Entry to MAEC museum included for this special exhibit of Etruscan art & artifacts from the Louvre collection!
Panorama from Hotel Oasi
Join Toscana Americana Workshops for a 10-day painting, travel & cultural experience in Tuscany and Umbria!
This is a Plein Air event in Tuscany and Umbria suitable for everyone and all levels of painters who wish to paint en plein air without an instructor. Each participant works at their own level as we enjoy painting days in some of central Italy's most engaging locations in Tuscany & Umbria! Included with enrollment are all meals, private accommodations, escorted group travel from/to Florence and for all painting outings, plus a wine & chocolate opening reception and a final wine tasting dinner! Additionally, we will vist Florence and the famous Zecchi Art Supply shop and the Uffizi Gallery! And, in true Tuscan fashion, we will visit the Avignonesi vineyard for a tour and wine tasting!
This is your opportunity to create a new body of work to boost your portfolio or to add to your gallerys!
among the sights and sounds of beautiful and romantic Tuscany & Umbria: olive groves, vineyards, centuries-old buildings, winding streets, texture and vibrant sunlight.
in the warm ambiance of Cortona, overlooking Lake Trasimeno and the Val di Chiana, originally fortified by the Umbrians, claimed by the Etruscans, touched by the Renaissance, almost unchanged for centuries, one of Tuscany's jewels.
the joy of painting en plein air in a relaxed and inspiring atmosphere and the camaraderie of a small group of artists.
great Italian food, delightful wines, new friends, breath-taking vistas, history and the hospitality of the people of Tuscany & Umbria.
All-inclusive* participation includes: Escorted group travel Florence to Cortona April 20, 2011**** Instruction in the classroom and on location Nine nights accommodations in historic Cortona** (Private room & bath) Local Etruscan Museum & Museo Diocesano All meals*** (Italian breakfast, lunch and dinner) Daily wine tasting opportunities Day trip to Florence & Uffizi Gallery Wine tasting and Vineyard tour A farewell wine tasting dinner **Included with "Hotel Oasi" plans only. See details. ***Included with "Group Meal Plan" only. See details. ****Specific departure time only; to be announced *All-inclusive plans are Hotel plans only. --Air travel is not included and is the responsibility of each participant. --Oderless turpentine is supplied for the first painting day. Thereafter participants are responsible for purchasing their own locally. Participants are responsible to provide their own supplies and tools and matrials.
4/22 Friday - Lake Trasimeno & Isola Maggiore -Morning Session -12:00p Lunch -Afternoon Session -7:30p Wine tasting -8:00p Evening dinner in Cortona
4/23 Saturday – Lucignano & Val di Chiana -Morning Session -12:00p Lunch -Afternoon Session -7:30p Wine tasting -8:00p Evening dinner in Cortona 4/24 Sunday - Cortona, Easter holiday -Morning Session -12:00p Lunch -Afternoon Session -7:30p Wine tasting at Hotel Oasi -8:00p Evening dinner at Hotel Oasi
4/25 Monday - Assisi -Morning Session -12:00p Lunch -Afternoon Session -7:30p Wine tasting -8:00p Dinner at Hotel Oasi
4/26 Tuesday - Florence -Day trip with Uffizi Gallery visit and Vecchi Art Supply shop -7:30p Wine tasting -8:00p Dinner at Hotel Oasi
4/27 Wednesday - Montepulciano -Morning tour & wine tasting at Avignonesi vineyard -1:00p Lunch in Montepulciano -Afternoon Session -7:30p Wine tasting -8:00p Evening dinner in Cortona 4/28 Thursday - Cortona -Morning Session -12:00p Lunch -Afternoon Session -7:30p Wine tasting -8:00p Final wine tasting dinner in Cortona
4/29 Friday - Cortona -Morning Check-out and departure from Cortona -Escorted travel from Cortona to Florence Note: Toscana Americana reserves the right to alter this itinerary. All times are approximate
Angela Lucani was born and raised in Cortona and never tires of living within the walls of this vibrant Tuscan hilltown! She trained as an elementary school teacher and taught in various locals within Cortona from its mountain villages to the growing post-war part of Cortona known as Camucia. Angela has always been passionate about Tuscan cooking, which she began to learn at an early age aiding her mother in the kitchen. She maintains respect for local cooking traditions and recipes and shares that with Italians and foreign visitors through cooking classes conducted both in Italy and in America. She has extensive knowledge of Cortona's various areas, from the mountains to the fertile Val di Chiana, and continues to learn about its long and colorful history. She is also passionate about travel and enjoys learning about and experiencing customs, traditions and characteristics of other countries, cultures & people. Her travels destinations have included the United States, England, Egypt, South America, France, Ireland, Germany, Austria and Greece. She enjoys serving as a bridge between visitors to Tuscany and the local culture.
Patrick Mahoney (Miami University BA'80, MA'82) lives in Cortona where he continues a thirty-year career in the field of Arts & Entertainment producing events, workshops and tours and providing opportunities to share the Italy experience with travelers, artists and people who share his interests for foods, wine, art, culture. Patrick's passion is to conceive and realize various ways in which the human spirit can express and demonstrate its capacity to create. His ability to fearlessly think, conceive, and work "out of the box" has earned him the attention of artists & musicians, colleges & universities, public & private organizations, and business and industry. Patrick brings integrity and a unique vision to Toscana Americana and he is committed to realizing the opportunity for participants to create in an atmosphere of peace, joy, respect and mutual support. As a "slow traveler" and a supporter of "slow food" Mr. Mahoney rides trains, walks, lingers over lunch, dinner or a cup of espresso, stops to smell the roses and savors the sensory feast wherever he is!