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CreArte is pleased to welcome back Patrick Fanning, watercolorist and teacher extraordinaire, for the 4th year in a row! Patrick is not only an extremely talented artist, but he is also a gifted teacher who relates his knowledge with patience, warmth and enthusiasm. Please join us for this retreat where we will explore our beautiful tropical surroundings in paint.

Patrick is a landscape watercolorist who specializes in ‘plein air’, or painting outdoors on location. Patrick teaches ongoing and weekend workshops all over Sonoma County, California and recently opened a gallery in Graton. He is interested in composition--ways to go beyond the usual discussion of center of interest, foreground and background, line/color/value contrast, and on. His wonderfully clear demonstrations and positive teaching approach attract many different types of people with various levels of art experience. For more on Patrick Fanning, visit his website at


  • In January 2007 CreArte will run one 10 day workshops during January
  • Workshops take place in tranquil village of Samara Beach on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica
  • Cost includes lodging in a lovely hotel with 2 pools (double occupancy, single available with supplement).
  • 2 meals a day are included.
  • Instruction in the arts incorporates training in technique and materials, with a focus on the creative process.
  • Our groups are small, ranging from 5-15 people, in order to foster a sense of community and collaboration.
  • Day tour exploring Costa Rica with trained local guides is included.
  • Recreational opportunities are available for an extra fee, such as surfing, horseback riding, snorkeling, kayaking, scuba diving and more!
  • Spanish immersion classes available.
  • Instruction is in English.

Samara Church by Patrick Fanning

Patrick leading a demo

More Paintings by Patrick Fanning

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January 2007

Pacific Coast, Costa Rica

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