Saturday, April 3, 2010

Join me in Tuscany!

I'm teaching a workshop with Joe Garcia in Tuscany this September.    This will be the second time we've taught there so I know firsthand what a fabulous experience it is. 

The workshop will be held at Villa Fattoria Bacio in the town of Certaldo, 50 minutes by rail from Florence (to the north), 25 minutes from Siena (to the south) and within viewing distance of the towers of San Gimignano.

                                                                     View from the Villa                                                             

We stay at Fattoria Bacio where the workshop is held in the villa's studio.  While we're painting, the villa's owner, Patrizia, is cooking fabulous Tuscan meals for us.. .washed down with the villa's own wine.   We will paint in the studio and plein air on the villa's grounds.

The workshop will be held from September 4 - 11, 2010, with room for only five more students.
Non-paintings spouses/partners/friends are welcome too.   For more details on the workshop (including cost) go to
then scroll down to September and click on Tuscany - Earnshaw/Garcia. 

Getting there is not difficult.  You can fly into any major city in Italy (Florence or Rome are good choices) then take a train to Certaldo, where a representative from the villa will pick you up.
 If you plan to see more of Italy before or after the workshop, there are many festivals in Tuscany in August.  Volterra celebrates with a medieval fair the last whole week of August and on the last Sunday in August, Montepulciano's  Bravio delle Botti  (barrel rolling race) takes place.   Eight neighborhoods compete for a Palio, a painted cloth banner.  The barrels weigh 80 kg each and are rolled uphill about 1800m along the main street of Montepulciano, finishing in the Piazza Grande.  Costume processions precede the competition and a street banquet follows.  The event dates back to 1373.  August is when all of Europe goes on vacation, so if you prefer cooler temps and fewer people, save your sightseeing for after the workshop in mid-September. 

On my last trip to Italy, Joe & Anne Garcia and I spent a week in my favorite part of Italy;  Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre, on Italy's west coast,   We spent another week in Montelcino, a hill top town in Tuscany.   We rent an apartment or house (often more reasonably priced than hotels) which gives us the option of cooking our own meals.  Half the fun is buying food in the markets. 

If Tuscany is on your bucket list, come and spend a week with us in Certaldo!
If you would like more information, email me.


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Bravìo delle Botti (barrel rolling race Montepulciano

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