Stone and Sky – Painting workshop with David Skinner

Many years ago, as an undergraduate studying fine art at the University of California at Santa Barbara, I spent a semester in Europe as part of a study abroad program that focused on art. Twenty students along with two professors took over a pensione in Florence for a month, immersing ourselves in the art and culture of the Rennaisance. It was a life-changing trip and the beginning of my love of all things Italian. So it is with great excitement that I am returning to Tuscany—this time as a teacher—for my inaugural Stone and Sky Workshop in Italy. I’ve had tremendous success with the workshops I’ve taught in Ireland and in my home studio of Asheville, NC, and I know that the Italian workshop will be equally fulfilling. — David Skinner

Testimonials from former workshop participants

“David Skinner’s Irish workshop is so much more than direct instruction, coaching, and studio time. David introduces you to the beauty, people, and culture of the Burren via a mini-bus day tour, late afternoon excursions, and visits to small restaurants and pubs. All of those activities are optional, of course, but they are an inspiring feast for the eyes and heart. When you see David’s paintings, you know how talented an artist he is. What you don’t realize is what a good teacher and kind person he is too. He truly cares about everyone and does his best to make everyone’s experience top-notch. ”

— Lynne Meacham, NC

“As someone who can barely draw a straight line, not to mention or even think about painting a landscape, I thought this experience was a blast. My partner has some talent, and she enjoyed learning some techniques from David. While I slopped around on my canvas, David would come over and turn my mess into a work of art. David is an amazing artist, but more importantly, he is a kind and patient artist who loves what he does and loves sharing it with us. At the end of it all, my partner painted a beautiful landscape, and somehow, despite my best efforts, I actually ended with a painting signed by me that I would put up on the wall. A great experience for beginners or those with some talent. Highly recommended.”

— Mark, TX

“David’s class was exceptional. I was able to walk away with some new skills and insights. As a teacher he was very present and informative as well as hands on. David’s painting style is colorful and loose, which I admire and was trying for years to head in that direction with my own painting. I was never able to find a teacher with both his level of experience and style who was teaching. It was a pure joy for me to experience his class. Some teachers talk, some teachers underwhelm, some teachers are not at the top of their own game: David is a master of his style, at the top of his game, and a fabulous teacher. A sure bet for any level of artist to take their art to a new level or just plain have fun losing themselves to the moment in a myriad of colors!”

— Vanessa, NC

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Jun 07 - 14 2024

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Tenuta di Spannocchia, Chiusdino, Siena, Italy

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