Russia Painting and Cultural Tour

Moscow, Suzdal, Vladimir, Plyos...

June 20 – 30, 2019

Your watercolor instructor: Vladislav Yeliseyev
Your oil instructor: Hai-Ou Hou
All mediums 
Space is limited to 12 participants

Two prominent painting instructors will take you on the Dream Painting Trip to Russia. Cultural, artistic and gastronomic 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 and Plyos.  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.

You will also have some free time for shopping souvenirs and art supply if needed.

Optional: One of Moscow’s most iconic and spectacular attractions Bolshoi Theater

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

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. Find more

Early Bird Fee: $3900 till November 30, 2018 (based on double occupancy)

Fee after November 30, 2018: $4200

Non-painting partners discount: $500

Single Room extra cost: $700

Deposit to reserve your spot: $1000

Full payment due: March 20, 2019

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 (4 night in Moscow 4 star hotel, 3 nights in one of the best Suzdal hotels, 2 night in Plyos, 1 night Sheremetyevo Hotel)
  2. All breakfasts, 7 dinners, 7 lunches
  3. 5 Museum admission tickets: Pushkin, Tretyakov, Levitan, St. Basil Cathedral, Russian Landscape Art
  4. All Tours
  5. Transfer from Moscow Sheremetyevo airport (SVO)
  6. Transfer to Sheremetyevo Hotel the day before departure
  7. Transportation from Moscow to Golden Ring Cities
  8.  All other transportation from and to our plein air locations
  9. All painting instructions with two artists
  10. Concierge service
  11. Activities for non-painting partners
  12. Russian food exploration
  13. Small private group setting

    What’s NOT included? Airfare, insurance and tips are not included.

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