Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Open Air Fundamentals"
July 1-8, 2017
 

Our core program is founded upon the premise that open air painting presents unique challenges to the artist in the fleeting light and unpredictability of atmospheric conditions that require a specific technical approach in execution. We introduce our method through a structured program combining lectures, exercises & demonstrations that aim to enable participants to compose, develop and complete a painting in one session. Two instructors will work directly with participants at all times. Sessions are supported by a Siena museum visit, evening slide shows analyzing works of the masters in the history of landscape painting, books and readings. Fees include materials, surfaces, equipment, meals, accommodation, field trips (Siena and Montalcino) , local transport. All levels. 12 student maximum. Call 212-780-3216
 
Location: Buonconvento, Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Maddine Insalaco and Joe Vinson
Cost: US$2,300 - US$2,660
Sponsor: Etruscan Places
Website, email, 212-780-3216


"Painting the light of the Amalfi Coast"
July 1-10, 2017
 

Enjoy the spectacular nature and charming villages of the Amalfi Coast in this plein air painting workshop organized by the Amalfi Coast Festival and led by artist Gonzalo Ruiz-Navarro. Highlights: Maximum 12 students, all levels and mediums, art-related excursions, present your work at Festival exhibitions, join a vibrant community of visual and performing artists, lodging in 4-start hotel, daily concerts in local venues, special guest program for spouses and friends. Workshop will focus on 3 aspects: 1) Use of value and color to create the impression of light and achieve natural harmony in your paintings; 2) Compositional strategies to build a strong, expressive design; 3) Use of linear and aerial perspective to create the illusion of volume and depth.
 
Location: Amalfi Coast, Italy
Instructor: Gonzalo Ruiz Navarro
Cost: $2,975
Sponsor: Amalfi Coast Music and Arts Festival
Website, email, +1 202 468 9953


"Fresco Painting Workshop"
July 2-7, 2017
 

All-inclusive one-week Fresco Painting Workshop in Italy near Venice. The workshop offers full-day activities in an intensive course devoted to the techniques, materials, history and the theory of fresco painting and an introduction to conservation. Activities include a series of lectures followed by a demonstration and hands-on. You’ll have the opportunity to learn the technique of the architectural decoration of the Italian Renaissance – from the traditional preparatory drawings, mortar mixing and application, and the use of natural pigments to painting on a wet wall and/or a portable support, which you may keep at the end of the course.
 
Location: Vittorio Veneto, Italy
Instructor: Alma Ortolan
Cost: € 1560
Sponsor: Ortolan Studio
Website, email, +393487240644


"Photograph & Explore Tuscany & Umbria"
July 22-29, 2017
 

This tour is designed to give the participants the opportunity to intimately explore and photograph in and around Tuscany & Umbria. As is typical of Tuscan hill-towns, Cortona is a walled city that, for purposes of defense, was built atop a prominent geographical point. Our excursions to Pienza & Montepulciano as well as Montalcino & the Val d'Orcia & Val d'Arbia and Lake Trasimeno (in Umbria) will give the participants an opportunity to photograph in these locations, broadening their understanding and appreciation of life in central Italy. The workshop is designed for all levels of photographer.
 
Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: Patrick Mahoney
Cost: From $3190.00 per person double occ
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Website, email, 978-632-0357


"Photograph & Explore Tuscany & Umbria"
July 29 - August 5, 2017
 

This tour is designed to give the participants the opportunity to intimately explore and photograph in and around Tuscany & Umbria. As is typical of Tuscan hill-towns, Cortona is a walled city that, for purposes of defense, was built atop a prominent geographical point. Our excursions to Pienza & Montepulciano as well as Montalcino & the Val d'Orcia & Val d'Arbia and Lake Trasimeno (in Umbria) will give the participants an opportunity to photograph in these locations, broadening their understanding and appreciation of life in central Italy. The workshop is designed for all levels of photographer.
 
Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: Patrick Mahoney
Cost: From $3190.00 per person double occ
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Website, email, 978-632-0357


"Plein-Air Painting Workshop in Italy"
September 3-10, 2017
 

For artists, Italy speaks to the soul; it burrows deep, inspiring wonder and awe, infusing our spirits, nourishing creation and instilling within us indelible experiences we will carry forever. Join us for en plein air, sketching and painting in the Italian countryside! We will draw inspiration from the local architecture and landscapes, creating an intimate and artistic travelogue of our experience. Immersed in the food and wine of the region and a warm community of chefs, artists and local peoples, this promises to be an authentic and enriching personal voyage. Our workshop is dedicated to painting guidance with sketching and watercolors; instruction with composition, light & shadow, line & form, color & palette, and creative approaches to utilizing techniques.
 
