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Portrait Painting in Oil - Playing with Light & Texture


Danny Ferland Workshop


Dates: 23-29 October 2024

Price: From €1935 - €2650

Includes: 22% VAT, 5 days tuition, 6 nights accommodation, all meals & drinks (including wine), wine tour & tasting, transfers, models, easels & solvents

Non-Participaing Partner: €750

Location: Antico Borgo La Torre

Medium: Oil Painting

Class size: 12-17


Painting Experience: All levels welcome

Language: English (Danny also speaks French)

If you need Italian translation email us

Workshop Description

Join us for an all-inclusive week of oil painting in the Tuscan countryside with Danny Ferland. Artists of all levels are welcome to join and learn to paint dynamic portraits from life in this intensive 5-day/6-night retreatDanny will give a live painting demonstration on the first half day of the workshop, giving students direct access to his unique painting approach and the opportunity to watch every step of his process. Starting with an initial block-in of the head using vine charcoal, the drawing will then be sealed off with a burnt umber underpainting before progressing to the use of a full-colour palette. Students will then practice this approach themselves over the remainder of the course, completing two portrait paintings from life. Each student will receive a high level of individual attention and one-on-one critique from Danny, who will instruct his students on drawing, color mixing, and paint application in order to achieve a convincing likeness to the model. Be prepared to fully immerse yourself in painting for an entire week, and leave having learnt new and valuable artistic information. 

During this all-inclusive art retreat, meals will be home-cooked and eaten together in our large dining room, or outside when the weather is nice. In the evenings particiapants will have free use of the grounds to explore, including the swimming pool, woodland, lake and olive groves. There is also a volleyball net, and a games room with table tennis and table football. During the week we will host some evening entertainment which everyone is welcome to join, such as a wine tour, cooking class, and pizza night!

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The Venue


This workshop will take place at Antico Borgo La Torre, a converted farmhouse and winery located in Chianti, 25km from Florence.


Originally a medieval tower, the structure dates back to the middle ages. Now an agriturismo, Antico Borgo La Torre produces it's own wine and olive oil. It is made up of 32 hectars of land, which include olive groves, vineyards, woodland, orchards, walnut trees, and a swimming pool.

See photos and more details about the venue here

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What's included?


22% VAT - 5 days tuition - 6 nights accommodation - Life Models - Arrival & departure transfers - Breakfasts, lunches, dinners & snacks - Tea, coffee & soft drinks - Alcohol (wine grown & produced at the venue) - Wine tour & tasting - Extra activities - Laundry - Swimming Pool - Wifi - Easels & Solvents for painting



€1935 Shared Twin Bedroom with private bathroom (shared with one other participant of the same gender) 

€2450 Private Bedroom with a double bed and private bathroom

€2650 Private Apartment with a double bedroom, bathroom and private living room/kitchen

€750 Non-Participating Partner to share a private bedroom or private apartment with you

The Food


All meals will be made up up of delicious, home-cooked Tuscan cuisine, and will take place in our beautiful dining hall or outside whenever the weather is nice. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options will be available, please let us know in advance if you have any dietary requirements (dietary needs rather than preferences).

Materials list, itinerary & more information


We will send you an information pack with the full materials list and more details about the retreat. See airport and transfer information on our FAQ's page here

Bring a partner or friend - €750 all-inclusive rate


If you book a private bedroom or apartment then you are very welcome to bring along a travel companion with you who will not be participating in the workshop. Partners will be very welcome to join all of our meals and activities, and become a part of our group.

We will happily assist in planning activities during the days for your partner, such as bike tours, trips to local towns, and walks around the surrounding countryside. Equally, your partner is very welcome to relax by the pool and enjoy the beautiful countryside. We recommend bringing a car so that you can travel around freely, however, it will also be possible to call a taxi at any time to take you to the local train station.

The €750 fee for non-participating partners includes: 22% VAT - 6 nights accommodation - Arrival & Departure Transfers - Breakfasts, lunches, dinners & snacks - Tea, coffee & soft drinks - Alcohol (wine grown at the venue) - Wine tour & tasting - Laundry - Swimming Pool - Wifi.

Participating Partner - €1420 all-inclusive


Bring a partner or friend who will attend the workshop with you. If you book a private bedroom or apartment you are welcome to bring along a a travel companion who will participate in the workshop with you and share a bedroom with you. €1420 all-inclusive rate for your travel companion!

Booking information


To book a place on this retreat click Book Now below and you'll be taken to a separate page where you can choose your bedroom option, register and pay. To confirm your place on this retreat you will need to pay a €750 deposit. You can choose to pay the deposit via credit card or bank transfer, the full reamining balance must be paid by bank transfer. When paying by bank transfer choose 'offline payment' when you check out, and from there you will be given our bank details. If you require a different payment plan email us for details.

Review our terms & conditions of booking here

Questions? See our FAQ's page here

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Danny Ferland

Born in 1975 in Quebec City, Danny Ferland was self taught for many years before discovering the magnificence of figurative art during a European trip in 2002. In 2008 he moved to New York city after being accepted into the Janus Collaborative school of art. After months of dedication, he realized that his main interest lay in portraiture, one of the most complex and demanding forms of art. The balance of strong drawing skills and the sensitivity needed to produce an image with truth and soul is what drove him to pursue the art of portraiture. “I am trying to establish a subtle bridge between myself and the model, one that is built with trust and generosity. Moreover, this connection enables me to extract a beauty, a story and a spirit that is unique to every subject. If I can convey even a small part of this truth, I know that it will trigger a memory that is lost somewhere in the poetry of the human experience.” 

You can see more of Danny's work here:



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