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April 28 - May 5, 2026 Paint The Dutch & Belgian Waterways During Tulip Season

Paint and celebrate the spring season with artist Andy Evansen in the Netherlands and Belgium when the Keukenhof Gardens and Floralia come alive. Experience the whimsical Kinderdijk windmills.

why you should join our

destination watercolor workshops

Do you find yourself longing for meaningful connections, artistic growth, and the freedom to explore new horizons with watercolor?

You crave a break from the routine, a chance to disconnect, and immerse yourself in a world where creativity knows no bounds. Join us as we celebrate spring and paint the canals of Amsterdam and medieval architectural treasures of Bruges or Ghent, all while learning to paint watercolor with like-minded artists from around the world.

You’ll find yourself rejuvenated by the beauty of the world around you, while developing lasting friendships and creating memories that will last a lifetime in our destination watercolor workshops along the world’s most beautiful waterways.

are you ready to set sail and paint with us?

meet the artist

Meet Andy Evansen

Signature Member of AWS, PAPA, RRWS, TWSA

Andy Evansen’s interest in art started in childhood, as he can’t recall a time when he wasn’t drawing. He began painting watercolors in the mid 1990s as a change of pace from his career as a medical illustrator. Choosing a ‘style’ was not difficult, as Andy was always inspired by the watercolor paintings of British artists Trevor Chamberlain, David Curtis, Ed Seago and Edward Wesson, among others.

He found himself attempting to capture the landscape with the same economy of brushstroke, taking advantage of the luminosity of watercolors done in just a few washes. In addition, he was impressed with the way those artists seemed to capture everyday scenes in such a way that revealed a hidden beauty, subjects that many would simply pass by.

His work gained recognition after winning an international watercolor competition through American Artist magazine, appearing on their cover in 2005. He’s been featured in numerous other publications since, and has become a sought-after workshop instructor who paints and teaches internationally. He became a signature member of the prestigious Plein Air Painters of America (PAPA) in 2012 and served as their President from 2015-2017.  His paintings have won numerous awards, including the Bronze and High Winds Medals from the American Watercolor Society, and he was their demonstration artist for the 2018 Exhibition.  His love of painting on location also led to him being a featured presenter at the 2014 and 2016 Plein Air Conventions and inclusion in the 2017 Qingdao International Masters Watercolor Plein Air Event.

meet the artist

meet andy

ANDY EVANSEN, YOUR ART INSTRUCTOR

imagine this Let Us Paint A Picture FOr You

Imagine embarking on a river cruise along the Dutch and Beligan waterways, surrounded by windmills, blooming canals of Amsterdam, and historic capitals of iconic European waterways.

As you sail, you find yourself immersed in a world where every stroke of your paint brush brings your artistic vision to life, guided by a watercolor instructor who nurture your talent and inspire your creativity.

Amidst the company of fellow artists who share your passion for watercolor and adventure, you develop meaningful connections and create memories that will last a lifetime.

WHAT IF THIS WORKSHOP COULD:

watercolor workshop ITINERARY

DAY ONE & TWO

Amsterdam,
The Netherlands

Arrive and settle into your stateroom on embarkation day. Enjoy a welcome dinner with the group and artist meet-and-greet. This is where you will receive an itinerary for the trip, meet other artists and the instructor, and get excited for this incredible painting journey you’re about to embark on.

On your second day in Amsterdam, you will enjoy a scenic cruise through the IJsselmeer to Kampen. Venture to the charming, canal-laden village of Giethoorn, nicknamed the “Dutch Venice.” Capture wonderful photos of the picturesque thatched-roof farmhouses, which are seemingly lifted straight from the pages of a fairytale. In the afternoon, go for a guided bike ride through the Dutch countryside or visit Flevoland’s vibrant tulip fields.

day three

Bruinisse,
The Netherlands

After enjoying a scenic cruise through the Delta, join a guided tour to the medieval harbor town of Zierikzee, brimming with delights, from its 16th-century stone-built Gravesteen to its lovely harborside shops and cafes.

This excursion includes a photo stop at the Oosterschelde Kering, the largest storm surge barrier of the Delta Works. Alternatively, focus your tour on the history of the Delta Works at the Flood Museum. More than half of the Netherlands lies below sea level and the Delta Works were built to prevent a recurrence of the 1953 flood disaster. 

