NEW! – Winter in the Caribbean-Watercolor & Acrylic Painting

DATES: 12/04/2019 - 12/11/2019
PRICE: $2,795.00

Lynn Travis Stender, originally from the Northeast, received a Fine Arts Degree in Illustration and Design from Marymount University, Arlington, Virginia. She captures mood and light in her subject matter through her Plein Air approach to painting.

Lynn served as Vice President elect of the Palm Beach Watercolour Society, 2000-2003, is an Exhibiting Member of the Boca Raton Museum of Art, Professional Artists Guild, member of the Gold Coast Watercolour Society; Women in the Visual Arts and the High Mountain Watercolour Society, Blowing Rock, North Carolina.

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As Resident-Artist of the Boca Raton Resort and Club, Lynn has been teaching painting workshops for over 15 years. She has a limited collection of giclee prints, greeting cards, and gift items, which reflect the beautiful architecture and landscape of historic resort properties such as The Boca Raton Resort and Club, the Registry Resort, Ritz Carlton Golf and Beach Resort, Naples, Florida, Don Ce Sar Beach Resort and Spa, St. Petersburg, Florida, The Richmond Hill Inn, Asheville, North Carolina, and The Cloister, Sea Island, Georgia. Her works are in private, public and corporate collections.

She has painted and collected subject matter from around the world, and is a staff teacher for Il Chiostro, teaching “Plein Air” painting Workshops in Italy. She is deeply committed to encouraging her students to fully explore their creativity and self-expression.

Lynn was honored by her student Sally Petrillo, who in 2003, founded the Lynn Travis Stender Scholarship Fund. This Scholarship Fund accepts donations through the WITVA (Women In The Visual Arts organization) Delray Beach, Florida. Scholarships are issued to local high school students pursuing further studies and a career in the fine arts. Annual fundraisers, “Artful Afternoons” are conducted by Lynn and a dedicated committee of volunteers.

Lynn was a very helpful instructor. But she was also a very warm and caring person. This is a beautiful area to paint. I learned a lot.

Lynn Stender is the most wonderful person in the world.

past Autumn Arts participants

Lynn-Flowers on the wall

Flowers on the wall, by Lynn Stender

Join Lynn for her painting adventure a little closer to home – Vieques, Puerto Rico!

This will be a week of painting in watercolor or Acrylic with a little bit of collage just for fun.  Lynn’s workshop will be familiar and fun.  The twist is that instead of Italy, this week will be on the little-known, intimate island of Vieques, PR in the middle of the stunning blue Caribbean Sea.

In our daily plein air painting classes we will explore various settings around the island from lush hilltop vistas to cute Caribbean towns to colorful gardens and beaches.  We will use all these settings as subjects to study composition, luminous palettes and brush techniques. We will experiment with the morning or afternoon light in our own plein air paintings, or stay in our comfortable, breezy studio in a quiet corner of the island to work together. We will learn from each other through daily critiques with the instructor. At the end of the program we will hang a final exhibit for all participants and friends on the island.

This is the perfect workshop for beginners as well as experienced artists. Lynn will teach you step by step techniques that guarantee to bring out the creative side in each of you.

Leaning Palms by Lynn Stender

Additional Activities

Twin palms at Sun Bay

To round out our daily painting exercises, we’ll offer some of the following activities so we can experience the culture and history of this special island:

  • Tour of the historic fort (now an art museum) with a presentation by a local historian about the more recent events that have shaped Vieques and kept it a tranquil, non-touristic  island
  • Visit to new Crab Island rum distillery owned and operated by the owner of our guest house
  • a sunset cruise around the island
  • Painting/photography opportunity at the old lighthouse on the rugged cliffs above the Atlantic Sea
  • Cocktail party at Vista Dos Mares, a local home with views of both the Caribbean and the Atlantic Seas.
  • Local BBQ dinner on the beach
  • optional morning walk on Playa Negra – the black sand beach beside our studio

The following activities will be available for those interested at a separate fee:

  • Horseback riding on the beach
  • Tour of the Bioluminescent Bay – the brightest in the world!
  • Morning yoga on the beach
  • Massage overlooking the ocean


For a small island, Vieques has a surprising variety of food opportunities from local Puerto Rican fare to sophisticated cuisine.  Rum punch is the staple drink on the island, with sangria following close behind.  We’ll be having all breakfasts at our guest house plus 5 meals together throughout the week at a variety of venues, including a dinner at home by our private chef – Linda!


