Painting the Dutch Landscape



Announcing another landscape painting retreat in Zwolle!
One of our favorite places in Europe to paint is in Tali’s hometown of Zwolle! Last year we painted our way around the city and found some really fabulous locations that tout world class inspiration.

An adventure of a life-time!

Artists of all varieties and from all countries and all walks of life join on our trips. We have those that are daily painters and those that are very new to painting. Experience has shown us that as we work side by side with others that the adventure becomes very rich for all involved.

This Painting the Dutch Landscape retreat in 22 -29 May 2022. Reservations made after 31 March must be paid in full at the time of registration to secure you place in this retreat. For all of what is included in this retreat, keep scrolling down.

Full Price:
$2990.00 / €2500,00

Early-Bird Price:
$2840.00 / €2350,00 (Till October 15, 2021)

$250.00 / €250,00


From the moment we meet you in the Zwolle train station to when we say goodbye at the end of the retreat we will be your guides that will make sure that you have as little to worry about as possible. As you arrive we get you settled in your room in the Bilderberg Wientjes Zwolle Hotel that is sure to spoil you. The hotel is a short walk from the city center where you will find among the classical Dutch architecture from the 14 and 1500’s a variety of shops, restaurants and cafés.

Come prepared to do a lot of drawing and painting. The focus of this retreat going to be on capturing the wide variety of subject matter that there is to experience in this relatively  small geographical area. Every day we will be drawing and painting in different locations, that include, rural landscapes, thickly wooded areas, farmland, and the banks of the Ijssel river. Aside from painting the woods, paths, fields surrounding Zwolle, we will focus on each artist’s own creativity and expression. We will help you in every way we can as you explore your individual creative path through this special Dutch landscape.


Daily Activities
Each morning will begin with a delicious breakfast in the hotel dining room. Then we will head out to a specific location to paint. We will provide a tasty en plein air lunch so that our painting sessions will not need to be interrupted. Depending on the day and depending on what we have planned we may move so that we are able to work from a new location. We have a visits planned to the city centrum, the local art museum, and the city’s classic Passiebloem molen (windmill).

We will eat dinner every night in one of Zwolle’s many restaurants, we will provide the first and the last night’s meals.

Drawing Safari
A Drawing Safari is an invaluable exercise and it is an ArtisTTable original. On this Drawing Safari we walk through the a city park, along the canal and the old streets of Zwolle. We will find beauty in the unexpected and be pleased that we find so much inspiration in this place. During our safaris we walk 2-5 minute and then we draw for 2 minutes and walk again. This is a great way to get to know and love your surroundings. As you learn to look fast and draw fast you will find that not only your drawing skills, but your powers of observation will be sharpened.

Making art in Giethoorn.

Sculpture Workshop
This year we will make a fascinating visit to the Steen Goed Sculpture Atelier in Hattem. In a half-day session you be given a stone and instruction on how to manipulate it into a beautiful piece of art.

Monotype Workshop
Making monotypes is a very interesting and flexible printmaking technique that we want to share with you. Working with different ways of image and mark-making inform all of our painting. We will spend a half-day in this workshop learning how to ink a plate and different techniques of transferring the plate to the paper.

Art Materials
The materials you bring are up to you. But as we are moving around a lot during this week, large scale paintings or oils are not advisable. We do have light-weight easels, stools and drawing boards if you would need them.

• A hotel room in the 4-star Bilderberg Wientjes Hotel in Zwolle
• Van transport from Schiphol Airport to hotel in Zwolle
• Breakfast in the hotel
• 7 Lunches on locations
• 7 Dinners
• Ground transportation during the retreat
• Day of painting in famous Giethoorn (Venice of the Netherlands)
• Day of painting in the woods of Arriën (Ommen, on the Vecht river)
• Day of painting on the Ijssel river and the beautiful “Engelse Werk”
• 3-hour sculpture workshop at Steen Goed Atelier in Hattem
• Visit to Herman Brood Museum
• ArtisTTable tote bag with a sketchbook
• 6B pencil, sharpener, eraser
• Field easels and drawing boards
• Painting Demonstrations (from Tali and Royce)
• Monotype or drypoint workshop with Royce (Optional)
• Artistic guidance/instruction from two professional artists
• Shopping/Free-time, (in the center of the beautiful city of Zwolle)
• Visiting local places that no other tourists will know about.
• An experience you will never forget
• Participants will be given a free 5 image gallery in our Table Top Gallery.

What is Not Included

• Alcohol
• Airfare
• Train travel to and from the retreat
• Art supplies
• Visit to Museum de Fundatie

Non-participant Partners

For those that accompany their artist partners and choose not be with us on our daily activities, there are many things to do and see. Of course they will enjoy the luxury hotel room with breakfast each day, the two dinners we will provide and an invitation to join us on our excursion to Giethoorn, the Venice of the The Netherlands. Below is just a list of some of the things that are possible to do in and around Zwolle.

