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Five Things to Look for When Choosing an Artist Workshop in Italy Flag

An artist workshop in Italy is an incredible adventure! It can also be a life-changing event that can forever impact your creative future. You want to look back years from now and remember your experience in a positive light so it's important to know these seven things to look for when choosing your artist workshop in Italy.

1. Expert Instruction
Your art course should be taught by an expert in the field who has proven experience with all levels from beginner to advanced. A professional art educator with a strong resume and exhibition record who has produced excellent artwork are essentials. Finding an idyllic setting in Italy is easy, but with all of your planning and anticipation of such a wonderfully cultural trip, you should feel confident that your artist workshop will be an exciting and authentic learning experience.

2. Location
There are many beautiful places to choose from in Italy, but you may not want your artist workshop to take place in an isolated location or in an area that is cut off from important cities, landmarks, works of art and means of transportation.
A peaceful environment is imperative, but just the right balance can make a big difference. Your creative experience can include both tranquility and inspiration from discovering an ancient, historic Italian city. And during your down time, access to great restaurants and sites can make your trip all the more memorable.

3. Accommodations
Beware of hostel-style accommodations. If it's comfort you seek, on-site accommodations can be nice, but they can also be extremely minimal and provide little comfort. The on-site stay may also be lacking in choices or the possibility to switch rooms. Reputable hotels or apartments with amenities in the "centro storico" (historical city center) may be the perfect respite after a day of creating artwork.

4. Flexibility
Whether you seek a workshop for plein air painting, basic foundations, portraiture or advanced drawing technique, you should choose an artist workshop that is happy to accommodate your needs as an artist or art student. A quality workshop should provide a level of instruction that is comfortable to you while being challenging enough to encourage creative growth and new, exciting directions.

5. Reviews and Testimonials
What people are saying, especially previous students, is a great indicator of a good program. When reading reviews and testimonials, be sure to take note of all aspects mentioned including the location, accommodations and meals, in addition to the artist workshop itself.

6. What is Included
Do you have to buy your own art supplies? Are meals included? And if so, what are they like? Meals cooked for large groups with the "traveler" or "tourist" in mind can prove to be less than authentic. Meals that reflect the regional fare and cooked with local ingredients that indulge the senses can make your experience a rich and memorable one. And a workshop that does not include supplies or meals can end up being needlessly more costly and less convenient in the long run.

7. Beautiful Studio Space
You should expect your art studio in Italy to be well stocked with good materials and quality equipment. And, this space should be both stimulating and comfortable. Working "en plein air (in open air)" is incredible in Italy, but toiling away at a project in a beautiful Italian art studio may evoke the spirit of the great old master workshops. And if the elements dictate an unexpected change in outdoor plans, it's certainly good to know that an inspiring and comfortable art studio awaits, equipped for even the hottest and coldest days with air conditioning and heat.

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