Painting in Seravezza2019 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 5 full days of instruction and a day of painting/exploring the area). 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!

Montorno Artist Residency(May 25 – June 6, 2019)

Judy Southerland, Leader

Arrive: Sat, May 25, 2019 – Depart: Thur, June 6, 2019

For artists and students at all levels who want time and space to paint, draw, or construct across media. For those who want time and space to develop and make new art or extend and refine their ideas for ongoing work. Southerland will lead daily material and conceptual exercises providing structure, focus and challenge helping artists and students translate a unique place and experience into visually condensed, compelling shape and form. Critique will be an integral part of the studio experience. All artistic disciplines are welcome, and materials will be discussed so we can travel light. The site is inspirational, the large studio excellent and the work can be experimental or sustained. The Venice Biennial is on this year with DC’s own Martin Puryear representing the USA. Travel there is an option either before the residency or on the long weekend in between the 16 studio sessions over 8 days. Florence is an hour away, Pietrasanta and Lucca are even closer. And the food and our hosts are out of this world amazing!

Contact Judy. Visit Judy's website.
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Painting the Tuscan Landscape(June 11 – 18, 2019)

Heather Sink

Arrive: Tue, June 11, 2019 – Depart: Tue, June 18, 2019

Come plein air paint with Heather Sink in the Tuscan landscape! We will paint in breathtaking locations to inspire your creative work. Paint the countryside and quaint villages, including Seravezza (where Michelangelo once lived), the architecture, the people, flower pots on steps, and everyday scenes found in the non-tourist locations. Everywhere you look there is a painting waiting to be painted! Heather has a passion for teaching and travel. She has many years of teaching art to students of all ages, and she lived in Italy many years ago. 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. Odorless mineral spirits will be provided for oil painters. Excellent art instruction plus Italian culture plus fantastic food equals a fantastic life experience not to be missed!

Contact Heather. Visit Heather's website.
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Impressions of Italy (July 28 – August 4, 2019)

Adrienne Wyman

Arrive: Sun, July 28, 2019 – Depart: Sun, August 4, 2019

Immerse yourself in the unspoiled world that has inspired artists for centuries. This workshop will be a combination of hand-on painting in the studio, plein air sessions on location, painting demonstrations and excursions which will fill your creative well for years to come. Whether you are a new or experienced painter, there will be techniques for everyone to learn. All levels are welcome. Adrienne paints in oils, but students may paint in either oils or acrylics. There will be lovely still life set ups with dappled light in the mountainside studio in Montorno; cascading flowers on earthen walls, scenic mountains landscapes, colorful boats and beach umbrellas by the sea, charming lines of laundry in hilltop villages, antique doors, stone bridges and more. Enjoy excursions to picturesque locales like the beach at Forte dei Marmi, the walled city of Lucca, the world-renowned villages of Cinque Terre, sculptures and mosaics of Pietrasanta and the town of Seravezza where Michelangelo once lived. Adrienne’s teaching style is positive, encouraging, and infused with art history and techniques that span from the Old Masters to Post-Impressionists. Lessons will include:

Contact Adrienne. Visit Adrienne's website.
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Painting Tuscan Life(August 8 – 20, 2019)

Gavin Glakas

Arrive: Thur, August 8, 2019 – Depart: Tues, August 20, 2019

Gavin’s workshop will focus on his great artistic loves - historical landscape and cityscape painting and portrait and figure painting. We’ll paint and draw in the ancient village of Seravezza, where Michelangelo once lived and worked, as well as with models in the studio. We can set up still lives and get lost in the details of barn doors or sweeping vistas. Gavin will give group lessons, demos and individual feedback, and students will have plenty of time to work at their own pace, spend as much (or as little) time as they’d like working with Gavin, and take breaks to read, explore and possibly nap. During the thirteen-day sessions you’ll have eight full days of painting or drawing instruction and demonstration, a day trip to visit a local site like Lucca or Pietrasanta, and two free days to relax or explore.

Contact Gavin. Visit Gavin's website.
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Painting and Bas-Relief (August 24 – September 5, 2019)

Danni Dawson & Mike Francis

Arrive: Sat, August 24, 2019 – Depart: Thur, Sepptember 5, 2019

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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Painting the Charm of Tuscany:
from villas, villages, mountains to the coast(September 9 – 16, 2019)

Nicole Kennedy

Arrive: Mon, September 9, 2019 – Depart: Mon, September 16, 2019

Painting plein air at Montorno, (just North of Lucca) and the areas surrounding provides a unique opportunity to experience the beauty Tuscany has to offer. Nicole Kennedy, known for her award winning paintings of Italy, will be in her element at Montorno and the surrounding areas with students to explore the areas visual diversity, from the Montorno villa with breathtaking mountain views, to charming villages, a day at a colorful coastal port with boats and even the option of painting a model in the environment. Nicole’s focus will be instructing students en plein air; capturing light, composition, simplification, values, color, drawing, tips for painting water, and other essentials for successful results. Nicole Kennedy is well known for her energetic, enthusiastic teaching method. Students will receive individual attention and be encouraged to discover their creative voice. While class focuses on oil or acrylic on canvas, watercolor and pastel artists are welcome. Nicole will demo every day emphasizing problem solving methods common in painting from life. Students will also learn how to take great photographs for studio painting, even with an iPhone! Group will also take an excursion exploring the culture and scenery of the region.

Contact Nicole. Visit Nicole's website.
Info and registration form PDF (coming soon)

Private Painting Retreat(September 20 – October 2, 2019)

By Invitation Only

Arrive: Fri, September 20, 2019 – Depart: Wed, October 2, 2019

13 days, 12 nights with 8 days of painting, a day trip to local sites, and 2 free days to explore on your own.

Contact Judy Morse, Montorno Coordinator, for more information.


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