All Medium Painting Workshop in Tuscany with Kirah Van Sickle: Oct 4-11, 2019
All Medium Painting Workshop in Tuscany with Kirah Van Sickle: Oct 4-11, 2019
Positively Plein Air!! For beginner to advanced – acrylic, oil and watercolor artists welcomed.
Ciao Tuscany! Let’s immerse ourselves in the flavors and colors of Tuscany, famous for its rolling hills, olive groves, cypress trees, winding vineyards but also superb Renaissance art and of course Chianti wine.
Join Kirah Van Sickle for an Italian adventure in watercolor, oil and acrylic painting. With Tuscany as our inspiration, we will explore a myriad of journal sketching and alla prima painting techniques.
With an approach based on fundamentals of values, composition and color, Kirah will introduce students to exercises and techniques that build brush confidence and achieve bold, fresh and loose results. Students will gain a better understanding of color temperature, limited palette and the dramatic impact in building contrast and dynamic landscape compositions. Both rural and urban subjects will be addressed, using the notan to establish value planes, and color mixing savy.
Kirah will combine instructor demonstrations, extensive reference material and personal guidance directed to the individual artist’s goals and process. Let’s enjoy exploring the amazing sights and flavors…and all that color that is Tuscany!
Kirah Van Sickle’s Biography
Kirah is a multifaceted artist and seasoned instructor in both plein air and studio practices. Working en plein air provides the immediacy, unpredictable aspects of color, time and place. As a certified Golden Artist-Educator, Kirah brings to her workshops an unprecedented insight to materials as well as both traditional and contemporary creative approaches. Inspired by nature and extensive travel, Kirah’s adventurous spirit is aimed at preserving cultural history and reconnecting the artist in all of us to the creative thread that makes us human. Please join us for a positively plein air escapade!!
We 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.
The 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.
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.
Certaldo 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.
San 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!
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.
Siena 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.
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.
Nestled 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.
The 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.
We will allocate either rooms or apartments based on availabilties.
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.
Dates: Oct 4-11, 2019 All Medium Workshop with Kirah Van Sickle – Max: 12 Participants
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Rates: $3,190 before Jan 31 ($3,390 after Jan 31) + $550 for single room.
Non Painters are welcome to join. Price is the same because they will be benefit from the meals, accommodation and van transportation, therefore taking a painter’s spot.
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