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 29, 2021 – June 5, 2021

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 Online for       Spring 2020

at Danforth Museum Art/School 

Introduction to Studio Art 

Tuesdays from April 28 – June 9,  9 –12, 2020

Introduce yourself to art virtually using the on line platform Zoom. This fun and informative introductory class will cover basic drawing, design and color concepts. Students will explore design principles through art historical references, develop an understanding of color by using and mixing acrylic paints, and create an abstract painting with recognizable subjects in a very colorful composition. Class meets once a week (Tuesdays 9:00am-12:00pm) for 7 weeks.

Three Mediums

Two Day Workshop,                                                        Saturday, May 2 and Saturday, May 9 from 1–4pm

In this workshop students learn how to use three unique mediums to produce unusual and unexpected results, which are great to use in the studio or outdoors. We combine water-based materials (watercolors) with oil-based Caran d’ache crayons and oil pastels to create mixed-media resists. The result is rich in line, form, color, and texture. The watercolor resists the linear crayon and oil pastels and fills in any spaces while also adding texture to the surface.

Recent Past–––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.