Visual Explorations with Jerrod Partridge
July 17 - July 23
You have never really seen something until you have tried to draw or paint it. We invite you to join fellow artists for a week long visual exploration to “really see” the splendid Tuscan region of Italy based at the medieval castle and organic agricultural estate of Spannocchia. In addition to your own exploration you will have the opportunity to learn various drawing and painting techniques from professional artist Jerrod Partridge. The beautiful and luscious spaces of the estate will serve as our outdoor studio for instructed drawing and painting on the grounds. While most of our time is spent at Spannocchia, participants will have the opportunity to sketch, shop, and sight see in Siena and Florence.
The program includes:
1. All art instruction.
2. Seven nights’ accommodations (six at Spannocchia and one in Florence).
3. Transportation from the Florence airport to Spannocchia on the day of arrival, transportation for all scheduled off-property excursions, and transportation to Florence on our last full day in Italy.
4. All meals at Spannocchia beginning with dinner Friday evening, July 13, through breakfast on Thursday, July 19. Also included is a group dinner in nearby Siena, and breakfast on Friday, July 20, our last day – 16 meals total.
5. Historical tour of the castle, Cinta Sinese (pig) tour, wine tour, and olive oil tour. (Spannocchia)
Program Coordinator Bio
Jerrod is a full time artist and drawing instructor living and working in Ocean Springs, Mississippi. He and his wife, Jessie have three young children. Jerrod received a Master of Fine Arts degree in painting from the New York Academy of Art in 2004. His undergraduate degree is from Mississippi College where his primary study was Graphic Design. During his undergraduate years he spent a semester in London, England studying art history. Jerrod is a 2011-2012 recipient of a Visual Arts Fellowship from the Mississippi Arts Commission. This will be his eighth year to lead a group to Tenuta di Spannocchia. His website is www.jerrodpartridge.com.