Art Escape Italy | Jie Gao

 Jie Gao - Portrait Drawing


Dates: 8-14 June, 2019 (5 days tuition, 6 nights accommodation)             Medium: Charcoal on paper

Location: Vinci, TuscanyI  L                                                                              Level: Beginner to Advanced    Class size: 12-18 students                                                                                   Language: English

Price: From €1570 per person

Includes 22% VAT, 5 days tuition, life models, easels, 6 nights accommodation, all meals & drinks, extra activities, arrival & departure transfers.

€600 per person non-participating partner

This art retreat is open to all levels, from beginner to advanced artists, who would like to learn a unique approach to portrait drawing. During this five day, six night retreat, Jie will teach students how to use charcoal to draw a convincing portrait.


Participants can aim to produce four completed drawings during the week. Two live models will pose for six hours each day. Classes will run from 9AM until 5PM, with a two hour lunch break in between.


During the first three days participants will work from three different poses (one each day) and the final pose will last for two days (12 hours).

Arriving on Saturday 8th June, classes start on Sunday 9th June and continue to Thursday 13th June, with departure on Friday 14th June (5 days tuition, 6 nights accommodation). 

The Venue

This workshop will take place at Agriturismo Streda, a converted farmhouse and winery located in Chianti, just a 5 minute drive from Vinci (the birthplace of Leonardo Da Vinci).


The agriturismo is located in the Tuscan hills, surrounded by vineyards and olive groves, you can enjoy the stunning view whilst relaxing by the swimming pool, walking through the vineyards, or sitting on the terrace with a class of wine.

See photos of  the venue here

Jie Gao

Jie Gao is a figurative artist in both the traditional and digital way. He was born in China and now resides in San Francisco. As an artist, people come from all over the world fascinated by his unique style. He has previously taught traditional and digital painting and drawing workshops in many countries, including China and the US. With his international background Jie sees the reality of the world and art in his own perspective, and applies this into his art. Jie is excited to share his knowledge and experiences with his students.

You can see more of Jie's work here:

 Instagram: @jiegaoart



22% VAT, 5 days tuition (30 hours), life models, easels, 6 nights accommodation, all meals & drinks, extra activities, arrival & departure transfers.


You are welcome to bring a partner or friend who is not participating in the course. The €600 fee for non-participating partners includes 6 nights accommodation, transfers, a cooking class, wine tasting and all meals. 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.


  • Charcoal pencil 2B.

  • A selection of different sized willow charcoal sticks.

  • Drawing paper: 18x24 inches, 80 Ib, medium surface. Bring a sketch book or many sheets of paper.

  • Soft eraser.

We will provide easels.


Dates: 8-14 June, 2019

Price: From €1570 (includes 22% VAT, 5 days tuition, 6 nights accommodation, models, easels, all meals & drinks, transfers & extra activities).


Agriturismo Streda

32, Via di Streda

50059, Vinci

FI, Tuscany

Medium: Charcoal on paper

Class size: 12-18


Contact us:

IT: +39 347 333 9931


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Pricing & Registration

To book a place on this workshop or to see prices and bedroom options click 'Book Now' below. You will be redirected to a page where you can choose your bedroom and fill out your booking details. To confirm your place you will need to pay a €500 deposit or the full amount upon booking. Please note that the full balance must be paid at least 3 months before the start of the workshop. You can choose to pay via credit card or bank transfer. Once you have paid we will send you a confirmation email, a receipt of payment and a workshop information pack which will contain all of the information you need to know for your travels (please allow 5 days for the receipt of payment to arrive in your inbox).

Review our terms and conditions of booking here.

Travelling with a partner or friend?

From €3240 - Private double bedroom for a couple of two friends who are both attending the workshop. Prices are higher if you opt for a private bathroom or private apartment.

€600 - Extra cost for non-participating partner (a partner or friend who will share a room with you, but is not taking part in the workshop).

Please note:

All prices include 22% VAT.

Credit card or bank transfer fees are not included.

If you would like to share a room with a partner or friend you must book a private bedroom or a private apartment.

If you have any questions about the art retreat, or about the registration and payment process, please email us at