Artful Travels

Art Workshops & Retreats Curated Art & Small Cultural group Tours

"Painting is just another way of keeping a diary."
-Pablo Picasso

Upcoming 2024 TouRs

Painting & Sailing in Croatia with Robert Masla

June 16 - June 23, 2024 - From Dubrovnik to Split. Experience the beauty of Croatia and plein air painting with Robert Masla on a small group sailing tour through the breathtaking islands of Croatia with artist Robert Masla. In addition to the islands, we’ll tour ancient cities and UNESCO World Heritage sites with captivating coastlines for inspiration - all from the comfort of our private, luxury 41 Meter yacht.
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Painting & Sailing in Croatia with David Dunlop

June 23 – 30, 2024 – Travel and paint with landscape artist David Dunlop, the engaging host and writer of two seasons of the Emmy Award winning national PBS television series, Landscapes Through Time with David Dunlop.

Join David Dunlop, modern day, old master whose luminous landscapes draw from both renaissance techniques and contemporary science on an exciting small group plein air painting and sailing tour through the breathtaking islands of Croatia. From the comfort of our 41 meter (134.5’) yacht MS Barbara.  David Dunlop will lead plein air painting sessions capturing the unique landscapes and seascapes of these Adriatic islands.


Paradores & Pousadas

March 18-April 1, 2024 - Discover the best of the Iberian Peninsula while traveling overland from Lisbon to Madrid. Enjoy captivating sites, excellent cuisine and the magic of Iberia's rich Roman and Moorish past. Along the way, we'll stay in historic paradores and pousadas lodgings - historic fortresses, stately palaces and medieval monasteries in Portugal & Spain.

The Journey is everything

Explore the world while traveling in the comfort of a well appointed barge or motor sail yacht.  Stay in historical architectural treasures. 

Who we are

Artful Travels works with dedicated artists and experienced travel partners.

Jeanne Fontaine

Founder/Travel Director

A passion for travel, love of the arts and a deep appreciation for the teaching artist is the inspiration for Artful Travels. Jeanne has led small group cultural tours nationally and internationally since 2003.  For nearly 30 years, Jeanne was the Courses Curator for the Museum School at the Springfield Museums overseeing the scheduling and implementation of studio art, art history and science classes for adults and children. In 2003, Jeanne took on the responsibility of coordinating the travel as well as the museum school classes. In this capacity, Jeanne had the privilege of working with amazing artists and teachers while coordinating and escorting international and local trips.  

Artist & Teacher
Robert Masla

Robert is an award winning, internationally exhibited artist whose canvases, murals and portraits can be found in galleries, private residencies, corporations and film. With extensive teaching experience in all media, Robert conducts workshops from his home/studio in rural Ashfield, Massachusetts, where he lives with his family, and from their home/studio South – Casa de los Artistas, in Boca de Tomatlan, Mexico. 

In April 2022, Robert led a painting and barging tour in Holland.


David Dunlop is a modern day, old master whose luminous landscapes draw from both renaissance techniques and contemporary science.  A popular teaching artist with decades of experience, David teaches from his private studio, various museums, and art institutions with followers from around the globe. 

His paintings have been shown internationally and are held in the collections of major corporations. 

In addition to his success as a landscape artist and teacher, David is well known as the host and writer of the popular national PBS television series, “Landscapes Through Time with David Dunlop,” for which he won an Emmy and a CINE Golden Eagle Award.

In September 2015, David led a Painting & Barging in France

In September 2016, David led a  week of Painting in Toledo Spain

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