“The Tuscan Workshop fosters rich friendships among like-minded artists.”
Painting Holidays & Art Workshops in TuscanyThe Day at our Workshops starts with breakfast in the medieval dining hall. Immediately following will be a demonstration and lesson in watercolor, oil painting or clay sculpture. Subject matter includes vineyards, olive groves, the sculptural Chianti valley, 15th century buildings and the lush gardens of the villa where we will be staying in Tuscany. Painting classes will be taught en plein air, but some lectures may be given indoors. There will be a critique in the late afternoon. Dinner is at 8PM. In the evening there will be a slide lecture, social time, and an evening stroll. When we are not painting, cooking or sculpting we will be taking day trips in Tuscany to Siena, the medieval jewel, and Florence, the cradle of Renaissance art.
2013 Workshop Dates:
June 29 - July 6, 2013
The Trip Coordinator, Carol Marano has spent many years living, studying and working in Tuscany. She is fluent in Italian and is there to assist you in every way to make your learning vacation as comfortable and memorable as possible.
Carol is an artist and a teacher from Huntington, Long Island. She holds a masters degree in Art Education from Columbia University in New York and has done advanced graduate work in Renaissance art history. She has been painting in watercolor and oils for over twenty years and has exhibited her work in New York and abroad. She has led many successful trips throughout Italy over the past ten years. She attended L'Università degli Studi, Siena, Italy in 1978 where she became fluent in Italian language.
Tuscan Cooking School with world-renowned Tuscan chefs are held in English in the villa's kitchen where the freshest organic ingredients are used to create typical regional cuisine. Cooking class participants work hands-on in the creation and preparation of authentic Tuscan specialties, including antipasti, home-made pastas and accompanying sauces, open-fire grilled meat specialties, rustic salads, and dessert favorites such as tiramisù and cantucci (almond biscotti). All cooking lessons include lunch and wine. For more information, see a description of our cooking classes and wine tastings.
Tuscan Landscape Painting - Denis Ponsot, Instructor
Award-winning artist and teacher Denis Ponsot, of the Art League of Long Island and the School of Visual Arts in New York will be leading the painting classes in both watercolor and oil. With "teaching as his greatest inspiration" Denis will teach 'en plein air' on the spacious and varied grounds of the villa. He will start with an hour-long demo in the morning and follow through with one-on-one instruction throughout the day. In the late afternoon students will reconvene for a critique. This is Denis' fourth overseas workshop.
Tuscan Tableau / Photography Workshop
Workshop participants will learn the specific skill set needed to photograph anyone, anywhere, anytime! Designed for serious amateurs and up-and-coming portrait photographers who are looking to expand their capabilities, the workshop will focus on an immersive shooting experience where participants learn to walk into any people-oriented situation and quickly create an expressive, compelling body of portraits. Led by seasoned portrait and event photographer, Hillary Harvey, the Tuscan Tableau workshop is an inside look at photographing on-location, designed to hone your skills and build your professional portfolio so you can take your work to the next level.
Fresco Painting - Carol Marano, Instructor
The ancient art of fresco painting dates back to Roman times and was brought to perfection during the Italian Renaissance. This luminous, clear, earthy technique is an artist's victory which surpasses the limitations of more conventional mediums and challenges the artist with its spontaneity and transparency.
We will have the option of working on lighter weight, portable panels constructed with stretcher strips and a support, or working directly on terracotta tiles, also portable but somewhat heavier.
We will prepare our own supports, mix lime plaster and work with pure ground pigments (diluted) in the same way as Michelangelo and Tiepolo. During our excursion days, we will visit in situ several 14th century frescoes in Siena and Florence.
Pilates in Paradise
The Tuscan Workshops are proud to offer a special program "Pilates in Paradise" June 29 - July 6, 2013 with a licensed Pilates trainer, in addiition to the regularly shceduled art classes. The workshop has been designed to allow all guests to participate in both without losing any painting time. Morning Pilates workout, mid-day Pilates aquatics in the pool, as well as two full day excursions to Siena and Florence with art history guide, full Tuscan immersion, optional cooking classes and Italian language classes.
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