Watercolor Sketching Workshop in Italy with Teacher Brenda Swenson

Brenda Swenson: Watercolor Sketching Workshop Tuscany 2018

www.swensonsart.net

“Join me for a week of sketching with watercolor on my 6th workshop with French Escapade. We’ll enjoy the free-flowing and colorful nature of watercolor at its best while sketching and having fun!

I’ll help you develop observation skills, color awareness, simple design principles and learn about light and shadows. We’ll investigate various techniques, sketching tools, and approaches to watercolor. Enjoy time with fellow artists, instruction and friendly critiques”.

Space is very limited (max 10 participants/workshop).

img-painting-brendaBrenda Swenson is the artist author of two books, Keeping a Watercolor Sketchbook (Award of Excellence Finalist) and Steps to Success in Watercolor. Her paintings and sketches have been featured in numerous books (Splash 11, 12 & 14, Artistic Touch 4, Creative Freedom, Incite 2), and magazines (Watercolor Artist, Watercolor Magazine, Watercolor Highlights, Plein Air Magazine).

Brenda has achieved signature status in WW, NWWS, and SDWS. Active participant in the arts community, she has served on the board of directors for the National Watercolor Society and Watercolor West.

Day 1: Welcome Reception

day1-welcomeWe will pick you up at the Florence airport. Upon your arrival at our hotel located in the sublime Chianti countryside, you will have time to settle in, explore the private park around the villa, take a walk in the hills or even dive in the pool.

In the evening, you will enjoy a welcome reception followed by a delicious dinner.

Days 2, 3 & 7: Under the Tuscan Sun from our Homestay

day2-4-7-homestay1The Chianti area in Tuscany is one of the most beautiful in the whole region. It offers a unique landscape, with green, gentle hills covered with wide fields of vineyards and olive groves, small stone villages, characteristic parishes and counrtyside homes in stone.

You can view it all from the estate where we are staying. No need to drive anywhere. You will have endless painting vignettes to paint. day2-4-7-homestay2

Wine is one of Italy’s delights.

Our agriturismo is a wine and olive oil producer. We will have a chance to visit the cellar and of course taste wine and olive oil.

This domain is an exquisite location, so characteristic of the Chianti region.

Day 4: Medieval and Renaissance Town of Certaldo

day3-certaldoday3-certaldo2Certaldo is one of Tuscany’s most evocative hill towns enclosed in its 13th century walls.

The city still retains traces of its majestic past which gradually unfurls as you wander through the narrow streets to discover a palace, a church, a cloister, a convent,
Away from the tourist crowd, you will enjoy the peace and quiet of this wonderful medieval village. Numerous painting vignettes await you in this gem of Tuscany.

Certaldo’s charm lies in its historical patrimony. At the end of the day, why no visit the palace of Certaldo? Or you may prefer a glass of wino with gelato.

Day 5: Spectacular City of San Gimignano

day5-sangimignano2San Gimignano is one of the most beautiful towns in Tuscany: gorgeous walled medieval architecture with 14 towers tall enough to be visible from miles around.

Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1990, San Gimignano will offer you endless opportunities for painting.

We will paint the village from the countryside, surrounded by grapes and olives and no other tourists around. We have found the perfect spot! day5sangimignano1

Lunch: We will have the chance to have lunch in a cellar in the middle of Chianti region. In addition to the fabulous food, you will have the opportunity to taste 3 different local wines.

Afternoon: You can choose to paint in the village or do some shopping: leather, gelato and local products including safran and the famous white wine, the Vernaccia di San Gimignano.

Day 6: Enchanting City of Siena

Day6-siena2day6-siena-1Siena is one of the principal cities of Tuscany, known throughout the world for its famous horse race, Il Palio.

Since we will be spending the day in Siena, you will have time to do some painting and some visiting of this beautiful city.

We will start the day with a guided tour of the city: Piazza del Campo, the Duomo in Siena, or the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, one of the most outstanding examples of Romanesque-Gothic church in Italy. The Duomo was built to impress and it does.

You will then have free time to explore on your own: the Palazzo Pubblico contains many works of Sienese art. The Torre di Mangia provides a breath-taking view of the city.  Inside are an astonishing number of busts, statues, frescoes, and painting. The octagonal marble pulpit by Nicola Pisano is amazing, as are the works by Donatello, Bernini, and Michelangelo.

Day 8: Departure

It is time to say Arrivederci! But don’t worry – you’ll be back. We just know it! After our last breakfast together, we’ll drive you to the Florence airport.

Stunning Estate in Tuscan Countryside

img-italy-accomodationNestled in the marvelous Tuscan countryside, surrounded by vineyards, olive groves and lush blooming meadows, the estate is the perfect place for our painting workshop.

The estate boats an excellent location, in the heart of Tuscany, 25 miles from Florence and Siena, allowing us to become acquainted with the artistic, historical, natural and oenogastronomical wonders of this region without having to drive long distances.

img-italy-estate-entranceThe estate houses rooms and apartments with timber ceilings with exposed beams, “cotto” floors; they are also furnished with rural art decor, according to the country style of the tuscan tradition and perfectly respectful of the atmosphere of the place.

The apartments have a full kitchen, a living room and 2 bedrooms with either shared bathroom or en-suite bathroom.

The rooms in the main villa all have en-suite baths.

The estate is an active olive oil and wine producer overlooking the unforgettable landscape of Valdelsa crossed by vineyards, olive-groves and regular rows of cypresses.

It offers many terraces, one swimming pool and a productive wine cellar.

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Dates
Sept 21-28, 2018- 5 spaces left
&
Sept 29 – Oct 6, 2018- 3 spaces left
Watercolor Sketching Workshop
Max: 10 Participants
Rates

Book Early and Save $200 before January 30, 2018!

So Price is US $2,990 (double room)

+ US $550 (single room)

$400 discount for non-painters

After January 30, 2018

US $3,190 (double room)

+ US $550 (single room)

$400 discount for non-painters


Includes

  • Florence airport pick up and drop off
  • A welcome reception
  • All nights at the hotel
  • All breakfasts, 4 lunches and all dinners (includes drinks and wine)
  • Transportation in a comfortable van with A/C
  • The use of folding chairs
  • A personal bilingual chauffeur/guide throughout the week

Excludes

  • Flights to and from Florence
  • 2 lunches
  • Painting supplies
  • Tour leader(s) tipping
How to book

To Make Your Reservation for a French Escapade Tour please follow the steps below and review our Cancellation Policy:

 

1
Check Availability

Send us an e-mail to check availability. Include the dates you are interested in and the number of people you will be reserving a spot for.


2
Submit Registration Form and Send $600 Deposit

After receiving confirmation of availability, complete and submit the Reservation Form and send your $600 deposit check to:

French Escapade LLC
2389 Blackpool Place
San Leandro, CA 94577

If you live in the US:

  • pay by check, payable to French Escapade (if you live in Canada, it needs to be a money order)
  • or by wire transfer (let us know and we will provide you with our account number)
If you live outside the US please contact us for other payment options.

3
Receive Confirmation

We will send you a written confirmation of your reservation along with an information package for your trip (info about pick up and drop off, recommended insurance, name of a travel agent, what to bring, etc…).


4
Submit Remaining Balance

Your remaining balance is due 90 days prior to departure.


Cancellation Policy

If you cancel the trip:Cancellation Fee per Person
More than 90 days before departure$600
(deposit forfeited, but transferable to another trip with a $50 admin fee)
61-90 days before departure50% of total cost
31-60 days before departure75% of total cost
0-30 days before departure100% of total cost
If we cancel the tripYou get a full refund

Thank you for traveling with us!

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