Alla Prima Figure & Portrait Painting
Dates: 9-15 October 2022
Price: From €1735 - €2450
Includes: 22% VAT, 5 days tuition, 6 nights accommodation, all meals & drinks (including wine), wine tour & tasting, transfers, easels, solvents & models
Non-Participaing Partner: €650
Location: Antico Borgo La Torre
Medium: Oil on canvas
Class size: 12-16
Painting Experience: All levels welcome
Language: English & Italian
Join us for an all-inclusive week of oil painting in the Tuscan countryside with David Shevlino. This workshop will focus on painting the figure and portrait alla prima (wet into wet) and the techniques used to create a fresh, direct response to the subject. After a painting demonstration from David, the class will work from the life model. This workshop will be divided between working on the figure and the portrait. Emphasis will be on simplifying and interpreting the figure and head as a series of basic shapes and planes, described by light and shadow. David will discuss many useful topics during the week, such as value, color, paint application, and basic proportions of the head and figure. This class will be particularly helpful to students who wish to paint more loosely - by learning to simplify what we see, we become better able to paint our subjects with greater clarity and directness.
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 rooom with table tennis and table football. During the week we will host some evening entertanment which everyone is welcome to join, such as a wine tour, cooking class, and picnic in the vineyards.
Refundable Covid-19 policy. Read more details here
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 and walnut trees.
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22% VAT - 5 days tuition - 6 nights accommodation - 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 - Models - Easels & Solvents for painting.
€1735 Shared Twin Bedroom with private bathroom (shared with one other participant of the same gender)
€2190 Private Bedroom with a double bed and private bathroom
€2450 Private Apartment with a double bedroom, bathroom and private living room/kitchen
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.
Bring a partner or friend - €650 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 €650 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 - €1280 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. €1280 all-inclusive rate for your travel companion!
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 or the full workshop fee. You can choose to pay via credit card or bank transfer. If you would like to pay by deposit, choose 'offline payment' when you check out, and from there you can pay the €750 despot via bank transfer. If you require a different payment plan email us for details.
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David Shevlino was born in Jersey City, NJ in 1962. A graduate of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the University of Pennsylvania, he also studied at the Art Students' League in New York. David's early work was very traditional and classically inspired. However, after many years of experimenting, Shevlino began exploring a looser paint application which stradles the line between representational painting and abstraction. His paintings are characterized by broad brushstrokes, a sensuous application of paint and an obvious feel for tonal harmonies. Shevlino has exhibited work nationally in both solo and group exhibits over the past two decades and currently lives in NC.
You can see more of David's work here: