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San Gimignano, Italy

San Gimignano late afternoon

Italy Painting Workshop - 2016

Landscape painting in and around San Gimignano, Italy, with artists Arthur Egeli. , if you are interested in this class.

Tuition $2,900 - double occupancy Single - $3,500.

Painting with the group in Italy on a sunny afternoon

Join award winning landscape painters Arthur Egeli for 11 days of painting in and around San Gimignano, Italy, one of the most beautiful hill towns in Tuscany during the height of the spring bloom. All levels are welcome. Students work on two paintings per day. There are side trips planned to the open air market, wineries, and neighboring towns. There is also ample time to lounge at the pool which has 360 views of the countryside and the towers of San Gimignano, which is about a mile walk down an old Roman road that passes in front of our villa.

Tuition includes welcome meal, 2 dinners at local restaurants, and farewell meal and breakfast each day, but not airfare or transfers. $2,900. double occupancy, $3,500 single occupancy. Non-painting spouses/partners $1,400 in the same room. Most rooms have kitchenettes and are assigned in order of receipt of deposit. There is a single stand alone cottage available for also for $4,200. Non-refundable first deposit of $500 due by January 1st, 2016. Second deposit of $1,200. Due by March 1st 2016. Tuition balance due by April 10th, 2016.

Each painting day starts with breakfast and a morning landscape session. There is a three hour break for lunch and/or napping and then an afternoon painting session to catch the best light of the day. During the 11 day workshop, students have three free days to explore nearby Florence, Sienna, (45 minutes) or the other famous towns like Chianti, Voltera or Pisa.

Italian hills on a cloudy day

Arthur Egeli,, is a third generation painter, the grandson of Bjorn Egeli and the son of Cedric and Joanette Egeli. Besides being an award winner artist member of the California Art Club, the American Impressionists Society, Oil Painters of America, and the Portrait Society, Arthur owns and operates Egeli Gallery in Provincetown with his wife Heather.

Egeli Gallery

Italian Hills

Painting with the group in Italy

Painting Class

Painting - Still Life, Landscapes and Figures

All levels are welcome. Learn how to draw with charcoal. Arthur Egeli is professional artist who has been featured in American Artists, Southwest, Art and Artists' magazine. He has won awards with the American Impressionist society, the California Art club, and the Portrait Society of America.

$40 per class or $150 for 4 classes

For more information, e-mail Mr. Egeli at

Color Bootcamp

Classes Summer (ended)
Tuition - $699


New class locations will be determined. Please let us know if you are interested - click here.


Color Bootcamp (basic oil painting)

Tuition - $699

Instructor Arthur Egeli teaches beginning oil painting in a step-by-step method. All work is done from life. Students begin with basic shapes and quickly move to more complicated shapes and objects as they develop their color vision. In many ways, Color Bootcamp seems like a beginning class, but the demands on a student are advanced as they try to catch the ever changing light of nature, just as the great impressionist Claude Monet once did. Each lesson begins with a short demonstration and lesson, with a clear objective presented for the students to master for that session. Among the topics presented are light, shade, and half-tone, edges, color value, tonal value, color depth, texture, simultaneous contrast, reflected light, and color modeling.


About the instructor

Arthur Egeli is an award winning painter who’s work has been featured in American Artist Magazine, Southwest Art, and many others. He is an artist member of the California Art Club, the Portrait Society of America and the Mid-Atlantic Plein Painters. His portraits and landscape are in many private and corporate collections.

For more information about classes, please or call the instructor at (626)797-8783.


About Advanced Oil Painting

Advanced Oil Painting is an unstructured class in which students work side by side with instructor Arthur Egeli. There are rare lectures on advanced concepts such as "lost and found", "the halo effect", and modeling in color, but most teaching is done on an individual basis. In advanced painting, frequently students are at very different levels of accomplishment, but because the teaching is individualized, students can develop at their own pace. Frequently their are group critiques. About half the classes with have models posing and the other half will be landscape classes. The model set-ups are usually in genre setting, such as young women in a wedding dress or two women at a cafe. Each subject is painted for two consecutive days in the same light conditions (weather permitting).

Both classes have a limit of twelve students and a non-refundable $50 deposit holds your place in each class, which can be sent to Arthur Egeli, 914 North Michigan Ave, Pasadena, CA. 91104.  The balance of tuition is due on the first day of class. Advanced painting may be taken without instuction for $25. per class.  Returning Color Bootcamp students can take the class for a second time for $30. per class.

Please see the Materials List below for supply questions and feel free to

Materials List for Color Bootcamp

Printable version of list

Outdoor Portable easel

I prefer the Stanrite 300 Deluxe or Stanrite 400 Lecturers' easel (enhanced with spring clamps.) (Do not be lead into buying a Stanrite 100 or 200 by an art store employee. They're too short. You may have to special order the 300.) 10 prepared masonite boards or canvases. 5 -12" by 16" and 5- 16" by 20". I prefer masonite over cotton canvas for outdoor painting. Of course you may use linen also, but I don't recommend it for the color studies. Get quarter inch thick, untempered or standard masonite at the lumber company, cut to size, then prepare it with two coats of Liquitex Gesso. Some will be available for sale at $6 each.


Odorless Paint Thinner and a tin can container for it Assorted Brushes, Palette Knife, and paper towels (Bounty or Viva) Hat (for the intense California sun) Oil Colors (Artists' Grade) (I recommend Rembrandt or Windsor-Newton, or a combination of both with emphasis on Rembrandt.)

Outdoor class in Pasadena

  • Titanium White
  • Magenta
  • Cadmium Yellow Lemon
  • Windsor Violet
  • Cadmium Yellow
  • Burnt Sienna
  • Caput Mortum Violet (Rembrandt)
  • Cadmium Yellow Deep
  • Burnt Umber Iridian
  • Cadmium Red-Light
  • Emerald Green
  • Permanent Rose
  • Permanent Green Deep
  • Ultramarine Blue
  • Permanent Yellowish Green
  • Yellow Ochre
  • Manganese Blue Hue
  • Cadmium Orange


Other former workshops - Spring in Pasadena

Pasadena Class in 2004    Pasadena Class in 2004

Students of all ages take the class

Highlight of 2003 Tuscany Workshop

Workshop in Italy - Arthur, Cedric, Joanette, Heather and Gay   Workshop in Italy - Arthur, Heather and Gay dining at San Gimignano   Workshop in Italy Tuscany hilltop  
Workshop in Italy - Dining at the Monastery   Workshop in Italy - Tuscany class in the field   Dining in San Gimignano - Arthur, Heather and Gay  
Workshop in Italy   Workshop in Italy - Robert Alession and Mother Franka   Workshop in Italy

Classes in Pasadena March 2009

Tom_and_Arthur_backyard_class_March_2009 Pasadena class March 2009 Arthur with Pallett March 2009

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