Painting in Cuba

with Randall Sexton

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.



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."


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
Travel visa
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.

Important Information:
- 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:
- 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.


About Randall Sexton
"My concerns as an artist have always been rather straight forward. The discipline of direct painting, both in the plein air experience and in the studio, has helped me to develop a loose handling of paint that speaks as much about the paint itself as it does any given subject matter. I try to combine traditional methods of painting with a "sense of myself living in the present". My paintings are a direct response to the world around me as I strive to be "in the moment" while I work. Nature has proven to be the most demanding and inspiring I work from life, as often as possible and try to remain open to new ideas and new approaches.

Each painting is a simple sentence in an ongoing story that will take a lifetime to unfold. The tale is a compilation of images that reflect the magic of life itself and the mysteries of light, color, and shape as I respond to the world around me. Painting has enabled me to be more observant and appreciative of the beauty and richness in everyday life".

California based artist, Randall Sexton, is nationally known for the use of color and expressive brushwork in his oil paintings of 'everyday' scenes. Raised in rural Connecticut, Sexton moved to San Francisco, CA in 1980 after completing a BFA from the University of CT, Storrs.

The Bay area has proven to be home, where he has earned a great reputation for being an educator as well as a fine artist. He taught classes in drawing, painting, and composition at the San Francisco Academy of Art until 2005.

He now leads private workshops- both nationally and abroad. Randall presented a demonstration on the main stage at the 4th annual National Plein Air Convention and Randall was the keynote speaker at the 2015 Sedona Plein Air Festival and led an innovative figurative painting component of the Festival that year with 7 other artists. In the fall of 2008, he led a group of Plein air painters on a trip to Tuscany, Italy through a program hosted by the Sedona Art Center. Acknowledged by jurors and artists alike, Randall has garnered national awards for his paintings. Most notably, in 2008, Randy was honored with the coveted "Artists' Choice Award" in Laguna Beach at the 10th Annual Laguna Beach Plein Air Event held at the Laguna Museum Of Art. He also won the same award in Telluride, CO (Sheridan Plein Air Festival) and in Napa, CA (Napa Valley Land Trust Art Festival), both in 2008. . He received the same award in 2006 in Sedona, AZ and Maui, HI at their respective painting festivals. He received Jurors Choice- "Best of Show" in Northern Views a biennial landscape show hosted by the Napa Valley Museum, and in the Maui Plein Air Festival of 2006.

He has been featured in various national journals including: "American Artist"-August 2000, "Southwest Art"-July 2003, "Plein Air" (currently- "Fine Art Connoisseur")-November 2004, and "Workshop"-December 2006 He has been a member of the California Art Club, The Laguna Beach Plein Air Painters Association, "The Outsiders", a group of artists loosely connected to "The Society of Six" and The Baywood Artists Group committed to working on environmentally sensitive projects.

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