Painting hillsides overlooking vineyards and the wonderful cypress-dotted landscapes you can expect to work quickly to capture the essence of our beautiful Chianti surroundings. In the tradition of plein-air artists, instructor Jean Cauthen encourages completion of two or more paintings in a day, as well as a couple of more sustained artworks. This is perfect for the advanced artist wanting to "loosen up," as well as the beginner wanting to learn the essentials of landscape painting. By concentrating on space, color relationships and design, students move toward discovering their own unique vision. Even on our excursions you will be encouraged to keep a sketchbook to journal your stay. In addition to Il Chiostro's planned excursions, you will have free time to explore the region on your own or just relax in the beautiful Chianti environment.
Jean works and teaches in oil paint, but other painting media are welcome as well. Each day will begin with a "focus," particularly suited to our subject. Students will benefit from 4-5 hours/daily of individual and group instruction including demonstrations and informal critiques. No matter your level of experience, Jean will help you build your ability as a painter and artist.We will live in a farmhouse situated within a short walk of a small village. At the farmhouse, we will enjoy delightful evenings of wining and dining after a fulfilling day of painting.
Jean Cauthen graduated from James Madison University with an MFA in Painting/Drawing. She is currently an art professor at UNC-Charlotte. She has exhibited extensively and won many awards for her oil paintings. She combines a love for travel, passion for painting and teaching by leading groups to Italy to discover what has lured artist to that region for centuries.Jean believes that it is "never just about painting," and strives for students to consider ideas behind the painting while learning to be thoughtful their own personal visual language. Her enthusiasm, generosity and positive approach to learning have earned her many awards in teaching.
Our spring programs take place on a vineyard estate in the Chianti area of Tuscany. Le Lodoline is the name of a fattoria, or working vineyard and olive orchard, set in the Chianti hills of Tuscany overlooking the medieval city of Siena. This is an authentic Tuscan country setting filled with rustic charm. The property, owned by a Contessa (who still lives here) is designated an agriturismo. It is composed of a series of traditional stone farm houses with terra cotta roofs. You can almost imagine yourself in another century as you walk down the dirt lanes and through the gates that connect the houses.
For our workshops taking place at Le Lodoline, accommodations in the farmhouses consist of shared double rooms with shared bathrooms. There are a limited number of single rooms and some doubles with ensuite bathrooms, which are available for a small supplement. There are also limited double room accommodations with private bathrooms available next door in a bed and breakfast in what was once the principle villa of the property.
- Shared double room in country villa
- Daily traditional breakfast and dinner, including wine
- Daily plain air excursions
- Excursion to Siena
- Half day excursion to nearby hill town (Monteriggioni, Radda, Volpaia…)
- Pick up from Florence train station at 3:30pm on arrival Saturday
- Transfer to bus/train station in Siena on final day
- Art supplies
- Local bus transportation
- Independent meals and sight-seeing.
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