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Capture this on canvas: Painting workshop in Italy beckons artists

Capture this on canvas: Painting workshop in Italy beckons artists
Artists begin their trip by exploring the white-washed buildings and cobbled streets of Monopoli, in southern Italy. (Cultura Exclusive / Jacabel / Getty Images/Cultura Exclusive)

Join artist and teacher Margaret Best for a botanical painting workshop on the rugged coast of Puglia in southern Italy. Participants will begin their excursion by exploring the white-washed buildings and cobbled streets of Monopoli, then spend seven days at a restored farmhouse, painting in a garden studio overlooking olive groves and the Adriatic Sea.

Other highlights of the tour, organized by Quench, include visits to nearby Baroque towns, a botanist-led tour of the Botanic Gardens of Monopoli, entrance to the private Pomona Gardens and a hands-on cooking class with a Puglian chef. A final evening reception will showcase the artists' works to the local community.

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Dates: Oct. 16-24

Price: From $3,950 per person, double occupancy; single supplement available. Includes eight nights' accommodations in boutique hotels, some meals, exclusive use of an art studio and five days of personal instruction by Best. International airfare not included.

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Info: Quench, (416) 366-2777

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