Italy, 2019 – Awaken the Artist Within

See Italy as an Artist – September – October, 2019

Session One – September 22 – October 4 – Awaken the Artist Within
5 nights Venice | 7 nights Spannocchia

Session Two – October 4 – 16 – The Art of Now
7 nights Spannocchia | 4 nights Orvieto

Venice –

Take your time. Get to know Venice. Don’t stand in line at the Duomo. Instead, join us to discover the hidden treasures tucked in less visited corners of this beautiful city.

Each day will include a visit to a unique Venetian neighborhood,  sketch and watercolor instruction, and free time to explore the city. Breakfast and one restaurant meal is included daily, leaving you free for one meal on your own.

Venice is truly one of the most beautiful cities in the world, but it is easy to become overwhelmed by the crowds, the hustle, and the bustle. We do everything we can to minimize the stress and show you a side of Venice that few get to see.

Spannocchia –

A Taste of Tuscany - Spannocchia
A Taste of Tuscany – Spannocchia

There is nowhere in the world we’ve found like Spannocchia. This agro-turismo retreat center is located 10 miles from Siena. The main building is a 15th century villa attached to a 12th century tower. The property has miles of walking on roads and trails. We’ll have our own studio for daily arts instruction. Spannocchia will offer three meals a day, family style all prepared in the simple Tuscan style with locally sourced ingredients.

Our days at Spannocchia will start with a morning walk and include free writing time, sketch and watercolor instruction, A Taste of Tuscany; local food and wine pairing, yoga and photography.

During our week we’ll take two day trips, one to visit several local wineries, and one to a local spa, where we’ll enjoy a hot soak.

Session One includes seven days at Spannocchia. Session Two includes eight.

Orvieto –

Orvieto, Umbria sketch
Orvieto, Umbria by Tom Birmingham

This Medieval Hill Town is, in our opinion, simply sublime.

Cobblestone streets leading through arches, ancient buildings catching the setting sun, atmospheric vistas of the Umbrian valleys far below, and the extraordinary Duomo some say rivals Siena’s.

In Orvieto we ate the best meal we’ve ever eaten in Italy, and that’s saying something.  We found views that proclaimed “siamo qui!” from the rooftops, with turreted towers silhouetted against gauzy drop-dead gorgeous views, medieval architecture, Renaissance sculpture, artisanal shops carrying on Italy’s legacy of fine hand work, and artwork of the past and the present to inspire.

Orvieto is an artist’s paradise, inspiring and yet tranquil, a respite from the hustle bustle of nearby Rome and Florence.   Here you feel time drop away, sinking into the deep pleasure of Italian culture, art, tradition, food and wine.   Stop in any bar or cafe for a cappuccino or aperitif and savor the moment, taking time to observe the slower pace of life here, sketching the local scene in a place that welcomes its visiting artists with open arms.