Robert Hagan - BEST OF UMBRIA AND TUSCANY WORKSHOP: SPOLETTO AND BAGNO VIGNONI

Robert Hagan - BEST OF UMBRIA AND TUSCANY WORKSHOP: SPOLETTO AND BAGNO VIGNONI
31 May - 12 June 2019

DAY 1 FRIDAY 31 MAY, 2019 SPOLETO, UMBRIA
Workshop members will be met at Rome airport at midday by your workshop manager, who will escort you by private coach through the picturesque Italian countryside to the Umbrian hill town of Spoleto. Spoleto is a historic and atmospheric town beautifully located in the rolling hills of Umbria. Its medieval towns, hilltop tiaras of pinkish-grey stone are evocative and lovely, and its churches and museums contain artworks that rival those of Tuscany. The town was settled by Romans in 242BC. During our stay in Spoleto we will see many impressive Roman ruins, including the Roman theatre, the Arco di Druso and the buildings in the pretty Piazza Municipio. The village and the surrounding countryside will provide an extensive choice of outstanding painting subjects. Tonight we will enjoy an included welcome dinner.

DAY 2 SATURDAY 1 JUNE, 2019 SPOLETO, UMBRIA
This morning Robert will lead the painting session in the town close to the hotel. This our first gathering will see Robert introduce his approach to painting by discussing ‘daily life’ as inspiration. After a demonstration of how to inject simple animation in a simple occasional setting Robert will move among the group helping each person with their work based on this approach. Insightful critique sessions will be held every few days.

DAY 3 SUNDAY 2 JUNE, 2019 SPOLETO, UMBRIA
After breakfast, we will travel to Assisi for a full day of painting. Assisi is beautifully located on the side of a range of hills. Its winding ancient streets will provide many good painting opportunities and the occasion to identify aspects of daily life to introduce to a simple painting guided by Robert. There will also be time to see the famous Basilica di San Francesco.

DAY 4 MONDAY 3 JUNE, 2019 SPOLETO, UMBRIA
Painting, sightseeing and relaxing in Spoleto. Robert will use this day to introduce how his wet layering technique works in tandem with the Ezyart magnifier.

DAY 5 TUESDAY 4 JUNE, 2019 SPOLETO, UMBRIA
Today we travel to the nearby town of Todi for a day of painting and exploration. Todi is a beautiful town perched atop a high and lonely hill with superb views of the surrounding countryside. Time permitting our group will consolidate the use of the magnifier with a local element as the subject matter with broader discussion about brushes and palettes.

DAY 6 WEDNESDAY 5 JUNE, 2019 SPOLETO, UMBRIA
Our last day in Umbria. There will be sightseeing, relaxation and a full demonstration of a painting by Robert that explores the use of 2 different palettes. There will be a final critique session followed by a farewell dinner to celebrate our time in Italy.

DAY 7 THURSDAY 6 JUNE, 2019 BAGNO VIGNONI, TUSCANY
After breakfast workshop members will travel to the small village of Bagno Vignoni, in the heart of the beautiful Tuscan Hills. On arrival the will have time to explore your three and a half star hotel, the Albergo le Terme, before meeting for dinner. The Albergo le Terme family hotel has a fascinating history. The building dates back to the 15th century and was planned and built by Rosselino for Pope Pio II Piccolomini, who used it as a summerhouse. The building is situated in the centre of Bagno Vignoni, in front of a basin where hot mineral spring water spouts all day, and in Roman times was used for baths. In fact, thermal and mud baths are still available. Bagno Vignoni lies in a quiet part of the pretty Orcia river valley. Its shops, bars, cafes and the surrounding countryside offer outstanding painting subjects. Dinner will be included each evening of our stay in Bagno Vignoni.

DAY 8 FRIDAY 7 JUNE, 2019 BAGNO VIGNONI, TUSCANY
After breakfast Robert will discuss the role of inspiration in developing a painting and introduce the camera’s role in being a figurative artist within the context of the village. Afterwards, Robert will move around the group helping everyone with their work. Relaxed critique sessions will be held at the workshop hotel every few days. Lunch will be at leisure. A delicious full dinner is included each evening at the Albergo Le Terme’s pleasant dining room.

DAY 9 SATURDAY 8 JUNE, 2019 BAGNO VIGNONI, TUSCANY
Today our private coach will take you to Montepulciano, an extremely beautiful medieval town situated on the top of a narrow hill separating two valleys. Poets have long sung the praises of its ruby-red wine. Robert will perform a demonstration and capture the Renaissance buildings that are clustered around the Piazza Grande. Lunch will be taken at leisure after which Robert will lead the group on an exploring and sketching exercise to reinforce this most necessary artists skill before returning to Bagno Vignoni.

DAY 10 SUNDAY 9 JUNE, 2019 BAGNO VIGNONI, TUSCANY
After breakfast you will enjoy a group painting session in Bagnio Vignoni. Robert will demonstrate a full painting using photos taken from the previous day along with the wet-layering technique in tandem with the magnifier and guide workshop members afterwards with their work.

DAY 11 MONDAY 10 JUNE, 2019 BAGNO VIGNONI, TUSCANY
A day in the Tuscan countryside. Today the group will travel by private coach to nearby Pienza for a day of consolidation of technique in painting. Pienza is a charming hilltop town in a beautiful location. It was featured in the movie “The English Patient” a theme Robert will explore as subject matter for paintings.

DAY 12 TUESDAY 11 JUNE, 2019 BAGNO VIGNONI, TUSCANY
An enjoyable day of completing the previous days’ theme based painting, sightseeing plus relaxation in the beautiful countryside of Tuscany and hopefully a photographic session based on farming with Robert on hand to help you make the most of this last opportunity. Dinner farewell with an evening of awards of certificates and celebration.

DAY 13 WEDNESDAY 12 JUNE, 2019 DEPARTURE
Today we say farewell to Tuscany and travel to Rome airport in time for passenger’s flights departing after 2.00pm.