Skewing the Masters

DATES: 06/08/2019 - 06/15/2019
LOCATION: Tuscany, San Giovanni d'Asso
PRICE: $2,850.00

Love Emily’s classes! She sees potential for different expressions of art in everyone. No one is excluded from her encouragement and enthusiasm!    – S. Clegg

Emily T Andress graduated from William Woods University in 1979 with a Bachelor Degree in Fine Art with concentrations in printmaking and painting.  Early on in her career, Emily chose the path of printmaking and developed a style recognizable as her own.  Utilizing plenty of negative space, vivid color, and black line, the work, which proved to be popular in the US and abroad, provided a good living for 25 years.

Emily took a hiatus from printmaking and worked towards finding her style in oil painting.  Drawn to the innovations in art that happened in turn of the century Paris, Emily traveled there to become inspired by the voices from another time.  In particular, the uniqueness of Modigliani and the color use of the fauvists and German expressionists proved to be the inspiration to find that new identifying style.

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Recently she has been working with master painters to bring deeper meaning to her work. By including her line work from her printmaking days into her paintings, Emily’s style is, once again, instantly recognizable as her own.

Emily’s work has been shown nationally and internationally in group and solo shows. She looks forward to another month-long residency in Ireland and also one in Paris in 2017.

Recent Achievements:

  • Chosen as an ArtPop Billboard Artist
  • Chosen as an Arts and Science Council CSA Artist
  • Partner of Ciel Gallery, Charlotte, NC
  • Best in Show MHFA Spring Juried Show 2016
  • First Place MHFA Fall Juried Show 2016
  • Best in Show Ellington-White Juried Show Spring 2016
  • Appointed to the ASC Advisory Council for the Cultural Sector
  • Olive Stack Gallery Artist in Residence, Listowel, Ireland August 2017
  • Artist in Residence, Paris France September 2017
  • Public Art Commission for Charlotte Mecklenburg Libraries in collaboration with Jonathan Grauel


Leggett, Page. “Artists ‘skew the masters’ in auction for ASC.” Charlotte Observer Tues 28 April 2015: C6. Print

Petit, Bernie. ”From Charlotte to Charlotte.” “” ASC Charlotte. Web. May 29 2015.

Lawson, Kimberly. “Ciel Gallery celebrates artists’ teamwork in ‘Collaboratus.’ Charlotte Observer Sun 12 July 2015: C2. Print

Nolan, Donal. “US artists Emily and Kerry having time of their lives in Listowel.” County Kerry, Ireland The Kerryman Wed 19 August 2015: 24. Print

Crean, Michael. “American artists capture Listowel’s beauty.” County Kerry, Ireland Kerry’s Eye Thurs 20 August 2015: 56-57.


“Gallery 27 in Lincolnton, NC, Offers Works by Emily Andress and Jonathan Grauel.” Carolina Arts March 2016: 16. Print

Notable Corporate Collectors:

  • Walt Disney World Corporation, FL
  • Armstrong Flooring, PA
  • AmerisourceBergen, NC
  • Corel Corporation, Canada
  • Hue Forest Entertainement, NC
  • Clariant Corporation, NC
  • Amerisource Bergen Corporation, NC
  • UPIC Health Corporation, Washington DC
  • The Center for Facial Reconstructive and Plastic Surgery, NC
  • BMG Music, London

Private Collectors from the US, UK, Germany, Ireland, and Canada

Use the inspiration of the Masters of the Italian Renaissance to create your own masterpieces with Emily Andress!

From our own private villa in the small hamlet of San Giovanni d’Asso, we will take a day trip to the Uffizi Gallery in Florence to be inspired by Italian Renaissance art. We will then take this inspiration to create our own style versions of the pieces we have seen!

Another day trip to Siena will provide inspiration through sculptures where we will reimagine these sculptures as paintings of the models who must have posed for them; bringing life and color to the figures.

View of Florence

Our studio space

Critique on the terrace

We will be working in oil paints on canvas boards either out in the garden or in our rustic studio.

Emily is an AWESOME mentor.  I have attended a lot of her classes and always leave with a new technique, as well as learn something about my own creative style, and renewed confidence. Her workshops are fun and full of carefree “reckless abandon”. Throughout the workshop she makes herself available to offer tips and guidance whether you are a seasoned painter or a novice who has never painted before.  She always paints along with the group, demonstrates technique, and each person leaves the class with a feeling of accomplishment and their very own masterpiece!         – Carolyn Laudati, Charlotte, NC

Girl with the Unicorn, after Raphael by Emily Andress

Supply List:

Oil Paints:

  • Burnt Siena
  • Titanium White
  • Cadmium Red
  • Medium Naples Yellow
  • Burnt Umber
  • Pthalo Blue
  • Chromium Oxide Green
  • Assorted Brushes
  • 11 x 14 (or larger) panels

Meals and our “Home”  Dinners are prepared by our personal chef using local and seasonal ingredients to make every meal a feast!  We’ll eat together in the dining room each evening.  Breakfast is served buffet-style.  You are free to eat indoors, out on the terrace or in the garden – or go to town to enjoy a cappuccino with the locals! There is a lovely private pool at the end of the garden which makes for the perfect end to a long day painting. The villa is across the street from a historic castle and within easy walking distance of the town where there is a grocery store, cafe, restaurant and even a weekly outdoor green market.  You can easily be independent to meet and interact with the locals.

