Plein air with Gavin2020 Montorno Workshop Schedule
(Registration forms coming soon)

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 free day to paint or explore the local 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 five 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!


Art*iculation

Steven Walker & David Hazard

Arrive: Wed, May 13, 2020 – Depart: Mon, May 25, 2020

Art*iculation is a 13-day retreat that will help you hone your artistic, writing, and—as an added value, if you wish—your promotional and marketing skills. Artists and writers will come together in this unique retreat. Instructional sessions will be offered in painting, writing great narratives, also marketing. The creative emphasis for both artists and writers will be on building keen awareness— "really seeing what you see". This will make your painting and writing more vivid and powerful. You will also learn how to "articulate"— put into words—what you want to say about your work or in your storytelling in a way that powerfully impacts and moves your readers. Instructional sessions include: plein air work; improving narrative (storytelling) skills; how to write compelling artist statements for exhibitions and websites (for artists); writing winning pitch and proposals (for writers); social media marketing. Artists and writers are invited to sit in on any sessions in the interest of improving their observational, writing, and marketing skills. You can learn to see the way an artist sees and express yourself the way professional writers do. (Both painting and writing sessions will be offered multiple times, allowing attendees to create their own schedule.) The result of this cross-disciplinary retreat will be more captivating visual and written work.

Contact Steven and visit Steven's website. Contact David and visit David's website.
Registration form PDF.

Paint the Charm of Tuscany from Mountains to the Sea

Nicole White Kennedy

Arrive: Sat, May 30, 2020 – Depart: Sat, June 6, 2020
Expand your painting skills while experiencing culture and culinary delights of Tuscany! Nicole is renowned for her paintings of Italy and is quasi fluent in Italian. Come experience the ultimate workshop with Nicole painting, sketching, photography, delicious cuisine, and visiting beautiful locales in Italy just North of Lucca. From the Montorno mountain home and studio of our hosts, to the colorful Ligurian coast and charming Tuscan villages. Nicole will instruct and create a creative itinerary providing a unique opportunity to experience the diverse beauty Tuscany has to offer. Nicole Kennedy is well known for her energetic, enthusiastic and encouraging teaching style. Students will receive individual attention at their own level, experiment, and be encouraged to discover their creative voice. Nicole’s focus will be instructing students en plein air; capturing light, composition, simplification, extensive instruction on values, color application and drawing. Tips for painting water, and other essentials. While class focuses on media intended for canvas, watercolor and pastel artists are welcome. Sketching and painting (even with oils) in notebooks is encouraged and fun. Closer to date, Nicole will send suggested supply list and suggestions on how to travel light. She will demo every day, emphasizing problem solving methods common in painting from life.


Contact Nicole. Visit Nicole's website.
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Painting the Tuscan Landscape

Heather Sink

Arrive: Thur, June 11, 2020 – Depart: Thur, June 18, 2020
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.
Registration form PDF.

Painting Light and Color in Tuscany — A Cultural Immersion

Angela Nesbit

Arrive: Tue, June 23, 2020 – Depart: Tue, June 30, 2020
Immerse yourself in the world of Tuscany. This workshop will focus on seeing the spectacular light and color—painting plein air at the Montorno studio (just north of Lucca) and the surrounding areas. This is an amazing opportunity to experience the beauty that Tuscany has to offer. Students will be immersed in both an artistic and cultural experience. Painting breathtaking mountain views, to charming villages and a colorful coastal port. There is a painting around every corner. We will spend time painting and eating at Montorno, the country home of our Italian hosts, which offers a rare glimpse into true Italian life. We have excursions to unspoiled locations such as, Pruno, Seravezza where Michelangelo once lived, and Pietrasanta, which are a visual and creative delight. Painting days will be overflowing with information. Angela will focus on seeing light, color and value. Her teachings will include: demonstrations, easel-side instruction, and handouts on key topics. Topics covered will include: how to use exaggerated color to paint the Tuscan light, how to loosen up and have energetic paintings, and how to push values so your paintings sparkle. Angela paints in oils, but students may paint in oils or acrylics. Awesome art instruction with Italian culture plus amazing food equals a life experience that should not be missed! All levels are welcome.


Contact Angela. Visit Angela's website.
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Painting and Bas-Relief

Danni Dawson & Mike Francis

Arrive: Sun, July 5, 2020 – Depart: Fri, July 17, 2020
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. All experience levels accepted. During the sessions you’ll have painting, drawing, or sculpting instruction and demonstration, plus a day trip with your group to visit regional sights and traditions.


Contact Danni and visit Danni's website. Contact Mike.
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Impressions of Italy

Adrienne Wyman

Arrive: Thur. July 23, 2020 – Depart: Thur, July 30, 2020
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 several 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: painting with direct, bold and beautiful brush stokes like John Singer Sargent; capturing the effects of sunlight using Impressionist color theory; Leonardo DaVinci’s lessons on atmospheric perspective; maximizing transparent and opaque pigments to create depth and drama.


Contact Adrienne. Visit Adrienne's website.
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Painting Tuscan Life

Gavin Glakas

Arrive: Tue, August 4, 2020 – Depart: Sun, August 16, 2020
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.
Registration form PDF.

Painting at Montorno

Dan Thompson

Arrive: Sat, August 22, 2020 – Depart: Sat, August 29, 2020
Info and registration form coming soon


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