Autumn Arts Festival – Watercolor and Acrylic

DATES: 10/16/2018 - 10/24/2018
LOCATION: Tuscany
PRICE: $3,690
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Lynn Travis Stender, originally from the Northeast, received a Fine Arts Degree in Illustration and Design from Marymount University, Arlington, Virginia. She captures mood and light in her subject matter through her Plein Air approach to painting.

Lynn served as Vice President elect of the Palm Beach Watercolour Society, 2000-2003, is an Exhibiting Member of the Boca Raton Museum of Art, Professional Artists Guild, member of the Gold Coast Watercolour Society; Women in the Visual Arts and the High Mountain Watercolour Society, Blowing Rock, North Carolina.

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As Resident-Artist of the Boca Raton Resort and Club, Lynn has been teaching painting workshops for over 15 years. She has a limited collection of giclee prints, greeting cards, and gift items, which reflect the beautiful architecture and landscape of historic resort properties such as The Boca Raton Resort and Club, the Registry Resort, Ritz Carlton Golf and Beach Resort, Naples, Florida, Don Ce Sar Beach Resort and Spa, St. Petersburg, Florida, The Richmond Hill Inn, Asheville, North Carolina, and The Cloister, Sea Island, Georgia. Her works are in private, public and corporate collections.

She has painted and collected subject matter from around the world, and is a staff teacher for Il Chiostro, teaching “Plein Air” painting Workshops in Italy. She is deeply committed to encouraging her students to fully explore their creativity and self-expression.

Lynn was honored by her student Sally Petrillo, who in 2003, founded the Lynn Travis Stender Scholarship Fund. This Scholarship Fund accepts donations through the WITVA (Women In The Visual Arts organization) Delray Beach, Florida. Scholarships are issued to local high school students pursuing further studies and a career in the fine arts. Annual fundraisers, “Artful Afternoons” are conducted by Lynn and a dedicated committee of volunteers.

Lynn was a very helpful instructor. But she was also a very warm and caring person. This is a beautiful area to paint. I learned a lot.

Lynn Stender is the most wonderful person in the world.

past Autumn Arts participants

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Flowers on the wall, by Lynn Stender

Il Chiostro celebrates the harvest time of the year in Tuscany with The Autumn Arts Festival. We offer 4 separate workshops that all overlap throughout this week-long celebration of the arts, the harvest, the wine and this wonderful region of Italy.  The workshops are:

In addition to your workshop we offer Italian Opera Appreciation lectures with Prof. Patricia Pease each evening before dinner.  This is open to all participants.


Sorry, but Lynn’s class is full at the moment.  Please call us to have your name placed on the waiting list.  In the meantime, consider enrolling in either the photography or cooking classes.

Program Description – Painting in Watercolor & Acrylic plus Collage:

In our daily plein air painting classes we will explore various settings around the vineyard, nearby valleys, and hilltowns as subjects to study composition, luminous palettes and brush techniques. We will experiment with the famous Tuscan light in our own paintings, then visit the museums in Siena and Florence to view the Medieval and Renaissance masters. We will learn from each other through daily critiques with the instructor. At the end of the program we will hang a final exhibit for all participants.

This is the perfect workshop for beginners as well as experienced artists. Lynn will teach you step by step techniques that guarantee to bring out the creative side in each of you.


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Cypress Road by Lynn Stender

Price: $3,690* p/p; optional supplements include:

  • limited number of suites available for a $450 p/p supplement (minimum 2 persons)
  • single supplement $695 (limited number available)

* Early Bird Discount of $100 if registered by April 15, 2018

Includes:

  • Room (double or suite) with full bathroom-8 nights
  • 2 meals per day (dinner with wine and full Tuscan breakfast)
  • Workshop tuition and fees (except where noted)
  • General activities (except where noted)
  • Transfers between Siena train or bus station and Dievole

Departure is on morning of October 24th.

General Activities Open to All Participants (in addition to workshop):
Most activities take place in and around the 900 year old Dievole estate & vineyard.

  • Winery tour and tasting, featuring Dievole`s Chianti Classico
  • Italian Opera Appreciation classes every evening before dinner
  • Excursion to Siena
  • Dinner in the old cantina
  • Various topical excursions with your class
  • Special evening events and surprise entertainment, TBA
  • Pig Roast celebrating the harvest and the arts

Price does not include:

  • Airfare
  • Museum admissions
  • Art supplies, laptops or other equipment for workshops.

Contact us for more information:  info@ilchiostro.com or speak to us live at 800-990-3506.

Dievole Chianti Classico Winery, Tuscany

Participants in the Autumn Arts Festival will stay in Dievole’s 16th century inn and guest houses floating in the magnificent Tuscan hills. We take over the whole winery so it will begin to feel like home after a few days.  The entire facility recently underwent a major facelift transforming all rooms into spacious, luxury lodgings.  Rooms are doubles or suites with modern bathrooms and heating.

