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Color Under The Mexican Sun

June 18-24, 2023 

With landscape painter Nina Weiss

in stunning San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Bring some color into your landscape painting this summer!

  • The bright, sun- drenched town of San Miguel Allende will serve as our muse and inspiration.

  • A  review of color and light will help students understand how color under natural light works on our environment.

  • Students will learn to utilize techniques such as  layering, optical mixture, broken brushstroke, 

and glazing as a new and exciting way to represent color.

  • Students will build strong, effective paintings by studying  ideas about composition, gesture, and thumbnail sketches.

  •  Technical guidance in all color mediums is provided

 including gouache, acrylic, oils, pastels, and colored pencils.


Nina Weiss Paintings


San Miguel de Allende, located in central Mexico is a Heritage UNESCO puebla magica, not to mention voted one of the best places in the world to live by Conde Nast Traveler two years in a row. Come and be captivated by the friendliness and beauty of this town! Linda Laino has lived in  San Miguel for twelve years and is helping Nina facilitate the retreat.

More on San Miguel below.

Retreat Venue


We are sure you will be delighted with the accommodations and facilities! Hacienda de las Flores is a family owned, old-world style hotel in the heart of centro making it a super convenient and easy home base from which to explore San Miguel. An added treat is the garden swimming pool which will be a refreshing footnote in June!


About Nina Weiss

Nina Weiss is a nationally renowned artist who has been painting and drawing the landscape for over 50 years. She holds a BFA from the Tyler School of Art and graduate study at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.Nina teaches workshops throughout the United States; and travels with students each year to teach her European Landscape Painting & Drawing Workshops. 

She exhibits widely, and her work is held in private and corporate collections throughout the

United States.


"I wanted to thank you for your help with my painting;  I must tell you that I have never had a teacher that has been as helpful as you are.  I have taken a few classes but I have never encountered a true teacher, that is a gift.  Thank you " ~ Christiane

"I want to thank you for a fabulous workshop.  Not only are you a great teacher, but you were very patient with me as a beginner.  I know I have a lot to learn, and feel lucky that I started off with you to give me a good foundation." ~ Ora 


"Thank you for all the hard work you do to make the workshop so interesting, challenging and rewarding. " ~  Jenny 


We have three different price points

based on your room choice. 

Single:                    $2325

Queen:                 $2435

Double Queen:   $2850

Additional costs:

Airport shuttle: $60 R/T (info shared later)

Meals: Linda will share her favorites in all price points.


  • Workshop with Nina

  • Six nights accommodations

  • All taxes and hotel tips

  • Breakfast daily

  • Arrival dinner 

  • Sketch +lunch + taxi excursion

        to  ​El Pavo Real Vineyard

  • Farewell Dinner

   Not Included

  • ​Airfare

  • Travel insurance

  • Meals

   (except where indicated)​

  • Shuttle

  • OPTIONAL: Gourmet

    Tacos cooking class with 

   Pura Vida Kitchen. Please 

   inquire with registration.


Please make your reservations to arrive at

Leon (BJX) or Queretaro(QRO) airports.* Information about easy and reliable shuttle service will be shared with participants. Please note, if you decide to fly into Mexico City, it is another four hours to San Miguel.

*Note: Please wait to make your flight arrangements until we inform you the retreat is full.

 Reserve Your Room

In order to reserve your spot, please choose your room, and send your name and contact information to There is a non-refundable $500 to via Zelle (no fee) or Paypal, "friends and family". If you have no account, please remember to add 3.5% to the total.

All final payments are due March 15th, 2023.

Please inquire about sharing.

Choose from these room selections: single, queen,

double queen.


About San Miguel de Allende

Mexico is a huge country that offers its visitors an amazing amount of diversity. San Miguel de Allende is located in the geographical center of the country and is said to be built upon a bed of crystal quartz. Many people believe this legend aids in the “magical” quality so often associated with this town. San Miguel is a peaceful, safe environment, full of friendly people, sophistication and charm to spare. It is small, but far from sleepy. The streets are always full of visitors and locals in a lively and festive atmosphere.

There is more than plenty to see and do on off hours during the retreat. Most days you can count on very cool mornings, warm to hot sunny afternoons, and slightly cooler evenings. Think layers and bring a light sweater. There is virtually no humidity. San Miguel is quite hilly in parts, and the streets are cobbled. You will most likely be doing a lot of walking (the best way to see the town!), so we suggest to bring good shoes.

We are at 6000 feet and if you have not been in high altitudes, you may feel a bit tired the first day or two. Luckily, there are numerous cafes, parks and plazas for rest and refreshments all over town. There are also ample and inexpensive cabs (and Uber) available should you need a break from the walking. The cab drivers, incidentally are some of the best locals to practice your Spanish with!

The web is full of articles and videos about San Miguel. Here are two to whet your whistle:

"The Best City in the World"

"San Miguel de Allende Travel Guide"

About Linda Laino

Linda is an artist, writer and teacher who received her MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va. She has lived in San Miguel de Allende for twelve years where she formally taught English Language Arts and continues to paint and write. She has organized writing and painting retreats of her own in San Miguel and is recently sharing her love and knowledge of this charming and colorful town with other artists and teachers. Her many pleasures in San Miguel include terrace cocktails with friends, hiking in the countryside and feeding the hummingbirds. Her painting and writing can be accessed here:

Retreat Waiver

All participants are asked to download and sign the waiver form and provide emergency contact info. Please email to:

Linda will provide all participants with a "Survival Guide" with lots of info about SMA, recommended restaurants and useful phone numbers.

Cancellation Policy Please Review

All deposits and balances for workshops are non-refundable.  We understand that it is sometimes difficult to plan ahead for a trip such as this and these uncertain times have created a bit more challenge. We thank you for your understanding of the need for these policies on our end. We ask that retreat participants be vaccinated. Note: Mexico never closed its borders to travelers during 2020. Masking, as well as sanitary precautions are still taking place as a rule here in San Miguel.

All  balances are due March 15, 2023.

Please read our full cancellation policy here.

We look forward to welcoming you to San Miguel in June, 2023! Please do not hesitate to contact us. For questions about the workshop, please contact Nina at For questions about San Miguel, contact Linda at

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