Art on Location

Sunrise to Welcome the “Dawn” in Medieval Anghiari, Tuscany

Visiting the medieval village of Anghiari, Tuscany with Art-On-Location: This beautiful sunrise is just one of the reasons I keep bringing groups back every year since 2002! IMG_9512

On Sunday morning the sun rose in line with the medieval Roman road called Corso Mattiotti.

Enthusiastic amateur and professional photographers (and a ballerina) came out at 5.30am to welcome the Dawn! Why don’t you plan to join us next July for painting and photography ops like this one? A Family Getaway to enjoy a stay in a 17th century  country farmhouse amid cypress and chestnut trees, vineyards and sunflowers, plus sightings of wild boar and deer. You will enjoy day trips into the Chianti region, the cities of Assisi, Florence, Sienna and Arezzo, and the medieval villages of Citerna, Monterchi and Caprese Michelangelo to see the birthhouse of Michelangelo. Experience for yourself the culture of Tuscany in local market places, museums, galleries and churches.

There are art, cooking, photography and horse riding lessons for children and the country house has swimming pool — a must on hot days after sightseeing trips.

Art-On-Location in Tuscany: 2 weeks in July 2019.

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:

People-Watching on our Assisi Trip

On DAY 8 of our TUSCANY & VENICE TOUR this July: Sunday : We will take a short road trip to Assisi, birthplace of St. Francis, who founded the Franciscan religious order in 1208. Take your time, relax at a cafe in front of the Basilica, or go in, see the art of Caravaggio, take some quiet time to reflect in the church or for some photography and sketching in the beautiful court yards. This is my favourite thing to do… avoid the crowds, sit on the side lines and people watch. Plan ahead, freeze a bottle of water to carry with you and find a shaded spot to pull out that sketch book and a 6B pencil! Some students bring watercolour pencils (just add water later at the infinity edge pool at our Vecchia Valdigatti Country House). While the history buffs take in a tour, we artists take in the architecture and religious icons.

Whats With This Weather? Artists Want to Know!

Every Spring for 16 years of teaching, I long for those warm, sunny days of Summer Art Camps, where we learn, chill, chat and have loads of laughs while we paint at the Oakville Harbour. Never  have I longed so much as this year — whats with this weather? Up and down, teasing us with ice storms, rain pellets and then humidity and 27 degrees on May 1st!

My favourite part of teaching the ART-ON-LOCATION Summer Art Camps is that on those hot summer days, its always 3 or 4 degrees cooler at Lake Ontario as we paint lighthouse landscapes, flowers and gardens and many technical Painting Tips and Trix. Art-On-Location is not an arts n crafts course. We teach professional fine art skills in watercolours, acrylics, charcoal, pastels and mixed media, with professional quality materials and instructors. 

Painting outdoors in natural light is called Plein Air Painting. We have two age groups for students, the PicARTso Course for Tweens and Teens is a full day of course and the Little Kandinsky’s Course for 5-10 year olds is half day. We meet in the gazebo at Lakeside Park and have a playground for our Little Kandinsky Group to take their breaks.  and many a teen has been seen skipping a stone out across the lake. Instructors take the students on a “Perspective Walk” to train the eye to see how form and line get smaller as they recede. 

Art on Location

Students also have the option of a Studio Week with Dawn-Angela, August 7-10 at Speckles Art Studio.

Also: The next PA DAY ART WORKSHOP with Dawn-Angela, will focus on design and repetitive patterns in skillful painting with glazes on ceramics on June 1, at Crackpot Studio, 301 Robinson St., Oakville from 9.15 to 12.15pm. 

Register online or email your questions to Dawn-Angela at

My Favourite Table with a View

On DAY 7 of our TUSCANY & VENICE TOUR this July: We will enjoy a day of leisure: After fabulous drives on day trips to Assisi, Florence, San Marino, Rimini Beach on the Adriatic Coast and the Chianti Region…. aaaah, we will enjoy a lazy start, perhaps the market and museums in nearby Sansepolcro? The Museo Civico Sansepolcro is warmly known as Piero’s Museum / Palace of the Resistance, where you can view the paintings of Piero della Francesca.


My personal favourite is the Aboca Museum. A very interesting and unique exhibit of history, medicine, pharmacy and homeopathic medicines, this museum is packed with
rare and interesting objects. Bring your senses to life with the aromas there. Immagine di Rosa Besler Hortus EystettensisSo worth the trip!

Lunch and a siesta, then a 4pm drive to Villa Barbolana.  Dinner will be in the Medieval Village of in Citerna, and the restaurant of choice will be the Belvedere Ristorante, where you can sit outside on a hill top patio and enjoy the breeze or at the magnificent picture windows overlooking the valley below.  This is my favourite table :

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Antipasti… Primi… Secondi… Dolci, Going, Going, Gone!

Being Saturday evening, we are sure to catch a local concert in one of the nearby villages.

A Cultural family experience! Contact me for separate itineraries for children and adults, family/group rates:

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