Don’t try to create the perfect travel journal…create the perfect memory.  


                                                                                        ~~ Darla Bostick<

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WHAT IS AN ART ADVENTURE ABROAD WITH DARLA? The folks at LaRomita put together a video I did on a zoom about my art workshop/retreats. It is posted through youtube:                                Another zoom with La Romita focusing on my May 2023 trip to Italy was conducted 19 January. The powerpoint slide show is here:

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Simply put, my Art Adventure is just that. We are a very small group of artists (and interested non-artists) who wish to experience the culture, sites, foods of another country! We gather photographs, sketches, paint and use other fun materials as we learn how to make an art journal of the trip! It's great fun, easy for non-arties to do and is a unique record of your adventure! We will make art journals with special ideas for each page. We use our cameras to gather images and while on site may do some quick sketches or painting. Primarily we use our time to see the area. Each day there is a fun challenge for photography as well as the journal itself. There are also lessons dedicated to various techniques. Each day upon our return "home" we have time for instruction and creating!  Seasoned artists as well as new artists are welcome. Even the spouses have fun (but they don't make a journal unless they register as an artist, too).


I've had the pleasure of traveling to 75+ countries. In May 2015 I realized my dream to plan and travel abroad with artists. Since then my Annual Art Adventures Abroad have included visits to Spain (2015), Portugal with added river cruise (2016) , Ireland (2017), Denmark/Germany (2018) and Southern France (2019).  In 2020 and 2021 our plans were cancelled due to the pandemic. We returned to Southern France with optional river cruise after the retreat (2022).


BUT only FUN people can come...if you can't walk a mile during the day,  pack light and manage your own bags, this is not for you! The terrain in Europe is challenging with steep stairs and cobblestones where elevators/escalators are rare! If you require walking assistance you should consider not joining us for this experience.


Generally my trips are 10 days-2 weeks. In the evenings we relax with happy hour (optional!) and add to our ongoing art journal, paint, catch up on emails or settle in with a book. You don't have to be an "artist" to join us--come learn to journal creatively! 


You are invited! Bring a friend, bring a spouse or other family member along for a memorable experience! It's always a VERY small group so if you are interested in the next trip let me know early. Those on my contact list are the first invited to future workshops/adventures (if you missed our adventure this year, contact me to add you to my early-contact list).


There are tabs on the upper left corner of this page to view photo scrapbooks of past Art Abroad Adventures! We are easy to spot---we are the ones with smiles! Make some new art friends and learn something new!


Check out these videos from France: 


2023 plans:

We are visiting Italy while the poppies are in bloom and the temperatures are perfect for our outings! Our host is La Romita in the Umbrian region north of Rome. They pick us up and later return us to Rome for easy travels.


2024: 7-16 October we return to Perigord Retreats in the Dordogne region of France.


Our 2019 group with sketchbooks...each different, each special but every one packed with wonderful memories!





Plans for 3-13 May 2023:


Plan to join us as we visit the beautiful, small villages of the Umbrian Region and stay at La Romita! They wlll arrange our meals and daily excursions! Contact me for details or if you wish to be placed on my email list for notification. 





January 19 we have scheduled a zoom presentation sponsored by La Romita to talk about my plans for Italy 2023 and to share a slide show of what to expect! . If you want the zoom invite, let me know and I'll send the link: