Plein-Air in Portugal: with Kimberly Trowbridge

2017 | May 7-16


* Pricing may change based on foreign exchange rate

Village in Alentejo: Portugal’s golden plain

Paint with Gage Atelier Instructor Kimberly Trowbridge in Portugal’s Alentejo in the spring of 2017. The 10 day adventure is based for 8 nights in the fortified hill top village of Marvão, 3 hours east of the Portuguese capital at Lisbon, with a final day and night in Lisbon.

A view of the countryside in Alentejo, Portugal.

Your Alentejo days provide painterly views from Marvão’s castle, narrow winding streets, and patios to the rolling Alentejo plain below, planted in a cork oak, wheat and olive trees. Increasingly known for fine wines, the region’s vineyards form a patchwork of unique Portuguese varietals, often tended by small scale growers living alongside in whitewashed farmhouses. Dinners feature Alentejo herbs, greens, cheeses, breads, as well as the fruit of the vine.

You’ll set up your easel in the village and at a variety of nearby locations, including the spa village of Castelo de Vide with its preserved medieval synagogue, at dolmen and megalith sites, and by Roman ruins. You’ll also paint on a cork oak estate, by private invitation, in the vineyards, and along the Guadiana river. Local excursions include Market Day in Estremoz and a walk through history in the nearby UNESCO World Heritage town of Évora. The tour begins in Lisbon on day one and concludes at a central downtown Lisbon hotel on day nine, with an afternoon and evening touring, farewell dinner, and overnight. While in Marvão you’ll have two free evenings to explore and have dinner in one of the village restaurants on your own.


  • 8 nights village hotel accommodation, based on single occupancy room with breakfast
  • 1 night 4* central downtown hotel in Lisbon based on single occupancy room with breakfast most meals
  • Daily instruction with Kimberly Trowbridge
  • Specialist guides & entrances for Évora and Lisbon tours
  • Private hosted visits on countryside estates for painting
  • All land transfers Lisbon-Lisbon.

Tour price: $5290/Euros 4900 per person single occupancy

To sign up, please fill out and submit Portugal Tour Booking Form: Trip Conditions 2017 KT (1)




Join Gage Artistic Director Gary Faigin in Spain: Seville & Madrid 

2017 | May 17-24

8 days/7 nights

Your tour begins in Andalucia, where art and architecture have been shaped by both the Moorish legacy and the Counter Reformation. Your last stop is Madrid, Spain’s center of movida, a thriving metropolis of the arts. Your meeting point for the tour is a former palace now hotel in historic Santa Cruz quarter in Sevilla, a quarter of white washed houses and palaces, patios and gardens hung with bougainvillea and jasmine.

The city was shaped by the long residence of the Moors, by the gold that arrived in ships from America in the the 16th century, by Don Juan, Santa Teresa and gypsies, and lately by some cutting edge architects and their monuments to modernity. After a taste of Spain’s most romantic city, you’ll travel east for a day in Córdoba, one of the greatest centers of culture in Europe in the 10th century and today preserving pieces of that history. From Córdoba, you’ll catch the AVE/high speed train to Madrid for your last 5 nights, based in the heart of the old quarter.

Spain’s capital boasts a collection of some of Europe’s greatest museums, including the Prado, Thyssen, and Reina Sofia. Explore some of the masterworks of European painting with Gary, visit the sites of some of these paintings, explore Spain’s beautiful capital city with your guide, including visits to private galleries, and enjoy some of the movida for which this city is famous.

You’ll also travel to nearby Toledo, a World Heritage center, known for its ancient palaces, churches, synagogues, and white chimney pots crowned by storks nesting in the spring.


  • 4* hotels/double occupancy with buffet breakfast
  • 5 lunches, 2 dinners, Welcome Reception
  • Museum & monument entrances
  • Local guides, drivers, tips
  • Land transfers including AVE train to Madrid.

Not included:

  • Air
  • Transfers in & out

Download Spain Tour Itinerary: Spain Tour Pricing and Itinerary

To sign up, please fill out and submit Spain Tour Booking Form: Gary Faigin Booking Form Trip Conditions (1)

For more information please email Alison Dawson at or call 206.323.4243, x10.




Art & Architecture in Florence: with Geoff Flack and Carol Hendricks

2017 | June 29-July 14

$4,300/person (double occupancy room)

Skyline of Florence, Italy at sunset.












Drawing Instructor: Geoff Flack, Gage Atelier Instructor
Art History Instructor: Carol Hendricks, Art Historian & Gage Adult Program Director

Join Geoff Flack and Carol Hendricks for this unparalleled opportunity to study the art and architecture of the Renaissance while refining your drawing skills.

During this two-week Florence intensive Geoff Flack will teach a variety of drawing techniques that you can apply when depicting the magnificent sculptures and buildings of Florence. Hone your skills in one of the world’s most inspirational cities, home to Michelangelo, the Medici family and famed birthplace of the Renaissance. Part of your time will be spent in the classroom drawing from a model while you will also sketch masterpieces in the city’s beautiful churches and extraordinary museums.

Carol Hendricks, your Italian art history expert, introduces you to Florence’s famed art in places such as the Uffizi, the Accademia, the Bargello, Santa Maria Novella and the Palazzo Pitti.  Students will gain knowledge through lectures, discussion and hands on practice in drawing in the studio and on location in the city.

Gouache study by Geoff Flack made during the time he lived in Italy.


*Artist: $4,300/person double occupancy room
(+$700 for single occupancy room supplement)

Included in the workshop price is a shared centrally located apartment in Florence with a kitchen, one group dinner and all museum entry fees.  Airfare is not included.

For more information regarding this tour, please contact Carol Hendricks at or 206.323.4243 x15.

SPACE IS LIMITED: reserve your spot with a $500 per person non-refundable deposit!