Learn to paint Tuscany in plein air with Robert J. O’Brien AWS NWS in a five day workshop. Students will learn some basic techniques of painting outdoors such as finding a subject, recognizing good composition and painting techniques which will allow the artist to finish a painting in a limited amount of time. Students will also learn how to recognize values and how value relates to light, shadow and color.Critiques and class discussion will also be part of the workshop. The instructor will do a demonstration each day and the class will paint along with and after the demo.
among the sights and sounds of beautiful and romantic Tuscany: 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 with the expert instruction of a nationally know artist and instructor and the camaraderie of a small group of learners.
great Italian food, delightful wines, new friends, breath-taking vistas, history and the hospitality of the people of Cortona.
Saturday – Arrival in Cortona -Arrival and Check-in in Cortona -7:00p Welcome to Cortona wine and chocolate tasting at La Saletta. -8:00p Evening dinner in Cortona at La Loccanda nel Loggiatto Sunday - Cortona -9:00a-1:00p Morning Session -1:00p Lunch -3:00-6:00p Afternoon Session -7:30p Wine tasting -8:00p Evening dinner in Cortona
Monday - Cortona -9:00-1:00p Morning Session -1:00p Lunch -3:00-6:00p Afternoon Session -7:30p Wine tasting TBA -8:00p Evening dinner in Cortona Tuesday - Florence -8:00a Taxi to Camucia Station (train at 8:29) -Day trip to Florence with lunch provided -Uffizi gallery visit. -4:09p Depart Florence -7:30p Wine at TBA -8:00p Dinner in Cortona
Wednesday - Cortona -9:00-12:00p Morning Session -12:00p Lunch -2:00-5:00p Afternoon Session -5:45p Tuscan cooking class & dinner Thursday - Lago Trasimeno & Isola Maggiore -7:40a - Depart Cortona and travel to Passignano followed by boat to Isola Maggiore -8:05a – Depart Camucia by train for Passignano & Isola Maggiore -1:00p Lunch -6:30 return to Cortona/Camucia -7:30p Wine tasting -8:00p Dinner in Cortona Friday - Cortona -9:00-1:00p Morning Session -1:00p Lunch -3:00-6:00p Afternoon Session -8:00p Farewell Wine Tasting Dinner in Cortona Saturday – Cortona -Morning Check-out and departure from Cortona -Each guest must make taxi/travel requests through the Hotel front desk.
Note: Toscana Americana reserves the right to alter this itinerary. All times are approximate
All-inclusive* workshop includes: Escorted group travel Rome to Cortona June 1, 2013**** Instruction in the classroom and on location Seven nights three-star accommodations in historic Cortona** (Private room & bath) Local Etruscan Museum & Museo Diocesano All meals*** (Italian breakfast, lunch and dinner) Daily wine tasting opportunities Day shopping and sightseeing trip to Florence A farewell wine tasting dinner Tuscan Cooking Class & dinner **Included with "hotel" 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 and ground transportation to/from Cortona is not included and is the responsibility of each participant.
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Cortona is one of the true jewels of the Tuscan “hill towns.” Cortona, which is often called the “City of Art,” has its origin as an Etruscan city that pre-dates Roman times with sections of its walls dating back some 2500 years. As is typical of Tuscan hill-towns, Cortona is a walled city that, for purposes of defense, was built atop a prominent geographical point. The stone buildings and streets not only have the romance, style, and charm that are particular to Tuscany, but also speak of the lives and times Cortona has witnessed. An encounter with Cortona is an encounter with music & art, with history and with spirituality. Getting to know this timeless city is a real rediscovery of our past. Cortona offers testimony to its history as well as an enchanting view of the landscape enclosed by Lake Trasimeno and the Apennine mountains.
I use a 9in x 12in. Guerrilla Paint Box. I find them very compact and portable. They are generally mounted on a tripod. Both items can be carried in a large suitcase.You can store just about all of your other supplies like pencils, brushes, paints and pallet in the box itself. I prefer to stand when I paint but there are folding stools, which can be easily transported and are plenty sturdy for those who prefer to sit. Umbrellas are optional and can be awkward to travel with, though they are very useful in a mostly sunny environment.There are plenty of shady spots to paint from.
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!