Plein air watercolour painting at Lake Hallstatt in Austria"
August 22-23, 2019
 

A 2-day plein air watercolour painting workshop by the picturesque Lake Hallstatt in Austria. The charming village of Hallstatt is well-hidden between the Hallstatter See and the imposing peaks of the Dachstein mountains. A real gem and a must-see location for any artist. Come and paint the most amazing water reflections of a place that's considered one of the most photographed in the world!
 
Location: Hallstatt, Austria
Instructor: Ibolya Taligas
Cost: €150
Sponsor: Painting Getaways
Website, email, +44 203 488 2991


"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


"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


"Olga Litvinenko in Spectacular Spain"
August 25 - September 1, 2019
 

Dalvaro Art gives you this wonderful opportunity to enjoy a week of watercolor painting with the wonderful Olga Litvinenko. You will have a fantastic programme of learning while mixing in with the Valencian rural life. This workshop will include value exploration, composition, color theory and color mixing in addition to general sketching techniques. Olga will show you how to photograph as a base for painting in the studio. You will see how to use Olga's simple technique of creating the most successful sketches for painting while using the reference photos to include accurately the main objects of your chosen scene while leaving out the distractions. Plein air and studio work included in this fabulous week.
 
Location: Benigánim, Spain
Instructor: Olga Litvinenko
Cost: €1550 single private room. Early booking discount
Sponsor: Dalvaro Art Vacations
Website, email, 610857136


"Painting in the French Alps: Watermedia Painting Workshop"
August 25 - September 1, 2019
 

Come explore the magnificent French Alps with us! This is a mixed-media workshop, and I will demo in watercolor and/or acrylic with occasional dabblings into collage and texture. We’ll work both on location and in the studio. Our days are relaxed and informative (with lots of good food and laughing in the mix). If you are a first-time plein air painter (and afraid), you’ll find it painless! Advanced painters will discover new techniques and creative solutions with color & design, which will move your work to a new level. There will be demos, hand-outs and personal attention. The best part is our camaraderie, learning from each other, sharing our adventures and painting incredible memories.
 
Location: Haute-Savoie, France
Instructor: Kathie George, www.kathiegeorge.com
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Jan. 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting in the French Alps: Watercolor Painting Workshop"
August 28 - September 4, 2019
 

Come explore the magnificent French Alps with us! Each day will include demonstrations of elements of landscape painting with lots of personal instruction. Develop your ability to look at the complexity of the scene in front of you, and focus your vision so that you can design a good painting that speaks of the essence of the scene, rather than merely reporting the things in it. Every painting should have a concept, and your composition, colors and techniques must work towards bringing your concept to life.
 
Location: Haute-Savoie, France
Instructor: Evelyn Dunphy, www.evelyndunphy.com
Cost: $3,190 before Jan. 31 ($3,390 after Jan. 31)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"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


"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


"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


"Dordogne Delights: Painting Retreat in Montpeyroux"
August 31 - September 7, 2019
 

Travel to France and develop your artistic skills under expert guidance. You will have ample time to paint en plein air, tour the beautiful Dordogne region, discover its many delights, and spend time relaxing at the estate. 8 days - Available in English - Available to all levels - Professional tuition - Watercolor painting - Landscape painting. UpTrek Painting Retreat 2019 inclusions: 7 nights of accommodation, three daily meals - breakfast, lunch, dinners served with wine, daily painting tuition and one-to-one sessions with professional artists (Murray Ince, Judith Yates, Tony Westmore), outings to several places, such as St. Emilion, St Seurin sur l'Isle, Bergerac, and Monbazillac, wine tasting.
 
Location: Montpeyroux, Dordogne, France
Instructor: Murray Ince, Judith Yates, Tony Westmore
Cost: $900
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"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


"Art and Spirit in New Mexico"
September 1-7, 2019
 

Melissa Harris, internationally published artist, author (99 Keys to a Creative Life) is known for her loose, expressive style. She holds an MFA in Painting and a Fulbright Grant in painting. With over 30 years teaching experience, Melissa helps you to bring soul into your watercolors. She will help you build a solid foundation including color, composition and paint handling - or help you refine existing skills. Daily demos individual instruction. No previous experience necessary. You may simply sketch in watercolor in your journal. Experience the beauty of Taos, New Mexico in its best season. Meditate and paint plein air at sacred sites to connect with the spirit of the land and encourage your creative visions to emerge.
 
Location: Taos, New Mexico
Instructor: Melissa Harris
Cost: $1,800 - $2,100
Sponsor: melissa harris art enterprises
Website, email, 845-389-5250


"Painting in the French Alps: Watermedia Painting Workshop"
September 1-8, 2019
 

Come explore the magnificent French Alps with us! This is a mixed-media workshop, and I will demo in watercolor and/or acrylic with occasional dabblings into collage and texture. We’ll work both on location and in the studio. Our days are relaxed and informative (with lots of good food and laughing in the mix). If you are a first-time plein air painter (and afraid), you’ll find it painless! Advanced painters will discover new techniques and creative solutions with color & design, which will move your work to a new level. There will be demos, hand-outs and personal attention. The best part is our camaraderie, learning from each other, sharing our adventures and painting incredible memories.
 
Location: Haute-Savoie, France
Instructor: Kathie George, www.kathiegeorge.com
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Jan. 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting Mediterranean Villages: Watercolor Painting Workshop"
September 1-8, 2019
 

Join me in Tuscany for a truly memorable week! The most enjoyable painting I do is when I paint outdoors. There is an intimacy and sense of “being there” that only occurs when you take the time to slow down and record your surroundings in watercolor- and what surroundings we will have! We will tour daily with an easy schedule of demonstration, one on one critique, and group discussions designed to build your confidence and ability alike. You may paint or explore or do both on any given day. I will be there to guide you through my approach to painting en plein air and help you take your watercolors to the next level! The course is limited to 12 students.
 
Location: Vence, France
Instructor: Iain Stewart, iainstew.fineartstudioonline.com
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 before Jan. 31)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"5 paintings in 5 Days"
September 2-6, 2019
 

Great workshop for all levels of artistic experience! Intermediate artists discover your favorite painting style, experienced painters loosen up rekindle your inspiration, beginners learn the basics. Explore abstract mixed media, expressionist and realistic painting in acrylics. Incorporate all there is to know about composition, color and brush/ pallet knife strokes. Fantastic painting vacation in San Miguel de Allende, Heart of Mexico, enchanted Colonial town and artist Mecca of Mexico. Bring your group of 6 participants and receive group rate. Learn from internationally renowned painters, owners and founders of Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops since 1989. Maximum 9 per workshop.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Maestro Fernando Gonzalez
Cost: $750.00 includes materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Website, email, 415-121-2311


"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


"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


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

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


"Metal Clay Jewelry Crafting Workshop in Gascony, France"
September 5-12, 2019
 

Travel to France and learn to design and craft your own jewelry with 18 hours of expert tuition. You will learn basic techniques involved in creating jewelry with precious metal clay (PMC): hollow form design, syringe work, using stones, kilns, torch burners, sanding and polishing tools. You will learn how to create fingerprint jewelry and how to fuse glass. 8 days - Available in English - Available to all levels - Professional tuition - Max. 6 people. UpTrek Jewelry Workshop 2019 inclusions: accommodation, all meals, 18 hours of tuition, workshop materials, visit to an Armagnac distillery, wine tasting, visit to the town of Condom, transfers to and from Agen train station.
 
