My Views and Vistas from Tuscany

ONLY 10 WEEKS LEFT until our 2019 Tuscany & Venice Getaway, June 28 – July 10, 2019. This may be your last chance to register, share this with a friend — we have only 3 more spots left in our medieval country house, Le Cerchiaie near the Medival village of Anghiari:
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Come and enjoy the serene countryside around our infinity edge pool, as you lie in a hammock, encased by the Appenine mountains and fields of smiling sunflowers.z32lWXSDSPy8f36IPaCGnA_thumb_6bf.jpegWatch the sun set from the aptio as a chef prepares and serves your moonlit 5 course dinner.
Enjoy a pizza from an ancient pizza oven at the Bar Baldaccio Ristorante in the Piazza Garibaldi.  Day trips to Assisi, Florence, Arezzo and the beach of Rimini on the Adriatic Coast, are taken from our medieval base of the village of Anghiari.
BUT MY FAVOURITE day trips are to the small, off the beaten track, medieval villages were you can wander and wonder at the views, enjoy local cooking and views and vistas. I like to sit in the stillness, meditate, journal, paint, read… feel sun on my body and the mountain breeze in my hair.
We depart Toronto on June 28 and arrive in time for the celebration of the Battle of Anghiari, fought in 1440 on June 29 and painted by city-village-italy-town.jpgLeonardo Da imageVinci. Pomp and ceremony, medieval costumes, flag showers and horsemanship. Not to be
missed — that is why we panned the trip around this event.
Children and adults alike can take Cooking Classes, Painting and Drawing Workshops or a Composition for Photographers and Artists Workshop, learning how to take better, artistic  photographs and see light on subject matter like they have never have seen before.
Our second week will be spent in the friendly city of Florence and then Venice, exploring the canals and ancient merchant centre.ponte vecchio
Museums, cooking and painting classes are optional.
We have separate itineraries for children.
Its not too late, as I said, we have one beautiful, authentic, rustic room left for a relaxing trip of a lifetime! Join me? Contact me directly and I will send you an itinerary:
Valdigatti Pool

Ever thought of Tuscany as a Summer Vacation for kids?

By Dawn-Angela Seeley, Artist, Instructor & Tour Facilitator

So, for those of you who own cottages, and who have known me for many years, you will recall I always said that I would never go back to the same vacation place twice? And yet, once I found my second home in Italy, where my spirit is happy, I have been back for 16 years! So now I get it — why cottagers go back every summer to open the cottage, spring clean, prepare for the summer family gatherings, maintain a second abode and close it up every Fall. You found your place where the landscape is familiar and your spirit is at peace.  Now I get it!

Here is what we will be doing on DAY 1 of our TUSCANY & VENICE TOUR: July 1, at  8am., in the coolness of a Tuscan morning, we will visit a local farmers market & breakfast in the Medieval village of Monterci. An optional Painting Workshop will be held on-location while the non-painters browse the market wares and select fresh local produce to prepare an evening meal. This is what the Italians call “gastronomy“.

Hot? Escape the midday sun and return to our 18th century country house for an afternoon at Vecchia Valdigatti’s infinity-edge pool, surrounded by the Appenine Mountains, enjoying a simple Tuscan picnic. I will teach an optional Great Compositions Workshop for PHOTOGRAPHERS & ARTISTS. Kids will learn how to take a great photograph for their Tuscany portfolio. After dinner, a local church concert in the moonlight. Itinerary? We have itineraries for adults and separate ones for kids to enjoy the cultural experience of a lifetime with local Italian friends. Much more than Pizza & Gelato! Contact me for itineraries:

(Watch for my next blog: Meeting the Friendly Tuscan Wolf! In person!)

Summer Fine Art Camps 2018

Children’s Art Courses : Oakville Harbour, Studio, or Tuscany !

Summer Art Camps with Dawn-Angela have been running for 16 years ! Wow! where does time go? And why have these DRAWING & PAINTING COURSES have been successful for this long….?

Because students return year after year after year! Referrals and younger siblings come and experience for themselves what a great time is to be had outdoors, painting plein air (in natural light), developing SKILLS …. and MEMORIES! Professional artists including artistic director, Dawn-Angela Seeley and Isabella Springett, teach realism and purist basics of composition, shape, light values, colour mixing, using only primary colours and training the creative eye in different mediums. A FUNDAMENTAL FOUNDATION COURSE. FINE ART! Not Arts & Crafts.

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Students gain experience in watercolours, pastels, acrylics, drawing, and mixed media, providing a fundamental base for future artistic endeavours. We ENCOURAGE and NURTURE creative talent, training the creative eye.Art-On-Location Lessons

This year we are offering 4 locations for Summer Camps:

June 29 – July 12                                                                                                                                    

1. Tuscany Family Getaway, 5 creative artistic workshops offered in the same area where Da Vinci, Michelangelo and Della Francesca painted. Includes sightseeing in Florence, Assissi, Arezzo,  many Medieval Villages off the beaten track, and living like locals in the Tuscan culture in an 18th century country house. Please see our Getaways page for more information. Something for the whole family, painting is optional. Separate itineraries fro children and adults. Contact for an itinerary:

August 7-31

2. Oakville HarbourLakeside Park, Navy & Front Sts., Oakville

Age 6 – 10 yrs. 1/2 day: 9.15 – 12.15 pm. $248.60 includes materials & HST

Bring: Folding painting stool. Art bag, painting smock, masking tape, margarine tub, toilet roll with 1/2 tissue left.

Age 10 – 16yrs. Full day 9.15 – 3.15pm. $383.55 includes materials & HST

Bring: Folding painting stool. Art bag, painting smock, masking tape, margarine tub, toilet roll with 1/2 tissue left. Favourite pencils if you have a set.  Portable, folding easel if you have one.

August 7-10 (4-day week)

3. Speckles Art Studio461 North Service Rd., W., Unit 11B, Oakville                                    

Age 6 – 10 yrs. 1/2 day: 9.15 – 12.15 pm. $202.27 includes materials & HST

Bring: Folding painting stool. Art bag, painting smock, masking tape, margarine tub, toilet roll with 1/2 tissue left.

Age 10 – 16yrs. Full day 9.15 – 3.15pm. $311.88 includes materials & HST

Bring: Art bag, painting smock, masking tape, margarine tub, toilet roll with 1/2 tissue left. Favourite pencils if you have a set.

August 13-17                                                                                                                                

4. Private Art LessonsOn-Location in your home or in the park.

Limited availability of private or semi-private lessons for any age. $150 per 2  hour session. A series of lessons, or work on your portfolio, or an unfinished painting that you are struggling with, medium of choice. Contact

August 20-24 and August 27-31                 ________________________________________________________________________________________

*DISCOUNTS on tuition/not supplies:

Early Bird: 10% off tuition* if registration received before April 14, 2018.

2nd week : 25% off tuition*

2nd (younger) child in family : 10% off.


Non-refundable after June 25.  Arts Tax Credit available:  



Travel with artist, Maureen Fautley and Dawn-Angela on a Creative Get-Away, where you not only have a serene holiday, and a cultural experience and optional painting course. A holiday in Dublin, Drogheda and Kinsale, where you bring home meaningful paintings, photographs or creative writing, a vacation that often constitutes what Dawn-Angela calls, “a safe passage” from one chapter of your life to another.
May 6 – May 16, 2017.

An Adventure in Tuscany Book

An Adventure in Tuscany includes CD

An Adventure in Tuscany offers a CD included with each book allowing for a unique story for children on the history of the region. Learn more about the book here.