Location: Chianti, Italy
Instructor: Lori Dell, loridell.com
Cost: $4,295 Shared, $700 Single Supplement
Sponsor: Arts & Cultural Travel
Website, email, 617-855-9209


"Painting in Italy"
September 3-11, 2017
 

This Artists-Adventure is to an ancient hilltop village in Italy to explore, paint, and eat gourmet Italian cuisine all while staying in an historic 16th Century Villa located in a beautiful, quiet, ancient, medieval village. This exciting journey is for painters and non-painters alike. Artists will find inspiration everywhere in this beautiful undiscovered region of Italy. We will be offering plein-air painting instruction with professional artist Sharon Rusch Shaver, Italian cuisine cooking classes, horseback riding and winery tours and tastings as well as other optional activities for our guests. Private en-suite fully appointed guestrooms overlooking the ancient Umbrian valley available.
 
Location: Trevi, Italy
Instructor: Sharon Rusch Shaver
Cost: $3,475
Sponsor: Adventure-Artists
Website, email, 615-451-7304


"Sketchbook Travel Journaling in Cortona, Italy"
September 16-23, 2017
 

What better place to join the visual journaling craze than beautiful Cortona, Italy? Let Caroline guide you through the techniques of quick drawing, collaging and watercolor painting as we record the sights around us. She will show you how to look for telling details and edit larger views, combining travel tickets, postcards, maps and photos for finished journal pages. With Cortona as our homebase, and a local expert as our guide, we will explore Tuscan hill towns, experience an authentic Italian cooking class, and savor exceptional meals and nightly wine tastings, filling our journals with creativity as we go.
 
Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: Caroline Coolidge Brown
Cost: From $3290.00 per person double occ
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Website, email, 0039 33144229047


"Open Air Fundamentals"
September 16-23, 2017
 

Our core program is founded upon the premise that open air painting presents unique challenges to the artist in the fleeting light and unpredictability of atmospheric conditions that require a specific technical approach in execution. We introduce our method through a structured program combining lectures, exercises & demonstrations that aim to enable participants to compose, develop and complete a painting in one session. Two instructors will work directly with participants at all times. Sessions are supported by a Siena museum visit, evening slide shows analyzing works of the masters in the history of landscape painting, books and readings. Fees include materials, surfaces, equipment, meals, accommodation, field trips (Siena and Montalcino) , local transport. All levels. 12 student maximum. Call 212-780-3216
 
Location: Buonconvento, Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Maddine Insalaco and Joe Vinson
Cost: US$2,300 - US$2,660
Sponsor: Etruscan Places
Website, email, 212-780-3216


"Plein Air Painting, Lake Como Italy"
September 23-30, 2017
 

Outstanding views, places to paint and a lovely hotel in Varenna on the lake. Includes a day at the Belaggio and other exciting cultural excursions. All three delicious meals a day and wine, lodging, transportation to painting sites and entry fees are included. Cost: $2900 per student double occupancy (airfare not included) and $2400 non painting guest.
 
Location: Varenna, Italy
Instructor: Sara Linda Poly
Cost: $2900/$2400
Sponsor: Studio B
Website, email, 443-988-1818


"A Traveler's Sketchbook at Lake Como"
September 27 - October 4, 2017
 

Capture quick studies of the dramatic scenery, colorful architecture, bustling people and more during your time on this magical trip to Lake Como. This week-long session will cover the basic concepts of atmosphere and linear perspective, capturing people, objects, and dramatic light. With pen and paper in hand, you’ll quickly document the sites while sitting in a café or viewing the grand alps as they melt into the majestic Lake Como. Add a touch of watercolor to enhance your sketches. Your art supplies are light and easy to tote making this ideal for all levels of artists. The traveler’s sketchbook is a wonderful way to document your trip in a carefree way.
 
Location: Lake Como, Italy
Instructor: Jo Ellen Reinhardt
Cost: From $3440.00 per person double occ
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Website, email, 0039 33144229047


"Mixed Media Workshop"
September 29 - October 8, 2017
 

Italy is a familiar destination to many artists, but this workshop will be a unique art experience. Assisi is a hilltop town with all the beauty, charm and history we associate with Italy without the crowds of more touristy areas. Australia’s leading mixed media artist, Judith White is the tutor on this art practice-focused workshop. Included in the ten day itinerary are select activities to enrich your experience of the region. Art sessions are interspersed with a visit to the famous Basilica, the home of a private collector, a rambling castle, Roman houses, artisans plus exploring, sketching and shopping the cobbled streets all with valley views never more than a stroll away.
 
