Painting Italy with Joe Palmerio June 16-23 2018
Join Joe Palmerio for a spectacular week of plein air painting, expert instruction and capturing the beauty of classic Italian landscapes! The class will cover using both the earth or dead palette and the prismatic palette, each individually and then in orchestration with one another. Joe will emphasize going beyond illustration to make the scene come to life with bravado paint application. Through the emphasis of focal points and strong contrasts, your scene will be the jumping off point to create a truly exciting painting!
Your accommodation (and fabulous painting location in-and-of-itself) is a beautifully restored stone farmhouse along the border of Tuscany and Umbria - a part of Italy dubbed the “cradle of the Renaissance” due to the vast number of master artists who have learned, taught and refined their talents here. From the ancient Etruscan civilization some 3,000 years ago to modern times, artists have been captivated by the stunning panoramas, irresistible compositions and magical lighting that is sure to enchant you, as well.  Itinerary and Instruction Schedule

DAY 1 (Saturday, June 16) ARRIVAL  Benvenuti in Italia! Upon arrival at Rome Fiumicino Airport, sit back and relax as you are transported by private Mercedes Benz van service to the Italian countryside and Il Colombaio, your beautiful accommodations along the border of Tuscany and Umbria. After check-in you'll enjoy a mini-tour with owner, Irma, followed by an opportunity to explore your surroundings and take part in a workshop orientation with Joe. Afterwards it's time for aperitif hour together before enjoying a delicious, regionalstyle dinner served up by the in-house chef. Dinner included

DAY 2 (Sunday, June 17) Il COLOMBAIO  After breakfast this morning, you’ll be in for a full-on day of painting and instruction with Joe, on the beautiful grounds of Il Colombaio. From classic Italian cypress to
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medieval villages to grazing donkeys, the scenes are endless and spectacular. After a picnic-style lunch on the sweeping outdoor terrace, you’ll walk to a nearby vineyard to continue your painting session with Joe. In late afternoon you’ll enjoy a special wine tastings with our friend, Paola, before returning to the villa for a delicious regionalstyle dinner prepared by the talented Chef Adorno.   Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

DAY 3 (Monday, June 18) MONTEPULCIANO This morning after breakfast it's off to the Renaissance hill town of Montepulciano where you'll enjoy a private demonstration with an amazing copper artisan, followed by time to shop, explore or paint with Joe. Montepulciano is a beautifully preserved medieval hill town that overlooks a classic Tuscan landscape of rolling hills dotted with olive groves and vineyards. Lunch is on your own - so many charming restaurants to choose from - followed by afternoon painting and exploring this enchanting village. Breakfast and dinner
DAY 4 (Tuesday, June 19) Il COLOMBAIO After breakfast this morning, you’ll enjoy another full day of painting and instruction with Joe, on the beautiful grounds of Il Colombaio. After a casual lunch on the sweeping outdoor terrace, those who wish may join Signora Antonietta for an oh-sofun pasta making lesson, followed by an afternoon of painting and instruction with Joe. Apertivo hour follows, along with another delicious regional style dinner.   Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

DAY 5 (Wednesday, June 20) CITTA DELLA PIEVE This morning after breakfast it’s off to nearby Città della Pieve, where you’ll feel as if you’ve stepped back in time to the year 1200! With its winding alleyways, charming atmosphere and distinct red-brick construction, Città della Piece is a town to be savored. Here you’ll enjoy painting and instruction time with Joe, along with free time to explore, shop and choose a place for lunch. In afternoon you’ll return to the villa for
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a friendly aperitivo hour followed by another delectable chef-prepared dinner. Breakfast and dinner
DAY 6 (Thursday, June 21) Il COLOMBAIO Today, after breakfast, you’ll join Joe for a painting and instruction session near the villa. Lunch will be served up on outdoor terrace, and after some rest and relaxation (or perhaps a dip in the pool), you’ll enjoy a full afternoon of continued painting and instruction with Joe. This evening our friendy sommelier, Paola, will host another friendly aperitivo hour, followed by a Tuscan-style dinner.   Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
DAY 7 (Friday, June 22) FABRO & PARRANO This morning, after breakfast, those who wish may take a jaunt to the nearby village of Fabro for sketching, shopping or exploring. Afterwards, it’s back to the villa to gather supplies - including bag lunches - for a day of painting in the nearby village of Parrano - one of Umbria’s best kept secrets! Its beautifully preserved avenues and alleyways, complete with arched doorways, shuttered windows and flower boxes, provide a charming backdrop for painting with Joe. In afternoon you’ll return to the villa to complete any projects and to enjoy a special celebratory aperitivo hour followed by a farewell dinner prepared by Chef Adorno.  Breakfast, lunch and dinner

DAY 8 (Saturday, June 23) DEPARTURE   Our drivers will be transporting you this morning to Rome Fiumicino Airport. 
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Painting Italy with Joe Palmerio Includes
• 7 nights accommodations in a historic 18th century stone farmhouse *(no single supplement fee! all single, private rooms with private, ensuite bathrooms!) • Group transportation by private Mercedes Benz van service to/from Rome Fiumicino Airport on arrival and departure dates. • Daily painting instruction with Joe Palmerio • Private Mercedes Benz van service for all side trips listed in the itinerary • All generous breakfasts with made-to-order Italian coffees • 4 lunches served with local wines    • All regionally inspired dinners prepared by the bravo Chef Adorno, and served with local wines  • Accommodations for special dietary requirements, including gluten free, dairy free, Paleo and Vegan • Demonstration with copper artisan • Private winery tour and tasting with a local sommelier • Italian pasta-making lesson • Time on your own for shopping and exploring • Evening aperitivo hour for chatting, sharing and mingling • Daily oversight and organization by Pamela Haack and/or Strada Toscana team members • Free wifi 

* Countryside accommodations are a historic, 18th century farmhouse that has been lovingly restored and modernized with beautiful sleeping rooms (each uniquely decorated) private bathrooms, in-house restaurant (where you'll enjoy delectable meals) and various terraces and sitting areas - both inside and out - that offer breathtaking, panoramic views across Umbria and Tuscany. 
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Painting Italy with Joe Palmerio 8 Days/7Nights June 17-23, 2018 Painter’s Trip Price: $3,700 Companion Trip Price: $3,100

Per person, based on single occupancy room with private, ensuite bathroom  no single supplement fee! BOOK NOW
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A 37 minute video executed in real time, filmed in Spruce Creek Preserve, just outside of New Smyrna, on the east coast of Florida.  A plein air video from start to completion covering the basics of painting in plein air.  A very concise and informative video that can be used as a reference to constantly remind the artist of the essentials in painting the landscape.  Cost. $40.

 Plein Air Painting Video

    (painted live in real time)