Watercolor workshop in a former property of the Della Robbia’s

A unique experience in Chianti. I cannot count the artists who found inspiration within my walls, in my protected environment, in the middle of olive trees, vineyards, flowers, with the incomparable view that I have on the San Leolino church. So, more and more painters, confirmed or novice, come from all the continents to Villa le Barone to paint our Chianti, our Tuscany. I have therefore often the pleasure to host many watercolor, pastel, and painting workshops with professors bringing their students in the steps of the Renaissance’s artists for of a week or more. A painter, established in Panzano in Chianti, also often comes to give watercolor courses for one afternoon or one day!

This week, it is Jean François Grillard, Professor in Neuilly, France, who, for the fourth time in a row, brought his students to Villa Barone for a watercolor workshop, and he has already planned another workshop for May 2011!  Inspired by the beauty of Villa le Barone and its history, participants paint the rising autumn’s colors, the Tuscan landscapes which enthused so many artists, with their cypress and their olive trees. Some of them have their camera, and are taking part in our photo competition!

The Gastronomy is not forgotten during this stay dedicated to art: I am sure that my Tuscan cooks are  going to prepare, the “peposo“, this famous traditional Tuscan historic dish which the pupils of Brunelleschi ate, and the ” tagliata with ruccola ” prepared with our certified “agroqualita” beef ; fresh figs of the garden will be also on the menu! And, naturally, Chianti wines will accompany these meals.

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