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Romania Sketching tour with Rae Andrews May 2021

Tuesday, May 4, 2021:Friday, May 14, 2021

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Join exceptional Australian artist RAE ANDREWS for an 11 day fully escorted Travel Sketching and Journalling tour through the highlights of Romania. A fully escorted high end tour with loads of extras and daily workshops and demos.
Come Paint in Romania with me!  If you feel you need a ‘nudge’ and wish to paint in a free and loose style, you won’t want to miss this opportunity.

ABOUT RAE ANDREWSpainting tour Romania Rae Andrews 2021 face

Australian Rae Andrews moved to the United States in 1990 and lived in Hawaii for a number of years where she owned two art galleries on the island of Maui.
In her native country of Australia, Rae owned a 400 student  art school in Sydney, Australia.
This award winning artist works and teaches in all mediums all over the world, and will tackle all manner of subjects.
Her playful style is all about color and movement.
Rae  has painted professionally  for over 50 years, teaching and demonstrating in various areas of the United States, Europe  and Australia.
She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Visual Arts from the City Art Institute in Sydney, Australia (now a part of the University of NSW) and a Post Graduate Degree in Professional Art Studies.


Each day we have a sketch demo and sketching workshop as well as orientation, walking and history tours and free time to do what you like in each wonderful town we visit. Here is your chance to experience a step-back-in-time tour of a country only recently opening up and catering to Western tourism.

Read more about our SKETCHING TOURS here.

This is a tour for anyone and everyone. You do not have to be an experienced sketcher at all. Rae will show you her easy style and help you to achieve your own wonderful results in your own way. Those non-sketchers are welcome if they are travelling sharing with a sketcher as there is just so much to see and explore in this trip.

Your experienced tour manager and guide Kate Stedman is an historian, art lover and avid sketcher and she will take you to her favourite spots and regale you with fun facts and historic gems each day as well.

Romania is like a synopsis of all the countries that have invaded it:Sketching Romania Rae Andrews street

  • Paris in Bucarest, Romania’s capital city
  • St Petersburg in Bucovina, Romania
  • Dracula in Transylvania
  • Vienna and Salzburg in Brasov, Romania
  • Budapest in Sighisoara, Romania
  • Versailles in Sinaia, Romania


Romania is just so different from any place you have been before.
It is changing enormously each year now it is out from behind 40 years of suppression and the Iron Curtain. But it still is startlingly different from the West.
Romania is the last place in Europe where you can still see unspoiled countryside of old-growth forests, with the traditional rural civilisation still alive.
Take the opportunity to visit now to experience how a country missed the Baby Boomer era of growth and development.
Prepare to see Communist era legacy and architecture where some locals still travel in horse and carts and peasants still live a medieval existence. You will see a mixture of architectural colonial pomp and splendour going back centuries with the most stunning backdrop imaginable. Then this is contrasted with modernity and Western affluence at times too.

Some of the most extraordinary architecture in the world seen nowhere else is on our tour as well as of course the history of this unusual Latin country in the heart of Slavic Eastern Europe.

Starting in Bucarest we visit the Parliament Palace – the 2nd largest building in the world built by the dictator Ceaucescu and his wife.
We sketch the Parisian decadent splendour of pre-Communist Romania as well as see the vestiges of the dictator’s legacy in the buildings and changes he made.
We travel to Transylvania to Vlad the Impaler territory where Bram Stoker set his novel Dracula.
Some of what we also see are: the extraordinary painted monasteries of Bucovina called the ‘Sistine Chapels of the East”, the Black Church of Brasov, the Red Lake, Peles Castle and the majestic wild woodland of the Carpathians mountains and rivers. And much much more to sketch and fill a Travel Journal with variety and beauty.
And Rae will show us with daily demos and workshops how to sketch them all.

Travel Sketching Romania with Ian Fennelly

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Our Travel Sketching tours cater for people who love history, food, culture and learning a creative skill – or just like to explore new places in a fun group.
Each afternoon is free for you to amble, explore, read, shop, paint, cook – whatever you’d like to do as we offer so many suggestions.
We design activities for variety and interest and you are free to join us or take off on your own.
Many meals are included: ALL BREAKFASTS, 3 DINNERS, 3 LUNCHES in this amazing tour price but even when you do decide to eat with the group at times when it is not included in the tour itinerary we ensure that you only pay for what you eat and there is no bill-splitting.

Non-sketchers are most welcome on this tour too if they are sharing a room with a Sketcher.


Absolutely not. You will be there for the pure love of learning and sharing with a group of like-minded people and we all learn and create at our own pace. You can be a pure beginner and feel just as pleased with your output and learning as everyone else. Ian will be there to teach, inspire and encourage you each day no matter what your skill and experience level. Our equipment is portable, watercolor based with some mixed media and designed to be quick, simple travel journal-style sketching to enhance your holiday

There is quite simply no more enjoyable way to travel! 


So if you are keen then fill out the ONLINE booking form (see the last tab above) and follow the instructions in this form to pay your deposit!

11 days  starting May  4 – 14 in 2021.
4 star accommodation with ensuite bathroomsSKETCHING Romania tour 2021

COST: Please note the cost is in EUROS.

To convert this to your currency please go to https://www.xe.com and use their currency converter

€3,200 EUROS pp for twin share in a room
€2,850 EUROS pp for a non sketching participant sharing a room with a Sketcher
€550   EUROS  extra single traveller supplement

* Travel insurance is a mandatory requirement for all participants on our tours and we advise you to take out the policy upon paying the deposit for the tour.


All accommodation whilst on tour
Airport transfers to and from hotel
Daily breakfasts
3 dinners (with wine)
3 lunches
All entries
Internal flight Bucarest to Suceava in Northern Romania
All transport on tour in private bus
Our Romanian English-speaking expert guide
Your Tour Manager throughout the tour
9 demos & workshops with RAE ANDREWS

Learning Goals with Rae Andrews – a creative experienceSketching Romania Rae Andrews houses

  • This tour will involve mainly plein air painting and travel sketching in watercolor.
  • We will work mostly in book-sized travel journals while on location and finish off our work in our hotel and or cafes, restaurants etc
  • Daily demonstrations and instruction on technique and how to compose your paintings
  • Learn to paint trees, reflections, buildings, shadows, pre-colour your pages, apply washes, watercolor tricks of the trade and much more
  • Rae loves color, and splashing her watercolors with gay abandon, often finding her subjects later, out of the paint. She leaves a lot of the white watercolor paper visible in her own works, giving a cleaner and fresher result.
  • Although WATERCOLOR is the medium Rae will use for her demonstrations,  students  are free to work in the medium of  their choice. Rae will give individual attention to those working in watercolor or in other mediums.



Tuesday, May 4, 2021
Friday, May 14, 2021
Single Supplement:
€550 euros
NB: THIS TOUR IS A NOT A CONFIRMED departure until minimum numbers have been reached. Please do not book international flights until you have ascertained this. French Fusion can cancel the tour and refund your deposit up to 5 months before the departure date of the tour.
If the artist cannot attend, the tour will go ahead and every effort will be made to replace the artist with another artist for the tour duration.
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