Plein Air Painting at La Borgata Winery

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Plein Air Painting at La Borgata Winery

"Artists from near and far will enjoy this great opportunity to blend art and agriculture in a beautiful, picturesque setting." - Melyssa Laughlin, Visit Vacaville

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” - Pablo Picasso

Plein Air Painting Class - Saturday, May 19th


Class Overview

The day will begin with a morning instruction. Next, students will get to pick their location on the property. Students receive an easel, canvas, paint, and paint brushes. Then it’s time to paint!  Mid-day, it will be time for a catered lunch by La Borgata Italian Deli (located on Main Street in historic, downtown Vacaville.)  After lunch, there will be more time to paint.  Instructors will make their rounds to see how everyone is doing and to offer any additional instruction. The day ends with everyone bringing their paintings to the front lawn for a “Wine, Cheese, and Art Mixer” where students will show off their paintings and mingle with other students and the instructors while enjoying La Borgata Winery wine. 

Class Highlights


Vacaville, California

Pleasants Valley is teaming with wild turkey, peacock, deer, hawks, geese, ducks, and rabbits. There is a small pond on the property, rolling hills and a small vineyard. Fruit trees, walnut, almond, oak and many more.



Included in your enrollment fee is everything you need to show up and paint! 

  • Easel
  • Canvas
  • Paint (water-soluble oil)
  • Brushes



  • Morning Mixer
  • Instruction
  • Paint!
  • Break for Lunch
  • Paint some more!
  • Wine, Cheese & Art Reception



Kristina Young and David Lewis will take students through a basic painting strategy class and they will also be available throughout the day for additional instruction.



Lunch will be catered by La Borgata Italian Deli. Students can enjoy the peace and quiet and eat alone or eat with the group. Bottled water, coffee and tea will be available throughout the day.

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Ticket info will be posted here when available.

“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” - Thomas Merton

The Instructors

Kristina Young


Kristina Young is a dual US-Canadian citizen and artist living in Napa, California. She studied painting, illustration, book arts, graphic design and art history at the University of British Columbia (Vancouver), California College of the Arts (San Francisco) and received her BFA in painting from Richmond College in London, UK.  

Since 2000, she has worked as a community arts advocate and consultant for Arts Council Napa Valley, the City of Napa Art Walk Program as well as arts educator.

She is currently the lead artist and manager of the Napa Quake Mosaic, a public art installation commemorating the 2014 Napa Earthquake. She also serves as Chair of the Public Art Steering Committee for the City of Napa, Napa County Arts & Culture Advisory Committee Member and founding member of Napa’s new Rail Arts District (RAD Napa). 

David Brian Lewis


David Brian Lewis is an American artist living in Vacaville, California.  He studied art, design, and metal working for jewelry at Arizona State University where he received his BA Degree in Studio Art. After moving to Napa, California in 1998, David became involved in the arts community working as the assistant to the curator at the American Center for Wine, Food, and the Arts (Copia) and the Arts Council of Napa Valley.  While in Napa, David continued to expand his art repertoire to include ceramics and painting.



Q: Can we bring our own easels?

A:  Yes!  Just let us know so that we free up an easel for another student.

Q: Will there be shade?

A:  You can pick a shady spot to paint from, but we do recommend you bring a hat, dress in layers, and that you wear sunscreen. 

Q: I'm a total beginner. Is that okay?

A:  Yes!  All skill levels are welcome.  

Q: I'm vegetarian. Will there be vegetarian options on the lunch menu?

Yes.  There are vegetarian sandwich choices as well as salads to choose from.

Q: What if it rains?

We will cancel if it rains and you will be fully refunded.

Q: Can I contact the organizers with questions?

Yes.  Email us at or call Kristina Young at 707.337.6615

Interested in More Plein Air Painting Classes at our Winery?


Ticket fee information will be posted when available. 

Class Fee Includes:

  • All Art Supplies:  easel, canvas, paint  (water-soluble oil), brushes
  • Painting instruction - 2 instructors, small group and one-on-one
  • Full day of outdoor painting at a private winery 
  • Catered on-site lunch 
  • Wine, Cheese & Art Reception featuring La Borgata Wines and students' art

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About La Borgata Winery

The Spirit of Italy in Vacaville, CA

“La Borgata” is Italian and it means, “a small, rural town based on agriculture.”
One exit off Interstate 80, in-between San Francisco and Sacramento, right in the beautiful heart of Solano County, painters of all levels will enjoy the day of light instruction and all-day painting outside. The winery itself is in a small valley teaming with wildlife and an impressive variety of trees. There is also a small pond on the property that attracts Mallard Ducks and Canada Geese. The deer, wild turkey, wild peacock and other critters make you feel like you’re miles from civilization. 

Some of the trees on the property include olive trees, lemon trees (for their signature La Borgata Limoncello), almond trees, walnut trees, Deodoro Pine, Chinese Pistashe, Sycamore, Mulberry, Apricot, Oak and Avocado. 

The Feel of Tuscany

“Art and wine go together, and for good reason. I am beyond excited to host our first ever Plein Air Painting Class here at the winery. When my father and I built the winery in 2000, we dreamed of a day that we could create an environment that felt like being in Italy right here in Northern California. I think we succeeded and I couldn’t be more proud.” Gerardo Iuliano, Winemaker & CEO of La Borgata


Plein Air Podcast

In this Plein Air Podcast, publisher Eric Rhoads interviews editor Stephen Doherty. Steve discusses the state of plein air painting, competitions & events. Doherty also talks about his time with artist Andrew Wyeth and Thomas Buechner, Betsy Wyeth & his time at the former American Artist magazine.

Traveling to Vacaville


Driving In

Make it a weekend adventure!  With San Francisco, Napa and surrounding areas nearby, make the entire weekend a fun adventure! Plein Air Painting in Vacaville on Saturday, wine tasting in Napa or Fisherman's Wharf in SF on Sunday!


Flying In

Vacaville is located just off of Interstate 80 in between San Francisco and Sacramento.  Visitors can fly in from San Francisco International Airport or Sacramento International Airport.  


Nearby Hotels

If you are coming from out of town and need hotel accommodations, visit the link below for a list of hotels in Vacaville.  

Vacaville Hotels

Contact Us


Questions about our upcoming Plein Air Painting Class (or anything else)? Send us an email or give us a call.  We will get back to you asap.

La Borgata Winery & Distillery

7539 Pleasants Valley Road, Vacaville, California 95688, United States


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