CUBA ART ADVENTURES - 2017

Small-Group Cultural Immersion Trips for Creative Travelers

Find inspiration for painting and life in Cuba's warm, resilient, and aesthetically rich culture.  Based in Havana's Old City, enjoy a week of filling your sketchbook or photo album, exploring Havana off the beaten track, making new friends, and dancing or drawing by sunset -- with mojitos!

Our week package includes:

* 7 night Accommodation & Daily Breakfast in a pleasant B&B-style "casa particular" in the heart of Old Havana.  

* 2 hours/day Cuban Cultural Immersion tours to innovative and historic venues, with an expert local guide.  Day trips to the beach and Vinales tobacco valley, transport included.

* Daily Art Demonstrations, sketchbook prompts and individualized support with experienced and positive teacher Laura Quincy Jones

* Tips and Arrangements for Free Time - drawing and painting venues, exploring city highlights, Spanish or salsa lessons, or your own spontaneous adventure

* Sunset "drink and draw" sketching happy hours followed by relaxed salsa and Spanish lessons for all levels

* Lunch, dinner, and evening outing arrangements to explore Cuba's fresh and delicious cuisine, night life, and rich dance culture. 

* Pre-Trip Collaboration to address questions about travel to Cuba; Post-Trip Celebration to share and exhibit art created while traveling.

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Trip Dates:

     April 22 - 29, 2017       newly opened!

     May 20 - 27, 2017       confirmed, spaces still available

     June 3 - 9, 2017            newly opened!

     June 10 - 17, 2017         newly opened!

 

Group Size:

The group will be 5-10 participants.  We need a minimum of 5 to confirm the trip; maximim 10. 

Cultural Immersion Excursions:

Led by charismatic and helpful local guides, daily cultural excursions afford an opportunity to know Havana and its surrounds from the inside.  Activities include a walking tour of Old Havana, visits to renowned museums and cultural sites, private gallery tours, a vintage auto and architecture tour, day trips to the gorgeous Vinales tobacco valley and Varadero beach.... and of course mojito-making lessons! 

Urban Sketching & Watercolor with Ink Demos:

Activate your senses in Cuba's many-layered environment, and let your sketchbook be your guide.  Daily urban sketching and watercolor with ink demonstrations are accompanied by accessible prompts and ongoing support to get your creativity flowing and make the most of your time in Cuba.  We will work on street-scenes, portraiture, interiors, landscape, and emotion balanced with detail.  You might choose to do many quick sketches, or a few long pieces, or just take in your environment and snap lots of photos from which to paint later -- there are many ways to have an aesthetically rich experience in Cuba.  Individual support from Laura, an experienced and positive teacher, and group sharing are key elements of every day's painting adventure. 

As your mentor in your Cuban art journey, I'm excited to share what I've learned about painting on the road and cultivating cultural perception as part of an aesthetic travel experience.  My work teaching in inner city schools, traveling and farming in remote areas, and living an artistic life near and far are seeds for these Cuban Art Adventures that I'm excited to share with you.

Local Guides & Cuban Friends:

One thing that distinguishes these trips is our excellent local guides and group of friends working to give you a warm and fascinating introduction to Cuba.  Our guides for excursions are knowledgeable and give personal as well as historical experience.  Our hosts are elegant and welcoming casa owners.  Our salsa teachers will make it easy to relax and have fun in Cuba.  The Cuban friends who join us for meals will share their life experience and views, and be eager to hear your impressions of the country they love.  Most travelers to Cuba say that, in a country of beautiful and compelling sights and experiences, it's the people who leave the strongest positive impression.  Here, it will be easy to make Cuban friends and begin to see the country through their eyes.

Casa Accommodation:

Accommodation is in Cuba's classic "casa particulares", which are basically bed & breakfasts: private homes run by local families with 4-8 rooms to rent and lovely breakfast in the morning.  These are widespread in Cuba and a great way to get to know the country.  Rooms are clean and comfortable, air conditioning is in every room, bathrooms have showers and hot/cold running water, and there is access to a kitchen and refrigerator if needed.  These are private homes - not 5-star hotel accommodations - but they have more character and are often far more relaxing.  Casa breakfasts are typically tropical fruit, eggs with or without ham, rolls, coffee/tea, and fresh fruit juice.

Cost of Package:

For all outlined above:

          Shared Room: $1250/person

          Private Room: $1400/person

Registration:

To register, email lauraquincyjones@gmail.com with the dates for which you would like to register.  I will send specific instructions and documentation for payment/ deposit.  You can pay in full at the time of registration, or place a $300 deposit to secure your spot.  The balance of the trip cost must be paid 30 days before the start of the trip.  

Contact:

       Laura Quincy Jones

       lauraquincyjones@gmail.com

Confirmation:

Following registration, you will receive a Confirmation Letter from me once 5 people have registered for your trip.  If confirmation is not secured within 60 days of the start of the trip, you can request a full refund of your deposit and trip payment.  Cancellation of the trip by me, Laura Quincy Jones, at any point will result in a full refund to you of the deposit and trip package payments already made to me.

Cancellations:

Cancellations 30+ days before the start of the trip can be refunded for half of the deposit ($150) and package payments already made to me.  Cancellations 15-29 days before the start of the trip will be refunded for trip cost beyond the deposit but will loose the $300 deposit.  Cancellations 14 days or less before the start of the trip will be refunded for half of the total trip package.

Other Information:

Flights: 

Flights are not part of the package - you are responsible for booking your own transport to and from Havana.  American Airlines, JetBlue and many other carriers now fly daily from Boston, New York, and other major cities.

Visa:

Visas/Cuban Travel Cards are not included in this package - you are responsible for securing your own Travel Card and completing your Travel Affidavit.  Fortunately, this is very easy to do.  Most commercial airlines to Cuba now include the forms to obtain the Visa/Travel Card and complete the Travel Affadavit as part of the online booking process.  This is a prompt similar to choosing your seats on the flight, and it takes about the same amount of time to complete -- just a few clicks.  There are 12 legitimate reasons for which Cuban Visas are granted, and this trip falls well within the Educational provision.  At your airline gate in the airport, you will be asked to pay for the Visa by credit card and will be given the physical Visa document - this process usually takes 5 minutes.  You can see more about this process here:  http://legalcubatravel.com/