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[Tuscany, Italy] Ala Prima Portrait Painting

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[Tuscany, Italy] Ala Prima Portrait Painting
[Tuscany, Italy] Ala Prima Portrait Painting

Time & Location

Nov 02, 2023, 9:00 AM GMT+1 – Nov 08, 2023, 5:00 PM GMT+1

Vaggio, Località la Torre, 172, 50066 Vaggio FI, Italy


About The Event

This workshop is hosted by Art Escape Italy.

To register or for more information, visit the workshop page at:

Dates: 2-8 November 2023

Price: From €1835 - €2550

Includes: 22% VAT, 5 days tuition, 6 nights accommodation, all meals & drinks (including wine), wine tour & tasting, transfers, models, easels & solvents

Non-Participating Partner: €650

Location: Antico Borgo La Torre

Medium: Oil on canvas

Class size: 12-17

Painting Experience: All levels welcome

Languages: English & Russian

Italian translation available (email us)

Workshop Description

Join us for an all-inclusive week of oil painting in the Tuscan countryside with Zin Lim. During this art retreat, artists of all levels are welcome to join and learn to paint the portrait from life. Participants will learn Alla prima painting techniques (wet-on-wet paint application) as Zin guides you with demonstrations and individual feedback. Students will focus on a different painting each day, learning and practicing important topics such as design, composition, proportions, gestures, values, using a limited color palette, and making interesting brush marks. The goal is to paint Alla prima portraits confidently and with expression. Be prepared to fully immerse yourself in painting for an entire week, and leave having learned lots of valuable painting information!

During this all-inclusive art retreat, meals will be home-cooked and eaten together in our large dining room or outside when the weather is nice. In the evenings, participants will have free use of the grounds to explore, including the swimming pool, woodland, lake, and olive groves. There is also a volleyball net and a games room with table tennis and table football. During the week we will host some evening entertainment which everyone is welcome to join, such as a wine tour, cooking class, and pizza night.

The Venue

This workshop will take place at Antico Borgo La Torre, a converted farmhouse and winery located in Chianti, 25km from Florence.

Originally a medieval tower, the structure dates back to the Middle Ages. Now an agriturismo, Antico Borgo La Torre produces its own wine and olive oil. It is made up of 32 hectares of land, which include olive groves, vineyards, woodland, orchards, walnut trees, and a swimming pool.

See photos and more details about the venue here

What's included?

22% VAT - 5 days tuition - 6 nights accommodation - Arrival & departure transfers - Breakfasts, lunches, dinners & snacks - Tea, coffee & soft drinks - Alcohol (wine grown & produced at the venue) - Wine tour & tasting - Extra activities - Laundry - Swimming Pool - Wifi - Models - Easels & Solvents


€1835 Shared Twin Bedroom with private bathroom (shared with one other participant of the same gender)

€2290 Private Bedroom with a double bed and private bathroom

€2550 Private Apartment with a double bedroom, bathroom, and private living room/kitchen

The Food

All meals will be made up of delicious, home-cooked Tuscan cuisine, and will take place in our beautiful dining hall or outside whenever the weather is nice. Vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options will be available, please let us know in advance if you have any dietary requirements (dietary needs rather than preferences).

Materials list, itinerary & more information

We will send you an information pack with the full materials list and more details about the retreat.

Bring a partner or friend - €650 all-inclusive rate

If you book a private bedroom or apartment then you are very welcome to bring along a travel companion with you who will not be participating in the workshop. Partners will be very welcome to join all of our meals and activities and become a part of our group.

We will happily assist in planning activities during the days for your partner, such as bike tours, trips to local towns, and walks around the surrounding countryside. Equally, your partner is very welcome to relax by the pool and enjoy the beautiful countryside. We recommend bringing a car so that you can travel around freely, however, it will also be possible to call a taxi at any time to take you to the local train station.

The €650 fee for non-participating partners includes 22% VAT - 6 nights accommodation - Arrival & Departure Transfers - Breakfasts, lunches, dinners & snacks - Tea, coffee & soft drinks - Alcohol (wine grown at the venue) - Wine tour & tasting - Laundry - Swimming Pool - Wifi.

Participating Partner - €1380 all-inclusive

Bring a partner or friend who will attend the workshop with you. If you book a private bedroom or apartment you are welcome to bring along a travel companion who will participate in the workshop with you and share a bedroom with you. €1380 all-inclusive rate for your travel companion!

Booking information

To book a place on this retreat click Book Now below and you'll be taken to a separate page where you can choose your bedroom option, register, and pay. To confirm your place on this retreat you will need to pay a €750 deposit or the full workshop fee. You can choose to pay via credit card or bank transfer. If you would like to pay by deposit, choose 'offline payment' when you check out, and from there you can pay the €750 despot via bank transfer. If you require a different payment plan email us for details.

Review our terms & conditions of booking here

[Oil Painting materials]

  • Oil Paint: Any brand.

Titanium White

Cadmium Yellow

Cadmium Red

Alizarin Crimson

Ultramarine Blue

Pthalo Green (or Viridian)

Burnt Umber           

Ivory Black

  • Canvas paper pad or Stretched canvas (11x14 inch or larger, smooth surface is better).
  • Brushes: Various size of flat (either natural or synthetic hair of any brand is fine but must have good shape of hair). Zin mostly uses low price/synthetic flat brushes.
  • Palette Knife: Sharp.
  • Palette: Palette Pad or any wooden/plastic/glass palette.
  • Medium: Pure, Odorless 'Linseed oil’, ‘sunflower oil’, or 'safflower oil' (similar smell and texture to normal home cooking oil) in a jar. No fast-dry medium, such as; Liquin or Galkid. (At the workshop, Zin will use Sunflower oil + odorless mineral spirit).
  • Paper towel or rag: To wipe the oil with a brush. (Zin uses cut drop cloth)
  • Plastic bag: To put oiled paper in.
  • Large paper or plastic sheet: To prevent paint drops on the table or floor.
  • Easel (optional): Portable. Wooden French easel or Light aluminum frame, Stand, or table-top easel. No easel? No problem. Just put a canvas on the table.

*For our healthy study experience, please don't use fast-drying mediums, or smelly or toxic mediums, such as Liquin, Galkid, etc. But use an odorless/no-smelly medium only.

This workshop is hosted by Art Escape Italy.

To register or for more information, visit the workshop page at:

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