FRESCO PAINTING IN AREZZO, TUSCANY
1. BUON FRESCO WORKSHOPS
... offered in the homeland of Renaissance Master Piero della Francesca
The VILLA MARGHERITA FRESCO STUDIO is currently offering 7-day Introduction to Buon Fresco Workshops
The workshop includes:
· 7 days and 6 nights at VILLA MARGHERITA A PARADISE FOR ARTISTS
· 5 day fresco class (30 Hours Total Instruction Time)
· 6 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 3 dinners with local wine
· pasta making class with our fresh eggs
· visits to see masterpieces by Piero della Francesca in Arezzo, Sansepolcro and Monterchi
· 2 free days for excursions and fun wine tasting, shopping or touring
2. VILLA MARGHERITA & THE FRESCO STUDIO
The VILLA MARGHERITA FRESCO STUDIO is situated in a picturesque modern villa with incredible light and a large beautiful garden, nestled in the forest above Arezzo in Tuscany, Italy. It is an ideal setting for artists and art lovers of all kinds to create, make art, take a break and be inspired by the beauties of nature. Small groups of artists or visitors, from 3 to 6, may be hosted at VILLA MARGHERITA A PARADISE FOR ARTISTS
3. 2013 FRESCO WORKSHOP DATES
The VILLA MARGHERITA FRESCO STUDIO will be offering various fresco worshops and painting technique workshops in 2013: The dates include April 1-7, April 30-May 6, May 13-19, May 27-June 2, June 10-June 17, June 30-July 7, August 25-September 1, & the last of the season September 30-October 6.
The workshops are limited to a maximum of 4 students at a time, to ensure important one on one time with each student. If you are interested in attending, please click here to contact us and reserve your spot. Click here for more info on Workshops.
If you are a private group and interested in organizing a workshop please contact us and we will be happy to accommodate you!
4. 2 BEDROOM APARTMENT WITH PRIVATE BATH FOR RENT
There is an apartment with two bedrooms, private bath, with independant entrance available at affordable prices to artists and art lovers visiting Tuscany for all dates throughout the year excluding the dates listed above if there are 7-day fresco workshops scheduled.
Please click here to contact us for information, prices and availability. We are happy to be catalists to your creativity and share the beauty of Alpe di Poti with international artists and art lovers from around the globe. Enjoy the Tuscan countryside, eat fabulous Italian food, and make art.
5. THE TWO ART STUDIOS
VILLA MARGHERITA A PARADISE FOR ARTISTS is home to two studios ideal for drawing, painting, sculpture and ceramics. One studio is suited for still life, figure and portraiture with excellent north light, while the second studio is specially designed for fresco painting, sculpture and ceramics. There is a professional kiln and potter's wheel available for use.
6. THE REFERENCE LIBRARY
There is a reference library available for consultation, with numerous volumes on classical, renaissance and modern art.
7. AREZZO THE GOLDEN CITY OF TUSCANY
Arezzo is rich in renaissance history and famous for its goldsmiths, and monthly Fiera Antiquariato, a fantastic antique fair, held in the historical center the first Sunday and previous Saturday of the month, as well as its delicious Italian cuisine!
Arezzo is also the birthplace to many famous artists, including: writer, poet and humanist Francesco Petrarca, great renaissance architect and artist Giorgio Vasari, as well as two of the most famous Italian renaissance fresco painters of all time...Piero della Francesca and none other than Michelangelo Buonarroti.
8. LA VITA È BELLA ESPECIALLY IN AREZZO!
There are numerous fabulous museums, churches and stupendous architectural spaces to visit in Arezzo. See the movie La Vita è Bella by Roberto Begnini … to get an idea of just how beautiful it really is! The people from Arezzo, also known as the “Aretini,” are famous for their antiques and make some of the most beautiful jewelry found anywhere in the world. They are internationally known as MASTERS of GOLD, and masters they are!
…and need I mention the shopping…Arezzo has some of the most beautiful shops found anywhere in Italy.
9. ARE YOU AN ARTIST LOOKING TO VISIT OR HOLD AN EVENT OR WORKSHOP IN TUSCANY?
If you are an artist interested in holding a workshop or event of your own at the villa , click here to contact us. We will be happy to help you arrange workshops & events to suit your specific needs.
10. A SPECIAL MESSAGE TO PLEIN AIR AND OPEN AIR PAINTERS AND CALIFORNIA ART CLUB FRIENDS:
As a California Art Club Member, and a native of Pasadena and Laguna Beach, California, I encourage you to take a break and come and paint with us in Arezzo, Tuscany! The garden and surrounding area is sensational for plein air painting, with gorgeous views of oak and pine trees and rolling Tuscan hills.
