PLEIN AIR TUSCANY
Painting Journeys into the Heart of Tuscany
PAINTING, FOOD & PLACE
Join us in 2024
EIGHT SUPERLATIVE DAYS PAINTING IN TUSCANY
Imagine a week of exploring the backroads of Tuscany. A week dedicated to progression in your art. A week exploring the intimate hill towns of central Tuscany. Set in the sublime landscape of the Asciano, it is a landscape of great beauty. Your week is complete with fantastic and inventive meals, a bounty of wine, art history, and exploring the charming corners of Toscana.
Since 1986 Garrett has taken to exploring the most remote and obscure roads, valleys and towns of Tuscany. Garrett's appreciation of everything Tuscan is infectious. Soon you'll be throwing some new italian phrases around.
“If you can’t live longer, live deeper.”
— Italian proverb
The workshop includes seven days of instruction. There will be one to two painting sessions per day. The program size is intentionally limited to a maximum of 13 students. This is intended to create an intimate learning environment for participants to flourish no matter their level of experience.
Taught by artist and teacher Garrett Speirs with over 32 years of experience painting Tuscany. Garrett first traveled to the region in 1986 as a student and became an observer of "everything" Italian. He has returned to Tuscany to paint every year since.
We start each day with an important painting concept. From practical ways to begin a painting to more complex concepts about using optical color in plein air painting. Demonstrations on painting clouds, how to include architecture in your landscapes, and color mixing.
Our locations are chosen from years of experience painting in the beautiful Tuscan hills. Sites change depending on the weather, wind direction, time of day, and subject we are interested in.
All our locations are just a short drive from our farm-stay within the UNESCO World Heritage site of Val D'Orcia. Two modern vans take us to our locations to paint and visit local towns.
Meet our energetic hosts Alessandro and Fabrizio. Their team of Vicenzo, Massimo, and Filippo will no doubt become friends. Their warmth is infectious and will leave a changed person then when you arrived.
Our historic property is set upon on of the most idyllic location, far from any paved road.
Rooms are country chic and provide characteristic atmosphere of a typical Tuscan home. All rooms have ensuite bathrooms.