Art Tours and Travel




Make your next vacation a cultural experience. Visit museums and galleries. Get inspired! You can even have an art-knowledgeable tour guide of your very own introduce you to enchanting and artful places.

How about a villa in Provence? A rustic cabin in a North woods setting? Hang out with creative people and do your artistic thing in a quiet, nurturing environment.

Or, maybe you just want to let your computer take you to where you want to go....There are lots of options!

And if you are not quite ready to hit the road, settling into an armchair and perusing a art tour and travel apps or books can help you decide where you want to go and when....

Here are some great art tour and travel resources. Just click on the Amazon logos to view them!

And a good how-to website--"Painting Adventures" gives you great tips for hands-on enjoyment during your travels.

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Here's a listing of my favorite Art Tour and Art Travel websites.

Art Tours


New York Art Tours

Art Smart creates tailor-made tours of art museums and galleries in New York City and beyond, as well as art-related travel programs for individuals and small groups--be they families, friends, or business associates. We also assist select clients with the development of their personal art collections by providing comprehensive art advisory services.

Leading newspapers and magazines, as well as concierge teams from elite hotels, recommend Art Smart as the finest provider of personalized guidance to art venues in our home base of NYC and around the world.




New York Art Tours With Merrily Kerr

It doesn’t matter if you’re a newcomer to the art scene or a veteran art lover; Merrily Kerr New York Art Tours will custom tailor an art tour for you. Tours cater to individuals or groups on corporate excursions, international tourists, student groups and any others wanting to sample the best art in New York City. Merrily Kerr is licensed as a Tour Guide by the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs.


Art Sojourn--Italy

Do you have an interest in art and travel? Would you enjoy painting outdoors and sightseeing in some of Italy’s most beautiful locations accompanied by a diverse group of creative people? If so, you've come to the right place. Our philosophy is simple - to create the most relaxing and pleasurable Italian painting vacations possible in the best accommodations at the most reasonable cost. An Arts Sojourn is not only for artists, but for all who enjoy the camaraderie and advantages of group travel without the rush and regimentation. Experience the Arts Sojourn difference!




Northwoods Art Tour

This July 23th, 24th, & 25th and October 1st, 2nd, & 3rd, some of the northwoods' finest artists and artist owned galleries are allowing visitors a behind-the-scenes view of how their work is created. The Northwoods Art Tour features on-site artist demonstrations, original local art for sale, and access to many home studios that are rarely open to the public.




Art In Provence

Art Provence offers south of France art holiday & art vacation plus sightseeing tours for art experience to see Avignon & Marseille arts. Based at our luxury Provence villa in Maussane les Alpilles nr St Remy de Provence, we can tailor your art holiday to ensure you get the most from your stay here in the south of France so you can return home with a memorable art experience.




Paris Art Tours

Paris muse is a group of art history instructors and museum guides offering private guided tours of the great art museums of paris, including the louvre, the musée d'orsay, the rodin museum, the picasso museum and the centre pompidou.

Distinguish yourself from the tourist herd. Paris Muse offers intimate, interactive tours. Make your museum visit the contemplative experience art was intended to provide.




Sedona Art Tours

To see a work of art "being born", come and join us for one of our fabulous Sedona Art Tours. Each tour will take you to the home or studio of three different Sedona artists.

Each artist will tell you why they chose Sedona as their inspirational special place. They will discuss their backgrounds and what challenges them when creating. You will witness a work in progress where you can see many specific techniques. You may even walk out with a new technique of your own... or discover the artist in yourself.




Special Art Tours

Specialtours is an established leader in the field of escorted tours for museums and cultural associations.

Our reputation rests to a great extent on tours to Europe featuring exclusive private visits to houses, art collections and gardens, thanks to a network of contacts established over many years. Special visits might include privileged out-of-hours access to a museum, a visit to an artist’s studio or an opportunity to see expert restorers at work in situ.

We aim to offer the perfect balance between a study tour and a holiday or vacation. In addition to imaginative and carefully-planned itineraries focusing on art, archaeology, architecture, history and gardens, we can offer walking or painting trips, wine and gastronomy tours and wildlife safaris.




Art, Wine and Design Tours - Spain

For food and wine lovers as well as culture vultures, Spain is an outstanding country to visit. For design and architecture, Spain is experiencing a Renaissance and an atmosphere of creativity and investment has attracted superstar architects from around the world to build design wineries including Frank Gehry, Norman Foster, Zaha Hadid, Philippe Mazières as well as local celebrity architects like Santiago Calatrava and Rafael Moneo. We have created this gourmet tour with an extra special focus on painting, sculpture and architecture – a luxury tour for wine lovers who also love art and design.




