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Workshop with Lynn Goldstein

Paint in Arles: Where History and Culture Unite
April 17 - 24, 2024 
Trip Status: DONE!


Tour Cost: $3800 for Painters; $3300 for Non-Painters; $300 Single Supplement
Activity Level: moderate – an ability to walk 2-3 hours at a moderate pace

Lynn Goldstein on our last trip


Join Lynn as we concentrate on creating
compelling paintings using innovative techniques,
experimenting with color, and interpreting the landscape through shape and pattern. Learn how to simplify the vast natural beauty of Arles, France, and find the perfect subjects to paint or draw. This workshop is designed for beginners as well as advanced students, and the methods can be applied to both representational and/or abstract landscape drawings and/or paintings. Lynn will be teaching in acrylic, but you may use pastel, acrylic, or water-mixable oils because Lynn has extensive experience in all three mediums.

The week-long workshop will be a combination of outdoor sketching and painting, studio time, and excursions to visit the area. Students will learn at least three ways to start a painting, new methods to improve compositions, and feel more confident altering what is seen to enhance your art – all in an amazing place where Vincent Van Gogh made some of his most powerful paintings!


Class Tour Focus:
Painting, drawing, relaxing, and immersing in another culture. I feel strongly that spending time in a different culture and seeing new things sparks inspiration. Therefore, I would suggest that we spend time making art, but also spend time immersing ourselves in the culture. As a tour leader at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery for over 20 years, I love sharing my insight into artwork that we encounter while on tours. I think that going to St Remy will be very interesting for the group, especially if they are Van Gogh fans. I remember spending time in Arles with my group in 2013, and it was a great place to see where Van Gogh made some of his most important pieces. Of course, visiting the Roman ruins is a must too.



This is an example of what I have in mind. I may
come up with other things as well depending on the weather, the students, and what we see and experience. I also want to do a deep dive into Van Gogh’s work to see how I can incorporate lessons from his paintings. 

Day 1: Simplify forms in your sketches and then use those sketches to make your painting.
Handout: Words of advice. Direct start

Day 2: Compositional considerations still be thinking about simplification.
Handout: Compositional Considerations #1. 4- value underpainting

Day 3: Look at simplifying color palettes: Potentially focusing on color palettes used by Van Gogh. Handout: Some successful limited color palettes

Day 4: Do your own thing
Handout: Color Schemes

Day 5: Do your own thing or abstraction. Discussion: Is Van Gogh’s work abstract or not?
Handout: Abstracting

Day 6: Visit market (I know this probably isn’t the day for that, but I want to include it.
Day 7: Critique of work done by students in the past and what has been produced during the week.



"I really enjoyed the class with Lynn. She did a great job of
providing a balance of instruction and guidance. I entered the class with no experience with pastels and feel that I have a great basis for continuing." — Lynn N

"Lynn is a fine teacher and a wonderful artist. Thanks, Lynn" — Barbara K.

“Attending an art workshop with Lynn Goldstein teaching it was a wonderful experience. Lynn’s gentle guidance is geared to each participant’s skill and aspirations. I am already looking forward to her next workshop.” — Peter K.

"Lynn's lessons have really changed how I see art and how I work" — Linda G.

"Lynn obviously knows her stuff and is capable of conveying it in an organized, fun and instructional manner" — Amy W.

“Lynn is such an intuitive teacher. She meets you at whatever level you are on as an artist, knows exactly what you need and works tirelessly to get you where you want to be as an artist. I always learn something new and exciting from Lynn and just having the opportunity to have the week with her to pick her brain and feed on her expertise is an experience I will always be grateful for. — Sandy S.

“Lynn’s instruction was invaluable and her enthusiasm was
infections and motivating! She brought out the best artist in each of us by inspiring us to push beyond the familiar and comfortable to find new expressions. We’re looking forward to the next workshop!”—Carol M



Lynn Goldstein
Instructor & Tour Guide

Virginia based abstract landscape painter, Lynn Goldstein enjoys telling people that one of her first jobs was working in the art department of Ringling Brothers & Barnum and Bailey Circus. She was employed as a graphic designer for seventeen years, but painting was never far from her mind. Since leaving graphic design work behind, Goldstein has exhibited widely, winning awards, in nationally juried exhibitions and galleries. Her work is enjoyed in private and public collections throughout the United States and Europe, including the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, the Schar Cancer Institute, the Lorton Library in Fairfax County, Virginia, and the United States Department of State.

Notably, one of her paintings was selected for the permanent collection in the Jean-Haffen Museum in Dinan, France, upon her completion of an artist residency there. Lynn was one of fifteen American artists selected to participate in the Caravan multi-cultural and international art project which took place at the National Cathedral in Washington, DC and the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in NYC. Her installation work exploring her Jewish roots was selected for exhibition at the Smithsonian S Dillon Ripley Center in Washington, D.C. in 2015, and a different piece was selected for display there in 2017.


Lynn is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America and Maryland Pastel Society where she serves as a juror for potential signature members. Lynn is also a juried member of the prestigious Washington Society of Landscape Painters. She is also a juried member of the Torpedo Factory Art Center, and a juried resident artist at the Workhouse Arts Center where she has her studio. Lynn has taught many workshops in the mid-Atlantic region, Southern France, Portugal, and in Tuscany, Italy. Lynn has also taught workshop classes at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, where she volunteered her time as a docent for over two decades. This experience has allowed Lynn to study, understand, and pass on the best of America’s art masterpieces. To see Lynn’s work, visit her website at:


Joan Hill
Owner, Host & Director

In 2008, the seed of Artful Journeys was planted in her brain, when Joan brought together all of her life's passions, her love of music, an affinity for the beautiful things in life, and an ability to organize events to give birth to Artful Journeys, a program of art education trips for the soul.

Joan was born and raised in the apple country of the Hudson River Valley in New York; her father was a gentle, very tolerant, educated land surveyor, and her mother was the efficient business administrator and home engineer. The youngest of four children, Joan was encouraged to pursue anything she wanted, but also to do her best. Sometimes that was very difficult, especially succeeding three very accomplished siblings.



$3,800 for painters
$3,300 for non-painters
  • Above prices are for double occupancy

  • Single supplement is $300.

  • Includes accommodations, most meals, all ticketed events, teacher and administrative fees.

  • Not included are personal purchases and pampering.

  • NOTE: A deposit of $500 is required upon registration to secure a place in this workshop.

  • Airfare is not included to enable travelers to use their “travel points,” upgrade flight arrangements, or to extend their trip.

  • Travel insurance is strongly encouraged. Please see the Travel Insurance Form.

  • Covid vaccination and negative test required to enter France.  Covid testing is not included in the trip price. 


A painting from Lynn's last trip to Portugal

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