Location: Moncrabeau, Gascony, France
Instructor: Caroline Bray
Cost: $1,450
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


"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


"A Taste for Art: Guided Landscape Painting Vacation in Spain"
September 6-13, 2019
 

Travel to Spain, sketch and paint under a widely exhibited professional painter's guidance, get inspired by the natural wonders of Sierra de Montánchez and unleash your creative potential on a guided painting retreat in a tranquil part of Extremadura. Inclusions: accommodation in a charming finca, 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, and 7 dinners served with local wine, landscape painting workshops with painter Noëlle Griffiths (30 hours tuition), use of studio equipment, art materials, airport transfers from Madrid and/or Seville, all transportation in Sierra de Montánchez, guided tour of Trujillo.
 
Location: Sierra de Montánchez, Extremadura, Spain
Instructor: Noëlle Griffiths
Cost: $1,020
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"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


"Watercolor and Brusho Painting Vacation with Artist Joanne Boon Thom"
September 7-13, 2019
 

Painter Joanne Boon Thomas will walk you through watercolor and brusho painting. Joanne's patience is endless and her passion is infectious — she gets unbelievably excited when she sees her students blossoming and creating. You will have plenty of opportunities to go out on location, not only to take photographs but also for plein air painting studies. Joanne will provide constant guidance, demonstrations, and plenty of one-on-one tuition. Art Retreat inclusions: daily painting classes, workshops, and demonstrations, accommodation, all meals (wine and beer included), bottled water, coffee, tea, aperitifs, transfers from/to Valencia Airport in Manises or Alicante–Elche Airport (ALC), painting on location trips, private, air-conditioned transport to painting locations, access to a fully equipped studio.
 
Location: Benigánim, Valencia, Spain
Instructor: Joanne Boon Thom
Cost: $1,550
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Manoir de Gurson: Tutored Painting Holiday in France"
September 7-14, 2019
 

Travel to France and develop your artistic skills under expert guidance. You will have ample time to paint en plein air, tour the beautiful Dordogne region, discover its many delights, and spend time relaxing at the estate. 8 days - Available in English - Available to all levels - Professional tuition - Watercolor painting - Landscape painting. UpTrek Painting Holiday 2019 inclusions: 7 nights of accommodation, three daily meals - breakfast, lunch, dinners served with wine, daily painting tuition and one-to-one sessions with professional artists (Murray Ince, Judith Yates, Tony Westmore), outings to several places, such as St. Emilion, St Seurin sur l'Isle, Bergerac, and Monbazillac, wine tasting.
 
Location: Montpeyroux, Dordogne, France
Instructor: Murray Ince, Judith Yates, Tony Westmore
Cost: $900
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"In the Frame: Photography Workshop in Morocco"
September 7-14, 2019
 

Travel to Morocco and take part in a tutored photography vacation in the fortified town of Essaouira. You will receive approximately 30 hours of training with a professional photographer, complete with accommodation, all meals, and airport transfers. 8 days - Available in English - Beginner friendly - 30 hours tuition - Max. 5 people. UpTrek Photography Workshop with Darren Lewey inclusions: accommodation in a traditional riad, all meals, airport transfers to and from Marrakesh or Essaouira airports, 30 hours of photography tutoring, review of your work during the trip, camera fundamentals workshop, portrait shooting workshop, trip to countryside, reportage workshop.
 
Location: Essaouira, Morocco
Instructor: Darren Lewey
Cost: $1,550
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


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

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


"Spectacular Costa Brava: Landscape Painting Vacation in Spain"
September 8-14, 2019
 

Travel to Spain and immerse in rural painting. Try seascape and townscape painting with the guidance of a professional painter. Find your artistic inspiration while exploring the dazzling Costa Brava and its medieval villages. 7 days - Available in English - Available to all levels - Max. 10 people - Expert art tutor - Oil painting - Rural landscape, Seascape, Townscape. UpTrek Painting Retreat Costa Brava 2019 inclusions: 6 nights of accommodation, all meals, painting and sketching sessions with artists Joakim Bergström and Zane Prater, beverages, art supplies kit.
 
Location: Costa Brava, Girona, Spain
Instructor: Joakim Bergström, Zane Prater
Cost: $1,650
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Painting in Provence: Watercolor Painting Workshop"
September 9-16, 2019
 

I love France, painting in France, have been there numerous times and would enjoy having my students join me in Provence. We’ll be painting on location, capturing the light and color, no need to be an expert. All students, regardless of skill level are welcome, we’ll have a wonderful time. I will be demonstrating as well, so students can watch how I find compositions and arrange my subject. I will help all students get accurate drawings, and realize how proper values help create mood. We will use a variety of techniques, from realism to more impressionistic styles. For my more advanced students, design and composition will be addressed.
 
Location: Venasque, France
Instructor: Stan Miller, stanmiller.net
Cost: $3,390 ($3,190 until Nov 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Art Adventure in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico"
September 9-13, 2019
 

Experienced painters and facilitators, Mexican muralist Fernando Gonzalez and Romanian artist and art therapist Cristiana Marinescu, offer an unforgettable week of painting and sketching vacation in San Miguel de Allende. You will incorporate sketching, photography and studio painting from your own sketches and photos! Great adventure for your first visit to Mexico or San Miguel de Allende. This little town is full of excitement, music, color, shopping, restaurants, parades and joy! You will work at your own speed, focusing on what is most important to you: technique, color mixing, composition, loosening up, studies for larger paintings, capturing the moment. Only 6 students per workshop.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Maestro Fernando Gonzalez & Cristi Fer
Cost: $750.00 includes materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Website, email, 415-121-2311


"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


"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


"Deluxe painting retreats in 17th century château in SW France"
September 14-21, 2019
 

Imagine painting in a 17th century château in the middle of wine country in rural France. Relax, unwind, discover and deepen your artistic creativity. All-inclusive, quality accommodations, outstanding cuisine, art materials, sightseeing, and instruction. Small classes for personal attention with the insightful guidance of International artist Mike Snow. Discover untapped painting skills and grow your artistic talents with this intense immersion into creativity.
 
Location: Saussignac, France
Instructor: Mike Snow
Cost: 1,695 €
Sponsor: Snow & White
Website, email, (+33) 678852282


"Dordogne En Plein Air: Landscape Painting Workshop in France"
September 14-21, 2019
 

Travel to France and develop your artistic skills under expert guidance. You will have ample time to paint en plein air, tour the beautiful Dordogne region, discover its many delights, and spend time relaxing at the estate. 8 days - Available in English - Available to all levels - Professional tuition - Watercolor painting - Landscape painting. UpTrek Painting Retreat 2019 inclusions: 7 nights of accommodation, three daily meals - breakfast, lunch, dinners served with wine, daily painting tuition and one-to-one sessions with professional artists (Murray Ince, Judith Yates, Tony Westmore), outings to several places, such as St. Emilion, St Seurin sur l'Isle, Bergerac, and Monbazillac, wine tasting.
 
