Lori Putnam

Plein Air Painting in Varanasi, India with Lori Putnam

February 1–8, 2019

A visit to Varanasi is a full spectrum adventure to a world as old as human culture. A sacred pilgrimage location on the Ganges, the riverfront of Varanasi is an amalgam of Muslim, Hindu, Jain and Buddhist architecture accumulated over 3000 years. A vast stair-cased walk along the river spans many miles of shore. Known as the Ghats, the riverfront is rich with color, texture, and life as only India can display it. Time is a palpable reality here and it is all present at once as the rural, urban and sacred all overlap in a dazzling display.

This workshop will include lectures and demonstrations; individual painting time; personalized instruction; and group discussions aimed to promote your progress. While demonstrations and advice on technique will be geared toward oil painters, artists who are more comfortable working in other mediums are welcome. Plein air experience strongly recommended.


Standard Rate: $1985.00 per person (double occupancy)
Deposit: $500 per person (non-refundable)
Balance: $1485.00 due November 1, 2018
Non-Painters Rate: $1500.00 (limited availability, call to book)
Single rate: $2347.00 (private room call to book)
(Online registration available for standard rate)

Included: Workshop instruction. Hotel stay at Banaras Hotel in Varanasi with Breakfast daily. (double occupancy, arriving February 1 - departing February 8). Welcome dinner and final dinner. All ground transportation including pick-up and drop off at airport or train station. Morning boat trip on the Ganges. Transport to Palace, Varanasi Village, and Buddha Temple at Sarnath.

Not Included: Airfare and meals not specifically mentioned above. Art supplies. Transport to locations not mentioned above. You can eat very, very well in Varanasi for $20/day or get by easily on $10/day.

Payments and Cancellation Policy: Students may register with a $500 deposit which is non-refundable. Balances are due Nov 1, 2018. There are no refunds on the total amount once charged. It is recommended that you purchase travel insurance which can protect you by refunding monies paid if you need to cancel your trip due to an emergency. Travel Insurance is very affordable and can protect you in other ways as well. If the Sedona Arts Center cancels the expedition for any reason, all payments will be refunded.


Is this the right workshop for me?
This workshop is not for everyone. Take this simple test to see if the workshop is a good fit for you:

I am thrilled by a new adventure and I have a deep respect for cultural differences. Rural farm life would not bother me even if I saw aspects of it in the city. Smell? I can handle it. I'm very healthy and will get all the shots needed early enough to be protected. I can walk a quarter mile for sure even carrying all my painting gear. I love to try new foods! I'll make sure my passport is up-to-date and will handle getting my travel visa to India. I understand that travel to Varanasi and visa requirements are my responsibility. See information about the India Visa HERE.

Sounds like you are a candidate!
You can register online but if you have questions or doubts feel free to contact Vince Fazio at the Sedona Arts Center before registering. (928) 282-3809 vfazio@sedonaartscenter.org

Or...I would be shocked by cow dung in the street. I am kind of afraid of new and different experiences. I am very sensitive to smell. I get sick easily and am afraid of foreign foods. I don't want to witness poverty. I cannot carry my paint supplies a quarter of a mile.

If this workshop is not right for you...
Come to Sedona! We have a terrific set of workshops that you can enjoy!


Our guide in Varanasi, Raj Kumar! Also facilitating the trip will be the Arts Center Executive Director, Vince Fazio, who developed the Expedition while visiting India and Varanasi in 2017.


Friday, Feb 1 - Arrival in Varanasi. Transfer to Hotel Banaris. Welcome Dinner/Orientation.
Saturday Feb 2 - Morning Painting Demonstration at ASSI GHAT then free painting with instruction all day at the GHAT. (the GHAT is the architectural shoreline of the Ganges River (Ganga).
Sunday Feb 3 - Instructed painting all day - in the Morning at the GHAT. Two female Models in the afternoon at the GHAT.
Monday Feb 4 - Offering of morning (dawn) boat trip on Ganga then depart for Ramnagar Fort King Palace for instructed painting all day.
Tuesday Feb 5 - Buddha Temple Sarnath painting all day. Demonstration and instruction.
Wednesday Feb 6 - Varanesi Village all day painting with instruction only in the morning (offering of tour of textile factory in early evening). Varanasi is known for its fabulous fabric silks of all kinds this will be a visual treat!
Thursday Feb 7 - Morning painting from rooftop of hotel. No instruction today! Free painting. Final Group Dinner critique/artshow.
Friday Feb 8 - Departure. Transfer to air or train.

Check out these two Huffington Post articles on Varanasi to help give you more of a feeling for the unique and special place that it is!

Lori Putnam's Teaching Style

Lori travels extensively teaching workshops across the U.S. and internationally. Her sold-out workshops are a testament to her approachable, giving nature, energetic demonstrations, and hands-on teaching style. Lori's paintings are a personal and genuine response to her subject, and she encourages and teaches her students how to do the same. She believes that each artist sees differently and finds his or her own, distinctive mark. Letting go of formulas and finding the confidence to express ourselves honestly seems difficult, sometimes even fearful. By working on location, participating artists will experience a meaningful level of growth that will continue to spill over into their studio work long after the workshop. Students leave Lori's workshops excited, ready to experiment, and equipped with the skills to approach any subject confidently.

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About Lori Putnam

Nationally recognized artist Lori Putnam is known for her signature brushwork and intelligent use of color. Her contemporary, abstract-impressionist style engages viewers by inviting them to move in more closely and to find their own answers. Like following clues to a mystery, appreciators become artists themselves, if only for a brief time. Following a long career in graphic design, her life as a full-time fine artist began in 2005 when Putnam began traveling to paint and collect resource materials for large studio pieces.

Now regarded as one of the country's most sought-after artists, Putnam's work and career have been the focus of major art magazines such as Art of the West, Fine Art Connoisseur, Plein air Magazine, Southwest Art, Western Art Collector, and American Art Collector.

Her paintings have taken top awards, and have been exhibited through many prestigious affiliations, including but not limited to: Salmagundi Club New York; Portrait Society of America; Tucson Museum of Art; The Brinton Museum; Oil Painters of America; Western Masters Heart of the West Auction in Coeur d'Alene; Out West Show and Sale; American Impressionists' Society; Laguna Plein air Painters Association; Florida's Forgotten Coast Plein air Invitational; Easton Plein air; and the Maui Plein air Invitational. Putnam's paintings are held in private, corporate, and permanent museum collections across the U.S. and abroad. She maintains a studio in Charlotte, Tennessee. For more information, please visit loriputnam.com.







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