Courses

The Light of Tuscany

With Alex Hillkurtz

At Villa Selva - Lucca

06 August - 16 August, 2021

In this workshop I will teach you techniques to enhance the story you want to tell with your painting: composition, perspective, lighting, detail (or lack of detail). We will work in watercolour sketchbooks, and larger sheets, and the media will be pencil, pen and ink, and watercolour. I will show how I choose a composition designed to draw your eye into a piece. Using a quick pencil sketch to jot down spontaneous ideas, then moving to ink for rough details, and finally watercolour, I will show you how I “see” the subject on the page, and how to avoid common mistakes. I will share insights about the importance of light and shadow to define shapes, perspective to add depth, and colour to tell a story. Most of all we will have fun! You’ll come away with a sketchbook you can be proud of, full of your unique paintings and colorful memories of this beautiful part of the world.

Course Highlights

  1. Painting instruction by ALEX
  2. Day trip to Portovenere and to Cortona
  3. Cooking Lesson with personal Chef
  4. Viareggio and Pietrasanta day Tour
  5. Classical concert in a Romanesque church
  6. Glamorous Tuscan farewell dinner
  7. Pizza Party
  8. Best Italian Food&Wine during entire stay

Day by Day Workshop Schedule

  1. Day 1: The arrival day! Group will be picked up from Pisa airport or Lucca Station at 4:00pm. Arrival, unpack, settle in Villa , time to rest. Around 18:30, Welcome gathering with Alex and Karolina on day-to-day schedule and workshop plan, goals, and challenges. Dinner – best of Italian cuisne 5 course meal made by our Chef
  2. Day 2: Home day! Recovery Day…breakfast 9.00 time to relax and enjoy surrounds - first instructional session with Alex. Lunch at 13:00 under Pergola prepared by our chef. Post lunch it is time to relax, take a walk, paint or sketch. 17.00 happy hour-gathering for cocktails. Dinner prepared by our villa Chef at 19.00.
  3. Day 3: Breakfast at 8:30am , 9.30 Departure to Viareggio. The main city of the northern Tuscan Riviera area of Versilia, Viareggio began as a medieval fishing village, then later gained renown for its shipbuilding. Arrival painting time with Alex or time to take a walk and shop on own.13.00 Meeting for Lunch on molo for fried sea food feast, picnic at the beach with Prosecco. 14.00 Departure for the medieval town of Pietrasanta, known as the “City of Artists,” has deep roots in Italy’s legacy of art and sculpture. Time to enjoy on own for coffee or Gelato. Return home 17.30. Dinner home 19.00
  4. Day 4: Home day! Breakfast at 8:30am followed by session with Alex around St.Lorenzo Church on the hill side. Lunch at 13:00 .Time to relax , around 16:30, the group will enjoy cooking lesson and prepare dinner for everyone 19.00. For non-cooks, massage (on own cost) by our specialized masseuse Charlotte!
  5. Day 5: 08.30am: Breakfast, 09.30am: Introduction to Lucca, walking tour with the guide (2h)After time for lunch and shopping ,with a map in your hand. 15.30 afternoon painting session with Alex in beautiful Palazzo Pfanner gardens. 18.45pm: Puccini concert in a Romanesque church , dinner at our favourite restaurant. Return Home 22.30
  6. Day 6: Home day! Breakfast at 8:30am followed by session with Alex around villa.. Lunch at 13.00. Post lunch it is time to relax. 16.00 Cooking class for second part of group-For non-cooks optional massage with Charlotte. Dinner 19.00
  7. Day 7: 8.00 Quick Breakfast and Departure to City of Cortona A free day to Explore the town on own with a map in your hand,Lunch on Own In the new millennium, the fairytale hilltop town of Cortona tends to draw visitors who are dreaming of Tuscany after watching Diane Lane live la dolce vita in Under the Tuscan Sun, the film adaptation of Frances Mayes’ beloved memoir, in which Mayes restored a “fixer-upper” of a villa in the countryside. With the olive groves dotting the area and the panoramic views from the top of the town walls, it’s easy to see why so many visitors fall in love with this typically Tuscan town…. Departure 16.30
  8. Day 8: Breakfast at 8:30am followed by painting instruction by Alex and capturing the countryside. Lunch at 13.00. Post lunch it is time to relax. Around 16.00, the group will depart for wine tasting in best Bio-Dynamic winery. At 19:00, back home for dinner.
  9. Day 9: Time to explore Tuscany! 09.00am: Breakfast en-route. A day trip to Portovenere – most beautiful coast town with spectacular views .Session with Alex, time to shop, explore and relax on own (with a map in hand). Lunch on own . Return home at 16:30. Dinner at 19:00.
  10. Day 10: The last day of workshops! You’ll start the day with breakfast at 8:30am. The group will finish their art works. After lunch at 13.00pm, there’ll be time to pack, relax, and rest. Later in the afternoon, we’ll create a gallery with all of your works! You’ll enjoy this with a spritz and casual spuntini. At 19.00pm there’ll be a glamorous gala dinner offering the best Tuscan cuisine. You’ll have a five-course meal prepared by our chef along with homemade verbencello.
  11. Day 11: Departure day☹ Breakfast at 8:30am. After breakfast, the group will be taken to Lucca train station or Pisa airport.

