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Figurative Painting in Watercolour

Olga Litvinenko watercolor workshop


Dates: 19-25 May 2024


Price: From €1835 - €2550

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

Non-Participaing Partner: €650

Location: Antico Borgo La Torre

Medium: Watercolour

Class size: 12-17


Painting Experience: All levels welcome

Languages: English & Russian

Italian translation available (email for details)

Payment plans available 😎

Workshop Description


Join us for an all-inclusive week of watercolor painting in the countryside of Italy with Olga Litvinenko. Partcipants will spend 5 days learning Olga's techniques and approach to figurative painting. Participants can expect to learn new information about the expressive possibilites of watercolor, as Olga guides the class through important topics such as color, tone, saturation, and composition. During the first 2 days we will work from life models and for the remaining 3 days participants will work from Olga's photo references, with particular emphasis on creating a painting with a narrative, feeling and character, rather than creating a copy of an image. Olga will give regular painting demonstrations throughout the week, and each participant will receive individual feedback and guidance.

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 participants 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, pizza night, evenings around the fire pit and more..

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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 - 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



€1835 Shared Twin Bedroom with private bathroom (shared with one other participant of the same gender) 

€2290 Private Bedroom with a double bed and private bathroom

€2550 Private Apartment with a double bedroom, bathroom and private living room/kitchen

Payment plans are available, email us for details 😎

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.

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 - €1380 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. €1380 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. The remaing balance can be paid up to 3 months before the start of the workshop via bank transfer (we will send you a reminder and our bank details).

If you don't have the funds to pay the full deposit upfront, not to worry - you can still book your place by choosing 'offline payment' when you check out, and then email us for details so that we can set up a payment plan that works for you.

Review our terms & conditions of booking here

Questions? See our FAQ's page here

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Olga Litvinenko

Olga Litvinenko


Having graduated from the Academy of painting, sculpture and architecture in St. Petersburg, Olga began exhibiting her work in 1999, and has since exhibited her work at numerous solo and group shows. As the winner of many prestigious international watercolor competitions, Olga’s paintings can be found in private collections in Russia, Switzerland, USA, France, and many other countries across the world. Olga is a Signature Member of the American watercolor Society, as well as an Association Member of the International Masters of Watercolor Association.

You can see more of Olga's work here:

 Instagram: @olga1_litvinenko

"For me watercolor is the most interesting medium, with the widest opportunity for experiments and new discoveries - the most emotional and exciting material. With watercolor I feel the greatest range and potential for my creative tasks and opportunities. Watercolor is my own way to freedom in creativity! I get great satisfaction and replenishment of vitality coming into contact with this wonderful kind of graphic art. Today, this gentle and beautiful technique is experiencing its Renaissance...


"I use my own photographic material, as well as drawing from life models. Figurative art is one of the most complex and interesting genres of painting. I like to immerse myself in the character and emotional mood of a person. It really gives me the greatest joy and satisfaction when I manage to convey my feelings, especially when the viewer feels it too. It is important not only to draw the figure anatomically correctly, but also to convey their character - creating an image, and not just a copy." - Olga

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