Painting the Landscape with Eli Cedrone
September 30-October 7, 2018
Trip Status: CLOSED


Tour Cost: $3975
Activity Level: Easy, except for hills

Join Eli Cedrone’s fourth workshop with Artful Journeys LLC and the second in Tuscany. Eli’s workshops are fun, stimulating and stress-free experiences, for beginners to advanced students alike.  Everything has been carefully organized so all you have to do is paint and enjoy the wonderful experience of being in Panzano, Tuscany. Come experience the gentle colors of the Chianti hills, morning mist rising to reveal vineyards and olive orchards, wonderful Tuscan food, and the warmth of the wine, culture, and people. You will experience calm and beauty.

One of Eli's workshops in Portugal



  • Cascais - a resort town on the Atlantic, steeped in history and offering some of the most exquisite natural and architectural sites in the country. It is a place of magic, myths and mystery.

  • Estoril, the casino town where the character of James Bond was conceived;

  •  Sintra, a town of architectural fantasy.


  • The golden, rugged coastline

  • Sandy beaches

  • Markets, artisan shops & casinos


  • Sophisticated, gastronomical delights in the restaurants of Cascais


  • Five days of painting workshops, rain or shine



We will stay at the luxurious country hotel, Hotel Villa Le Barone, amidst beautiful gardens in the hills above Panzano in Chianti. The villa dates from Renaissance times and formerly belonged to the Della Robbia family of Florentine artists. Today it continues its artistic legacy and has been home to many painting workshops.



Hotel Villa Le Barone



Media: Oil, watercolors, & acrylics 
Level: All levels
Workshop will focus on: 
  • 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


Eli's class in Burmuda 

"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."
PAINTING FROM LIFE: The Alla Prima Approach (even in the rain!)
Workshop includes: 
  • Welcome reception and informational meet and greet on day one.

  • Each following day begins with a lecture and demonstration on the fundamentals of painting.

Eli will provide multiple demos and one on one easel time. She is very open and will give tips on loosening up and going bold with color to create clean, beautiful paintings. The focus will be on color mixing, composition, brushwork and more. We will also go on daily excursions to unspoiled nearby villages to explore, paint or shop!  Oil painting is the preferred medium but students may use watercolor or acrylic. There’s something for everyone, even if you can't draw a straight line!

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 will 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. A detailed itinerary will be furnished upon registration.

Sample Day's Schedule  
  • 9:00am: Meet at designation point for a demonstration

  • 12:00pm: Lunch

  • 2-4:00pm: Students proceed to paint with instruction

  • 5:00pm: Free time

  • 8:00pm: Dinner



Eli Cedrone

"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.

Joan Hill
Owner, Host, & Director

Years ago, it was suggested to Joan that she might offer an art program, and she jumped at the chance of a lifetime. Bringing together all of her life's passions, the development and administration of Artful Journeys is an exhilarating process for Joan.


Joan was born and raised in the apple country of the Hudson River Valley in New York; her father was a gentle, very tolerant, educated land surveyor, and her mother was the efficient business administrator and home engineer. The youngest of four children, Joan was encouraged to pursue anything she wanted, but also to do her best. Sometimes that was very difficult, especially succeeding three very accomplished siblings.



$3975, double occupancy
  • Single Supplement: $850.

  • Non-painter spouses are welcome; your cost is $3475.

  • Includes B&B accommodations at the naturally luxurious Villa Le Barone - for 7 nights, all meals, airport transfers, ground transportation in Italy, any excursion and entrance fees, daily instructional sessions,  and teacher and administrative fees.

  • NOTE: A deposit of $500 is required upon registration to secure a place in this workshop.

  • 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. Please see the Travel Insurance Form.

To register for this journey, please click below:

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

For details or questions, please click here to contact Joan Hill.

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