University Educational Tours

* ARCHAEOLOGICAL TOURS * ART TOURS * RIVER CRUISES * HISTORY TOURS * THEATRE TOURS * ARCHITECTURAL TOURS * ETHNOLOGICAL TOURS * SPECIAL INCENTIVE TOURS * BUDGET TO DELUXE * ALWAYS EDUCATIONAL

* CHINA * EUROPE * RIVER CRUISES * ART TOURS


Venice Art Tours

We offer private 4 hour walking tours for travellers who wish to see the best of Venetian art, history, and architecture. Our walking tours are in English. The tours we provide are exclusively for you or your small group - no one else is mixed in. Our emphasis is on private and personal tours, not groups, and you won't find the tours bland or superficial.



Art Travel

Artful places to visit or stay. Beautiful settings and peaceful surroundings for working creatively. Workshops and classes with wonderful art instruction offerings.

Be inspired by solitude or the companionship of creative people. Choose a rustic setting or an elegant getaway with many amenities.


Les Trois Chenes Painting Courses and B & B.

Painting Holidays in France Step back in time to enjoy painting and drawing the beautiful landscape at the heart of rural France. Be inspired by our châteaux and lakes, indulge in our delicious local specialities and traditional dishes. Relax in our charming farmhouse Bed & Breakfast and Gite accommodation. Where our lawns and gardens end - Limousin begins.

Our painting courses include drawing, watercolour, acrylics, pastel, and mixed media with qualified and experienced teachers.


Most of the Inca art was melted down by the Spanish to satisfy their lust for gold and silver. Much about the Inca and their culture is surrounded in mystery and their art is no different.

Learn more about the art and culture of the ancient Incas.


Grand Marais Art Colony

Minnesota's Oldest Art Colony, we began in 1947 as The Outdoor School of Painting, a project of the Minneapolis School of Art (now MCAD) and soon after became an independent entity.

Located on the rugged northshore of Lake Superior, the Art Colony is housed in the heart of the coastal village of Grand Marais in a 1918 mission church.

A recently completed addition contains glass, ceramics, and print studios, a multi-purpose room and loft space for visual artists.


Artist's Retreat With Anna Rhodes

Art is not only created through desire, necessity, presence and passion but through acquiring knowledge of materials, techniques, patience and practice.

This is an in-depth concentrated art course designed to encourage instinctive, confident creativity through developing skill and imagination within a creative community. Students experience the unfolding of their unique style and palette and will have the opportunity to explore the wonders of a wide array of the finest pigments, pencils, papers and brushes. Through drawing and composing, painting and layering mixtures of mediums, personalized instruction and group discussion, we will use both experimental and traditional techniques to guide our travels through realism, impressionism and into the realm of magic.


La Muse Writer's and Artist"s Retreat - France

La Muse writers’ and artists’ retreat in Southern France offers creative individuals a peaceful, inspiring, mountain setting in which to pursue the work they love.

We aim to encourage artistic exploration, nurture creative thought, and forge bonds between diverse thinkers.

Our vision is for you to find inspiration and make progress on your work within these walls.






Real Feedback



Dear Lois,

Thank you for sending me the link. And God bless you for offering the course free.

My family and I are Filipino (from the Philippines) expatriates here in Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates). Both my daughters, 11 and 14 can draw really well but I would like for them to be guided professionally in order to develop their talent. I saw your website through yahoo search. When my kids saw the lessons through the link you sent, they were delighted and excited to start. This weekend we'll try finding the supplies that you listed.

Thanks again and we pray for more success for you.

Sincerely, Aileen

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I was looking up "how to paint with acrylics", and exploring the different links, when the word Free caught my eye. I looked at your artwork first, and loved it...which does matter when I am learning from an instructor. I have played around with acrylics before, but basically am self taught. I was interested in learning about general things like what types of brushes to use, brush strokes, laying paint in layers, wiping mistakes, and the placement of light colors as well as dark as far as painting order. I was impressed with your quick response and kind demeanor. I scanned the lessons, and now am happy and ready to start my adventure and get the proper brushes and supplies.I can't wait. Your sight is not only informative, but you inject some "heart" into it. Thank you! Susan in Florida

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Thanks very much for the link to your basic drawing lessons. I am working very hard on them. Right now I'm getting ready to do the one where you use a pencil as a gauge. I'm enjoying the lessons very much.

You asked a little about me... I live in Connecticut, I work full-time, am married, and will be 58 this September. I had applied to the Academy of Art University, but found out that I would never be able to afford the tuition and pay off my mortgage before I retire. So, I searched the web for alternatives. You came up in a search for online art lessons. I read about you and decided you sounded like a great fit. And, that you don't charge for sharing your knowledge and years of experience really impressed me. Thank you so much for your generosity.

Talk to you soon,

Kathy

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Thank you so much for the link. I am from the Sacramento area in California. I googled art lessons and found your website. I really want to learn how to be a better artist and be able to draw well. Also, I think an app would be nice to have for this lesson. I would download that app if you were to have one. Thank you again for the free classes. I'm excited to learn :-)

-Theresa Totah