Northern Italy PleinAir Workshop

James in Varenna Lake Como and Venice. This is a two week outdoor painting class with beautiful villa accommodations, museum visits and fun sight-seeing events as a group. If you are a beginner or more experienced painter, the lesson plan is universal and fits for all. James will be teaching his approach to outdoor painting with lectures, demos and individual instruction, as we study the concepts and ideas of alla prima and expressive painting in pleinair. Email for info and sign up. Friends and family welcome too! Max 11 students.


Northern Italy, 2 weeks! You don't have to worry about the phone, or your emails, or the news. Just focus on your painting and the landscape, the vastness and beauty of the moment. PleinAir gives you the ability to focus, which is exactly what the artist needs to understand their work and get into the mode of creative response



Transportation while in Italy will be included in the program. Participants will arrive in Italy on May10th, 2017 at Malpensa Milan Airport. This workshop will conclude on May 22nd with departures out of Marco Polo, Venice Airport.

Upon arrival in Milan, workshop participants will travel by train to the beautiful Lake Como Region of Northern Italy, staying for the first 5 days in the charming town of Varenna.

Varenna, which is only a 10-minute ferry ride from Bellagio, is a beautiful town filled with homes defined by their pastel colors. Narrow stepped lanes climb from the harbor to the tiny through road that parallels the lake along the top of town.

Following Varenna, participants will travel via train to the romantic city of Venice where we will conclude the painting workshop painting amazing canal ways and colored buildings.


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Double Occupancy: (shared room) – $4,100        Single Occupancy: (all villas and hotels) – $4,800     Spouse/friend shared occupancy: $2,400                    Significant other single occupancy rate: $3,000

All lodging while in Italy. Includes 3 star hotels/apartments in Varenna and Venice
All transportation while in Italy including transportation to and from cities and airports
All excursions and transportation to painting locations including train and boat transportation.
Welcome Dinner and Departure Dinner Breakfast Daily
Workshop Instruction fees
24 hour emergency care assistance