Art Holidays Val d'Orcia
Val d'Orcia is a region of Tuscany which extends from the hills south of Siena to Monte Amiata. Its gentle, cultivated hills are occasionally sprinkled with Medieval Villages, cypresses and natural springs.
Lapillus: Painting retreat on a volcano slopes
MOUNT AMIATA - VAL D'ORCIA, ITALY, 19-26 AUGUST 2023
Val d'Orcia is a land of rare beauty, where history, nature and tradition intertwine: the proud medieval villages, the remote hermitages and the busy farmhouses are immersed in a unique landscape of rolling hills covered with wheat fields, vineyards and olive groves.
The territory is a continuous variation of colours.
This holiday destination sprang casually at the end of the 2020 gloomy lockdowns. "Black iron oxide" was the colour of that time, perfectly revealing of the uncertainty of those days. As a school, Progetto Ecate wanted to reaffirm the importance of people spending time together, so a quest for a perfect place begun.
A place to gather students and fellow artists and work side by side.
Black iron oxide, mineral mountains and the treasures from the depths of an extinct volcano. Mount Amiata is a mysterious destination, a lava dome that has generously donated extraordinary pigments for painting. The most famous? Cinnabar, a beautiful intense but poisonous red, sought after by alchemists and used with caution by artists.
The place I have chosen is an ancient
farmhouse, and it speaks of history, tradition and territory. It was developed from the ruins of a sixteenth-century watchtower, built on the enormous erratic block that
still emerges today in the living room. The recovery work was careful
and respectful, maintaining the original materials: the trachyte of the
walls; the chestnut wood of the beams; the terracotta of the floors.
We will spend a week in an ancient, primitive, authentic, rich territory.
🎨 SMALL GROUP OF 6-8 PEOPLE
🏡 CHARMING HISTORICAL ACCOMMODATION
🥮 COOKING LESSONS
🌿 WALKS, THERMAL BATHS, TOURS
1200 € *
* COST AND INCLUSIONS: 7 night accommodation; all food; complete painting 30 hour course; cyanotype workshop; pigment making experience; all art supplies; tours to Sant'Antimo, Pienza, Bagno Vignoni, Ragnaia Garden; Spoerri Garden; springs tour with a certified mountain guide..