Russian Plein Air: One Trip Two Instructors!

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Painting Tour for artists by artists!


Instructors: Vladislav Yeliseyev, watercolor  and Hai-Ou Hou, oil

All mediums are welcome.
Limited number of spots available.

Two prominent painting instructors will take you on the Dream Painting Trip to Russia. Cultural and artistic journey which includes Moscow the heart of Russia, and its soul – the provincial towns of Golden Ring that will let you experience both the modern metropolis with ancient history, and the poesy of Russian countryside.

These days we hear a lot about Russia. Have you ever had the chance to visit this beautiful bewildered country? We would like to invite you for an intimate trip of lifetime, to discover the roots of mysterious Russian soul, paint unique authentic places and visit destinations famous for their unreal beauty which attracted many famous Russian landscape painters of the 19th century.

Vladislav Yeliseyev who was born and educated in Moscow would like to share with you his knowledge of local traditions and culture. He knows the local views and their locations, and would love to revisit those places with you. Besides painting under the guidance of two great instructors Vladislav and Hai-Ou, we will visit Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, Tretyakov Gallery, St. Basil Cathedral and more in Moscow.

In addition to painting famed places in Moscow the first few days, the major accent of the trip will be on pristine distinctive Russian towns of Golden Ring including Suzdal, Vladimir, Plyos and more.  Plyos was a favorite place of the greatest Russian landscape painters such as Levitan, Repin, Savrasov and others. It still attracts Russian contemporary artists today as never before. The group will visit House of Isaak Levitan, now a museum, and Museum of Russian Landscape Art which displays Russian classics of the genre: Savrasov, Bogolyubov, Zhukovsky, Shishkin, Clodt – a remarkable collection for a provincial town with a population equal to that of two high-rise apartment blocks in Moscow. Plyos is one of the most beautiful cities on the Volga River. The picturesque architectural and landscape ensemble of Plyos and its environs creates a unique artistic atmosphere that helps to understand and convey the beauty of the Russian landscape.

You will be inspired and recharged by simply looking at the ancient churches, pacifying landscapes and the boundless Volga River.

Other stops will include the opulent delights of Russia’s Golden Ring – a spectacular array of gold-topped cathedrals, treasures like Rublyov’s The Last Judgement frescoes, ancient city walls and quaint architecture as you explore UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites like Assumption Cathedral and Suzdal’s Kremlin.

You will enjoy a pleasant balance of cultural exploration and guided painting adventures.

As well as planned itinerary during our visit, we will witness Russian traditional celebrations on the city streets and some free time for shopping souvenirs and art supply if needed.

About Hai-Ou Hou Hai-Ou Hou, award winning artist, was born in Beijing, China where she received her B.F.A from Central Institute of Fine Art and Design.  She earned her M.F.A. from Towson State University.  She taught painting and design at the Hubei Fine Art Institute in Wu Han, China.  She is currently owner and director of the Chesapeake Fine Art Studio in MD.

About Vladislav Yeliseyev The Russian émigré came to the Unites States in the 1980s equipped with a classical art education from Moscow School of Art and a master’s degree in architecture from the Moscow Institute of Architecture. Now a renowned watercolor… Read more

Total Cost: $3900 (based on double occupancy) 

Non-painting partners discount: $500

Single Room extra cost: $800

Full payment due: April 2, 2018

Deposit to reserve your spot: $1000 (refundable if cancelled before March 9, 2018; 50% for cancellations before April 2; no refunds after that)

Registration deadline: April 2, 2018

We accept checks, credit cards (3.5% PayPal processing fee will be charged), bank transfers. If interested, please call or email us to receive more information. 

 What’s included?

  1. Lodging – 10 nights
  2. Some meals  – all breakfasts, 4 dinners, 2 lunches
  3. Museum admission tickets: Pushkin, Tretyakov, Levitan, St. Basil, Russian Landscape Art
  4. Guided Tours
  5. Transfer from Moscow Sheremetyevo airport (SVO)
  6. Transfer to Airport (SVO) Hotel the day before departure
  7. Van transportation from Moscow to Golden Ring Cities
  8.  All other transportation from and to location of plein air sites
  9. All painting instructions with two artists.

Airfare, tips are not included.

Featured works by Isaak Levitan