The beautiful Barga region of Tuscany: ideal for Travel Sketching
Ringed by the glorious mountains of Tuscany, our home for the week is in medieval Barga; a hilltop village looking out at the Apuan Alps and the Apennine mountains.
Come and enjoy the freedom of travel sketching with artist Erin Hill who will guide you through the first stages with her foundation sketching techniques. No previous art experience needed. Before the week is over you’ll be sketching happily.
This tour is best taken with SUMMER SKETCHING IN THE FRENCH ALPS which runs immediately after with Erin. Do not miss out on this gem of a place in France.
These Sketch Holidays are perfect if you are on your own, or travelling with a friend or two. You’ll find the the bond of sketching means you already have lots in common with your new companions.
We meet at Pisa airport on the first day at 12 noon
We are driven the hour or so to our home for the rest of the week which is in the Garfagnana region where we’ll stay at the beautiful farmhouse estate of our host. At the conclusion of the week, we’ll be back at Pisa airport or Lucca station by 10.00 am.
Chris is a very established exhibiting painter, and with his wife Krysia, will be our hosts for the time we are residing there. This is a magical experience staying in the old farmhouse and home of our hosts. You are looked after impeccably with nothing to do but sketch and enjoy the time. They have lived for many years in Italy and have all the knowledge of locals. Chris will be taking us to the many wonderful and seemingly undiscovered sketching locations around this part of Tuscany.
Each morning there’ll be an enticing continental breakfast which we can have out on the terrace by the pool, or in the dining room.
We have an hour or so of techniques in the Studio from 9am daily.
Coffee about 10am then off to our location of the day. It may be a tiny walled village, or part of the old town in Barga, a faraway cantina with a lunch of local produce. Some days we come home for lunch and other days have it on location. Each day is different and you’ll learn to sketch everything around you without fear.
Afternoons are free to swim relax or keep on sketching.
Pre dinner aperitifs are about 7pm followed by dinner at home or in the old town.
By the end of this glorious week you’ll have a sketchbook filled with sketches and each one a story in itself.
Come and join us.
Life is too short.
Getting from Barga in Tuscany to France for Erin’s Summer Sketching in the French Alps Holiday.
For those continuing to Summer Sketching in the French Alps with Erin Hill: on May 8, after breakfast you will be transferred to Pisa and you will catch a local train and then an 8 minute bus ride to Bologna airport.
HOP! has a 1 hour direct flight to Lyon Saint Exupery airport in France.
From here we recommend you spend a night in Lyon city centre near the train station of Lyon Part Dieu.
On May 9 get up at your leisure and catch a midday train 3 hours to MOUTIERS in the French Alps. We can then arrange a transfer for you to the chalet at Naves – which is only 20 kms away. Private transfer from Moutiers costs 30 euros pp and we can organise this for you upon your request. You may be able to share if others arrive the same time as you.