2014. Tuscany ‘Travels with your Sketchbook’

 We are currently in Tuscany enjoying our Sketching Holiday.

Do not be disappointed as we have spots available in our 2015 Provence and Tuscany Sketch Holiday.



Day 1. Tuesday

Pick up at midday from Pisa Airport.

Lunch at home.

Afternoon in the Studio for Still life sketch

Pre dinner drinks

Dinner at home.

Day 2. Wednesday

Warmup sketch in the Studio

Morning tea

Visit hilltop village of Sommocolonia.

Lunch at home

Afternoon free

Predinner drinks

Dinner in the village of Barga

Day 3. Thursday

After breakfast, into the village of Barga, walk up to the top and sketch till morning tea.

Sketch as we descend, then lunch in local cafe.

Afternoon sketch or shopping, then home for pre dinner drinks.

Dinner at home.

Day 4. Friday

After breakfast we head to one of the most beautiful villages in the area, Bagni di Lucca.

We will spend the day sketching exploring, eating and shopping.

Drinks and dinner at home

Day 5. Saturday

Breakfast then train to Lucca.

Morning tea and explore.

Sketch till lunch.

Afternoon sketch or shopping.

Home for pre dinner drinks.

Pizza Dinner

Day 6. Sunday

Visit to nearby village and sketch.

Home for lunch

Afternoon free or sketch around the pool.

Dinner in Barga

Day 7. Monday

Visit to Bruno Cordati Pallazzo.

Sketch the views.

Lunch in the village

Afternoon free at home

Drinks and farewell dinner at home

Day 8. Tuesday

Breakfast and back to Pisa Airport by 11am.


For Travel Sketching we travel light. Fabulous. Just an A5 sketchbook, set of black pens, Cotmans pocket watercolour set, Watercolour pencils and waterbrush. That’s it.  All in your bag any time you feel like sketching. All guidance on how to get the best results will be covered.

You don’t need any previous experience as you’ll be shown ‘how to see’ which is the skill you’ll need to get out there and confidently sketch. You’ll be doing exactly that in no time at all.  If you already have some creative experience you’ll find sketching will bring new ideas and skills to the work you love to do.

Sketching is a spontaneous few lines, an impression of what you see, and is purely for your own pleasure. You are the only one you’re sketching for. All your works remain in your Sketchbook as part of your story.

You cannot make mistakes as we simply add a few more lines where you want them and there you have it. You will have a skill you’ll take with you forever.

We meet at Pisa airport, near the cafe, at 12 noon, where we will be picked and driven the hour or so to our home for the week. We’ll be headed to the Garfagnana region and the hilltop village of Barga 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 by 11.00 am.

Chris is a very established exhibiting painter, and with his wife Krysia, will be our hosts for the week we are residing there. 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 seemly 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 a still life setup in the Studio each morning, then we’ll take off for one of the many locations we’ll be discovering.

We’ll sketch, eat and explore (shop)  and fill your Sketchbook with the stories of your adventures.

This will be my third visit here to Barga, and I cannot wait to show you these fascinating hilltop villages with their ancient churches, the village houses, the cafes and bistros, and rolling hills disappearing across the valley towards  the distant hills – and more hilltop villages.

Every day we’ll go to a new location, and sketch the scenes which grab your attention at every turn.

We’ll eat at local cafes around the region and try the wines of the area. The food is regional and prepared from whatever is in season every day. Classic Italian dishes from old family recipes handed down.

There is internet, though being high in the hills, certain spots around the property work better than others.

As you’ll discover, sketching can become a passion, and your journal of sketches will be a life long memory.


7 nights accommodation. 3 single , 3 share rooms all with ensuite

7 days sketch tutoring and guidance.

Transport to all locations.

Breakfast daily

Most Lunches

Aperitifs before dinner

Dinner either at home or in a local restaurant, with local wines to try.

Tea, coffee and refreshments available at home when you wish.

NOT INCLUDED: Flights, Travel Insurance, personal spending of your choice.

Single AU $3,500
Twin Share AU $ 2,950 p.p.
Small group. 8 people only.
Full payment required as we are less than 90 days to this Sketch Holiday.
Tuscany Booking Form. Email to erin@erinhill.com.au to enquire about a place, then complete the booking form attached.

One comment

  1. Janice Pilbrow

    Hello Erin. I can’t stop myself from checking out details about this trip! I’m a definite! Maybe for this. Will have to sort out some add ons before confirming. With a son living in Surrey shouldn’t be too difficult. Looking forward to sketching in Taupo. Janice


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