La Meridiana


PAINT TUSCANY with Michael Chesley Johnson
June 16th – 23rd 2018

Join Michael Chesley Johnson for a relaxing and inspirational week of exploring the Tuscan countryside with your preferred sketching materials. Whether you like to work in oil, pastel, watercolor or even just pencil, you'll remember this trip for years to come.

You’ll be staying at Fattoria Bacio, a typical Tuscan olive and winery estate and from there you’ll be visiting medieval villages, local markets and artisan shops nearby. You'll enjoy wonderful food and wine and the camaraderie of others as your traverse these ancient streets and hillsides. Friends you make on this trip will become your sketching friends for life!

Each day will start with a critique of the previous days' work followed by a short talk on plein air sketching basics. Then, you'll head into the field where Michael will demonstrate principles in oil or pastel, after which you'll have the opportunity to put these principles into practice. You’ll learn to capture the essence of the moment quickly without sacrificing mood or magic. Michael's relaxed manner will put you at ease as you roam the Italian countryside.

There's nothing like the start of a Tuscan summer. We hope you'll join Michael on this once-in-a-lifetime experience!

Michael Chesley Johnson divides his year between the Canadian Maritimes and the high desert of New Mexico. A popular teacher, he has taught hundreds of workshops in the US and Canada over 15 years. A Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine, he is the author of Backpacker Painting: Outdoors with Oil and Pastel. His work is in major corporate and private collections. "Painting the landscape isn't just about recording what you see," he says, "but very much about the experience." For more on Michael, visit




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