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Studio Italia | Art workshops in Italy | Painting holidays and art retreats in Tuscany

Studio Italia | June 14-23, 2020 > (4 places left)
Studio Italia | Oct. 5-14, 2020 > (4 places left)

Painting in Castelmuzio during our art workshops in Italy and art classes in Tuscany
Painting in Castelmuzio during Studio Italia

“A jewel in the crown of art workshops,” wrote one of our former participants. Studio Italia is one of our top-quality art workshops in Italy offered every June and October since 1997. These art retreats in Tuscany are open to artists of all levels, from beginners to professionals as well as accompanying partners.

Studio Italia is a unique experience that combines plein air painting, art history, and art theory lectures, touring and gourmet cuisine in the most beautiful area in Tuscany. Nine full days devoted to art classes in the medium of your choice: oils, acrylics, watercolors, etc. A true painting holiday! Mornings are dedicated to art instruction at the lodge, afternoons to lighter coaching in a beautiful village in Tuscany (Cortona, Montepulciano, Pienza, etc.).  Evenings are dedicated to discussions around gourmet meals and wine. We spend one day in Florence visiting the Uffizi Museum and some of the city’s most important art sites.

During our art workshop in Italy

Would you like to fully understand color interaction? Do you need help in forming a proper composition? Are you interested in learning the basics of oils and acrylics when doing plein air painting? Do you need help to advance your search of a personal style? Are you looking for assistance to develop a concept for a new series? And more? Do not worry, we are here to help you.

You are free to follow our program or to work at your own pace.  Why not working on sketches for the first few days, and then proceed to more accomplished works?  Lectures for all, instruction for most and personal coaching for those who wish, are the most important foundations of our painting workshops in Tuscany. Studio Italia is so popular that we have participants who have joined us four times already. Please read testimonials.

Our groups of eight participants allow us to offer personalized instruction and an intimate environment that fosters creativity and fun. Moreover, our painting workshops include art history/theory lectures that aim to help participants find their personal artistic path. Likewise, our art classes in Tuscany are suitable for the artist’s partner who desires to enjoy the Italian landscape and famous cuisine and wines. Accompanying partners are part of all the group expeditions to nearby medieval towns and are welcome to attend our stimulating art lectures.

The price of our painting holidays in Italy is CAD 3,375  or the equivalent in US$ at the time of full payment (around US$ 2,580 as of October 30 2019). The cost includes: painting instruction, art theory and art history lectures, nine-night double accommodation, all breakfasts, 8 lunches, 8 dinners including wine and digestif, transportation from and to the Arezzo train station , transportation to all painting/visiting sites (Montepulciano, Cortona, Pienza, etc.), train ticket to Florence and entrance to the Uffizi Museum.

More details (approach, location, and schedule) on our painting workshops in Tuscany, Italy.  Please read about our art based cooking book and meals at

group of painters in our art workshop in Italy
Morning class at the lodge; theory before the application in a nearby village.
Group of painters setting up their easels during our painting workshop in Italy
Setting up our easels on the Val d’Orcia
Group of painters discussing about their works during our art retreat in Tuscany
Our final crit before Prosecco
Group painting the Val d'Orcia during our art workshop in Tuscany
Painting the Val d’Orcia
View of Chiusure during our art classes in Italy
Painting in Chiusure
Group of painters mixing their colors during our art retreat in Tuscany
Letting go painting exercises
Group of painters enjoying a gourmet dinner during one of our painting holidays in Italy
Enjoying one of our gourmet meals during Studio Italia