Plein Air Painting in Tuscany

DATES: 10/13/2018 - 10/20/2018
LOCATION: Tuscan Renaissance Center
PRICE: $2700.00
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR:
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Kathy Rennell Forbes teaches art classes in Atlanta and watercolor workshops across Europe and the USA. She earned her BFA in Art/Art Education from the University of Georgia. Her impressionistic paintings are in private and corporate collections around the world, including the French Olympic Committee in Paris, the Hotel Intercontinental in Buckhead-Atlanta, Telstra in Melbourne Australia, the Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Atlanta and Universal Studios in Los Angeles. Forbes was an invited “Master Artist” to the prestigious 2017 Olmsted Plein Air Invitational in Atlanta.

She conducts travel art workshops around the US (Georgia, Florida, Maine, Tennessee) and Internationally (Cuba, France, Italy, Spain).

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Kathy is a Signature Member and past President of the Georgia Watercolor Society and is also a Member of Excellence in the Atlanta Artists Center. The artist has exhibited in many solo art shows and has won awards in local, regional and national shows. Forbes earned her BFA in Art and Art Education at the University of Georgia in Athens.

The artist recently conducted watercolor demonstrations at the High Museum of Art and Oglethorpe University Museum of Art. Kathy creates, instructs and exhibits her oil and watercolor paintings at ‘Studio Z’ in Atlanta’s Westside Arts District.

You can follow Kathy on FaceBook at:  https://www.facebook.com/KathyRennellForbesArtist

Simplifying Your Landscape Painting

Fulfill your dream of painting the exquisite hills and valleys of Tuscany. Join Kathy Rennell Forbes for her fourth plein air workshop in Italy. You will receive daily painting demos and hands on instruction with inspiration around every corner or vineyard.  You will learn about composition, mixing colors and capturing Tuscany’s beauty and charm in watercolor. We will travel light with just a small bag of watercolor supplies and a journal.

Castellina courtyard-painting with a small bag of watercolor supplies and a journal

Kathy encourages your own painting style while sharing her watercolor secrets. You will bring home your personalized watercolor journal that you can share with others and inspire your larger paintings. This is a great workshop for beginner and intermediate painters who want to enhance their watercolors skills while traveling.

San Fedele was an indescribable experience with wonderful people, culture, food and wine plus painting the Tuscan region with Kathy as our loyal leader and teacher. My heart will never forget this adventure. Grazie, Grazie, Grazie!!!  – Nancy Z.

I had the best time ever as I love Tuscany, I enjoy sketching and painting with Kathy more than anything. San Fedele is tops in my book due to the out of this world healthy, fabulous food. All the staff were unbelievable.  – Linda P.

Read about Kathy’s 2017 workshop in Tuscany:  http://ccpe.kennesaw.edu/blog/olli-instructor-students-explore-art-in-tuscany/ 

Class in the medieval courtyard


Notebook sketch of lily pond in the rose garden at San Fedele by Kathy

Additional Activities: Our daily painting will be combined with other adventures such as:

  • Day trip to Medieval Siena to sketch, take photos, explore and shop
  • Excursions to nearby hilltowns like Radda, Castellina, Monteriggioni, etc.
  • Visit to Chianti winery for a tour and tasting
  • Variety of plein air locations to paint landscapes, villages, and the Tuscan light
  • Discussions of Tuscan cuisine with our chef

After excursions or painting on location, we’ll return each evening to relax in our 1,000 year old monastery to enjoy the surroundings, have a glass of wine and an informal critique of the day’s work. Then we will move to the dining room (the authentic refectory where the monks used to assemble) to enjoy our local chef’s authentic, home-made Tuscan meal, recapping the day’s adventure with good company.

This trip was so perfect I didn’t want to go home.  San Fedele is the most scenic and peaceful place to experience Tuscany.  We were able to take short day trips to beautiful locations to sketch and paint with Kathy, and always came back to a welcoming atmosphere.  The staff from Il Chiostro treated us like family and organized everything perfectly, and we had a wonderful time!  – Peggy A.

Toasting at the wine tasting


The well at Pontignano by Kathy

Price: $2,800* p/p based on double occupancy; (non-painters $2,500)

*Early Bird discount of $100 if registered by December 31, 2017

Optional Supplements:

  • $550 for single room-limited availability
  • $250 p/p for Jr. Suite

Includes:

  • Shared double room in restored monastery
  • Daily traditional breakfast and dinner, including wine
  • Daily painting classes and critiques
  • Excursion to Siena
  • ½ day painting excursions to nearby plein air settings and hilltowns (Monteriggioni, Radda, Volpaia…)
  • Pick up from Florence train station at 3:30pm on arrival Saturday
  • Transfer to bus/train station in Siena on final day

Does Not Include:

  • Airfare
  • Lunch (lite lunch will be available for purchase at San Fedele on days we are not out on excursion)
  • Art supplies
  • Independent meals and sight-seeing
  • Gratuities

The Italy trip totally exceeded my expectations! Never having gone to Europe, I didn’t know what to expect really. But now I fear I’m completely spoiled by our trip to Italy as it was the most amazing, stress free, wonderful time of my life! The people, food, art and painting were perfect. Kathy did a fantastic job of leading us in painting each day through the towns and landscapes. Thank you do much for this fantastic experience!  – Katie K.


