“Watercolor Landscape Renassiance”


September 29 – October 3, 2018

Optional Add-on Adventure – Three days in Florence, Italy – October 3 – 6, 2018 

Unlock artistic breakthroughs by approaching a new subject with an open spirit. 

We’ll take the opportunity to interpret the beautiful landscape of Tuscany, Italy by exploring new and unfamiliar watercolor painting methods and techniques. Approaching a new subject with an open spirit has the potential to unlock artistic breakthroughs.

Tuscany has been described as an artist’s dreams-cape. For many of us, it will be a new landscape with a new look. Our workshop will focus on getting to know a new and unfamiliar scene using exploratory sketches and unfamiliar techniques. New subjects and scenery may inspire you find new ways to create compositions, try new colors and color combinations, and expand your technical range. All of which may lead to your own artistic “renaissance”.

This workshop is for anyone with at least a little bit of watercolor experience, and especially those who want to add to their artistic voice.

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.

Saturday, October 6th – Our adventure continues with an optional 3-day extension (October 6-9) in  Florence, Italy – the birthplace of the Renaissance and home to masterpieces of art and architecture.    We will go by our private coach to the lovely Residence Michelangiolo, a charming villa on the fashionable Viale Michelangelo, within walking distance to the historical center of Florence.   Included to participants of this optional part of our trip will be 2 dinners together in Florence.

Our Watercolor Landscape Renaissance workshop is based from the Tuscan Renaissance Center 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…


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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