My annual pilgrimage to paint in Italy always includes 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 workshops in Lucca are 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!) and 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 (alcohol is not included), 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 painting spots for the day, we'll sketch, get to know our subject, I will demonstrate and then help each student in turn with their own work. After a siesta, we'll meet for aperitivi and then to dinner, Lucca's favourite dining spots will be waiting for us with a special menu just for us!
Our main excursion (weather dependant) is 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 night tour of the city and explore one of Lucca's most celebrated archeological sites.
Some more about the workshop
This workshop is suitable for any level of experience but some drawing experience will be useful. 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. After a break, I will let you loose to paint, i will come and help each student in turn throughout the afternoon.
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.
I allow photographs of the demonstration paintings as they evolve as long as it is understand that I DO NOT allow filming of any kind, including with cell phone or tablets.
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.
Alcohol and Living expenses incurred by leaving the group on your own are not included.
Most days we will paint out all day and students can come and go as their work allows therefore lunch is not included (typical cost E10-E20).
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 students 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!
Field easels and stools are available for hire
SOME WORKSHOP FEEDBACK
"Hi Amanda! We had a great time too! I had always avoided landscapes or buildings but now I’m finding it fun. I suppose I just didn’t know how to proceed so the 5 big shapes lesson has been invaluable.
Also your critique here of your own paintings is really helpful for me."
"I have had a great time telling friends about Lucca and the workshop, how pleasant the team and how delightful to go out to a new spot each day after coffee in the piazza. The best, long-term benefit of the time away water-colouring is the determination to find a way to keep going, learn more and produce more, even if it means sacrificing other essentials."
"Hello Amanda lovely to hear from you. I have been thinking of you a lot since your return to NZ. I loved the course and all the situations we sat in to paint. Lucca is very special. I enjoyed everyone's company and the way we all 'gelled'. Thanks to you for your thoughtful ways and the way you looked after us all." Elaine Law
"I wanted to say a big thank you. The week was magnificent, and although we all got on so well, it was in no small part thanks to you. You have to make things gel, as well as organising it all AND making contingency plans. Well done you. You have the passion, the energy and the right personality, but is still hard work for you even if you don’t see it as work." Elaine Houlton
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
A favourite quote:
Painting a watercolour is making the best of an emergency.
John Singer Sargent
Accommodation pics from
one of Lucca's finest B&B's
"Thank you very much for a wonderful week in Lucca. You taught me to look much more closely at the environment I'm in and gave me as a beginner the confidence to keep painting. We also loved the social program and interaction with other participants". Wendi
Pics from Lucca workshop 2017