Oil Workshop in Bruges-Belgium with Kathie Odom: June 29-July 6, 2025

Bruges is a city that will capture your heart. Bruges, a Unesco World Heritage is rightfully called the “Venice of the North”, because of its medieval architecture surrounded by numerous canals.  Painting in Bruges, the Capital of the Flemish painters, is one of a kind experience.

Besides painting the endless vignettes Bruges has to offer, you will also experience Belgium’s specialties like chocolate, lace making, beers, diamonds, fries and waffles.

Day 1: Arrival at our luxurious 4-star hotel & Spa

We will pick you up at the Brussel airport at 2:30pm and we will drive you to our 4-star hotel & spa in Bruges.

This luxurious hotel located in the heart of Bruges and combines modern luxury and the authentic charm of medieval Burgundian Bruges. The huge history basement of the hotel has been converted into a spa (with a sauna, a steam bath, gym and relaxation area) where you can also order a massage.

Ideally located, it is walkable to all the main touristic activities (museums, restaurants, canals).

You will have time to settle in, maybe go to the spa, before our welcome reception and orientation meeting, followed by your first Belgian dinner.

Days 2-5: Bruges, the Venice of the North

This splendid medieval city is one of Belgium’s crown jewels and is largely considered one of the most beautiful towns in Europe. In no other European city are the look and feel of medieval times so present as here in this city close to the North Sea.

The historic downtown of Bruges has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2000. In 2002, Bruges was designated the ‘cultural capital of Europe’.

You will find hundreds of sketching subjects from the quaint Beguinage quarters to the impressive Grand Place with its majestic Belfrey.

The oldest wooden house in Bruges

Horse carriage on the main square

Swans everywhere in and along the canals.

The Beguinage, the most quiet and magical place in Bruges

Wooden doors and windows of all shapes and colors.

More than a dozen of different bridges for you to sketch.

We will take a boat ride on the peaceful canals with delightful views of medieval Flemish mansions.

You will have some time to taste the Belgian specialties such as chocolate, beers, fries and waffles.

We will attend a lace making demonstration by local women using the technique from the 18th century.

There is so much to do! Visit one of the various art museums displaying the famous Flemish paintings, the first 13th century hospital, the Church of Our Lady with the sculpture “Madonna and Child,” the only one of Michelangelo’s sculptures to have left Italy within his lifetime, a brewery or the chocolate museum.

Day 6: Mills and Canals in the cute village of Damme

belgium-day5-dammeThe village of Damme is one of the most charming villages in Belgium.

Located in the Flanders, between the beaches and Bruges, this village will enchant you with its mills, canals, barges, Gothic church and plaza. The vignettes to paint are endless.

If you are a non painter, you can rent a bike for a very easy and beautiful bike ride (or walk) along romantic canals with their barges, between quaint towns, outdoor cafés and wind mills.

In less than 25 min you will be in Bruges and in 45 min, you will be in Holland.

Day 7: Crossing the border to Holland

Holland is only 30 min from Bruges! We will go to the very cute village of Sluis for a painting session.

In the afternoon, there will be free time for exploring and shopping.

Day 8: Departure

After breakfast, we will drive you to the Brussels airport by noon. Make sure your flight is not before 2pm.

Workshop Description

While learning the importance of oil painting techniques (values, edges, composition, etc.), the joy of actually painting Belgium en plein air won’t get lost on Kathie!

The enthusiasm for painting medieval architecture and windmills with you will be contagious! Kathie will walk through her process of narrowing down the choices of subject matter and then demo before it’s time for you to get your brushes wet too… and she be right alongside cheering you on with personal instruction and encouragement!

There is a reason why you want to paint. Kathie will work to help you tap that desire by throwing herself into the entire experience and beauty of this amazing city of Bruges!

Kathie Odom's Biography

After graduating from The University of Tennessee in Art Education and Fine Arts, Kathie received early recognition for pastel works. But it was 2009 when she found a home in painting oils en plein air.

I call myself a “Nostalgic Impressionist” as a way of identifying the subjects and style of painting that interest me most. No matter which part of America I paint, I am really passionate about plein air and allow myself to get lost in the wonderful process of it all!

Kathie resides with her husband and maintains a studio in the mountains of East Tennessee. She travels extensively exhibiting in fine art shows throughout the nation, teaching workshops and participating in plein air events. Kathie’s original works have sold internationally and she is quite proud of her gallery representation.

More info on Kathie on her site at https://www.kathieodom.com

More Paintings by Kathie Odom

Pricing Details

How to Book

The trip is limited to 14 participants

Sign up before 11/30/24 and save $150!

Use the code EARLYBIRD at check out. 

All rooms have an ensuite bathroom

Early Bird Prices:

– Shared room: US$ 3,840 pp (twin or double)

– Single room: US$ 4,390 

Non Painters: Price is the same

Included:

– Brussels Airport pick-up at 2pm and drop-off at 11:30am
– A welcome reception
– All 7 nights at the hotels
– All breakfasts, 2 lunches and 4 dinners including wine
– All art classes
– A boat ride in Bruges
– The entrance to the Lace museum
– Transportation in a comfortable van with A/C
– Use of the hotel spa
– The use of folding chairs
Two tour leaders throughout

Not Included:

– Flights to/from Belgium (Brussels)
– 4 lunches and 3 dinners
– Painting supplies
– Required Travel Insurance
– Tour leader(s) tipping

Payments:

– $600 non refundable deposit required at booking (see cancelation policy below)

– Remaining balance due 4 months prior departure

Sign up before 11/30/24 and save $150!

Use the code EARLYBIRD at check out. 

Cancelation Policy

If you cancel the trip:Cancellation Fee per Person
More than 120 days before departureThe $600 deposit is forfeited
61-120 days before departure50% of total cost forfeited
31-60 days before departure75% of total cost forfeited
0-30 days before departure100% of total cost forfeited
If French Escapade cancels You get a full refund

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