With Nancy E.Thompson

At Poland

02 August - 12 August, 2023

Polish culture has a place in history, but it is still evolving; combining old traditions with modern tastes. If you are interested in culture, art, and discovering new places, or maybe you want to make contact with your Polish roots, we invite you to a ten-day stay in southern Poland. During your stay we’ll discover the essence of this beautiful region together, plus offer an opportunity to combine your passion for travel and painting. We have planned many attractions for you! Get to know Kraków and its unique architecture, visit one of the most beautiful salt mines in Europe, Wieliczka. Discover Kasprowy mountain in a cable car, make a souvenir with a local wood artist, visit Bacowka to see how cheese is made and learn how to make pierogi, delicious traditional Polish dumplings. These are just a few of our planned activities! All of this is accompanied by warm hospitality from our Polish friends.

Course Highlights

  1. Visit Krakow and Zakopane
  2. Try incredible Polish food and drinks
  3. Private cooking & craft lessons
  4. A wonderful 'Wieliczka' salt mine tour
  5. Cable car ride to 'Gubalówka' mountain
  6. trip to Pieniny National Park & River gorge run

Day by Day Workshop Schedule

  1. Day 1: Arrival to Kraków Airport with pick-up at 4pm, before settling in to the hotel. Time to relax, followed by a welcome dinner in a traditional Polish restaurant at 7pm.
  2. Day 2: Breakfast at 9am, followed by a guided walking tour of Kraków’s old town, or free exploring time. Lunch on your own. An afternoon sketching session in the old town with Nancy. Dinner in a restaurant at 7pm.
  3. Day 3: Breakfast at 8.30am, followed by the Wieliczka salt mine tour. Two to three hours of guided mine exploration. After a lunch in local restaurant, we’ll head back to Kraków at around 4pm. You’ll have free time to shop or relax, then dinner in a restaurant at 7pm.
  4. Day 4: Breakfast at 8.30am. Jewish Quarter district .The guided walking tour with museum visit.Lunch in one of the oldest Kazimierz restaurant with the typical food.Late in the afternoon transfer to the mountains house.Welcome dinner by private Chef with first vodka tasting.
  5. Day 5: Breakfast at 8.30am. Cable car ride to gubalówka mountain, followed by a walk on the mountain and a picnic lunch. Back at home for a cooking class of Polish food. Dinner at 7pm with tasting of local honey!
  6. Day 6: Brakfast at home . Round 9.30 we will depart to Sidzina skansen where you can see examples of typical old wooden houses, which today practically do not exist in their natural state. Initially, it was a branch of the Orawa Ethnographic Park in Zubrzyca Górna, since 2009 it has been an independent local government cultural institution, organized by the Bystra-Sidzina Commune. It is a very attractive place not only because of the historic buildings, but also thanks to the charming location and the atmosphere conducive to recreation. Currently, the museum exhibition includes eight objects. There are four cottages, a Loreto belfry, a granary, a water mill and a forge.We will also have a chance to make a traditional sourdough bread. An afternoon is dedicated to traditional Polish craft by Aneta Dudon from Wooden Love. The workshop will include woodcarving with an artist where you will make your own souvenir . Dinner in Restaurant at 7pm.
  7. Day 7: Breakfast at 8.30am. A trip to the Zakopane Center followed by a walk on Krupówki’s shopping street. Lunch on your own. Departure at 3pm for a traditional cheese tasting at Bacówka. Afternoon sketching session with Nancy. Dinner home at 7pm.
  8. Day 8: Breakfast at 8am. Day trip to Pieniny National Park. River gorge run. Lunch of a local speciality – river trout! After, we will visit a local water centre, where you can drink a healing water. Back home for a dinner of golonka, a traditional pork meal accompanied by the best selection of local beers.
  9. Day 9: Breakfast at 8.30am, followed by a painting session with Nancy. Lunch at 1pm at home. An afternoon in the local hot spring sauna, and spa (so be sure to bring your swimming suit!) Then back home for dinner.
  10. Day 10: Breakfast at 8.30am. Zakopane Centre tour for shopping and exploring. Lunch on your own. Back home in the afternoon for packing. An open-air dinner featuring locally-hunted wild boar.
  11. Day 11: Departure day. After breakfast, you will be taken to Kraków Airport. Do Zobaczenia! See you next time!

Course Cost: 3199 Euro

Discover Poland’s History

The roots of Poland date back to the turn of the first millennium, leaving thousands of years of kings and castles to discover. Lovers of the history of World War II are well served, too. Monuments and museums devoted to Poland’s role, and extraordinary survival, can be found everywhere.

Incredible Architecture

Kraków, the former royal capital, is famed for its historical architecture, that spans many centuries and styles. The well-preserved Gothic core proudly bears the work of the Renaissance, Baroque and Art Nouveau; a record of tastes that have evolved over centuries.

Heart-warming Food

If you love hearty home cooking, you've come to the right place. Polish food is based largely on local ingredients such as pork, cabbage, mushrooms, beets and onions, as well as regional specialities including duck, goose and trout, which are combined in a simple recipes and refined to perfection. When it comes to sweets, it's hard to imagine a more favourable place. Cream cakes, apple strudel, pancakes, fruit dumplings and a special ice cream will leave you wanting to skip the main course and jump straight to desert!

Fresh Air

Away from major cities, southern Poland feels tranquil and uncontaminated. The beautiful mountains are so inviting, and hiking trails are everywhere, leading you through dense forests, along wide rivers and mountain passes, enabling you to discover the unspoilt beauty of this unique region.

Don’t wait!

Join us – space is limited!

Nancy and Karolina

About the Artist

Teaching art is a way of life for me. I'm always a teacher, and always a student, even when I'm not in a classroom setting. I believe that anyone who wants to learn to paint, can do it. I teach all levels, from beginner classes to master classes. I love introducing sketching and painting to new artists because it’s a pleasure to see how surprised they are by their own talent. Teaching accomplished artists is particularly exciting because it allows me to help others find ways to keep their work fresh.

Traveling with my art and my husband, Dick Thompson, is a large part of my life. I have lived in Suriname, South America, and travelled to Switzerland, Italy, Belgium, England, Germany, Ireland, Greece and France. I regularly travel around the United States teaching workshops, too.

My memberships include the South Carolina Watercolor Society, the Salisbury Art Guild, the Rehoboth Art League, the North Georgia Arts Guild, Worcester County Arts Council, and Art Institute and Gallery of Salisbury. I am represented by Bishop's Stock gallery in Snow Hill, Maryland and City Art gallery in Columbia, South Carolina.

I take on a limited number of commissions and have work in numerous private collections worldwide. I attended Columbia International University in Columbia, South Carolina, and have two daughters, two granddaughters and two grandsons (not surprisingly, all of them are artists). I'm a South Carolina native, but now divide my time between my home near Solomon's Island, Maryland, and my studio on the eastern shore in Snow Hill, Maryland.


This workshop is arranged through will follow up on allquestions about the workshop. She will co-ordinate arrivals and departures, food requirements, and booking arrangements. She will also receive payments of deposits and balances directly.


Karolina Lenart



Telephone: +39 3455809974

Included in the cost of your workshop in Poland:

  • Accommodation in the Kraków hotel and Zakopane villa
  • All tuition fees
  • All excursions
  • All activities
  • Airport transfers and local transportation including day trips to the Wieliczka salt mine and Pieniny National Park
  • All breakfasts, lunches, and dinners with wine (excluding three lunches as detailed in the schedule)

Excluded from the cost of your workshop:

  • Flights to and from Kraków
  • Three lunches as specified in the schedule