Plein Air in Italia

Landscape & Figure Painting with Eli Cedrone
May 22-29, 2020
Trip Status: CLOSED
Trip registration closes April 18, 2020


Tour Cost: $3250
Activity Level: Easy to Moderate 
Join Eli Cedrone in Radda, Italy! 

Are you looking for a creative adventure? A new experience can enliven every area of your life and start you on your creative journey. 

Eli sharing a demo in Italy.



Experience the colors of the Chianti hills, morning mist rising to reveal vineyards and olive groves. Explore Radda, a small walled town in the Chianti region. Nearby is the medieval hamlet of Volpaia, the more bustling village of Greve, with its shops, piazza and museums, Siena and Monteriggioni. Savor delectable Tuscan food and wine, and the warmth of the culture and people.

This workshop is designed to be a fun, stimulating and stress-free, experience for beginners to advanced students. Artful Journeys has carefully organized everything,  so all you need to do is paint and enjoy the wonderful experience of visiting Italy. We carefully curate our painting locations for scenic beauty, and the class size is limited for plenty of one-on-one instruction. 



Palazzo Leopoldo is in the heart of the partially-walled town of Radda making it possible for an easy stroll around town to see and visit 800-year old sites!



Palazzo Leopold, Radda, Italy



Media: Oil, watercolors, & pastels 
Level: All levels
Workshop will focus on: 
  • Composition, understanding and simplifying shapes

  • Laying down a foundation quickly and confidently

  • Creating and developing a focal point

  • Color mixing to create atmospheric perspective 


Eli's class 

Workshop includes: 

Welcome reception and informational meet and greet on day one. 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.


A detailed itinerary will be furnished upon registration.



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.



$3250, double occupancy
  • Single Supplement: $400

  • Non-painter spouses are welcome; your cost is $2750

  • 7 nights’ accommodation at Palazzo Leopoldo, all meals, airport transfers, ground transportation in Italy, any excursion and entrance fees, daily instructional sessions and admin 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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