Let Them Eat Cake, by Emily Andress

Other Activities:

  • excursions to Florence and Siena
  • introduction to truffle hunting traditions
  • optional local winery tour
  • visit to nearby botanical gardens Il Bosco della Ragnaia created by an artist who turned his talents from painting and sculpture to designing and maintaining this beautiful space

The only thing better than studying with Emily Andress  would be to do it in Tuscany!  I began painting with Emily several years ago and rarely miss a class now!  Who knew—I can paint!  Emily is so nurturing, inspiring and supportive that you can’t help but love her!  Her enthusiastic style of teaching will make a beginner feel comfortable and give an experienced painter the desire to stretch to a new or different level.  Go find out for yourself, you will love her classes!   – Linda Holmes

Price: $2,850 p/p; non-painters $2,550

Supplement:  $450 for single room, limited availability

$500 deposit due upon registration.  Balance due by April 15.


  • Shared double room with private bathroom in villa (single room available for a supplement)
  • Daily traditional breakfast and dinner, (including wine) prepared by our personal chef
  • Daily plein air classes with Emily
  • Excursions to nearby towns like Montalcino and Pienza
  • Transportation and guide for all local excursions
  • Pick up from Florence train station at 3:30pm on arrival Saturday
  • Transfer to train station in Buonconvento on final day (not Florence) for connections to Rome, Florence or beyond

Does Not Include:

  • Airfare
  • Art supplies
  • Independent meals and sight-seeing

Duomo in Siena, facade, photo by Lester Lefkowitz

I have had the privilege of being instructed by Emily Andress on three occasions.  Emily is an amazing instructor, providing a perfect balance between giving detailed instructions and letting each student work individually.  She encourages each student in her classes, and helps each person enjoy and play while learning.  She has boundless energy and freely shares her joy in art, art history, technique, color, and design.  I look forward to her classes, and jump at every opportunity to learn from her.   – K. Hanson

To Register:  just click on the Sign Up Now button.  A non-refundable deposit of $500 is required to secure your spot in the workshop.  Payment can be made on line with a credit card, or you can follow the instructions to send in your registration and payment by mail.  Once we receive your deposit we will send you a formal Registration Confirmation with further information about the program.  You will receive 2-3 other correspondences by email prior to the workshop with information about Italy, a supplies list and an electronic invoice for the balance.  Final Balance is due by April 15th.  Any time prior to your arrival, if you have questions about anything regarding the trip or the program, you can contact us by email or phone and we’ll be happy to assist you.

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

…and just for fun, Emily recreates a masterpiece!

San Giovanni d’Asso

SAN_GIOVANNI_D'ASSO-Gilbert RiosWhere We’ll Stay: This is part of our new Il Chiostro Nobile series. We will be hosted for a week in an authentic, elegantly appointed villa that was at one time home to a noble Italian family. The palazzo includes a formal garden, private swimming pool with inspiring vistas. Inside there are 8 twin, double or single bedrooms in the villa, each with a private bathroom. The rooms are decorated in authentic, elegant family antiques.

Common spaces include 2 elegant living rooms, a terrace overlooking the garden, large fireplace, kitchen and formal dining room.

The villa is across the street from a castle and within easy walking distance of the small town.  You can easily be independent to meet and interact with the locals.

Single rooms are available for a supplement of $450.

The villa from the garden

The Villa: a 13th century manor house situated on a hillside in a small town with views of the Val d’Orcia. Owned by the current family for 102 years, it was gracefully restored in the 19th century with comfortable period furnishings. The rooms are bright and airy with high ceilings and beautiful views out to the gardens and the valley beyond. Bedrooms are elegantly appointed each with a private, modern bathroom. Because we will be the exclusive residents at the villa during the program, the experience will be intimate, like living in our own Italian mansion. Our meals will be shared in the formal dining room, on the terrace or in the garden. All living quarters of the villa are on the second floor, accessible only via a staircase.

Dinner table
Dining Room and Living Room in the Villa

View from our window, photo by Linda Mironti

The Grounds: the setting is extraordinary overlooking the valley towards the Brunello wine country. There is a formal garden with a pool, lounge chairs, a shade arbor and plenty of seating for outdoor meals. The Villa is an easy walk through the facing castle (now the museum of truffles) to the quiet village of San Giovanni d’Asso.
The villa and grounds consist of:

  • 8 twin or double bedrooms, each with bathroom either ensuite or next door.
  • A dining room and breakfast area
  • Large terrace with tables
  • 2 sitting rooms
  • Wi-fi internet access
  • Heat or air conditioning as necessary
  • A large private formal garden area with fountains and, seating area
  • A private pool at garden edge with a valley view
  • There is a changing room near the pool with WC
  • Air conditioning or ceiling fans in bedrooms
  • Very quiet setting in small village

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Double bedroom and bathroom

SGA-Bedroom Twin2Twin bedroom

The Town: San Giovanni d’Asso is in the Siena section of Tuscany. It is famous throughout Italy for its production of truffles. Small and quiet with fewer than 1,000 residents, the town has a café, grocery store, 2 restaurants, several historic churches and a weekly outdoor market. A very special addition is the beautiful botanical gardens “Il Bosco della Ragnaia” ( created by an artist who chose to turn his talents from painting and sculpture to designing and maintaining this beautiful space that is open free to the public.

