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Watercolour Painting Courses


This is a chance to fulfil your creative potential and to give rein to your artistic ability.

Taking advantage of the history and the nature of the place we are planning courses in graphic art and painting. These courses can be intensive, lasting one day or over a week-end, or weekly, or monthly.

The course is open to both beginners and those who have had some training in the technicalities of painting and is divided into sections: one part theory, accompanied by videos, and the rest will be in the art studio putting into practice the many and varied techniques demonstrated by the teacher, who will then follow each student as they work.


We will be offering the following courses:


  • Watercolour, with the garden as inspiring theme for painting in situ.

  • Botanical Illustration, for which the participants will be given an introduction to the theory of this art form and will then be invited to choose a specimen to work from, depending on the suitability of the subject matter.

  • Illustration for Fairy-Tales and Stories, the choice of subjects will be left to the students to choose; either from well-known fables or from those of their own imagination.

  • Portraits, where the study of the physical and even the psychological character of the sitter will be set in the context of the natural light and colours of the garden or those inside the glasshouse.

  • Still Life, will be in honour of compositions comprised of diverse elements taken from nature.



The Teacher



Rodolfo Bargelli graduated in History of Art at the University of Florence after obtaining a diploma in the Restoration of Paintings and qualifying as a teacher of Drawing.

He studied painting with Renzo Biasion in his studio in Florence and continued to collaborate with him over the following ten years.

He taught art history and restoration of ancient and modern painting for several years at the ‘Istituto per l’Arte e il Restauro’ in Florence.

Apart from following his career as an artist he is at present teaching at the University of Florence and also lectures at the Polimoda Institute and collaborates with the Fashion Institute of New York (FIT.)

As a painter he has won several awards but his interests are many; the theory of colour, engraving, textile design, interior design, to name but a few. He has also published papers and curated a number of exhibitions, most recently at the Pitti Palace costume gallery.