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© 2020 by Kate Kilbourne

May 24-31, 2020 

Plein Air Painting with

Tom Hughes

Painting Holiday in Tuscany, Italy

  • Stay in a 400 year old elegant villa with gorgeous Tuscan hillside views, tastefully appointed bedrooms, pool, and beautifully restored ancient vaulted stables
  • Learn from award-winning painter Tom Hughes.  Workshops include demonstrations by the artist, individual instruction and critique, universal encouragement, and lots of laughs
  • Paint the famous hill towns of Tuscany: the villa is close to the most beautiful Tuscan cities of arts like Volterra (6 km), San Gimignano (27 km), and Siena (50 km)
  • Enjoy amazing home-cooked Italian meals.  Breakfast at villa, picnic lunches, dinners served at the villa and enjoyed with all the guests at a communal table
  • Group exhibition open to public (participation optional) - vernissage at the Villa on Friday afternoon to show & sell 


Our new painting holiday in Italy at Villa Palagione, an international cultural center in the heart of Tuscany, is designed for all levels of painters, from pure beginners to the most experienced plein air artists.

May 24 - 31, 2020.

At A Glance


  • 12 students maximum

  • 7 nights lodging in the Villa Ricrio

  • Welcome wine & cheese soirée

  • Daily breakfasts at villa, delicious picnic lunches and group dinners at villa as well as at local restaurants included

  • Local museums and historical site visits

  • Group exhibition open to public (participation optional)

  • Farewell dinner at top-rated restaurant



Villa Palagione

All inclusive cost (see above)

  • 2750 euros for the week per person, based on double occupancy

  • Single room option: add 350 euros

  • 20% discount for booking by Dec. 31

  • 20% discount for non-painters


"What a well organized trip and outstanding workshop. We have became accustomed to that by now! Thank you for the freedom and excellent tuition."

"Thank you Kate for your wonderful organization of our well being for the entire plein air painting holiday. The hotel was absolutely marvelous and the food every night couldn’t have been better.  Thank you Tom for your plein air painting workshop which was instructional and enjoyable. We don’t have opportunity to do that in HK and certainly gained much from your help."