Course Cost: $3799

Everyone should visit Italy at least once in their life. Make 2020 your year to follow your passion and discover the Tuscan countryside, stroll through historic villages, enjoy a cappuccino in Lucca, taste the best sea food in Portovenere , sip a glass of the best Sangiovese wine from the local producer. Won't you come along with us?
Tuscany is waiting...

About the Artist

I was born in the UK and grew up in California. I’ve always drawn, and I carry a sketchbook with me wherever I go. I’ve been painting watercolours intensively for the last 6 years, and love the process of sketching and painting plein air to truly experience a place. For me it’s a form of meditation.

For the past 25 years I’ve been a storyboard artist and illustrator for feature films. I’ve drawn over a thousand TV commercials and just last year I storyboarded my 50th feature film. I love the process of turning script pages into images, telling a story visually, and helping craft the look of a film. And this training carries over into my water-colour work: to invite the viewer in to a piece, have a point of view, and a story to tell, and in a sense create a dialogue between viewer and painting.

My wife and I have had a fairly vagabond life, living in Los Angeles, New York, London, Vancouver, and now we’ve been in Paris for a few years. It’s an unbelievable opportunity to be able to walk outside and have such amazing scenery to sketch and paint. And this type of travel sketching is the best way I know of to create lasting memories of a place.

In this workshop I will teach you techniques to enhance the story you want to tell with your painting: composition, perspective, lighting, detail (or lack of detail). We will work in watercolour sketchbooks, and larger sheets, and the media will be pencil, pen and ink, and watercolour. I will show how I choose a composition designed to draw your eye into a piece. Using a quick pencil sketch to jot down spontaneous ideas, then moving to ink for rough details, and finally watercolour, I will show you how I “see” the subject on the page, and how to avoid common mistakes. I will share insights about the importance of light and shadow to define shapes, perspective to add depth, and colour to tell a story. Most of all we will have fun! You’ll come away with a sketchbook you can be proud of, full of your unique paintings and colorful memories of this beautiful part of the world.

Included in the cost of your workshop in Tuscany:

Accommodations All tuition fees All excursions All activities Airport transfers and local transportation including day trips to Lucca, Viareggio, Pietrasanta,Portovenere , Cortona.

All breakfasts lunches and dinners (excluding 3 lunches)

The use of folding chairs

Exludes:
  • Flights
  • 3 lunches (Lucca, Cortona, Portovenere)
  • Painting supplies

This workshop is being arranged through followyoursensesintuscany.com.
Karolina will follow up on all questions about the workshop, accommodations, activities, coordinate arrivals and departures, food issues and all other details. Karolina will handle all booking arrangements, all enquiries, and receive the payments of deposit and balance from the students directly.

Contact: Karolina Lenart

Email: followyoursensesintuscany@gmail.com

Web: followtuscany.com

Telephone: +39 3455809974 or +48 880876413