Virtual Art Academy

Tuscany Painting Workshop 2022

Live Painting Workshop in Tuscany Italy with Barry John Raybould

I have now announced the dates for my plein air painting workshop in the Spring of 2022 in Italy. We are now registering names for those who may be interested in coming. See below.

Workshop details

Instructor: Barry John Raybould
Date of Workshop: June 21-25, 2022 –  5 days
Date of arrival at accommodations: Sunday June 20.
Date of departure from accommodations: Saturday June 26th
Location: Tuscany, Italy
Cost: Tuition + Accommodation (6 nights) US$2900
Advance Special Price (book before December 31, 2021): US$2800

How to get there

Getting there: Fly to Pisa airport (PSA). There are a lot of car hire places right at the airport. From the airport you just hop onto the freeway/motorway for a one hour drive to Aulla, Lunigiana. Then from Aulla only about 15 minutes to the workshop lodgings.

Nice places you can visit before or after the workshop: Cinque Terre (30 minutes), Parma (70 minutes), Lucca (60 minutes), Florence (90 minutes), Siena (120 minutes).

Florence, The Arno

The location

The workshop will be held in my studio in Licciana Nardi, near Aulla, in northern Tuscany, just one hour drive north of Pisa.

This is my studio, which will be our base for the week:

Cat. No. 1249 The Garden 1 - oil painting by Barry John Raybould
Cat. No. 1249 The Garden 1 – Oil on Linen – 15.2cm x 20.3cm
Cat. No. 1250 The Garden 2 - oil painting by Barry John Raybould
Cat. No. 1250 The Garden 2 – Oil on Linen – 15.2cm x 20.3cm

Each day we will go out painting doing lots of studies and plein air painting, and at the end of the day meet  to discuss the day’s work and do individual critiques. The goal will be to identify where you need the most help, and if necessary select assignments from the VAA curriculum that will help take your work to the next level.
At the end of the workshop I will give each of you an individual plan for what you need to work on for the following six months.

What is included in the price

  • tuition
  • individual learning plan
  • accommodation for student
  • accommodation for non-painting partner in same room no extra charge
  • 5 breakfasts
  • 5 lunches

What is not included in the price

  • airfare
  • car rental
  • dinners (there are many nice inexpensive places to eat in the evening quite close you may want to explore) 

Easel rental
If you do not want to save weight on the airline and not bring an easel, a limited number of easels are available for rent for $50 (€45) per week. Please let us know if you would like us to reserve one for you.


I recommend you join the Virtual Art Academy before the workshop and work on the lessons in Workshop A and B of the Apprentice Program in the months before the workshop. In this way, you will get even more out of the workshop. In addition, I will give Virtual Art Academy members a personalized 12 month learning plan based on my Virtual Art Academy® Apprentice Program curriculum, that will give you assignments for you to work on after the workshop. If you are not already a member,  you can join here. 

Pianello Roses

How do I register?

To register for the workshop, please pay 50% of the workshop fee. Receipt of your payment confirms your place on the workshop.

Please contact me for wire transfer details. If you would like to pay by PayPal, you would need to add 6.4% to the amount owed in order to cover Paypal transaction and international currency fees, which are deducted before the payment arrives.

Cancellation policy
Deposit is refundable, less bank processing charges, earlier than 120 days before the start of the workshop.
80% of deposit is refundable, less bank processing charges, between 90 days and 120 days before the start of the workshop.
Full payment is due 90 days before the start of the workshop and is non-refundable.

If you are interested but cannot commit right now, please please enter your email address below in the interested list and I will keep you up-to-date with any changes to the schedule and availability.



If you have any more questions, please check out the list in the right hand column of this FAQ page before contacting me.