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Painting at Casa Berti

May 05, 2020

We are excited to offer an immersive 10 day painting workshop on a private estate in the hills surrounding Lucca. The mornings will be spent painting still-life in the purpose built artist studio, and the afternoons painting landscape on the grounds surrounding the villa. Throughout the week are a number of cultural activities including cooking classes, wine tours, a day trip to Florence with a tour of Amy's private studio, and a day trip to Lucca to explore the markets. All transfers, accommodation, materials and meals are included. 

The workshop will run from the 6th - 16th of May, which is a beautiful, sunny time of year in Italy. Painting will take place on the grounds of the estate and still-life painting in the on site studio. Amy will demonstrate and critique daily, and has experience teaching students of all levels. Students will work on two paintings in oil per day – a morning still-life painting, and an afternoon landscape painting. Each day will focus on a different aspect of landscape painting, including how to start, designing and framing the landscape, mixing greens, painting trees and clouds, perspective and distance, and assessing values.

​Spaces are limited and are filled on a 'first come first served' basis. Below you will find further information regarding the estate and the painting schedule for the week.


Location – Casa Berti Italy, Via di mastiano e giuliano, 5007, 55100 Lucca LU

Dates – 6th – 16th May

Fee – 4500 euro*


*includes painting instruction, a double room with en suite, full board (breakfast, lunch, dinner and wine), two evening cooking classes and wine tours, transfer to and from Lucca airport, day trips to Lucca and Florence. Contact us for accommodation options and pricing.




Double, single and twin rooms are available.  It is also possible to bring a non painting partner. Please contact us for accommodation options and pricing.

​We will have exclusive use of the estate during the week, and students are welcome to use the swimming pool, games room, communal living areas, artists’ studio and grounds during their stay. The meals are home cooked by our hosts, using fresh local produce. Please inform us of any dietary requirements at the time of booking.

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