Day four

Ghent - Bruges, Belgium

Admire Ghent’s canal-side architecture and some of its famous sights, including the Castle of the Counts and St. Bavo’s Cathedral and its Adoration of the Mystic Lamb.

Those with a sweet tooth can visit a chocolate maker’s shop. After being greeted with a glass of champagne, a master chocolatier will brief you on the history of chocolate. You will also have the opportunity to taste different types of pralines – and try your hand at making your own.

Alternatively, take a full-day tour of Bruges, one of the best-preserved medieval cities in Europe and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stroll through Grote Markt and Burg Square, visit the centuries-old Church of Our Lady with its prominent spire, and, if you choose, sample some of the local specialties, from Belgian fries to waffles to chocolate, before returning to the ship.

day five

Antwerp, Belgium

Explore this trendy city on a walking tour where you’ll see Antwerp’s Steen Castle, Grote Market and Brabo Fountain, along with the UNESCO-designated Cathedral of Our Lady.
 
Later in the afternoon, we will roam through the Floralia, an annual spring flower show featuring approximately one million bulbs that are hand-planted each year by the castle staff.

DAY six

Rotterdam,
The Netherlands

During the morning, you can go on a walking tour of Rotterdam, nicknamed the “Gateway to Europe,” and taste local specialties. 

In the afternoon, venture to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kinderdijk, a lovely village renowned for having the country’s greatest concentration of windmills, all dating from the 18th century.

Day seven & EIGHT

Amsterdam,
The Netherlands

Enjoy a morning of scenic cruising before venturing out in the afternoon on a smaller boat specially designed to glide beneath the many bridges of Amsterdam. Admire the city’s historic harbor and canals, where you’ll see beautiful homes lining the water and the fabled Skinny Bridge.

Alternatively, marvel at one of the most impressive public gardens in the world, Keukenhof, which presents a spectacular display of millions of flowering tulips spread out over 70 acres. Spend time ambling through this legendary garden, open only nine weeks a year and sometimes referred to as the “Garden of Europe.

Amsterdam is where we will bid farewell and embark on the next adventure.

map & Full Itinerary

Download the Itinerary Details

more than a watercolor workshop what's included

Small Group Painting Experience

  • Daily painting and lessons
  • One-on-one instruction with world renown artist
  • Welcome dinner and drinks with other students and meet-and-greet with the artist
  • Personalized service from on-site travel coordinator
  • Small private group setting experience
  • Free time for painting or sketching in all port cities or leisure time of choice

Spacious Accommodation

  • 7 nights luxury accommodation in an outside stateroom (most with twin balconies)
  • Entertainment-On-Demand

A Variety of Amenities

  • Wellness Activities with a dedicated Wellness Host
  • Personalized service from a highly trained Cruise Manager during both cruise and land programs
  • Sun deck pool with swim-up bar and walking track
  • Fitness room
  • Daily entertainment including cultural performances

Award-Wining Dining

  • All onboard dining in a variety of venues
  • Regionally inspired cuisine made with locally sourced ingredients
  • The Chef’s Table specialty restaurant
  • Welcome Cocktail, Welcome Dinner, La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs Dinner, Captain’s Cocktail and Gala Dinner
  • La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs exclusive dining experience
  • Unlimited fine wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
  • Unlimited sparkling wine and fresh juice with breakfast
  • Sip & Sail Cocktail Hour with complimentary wine, beer, spirits and soft drinks
  • Tapas, sandwiches, snacks and refreshments served daily in the Main Lounge

A World of Exploration

  • Immersive tours in every destination
  • Gentle, regular, active and late-riser tour options
  • Bike tours and hikes
  • Special Interest Tours
  • Knowledgeable guides
  • Personal headset for easy exploration
  • Airport transfers with purchase of air from AmaWaterways

*The workshop fee does not include airfare, passport or visa fees, insurance and other exclusions as outlined in the deposit form

ready to set sail? how it works

01

deposit

To secure your spot, we collect a $400 deposit per person. Once the deposit is paid, $200 is immediately non-refundable. After final payment and 120-days before the trip start date, the $400 deposit is fully non-refundable.

