Hosted by Rosetta Sciacca with Instructor Costa Vavagiakis

Trip Overview

Rosetta Sciacca and Sicily Artist Retreats invite you to paint in Sicily. Sicily Artist Retreats organizes intensive 10-day programs led by renowned artists in a variety of disciplines, including painting, drawing, and sculpture.

Join acclaimed artist Costa Vavagiakis for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to paint in Western Sicily. Explore Greek temples, Norman and Saracen castles, and colorful seaside towns in the historic heart of the Mediterranean. You will paint en plein air along ancient salt flats, picturesque seascapes, and suggestive historic sites, under expert guidance and instruction by Professor Vavagiakis. All media including oil, watercolor, pastels, and sketching are welcome (Material List for Plein-Air Oil). While in Sicily, explore the cuisine, culture, and traditions of one of the most fascinating islands of the Mediterranean.

Trip Details


June 8  — Arrival in the ancient harbor town in Marsala. Afternoon welcome reception at Windmill Museum followed by dinner along the Great Salt Way.
June 9 — Egadi Island motorboat tour. Painting on the beautiful grounds at Favignana Island Tonnara Musuem
June 10 — Painting at Marsala historic center. Punic Ship Musuem Tour. Dinner on Mozia Island
June 11 — Greek Temple tour and painting
June 12 — Painting at local vineyards and wineries
June 13 — Painting at Mount Erice panoramic views and Trapani Museums
June 14 — Painting at Palermo Monreale Cathedral and Museums
June 15 — Painting at San Vito Beaches
June 16 — Portrait Painting with local models
June 17 — Sicilian Festival and farewell dinner
June 18 — Departure


Hotel Viacolvento (Via XIX Luglio 46, Marsala Sicily Italy 91025) Includes continental breakfast. Transportation to and from Palermo Airport (arrange at your convenience) included in cost.

Welcome dinner, farewell dinner and lunches included in cost.

About the Instructor

Costa Vavagiakis has exhibited extensively throughout the United States at galleries and museums such as The National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC; Hirschl & Adler Galleries, NY; The Frye Art Museum, Seattle, WA; ACA Galleries, NY; Salander-O’Reilly Galleries, NY; and Hackett-Freedman Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

His work is held in numerous public and private collections throughout the United States including the Museum of the City of New York, the New-York Historical Society, and the Arkansas Art Center. He has been the recipient of many distinguished awards, including the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant and the Gregory Millard Fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts. Costa is featured in publications such as Portrait Painting Atelier, Curve: The Female Nude Now space, and in articles in Drawing Magazine, American Artist, American Artist Drawing and The Artist’s Magazine, among others.

He currently teaches at the Art Students League of New York, NY; 92nd Street Y, NY; Gage Academy of Art, Seattle, WA; and Yale School of Drama, New Haven, CT. To learn more, visit

One Comment

  • Hey Costa, this is Sarah Anderson, Juile Stonebraker Nelson’s friend. I went with you to Italy a few years ago! I am interested in this Sicily trip but the trip is too long for my schedule. I am wondering if there is any possibility of joining this trip for 7 days instead of the full amount? Thanks! Sarah

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