Painting Cuba Workshop


The Program


Be inspired to paint in the amazing settings of Havana and Las Terrazas in Cuba. Our journey will start with a conference about contemporary visual arts in Cuba followed by a visit to the National Museum of Fine Arts. Its halls treasures the Cuban Art Collection, the most comprehensive parade of who’s who in a history of art making spanning nearly three centuries.  The program includes a guided walking visit to Old Havana, a tour of Las Terrazas, visits to galleries, art centers and studios of Cuban artists.


The Workshop


The workshop has been designed to give the artist in you a deeper understanding of the influences in the Cuban culture from an artistically historic and present day perspectives. You will learn how to recognize and capture not only the surrounding aesthetics but also the feelings of the architecture, panoramic views, and the Cuban people.  Each day you will have 1 or 2 art sessions.   The instructor will demonstrate a specific design approach for that location with about 1 1/2 to 2 hours of creative time.  Later, group lessons will develop your artworks further. During discussion times, you will share your personal observations. The art kit provided contains all the supplies you will need to render your observations throughout the program.


What is included?

  • Painting workshop, including the art kit
  • Ground transportation in  AC micro bus
  • Accommodations at a private B&B with all breakfasts
  • Welcome and farewell diners
  • Conference on contemporary visual arts in Cuba
  • Admission to Museum of Fine Arts
  • Guided walking tour of Old Havana
  • Guided visit to the Las Terrazas
  • Visits to a contemporary art gallery, art centers and artists' studios
  • Orientation before departure
  • Travel Guide with tips for a safe and fun trip
  • Emailed information about sites to be visited
  • Bilingual Program Leader traveling with the group
  • Educational / people-to people license to travel
  • Tips for B&B staff, servers in included meals, museum docent and driver


What is not included?  

  • Round trip airfare to Havana 
  • $50 Cuban tourist visa – visas will be available at the airport on departure day.
  • Meals not included
  • Trip interruption and cancellation insurance
  • Airfare for connecting flight 
  • Hotel the night before departure


For a Registration Packet

Please visit our   Contact Us   page and provide all required Information. As soon as we hear from you, we will email a registration packet with required forms and instructions. You can also call us at 978-998-0039.

Payment Options - Program Package

Cashier's Check or Credit Card
PLEASE VISIT OUR PAYMENT PAGE

Timetable for Registration and Payments
     
Registration Deadline

50% of Program Package Cost

45 days before departure

50% balance due of Program Package Cost
           
Cancellation Policy

Cancellations after registration and before 2nd payment- 50% refund
Cancellations after 2nd payment - no refund

Itinerary


DAY 1


Our flight from Tampa to Havana will take one hour. Once in Havana we will be on our way to accommodations at our B&B for a luggage drop, followed by a panoramic tour of the city and lunch. After lunch we will do check-in at the BB and enjoy a welcome dinner in the evening.

DAY 2

Our second day in Havana will start with breakfast at our B&B (all breakfasts are included), followed by a conference about contemporary visual arts in Cuba and a visit to the National Museum of Fine Arts. Its halls treasure the Cuban Art Collection, the most comprehensive parade of who’s who in a history of art making spanning nearly three centuries. After lunch we will explore the Central Park area for a painting session.

DAY 3

After breakfast we will visit Old Havana which was founded in 1519. A walking tour will be provided by an architect-historian to visit Cathedral, Arms and San Francisco Squares. After lunch we will have a painting session in Old Havana. 


DAY 4


Our next visit will be to the first eco community in Cuba called Las Terrazas. Located in the Sierra del Rosario Biosphere Reserve, Las Terrazas is the first Cuban eco community of both national and international reference for others developing areas with similar conditions. It also owns the Conservation Award granted by UNESCO. The settlers count on conditions that unquestionably set the grounds for an increase in their lives’ quality, and constitute one of the main principles of a sustainable development model. Las Terrazas population consists of 1014 inhabitants grouped in 253 family nucleuses. The life expectancy of its inhabitants is of 79 years old. The 45% of the economically active population works in tourism. Part of our tour will include a visit to local artists studios and galleries and the restored buildings and ruins of the Buena Vista coffee plantation, which was built in 1801 by French refugees from Haiti. The main house has been restored and now houses the Cafetal Buenavista Restaurant, a spectacular site for lunch.


DAY 5

During our last day in Havana we will visit Galeria Habana, known for its vast history in the promotion of Cuban art since its early days until the present, followed by lunch and a painting session.

DAY 6


In the morning we will have a final art journal review. After lunch we will transfer to José Martí International Airport for departure.