Arts Sojourn : Plein Air Painting in Italy

"If images of the Italian Riviera don't inspire you, the gallery of work by previous sojourners and the director might."

The Wall Street Journal
- March 2, 2004

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Matthew and Barbara DaubWe believe that the best painting comes by way of personal discovery and the same can be said of the best travel.
Our mission is to enable our clients to experience the great land and culture that has kept us coming back to Italy for so many years. We equip our Sojourners for first-hand exploration while providing them with the security and camaraderie of a group led by experienced facilitators. If the prospect of plein air painting and "slow traveling" in some of Italy's most beautiful locations accompanied by a diverse group of creative people interests you, then please read on....

- Matthew and Barbara Daub, directors -

Plein Air Painting

More about plein air painting in italyPlein air is the term used to describe painting that is done outdoors, “in the open air”. Plein air painters work directly from nature, seeking to capture the varied, shifting effects of light and atmosphere on the landscape. Although some people associate plein air painting with Impressionism, plein air painting does not conform to any one style, subject, approach, or philosophy. This has been true historically, and it is still true today.

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Painting in Italy with Matthew Daub

Matthew and Barbara Daub have been leading art groups to Italy since 1994, founding Arts Sojourn in 1999. Matthew is a highly regarded artist, writer, and university educator, with works in public and private collections throughout the United States and in Europe. He has exhibited in institutions such as The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The American Academy of Arts and Letters, and The National Academy of Design. Matthew is represented by ACA Galleries in New York City where he has had solo shows in 2011 and 2013

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Arts Sojourn is a founding member of Slow Travel Tours, an affiliation of small-group trip operators offering personalized tours to Europe. All have a similar travel philosophy of spending more time in fewer places to develop an understanding and appreciation for the countries we visit. If one of our trips is not right for you, please look at those of others in this group.
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