Pastel workshop in Dunedin, Florida

Instructor: Karen Baker, CPS, PSA, PSTB
Join us from April 4 to 11, 2020


Join us for a pastel workshop in April 2020 as we work with award-wining instructor Karen Baker, CPS, PSA, PSTB. This week-long, plein air workshop in Dunedin, on the Gulf coast just north of Tampa, is our first in Florida. We have carefully selected both the location and the instructor to ensure that you both create great art and enjoy the sunny seashore while much of the rest of the US suffers through winter.

Join artist-instructor Karen Baker as she paints what inspires her the most — the world of nature and its ever-changing landscape.

We will be flying into Tampa airport, an easy and inexpensive flight from most places in the US, and staying at a lovely hotel close to Karen's studio. We will be painting shorelines, quaint Florida villages, tropical landscapes, sunsets and marinas as we explore this northern coast of Florida. Maybe go see manatees!


Your Instructor

Workshop instructor and mentor: Karen Baker, CPS, PSA, PSTB

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Karen Baker has been a professional artist and instructor for over 35 years.  She paints both in the studio and outdoors en plein air and has participated in many juried regional and national shows where she’s received awards and recognition for her artwork as well as from international art magazine competitions, including The Artist’s Magazine and The Pastel Journal.

Her portfolio covers a range of subjects from the lowland waterways and coastal shorelines of Florida to the rural farm buildings, meadows and mountain vistas of New England. She is also known for her colorful floral paintings, particularly the prolific Poppy Series featuring blooms in open fields, garden settings, and detailed close-up studies. To date, the Poppy Series alone has produced over 160 original paintings—becoming her signature image and symbolic self-portrait.  Many of these original paintings are now available as quality fine art reproductions printed on canvas for both the home and business environments. 

She has the distinction of being a Signature Member of the Connecticut Pastel Society, Pastel Society of America, and the Pastel Society of Tampa Bay.  Her artwork is in many private collections around the US and abroad, including England and Japan. 

An ongoing exhibitor in regional and national shows, she is represented by galleries in New England and Florida and maintains a year-round studio at Stirling Art Studios & Gallery in Dunedin, Florida. Karen’s website is at:

The most exciting aspect of the painting experience is the creative process itself: That spontaneous flow of energy working through the artist, condensed into form.
— Karen Baker

Non-artist partners and others are very welcome on this tour and will enjoy the alternative activities that will be available to you when the artists are painting. The area is known for its beaches and its birding opportunities

Dates: April 4-11, 2020
Workshop medium: Pastels
Cost: $2900, excluding airfare
Maximum group size: 11

How to Register:
Places in this workshop are available on a first-come, first-served basis. This workshop is expected to fill quickly given the instructor's popularity.

Trip Details

Trip Costs:

  • Total cost of the trip is $2,900

  • Supplement for single occupancy of $550

  • Deposit required to reserve a place on the tour: $350

(Places on the trip are limited to 11 and are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.)

What’s included in the cost of the trip:

  • Art instruction by Karen Baker

  • 7 nights lodging

  • Breakfast and dinner each day

  • Pickup and drop off at Tampa airport

  • Local transportation by van and driver

What’s not included:

  • Airfare

  • Lunches

  • Admission to museums and local sites

  • Art supplies

Your deposit:

Places on the tour are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. A deposit is required to reserve our place. This deposit is non-refundable, unless of course the trip is canceled for any reason by Travel Fever Tours. Natural disasters or low enrollment, for example, would form the basis for canceling a trip. You will be contacted once the trip reaches minimum enrollment so that you can proceed with purchase of your flights and make other travel arrangements. In all cases, review of enrollment numbers will not take place any later than the date of the First Installment payment.



Tour participants will stay at the Best Western Plus Yacht Harbor Inn, featuring comfortable rooms and agreeable common areas and services. Visit the Hotel Website.


  • Breakfasts to be taken at the hotel.

  • Dinner will be served at restaurants in Dunedin.

Optional excursions:

Several optional excursions will be offered for those who might like to take a day off painting, or for non-painters who come on this trip.

Payment schedule:

  • $350 non-refundable deposit to hold your place

  • $1275 initial payment
    (Due January 1, 2020)

  • $1275 final payment
    (Due February 15, 2020)

Single occupancy supplement: $550

Group size:

Minimum: 6
Maximum: 11