Location: Montpeyroux, Dordogne, France
Instructor: Murray Ince, Judith Yates, Tony Westmore
Cost: $900
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


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

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


"Capture Unique Moments: Photography Workshop in Morocco"
September 14-21, 2019
 

Travel to Morocco and take part in a tutored photography vacation in the fortified town of Essaouira. You will receive approximately 30 hours of training with a professional photographer, complete with accommodation, all meals, and airport transfers. 8 days - Available in English - Beginner friendly - 30 hours tuition - Max. 5 people. UpTrek Photography Workshop with Darren Lewey inclusions: accommodation in a traditional riad, all meals, airport transfers to and from Marrakesh or Essaouira airports, 30 hours of photography tutoring, review of your work during the trip, camera fundamentals workshop, portrait shooting workshop, trip to countryside, reportage workshop.
 
Location: Essaouira, Morocco
Instructor: Darren Lewey
Cost: $1,550
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Handmade Bijoux: Metal Clay Jewelry Crafting Retreat"
September 14-21, 2019
 

Travel to France and learn to design and craft your own jewelry with 18 hours of expert tuition. You will learn basic techniques involved in creating jewelry with precious metal clay (PMC): hollow form design, syringe work, using stones, kilns, torch burners, sanding and polishing tools. You will learn how to create fingerprint jewelry and how to fuse glass. 8 days - Available in English - Available to all levels - Professional tuition - Max. 6 people. UpTrek Jewelry Workshop 2019 inclusions: accommodation, all meals, 18 hours of tuition, workshop materials, visit to an Armagnac distillery, wine tasting, visit to the town of Condom, transfers to and from Agen train station.
 
Location: Moncrabeau, Gascony, France
Instructor: Caroline Bray
Cost: $1,450
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


"Abstract 101 Creative Outlet"
September 16-20, 2019
 

The joy of painting resides in each of us! All you have to do is let loose and let go of pre-conceived ideas. On the other hand, each abstract painting has a basic structure. You will learn to understand it and have fun applying it. This workshop will enhance your creativity, give you an outlet to relieve stress, help experienced painters loosen up, but no experience is needed to give yourself the gift of play and create your very own beautiful art! Discover another side of yourself! We offer step by step instruction, in a small group setting so you can receive individualized coaching. Work with internationally collected painter and art therapist with 30 years of experience Cristiana Marinescu.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu
Cost: $950.00 includes materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Website, email, 415-121-2311


"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


"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


"Mykonos Greece - J. R. Baldini & Linda Richichi"
September 21-28, 2019
 

One of the most popular islands in Greece. Workshop fee includes: 7 days worth of intense lessons in oil, acrylic, watercolor or pastel (your choice of medium). Paint during the day and enjoy one nocturnal (painting at night) experience. Already an experienced painter and want to be with other painters? Join us, we never stop learning. The light, the colors of the sea and roof tops, the scenery, the food, the people... take your pick about what draws us to this beautiful island of Mykonos. Our travel agent will do all the work booking your hotel, airlines and any optional stay in Santorini (or Athens if you want to really extend your trip).
 
Location: Mykonos, Greece
Instructor: J.R. Baldini, Linda Richichi
Cost: $975.00
Sponsor: Baldini Painting Holidays
Website, email, 1.800.393.7270 9-5 pm studio


"Apostle Islands Night Sky Photography Workshop"
September 23-27, 2019
 

Explore the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, while learning the art of night sky photography. The workshop dates have been carefully selected for many reasons including moon phases, meteor showers, rise and set times, weather, temperatures, geographical location and current space weather events. The Northern Lights are often seen close to the autumn and spring equinoxes. Most of the shooting will be done on Madeline Island. We will also take a boat ride to Devils Island where we will photograph the caves at sunset before being dropped off on another Apostle Island for an overnight shoot! We will learn how to capture the Milky Way, star trails, panoramas, time-Lapse video, and meteor showers, and also cover the post processing workflow and techniques.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jeff Berkes, jeffberkesphotography.com
Cost: $1,595
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Picturesque France: Painting Workshop with Accomplished Artists"
September 23-30, 2019
 

Travel to the South of France and learn to paint and sketch from accomplished artists with many years of tutoring experience. Work in oils, watercolor, acrylics or crayon and explore the stunning places that inspired Monet's masterpieces. You will receive 25 hours of tuition adapted to your experience and ability levels, complete with accommodation, meals, day trips, and private transfers. UpTrek Painting Retreat 2019 inclusions: accommodation, three daily meals, painting and drawing workshops with professional painters, wine tasting at Chateau Monluc, a trip to the world heritage site at La Romieu, use of art studio, easels and art boards, transfers from/to Toulouse Airport, transportation for painting on location.
 
Location: St Puy, Gers, France
Instructor: Stuart Williams, Alex Kelly
Cost: $1,020
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"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


"Handmade Bijoux: Metal Clay Jewelry Making Retreat"
September 26 - October 3, 2019
 

Travel to France and learn to design and craft your own jewelry with 18 hours of expert tuition. You will learn basic techniques involved in creating jewelry with precious metal clay (PMC): hollow form design, syringe work, using stones, kilns, torch burners, sanding and polishing tools. You will learn how to create fingerprint jewelry and how to fuse glass. 8 days - Available in English - Available to all levels - Professional tuition - Max. 6 people. UpTrek Jewelry Workshop 2019 inclusions: accommodation, all meals, 18 hours of tuition, workshop materials, visit to an Armagnac distillery, wine tasting, visit to the town of Condom, transfers to and from Agen train station.
 
Location: Moncrabeau, Gascony, France
Instructor: Caroline Bray
Cost: $1,450
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"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


"Tutored Painting Vacation in the Shenandoah Valley"
September 27 - October 2, 2019
 

Travel to Shenandoah Valley in Virginia, USA, and take part in a 6-day art retreat where expert tutor Jan-Willem Boer will help guide you through several artistic mediums. Students from all over the world come to the painting retreat to learn oil, acrylic, watercolor, and pastel painting, as well as drawing, airbrush, drypoint, lino, mono printing, and mixed media. UpTrek Art Retreat 2019 inclusions: accommodation, individualized art lessons with expert art tutor Jan-Willem Boer, all meals, studio equipment for all the classes (easels, drawing boards, light box, artograph).
 
Location: Lexington, Virginia
Instructor: Jan-Willem Boer
Cost: $1,524
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"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


"Art Retreat in the South of France"
October 2-9, 2019
 

Travel to the South of France and learn to paint and sketch from accomplished artists with many years of tutoring experience. Work in oils, watercolor, acrylics or crayon and explore the stunning places that inspired Monet's masterpieces. You will receive 25 hours of tuition adapted to your experience and ability levels, complete with accommodation, meals, day trips, and private transfers. UpTrek Painting Retreat 2019 inclusions: accommodation, three daily meals, painting and drawing workshops with professional painters, wine tasting at Chateau Monluc, a trip to the world heritage site at La Romieu, use of art studio, easels and art boards, transfers from/to Toulouse Airport, transportation for painting on location.
 
