Trisha Adams plein air demo in Pruno.2017 Montorno Workshop Schedule

Enjoy an spectacular painting experience in Tuscany!

Sessions are either 13 days (with 8 full days of instruction) or 8 days (with 6 full days of instruction). Painting, drawing, or sculpting instruction is provided by the members of our accomplished teaching staff. And experience the best of Italian cuisine, freshly prepared for you on all class days!

During the thirteen-day sessions you'll have eight full days of painting, drawing, or sculpting instruction and demonstration, a day trip with your group to visit regional sights and traditions, and two free days to relax or further explore the local area. Eight-day sessions will focus on six days of instruction.

All levels of experience are welcome. Opportunities abound for working with figure, landscape, and still life at our Montorno studio, located adjacent to an ancient vintner's home on the mountainside above the village of Seravezza, Italy. Learn about drawing, painting, and sculpting in the most awesome setting possible!

Independent Study (June 22–July 4, 2017)

Judy Southerland

Arrive: Thur, June 22, 2017 – Depart: Tues, July 4, 2017

WIth this year of the Venice Biennale, the art of Tintoretto, Titian, and Veronese, Venetians all, will provide fodder for response and engagement by students and artists committed to a personal approach in art making. All skill levels welcome. Work can be realized in a variety of methods and materials, and Judy will guide and facilitate each member of the group in exploring and developing ideas which move into finished work. Exchange of information and group critique will be integral to the studio experience and if past is prologue, visually compelling work with legs will emerge to provide ongoing possibilities for future projects.

Contact Judy. Visit Judy's website.
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Painting and Bas-Relief (July 10–22, 2017)

Danni Dawson & Mike Francis

Arrive: Mon, July 10, 2017 – Depart: Sat, July 22, 2017

Danni and Mike’s workshops provide students with a wealth of painting and sculpture opportunities. Danni’s sessions will feature painting and sculpting directly from the model, using both grisaille and color studies. Mike will focus on landscape painting in the village and on the mountainside (at Montorno). Students may work in oils, acrylics, watercolors or pastels, and will receive daily critiques. Contact Danni and Mike. Visit Danni's website and Mike's website.
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Private Painting Retreat (July 25–August 1, 2017)

(By invitation only)

Arrive: Tues, July 25, 2017 – Depart: Tues, August 1, 2017

For more information, contact Judy Morse, Montorno Workshops Coordinator at
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Plein Air in Sunny Tuscany (August 5–12, 2017)

Trisha Adams

Arrive: Sat, August 5, 2017 – Depart: Sat, August 12, 2017

Paint the beautiful sights of Tuscany—ornate doorways, country lanes, sparkling rivers, steps lined with flower pots, laundry flapping on the line and locals at the cafe. Typical painting locations are a perched hilltop village, the quiet village of Seravezza where Michaelangelo once lived, a Romanesque chapel in the countryside, the centuries-old sculpting and artist community of Pietrasanta and the country home of our Italian hosts.

The six painting days are packed with instruction. Trisha’s teaching includes demonstrations, easel-side instruction and illustrated lectures on key topics, such as how to achieve exciting color, the secrets of powerful paintings and how to loosen up and paint with more energy. Students may paint in either oils or acrylics. All levels accepted. Contact Trisha. Visit Trisha's website.

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Painting the Tuscan Landscape (August 15–22, 2017)

Heather Sink

Arrive: Tues, August 15, 2017 – Depart: Tues, August 22, 2017

Come plein air paint with Heather in the Tuscan landscape! The workshop will include breathtaking locations to inspire your creative work. Paint in the country side and quaint villages, including Seraveza where Michelangelo once lived, architecture, the people, flower pots on steps and everyday scenes found in the non-tourist locations. There will be a focus on individual artistic growth whether you are a beginner or an experienced artist. Heather’s nurturing and informative encouragement will make your experience a growing and positive step in your creative journey. Composition, value and color will be addressed in lectures. Individual instruction, demonstrations and critiques are other important elements in this workshop. Students may use acrylic or oil paints. Bring your own paints and gear. Contact Heather. Visit Heather's website.

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