Paint in Italy

For the past 20 years, we have provided the best in art workshops in some of the most noted regions in Italy.  We now have over 50% of prior workshop participants joining us every year.  We only take small groups of artists, usually around 10 with some guests.  Our widely-acclaimed workshops include Amalfi in late June, Tuscany in late October and a special paint-out in Sicily. See details below.  We also have special group pricing available for groups of 10 or more; call us for details.  We help artists with their drawing skills as well as covering all aspects of painting including composition.  All beginners to advanced artists are welcome.  Although we specialize in oil painting, pastel and water-based media are always welcome. We always have daily demos and also plenty of one-on-one instruction. 

Our trips are 7 nights, 8 days; all hotels are family owned and are three or four stars; all have private baths; all have passed our tests for service, accommodations & dining.  All rooms are double occupancy; single supplements will be applied and vary per location.

Meals: all have breakfasts daily; all rooms include most meals either lunch or dinner daily.         
Transportation: all transportation to and from airports within Italy, to painting sites and cooking classes.
Painting sites:  all world class venues; we will take you to our special locations we have had for the past 20 years!
Number of artists:  normally around 10 artists with guests
Number of cooks:  our average classes are around 6 depending on location.  Artists and their guests can attend the cooking classes.


AMALFI

Location: Amalfi; on the waterfront of the Mediterranean Sea; one hour and 45 minutes south of Naples
Dates: June 23 to June 30, 2018; breakfast each day, 2 lunches, 4 dinners included
Planned Side Trip: A day in Capri
Special Painting Sites: Amalfi, Positano, Ravello, and Capri

Optional Side Trips for All:
• Visit Cathedral of St. Andrew & Cloisters, Maritime Museum and the old paper mills for Amalfi’s handmade papers
• Tour the exceptional medieval gardens of Villa Rufolo and Villa Cimbrone
• Especially noteworthy is Cimbrone’s “terrace to infinity” overlooking the Valley of the Dragons

Optional Cooking Classes:
• Make scialatielli, the hand-rolled pasta of the region or crispy “frito misto”, a variety of local fish lightly battered – delicious!  And – other savory antipasti
• Learn to make local Amalfitana Desserts -  traditional Neapolitan Ricotta Torta
• When in season - stuffed zucchini blossoms
• Lemon risotto, fresh seafood dishes
• Enjoy the day’s preparations in a beautiful garden among the lemon groves and bougainvillea served with wines grown on a terraced cliff side

Cost:
• $3,275 per artist, double occupancy. Artist's guest: $2,875; all seaview rooms
• Single room, add $475

• Culinary classes are available from $295.00 per class


TUSCANY

Location: Bagno Vignoni, in the Val d’Orcia region of Tuscany, which is one-hour south of Siena
Dates: October 22 to 29, 2017
Special Painting Sites: Montichiello, Pienza, and Bagno VIgno, all in Tuscany
One day sightseeing trip to San Gimignano and Siena!
Optional Side Trips October 30:
• Vineyard tour at Villa Banfi with wine tastings and with a paired wine luncheon at the famous Michelin star-rated La Taverna
• An olive oil tasting at Frantoio Franci, an award winning producer of olive oil

Health and Beauty Spa: All participants have access to the spa thermal baths and waters. Optional spa privileges are À la carte at this award-winning facility attached to our hotel

Optional Cooking Classes (Past examples):
• Cook and sample traditional grilled meats and antipasti
• “Maialino pillottato” – a roast of herb stuffed pork
• Make zuppa di ceci or ribollita - classic soups of Tuscany
• A favorite: “pici alle briciole e aglione” - a hand made a long tubular shaped pasta – a Tuscan specialty
• Tiramisu - a layered dessert of mascarpone cheese, flavored with coffee & cognac
• Each lesson is enjoyed with the world-class wines of Tuscany

Cost:
• $2,975 per artist, $2,575 artist's guest; single room supplement $375.
• Artist's guest: Single room, add $475
• Culinary classes are available from $295.00 per class


SICILY- a Non-instructed paint-out; art instruction available upon request

Location: Taormina, Sicily; The Villa Schuler hotel
Dates: Early Spring, 2018 or with a minimum of 6 people in a group, call us with your requested dates
Description: This workshop is a non-instructed paint-out! All transportation provided to painting sites and to and from airport.

Optional Cooking Classes:

• Call for the latest descriptions

Cost:
• $2,875 per artist, double occupancy.
• Single room, add $475
• Culinary classes are available at $295.00 per class