Art on Location with Dawn-Angela Seeley

My Views and Vistas in Tuscany

ONLY 4 WEEKS LEFT until our 2018 Tuscany Getaway. This may be your last chance to register, share this with a friend — we have only one room (for 1 – 4 people) left in our medieval country house, Vecchia Valdigatti in Anghiari:
Valdigati Pizza Oven upstairs-kitchen Valdigatti House swimming pool
Come and enjoy the serene countryside around our infinity edge pool, as you lie in a hammock, encased by the Appenine mountains. Enjoy a pizza from the house’s 18th century pizza oven. 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 imageAnghiari. 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 city-village-italy-town.jpgon 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 Leonardo 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.
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:

Day trip to the Republic of San Marino

On DAY 6 of our TUSCANY & VENICE TOUR this July: 

We will have an early morning start from the medieval village of Anghiari for a day trip to the Republic of San Marino, an enclaved microstate which is surrounded by the Italian
San Marino Italy » TravelPeninsula and northeastern side of the Apennine Mountains. It is a small republic on the slopes of Mount Titano that is surrounded on all sides by the republic of Italy.

After sightseeing, museums and shopping in the medieval hilltop town, we will continue on, to the resort town of Rimini on Adriatic coast for lunch on a beachfront hotel. The best branzino, a silver fish is delicioso!  Also know as European bass, a favourite dish is prepared with basil, ginger and lime juice.  Kids will be able to swim in the ocean while  the adults relax under an umbrella, read or watch the world go by on the beach. 

We will sketch or paint on the beach and enjoy cold firzzante and gelato before driving home before dark.

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

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