Location: St Puy, Gers, France
Instructor: Stuart Williams, Alex Kelly
Cost: $1,020
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


"En Plein Air in Sierra de Montánchez: Landscape Painting Retreat"
October 5-12, 2019
 

Travel to Spain, sketch and paint under a widely exhibited professional painter's guidance, get inspired by the natural wonders of Sierra de Montánchez and unleash your creative potential on a guided painting retreat in a tranquil part of Extremadura. Inclusions: accommodation in a charming finca, 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, and 7 dinners served with local wine, landscape painting workshops with painter Noëlle Griffiths (30 hours tuition), use of studio equipment, art materials, airport transfers from Madrid and/or Seville, all transportation in Sierra de Montánchez, guided tour of Trujillo.
 
Location: Sierra de Montánchez, Extremadura, Spain
Instructor: Noëlle Griffiths
Cost: $1,020
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


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

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


"Pastels and Pan Pastels painting Vacation with Artist Les Darlow"
October 5-12, 2019
 

Les Darlow will help you work on composition, light, and the balance of shapes while eliminating some of the detail without losing focus on the subject. You will take part in studio painting sessions and paint en plein air in the lush gardens surrounding your accommodation and on location in Valencia. Whatever your level, Les Darlow's personalized teaching will help you improve your pastel painting techniques. Art Retreat inclusions: daily painting classes, workshops, and demonstrations, accommodation, all meals (wine and beer included), bottled water, coffee, tea, aperitifs, transfers from/to Valencia Airport in Manises or Alicante–Elche Airport (ALC), painting on location trips, private, air-conditioned transport to painting locations, access to a fully equipped studio.
 
Location: Benigánim, Valencia, Spain
Instructor: Les Darlow
Cost: $1,550
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Creative Arts: Jewelry Making Retreat in Gascony, France"
October 5-12, 2019
 

Travel to France and learn to design and craft your own jewelry with 18 hours of expert tuition. You will learn basic techniques involved in creating jewelry with precious metal clay (PMC): hollow form design, syringe work, using stones, kilns, torch burners, sanding and polishing tools. You will learn how to create fingerprint jewelry and how to fuse glass. 8 days - Available in English - Available to all levels - Professional tuition - Max. 6 people. UpTrek Jewelry Workshop 2019 inclusions: accommodation, all meals, 18 hours of tuition, workshop materials, visit to an Armagnac distillery, wine tasting, visit to the town of Condom, transfers to and from Agen train station.
 
Location: Moncrabeau, Gascony, France
Instructor: Caroline Bray
Cost: $1,450
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"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


"Les Darlow: Pastel Painting in Spectacular Spain"
October 5-12, 2019
 

On this pastel painting workshop, Les will give intimate, small group, personalised teaching. Showing you his concepts for improving your artwork, by using pastels expressively and creatively based on feeling, light, energy and movement. Les' love and passion for weather and landscapes, his paintings always reflect this, these perceptions he passes on to his students. It is Les' belief that you can paint the same scene over and over as the light and weather changes the subject constantly. He will demonstrate how clouds continuously change colour and reform to make stunning skyscapes, which are a key to impressive landscape paintings. Understand connecting to your subject, learn to love pastels in a way you never thought possible.
 
Location: Benigánim, Spain
Instructor: Les Darlow
Cost: €1545 book before May (€1845 after)
Sponsor: Dalvaro Art Vacations
Website, email, 0034 610857136


"Gourmet painting retreats on the Southern coast of Spain"
October 5-12, 2019
 

Break down walls and barriers, expand your freedom of expression. Whether your are a novice or an experienced artist, this retreat will bring you countless new ideas and help move your creative spirit forward. Retreats take place at the southern-most tip of Spain next to the National Park del Estrecho, with stunning views of the Mediterranean sea and Morocco. Lodging, meals and wine are included, and retreats are limited to 4 participants to provide ample one-on-one time with the teacher. Meals are tuned to the needs of the students, with a strong emphasis on Mediterranean cuisine using only the best fresh local ingredients. All supplies are provided. Discounts for early booking.
 
Location: Algeciras, Spain
Instructor: Mike Snow
Cost: 1,695 €
Sponsor: Snow & White
Website, email, (+33) 678 852 282


"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


"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


"5 paintings in 5 Days"
October 7-11, 2019
 

Great workshop for all levels of artistic experience! Intermediate artists discover your favorite painting style, experienced painters loosen up rekindle your inspiration, beginners learn the basics. Explore abstract mixed media, expressionist and realistic painting in acrylics. Incorporate all there is to know about composition, color and brush/ pallet knife strokes. Fantastic painting vacation in San Miguel de Allende, Heart of Mexico, enchanted Colonial town and artist Mecca of Mexico. Bring your group of 6 participants and receive group rate. Learn from internationally renowned painters, owners and founders of Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops since 1989. Maximum 9 per workshop.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Maestro Fernando Gonzalez
Cost: $750.00 includes materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Website, email, 415-121-2311


"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


"Art Adventure in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico"
October 14-18, 2019
 

Experienced painters and facilitators, Mexican muralist Fernando Gonzalez and Romanian artist and art therapist Cristiana Marinescu, offer an unforgettable week of painting and sketching vacation in San Miguel de Allende. You will incorporate sketching, photography and studio painting from your own sketches and photos! Great adventure for your first visit to Mexico or San Miguel de Allende. This little town is full of excitement, music, color, shopping, restaurants, parades and joy! You will work at your own speed, focusing on what is most important to you: technique, color mixing, composition, loosening up, studies for larger paintings, capturing the moment. Only 6 students per workshop.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Maestro Fernando Gonzalez & Cristi Fer
Cost: $750.00 includes materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Website, email, 415-121-2311


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

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


"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 Destination: Painting Holiday in the Shenandoah Valley"
October 17-22, 2019
 

Travel to Shenandoah Valley in Virginia, USA, and take part in a 6-day art retreat where expert tutor Jan-Willem Boer will help guide you through several artistic mediums. Students from all over the world come to the painting retreat to learn oil, acrylic, watercolor, and pastel painting, as well as drawing, airbrush, drypoint, lino, mono printing, and mixed media. UpTrek Painting Holiday inclusions: accommodation, individualized art lessons with expert art tutor Jan-Willem Boer, all meals, studio equipment for all the classes (easels, drawing boards, light box, artograph).
 
Location: Lexington, Virginia
Instructor: Jan-Willem Boer
Cost: $1,524
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"All-Inclusive Jewelry Crafting Retreat in France"
October 17-24, 2019
 

Travel to France and learn to design and craft your own jewelry with 18 hours of expert tuition. You will learn basic techniques involved in creating jewelry with precious metal clay (PMC): hollow form design, syringe work, using stones, kilns, torch burners, sanding and polishing tools. You will learn how to create fingerprint jewelry and how to fuse glass. 8 days - Available in English - Available to all levels - Professional tuition - Max. 6 people. UpTrek Jewelry Workshop 2019 inclusions: accommodation, all meals, 18 hours of tuition, workshop materials, visit to an Armagnac distillery, wine tasting, visit to the town of Condom, transfers to and from Agen train station.
 
