The abundance of beautiful wild flowers, grasses and foliage around Villa Lena made for a series of hugely popular and successful spring flower workshops, which were part of the program organised by the art residency on the grounds. The workshops started with foraging on the estate, amidst olive groves and San Giovese vineyard in the Tuscan sun, then moved into one of the artist’s studios for the arrangements. From simple Ikebana inspired design to explosions of colour and scent to flower crowns of bendy olive branches sprayed gold. Florist in residence Sophia Moreno-Bunge gave everyone the confidence to create something unique in a collection of odd vases, glasses, jam jars and found objects.
Imagine immersing yourself in our flower garden in peak spring: observing plants up close, arranging bouquets, and painting all the sights that inspire you—like a modern-day Botticelli. This is the concept of our flower painting retreat, led by award-winning Florence Academy of Art instructor Tanvi Pathare.
Four watercolor masterclasses will focus on an old and healing art form: the slow-paced appreciation of flowers, landscapes, and natural beauty. Following in the footsteps of Italy’s Renaissance artists—who expressed endless curiosity about the natural world in their works—retreat goers will learn to observe the outdoors patiently and take on “a reverence for the variety that life offers,” Tanvi says.
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