Watercolor Sketching: Italy with Artist Anne Kullaf

May 5-11, 2018


Our Muse:

Anne Kullaf is a contemporary painter working in a variety of media. Her paintings utilize the principles of drawing from direct observation combined with efficient brushwork and a limited palette.

She is a faculty member of the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, the Hunterdon Museum of Art, and the Center for Contemporary Art. A summa cum laude graduate of the University of Bridgeport, Connecticut, she received a Bachelor of Science in graphic design and fine art and also studied painting at The Art Students League of NY. 

Residencies and Museum Exhibitions

  • Princeton University Art Museum, Watercolor Demonstration & Workshop in conjunction with Great British Drawings exhibition of work on loan from Oxford University’s Ashmolean Museum
  • Bryant Park Painter in Residence, NYC, 2014
  • Loosely Structured, Solo Exhibition, Eisenberg Gallery, Visual Arts Center of NJ, 2011
  • American Landscapes, Group Exhibition curated by the Salmagundi Club of NYC and exhibited at Arti et Amiciatiae, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 2011
  • The New Reality: The Frontier of Realism in the 21st Century, Traveling Museum Exhibtion, United States, Curated by the International Guild of Realism, 2008–2011
  • 400 Years of Dutch History in Manhattan, Vlissingen Maritiem Muzeeum, Vlissingen, The Netherlands, 2008
  • Gallery Representation

    Professional Organizations

The Workshop: 

“A watercolor sketch can say so much with a few properly placed strokes in just the right color and value. In this workshop, we will concentrate on identifying and capturing the essential elements of the places we visit–the things that evoke the unique feelings we experience during our travels that we will want to remember most when we return home. The sunlight on warm terra cotta, the petals of sunflowers and the old world feeling of the plazas, churches and fountains.

Emphasis will be placed on learning how to draw accurately in a very gestural manner with a brush.  Perspective, proportion, form and value will be the concepts we focus on. Working both monochromatically and in full color, we will use a limited palette of pigments to create vibrant, harmonious studies that can stand on their own or be used as reference for studio paintings.

Most important of all, we will have a relaxed learning experience in a supportive atmosphere where everyone is encouraged to learn at their own pace.” – Anne

The Destination:

Over seven days and six nights, we’re retreating to one of the most beautiful places in the world: Siena, a city both modern and ancient, both bustling and tranquil.  Step into a city of soaring architecture, of timeworn cobblestones, of cozy restaurants behind [almost] every door – an open-air museum of the medieval, the Gothic, the spiritual, the secular. Step into Siena, one of Tuscany’s scenic, historic, and most prized cities.  Regarded as Italy’s loveliest medieval city – and that’s saying something, in a country full of beautiful medieval cities – Siena is a town of meandering alleys and ancient roads, historic buildings and Gothic churches. And, in fact, the Historic Center of Siena tells so many stories, it’s now designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Yes, the entire historic center.

Here, every tower, every square, every fountain and every soaring spire serves as inspiration for your artist’s soul. Vibrant streets overflow with inspiration: an espresso shot on a wrought-iron café table; an artisanal plate of sliced figs and fresh cheese; a straw-wrapped bottle of wine, and its waiting wine glass… These are your everyday inspirations, your everyday muses during your time in Siena.

Come, and join us. Travel to a modern city of ancient traditions, to an Italy before the Renaissance. Let history, culture and cuisine inspire you. Let Siena work its magic. Let’s create together.  



Group Size| 1012 Participants

Experience| This workshop is open to all levels of experience, from the absolute beginner through the more experienced artist looking to enhance their skills in a fun, relaxed environment.  Anne especially encourages beginners who may be hesitant to go on that first art trip to take a leaf of faith and join the fun. Anne’s in her element helping people discover the joy of being creative and she’s making it easy… all art instruction materials will be provided so you can just pack you bag and you’re traveling shoes! 

Activity Level| Requires moderate physical activity. You need to be able to participate in physical activities such as longer walking tours, walking over uneven terrain, climbing steps and be comfortable with some periods of standing. Not suitable if you have limited mobility.

Includes| 6 Nights’ Accommodations in Siena; Private Shuttle from the Airport; Gourmet Regional Cooking Class; Meals as outlined; Wine-Tastings; Private Guided Excursions; Complimentary Sketchbook; Travel Set of Watercolor Paints; Art Instruction with Anne Kullaf 

Travel Information| Arrival & Departure Airport: Florence Airport (FLR) | Airport Shuttle Service Included in Package | Travel Time: Florence to Siena, 75 minutes **Please note we will notify you by email when it’s time to book your international flights.   

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**The above tour details are an example of what to expect; the specifics may change slightly to allow for better scheduling, the inclusion of special events or life’s unknowns.  

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