Workshop dates: September 25 to October 2.
This workshop will concentrate on planned painting exercises including drawing skills, color theory, composition and values. Constructive critiques are held daily and a final critique of all paintings occurs on the last day of the workshop. We only take 10 to 12 painters at a time allowing for a more personal approach to your painting experience. Of course, those newly discovered artists receive a little more guidance.
We are in our 16th year in Bagno Vignoni, Tuscany, and our goal is to continue to produce a plein air-painting program that will engage the artist with respect to the landscape. The artist will come away from this experience well versed in landscape painting techniques and will have also seen the very best Tuscany has to offer. Our guests will stay in what was once the summer villa of Pope Pio II built in the 15th century and which is now a charming three star spa and hotel serving incredible Tuscan food. All rooms have private baths. It truly is an artist’s retreat.
Day 1: At 9:15 a.m. all artists are collected at a central point in Rome and transported by private minibus to Bagno Vignoni Tuscany, about 2 hours north of Rome. After lunch a demo in oils. Artists paint.
Day 2: Demo in the morning. Paint all day in Bagno Vignoni. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner at the hotel.
Day 3: Demo in the morning in the hilltop village of Montichiello, about 5 kilometers from our hotel. Lunch is on your own today; choose a lovely little restaurant looking over the valley. Tonight dinner at our hotel.
Day 4: Demo in the morning. Paint in Bagno Vignoni. Lunch on your own, dinner at the hotel.
Day 5:Visit to San Gimignano and Siena; Dinner at the hotel.
Day 6: Today, paint in Pienza, the model Renaissance city built by Pope Pio II. Enjoy lunch at any of the excellent restaurants in Pienza. Painting demonstration. Dinner at the hotel.
Day 7: Demo in the morning. Lunch on your own. 4:30 p.m. line up of work, critique of week's accomplishments 4:30 p.m. Farewell dinner.
Day 8: Check-out. Everyone transported back to Rome to the airport.
Sam D'Ambruoso of Middlebury, CT has been professionally painting landscapes and portraits since 1972. His artists' workshops in the United States and in Italy, begun in 1997, have been acclaimed by past participants many of whom return year after year. Mary Ann D'Ambruoso is the workshop coordinator and began her hospitality career in 1979 taking her culinary training in NY City at the professional culinary arts center. This year, Mary Ann added a new program, Flying Fork Food, Wine and Cultural Holidays, presenting travel opportunities focused on Italian culture and cuisine.
Artist and non-painting guests can take advantage of walking and hiking paths between Bagno Vignoni and San Quirico, etc. Cooking Classes 1-5 days. Bus and train services to Siena and Florence. Winery tours to Chianti, Montepulciano and Montalcino. Spa facilities.
The hotel enjoys views of cypress, umbrella pines, and the rolling landscape all bathed in the glowing Tuscan light and presents world class vistas to challenge the out-door painter. There is a unique thermal pool directly outside the hotel doors. A beautiful, full service SPA has been added to the hotel this year and can be enjoyed by all. Join us for our 15th year in the beautiful village of Bagno Vignoni, Val d'Orcia, Tuscany.
- Double occupancy for the artist: 3275 USD
- Double occupancy for non-painting guest: 2875 USD
- Single supplement charge: 375 USD.
- 7 nights, 8 days at Albergo Le Terme, a restored Papal Country Villa (Pope Pio II). All rooms have private baths
- Breakfast each day: 3 lunches, 5 dinners included
- Art instruction and painting normally 6 hours per day, approximately 33 hours in total
- Work in oils, watercolors or pastels. Beginners to advanced
- Demos in oils daily; individual critiques; one-on-one painting and drawing instruction
- Painting in Pienza, Montechiello, Bagno Vignoni; includes transportation to site
- Land transfers from Rome and then back to the airport included
- Special mid week travel day to the Umbrian city of Assisi.
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