The Area: San Giovanni d’Asso is 30 km southeast of Siena in the area known as the Crete Senese (see photo below). Pienza and Montalcino and the famous Brunello wine country are easy day trips.

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Garden View by Gilbert Rios


Florence will be our meeting point on the first day of the workshop. A van will pick up the group at the train station at about 3:30 pm on Saturday afternoon.

We recommend that you fly into either Florence, Pisa or Rome (Milan is a bit too far away). Florence is closer but it doesn`t have an intercontinental airport, so there are no direct flights from the US. You would have to change planes in a larger European city. From the Florence airport you must take a shuttle bus (Volainbus) into the center (20 minutes).  

There are more scheduled flights from the US to Rome, many of them direct. From Rome, you will need to take a train to Florence (about 2 1/2 hours).

Important! In making your return flight arrangements, if you are flying home on Saturday after the workshop, try not to book a flight too early. From our location allow 1½ hours to get to the Florence airport or 3 ½ hours to get to the Rome airport.

For suggestions about getting to Rome or Florence, accommodations or other logistics, please consult our Traveling to Italy link in the main menu bar above. Renting a car from all the major rental agencies is possible if you prefer to be more independent during the week.

If you have time, it is a nice treat to stay in Florence before the workshop starts.  It gives you a chance to get over jet-lag while at the same time allows you to see this incredible Renaissance City.  It is filled with incomparable artwork, architecture and history – not to mention great shopping.  Why not stop in for a few days.  (Look at our Travel to Italy tab above for accommodations suggestions.)


Florence: Sunrise Over City, photo by Anne Benvenuto


Linda at SF-ESThe Food: For us at Il Chiostro, helping our guests experience the food in one of the earth`s richest, most sensual areas is our pleasure. This area is part of Italy`s famous wine and olive oil producing region, but is specifically famous for truffles. Here we want to expose you to the wonders of simple Italian cooking. Linda, a director and founder of Il Chiostro, will be your personal chef.  She uses seasonal, organic products, locally produced by small farms and family shops.  She creates her own twist on pasta dishes, shops in local markets for fresh mozarella and peccorino for our dinner tables. Tuscan cuisine is a simple art that has been refined over the centuries to surprise our palates while the wine comforts our souls. Come explore what food can really be all about.

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An excerpt from a recent article in the NY Times (February, 2013):

The diet that seems so valuable is our old friend the “Mediterranean” diet. It’s as straightforward as it is un-American: low in red meat, low in sugar and hyperprocessed carbs, low in junk. High in just about everything else — healthful fat (especially olive oil), vegetables, fruits, legumes and what the people who designed the diet determined to be beneficial, or at least less-harmful, animal products; in this case eggs and low-fat dairy. This is real food, delicious food, mostly easy-to-make food. You can eat this way without guilt and be happy and healthy.

Linda-Michael with glasses-smallAbout Your Il Chiostro Hosts:  Linda and  Michael, Il Chiostro’s directors, will be hosting you at San Giovanni d`Asso.  Linda will be our chef while Michael will coordinate our excursions.  They have been organizing workshops in Italy since 1995. You can read more about them by following the About Il Chiostro link. For this week the owners of the palazzo will turn their home over to us so we can live like a noble Italian family ourselves.

In addition to your workshop, optional activities offered with this program will focus on the cultural, gastronomic, historical and artistic heritage of Tuscany. This area has been an inspiration to countless people for centuries. What Tuscany offers its visitors is truly astounding:

Art – San Giovanni d`Asso is located near the cities of Medieval Siena and Renaissance Florence packed with some of the most famous masterpieces in the world.

Wine -You are in the heart of the wine growing region, synonomous with the most famous wine that Italy produces – Chianti. But the innovative Tuscan vintners are also producing Super Tuscans, red varietals that are quickly ascending the ranks of world-class wine.

History – this area was settled by the Etruscans centuries before the Romans were a civilized society. Their necropoli dot the fields throughout the area. Nearby towns like Radda, Vagliagli and Castellina date from the early Middle Ages. Florence was the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance. San Fedele witnessed most of this from its panoramic perch atop the hillside.

Foodcucina povera is the typical Tuscan cuisine that has become popular around the world. The recipes are simple, emphasizing local and seasonal products: porcini mushrooms, salumi, legumes, vegetables, pasta, bread and game meats. Visiting an outdoor food market, you will understand the wisdom of this very healthy cuisine.

Crafts – perhaps the harmony of the landscape has been the inspiration for many local craftsmen. Exquisite hand-painted ceramics are the prime example, closely followed by mosaics, leather, woodworking, and textiles.


Montalcino by Michael Ferris