Location: Moncrabeau, Gascony, France
Instructor: Caroline Bray
Cost: $1,450
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Michal Jasiewicz: Watercolors in Spectacular Spain"
October 18-25, 2019
 

An incredible opportunity to spend one week in a small intimate group workshop with this master of watercolor techniques and winner of numerous awards around the world. The art retreat of "Las Orquideas" opens its doors once again to Michal. Learn how to capture the real atmosphere of a street scene by using several shades with coolness on one side and warmer colors towards the other, showing the light and shade. With plein-aire painting in the rural countryside and towns, studio work and demonstrations in the beautifully landscaped gardens overlooking the Valley of Albaida. All meals and complimentary airport transfers are included in this relaxing, invigorating and inspiration week. An amazing and unmissable art opportunity.
 
Location: Benigánim, Spain
Instructor: Michal Jasiewicz
Cost: €1550 book before May (€1850after)
Sponsor: Dalvaro Art Vacations
Website, email, 0034 610857136


"Abstract 101 Creative Outlet"
October 21-25, 2019
 

The joy of painting resides in each of us! All you have to do is let loose and let go of pre-conceived ideas. On the other hand, each abstract painting has a basic structure. You will learn to understand it and have fun applying it. This workshop will enhance your creativity, give you an outlet to relieve stress, help experienced painters loosen up, but no experience is needed to give yourself the gift of play and create your very own beautiful art! Discover another side of yourself! We offer step by step instruction, in a small group setting so you can receive individualized coaching. Work with internationally collected painter and art therapist with 30 years of experience Cristiana Marinescu.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu
Cost: $950.00 includes materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Website, email, 415-121-2311


"Art and Spirit in Woodstock, NY"
October 25-27, 2019
 

Art and Spirit workshops are a mix of artistic technique and process painting. I combine my intuitive abilities with my extensive background in painting (MFA in Painting and Fulbright Scholar in Painting) in a fun and informative retreat. Suitable for beginner or advanced painters. My light-filled Woodstock NY mountain studio with meadow and forest views is the ideal location to support you as you relax and explore your creative process. Demos are done in watercolor but you may work in other mediums. Workshops include lunches. Weather permitting we often gather at Melissa’s fire circle in the evening for some song, laughter and treats. Combine a visit to the beautiful Catskills and the historic town of Woodstock with an art weekend.
 
Location: Woodstock, New York
Instructor: Melissa Harris
Cost: $335
Sponsor: melissa harris art enterprises
Website, email, 845-389-5250


"All-Inclusive Jewelry Crafting Workshop in France"
October 26 - November 2, 2019
 

Travel to France and learn to design and craft your own jewelry with 18 hours of expert tuition. You will learn basic techniques involved in creating jewelry with precious metal clay (PMC): hollow form design, syringe work, using stones, kilns, torch burners, sanding and polishing tools. You will learn how to create fingerprint jewelry and how to fuse glass. 8 days - Available in English - Available to all levels - Professional tuition - Max. 6 people. UpTrek Jewelry Workshop 2019 inclusions: accommodation, all meals, 18 hours of tuition, workshop materials, visit to an Armagnac distillery, wine tasting, visit to the town of Condom, transfers to and from Agen train station.
 
Location: Moncrabeau, Gascony, France
Instructor: Caroline Bray
Cost: $1,450
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Gourmet painting retreats on the Southern coast of Spain"
November 2-9, 2019
 

Break down walls and barriers, expand your freedom of expression. Whether your are a novice or an experienced artist, this retreat will bring you countless new ideas and help move your creative spirit forward. Retreats take place at the southern-most tip of Spain next to the National Park del Estrecho, with stunning views of the Mediterranean sea and Morocco. Lodging, meals and wine are included, and retreats are limited to 4 participants to provide ample one-on-one time with the teacher. Meals are tuned to the needs of the students, with a strong emphasis on Mediterranean cuisine using only the best fresh local ingredients. All supplies are provided. Discounts for early booking.
 
Location: Algeciras, Spain
Instructor: Mike Snow
Cost: 1,695 €
Sponsor: Snow & White
Website, email, (+33) 678 852 282


"5 paintings in 5 Days"
November 4-8, 2019
 

Great workshop for all levels of artistic experience! Intermediate artists discover your favorite painting style, experienced painters loosen up rekindle your inspiration, beginners learn the basics. Explore abstract mixed media, expressionist and realistic painting in acrylics. Incorporate all there is to know about composition, color and brush/ pallet knife strokes. Fantastic painting vacation in San Miguel de Allende, Heart of Mexico, enchanted Colonial town and artist Mecca of Mexico. Bring your group of 6 participants and receive group rate. Learn from internationally renowned painters, owners and founders of Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops since 1989. Maximum 9 per workshop.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Maestro Fernando Gonzalez
Cost: $750.00 includes materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Website, email, 415-121-2311


"Creative Arts: Jewelry Workshop in Gascony, France"
November 7-14, 2019
 

Travel to France and learn to design and craft your own jewelry with 18 hours of expert tuition. You will learn basic techniques involved in creating jewelry with precious metal clay (PMC): hollow form design, syringe work, using stones, kilns, torch burners, sanding and polishing tools. You will learn how to create fingerprint jewelry and how to fuse glass. 8 days - Available in English - Available to all levels - Professional tuition - Max. 6 people. UpTrek Jewelry Workshop 2019 inclusions: accommodation, all meals, 18 hours of tuition, workshop materials, visit to an Armagnac distillery, wine tasting, visit to the town of Condom, transfers to and from Agen train station.
 
Location: Moncrabeau, Gascony, France
Instructor: Caroline Bray
Cost: $1,450
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Tutored Photography Workshop in the Fortified Town of Essaouira"
November 9-16, 2019
 

Travel to Morocco and take part in a tutored photography vacation in the fortified town of Essaouira. You will receive approximately 30 hours of training with a professional photographer, complete with accommodation, all meals, and airport transfers. 8 days - Available in English - Beginner friendly - 30 hours tuition - Max. 5 people. UpTrek Photography Workshop with Darren Lewey inclusions: accommodation in a traditional riad, all meals, airport transfers to and from Marrakesh or Essaouira airports, 30 hours of photography tutoring, review of your work during the trip, camera fundamentals workshop, portrait shooting workshop, trip to countryside, reportage workshop.
 
Location: Essaouira, Morocco
Instructor: Darren Lewey
Cost: $1,550
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Inspiring painting retreats on the Southern coast of Spain"
November 9-16, 2019
 

Break down walls and barriers, and expand your freedom of expression. Whether your are a novice or an experienced artist, this retreat will bring you countless new ideas and help move your creative spirit forward. Retreats take place at the southern-most tip of Spain next to the National Park del Estrecho, with stunning views of the Mediterranean sea and Morocco. Lodging, meals and wine are included, and retreats are limited to 4 participants to provide ample one-on-one time with the teacher. Meals are tuned to the needs of the students, with a strong emphasis on Mediterranean cuisine using only the best fresh local ingredients. All supplies are provided. Discounts for early booking.
 