11. VILLA MARGHERITA'S MARVELOUS FLOWERING GARDEN IMMERSED IN THE FOREST
The garden is home to an abundance of flowering plants year round, including over 150 roses, abundant camellias, azaleas, rhododendrons, hydrangeas, fruit trees and berries of all varieties, grape vines, hundreds of irises, tulips, crocuses, daffodils and other flowering bulbs, and a vegetable garden.
There are also a few hammocks under the trees, seven chickens, one rooster, three cats, two dogs, a sensational outside wood fire oven to make pizzas and other Italian delights, beautiful spaces for picnics and barbecues in the garden and a breathtaking view of Arezzo below.
12. DO YOU LIKE THE FOREST AND PANORAMIC VIEWS?
If so, you will truly find paradise here during your fresco workshop and stay. The villa is situated in the middle of a beautiful green forest, at an elevation of 800 meters (2,600 feet) above sea level, enjoys the four seasons and fresh mountain air, snows only about two weeks out of the year, stays cool even in the heat of August, and is surrounded by incredible panoramic views, all making it an ideal setting for plein air (open air) and fresco painting and comfortable and beautiful for travellers visiting Tuscany.
13. WHERE IS VILLA MARGHERITA A PARADISE FOR ARTISTS IN TUSCANY?
We are completely immersed in Italian nature and strategically located in Tuscany, only 15 minutes from the center of Arezzo and the central train station, 20 minutes from the A1 autostrada, and approximately an hour and 15 minutes from the Peretola Airport in Florence.
14. WHERE IS AREZZO?
The city of Arezzo is located in Tuscany between Florence, 60 miles to the north and Rome 160 miles to the south.
15. WHAT CITIES ARE NEAR AREZZO AND VILLA MARGHERITA?
Gorgeous cities near Arezzo, best visited by car, within a about a half hour to hour distance from the villa include: (approximate times by car) Cortona (30 minutes away), Castiglion Fiorentino (25 minutes away), San Sepolcro (30 minutes away), Città di Castello (40 minutes away), Caprese Michelangelo (40 minutes away), Siena (45 minutes away), Perugia (60 minutes away), Orvieto and Florence (both 75 minutes away). There are countless other wonderful little cities close-by not mentioned here, all worth exploring and all with beautiful churches, squares, museums, olive groves, superb restaurants and infinite magnificent places for inspiration and plein air painting.
The surrounding Italian countryside is truly breathtaking!
16. HOW FAR IS ROME FROM VILLA MARGHERITA?
For those wanting to visit Rome, before or after their trip to Arezzo and VILLA MARGHERITA, it is a lovely 2 and a half hour drive down the A1 autostrada (A1 freeway). For those not wanting to drive, the glorious capital of Italy may be easily reached by train from the Arezzo train station. The LEONARDO DA VINCI AIRPORT in Rome is approximately 3 hours away by car or train from VILLA MARGHERITA.
17. THE HISTORY OF THE VILLA AND STUDIO
In 2005 Danielle moved to Arezzo and began what she calls the Villa Margherita Project: Fresco Studio, Art Gallery & International Art Club. Spanish horses and the love for dressage lured Danielle to the area, as well as a love for Piero della Francesca. Friends from Rome visited the same year and introduced Danielle to Maurizio. They got married soon afterwards and have been working on the project together ever since. In 2010, Danielle & Maurizio found a gallery space on the square near the heavenly frescoes by Piero della Francesca and decided to OPEN SHOP and say “CARPE DIEM! VIVA ARTE!” In 2010 they also created the VILLA MARGHERITA INTERNATIONAL ART CLUB and opened their doors to artists with the goal to create a wonderful, exciting, nurturing, dynamic, and highly creative space for local & international artists …a sort of...“paradise” or “PIEROdise” for artists! click here for more photos of VILLA MARGHERITA
Tuscany = Paradise For Artists
Arezzo = homeland of Piero della Francesca = Paradise for learning the art of fresco painting
2 simple equations
Anybody who loves art will love Tuscany. There couldn’t be a better place to learn fresco than in the heartland of Piero della Francesca, Vasari, & none other than Michelangelo…in the exquisite golden city of Arezzo in the heart of Tuscany, Italy. Danielle & Maurizio invite you warm heartedly to learn the art of fresco painting and be a part of contemporary art.
Our Theory: “The more art and artists in this world the better!”
Our Advise: "Enjoy life, make art, visit our gallery, invest in contemporary art, take one of our affordable workshops and visit one of the most beautiful places in the world, Tuscany!”