A limited number of single rooms and suites are available for a supplement.

Dievole will seem more like a family inn rather than an impersonal chain hotel.  Dievole is located in the town of Vagliagli, about 12km northeast of Siena and 40km south of Florence. If you wish to explore the area independently during your stay we recommend renting a car. The link below will give you a glimpse of the winery:

Click here to visit Dievole’s web site…

Visit them on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/dievole

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Die vole vineyards, photo by Jim Palmer

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Dievole wine bottles, photo by Gilbert Rios

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Gianni pouring for a tasting, photo by Andy Holtzman

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Dinner in the old wine cellar, photo by J Michael Sullivan

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Dino ready to carve at the harvest pig roast

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Early morning at Dievole, photo by Gabriella Pascoe

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Orientation in the vintners’ room, photo by J Michael Sullivan

We will pick you up in Siena anytime between 1 and 5pm on the first day of the program. The recommended arrival airports are Florence or Rome from where you can take a bus or train to Siena. Florence is closer, but there are no direct flights from the US. You would have to change in another European city. Rome provides more flight options.

The bus/train from Rome to Siena is about 3 hours.

We can also arrange for a car to pick you up from Florence or Rome. You pay the driver directly. Just let us know a few days in advance so we can make the arrangemenst for you.

If you are departing from Rome on the last day, remember it is 3 hours by car or bus from Siena so try to book an afternoon flight.

If you have time, you might consider lingering in Italy for a few days extra on either end of the festival. Allow the Italian rhythms to seduce you. A few days in Rome or Florence upon arrival is a wonderful way to get over jet-lag. For other travel help check our Travel to Italy web page.

  • If you like dealing with a person, try our travel consultant, Nancy Schaffer with Travel Solutions, Inc. in Westborough, MA.  You can reach her at nrschaffer@charter.net or 508-836-0143.  Mention that you are traveling with Il Chiostro.
  • For this trip and whenever you travel, we strongly recommend personal travel insurance. It protects you against penalties should you need to cancel your trip at the last minute. If you don’t have a policy, contact Travelex (800) 5047883 or www.travelex-insurance.com [Note: Travelex requires that you take out a policy within 21 days of registering for a travel program.]

Specific Travel information to get to Dievole:

By Train: There are regularly scheduled trains from all major towns and cities in Italy. Head towards Siena. From Rome there are several trains daily from the main station (Termini). You don`t need a reservation. Although you purchase a through ticket, it is necessary to change trains at Chiusi. The ride takes about 3.5 hours (approximately 240 km.) and the cost is around $20.
NOTE: in Italy it is the law to stamp your train ticket in the little yellow meter near each train platform. Failure to do so can result in heavy fines, even if you plead ignorance.
By Bus: There are also buses from almost anywhere in Italy to Siena. These are modern and comfortable coaches.

From Florence: buses leave the SITA terminal (next door to the train station) nearly every hour. If you take Siena Rapida, the ride is direct on the highway and should take 1 hour.

From Rome: the ride takes 3 hours (non-stop). If you plan to arrive at the Rome airport and plan to come directly to Siena, this is the quickest method. From the airport, take the train on the left-hand track to the Tiburtina station (NOT Termini). From there, go outside into the parking lot.
If you are already in Rome you can take the Metro to the Tiburtina station. Take the B (blue) line towards Rebibbia. Follow signs to Pzle. Stazione Tiburtina.
With the long side of the station at your back, cross under the overpass into the parking lot. Buy your ticket from the building marked Biglietteria C (17.50 Euros, approx. $20); the bus usually leaves from Gate 8. These buses leave every day at regular intervals. To get current fares and schedules for the SENA bus you can check their web site: www.sena.it.

Once in Siena, get off at the Siena train station (Ferrovia). Don’t get off in the center of Siena.

Tuscany in autumn is a sensual feast. Russet and golden hills. Crisp air. Trees weighted with olives. Woods rich with mushrooms and chestnuts. The scent of grapes hangs over the valleys like mist. The harvest is the soul of the Tuscans. In autumn the hilltowns revert to the locals. Their art is to prepare the bounty: prosciutto, nuts, olive oil and especially Chianti. Traditional festivals celebrate every phase from the vendemmia (harvesting of grapes for wine) to the wild boar. Music, folklore, dancing in the piazza.And there, in the heart of Tuscany, is Siena. The legendary medieval town packed with history and art. In autumn, her museums and churches relax, uncrowded. The streets echo her architecture, art and heroes.

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Surrounding Vineyards, photo by Linda Mironti