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Kathy teaching under the olive trees, Italy

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 August 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:  info@ilchiostro.com or speak to us live at 800-990-3506.

 

Borgo San Fedele

— The Tuscan Renaissance Center is located at San Fedele – a restored 12th century monastery floating in the Chianti hills —

T©Lester Lefkowitz 7003-001he Tuscan Renaissance Center is the combined skills of Linda and Michael of Il Chiostro joining together with Nicolo and Renata of San Fedele to produce a unique and inspiring environment rooted in the traditional Tuscan values of beauty, great food, an appreciation for nature and the value of community.  The monastery, dating back to the 12th century, was meticulously restored using traditional building methods and all original materials. Today, the monastery remains true to its original spirit, rich architectural detail. The 16 rooms and suites where participants are housed have lovely modern bathrooms, screened windows, air conditioning, period furniture, wi-fi internet service, satellite television and minibar, all designed to perfectly complimentthe medieval surroundings.

The original soaring chapel is now used as a large art studio or workshop space. The monks’ refectory, where a lost 16th century fresco was uncovered during renovation, is now the dining room connected to a state-of-the-art kitchen and the old stone cantinas where they stored their wine have been transformed into studio and classroom space.

For information about the history of this monastery, Click here to go to San Fedele’s web site…

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Rather than  hotel, San Fedele is classified as a historic residence in Italy.  That means that it is an intimate setting, preserved along strict historical guidelines to preserve the spirit of the setting.  The owners are on site to oversee this unique combination of historic landmark and modern day comfort.

Accommodations are spacious shared double rooms or junior suites. Each room, because it was converted from the original structure of the monastery without altering the building, is unique in shape. Furnishings and decor were selected to coordinate with the historic, subdued feeling of the monastery, but in a comfortable, modern style. All rooms have two beds that can be separated into twins or combined into one large matrimonial. There is a sitting area, refrigerator, DSL wi-fi, television, air-conditioning, heating, modern private bathroom with shower and hair dryers.

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There are a limited number of single rooms available at a supplement of $550.

2 Jr. Suites for a minimum of 2 people are available for a supplement of $250 per person.

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Terrace-MJossThe back of San Fedele is surrounded by a large al fresco dining terrace with the original terra cotta tile designs reproduced down to the smallest details. The terrace overlooks the same organic vegetable and flower garden tended by the monks for centuries. Beyond are the rolling Chianti vineyards that make this part of Tuscany so breathtaking.

Other common spaces include a large classroom carved into the rock of the ancient wine cellar, an expansive private piazza, a 16 x 7 meter swimming pool and sprawling landscaped grounds on a rolling hillside.

To San Fedele-LMFlorence 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 1 ½ 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 ourTraveling to Italy link. Renting a car from all the major rental agencies is possible if you prefer to be more independent during the week.

Fall vineyards

Fall vineyards

 

The Tuscan Renaissance Center sits conveniently on a country road connecting the charming medieval walled town of Radda and the village of Vagliagli. Other nearby hilltowns include Castellina-in-Chianti, Monteriggioni and Volpaia. It is about 45 minutes from San Gimignano and Volterra. Many of these towns have roots in the earlier Etruscan civilization that permeated this area prior to the Romans.

San Fedele is located about 12 km northeast of Siena and 45 km south of Florence.

The Food

For us at Il Chiostro, helping our guests to experience the traditional food in one of the earth`s richest, most sensual areas is our pleasure. The Chianti region of Tuscany is Italy’s famous wine and olive oil producing region. Here we want to expose you to the wonders of simple Italian cooking known in the area as cucina povera. Our chef Andrea is a Tuscan native who uses recipes from his mother and grandmother to bring the tradition of not only Tuscany, but specifically the Chianti region, to the table each evening.  We use seasonal, organic products, locally produced by small farms and family shops. Our chef searches for the best of Tuscany to serve you. Tuscan cuisine is a simple art that has been refined over the centuries to surprise our palates while the red chianti wine comforts our souls. Come explore what food can really be all about.

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About Your Il Chiostro Hosts
Linda and Michael, and their program managers will host your program in Tuscany. They have been organizing workshops in Italy since 1995 and each person brings a special talent to the program. You can read more about them by following the About Il Chiostro link. At the Tuscan Renaissance Center, the owners of San Fedele, Nicolo and Renata, live on site. They will be available throughout the program to talk about the history of the monastery, the renovation and this area of Tuscany they call home.

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:

Bell tower-smallArt – San Fedele is located conveniently between 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 Chianti region, synonomous with the most famous wine that Italy produces. 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.