Randall Sexton will be leading this plein air workshop with demonstration, group teaching and individual instruction. We'll explore parks and streets, plazas, markets and architecture all areas of interest that will help to capture the particularity and uniqueness of the Cuban scene. Students in Randall's classes learn to simplify complex scenes to essential compositional color and value structure selectively placing details to make the scene complete to capture a unique sense of place and time. Sexton is excited to return to Cuba after painting a series of work inspired there, "Havana and Back."
TRIP COST PER PERSON BASED ON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY: $3775.00
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: ADD $465.00
November 13–18, 2017
Non-refundable $1000.00 per person deposits are taken in the order received to guarantee your space. Balance of payment is due no later than October 1, 2017.
Come explore Cuba with Randall Sexton supported by the Copper Bridge Foundation and the Sedona Arts Center. You might remember gangster movies featuring casinos, cars and cigars. You've heard about the Cuban Revolution in 1959 that resulted in the USA embargo restricting travel between the two countries. Over 50 years later, the world is witnessing groundbreaking changes in Cuba/USA relations. After decades of isolation, Cuban officials welcomed a USA embassy in Havana and USA official welcomed a Cuba embassy in Washington D.C. And yet, Cuba still exists in a time warp - poised on the verge of change!
This trip catapults artists and culture lovers into the center of what's happening behind the scenes. You meet Cuba's national treasure - it's people! Learn how creative, innovative Cuban people sustained themselves during 5 decades of isolation from much of world. Artists, dancers, musicians, gallery dealers and families extend a warm welcome to their homes and studios. Intimate encounters help unravel the mystery of what it takes to thrive under duress.
Now is the time to visit Cuba on this unique culture tour designed for the SEDONA ARTS CENTER.
This itinerary will be for plein air painters working with Randall Sexton. A Cultural Tour will be on a parallel expedition with us and will be doing all kinds of exciting activities. Perhaps a spouse, partner, friend or relative would like to come with you to Cuba? Here is the link to the parallel cultural tour. Cuba Cultural Tour
4 day painting workshop with Randall Sexton
CBF Letter of Authorization to travel legally to Cuba
Health insurance while in Cuba
5 nights hotel at the Nacional Hotel Havana.
Airport transfer on Day 1 departing at 1:30 pm. Early or late arrivals should take a taxi to the Hotel Nacional and meet the group at the 5:30pm reception
24/7 assistance from CBF
Meals listed below (including 2 drinks per person)
Daily buffet breakfast
2 dinners (Welcome Dinner, Farewell Dinner)
2 cocktail receptions
Airfare to Havana, airport transfer on Day 6, optional tours or activities, incidentals, tips for guide and coach driver
Day 1 - Independent arrivals @ the Jose Marti International Airport 1:30 p.m. HOLA - Welcome to Havana!
Your local English speaking guide await your arrival as you exit the airport after clearing Customs. They introduce you to Havana on an orientation tour - part history, part architecture. Stop at Havana's historic Plaza de la Revolucion to understand the relationship between 3 of Cuba's iconic heroes: Jose Marti, Che Guevara and Camille Cienfuegos. Continue to expand your knowledge of USA/Cuba relations at the Imperialist Plaza. Marvel at Havana's stunning pre-revolutionary blend of architecture remnants: Art Nuevo, Spanish Colonial, neo-classical, Moorish. Learn about the triumphs and frustrations of the Malecon Restoration Project to save historic buildings on a shoestring with limited supplies and labor skills. Photo-ops abound!
3:30 p.m. Check in to the legendary Hotel Nacional, an eclectic blend of architectural styles overlooking the evocative Malecon (an 8km long ocean seawall). The hotel is a Havana landmark that was a favorite haunt of illustrious residents from Lucky Luciano to Frank Sinatra. You might feel like you have been transported to a time gone by as you sink into plush sofas on the covered patio while listening to music and soulful songs performed by strolling musicians. Several restaurants, a late night cabaret, 2 swimming pools, an exercise room and perfect Vedado location are yours to enjoy.
5:30 p.m. Join group participants at a Mojito reception for introductions followed by a typical Cuban dinner at private home. Meet the 'abuelo' who prepares our dinner and share stories of family life in Cuba.
Day 2 - 5 Painting in Old Havana a UNESCO World Heritage Site complete with demonstrations, individual attention and group teaching.
Farewell Dinner at the art filled home of Milagros Borges or a women artists' studio.
Day 6 Adios Havana.Plan to arrive at the Havana airport at least 3 hours in advance of your return flight to the USA.
- Space is limited. Non-refundable $1000.per person deposits are taken in the order received to guarantee your space. Balance of payment is due no later than Oct 1, 2017.
- A travel application will be required.
- All payments are non-refundable. Trip cancellation insurance is highly recommended.
- You may choose to extend your trip on your own or by contacting Ellen Kamerling @ Art World Excursion to custom tailor your itinerary: firstname.lastname@example.org
- You must have a valid passport to travel to Cuba. The expiration must be at least 6 months in advance of the date of travel.
- You can book your flight to Havana on a commercial airline of your choice. Plan to arrive at the Jose Marti International Airport by noon on November 13.