Monday, December 16, 2013

Plein Air Painting Workshops with Barry John Raybould

  June  2018   Five-Day Plein Air Workshop in a Mountain and Ocean Setting in Tuscany, Italy at Barry's Studio

Instructor: Barry John Raybould
Date of Workshop: June 11-15, 2018 -  5 days
Date of arrival at accommodations: Sunday June 10th.
Date of departure from accommodations: Saturday June 16th
Location: Tuscany, Italy

Getting there: Fly to Pisa airport (PSA). There are a lot of car hire places right at the airport. From the airport you just hop onto the freeway/motorway for a one hour drive to Aulla, Lunigiana. Then from Aulla only about 15 minutes to the workshop lodgings.

Nice places you can visit before or after the workshop: Cinque Terre (30 minutes), Parma (70 minutes), Lucca (60 minutes), Florence (90 minutes), Siena (120 minutes).

Cost: Tuition + Accommodation (6 nights: US$2900, Euro €2475, £2160)

The workshop will be held in my studio in Licciana Nardi, near Aulla, in northern Tuscany, just one hour drive north of Pisa.

Each day we will go out painting doing lots of studies and plein air painting, and at the end of the day meet  to discuss the day’s work and do individual critiques. The goal will be to identify where you need the most help, and if necessary select assignments from the VAA curriculum that will help take your work to the next level.

At the end of the workshop I will give each of you an individual plan for what you need to work on for the following six months.

What is included

  • tuition
  • individual learning plan
  • accommodation for student
  • accommodation for non-painting partner in same room no extra charge
  • 5 breakfasts
  • 5 lunches with wine
Not included
  • airfare
  • car rental
  • dinners (there are many nice places to eat in the evening quite close you may want to explore) 

How do I register?

Workshops exclusive to Virtual Art Academy members.  Go to to join.


Manushalini Nandwani said...

Barry John's workshop has been one of the most memorable events I have attended. The guidance is clear & friendly and the targets I have set for myself seem more attainable as I was given a clear road map on how to take my art to the next level. I had joined as a beginner. The teaching is well researched and there is no ambiguity in what you are taught. I would recommend this workshop to all. Thanks Barry for a memorable experience!

georgie rey said...

It was a real adventure making my way to Tuscany to work with Barry in the mountains and one that I would highly recommend. The setting is wonderful, quiet, authentic, rustic and the B and B extremely friendly and comfortable. We worked as a group doing individual research at the local horse show, sketching and watching for a project which we put together during the following days with Barry's help in his studio. We had an informal critique at the end of every day where we all participated which I found very useful. I learnt more that I anticipated, as always with Barry, not only from his comments but from just being there. I had the chance to view Barry's paintings in his gallery which taught me an awful lot, there I really saw how the thin shadows of a painting must be colourful and the thick whites must be very thick. All in all a wonderful experience which I will definitely do again!

Sandhya's Daily Paintings said...

This September I participated in Barry's Tuscany Workshop for the third time. Every time I have come away with clear indicators on progress in my work and the direction of work for the next few years. Not one minute of work done with Barry has ever gone waste. The notans and block studies, compositions and colour mapping, quick studies of Tuscan cityscapes and landscapes, sea at Savrana and horses in Comano, are all part of the material I use regularly as references while working in my studio or en plein air. Barry's course and workshops have helped me grow from an amateur to a full-time self-employed artist. Once you have been to Pianello you'll want to keep going back. Thank you Barry for sharing your studio and your knowledge so generously.

Vicki Norman said...

I attended Barry's workshop in Pianello this September for the second time. The experience provides an invaluable opportunity to practice many of the skills gained through his course in a practical, plein air context. Colour studies of Tuscan townscapes, sketches of moving figures in crowds and notan exercises in the gardens at Pianello all serve to consolidate knowledge acquired through home study. With regular daily critique and review it is possible to develop a clear, personal study plan for the year ahead. Barry's advice is tailored to suit each individual student, he takes the time to research answers to questions and often provides extra information and examples to help explain more advanced concepts.
The 'planning of a large scale painting' project undertaken in his advanced workshop offers a great opportunity for group learning. Sharing a variety of approaches to the same subject provides a rich source of ideas and demonstrates how to apply skills to different situations.
The experience of working in Barry's studio, surrounded by his paintings is worth the trip to Iatly in itself. To watch him making a painting is a masterclass not to be missed. To share the workshop with wonderful people from all over the world, in such a beautiful Tuscan setting is truly fantastic.

Denise Maxwell said...

I took Barry's plein air workshop this last Spring and can't express how thrilled I was to be in Tuscany painting and learning from Barry in person. Reviewing the basics and watching his working practices was invaluable. I was also impressed by his generosity and dedication to giving each of us a full learning experience.
One of the many highlights of my trip to Tuscany was being on top of the mountain back of Barry's home and studio watching and painting beside him at sunset. The place and beautiful views were inspiration enough but to watch Barry painting his little gems on location was a remarkable experience that I will never forget.
I can see why others keep making the journey back to study with him an opportunity that shouldn't be missed.

Oksana Melenevska said...

The workshop in the Peak District, UK (19th-23rd June 2017) was a wonderful experience! I can not stress enough how fortunate I was (and so are my other VAA friends) in joining it.
First day of painting out with Barry, having shown and explained simple tasks to start with, absolutely changed my whole understanding of approaching and expressing myself on canvas. Each day was different from one another and I learnt so much!
Thank you Barry for the joy and unforgettable great feelings and for so generously sharing your time, immense knowledge and inspiring painting skills with us. At the end we all produced fantastic works, despite the weather anomalies - from scorching heat to windy, cold and rainy days!
Barry's workshops are a real boost to the painting direction, learning goals, and skills to students of all levels.
I am full enthusiasm and I understand much more now than I did before! Happy painting everyone!!!

Sue Downie said...

I was also at the Derbyshire workshop and agree with Oksana that it was a great experience. It was an education seeing how Barry goes about choosing which beautiful area to paint and then working from start to finish on a canvas. He also showed us his method of pen and watercolour painting in sketch books. We all were given individual advice whether it was about drawing and perspective, composition, watercolour or opaque media. Barry is inspiring as he is on a quest to discover everything one needs to know to produce high level art.

Sally said...

I agree with the comments made by Sue and Oksana, the Peak District workshop was a wonderful immersive experience. It was priceless to see the world through Barry’s eyes for a week, to understand how he assesses a scene and approaches a painting and to observe his work ethic as an artist and tutor. The workshop brought to life the importance of quick notan studies, colour studies and preparatory drawings. Barry is steeped in knowledge and has boundless energy and a passion for sharing his knowledge and skills.

Meeting daily at around 8 – 8.30am we would observe the weather and go out into the stunning landscape to find potential painting locations, assessing the combination of light and alternative compositions. Pub lunches brought us together to reflect on our learning experiences before we moved on to find another site for painting in the afternoon/early evening. Barry’s invaluable demos and advice were a crucial part of every day. Evenings, when we were joined by non-painting partners, were very sociable and the group dynamics worked really well.

It was a privilege to be able to focus on painting for a whole week in the company of the other artists and with such a committed tutor as Barry. We all worked really hard and laughed often. It was so much more than an art techniques workshop, though we did cover many techniques, it also challenged us as artists to ask questions, to think about what we wanted to communicate, what sparked us to paint the scene, whether we were holding onto that and achieving it through our painting. I loved the whole experience, even the challenges that come with plein air painting, and will be reflecting on the lessons learnt at many levels for a long time to come.

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