Impressionist Oil Painting in Venice; 10 Days with Colley Whisson! Colley Whisson

  • Venice, Italy
  • October 3 to 13, 2017
  • Oils or Acrylics
  • all levels
  • Tuition: $3695 painter dbl occ; $3495 non-painting companion


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907757-water-way-along-the-streets-of-venice-italyVenice 3587415-venice--italyWhat could be better than Venice in October with Colley Whisson! The big crowds are gone, the weather is still balmy! The scenery is always spectacular and Colley, who will show us the hidden delights of this beautiful city, is the perfect instructor to help you capture the sights, sense and spirit of this Speaking of which…let us think of the food!! Ah…the food! 

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VENICEOur hotel, a former convent, has a lovely garden area & is close to the Grand Canal & the train station; we can walk to great off-the-beaten-path painting sites! Our included dinners will be at a wonderful restaurant overlooking the Canal and we will have a vaporetto pass to do some water travel…likely to paint on Burano and maybe the Lido, (a favorite of Colley’s)  We will also take a day-trip to Padua by bus so you can see the countryside and sight-see or paint as you choose in the city!!

Colley paints to give expression to visual ideas, not copy nature: “It is not what you paint but how you paint it.” He captures light, painting with quick precision to convey the  clearest, purest message possible and always striving to put down a loose, spontaneous response, using his brush “like Zorro’s sword, dashing in darks and marvelous highlights with all possible confidence and skill. Colley’s classes in Maine are always sold out early; his generous and thorough attention to his students is legendary!

Colley will help you establish a personal working foundation to support your exploration of the world of Modern Impressionism, addressing tonal  values, composition, color and brushwork, giving special attention to the importance of edges and the play between hard and soft which give a painting subtle depth and drama. These are the tools that allow you to move into strong impressionistic expression. His Plein Air demos will let you see his approach to painting outside; you’ll also have plenty of time to work on your own, with lots of individual help. Colley has painted in Venice (married to an Italian, he has a special affinity for the culture!) It’s a dramatic and fascinating venue perfectly suited to his passionate, fluid response to what he sees!

Colley will conduct the workshop step-by-step so you can see him construct a painting from start to finish. He’ll analyze yours, giving you insightful info & tailoring an individual program to help assist your lift to the next level. He is a pleasure to study with, soft-spoken, full of info, attention and most generous with his time. Colley’s relaxed Australian manner ensures his workshops are positive and uplifting, a great environment for learning! His students have loved his attentive and informative classes! We will take care of the rest of the details that make this a memorable trip to a magical place!

The price for your terrific Plein Air trip to Venice is $3695 Dbl Occ. painters.  Non-painting companions are welcome at $3495.

We have a few single rooms available at an additional $495.

Included: 10 nites at a 3 star hotel steps from the Grande Canal; 5 dinners and all breakfasts; all ground (or water!) transportation for our excursions: Padua, Burano and possibly the Lido, and if needed, to some of our Venice painting sites; thorough and generous amounts of instruction time with Colley throughout the whole class and plenty of time to paint, sight see, eat and shop in this magical place!

Not included: getting to Venice and to your hotel and back; some dinners, any additional personal hotel expenses; lunches; most alcoholic beverages; any further tips and tax; trip insurance.

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Travel suggestions to Venice…fly to Marco Polo airport and take one of various means of transport into the city…or, fly to Milan Malpensa Airport and take a train from within the airport…a much lower airfare and the train is 4 hours for about $50! 

Whisson 12063594_1652753188282799_128638106860220211_nColley Whisson is an internationally recognised artist born in 1966 and raised in the northern regions of Brisbane, Australia. He started oil painting at 20 and held his first Solo Exhibition at  24. His early career was guided by his father, respected Queensland artist Eric Whisson.  Colley has held over 25 Solo Exhibitions and has had many magazine articles, books and DVD’S published. He loves the challenge of pushing himself to find new subjects to paint. He travels extensively, to the USA, Europe, New Zealand, the UK, China, Russia & Greece happy to carry the tag as one of Australia’s finest Impressionist painters. He is a regular and popular instructor at our Maine Coast location; we all look forward to his classes!