Location: Assisi, Italy
Instructor: Judith White
Cost: AUD $4275.00pp
Sponsor: On The Verandah
Website, email, 61-8-93881513


"Historic Itineraries, Civita Castellana"
September 30 - October 7, 2017
 

During the 18th century, spurred by Enlightenment empiricism to study nature directly, artists from all over the world flocked to the countryside surrounding Rome, the “Campagna”, to paint and thus created the first school of open air painting. The Roman Campagna workshop offers advanced artists the exclusive opportunity to paint historic motifs in the town of Civita Castellana, immortalized in the works of Corot, Turner and Claude Lorrain. 2 painting sessions daily. All painting locations on private properties and include Mount Soracte, the ancient town of Faleri Novi, gorges of Civita Castellana and Tiber Valley. Slide lectures provide the historical background. Daily critiques. 2 Instructors. Fees include most materials, surfaces, equipment, all meals, accommodation, local transportation. 12 student maximum.
 
Location: Civita Castellana, Italy
Instructor: Maddine Insalaco and Joe Vinson
Cost: US$2,700 - US$2,950
Sponsor: Etruscan Places
Website, email, 212-780-3216


"Still Life Photography on Location in Italy"
October 2-8, 2017
 

Let me take you on a journey…in the light of the Tuscan countryside… a journey of self-discovery and artistic expression…using a wonderful medium – still life photography! Modern day still life photography is often connected with mindfulness, stillness, and playfulness. My own experience with the art form has led me to a place of emotional healing and growth. Our very being compels us to create. It is the means by which we make sense of the world. We will be taking time for journaling and a little poetry. And daily discussions on seeing the artist within, pushing past our inner critic, and discovering a sense of possibility. Each day, we will discuss technical aspects of still life photography, and explore the Tuscan countryside in the afternoons.
 
Location: Siena, Italy
Instructor: Karen Olson, renukostyle.com
Cost: $3,215 Shared, $3,625 Single
Sponsor: Arts & Cultural Travel
Website, email, 617-855-9209


"Studio Italia "
October 3-13, 2017
 

A unique ten-day painting workshop in Italy open to artists of all levels and all media. Plein-air painting in the medium of your choice, art history/theory, touring and gourmet cuisine in the most beautiful area in Tuscany. Studio Italia, offered every June and October since 1997, is so popular that some participants have joined us three times already. Our small groups allow us to offer personalized instruction and an intimate and fun environment that fosters creativity. Price of $3.150 CAD (around $2350 US as of October 2016) includes ten-night double accommodation, all meals except two lunches and one dinner, transportation to all sites on schedule, train ticket to Florence and entrance to the Uffizi Museum. Register now!
 
Location: Torrita di Siena, Italy
Instructor: Prof. Yves M. Larocque
Cost: US$2350
Sponsor: Walk the Arts
Website, email, 1-800-611-4789


"Painting Italy's Amalfi Coast"
October 10-17, 2017
 

Spend a week with a small group of artists while painting and enjoying the culture and sights of the Amalfi Coast! Talented artist and instructor Mary Garrish will be teaching for 5 full days. You will visit different painting locations daily, including Positano, Ravello, Capri and more. Workshop is conveniently based in Amalfi in a 4-star hotel and all accommodations are superior rooms and single occupancy. Breakfast, 2 dinners, and all ground transportation is included. Workshop is strictly limited to 8 students to allow for lots of one-on-one time between student and instructor!
 
Location: Amalfi, Italy
Instructor: Mary Garrish
Cost: $3600-Single occupancy/Private bath
Sponsor: Open Air Italy, LLC
Website, email, 1-321-626-2717


"Elements of Landscape"
October 14-21, 2017
 

The inspiration for this course is the writing of 18th century French painter P. H. Valenciennes. In his famous treatise on open air painting published in 1800 Valenciennes advocated the separate study of the individual “elements” of landscape. “Elements” is organized around morning slide shows focusing on one element of landscape: fields, trees, clouds and skies, water, time and nocturnes. Daily presentations will be followed by painting sessions dedicated to the subject element. No formal technical instruction is offered but two instructors will be available to work with participants individually. Daily reviews of work. Fees include most materials, surfaces, easels & equipment, all meals, accommodation, field trips, local transportation. 12 student maximum. Rain or shine. Call 212-780-3216
 
Location: Murlo, Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Maddine Insalaco and Joe Vinson
Cost: US$2,450 - US$2,810
Sponsor: Etruscan Places
Website, email, 212-780-3216


"Inspired by Tuscany, Paint with Katerina Ring"
October 18-28, 2017
 

Paint in plein air, in oils, while staying at a stunning villa in the hills above Lucca. This tour includes ten remarkable days in Tuscany to enjoy painting, kinship with your fellow artists and the wonders of one of the most beautiful regions of Italy.
 
