Painting in Switzerland

May 25-27, 2019 Cully, Switzerland

This 3-day workshop will take place in the midst of the some of the most beautiful scenery in Switzerland: the Lavaux Vineyard Terraces, stretching for 30 km along the south-facing northern shores of Lakes Léman (aka Lake Geneva) and backdropped across the water by the snow-capped Alps and Jura mountains. Now considered a site of universal value, Lavaux has been elevated to the status of world heritage site by UNESCO, its mosaic of vines welcoming many visitors seeking renewed vitality and tranquility. The region has been a source of inspiration for many traveling and local artists. Among those who wandered along the lake- front are Joseph Mallord, William Turner, François Bocion, Gustave Courbet and Ferdinand Hodler.

The workshop will focus mainly on the breathtaking landscape, the vertiginous views down to the lake and the nearby picturesque villages nestled in the vineyards. Participants will benefit from on-site demonstrations and will have the opportunity to wander around, draw and paint at will.

All levels are welcome as well as different techniques and media including oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, drawing, etc.

Accommodations at the charming Auberge du Raisin, a lovely 3-star venue that is just a few steps from the lakeside and is renowned for its French and Swiss Cuisine.

For more information on pricing, travel and accommodations, please email the workshop host: peteroliverstalder@gmail.com


Costa Rica

January 2020, Nosara, Costa Rica

Set in the beautiful region of Nosara, artists will be inspired by the exquisite tropical coast of Costa Rica. This four-day workshop will include yoga and meditation sessions lead by yoga expert and dance therapist Ricki Grater. Each afternoon artists will participate in different plein air painting excursions and benefit from on-site demonstrations.

All levels of artists welcome as well as beginner to advanced in yoga.

For more info on pricing, travel, and accommodations, please email the workshop host: rickigrater@gmail.com


1999-Present - Parsons School of Design, New York, NY
Part-time Associate Professor

2008 - Parsons in Paris, Paris, France
Plein-Air Painting Professor

2004, 06 - Crystal Cruise Lines, Mediterranean Sea and The Caribbean Sea
Oil Painting and Watercolor Painting Instructor representing Parsons School of Design

2002, 06, 10 - Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
Guest Panelist and Portfolio Reviewer

2001 - South Street Seaport Museum, New York, NY
Guest Lecturer

1989-1991 - Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
Teaching Assistant 2D design