Watercolour Painting in Florence

Highlights

  • Learn how to master numerous watercolour techniques
  • Immerse yourself in the beautiful city of Florence
  • Take in all the guidance from your experienced instructor
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What you'll do

Overview

Treat yourself to this fantastic opportunity to paint watercolours in the beautiful renaissance city of Florence - the perfect landscape for artists to become inspired and improve their skills.

2024 dates
27th April - 2nd May
1st June - 6th June
29th June - 4th July
31st August - 5th September
12th October - 17th October

Treat yourself to this fantastic opportunity to paint water colours in the beautiful Renaissance city of Florence. It doesn’t ...Read All

Welcome to Florence!

Welcome to Florence!

This retreat takes place in the magnificent historic monastery in the heart of Florence. A heaven for peace and tranquility with a typical walled inner court-yard and gardens, frescoed ceilings and walls and antique corridors.

The rooms in this B&B are simply furnished, and the focus is on providing tranquility and a place for reflection and relaxation in this busy city, yet you will find all the modern conveniences provided for a comfortable stay.

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Drawing and Painting Foundation, and Colour Theory Workshop

Breakfast will be served from 7:30-9am.

Everyday, your instructor will meet you at the reception at 9am and walk you to the painting location of the day. All the painting material you need will be supplied, but you may need to take spending money for coffee breaks etc, some sunscreen and appropriate clothing for the day.

At 12pm, you will end your morning workshop – however you may wish to continue working or return to B&B.

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The day starts with Breakfast from 07:30

9am-12pm: Putting things in perspective!

Today, you will take part in a ‘street view’ water colour workshop with composition based around single point perspective principles. From the first two days, you will be able to understand colour and how to draw – now, you will paint!

You’ll find a not so busy street view which will be chosen because it’s a one-point perspective view. A demonstration of how to draw a o...Read All

Tour of the Bargello Gallery and Farewell Dinner

From 9am-12pm, your instructor will take you on a guided tour and gallery visit to the Bargello Gallery, home to the finest collection of Renaissance statues in Florence.

In the afternoon, from 3pm-5pm, you will experience a vista-view with demonstrations and practical. You will be taken on a little tour over the other side of the river to the rose garden of the Rose Gardens, and from here you will see a beautiful uninterrupted panorama of Florence.

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Goodbye!

Please check out by 11am. We hope to see you again soon!

What's included

Included

  • 5 nights accommodation with breakfast and evening meals
  • 4 mornings tuition and afternoon program of study with critique of your work in the evening
  • All materials, Winsor and Newton watercolour paints, Kolinsky sable brushes, drawing equipment, incl. watercolour sketchbook
  • Guided tour of Florence’s historic art museums
Your local host

Jana

Jana is a co-founder at her retreat in Le Marche, Italy, and is in charge of guest hospitality as well as administrative tasks. She is the woman behind all of the logistics and bookings, as well as creating delicious seasonal menus during your stay.

Art tutor
– John Skelcher will be your landscape tutor and he has been teaching art for over 15 years
– He has experience teaching all levels of ability, from beginners to degree level
– John strives to bring out the best in his students and positively encourages them to develop their confidence
– He loves sharing his knowledge of painting techniques tied in with some art history during his workshops

Cooking instructor
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Jana is a co-founder at her retreat in Le Marche, Italy, and is in charge of guest hospitality as well as administrative tasks. She is the woman behind all of the logistics and bookings, as well as creating delicious seasonal menus during your stay.

Art tutor
– John Skelcher will be your landscape tutor and he has been teaching art for over 15 years
– He has experience teaching all levels of ability, from beginners to degree level
– John strives to bring out the best in his students and positively encourages them to develop their confidence
– He loves sharing his knowledge of painting techniques tied in with some art history during his workshops

Cooking instructor
– Charlotte’s love of cooking goes back to her childhood, where she started off in the kitchen making pastry with her grandmother
– She has travelled extensively and lived in many countries, and believes her electric hand mixer, rolling pin, cake tins, and soufflé dish should travel with her wherever she goes
– Since living in Italy, relatives have passed on original recipes and cooking tips

Yoga instructor
– Anne is from the Netherlands and has been teaching yoga for many years and truly loves it
– In addition to teaching yoga at the retreat, she is also a proud owner of an organic farm, where she also provides classes to her loyal yogi followers

Location

This course is based at a charming monastery in the heart of Florence, a short walk from all the main attractions of this grand city. With beautifully frescoed walls and ceilings, a beautifully landscaped inner court-yard garden and cloister walk-ways, it makes a perfect peaceful retreat from the hustle and bustle. Thus, allowing you to recharge your batteries after a day’s painting and exploring this magnificent city through the eye of an artist. The rooms are simply and comfortably furnished, many reflecting the monastery’s history.

Please note airport transfers are not included.

FAQs

What should I pack?

Comfortable casual clothing and sensible shoes for walking, sandals, for the summer and comfortable shoes for when we are out and about all day. It rains even in Italy, and at times heavily. A rain coat, umbrella, layered clothing, a hat and long sleeves for sun-protection are recommended. Adequate clothing for painting, clothes may get stained. Aprons will be provided.

What meals are included?

Lunch and dinners will be taken at carefully chosen Trattorias to provide a varied and local Tuscan cuisine from local fresh ingredients. Salads and a vegetarian option are also on offer. All meals are set for the week and include water and a glass of wine. If you are vegetarian or have dietary issues please ensure that this is stated at time of booking.

What are the nearest major airports?

- Florence Amerigo Vespucci International
- Rome Leonardo da Vinci - Fumicino
- Rome Ciampino
- Pisa international
- Bologna Giuglielmo Marconi

Can I bring a partner who isn't interested in painting?

Non-painting partners are welcome at reduced rate and can join us on all our trips and excursions.

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