Painting in Tuscany
A Week in Chianti Classico Wine Country — with Jeremy Sutton and Peggy Gyulai
Featuring trips to Florence and historic hill towns
Join us for the experience of a lifetime: a five day hands-on workshop in plein air drawing & painting using a variety of media, including watercolor and oil, all taking place in the heart of the hills and vineyards of the Chianti Classico region of Tuscany, Italy. This “All Levels” workshop includes instruction by Jeremy Sutton and Peggy Gyulai at our beautiful historic farmhouse, Vignale (see escapetochianti.com), with spectacular views, surrounded by nature yet minutes from fine wineries and destination restaurants. We will explore nearby medieval hill towns on sketching expeditions.
You will enjoy:
- Learning to draw and paint from direct observation, reflecting your own unique style and point of view
- Inspirational subject matter in a beautiful environment
- Truly small class size (maximum 8 students)
- Professional level, portable, Plein Air Art Kit that includes Zecchi oil paints and high quality watercolors (from Florence) and hand made papers
- Two world class instructors
- One-on-one feedback and support
- Art history tour of the birthplace of the Renaissance, Florence
- Delicious food and wine
A lunch on the balcony at Vignale
Peggy and I bring our different perspectives and approaches, each sharing our techniques and tips that we use as professional artists. You’ll learn a wealth of practical skills and ideas you will use well beyond the workshop!
The price, USD $3,100, includes all instruction, an Art Materials kit (including pencil, Caran D’Ache Neocolor II water soluble pastels, Italian made Zecchia watercolor and oil media and substrates), class notes, transportation for the field trip to Florence, a historical art tour in Florence by a top tour guide, lunches and beverages throughout the week at the Vignale location, and the class dinner. Does not include air or ground transportation to and from the workshop, meals other than those above, or accommodation.
Sampling of some of what to expect in the Plein Air Art Kit (exact items may vary slightly)
Florence scene on the famous Ponte Vecchio, one of the places we will visit on the field trip
Visit to the market at the local historic hill town of Radda in Chianti
View from Vignale porch
The workshop takes place at our historic farmhouse, Vignale (see escapetochianti.com). Vignale overlooks the village of Lucarelli and the Monterinaldi Winery and is between Radda and Panzano in Chianti. We are about 45 minutes drive south of Florence and 30 minutes north of Siena.
One of the magnificent vistas seen from Vignale in two different lights. This shows the view towards the Monterinaldi Winery. The curved road you see in the lower left is our entrance driveway.
If you’re flying in, Florence Peratola / Amerigo Vespucci airport is the closest airport. You may find cheaper flights to other regional airports like Pisa or Bologna (each about 90 minutes drive away). Generally we’d recommend renting a car for convenience getting around the Tuscan countryside. In the cities a car isn’t needed and the train connections between major cities is excellent.
The Vignale main room
Where to Stay
The recommended hotel is the charming family run Villa Rosa at Panzano in Chianti (villarosapanzano.it/en/). It is a few minutes drive from the workshop location and includes a swimming pool. Breakfast is served on their beautiful outdoor loggia.
The loggia at Villa Rosa
Lounging by the pool at Villa Rosa
Sunrise view from Villa Rosa looking towards Vignale. We are the group of 13 cypress tress visible across the valley on the far hillside (directly above the motorcycle if you look carefully!)
We have reserved a block of rooms at a very reasonable rate per room. Please book and pay for your room directly (it is not included in the workshop fee) and let them know you are there for Peggy’s and Jeremy’s art workshop. Please arrive on Sunday, May 7th, and leave on Saturday, May 13th.
Arrive at Villa Rosa
Drawing I – Seeing Line, Shape and Shade
graphite & pen
Drawing II – Color, Accents & Contrast
Painting I – Block Out, Refine, Focus
pastel, color washes, accents and lines
Painting II – Brush & Palette Knife Technique
Optional breakout session on iPad
Florence sketching field trip, with art history tour by Sabina Avuri.
Lunch at Osteria le Panzanelle outside in their garden
Closing group dinner at Vignale (dress up time)
Please note syllabus is subject to change.
About Your Instructors
Artist and digital painting pioneer Jeremy Sutton is a Corel Painter Master Elite artist and has been at the fore-front of the use of the iPad for live event painting since 2012. Born in London, UK, Jeremy studied life drawing, sculpture and etching at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, Oxford, U.K., while earning a degree in Physics from Pembroke College, Oxford University. He studied lithography and life drawing at De Vrije Academie voor Beeldende Kunsten, The Hague, The Netherlands, before moving to the heart of Silicon Valley, California, in 1988. First introduced to digital paint in 1991, he has been exploring the digital art medium ever since.
After a career selling superconducting magnets for Physics research, Jeremy became a full time professional artist in 1994. He is the author of six books on digital painting, founder of the educational online resource PaintboxTV, host of the interview show The Portrait Conversation, and teaches and performs digital painting world-wide (in-person and virtually) at live events. He has been a platform speaker at many international conferences, performed live digital painting for Cirque du Soleil in the TOTEM show Tapis Rouge tent in San Francisco; was the featured iPad artist at the opening of the epic David Hockney “Bigger Exhibition” in the de Young Museum, 2012, and at the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s “America Now! Innovation in Art” event in Washington D.C., 2015; and painted live on stage as the visual component of the Birdland All-Stars featuring Tommy Igoe “Art of Jazz” five-week east coast tour.
San Francisco painter Peggy Gyulai creates oil and mixed media paintings inspired by music, working with a palette of shapes, colors, motion, and emotion relating to the sound and feeling of orchestral music and jazz.
After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Biological Anthropology, she studied painting and drawing at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia. Her paintings are in more than 70 collections in the US and Europe and have been exhibited in galleries in San Francisco and Philadelphia. She created critically acclaimed series for The Philadelphia Orchestra and The Music Institute of Chicago, and was artist-in-residence at the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Art Futures program, with the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, the de Young Museum and Music at Kohl Mansion. In addition to her San Francisco abstract studio work and series, Peggy also paints on location in Tuscany, Italy, as well as on the coast near Portland Maine—experimenting with different approaches to realism.
What to Bring
- Light layered clothing
- Sun glasses
- Swim wear (for the Villa Rosa swimming pool)
- Comfortable shoes (for the Florence art history tour)
- If you wish to participate in the digital portion of the class then you will need an iPad or iPad Pro with an Apple Pencil and the app Procreate loaded.
All physical (non-digital) art materials will be provided.
Payment is paid in full on registration and guarantees you a place in this workshop. The payment is non-refundable but can be applied to other workshops we organize at Vignale in the future if you are, for any reason, unable to make it to this one.