The Course 18th April – 25th April 2020

The approach of the painting school is to support participants development of ideas.  We are situated within a beautiful setting within the Umbrian landscape and with views of the Tuscan hills.  It may be that this landscape is the primary focus for you but it may also be more appropriate for you to develop your ideas that is not landscape focused.  The Villa has 2 wonderful studios with plenty of space and many students find that this space is their primary focus for work, discussion and development.

We pride ourselves on our listening skills especially and being able to work with the student’s needs, to support them to move their work forward. We are not interested in creating a house style as the individuality of each student is at the heart of our belief. After having worked together as tutors for many years we are able to offer developmental advice, a forward-thinking approach, along with being attuned to giving students the time and space to adjust and to absorb new information. The course is especially dedicated to those who want to develop their practice as an artist. We are interested in those of you who have a current professional practice but who would like help through discussion and tuition.

We will be working mostly with acrylic paint and acrylic mediums and these purely for drying purposes, along with flexible and portable supports, brushes, pallets etc will be provided. However, if you would like to work in oils we are only too happy for you to bring paint with you and we will provide turps and mediums. Our flexible supports are easily transportable in your suitcases for the journey home. Many of our clients have been thrilled to sell their work after they have returned home and many have been subsequently accepted into art competitions. A fabulous memory and a real achievement for each student.

Sample Itinerary

This may be subject to change in response to ongoing discussions over coffee in the morning.

We will start in the mornings at 10 a.m. with a discussion of the day’s approach, over coffee. For instance, we may consider paint technology tips and useful professional methods with visual materials, as well as thoughtful insights to contextualise your approach to the development of your work.
Then into the field or choose a spot near by to work, wherever it is we will make sure that you have all you need and we will sit down with each student to help with their idea development. We are in a beautiful location which is rich in history and an inspiring environment to work within.  You do not have to be interested in working from the landscape, we are immensely experienced in facilitating artists and their ideas across a wide range of approaches.

Then lunch, swim, siesta.
A couple of hours continued painting and tutoring in the afternoon.

Then you are free to rest or go for a walk. There will be drinks  before our chefs serve a supper. This is when we all get a chance to discuss the day’s work and to relax with some wonderful company.


“Had an absolutely amazing week in Italy with you all. I loved everything about it – from the location to the company, the food and of course the inspired, instructional yet unobtrusive teaching. You and Gareth were great fun and a great team.” Carol Sloan

“I just got back from a fantastic course with Rachael Reeves and Gareth Edwards based in a little villa-hotel on the Tuscan/Umbrian border. They were a great teaching combo – so positive and encouraging, helping all the students to identify areas to work on, supporting everyone to make progress. The course focused on landscape, but they are totally up for supporting artists to develop in whatever genre they are working in. I feel very empowered to take my work to the next stage. We were with Rachael and Gareth from breakfast to bedtime for 7 days, they were fun to be with, lovely people.

I first met Gareth on the one-week landscape course at Newlyn and two of the other students had also learnt with him there at different times – the fact that we followed him to Tuscany is testament to his teaching. I can report that G and R live up to what great teachers should be; being consultative and responsive to students’ needs and interests. As well as working as a professional artist, Rachael teaches on an Access and Foundation to art and Design course, and at a charity for people with learning difficulties, thoroughly recommend this course”
Jacqui Mitton

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Please note that on Thursdays the kitchen is closed and so we are free to eat within the village or further afield.

Price's below include; Tuition, accommodation, food some materials.Price £1,178
A deposit is required for each booking and is non-refundable
1 x person£1,178£500
Food, accommodation and some materials will all be included in these prices

To join a course please just complete the booking form.