Location: Algeciras, Spain
Instructor: Mike Snow
Cost: 1,695 €
Sponsor: Snow & White
Website, email, (+33) 678852282


"Art Adventure in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico"
November 11-15, 2019
 

Experienced painters and facilitators, Mexican muralist Fernando Gonzalez and Romanian artist and art therapist Cristiana Marinescu, offer an unforgettable week of painting and sketching vacation in San Miguel de Allende. You will incorporate sketching, photography and studio painting from your own sketches and photos! Great adventure for your first visit to Mexico or San Miguel de Allende. This little town is full of excitement, music, color, shopping, restaurants, parades and joy! You will work at your own speed, focusing on what is most important to you: technique, color mixing, composition, loosening up, studies for larger paintings, capturing the moment. Only 6 students per workshop.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Maestro Fernando Gonzalez & Cristi Fer
Cost: $750.00 includes materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Website, email, 415-121-2311


"Hidden Treasures: Painting Retreat in Scotland"
November 17-24, 2019
 

Travel to Scotland for an all-inclusive art retreat. Take part in artist-led cloudscape, skyscape, and landscape painting workshops, paint en plein air, stay in an inspiring 13th century historic house, and enjoy daily meals prepared by an in-house chef. UpTrek Painting Retreat 2019 inclusions: 7 nights of accommodation at Hospitalfield, 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners, 6 days of artist-led painting workshops with painter Kate Cunningham, all workshop materials, round-the-clock access to art studio, sketchbook journal, 6 morning yoga sessions, intro session to creative writing, snacks and nibbles, pick-up and drop-off at Arbroath train station, transportation during excursion to explore the nearby area, additional activities (such as a musical and poetry evening).
 
Location: Arbroath, Angus, Scotland
Instructor: Kate Cunningham
Cost: $2,150
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Abstract 101 Creative Outlet"
November 18-22, 2019
 

The joy of painting resides in each of us! All you have to do is let loose and let go of pre-conceived ideas. On the other hand, each abstract painting has a basic structure. You will learn to understand it and have fun applying it. This workshop will enhance your creativity, give you an outlet to relieve stress, help experienced painters loosen up, but no experience is needed to give yourself the gift of play and create your very own beautiful art! Discover another side of yourself! We offer step by step instruction, in a small group setting so you can receive individualized coaching. Work with internationally collected painter and art therapist with 30 years of experience Cristiana Marinescu.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu
Cost: $950.00 includes materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Website, email, 415-121-2311


"Rediscover the Orient: Photography Retreat in Morocco"
November 23-30, 2019
 

Travel to Morocco and take part in a tutored photography vacation in the fortified town of Essaouira. You will receive approximately 30 hours of training with a professional photographer, complete with accommodation, all meals, and airport transfers. 8 days - Available in English - Beginner friendly - 30 hours tuition - Max. 5 people. UpTrek Photography Workshop with Darren Lewey inclusions: accommodation in a traditional riad, all meals, airport transfers to and from Marrakesh or Essaouira airports, 30 hours of photography tutoring, review of your work during the trip, camera fundamentals workshop, portrait shooting workshop, trip to countryside, reportage workshop.
 
Location: Essaouira, Morocco
Instructor: Darren Lewey
Cost: $1,550
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"5 paintings in 5 Days"
December 2-6, 2019
 

Great workshop for all levels of artistic experience! Intermediate artists discover your favorite painting style, experienced painters loosen up rekindle your inspiration, beginners learn the basics. Explore abstract mixed media, expressionist and realistic painting in acrylics. Incorporate all there is to know about composition, color and brush/ pallet knife strokes. Fantastic painting vacation in San Miguel de Allende, Heart of Mexico, enchanted Colonial town and artist Mecca of Mexico. Bring your group of 6 participants and receive group rate. Learn from internationally renowned painters, owners and founders of Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops since 1989. Maximum 9 per workshop.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Maestro Fernando Gonzalez
Cost: $750.00 includes materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Website, email, 415-121-2311


"Art Adventure in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico"
December 9-13, 2019
 

Experienced painters and facilitators, Mexican muralist Fernando Gonzalez and Romanian artist and art therapist Cristiana Marinescu, offer an unforgettable week of painting and sketching vacation in San Miguel de Allende. You will incorporate sketching, photography and studio painting from your own sketches and photos! Great adventure for your first visit to Mexico or San Miguel de Allende. This little town is full of excitement, music, color, shopping, restaurants, parades and joy! You will work at your own speed, focusing on what is most important to you: technique, color mixing, composition, loosening up, studies for larger paintings, capturing the moment. Only 6 students per workshop.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Maestro Fernando Gonzalez & Cristi Fer
Cost: $750.00 includes materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Website, email, 415-121-2311


"Abstract 101 Creative Outlet"
December 16-20, 2019
 

The joy of painting resides in each of us! All you have to do is let loose and let go of pre-conceived ideas. On the other hand, each abstract painting has a basic structure. You will learn to understand it and have fun applying it. This workshop will enhance your creativity, give you an outlet to relieve stress, help experienced painters loosen up, but no experience is needed to give yourself the gift of play and create your very own beautiful art! Discover another side of yourself! We offer step by step instruction, in a small group setting so you can receive individualized coaching. Work with internationally collected painter and art therapist with 30 years of experience Cristiana Marinescu.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu
Cost: $950.00 includes materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Website, email, 415-121-2311


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

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


"Photo Tour Phoenix/Scottsdale, Sedona, Grand Canyon, Monument Valley"
February 4-16, 2020
 

Join Patrick Mahoney for 11 days of photography in lively and inspiring Phoenix/Scottsdale, beautiful and colorful Sedona, the majestic and awe-inspiring Grand Canyon, Horseshoe Bend, Lake Powell and Antelope Canyon, Monument Valley, Canyon de Chelly, Painted Desert & Pertrified Forrest, and the historic Route 66!
 
Location: Sedona, Arizona
Instructor: Guide/Photographer Patrick Mahoney
Cost: From $3590.00 all-incluseve except airfare
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Website, email, +39 331 422 9047


"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


"Intimate painting retreats on the Southern coast of Spain"
March 7-14, 2020
 

Break down walls and barriers, and expand your freedom of expression. Whether your are a novice or an experienced artist, this retreat will bring you countless new ideas and help move your creative spirit forward. Retreats take place at the southern-most tip of Spain next to the National Park del Estrecho, with stunning views of the Mediterranean sea and Morocco. Lodging, meals and wine are included, and retreats are limited to 4 participants to provide ample one-on-one time with the teacher. Meals are tuned to the needs of the students, with a strong emphasis on Mediterranean cuisine using only the best fresh local ingredients. All supplies are provided. Discounts for early booking.
 
