Mary Jane Ansell


Price: From €1580 - €2290 (All prices include 22% VAT) €700 non-participating partner

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Dates: 12-18 September 2021


Price: From €1580 - €2290

Includes: 22% VAT, 5 days tuition, 6 nights accommodation, all meals & drinks, wine tour & tasting, ticket to Vinci museum, transfers, easels) 


Agriturismo Streda,

Via di Streda, 32

50059, Vinci, Tuscany, Italy

Medium: Oil

Class size: 12-16


Painting Experience:

All levels welcome

Language: English

Italian translation available, email for details.



Join us for an all-inclusive week of oil painting in the Tuscan countryside with Mary Jane Ansell. During this art retreat, artists of all levels will learn Mary Jane's approach to painting a finished portrait with an intriguing narrative, from setting up and photographing the model, to adding the finishing touches. Participants will work on one painting, and each day will focus on a different aspect of Mary Jane's painting process.

During this all-inclusive art retreat, meals will be home-cooked and eaten as a group in the dining room or outside when the weather is nice! Also included during the week will be a trip to the local town of Vinci and a wine tour and tasting at 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 glass of wine.

See photos of  the venue here


Mary Jane Ansell is a previous finalist in the BP Portrait Award in 2004, 2009, 2010 and 2012 and has been selected several times for the Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition and The Threadneedle Prize. 


Ansell exhibits her work internationally and was recently named as one of the “Top 100 Figurative Painters Working Right Now” by Buzz Feed. Her work has also featured on the covers of numerous magazines including American Art Collector.

You can see more of Agnes' work here:


 Instagram: @maryjaneansell

Questions? See our FAQ's page here



22% VAT - 5 days tuition (30 hours in total) - 6 nights accommodation - Arrival & departure transfers - Breakfasts, lunches, dinners & snacks - Tea, coffee & soft drinks - Alcohol (wine grown at the venue) - Wine tour & tasting - Ticket to Vinci museum - Laundry - Swimming Pool - Wifi - Easels.


€1580 - Comfortable Double Sofa-Bed with Shared Bathroom (bathroom shared with one other bedroom)

€1680 - Twin-Share Bedroom with Shared Bathroom (bedroom shared with one other person of the same gender)

€1990 - Private Double Bedroom with Shared Bathroom (bathroom shared with one other bedroom)

€2140 - Private Double Bedroom with Private En-suite Bathroom

€2290 - Private Apartment with Double Bedroom, private bathroom, private kitchen/dining area 


If you book a private bedroom then you are very welcome to bring along a travel companion with you who will not be participating in the workshop. 

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. 

The €700 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.


Email us and we'll send you an information pack with the full materials list and more details about the retreat.


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 the full workshop fee or a €750 non-refundable deposit. You can choose to pay via credit card or bank transfer.

Review our terms & conditions of booking here.


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