With Tom Benjamin

21.09.19 – 28.09.19

Maximum group size: 9

A week of landscape painting in oils. Set on a hillside in the Emilia-Romagna with views across the Secchia river valley and framed by the Apennine mountains. Enjoy delicious cuisine and your own personal studio space in the former stables.

Working directly from the landscape is a very alive and exciting way of painting in oils. If you have painted outside before this will be a chance to improve and progress your skills if you are new to it this is a great way to get going. There will also be time to develop ideas in the studio for those who wish to.

This course gives you the opportunity to work directly in oils from the stunning scenery around Villa Lugara and learn some techniques specifically tailored for working en plein air from a very experienced artist and tutor. It is suitable for all levels of experience.

Your tutor Tom Benjamin has been painting for over thirty years. He exhibits widely and his next solo show is at St Anne’s Gallery in Lewes in April 2019 He is an experienced tutor teaching for West Dean College, Verrocchio Arts Centre and Arts in Provence for many years.

Mountainscape by Tom Benjamin

Price £550 to £790 depending on room chosen at Villa Lugara.
There is an additional tuition fee of £400, paid directly to Tom.

The fee includes:

  • Accommodation at the beautifully restored Villa Lugara

  • Full board with local organic produce, including local wine and all your refreshments. Dinner at a local restaurant on one evening is not included in the price

  • A personal studio space in the Stable Studios

  • Full use of Villa Lugara and the swimming pool

  • Minibus transfer from Bologna Airport on arrival and departure*

*Minibus transfer from Bologna Airport on arrival and departure for recommended flight only.

Course Description

The course will focus on painting in oils in front of the subject. We will combine working on one-off paintings made in a range of locations within a short drive of the studio with work made within walking distance of our base where there is a wealth of great subject matter.  This will give you the chance to work on one or more paintings over a number of sessions.

Although there will be some sessions in villages the location of the studios and our painting locations will mostly be in the countryside. The landscape is varied with spectacular open views rivers and woods.

The studio space in a converted stable will provide each of you with your own separate bay. The course is suitable for all levels and there will be lots of one to one tuition as you are painting.

Travel Information

Fly to Bologna from where you will be collected by minibus. Group collection and drop off times will be arranged by email.

You can find more details on how to get here. For the more adventurous, you may want to allow time for a longer visit which could include the nearby cities of Modena, Bologna, Reggio Emilia, Parma and Ferrara, Piacenza and Mantova, read more about the area here.

The Team

Tom Benjamin

Your tutor Tom Benjamin has been painting for over thirty years. He exhibits widely and his next solo show is at St Anne’s Gallery in Lewes in April 2019 He is an experienced tutor teaching for West Dean College, Verrocchio Arts Centre and Arts in Provence for many years.

Fiona Geilinger

 Running the villa and supporting the course is host Fiona Geilinger, an artist and short film maker. She studied art by pupillage, with painter Nick Bodimeade. She is a keen gardener, looking after the kitchen garden with the support of neighbouring friends Elis and Graziano, who keep things going when she is back in the UK. Find out more about Fiona’s work at  http://fionageilinger.co.uk and http://www.findingyourcompass.co.uk

Steve Geilinger

Helping out with driving and other odd jobs during the course will be Steve (Spike) Geilinger. He is a freelance director, working mainly for the BBC, making documentaries about fine art, architecture, history and food. Most recently he has been making the series ‘Britain’s Lost Masterpieces’ with Bendor Grosvenor for BBC Four.

HOW TO BOOK

Reserve your place now by filling out the form below, or email us for more information. We will send you full course information, registration forms and payment details.

A non-refundable deposit of 20% per person is required by bank transfer after you complete your booking. Full course fees are payable by 1st July 2019.