Join us for an all- inclusive art retreat and workshop with artist Donna Breitenstein in the beautiful Umbrian countryside. This is an opportunity to immerse yourself in your art and feel inspired by the beautiful landscape that surrounds you. Spend time with like minded people, make lasting friendships and enjoy the food and wine that thrive in this rich region of Italy.
September 17 - 23, 2023
Price: $5,000 per artist. Includes tuition and instruction, 6 nights accommodation, all meals & drinks (including wine and cocktails), winery tour and tasting, cooking class, pizza night, transportation to specially curated locations for instruction and painting as well as all activities, and transfers to and from the Cortona train station to our farmhouse. What is not included: airfare to and from Rome Non-artist companion: $1,500
Class Size: 6-12
Level: Some experience
Join us for this special all-inclusive week at our farmhouse with artist Donna Breitenstein in the beautiful Umbrian countryside. This retreat will focus on En Plein Air painting in various locations using the medium of your choice. Donna will share her knowledge and experience and teach you techniques for Plein Air style of painting. Capturing light and details in various outdoor settings whether it is in a medieval village or the beautiful Umbrian landscape. Your day will begin with a farmhouse breakfast fresh from our kitchen followed by instruction and guidance from Donna for the day's instruction.
All of your meals will be prepared fresh and served outside under the pergola, or in our farmhouse kitchen. During your free time, explore the beautiful grounds, go for a swim or a stroll in the countryside. There will be a wine tour and tasting, olive oil tasting, cooking class and a pizza night!
When booking, please choose the correct dates above in the calendar, then change the number of people to 1. From there, you can choose the retreat week and add it to your cart before checking out. If you would like to add a non-artist companion, please contact us and we will add it to your booking. A detailed description of supplies you will need to bring with you, train information and transportation and directions if you choose to rent a car, will be sent in an email upon booking.
My inspiration for my landscape paintings is based on the tranquility and awe I feel in a particular place. My whimsical paintings are based on having fun with shapes and colors. I hope people can share in those feelings in viewing my work. Art and painting have always been a passion for me. My favorite class in school was undoubtably art. In my undergraduate major at UC was in fine art: painting and art history. When I took time out from university studies, in my twenties, I wandered around Europe for a year taking in all the wonderful art and architecture. I traveled from museum to museum and city to city spending most of my time in Italy. After Europe, I moved to Santa Monica, California for 17 years where I worked in art galleries and eventually, in the early 90’s, I began my own art consulting firm advising corporations, hospitals, designers and hotels in the selection of artwork for their facilities. When I returned to Cincinnati I earned a Masters degree in Art Education at UC. I taught art at the elementary level for nearly 20 years. I love spending time in my studio which is located in O’Bryonville a neighborhood in Cincinnati. My subject matter varies but landscapes are my favorite.