Location: Lucca, Italy
Instructor: Katerina Ring, www.katring.com
Cost: € 2690
Sponsor: Abbondanza Toscana
Website, email, 0039 339 6852860


"Keiko Tanabe - Plein Air painting retreat"
October 27 - November 3, 2017
 

Capturing Light & Atmosphere in Watercolor. Keiko Tanabe is a Japanese contemporary artist who has won multiple awards, we are so proud that she’s coming to Sicily for the first time. Come to enjoy a masterful tuition by Keiko Tanabe, subject matters will be landscape, Mediterranean seascape, old historic city scape, indoor locations in the authentic villa where the participants will stay. Sicily it's like a dream, colorful sunset, olive groves, lined vineyards, picturesque villages with narrow streets, churches, a never ending range of restaurants and cafés, blue skies and beautiful nature, jovial, kind and friendly people, traditional foods and great local wine. Art, mixture of history and culture, nature create an unique atmosphere and stimulate your creativity.
 
Location: Marsala, Italy
Instructor: Keiko Tanabe
Cost:
Sponsor: Salinara
Website, email, (+39) 3397757062


"Autumn in Tuscany & Umbria Photography"
October 28 - November 4, 2017
 

Join us for a week devoted to capturing the essence of Autumn in Tuscany! With Cortona as our base, each day we will explore and photograph the rich area from Cortona's mountains to Montepulciano's vineyards and from Lake Trasimeno in Umbria to the Chianti area! This is a not-to-be-missed opportunity for photographers of all levels.
 
Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: Patrick Mahoney
Cost: From $3190.00 per person double occ
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Website, email, 978-632-0357


"Autumn in Tuscany & Umbria Photography"
November 4-11, 2017
 

Join us for a week devoted to capturing the essence of Autumn in Tuscany! With Cortona as our base, each day we will explore and photograph the rich area from Cortona's mountains to Montepulciano's vineyards and from Lake Trasimeno in Umbria to the Chianti area! This is a not-to-be-missed opportunity for photographers of all levels.
 
Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: Patrick Mahoney
Cost: From $3190.00 per person double occ
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Website, email, 978-632-0357


"Autumn in Tuscany & Umbria Photography"
November 11-18, 2017
 

Join us for a week devoted to capturing the essence of Autumn in Tuscany! With Cortona as our base, each day we will explore and photograph the rich area from Cortona's mountains to Montepulciano's vineyards and from Lake Trasimeno in Umbria to the Chianti area! This is a not-to-be-missed opportunity for photographers of all levels.
 
Location: Cortona, Italy
Instructor: Patrick Mahoney
Cost: From $3190.00 per person double occ
Sponsor: Toscana Americana Workshops
Website, email, 978-632-0357


"Painting in Tuscany: Watercolor Painting Workshop"
May 25 - June 1, 2018
 

The most enjoyable painting I do is when I paint outdoors. There is an intimacy and sense of “being there” that only occurs when you take the time to slow down and record your surroundings in watercolor- and what surroundings we will have! Join me in Tuscany for a truly memorable week! We will tour daily with an easy schedule of demonstration, one on one critique, and group discussions designed to build your confidence and ability alike. You may paint or explore or do both on any given day. I will be there to guide you through my approach to painting en plein air and help you take your watercolors to the next level! Indulge your creative and adventurous spirit with a painting holiday in Tuscany!
 
Location: Certaldo, Italy
Instructor: Iain Stewart, iainstew.fineartstudioonline.com
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Nov 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Color and Light: Tuscany with Marjorie Glick (All Mediums)"
June 2-9, 2018
 

This will be a relaxing and inspiring painting workshop and artists’ re-treat in the Chianti Region of Tuscany, Italy. We will stay in an authentic 11th century monastery, San Fedele, which has been recently restored to modern first class lodging accommodations while retaining an old-world authenticity. We will paint daily, either on site or on short field trips to view charming villages, olive groves and the beautiful, romantic Tuscan country- side. The workshop is offered through Il Chiostro. Artists of all levels and mediums are welcome and will leave enriched by this experience.
 