• Lots of shopping and restaurants
• Rent a bicycle and ride the many bike paths in and around the city
• Architectural and historical tours of Zwolle
• Amsterdam is a 1 hour train ride
• Rotterdam and Den Haag are each about 2 hours away by train

If a non-participant partner that dares to come along and make art with us, we will include them with very special instruction and all for only $130.00 added to the non-participant fee. That will provide lunch with us every day and an ArtisTTable goodie bag that includes a sketchbook, pencil, basic painting materials and more.

You will be staying in the 4-star Bilderberg Wientjes Hotel in Zwolle that is located a very short walk from the old city center. The hotel has a restaurant where we will eat breakfast each day. Everyone will have their own private room to retire to each evening after a long day of art making. This hotel is convenient to everywhere that we will be going to draw and to paint.

We can’t wait to meet you!
We celebrate creativity whole-heartedly in our Painting the Dutch Landscape retreat. We will help you nurture your own creativity so that it will grow and grow. During our time together we will spend a lot of time working on the principles of  composition, balance, color, texture and mark making exist there. We want your experience to be rich and full of many painting adventures.

Your hosts, Tali and Royce

The ArtisTTable is operated by two artists, Royce Deans, from Michigan, USA and Tali Farchi, from the Netherlands. We eat, drink and sleep art and love to share the experience of creating art and travel with everyone. We have been leading workshops and retreats for the last 13 years.

Tali Farchi
Tali started her professional art training in Amsterdam at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in the field of animation. From there she worked on many projects from Sesame Street to feature length films. Her career as an animator and art director, gave way to art projects involving multi-media, multi-disciplines that included working with dancers, musicians, poets, choirs and orchestras. Her ability to think and work fast has been one of her greatest assets when it has come to the improvisational nature of the types of paintings she would create in these situations. More recently, she has taken to the much more quiet environment of painting the landscape. It is easy to recognize the vast experience she has had when you look at her work.

Tali’s main focus of late has been painting the landscape with acrylic and with oil pastels. Typically she chooses to work with each of these mediums while she on location. When working with Tali, you can expect that she will be able to help you pull your creativity directly from your heart and soul. Her enthusiasm for unlimited creative solutions is contagious. Whether hearing her comments on your work to watching one of her oil pastel demonstrations, you are sure to catch some of that from her.

Royce Deans
Royce grew up in Chicago and graduated from the American Academy of Art in graphic design and illustration. His experience in the art world is also wide and varied as he has done work for clients large and small and has been publisher and art director for an art and music magazine, and also ran a record label. Through the entire maze of his career he has continued to paint.

Nearly 20 years ago Royce began unwinding himself from the design and publishing world and started to focus solely on painting. As this second career that was the one he really only ever wanted in the first place allowed life has a painter to unfold. Splitting painting time between working with figure and painting the landscape there has been many opportunities for finding ways that each of these interests can indeed inform the other. While in his studio Royce works most often in oil, and paints the landscape on location in both gouache and acrylic. Teaching drawing and painting from his studio and at other institutions has given him the experience to look at students work and offer unique and individualize suggestions to how they might discover the solution that will best work for them. You can expect that during the retreat that Royce will give painting demonstrations and be available to assist you with any of your artistic challenges.

The instruction we offer comes in the form of painting demonstrations and personal instruction that is tailored to the individual’s needs. One of our goals aside from taking you to amazing places to work, is to help your see you subject matter in a whole new way. Instruction is optional, although we are always available and willing to help and assist in any way that we can.


When traveling to Zwolle from outside of the Netherlands we suggest flying into Amsterdam. You will land at Schiphol airport and as you exit the baggage claim area you will find yourself with very easy access to the trains from the main hall of the airport.

Train tickets are available in the station and English is spoken there.

If you are driving from other European locations or from inside the Netherlands, Zwolle is located on the A28 where the N50 from the north and N35 from the south meet.


Tali and Royce have been presenting their own special version of art workshops in many settings around the world since 2007. Personal expression and discovering the creative being at the core of every participant is always their focus.

Both Tali and Royce are professional artists that practice their craft on a daily basis.

Once your application is reviewed, you will receive an email confirmation with instructions on how you may make your payment and secure your place in the ArtisTTable’s 2021 Painting the Dutch Landscape Art Retreat.

 A deposit of $250 or €250  is required to reserve your place in this retreat. The deposit is due upon receipt of the deposit invoice that you will receive after we confirm that we have your registration form. 

An invoice for the remaining amount of the retreat will be sent out on 15 February 2022, and will be due within 10 days of the receipt of the invoice, 01 March 2022. (Unless otherwise arranged.) If a reservation is made after 01 March 2022, the entire retreat amount of the retreat will be due with the initial invoice.

Paying with an installment plan is also available. Ask us for details. Final payment is due by 01 March 2021. 

In the case of cancellation: If you cancel within 14 days of registration you will receive a complete refund including deposit. Beyond 14 days after registration until March 1st, you will be refunded what you have paid, less the deposit amount. After March 1st, there are no refunds.

All payments are processed through secure transactions via PayPal. (You may use your PayPal balance, or Visa/Mastercard with these PayPal transactions.) If you would like to make other arrangements for payment, please contact us via email at 

We recommend that you take out your own travel and personal insurance.

Email us:

+31 6 24903316 (Tali in Europe)

or +1 231 883 1681 (Royce in USA)