Five Locations for Fabulous Art Holidays


Winter is coming quickly, and its not too late to plan an art holiday (or too early to plan a summer one). There are many beautiful and relaxing art retreats and workshops in the United States and overseas where you can nourish your creativity and improve your artistic skills.

Five great ones are listed below. Add any others you can think of to the comments below!

Rock Gardens Inn, Sebasco Estates, Maine

Rock Gardens Inn is situated near the quaint town of Bath. In this lovely setting on a private peninsula on Casco Bay, artists stay on site in cozy cabins, and enjoy delicious home-cooked meals in the über charming main house dining room. Owned by Ona Barnet, daughter of well-known artist Will Barnet, Rock Gardens Inn has been offering workshops given by acclaimed artists for over 30 years. The crisp clean air and views all around of the magnificent Maine coast could not fail to stimulate creativity.

Sedona Arts Center, Sedona, Ariz.

Sure to inspire is the breathtaking scenery of the red rock mountain setting of the Sedona Art Center. The commanding beauty of the Sedona landscape has been a draw for artists for many years. The Sedona art center was founded in 1958, and began in an old apple-packing barn. Workshops and classes are offered by distinguished instructors in painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry and more. Though there are no accommodations on site, there are plenty of lovely inns and fabulous luxury hotels nearby.

Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass Village, Colo.

Located in Snowmass Village, near Aspen, Colo., the extensive facility of Anderson Ranch Art Center is an attraction for artists of all levels. Amid the awe of the majestic Rocky Mountains, Anderson Ranch offers more than 150 classes in numerous disciplines over the summer months. It’s a perfect setting for enriching or developing your art-making skills. Student lodging and meal packages are available, and nearby are chic resorts and quaint B&Bs.

Hudson River Valley Art Workshops, Greenville, New York

The beautiful landscape of the Catskill Mountains and Hudson River is the setting for Hudson River Valley Art Workshops. Eminent artists here have offered classes here since 1982. Meals and lodging are provided, and the all-inclusive facility boasts a gorgeous location to escape everyday distractions and concentrate on your art, as well as building camaraderie among other artists.

Il Chiostro at the Tuscan Renaissance Center, Sienna, Italy

Tuscany is possibly the greatest repository of art in the world, and a perfect setting for an artist retreat. In 1995, Linda Mironti and Michael Mele created Il Chiostro to offer creative workshops to take you “away from your hectic, demanding life and place yourself in a beautiful, seductive environment that will give your spirit a chance to breathe.” The magnificent Tuscany location offers classes in painting, photography and cooking from June through October. Participants stay in a beautifully restored 12th century monastery that has been transformed into gathering spaces and classrooms.