Interpreting the Tuscan Landscape through Drawing, Painting, and Mixed Media

Il Chiostro: Art, Culture, and Culinary Workshop in Italy

LOCATION:Tuscany, San Fedele Dates:  May 30, 2020 – June 6, 2020

Price:  $2,995.

Join us as we explore the hills of Tuscany through our own interpretive art!

Each day instructor Nan Hass Feldman will include lessons on technique, medium, foundations and color. For those who prefer not to be included in the instruction, Nan will be present to direct them individually if they wish, while all will take part in the group reviews and critiques.

See the entire itinerary and syllabus here 

This will be a  small group to share in this exciting, creative, communal, supportive, and fun International workshop

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Additional Activities

Our daily painting will be combined with other adventures such as:

  • Day trip to Medieval Siena to sketch, take photos, explore and shop
  • Excursions to nearby hilltowns like Radda, Castellina, Monteriggioni, etc.
  • Visit to Chianti winery for a tour and tasting
  • Variety of plein air locations to paint landscapes, villages, and the Tuscan light
  • Discussions of Tuscan cuisine with our personal chef

After excursions or painting on location, we’ll return each evening to relax in our 1,000 year old monastery to enjoy the surroundings, have a glass of wine and an informal critique of the day’s work. Then we will move to the dining room (the authentic refectory where the monks used to assemble) to enjoy our local chef’s authentic, home-made Tuscan meal, recapping the day’s adventure with good company.

Nan’s Teaching Fall 2019

 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Avenue of the Arts, 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA

Fall at Museum of Fine Arts

Painting a Series:  

Painting a Series is an opportunity for each student to have guidance in the direction of choosing a subject/theme, a medium, and a format in which to begin creating a unified body of work.  I will help each person to focus and develop in order to find their own specific voice in making art in a supportive and participatory environment.  

Thursdays from: 

    September 19 – November 21, 2019   

6:30–9pm   (10 weeks)

Understanding Color in Painting

Working in acrylics, gain hands-on experience through analysis of major theories and properties of color.  Explore how colors affect one another visually and increase your sensitivity to color by reviewing primary, secondary, and tertiary colors. Learn how to use color and value systems to enhance the composition and portray realism, naturalism, abstraction, and non-objectivism in your paintings.

Supplies will be provided on the first day and the instructor will review supplies to bring for the following classes.

Thursdays from:

September 19 – November 21, 2019

2:30–5pm   (10 weeks)


Fall at the Worcester Art Museum

55 Salisbury Street, Worcester, MA

Creating a Series 

Discover what draws you to art making, whose work excites you, what medium to explore, and what goals to set.  For intermediate and advanced students.

Mondays  from:

September 23 – November 25,  2019

9:30am–1:30pm   (8 weeks)

No class September 30 and October 14 

Drawing, Design, and Painting Workshop

Saturday – Sunday October 19 and 20, 2019

This fun workshop will cover basic drawing, design, and color concepts while you create a colorful abstract painting with recognizable subjects.

Fall at Danforth Museum Art/School 

 Workshop: Using Collage and Mixed-Media as Studies for Paintings   

 Saturday and Sunday, November 16 and 17, 2019

 9:30 am – 4:00 pm

Creating studies before beginning a painting is a good practice for resolving issues related to color relationships, negative space and compositional elements. Join renown Boston artist Nan Hass Feldman as she leads you in a series of collage & mixed-media exercises designed to help develop impactful compositions to be translated into paintings. This workshop is suitable for intermediate to advanced level students and meets two days on the weekend. Workshop: Using Collage and Mixed-Media as Studies for Paintings Supply List.