Location: Tuscany, Italy
Instructor: Marjorie Glick
Cost: $2950
Sponsor: Marjorie Glick
Website, email, 617-787-3086


"Paint Tuscany with Michael Chesley Johnson"
June 16-23, 2018
 

Join Michael Chesley Johnson for a relaxing, fun-filled week of exploring the Tuscan countryside with sketching materials in hand. You’ll visit ancient villages, artisan shops, wineries and markets, and delight in the unique experience of staying at Fattoria Bacio, a winery estate, at the start of a beautiful Tuscan summer. Michael's teaching will inspire you to dive in and explore these locations in the medium of your choice – and have fun doing it! Each day, he'll share his secrets of landscape sketching. Contributing Editor for The Artists Magazine, writer for Pastel Journal, Master Signature Member American Impressionist Society, Signature Member Pastel Society of America.
 
Location: Certaldo Alto, Italy
Instructor: Michael Chesley Johnson
Cost: € 2,200 and up
Sponsor: Artravelitaly
Website, email, +39 377 2709500


"Painting in Tuscany: Watercolor Sketching Workshop"
September 21-28, 2018
 

Join me for a week of sketching with watercolor in beautiful Tuscany, Italy! We'll enjoy the free-flowing and colorful nature of watercolor at its best while sketching and having fun! I’ll help you develop observation skills, color awareness, simple design principles and learn about light and shadows. We’ll investigate various techniques, sketching tools, and approaches to watercolor. Brenda Swenson is the author of two artists' books: Keeping a Watercolor Sketchbook (Award of Excellence Finalist) and Steps to Success in Watercolor. Her paintings and sketches have also been featured in numerous other books and magazines. Space is very limited (max 10 participants/workshop).
 
Location: Certaldo, Italy
Instructor: Brenda Swenson, www.swensonsart.net
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Jan 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting in Tuscany: Watercolor Sketching Workshop"
September 29 - October 6, 2018
 

Join me for a week of sketching with watercolor in beautiful Tuscany, Italy! We'll enjoy the free-flowing and colorful nature of watercolor at its best while sketching and having fun! I’ll help you develop observation skills, color awareness, simple design principles and learn about light and shadows. We’ll investigate various techniques, sketching tools, and approaches to watercolor. Brenda Swenson is the author of two artists' books: Keeping a Watercolor Sketchbook (Award of Excellence Finalist) and Steps to Success in Watercolor. Her paintings and sketches have also been featured in numerous other books and magazines. Space is very limited (max 10 participants/workshop).
 
Location: Certaldo, Italy
Instructor: Brenda Swenson, www.swensonsart.net
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Jan 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting in Tuscany: Watercolor Painting Workshop"
September 30 - October 7, 2018
 

I am very passionate about sharing my creativity and art with others and helping them gain access to that part of themselves, whether they are a beginning artist or a seasoned professional. My students have given me the nickname "The Art Whisperer" so I hope that you will find something to inspire, move you to engage more each day with art and the creative process in my workshop. I will give you the tools you need to simplify what you see when painting on location and break it up into manageable shapes and values. We will build on those strong foundations and learn about colour mixing, colour harmony, colour temperature and mood to help express yourself fully and paint what you really feel.
 
Location: Certaldo, Italy
Instructor: Georgia Mansur, www.georgiamansur.com
Cost: $3,190 ($2,990 until Jan 30th)
Sponsor: French Escapade
Website, email, 510-483-5713


"Painting in Florence Italy"
choose your own dates
 

Create Your Own Workshop. Explore the secrets of the Old Masters in a beautiful studio in the heart of historic Florence with classically trained professional artists. Discover your potential while also experiencing the master works of the Renaissance, wonderful food and wine, and the magic of Florence. Individual instruction and small classes allows for all levels of artists -from the very beginner to the more advanced. All workshops are available for your choice of 1 day, 3 days, 5 days or 10 days at 3 hours/day (you may choose your own dates at any time subject to availability) leaving the remainder of the day free to explore Florence.
 
Location: Florence, Italy
Instructor: Laura Thompson
Cost: €95 intro - €865 for 10 days
Sponsor: The Florence Studio
Website, email, (39)389 157 0276


"Sculpting in Florence Italy"
choose your own dates
 

Create Your Own Workshop. Explore the secrets of the Old Masters in a beautiful studio in the heart of historic Florence with classically trained professional artists. Discover your potential while also experiencing the master works of the Renaissance, wonderful food and wine, and the magic of Florence. Individual instruction and small classes allows for all levels of artists -from the very beginner to the more advanced. All workshops are available for your choice of 3 days, 5 days or 10 days at 3 hours/day (you may choose your own dates at any time subject to availability) leaving the remainder of the day free to explore Florence on your own.
 
Location: Florence, Italy
Instructor: Frank Rekrut
Cost: €95 intro - €865 for 10 days
Sponsor: The Florence Studio
Website, email, (39)389 157 0276


 

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