Landscape & Figure Painting with Eli Cedrone

Trip Status: OPEN

June 18-25, 2016
Tour Cost: $3100

Join Eli Cedrone’s second workshop with Artful Journeys LLC. It is designed to be a fun, stimulating and stress-free experience for beginners to advanced students. Everything has been carefully organized so all you have to do is paint and enjoy the wonderful experience of visiting the Florence area of Tuscany. Painting locations are carefully chosen for scenic beauty and class size is limited for plenty of one-on-one instruction.



  • Fiesole and Florence


  • The Uffizi, Galleria Accademia
  •  Markets, artisan shops, Roman ruins


  • 5 days of painting workshops, rain or shine


Pensione Bencista in Fiesole

Fiesole, originally an Etruscan town built on a hill overlooking Florence, is the site of a Roman theatre and baths, all refreshed by the hilltop breezes.

The Pensione Bencista offers large rooms, wonderful breakfasts and lunches, a spa where you can totally relax, painting space inside and out, and wonderful views of Florence.


Media: Oil, watercolors and pastels

Level: All levels

Goals of Instructor:

  • Understanding and simplifying shapes
  • Laying down a foundation quickly and confidently
  • Creating and developing a focal point
  • Balancing cool and warm colors to create atmospheric perspective

Workshop includes:

  • Day one: Welcome reception and informational gathering followed by dinner.
  • Following days: Daily instructional sessions (morning and afternoon) will be scheduled with a 2 hour break for lunch. Participants are free to paint on their own or explore the region.

Each day begins with a lecture and demonstration on the fundamentals of painting. There will be plenty of painting time, personal instruction, and group critiques to promote your progress. Participants are welcome to bring images of past work for discussion. We’ll meet at designated locations with a break for lunch.  In case of inclement weather, we will work inside.

We will end the week with a farewell dinner.

(Excursion days on the program’s itinerary include tours of Fiesole and visits to museums in Florence.)

Sample daily painting schedule is as follows:

  • 9:00am: Meet at designation point for a brief demonstration
  • 12:00pm: Lunch
  • 2-4:00pm: Students proceed to a market in Florence to paint
  • 5:00pm: Free time
  • 8:00pm: Dinner


"I've always been influenced by the power of images to express ideas and emotions. Painting is a process of discovery and decision making where disparate elements pull together until the image is clearly expressed."

Eli Cedrone has spent her lifetime creating. A graduate of the School of Art & Design in Boston, she studied art in Italy and at the School of the MFA, Boston. Her professional career began as an art director at Saatchi & Saatchi Advertising, Bermuda, followed by work as an illustrator and mixed-media artist in Laguna Beach, CA. Her work has been exhibited nationwide and she is a popular workshop instructor in the alla prima method. Contemporary Realism would best describe her style. Two powerful influences have been the Spanish impressionist, Joaquin Sorolla and Richard Diebenkorn. Others include Nicolai Fechin, Anders Zorn, John Singer Sargent.


"Impressionism, which is essentially the effect of light on color, demands that the artist pay careful attention to how he perceives the natural world. Creating notes of color is much like playing scales on the piano. Seeing correctly is critical to understanding and expressing how light creates color and how color conveys light."


  • Includes B&B accommodations at Pensione Bencista for 7 night, all meals, airport transfers, ground transportation in Italy, daily instruction, excursions and entrance fees, all for the cost of $3100, double occupancy; daily instructional sessions with a 2-hour break for lunch,  and teacher and administrative fees.
  • Supplement for fancy room: $775.
  • NOTE: A deposit of $500 is required upon registration to secure a place on this journey.
  • Airfare is not included to enable travelers to use their “travel points,” upgrade flight arrangements, or to extend their trip.
  • Travel insurance is strongly encouraged.
Pensione Bencista in Fiesole.
Interior of Pensione Bencista in Fiesole.
Eli teaches worldwide; this photo was shot in Bermuda during her last workshop.
Eli Cedrone.
Painting by Eli Cedrone.


For a great laugh watch:
Ten Things We Love About Italy

To register for this Journey, please click below.


*A detailed itinerary and policy page will be provided upon registration.

For details/questions, please call Joan Hill at 508-255-7907 or email her at joan@artfuljourneysllc.com

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