April in Tuscany...the ancient earth smells fresh and new as the sky turns vivid blue, flowers begin blooming and birds begin singing...and you are waking up in a storybook farm home nestled in the hills of Tuscany. There's no mistaking the terra cotta tiles and old wood beams on the ceiling, the heavy carved wooden furniture, the cool terra cotta tiles underfoot, the window shutters thrown wide open to the Tuscan sun. You are in Italy.
But this is no ordinary vacation, and you are not a tourist. You are here as an artisan, learning the art of Venetian plaster under the guidance of a master Venetian plaster artisan, working on a hands-on project with other students, and watching your work unfold under appreciative eyes of the locals. Your are seeing Tuscany from the inside, as a traveler among friends, welcomed into the homes and businesses of our friends, and getting a rare experience of life in Italy seldom afforded tourists. Benvenuti amici...you are in Italy with Veneshe.
Each year, three to six students travel with us to Italy, for a week long immersion in art, Tuscany and Venetian plaster. Balancing Venetian plaster training with food, wine, and visiting the local spots and off-the-beaten path treasures of the Chianti region, our trips are unique and unforgettable art adventures for the plaster novice as much as they are professional Italian plaster training courses for experienced Italian plaster applicators.
Registration is open for our April 2013 class in Italy, with an early registration incentive for deposits received on or before December 1, 2012. Read about our class, look at photos and video of our past training classes in Italy, talk to us about your questions...consider taking an introductory class in Venetian plastering at our studio in PA to get acclimated to the techniques and materials. So start your planning now -- it's the best way to ensure that you'll be waking up to the warm Tuscan sun next April, savoring la vita bella.