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Figurative Oil Painting - Capturing Character with Texture & Colour


Tania Rivilis workshop


Dates: 6-12 October 2024

Price: From €1935 - €2650

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

Non-Participaing Partner: €750

Location: Antico Borgo La Torre

Medium: Oil Painting

Class size: 12-17


Painting Experience: All levels welcome

Languages: English (Tania also speaks German & Russian)

If you need Italian translation email us

Workshop Description

Join us for an all-inclusive week of oil painting in the Tuscan countryside with Tania Rivilis. 

This workshop is open to all levels of artists who would like to capture character, whilst playing with texture and colour in their paintings. During this workshop, Tania will demonstrate her process and approach to figurative painting, from how she photographs the model, to incorporating the use of oil pastel with oil paints, and transitioning from small to large painting sizes. Tania will demonstrate and discuss practical tips when working from reference photos, and techniques when using different painting surfaces, such as plywood, canvas and paper. She will also look closely at the importance of colour theory and composition. Students will spend 5 days painting and learning from Tania, with the intention of creating characterful and lifelike figurative oil paintings, and gaining valuable knowledge which will help students to continue to develop their skills, practicing what they have learnt back home. For those who are interested Tania will also demonstrate how artificial intelligence can be a used as a useful tool to help artists visualise backgrounds, fabrics, drapery and forms in their painitngs. Throughout the week Tania will give students one on one feedback, helping you to progess individually. 

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 - 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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Tania Rivilis

Tania Rivilis

Tania Rivilis (b. 1986, Ukraine) began painting at the age of 27, after moving to Germany in 2012. Tania’s paintings are now part of museums, galleries, and private collections around the world. Tania is a permanent exhibitor at Arcadia Contemporary, and Bonnard Galerie, as well as displaying work at the LA Art Fair, Amsterdam First Art Fair, and Art Basel. In 2022 Tania received the prestigious William Lock Prize at the Royal Portrait Society for the most timeless portrait, and in 2023 had her first show at Christie´s London. Her works were displayed on billboards in Times Square in New York, as well as in many cities around the world as part of the ArtCrush world tour. Currently, Tania works in her studios in Germany and Portugal.

You can see more of Tania's work here:


Instagram: @tania_rivilis

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