My annual pilgrimage to paint in Italy often starts in Lucca - its beauty never ceases to amaze me! Located in the heart of Tuscany, Lucca is a slower pace and is full of history and sights including the passeggiata di mura and L'anfiteatro!
My painting holiday workshop in Lucca (May 2017) is all about the fun of painting in a supportive group environment and is suitable for all levels. Mostly, we'll be painting en plein air (a nice quiet locale in which to play with our paints!) enjoying the fresh air. I know Lucca like the back of my hand and will take you to some of my favourites spots to paint!!
All your accommodation, meals, gratuities, excursions (as available) and transfers (via Pisa International Airport) are included as is my tuition for the week. Every day we'll head out to one of my favourite spots and then to one of Lucca's great cafes for lunch, take a siesta and then out to sketch and paint later in the afternoon. When we're ready for dinner, Lucca's favourite dining spots will be waiting for us with a special menu just for us!
Our main excursion (weather dependant) is a train trip to Ponte a Serraglio where we will paint one of my favourite scenes - I know you will fall in love with it like I have!!
Lucca is the home of Italian Opera so there'll be no shortage of musical wonders to enjoy, we'll also take a tour night tour of the city and explore one of Lucca's most celebrated archeological sites.
See my youtube videos of Lucca and Tuscany
Some more about the workshop
This workshop is suitable for any level of experience but some drawing experience is needed. There is so much in Lucca to inspire that we will find something for everyone to draw and paint.
Each day will start with a short theory session then a demonstration of the day's painting subject out on location.
There will be a special emphasis on quick sketching – perfect for when we are on-the-go in daily life or while travelling.
We will also explore subject selection and strategies to tackle complex subjects.
You might not come away with completed paintings as painting en plein air is most suited to sketching and preparation for a studio work. What you will have is lots of reference material to play with when you get home.
Travel Light: We will be exploring Lucca on foot so please travel lightly and be prepared to carry your own supplies all day.
Participants are required to bring their own art supplies – a materials list will be sent as part of registration documentation.
Living expenses incurred by leaving the group on your own are not included.
Personal laundry is not included however laundry services are available.
Painting Holiday Workshops can involve a considerable amount of walking and stair-climbing and it is important that all members have a level of physical fitness that allows them to take part in these activities without the need of assistance from others.
Workshops typically sell out fast, so register early!
A Word From My Students
"Just want to thank you so much for the class last night - your encouragement and grace is so wonderful. I still can't believe I actually painted! And I'm thrilled with my effort, please tell me that tomorrow is Wednesday!!! :)" Katherine
"Amanda is easy to get on with. Like spending the day with a friend. She's very talented and we really enjoyed the day." Gudnee
"I thoroughly enjoyed the course. Amanda was so "efficient", if one can use that word for an artist, but she shared all her super secrets with us so freely, and gave each student equal time and attention. That was appreciated very much. A very pleasant way to spend a day, and lots learnt. Would love to do it all over again. Nice students to mingle with.” Shirley
Thank you Amanda for your inspiring and enjoyable painting tuition. You gave such encouragement, seeking out the parts of my work that were "juicy, brilliant and cool." I feel I have learnt so much in our week and would love to join you again. Lucca sounds great. It's the kiwi in you that makes you such an open minded artist. Fondest regards, Noelene
Accommodation pics from one of
Lucca's finest B&B's