I am sometimes asked why I have not taught a workshop in a long while. So, I thought that I would try that again now that I am settled in a bit more.
This is a request for feedback on what you would like if you came to Tuscany to work with me. I have taught in the past many subjects such as Anatomy for Sculptors, how to sculpt hands and feet, portrait drawing, pastel workshop, master copies [of famous and very dead artists], charcoal drawing, art business and marketing, stone carving [although there are other plans in the works for this at our nearby quarry], figure and still-life painting. Because this my first time teaching in the hills here, I would like to limit the workshop topics to 2-dimensional art and perhaps any topic besides still life. [I may have enough easels, but still-life setups require a lot of equipment and time and object hunting.] I have also wondered about creating an art "retreat" for a more individual approach to teaching, somewhere between private lessons and "you are on your own, kid." And because being in Nature is an important part of the art process.
Besides helping you in the art area you want, my secondary goal is to help the economy in these mountains. For that reason, my thought is to only include lunch and a light breakfast in the workshop fee [lunch will be in one of our three local restaurants], keep the fees low, and then let YOU choose the rest of the services to match your budget and desires, without the middleman. Several of my friends and neighbors have apartments or rooms to rent and I will post their information, allowing you to choose your accommodations based on your budget or location needs. I can help you with those things.
This area is gorgeous, as those who follow me on Facebook and see the pictures I post can attest. Hiking here is wonderful. There are horses to ride, if you enjoy that. Bicycling is definitely not for the weak, but I am surprised at how many cyclists I see up here. It would be helpful if you rented a car, but we can work this out if you do not want to drive or are mostly happy being on foot for this workshop. We are also close enough to Firenze [Florence], Lucca, and many wonderful places around Tuscany for extended fun time.
I am thinking late May 2018 because I live up in the hills of Valleriana, Tuscany, about 1.5 hours NW of Florence, and one never knows how cold the winter may be. If you would like to know more about my area, please visit my newsletter about Castelvecchio in Valleriana, Tuscany, Italy.
I would love your opinion on any or all aspects of this idea. Thank you.
Art Workshop in Tuscany: May 2018
This is the location of the art workshop/retreat. Castelvecchio is the main village in the center of this image. Stiappa is in the background on the left, with Pontito in the background, right.
These are three of the ten "castled" villages in Valleriana, Tuscany, Italy. Pescia is the closest town on the train and bus stations, but we also have [limited] bus service to the hills. I lived here for a year and a half without a car, although a car does make life easier. Let's talk!