Location: Algeciras, Spain
Instructor: Mike Snow
Cost: 1,795 € (discount for early registration)
Sponsor: Mike Snow & Timothy White
Website, email, (+33) 678 852 282


"Santa Fe Journal"
March 9-13, 2020
 

The basis of this 5-day workshop will be sketching and painting on location around Santa Fe. Basic drawing and quick, intuitive watercolor will be taught, and will become the heart of our Santa Fe journals. (And yes, Jane CAN teach you to draw, even if you haven't drawn since third grade.) Using the city’s Mexican, Indian and Spanish influences, we’ll draw flowers, buildings, farmers market treasures, and in Santa Fe’s museums to imbue our special journal with a sense of place. We’ll also carve original stamps, and collage in our journals. Our handmade sketchbooks will be filled to the brim with color, images and memories of our week in historic Santa Fe.
 
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Instructor: Jane LaFazio, JaneLaFazio.com
Cost: $850, Materials: $30
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"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


"Santa Fe Journal II"
March 30 - April 3, 2020
 

The basis of this 5-day workshop will be sketching and painting on location around Santa Fe. Basic drawing and quick, intuitive watercolor will be taught, and will become the heart of our Santa Fe journals. (And yes, Jane CAN teach you to draw, even if you haven't drawn since third grade.) Using the city’s Mexican, Indian and Spanish influences, we’ll draw flowers, buildings, farmers market treasures, and in Santa Fe’s museums to imbue our special journal with a sense of place. We’ll also carve original stamps, and collage in our journals. Our handmade sketchbooks will be filled to the brim with color, images and memories of our week in historic Santa Fe.
 
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Instructor: Jane LaFazio, JaneLaFazio.com
Cost: $850, Materials: $30
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Reach for the Sky: Cloudscape Painting Retreat in Scotland"
April 3-10, 2020
 

Travel to Scotland for an all-inclusive art retreat. Take part in artist-led cloudscape, skyscape, and landscape painting workshops, paint en plein air, stay in an inspiring 13th century historic house, and enjoy daily meals prepared by an in-house chef. UpTrek Painting Retreat 2020 inclusions: 7 nights of accommodation at Hospitalfield, 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners, 6 days of artist-led painting workshops with painter Kate Cunningham, all workshop materials, round-the-clock access to art studio, sketchbook journal, 6 morning yoga sessions, intro session to creative writing, snacks and nibbles, pick-up and drop-off at Arbroath train station, transportation during excursion to explore the nearby area, additional activities (such as a musical and poetry evening).
 
Location: Arbroath, Angus, Scotland
Instructor: Kate Cunningham
Cost: $2,150
Sponsor: UpTrek
Website, email, +40741519995


"Santa Barbara Travel Sketching Workshop"
April 5-10, 2020
 

Join us for 4 days of sketching with watercolor in beautiful Santa Barbara. We’ll enjoy the free-flowing and colorful nature of watercolor at its best while sketching and having fun! Brenda Swenson will help you develop observation skills, color awareness, simple design principles and learn about light and shadows. We’ll investigate various techniques, sketching tools, and approaches to watercolor. Enjoy time with fellow artists, instruction and friendly critiques. Space is very limited (max 12 participants). Brenda is the artist author of two books, Keeping a Watercolor Sketchbook (Award of Excellence Finalist) and Steps to Success in Watercolor. Her paintings and sketches have been featured in numerous books and magazines (Watercolor Artist, Watercolor Magazine, Watercolor Highlights, Plein Air Magazine).
 
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Instructor: Brenda Swenson, www.swensonsart.net
Cost: $1,490 (Hotel is not incl.)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Sketching Workshop in Santa Barbara"
April 10-15, 2020
 

Join us on this 5 day workshop in beautiful Santa Barbara. 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: Santa Barbara, California
Instructor: Lapin, www.lesillustrationsdelapin
Cost: $1,490 (Hotel is not incl.)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Watercolor Fun and Free"
April 15 - May 1, 2020
 

Join us for a travel and painting adventure of a lifetime. Karlyn Holman and AITM invite you to join us on this 16-day art adventure from Singapore to Tokyo. Karlyn will provide instruction, demonstrations, individual help and critiques on the 5 days at sea so you can enjoy your excursions with your companion(s). No on location painting experience is necessary. Karlyn will teach En Plein Air techniques, as well as fun and free approaches to watercolor. Enjoy travel adventures with other artists without hauling all kinds of equipment. We will paint in the comfort of the ship and use our "off of the ship time" to gather photos and just have fun. Karlyn has taught more than 75 International workshops.
 
Location: Singapore to Tokyo, 3-Country Cruise
Instructor: Karlyn Holman
Cost: $695 (cruise separate)
Sponsor: Art in the Mountains
Website, email, 503-930-4572


"Intimate painting retreats on the Southern coast of Spain"
April 18-25, 2020
 

Break down walls and barriers, and expand your freedom of expression. Whether your are a novice or an experienced artist, this retreat will bring you countless new ideas and help move your creative spirit forward. Retreats take place at the southern-most tip of Spain next to the National Park del Estrecho, with stunning views of the Mediterranean sea and Morocco. Lodging, meals and wine are included, and retreats are limited to 6 participants to provide ample one-on-one time with the teacher. Meals are tuned to the needs of the students, with a strong emphasis on Mediterranean cuisine using only the best fresh local ingredients. All supplies are provided. Discounts for early booking.
 
Location: Algeciras, Spain
Instructor: Mike Snow
Cost: 1,795 € (discounts for early registration)
Sponsor: Mike Snow & Timothy White
Website, email, (+33) 678852282


"Painting in Provence"
May 2-9, 2020
 

Join me on this magical week-long workshop, where we stay in a restored historical mill in heart of the charming village of Fontaine de Vaucluse. We will focus on the flower, nature and fresh spring colours of our plein air painting and expeditions. We will follow along the footsteps of VanGogh and be inspired by vignettes of the small villages and the scenery of Provence and the poppy fields. All levels and mediums welcome. Limited spots available *most material provided! No more lugging supplies!
 
Location: Fontaine de Vaucluse, France
Instructor: Sandra Iafrate, sandraiafrate.com
Cost: $3,190 before Nov 30 ($3,390 after Nov 30)
Website, email


"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


"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


"Studio Provence and Barcelona Art Tour"
June 30 - July 11, 2020
 

A seven-day plein-air painting workshop in the Alpes de Haute Provence followed by a four-day art history tour in Barcelona. Open to artists of all levels and all media. Small groups, personalized instruction and intimate environment that fosters creativity and fun. A unique opportunity to paint in the land of Cézanne, to visit Barcelona’s great art and architecture and to enjoy famous Provencal and Catalan cuisine. Price of CAD 3700 or the equivalent in USD at the time full payment (around US$2800) includes 11-night double accommodation, 11 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 gourmet dinners including wine, TGV train ticket Avignon-Barcelona, transportation and entrances to all museums and sites on schedule (Cézanne’s studio, Gaudís sites, Picasso museum, Miró Museum, etc.).
 
Location: Alpes de Haute Provence, France
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$2800
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, (800) 611-4789


"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


"Painting in the French Alps: Watercolor Painting Workshop"
August 25 - September 1, 2020
 

Join us in France, the birth country of plein air painting, and paint the magnificent French Alps en plein air! This workshop is for all levels: whether you are a first time plein air painter, or have been painting around world, you’ll have an amazing experience painting lakes, mountains or chalets in this beautiful region, while improving your on-location painting skills within days! I will be demoing on site, with both watercolor plein air painting and watercolor sketching techniques. You will learn how to select lighting and subject matters, simplify what you see and create strong compositions. In addition to the demos, I will provide fun and easy to follow hands-on tutorials tailored towards each individual's needs.
 
