Plein Air Painting in central Italy--Tuscany: A Place for the Senses & A Sense of Place
September 2-12, 2018, to register click here!
Breathe deeply and take in all of it: the colors of fields, flowers, and foods, the warm sunny skies, the taste of local wines and cuisine, the incense of ancient chapels, and the sounds of arias in the streets. Here in the Tuscany we will spend each day experiencing its beauty in a variety of locations, painting as we go.
En plein air painting is French for painting "in the open air," and what better way to soak in the flavors of this region known to be the most picturesque in Italy. Each of our lessons in landscape painting are coordinated with the features of the day's attraction, be it a marketplace, castle, vineyard or bridge.
We'll be staying in the Montalla house, which was built before the year 1504. Scenes of the movie “ Shadow in the Sun,” were filmed here. It has a pool for relaxing in the late summer sun. The Montalla property enjoys a spectacular view of the magnificent Orcia Valley, which specializes in the cultivation of grains, grapes and olives.
Together we'll live the life of art and history, adventure and relaxation. Grab a friend and let's go! To get more information and reserve your spot, go to Lisa's Gryphon Art & Travel.
We will be using the solvent-free method of oil painting used by Albrecht Dürer and Leonardo daVinci. They used walnut oil. It is easy for travel and non-toxic.
You will need to pack in checked baggage:
REALLY GOOD NEWS
IN PRAISE OF MELISSA'S TEACHING
"Your instruction is precise and logical, allowing your students to witness your entire painting process, which is so valuable to learning. Your graciousness and humor enliven every session." -- Dee Barrett
"In my business I am constantly on the lookout for great instructors, those artist/teachers who have, not only a breadth and depth of knowledge, but the ability to share that knowledge with students of various learning styles in ways that make the creative process come alive for each person. Having had the opportunity to observe her in action in her studio classes and having had the benefit of her instruction myself, I can say without a doubt, Melissa Weinman is an absolute gem! I highly recommend her to any painter who hopes to expand their painting skills." --Lisa Statkus, Principal, Lisa's Gryphon Art and Travel
"I had reached a point with my painting where I wanted some instruction to improve my skills - Melissa was the perfect fit. Her classes are challenging and fun, and the studio is a wonderful space. With Melissa's guidance and skill, I noticed an improvement in my work within a very short period of time. I always look forward to the next class!" -- Anne Klein
"I feel fortunate for the opportunity to be instructed by Melissa Weinman. She is a master artist and a generous teacher. Each class Melissa reveals new ways of seeing and methods of painting. The classes are fun and I am inspired by her and my fellow students' oil painting enthusiasm! " — Mike Martin