02

community

Get access to a private Facebook community where you can discuss, ask questions, get website feedback, and collaborate with others.

03

support

Participate in Q&A sessions where we share travel tips, materials list, and answer your questions to help you make the most of this watercolor workshop.

04

paint

Embark on the trip of a lifetime and paint alongside likeminded watercolor artists and learn from a renown watercolor instructor.

don't miss THE BONUSES

$250 discount

$250 early-bird discount *valid until June 30, 2024

Welcome Gifts

All painters will receive complimentary welcome gifts

$75
credit

available per person to be redeemed on-board

let’s redefine traditional watercolor workshops…

We’ve revolutionized traditional watercolor workshops by offering a dynamic blend of artistic instruction, cultural immersion, and community engagement aboard luxurious river cruises.

By reimagining the workshop experience within the context of travel, we provide participants with a truly transformative journey that transcends traditional boundaries and inspires creativity, connection, and lifelong learning.

Let us be your creative escape where artistic discovery and meaningful connections collide – a place where you can embrace your passion for watercolor and travel.

TRAVEL & PAINT WITH US

Paint By Destination hosts watercolor workshops in such unique destinations with incredibly talented artists.

Let us welcome professional watercolor artist, Andy Evansen, as your personal instructor and teacher on our Spring 2026 Dutch and Belgian Waterways Watercolor Workshop with AmaWaterways.

you've sold me, what is the INVESTMENT?

if you book your trip today, you’ll get

15+ hours of small group watercolor instruction (value: $500)
7-nights in luxury accommodation (value: $3,500)
All-inclusive food and beverage (value: $1,000)
Shore excursions (value: $1,500)
Dedicated on-site travel concierge 24/7 (value: $750)

BONUS: Exclusive group discount and amenities (value: $500)

yes, that’s a $7,750+ value

Is that what we’re charging you? No. 

When you book with us, you receive a discount of $250 as well as $75 onboard credit per person. This watercolor workshop on a luxury river cruise is the experience of a lifetime you won’t want to miss out on.

Reserve your spot today for

painter

$4,697

non-painter

$4,397

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New friendships and painting techniques

Return home with beautiful paintings, incredible memories and newfound friendships. Paint By Destination’s watercolor workshops will exceed your expectations and prove to be an investment in both your artistic growth and overall well-being.

Incredible value for
money

Not only will you receive top-notch guidance to improve your watercolor painting skills, but you will enjoy luxury accommodation, curated excursions, and immersive cultural experiences along the most iconic rivers in the world. The convenience and comfort of having everything organized for you makes this worth every cent.

cruise, paint, and explore Your Watercolor Workshop Awaits

Allow us to paint a picture of the enriching experience that awaits you. Imagine waking up to the gentle sway of the water, surrounded by the windmill studded landscapes and tulip fields of The Netherlands and Belgium. Each day brings new opportunities for artistic exploration as you join a small community of like-minded artists for intimate painting sessions, capturing the beauty of historic capitals and charming riverfront towns. But it’s not just about the art – it’s about the connections you’ll forge with fellow travelers who share your passion for creativity and adventure.

Joining this watercolor workshop isn’t just about developing your watercolor skills – it’s about immersing yourself in a vibrant community of like-minded individuals who celebrate art, culture, and collaboration. Whether you’re a seasoned artist or just starting your creative journey, our workshops offer expert instruction and personalized guidance to help you grow as an artist and unleash your creativity. But it’s not just about the workshops – it’s about the friendships you’ll form, the memories you’ll create, and the sense of belonging you’ll experience as part of our artistic community at home and abroad.

So why should you book this watercolor workshop river cruise with us? Because it’s more than just a vacation – it’s a transformative journey that will inspire and rejuvenate you in ways you never thought possible. From the breathtaking landscapes of the Rhine River to the expert instruction of our renowned artists, every moment is designed to improve your skills and nourish your creativity.

JOIN US AND LET YOUR ARTISTIC SPIRIT SOAR AS YOU EMBARK ON THE ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME.

paint & TRAVEL WITH US

Paint By Destination's highly organized watercolor workshop cruises are the perfect blend of instruction, painting, and leisure time to enjoy the destination in good company.

Book today for just

Painter

$4,697

non-painter

$4,397

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