Location: Haute-Savoie, France
Instructor: Shuang Li, shuangliwatercolors.com
Cost: $3,190 before Jan. 31 ($3,390 after Jan. 31)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting in the French Alps: Watercolor Painting Workshop"
September 1-8, 2020
 

Dreaming of painting in the Alps? You can make your dream come true. Join Kathy Rennell Forbes for daily painting demos and hands on instruction in the magnificent French Alps. You will learn about composition, mixing colors and capturing the outdoor landscapes of the great masters. We will travel light with just a small bag of watercolor supplies and journal. Kathy encourages your own painting style while sharing her watercolor secrets. There will be ample time to explore the area’s treasures and history while enjoying wine and conversation with Kathy and the group at the end of each day. This is a great workshop for beginner and intermediate painters who want to enhance their watercolors skills while traveling.
 
Location: Haute-Savoie, France
Instructor: Kathy Rennell Forbes, www.artbykrf.com
Cost: $3,190 before Jan. 31 ($3,390 after Jan. 31)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Travel Sketching in the South West of France"
September 2-9, 2020
 

Join me for a week of sketching with watercolor in the beautiful South Western France. We’ll enjoy the free-flowing and colorful nature of watercolor at its best while sketching and having fun! I’ll help you develop observation skills, color awareness, simple design principles and learn about light and shadows. We’ll investigate various techniques, sketching tools, and approaches to watercolor. Enjoy time with fellow artists, instruction and friendly critiques. Space is very limited (max 12 participants/workshop).
 
Location: Toulouse, France
Instructor: Brenda Swenson, www.swensonsart.net
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Travel Sketching in the South West of France"
September 10-17, 2020
 

Join me for a week of sketching with watercolor in the beautiful South Western France. We’ll enjoy the free-flowing and colorful nature of watercolor at its best while sketching and having fun! I’ll help you develop observation skills, color awareness, simple design principles and learn about light and shadows. We’ll investigate various techniques, sketching tools, and approaches to watercolor. Enjoy time with fellow artists, instruction and friendly critiques. Space is very limited (max 12 participants/workshop).
 
Location: Toulouse, France
Instructor: Brenda Swenson, www.swensonsart.net
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Watercolor Painting Workshop in Belgium"
September 21-28, 2020
 

Join me on this wonderful trip to Belgium! Canals, wind mills, medieval town of Bruges, friendly people, charming villages, scrumptious food and wine, everything conjured up in the image of Belgium awaits when we go there in Sept 2020. We will explore and paint outdoors while enjoying the joie de vivre the region has to offer. If you’re looking for a cozy, personalized therefore very special painting holiday organized by a tour operator who is completely bi-cultural and bilingual, this is it. Since we will be a small group, I can also closely work with each one of you for a semi-private painting experience.
 
Location: Bruges, Belgium
Instructor: Keiko Tanabe, www.ktanabefineart.com
Cost: $3,190 before Nov 30 ($3,390 after Nov 30)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"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


"Intimate painting retreats on the Southern coast of Spain"
October 24-31, 2020
 

Break down walls and barriers, and expand your freedom of expression. Whether your are a novice or an experienced artist, this retreat will bring you countless new ideas and help move your creative spirit forward. Retreats take place at the southern-most tip of Spain next to the National Park del Estrecho, with stunning views of the Mediterranean sea and Morocco. Lodging, meals and wine are included, and retreats are limited to 6 participants to provide ample one-on-one time with the teacher. Meals are tuned to the needs of the students, with a strong emphasis on Mediterranean cuisine using only the best fresh local ingredients. All supplies are provided. Discounts for early booking.
 
Location: Algeciras, Spain
Instructor: Mike Snow
Cost: 1,795 € (discount for early registration)
Sponsor: Mike Snow & Timothy White
Website, email, (+33) 678852282


"Intimate painting retreats on the Southern coast of Spain"
November 21-28, 2020
 

Break down walls and barriers, and expand your freedom of expression. Whether your are a novice or an experienced artist, this retreat will bring you countless new ideas and help move your creative spirit forward. Retreats take place at the southern-most tip of Spain next to the National Park del Estrecho, with stunning views of the Mediterranean sea and Morocco. Lodging, meals and wine are included, and retreats are limited to 6 participants to provide ample one-on-one time with the teacher. Meals are tuned to the needs of the students, with a strong emphasis on Mediterranean cuisine using only the best fresh local ingredients. All supplies are provided. Discounts for early booking.
 
Location: Algeciras, Spain
Instructor: Mike Snow
Cost: 1,795 € (discount for early registration)
Sponsor: Mike Snow & Timothy White
Website, email, (+33) 678 852 282


"One Painting in One Day-Doors of San Miguel"
Offered Tuesdays year around
 

Easy and fun this workshop is for any lever of experience! Beginners and novice have being amazed by their results. Working with acrylic paint we’ll pain a typical Mexican door starting with one of my professional photos or yours. Participants learn composition, color, painting strategies, practice drawing, painting, gain confidence and finish a unique original painting. As a professional painter, workshop facilitator and college instructor of 27 years, I have worked with individuals at all levels of experience. What is required is a spirit of adventure, open mind, willingness to make mistakes and have fun. If you consider having a painting day with your family and friends while in San Miguel, contact me in advance to make special arrangement.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu
Cost: $95 includes all materials
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Studio
Website, email, 415-121-2311


"Urban Sketching in Guanajuato, Mexico 1 to 3 days"
Offered Per Request
 

Expand your experience of any trip anywhere! Learn urban sketching, add a touch of watercolor or color pencil to enhance and capture the moment! This workshop it's offered per-request to groups 6-12 visiting Guanajuato, Mexico. Choose from one to three days. Take a historical tour, practice the basics of urban sketching 1st day, add the magic of watercolor the 2nd day, bring life with color pencils the 3rd day. Workshop includes historic walking tour, instructions, delicious lunch, photo opportunities. Led by internationally renowned artists with 30 years successfully teaching adults.
 
Location: Guanajuato, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu, Fernando Gonzalez
Cost: $300.00
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Website, email, 415-121-2311


"Urban Sketching in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico 1 to 3 days"
Offered Per Request
 

Expand your experience of any trip anywhere! Learn urban sketching, add a touch of watercolor or color pencil to enhance and capture the moment! This workshop it's offered per-request to groups 6-12 visiting San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Choose from one to three days. Take a historical tour, practice the basics of urban sketching 1st day, add the magic of watercolor the 2nd day, bring life with color pencils the 3rd day. Workshop includes historic walking tour, instructions, delicious lunch, photo opportunities. Led by internationally renowned artists with 30 years successfully teaching adults.
 
Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Instructor: Cristiana Marinescu, Fernando Gonzalez
Cost: $300.00
Sponsor: Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops
Website, email, 415-121-2311


 

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