Ocean Path, by Lynn Stender

Local painters are encouraged to join our group.  There are two tiers of pricing:

  • Visiting Painters:  housing provided in Hacienda Tamarindo, a tropical guest house:  $2,795 p/p;  single supplement $475
  • Local Painters:  $750 – includes workshop, studio access, group excursions, 1 lunch and 1 dinner.  (All other meals with group can be charged individually.)
  • Balance due by October 1, 2019


  • Room (double or single with supplement) with private bathroom-7 nights
  • Daily breakfast
  • 5 main meals
  • Workshop tuition and fees with studio use
  • Excursions with transportation/guides (except where noted as optional)
  • Transfers between Vieques airport and guest house

Departure is on morning of December 11th.

Price does not include:

  • Airfare
  • Lunches
  • Art supplies

To Register: just click on the Sign Up Now button. A non-refundable deposit of $500 is required to secure your spot in the workshop. Payment can be made on line with a credit card, or you can follow the instructions to send in your registration and payment by mail. Once we receive your deposit we will send you a formal Registration Confirmation with further information about the program. You will receive 2-3 other correspondences by email prior to the workshop with information about Vieques, a supplies list and an electronic invoice for the balance. Final Balance is due by October 1st. Any time prior to your arrival, if you have questions about anything regarding travel or the program, you can contact us by email or phone and we’ll be happy to assist you.

Contact us for more information: or speak to us live at 800-990-3506.

Green Beach, by Andy Holtzman

For painters visiting Vieques, we’ll be staying at the tropical guest house, Hacienda Tamarindo.  This small, traditional hotel is located just beyond the charming fishing village of Esperanza.

Tamarindo – named for the grand tamarind tree growing through the hotel – is set among lush vegetation and gardens overlooking the Caribbean Sea.  Breakfast is served daily on the open veranda.

The town of Esperanza is filled with small cafes, shops and restaurants all along the Malecon.

Tamarindo is also a short distance from Gallery Oro where our studio will be located.

The Malecon in Esperanza

Vieques is a small island off the southeastern coast of the main island of Puerto Rico. Politically it is part of Puerto Rico and therefore American.

To get there you must first fly to San Juan.  There are many regularly scheduled flights from most American cities to San Juan International (SJU) airport. Jet Blue has many flights from New York.

Once in San Juan, you will need to take a small “puddle-jumper” to Vieques. The flight takes 20 minutes and lands at the little airport on the island.

The carriers we recommend are Cape Air and Vieques Air Link.  However, if you are coming in a group of at least 5, you might consider chartering your own flight.  This is cost effective and will work comfortable around your schedule.  A recommended charter company is Taxi Aereo.

Hibiscus, by Lynn Stender

Once you arrive we will pick you up at the Vieques airport and transfer you to the guest house.

On departure, you will just do this same sequence in reverse.  We can make sure you get to the local airport at whatever time necessary to make your connection back home.

If, however, you would like to extend your stay on Vieques for a few days to explore the island more fully, this web site has valuable information to plan your stay:  Vieques Travel.

Once you have enrolled we’ll send you specific information on all of this as well as suggestions from the instructor about how to prepare for the painting class.






Vieques view of the main island of Puerto Rio (yes, we’re that close)

Think of Vieques Island, one of three that comprise the US Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, as what the Caribbean experience felt like 20 years ago! Due to a long-term Navy presence, Vieques has not been over-developed over the years — rather it has kept its unique, unspoiled charm mixed with surprising modern day comforts and diverse cuisines.

Imagine no traffic lights, no fast food, no movie theaters, gorgeous local wild horses who freely wander the island commanding the right of way! Picture pristine, tranquil, uncrowded beaches, many with private coves and palm tree-lined shade. Dream of kyaking on the world’s brightest Bioluminescent Bay (Guiness Book of World Records) and painting endless panoramic views of both the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea.

Magical sunsets

THIS is Vieques today — an island embraced by nature, a playground of the wind, the sea, the sun and the light — a gem of an island offering the perfect mixture of restorative breezy warmth, electric sunsets, unchallenged vistas, local culture and global cuisine. No bright lights or big city here. In a world today that is far from calming, everywhere you look on Vieques Island offers a beacon of pure magic, shades of green and blue in an inspiring and freeing natural environment.

There are two distinctive towns on Vieques Island, the lively beachfront town of Esperanza features the graceful “Malecon” or walkway along the Caribbean Sea with a captivating array of restaurants, bars and shops just across the street! Isabel Segundo, on the Atlantic side, is the “big” town featuring galleries, food & gift shopping, an array of creative island restaurant choices and even a US Post Office!

Wild horses roam the island

Il Chiostro Director Michael Mele has had a home on Vieques since 2006. He has come to know and love this tiny Island firsthand (21 miles long, 4 miles wide) and in all these years he has never lost the wonders of this magnetic, magical piece of untainted paradise.

Vieques is the perfect place to share the Il Chiostro Experience. This is the perfect place to relax, restore, revive, dream…and paint!

For more details about the island, check the website of Vieques Travel.Com

Click here to read about one person’s recent visit to Vieques…

We invite you here to paint and enjoy dinner around the pool