A "top quality art painting workshop" in Italy, open to artists of all levels; ten full days devoted to art classes; oil, watercolor, acrylic, etc. Mornings are dedicated to art instruction at the lodge, afternoons to lighter coaching in a village in Tuscany (Cortona, Montepulciano, Pienza, etc.) or Umbria (Assisi), and most evenings to discussion on various art issues. However, you may work on sketches, watercolors, for the first few days, and then proceed to more accomplished works derived from these esquisses. If for some reason, you just want to wander and explore the territory, you are free to do so. Also, we will spend one day in Florence visiting the Uffizi and some of its most important art sites.
Since our aim is to help you enhance your creativity, all our painting workshops include art history and art theory lectures. Lectures for all, instruction for most and personal coaching for those who wish, are the important foundations of our very popular “plein air” painting workshop in Tuscany.
In addition, because our groups are small we are able to offer personalized instruction: to the beginner who wishes to explore her or his own creativity in painting, to the professional in the search of new concepts and challenges. Studio Italia is also suitable to the artist’s partner who desires to enjoy Italian landscape, art, and cuisine. Moreover, our painting workshops in Tuscany are so popular that we have participants who have joined us two and three times!
Studio Italia is given near Torrita di Siena in the heart of Tuscany, just in the middle of the beautiful regions of the Val di Chiana and the Val d’Orcia. We will stay in an old medieval borgo house, with its original terra cotta tiled floors and beamed ceilings, yet with the comfort of modern conveniences. The house has many bedrooms and bathrooms, a living room with a huge fireplace, a large dining table and a kitchen. The gastronomic meals provided at the lodge are a reflection of the Italian cuisine (> to know more on meals). Bells will call you early in the morning to paint, or to simply wander among the wineyards to meditate upon your work. Needless to say, this environment will undoubtedly contribute to the re-evaluation of your pictorial themes and to the renewal of your palette. The view of the hilltop medieval villages such as Pienza (The English Patient), Castelmuzio, or Prolio will undoubtedly leave you mesmerized.> see prospectus.
The price of our Tuscany painting workshops is CAD$ 2,860 (2013) or the equivalent in UK£ / US$ at the time of full payment. The art workshop includes: painting instruction, art theory and art history lectures, ten-night double accommodation, all breakfasts, 8 lunches, 9 dinners, transportation from and to Arezzo train station , transportation to all painting/visiting sites (Montepulciano, Cortona, Pienza, Assisi, etc.), train ticket to Florence and entrance to the Uffizi.
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An old map by Leonardo da Vinci showing part of Tuscany. The round body of water is Lake Trasimeno; the oval lake has been dried up by a clever system of canals designed by Leonardo himself. Our art workshops in Italy are attended at the bottom of this lake.
A Studio Italia Alumni exhibit which happened in Canada in March 2011. An icscis/walkthearts artist is a friend for life. Available on www.blurb.com.
The Macchiaioli were a group of Italian painters...> to learn more
We try as much to involve our painting workshops into the artistic context of the area such as participating in various municipal art competitions... just for the fun of it. Undoubtedly, the participant decides yes or no if she/he wants to partake in this formidable learning experience.
Left, the Cortona's Musica sacra Festival brochure with its one day art competition under the theme of "Colors, shapes, faith in Cortona".
Nobody sees a flower - really -
it is so small it takes
time - we haven't time - and to see
takes time, like to have a friend
takes time. (Georgia O'Keefe)
Since 1996, icscis walkthearts have been offering quality painting or art workshops and educational tours in France, Italy, Egypt, Spain, United States and Colombia. It is in Tuscany (around Montepulciano, Pienza and Cortona) that we paint in plein-air, learn and discuss, since the landscapes of the Val d'Orcia are just astounding and the quality of life, seducing. Attended by hundreds of art lovers and artists from all around the world, mostly New York, Los Angeles, Toronto, Ottawa and Australia, our painting courses and art history seminars are given to small group by professional artists and art historians. walkthearts.com also provides educational travel for high school, college and/or university students, or on a private basis. Walkthearts offers a living experience through the arts.