Honest Art with Jodie King ~ Tuscany, Italy

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JUNE 11-16, 2023

Join Jodie in spectacular Tuscany for an in-depth, joy-filled workshop that will help you embrace freedom in both art and life! From your private villa accommodations – surrounded by vineyards and olive groves – prepare to be immersed in a once-in-a-lifetime art experience while enjoying delectable meals (made with love by your Tuscan chef), friendly evening aperitivo and 24/7 art studio access – where you’ll receive personalized art instruction with Jodie.  


If you are a beginner, you’ll be given the opportunity to learn composition, color mixing, mark making and more in a welcoming environment. If you are an advanced artist, Jodie will help you create your most honest work through understanding the personal energy you bring to your art, embracing your personal mark making and how you choose the color combinations in a more intuitive way. Either way, this workshop will help you and your art advance to a new level in a judgement-free, joy-filled zone.

Jodie will cover composition, color, value, and mark making, but the real juice comes from her teachings about the creative process and how to embrace our own intuition as an artist. Priceless! Through daily demonstrations, meditation and journaling, you will leave with a better understanding of embracing freedom in art – and in life.

Jodie King’s workshops are best known for being honest and fun as well as practical and informative. She openly shares her personal painting techniques and creative process, yet her relaxed teaching style helps you let go of your fears and inhibitions in order to create raw, free, and honest work.


Jodie King is an artist, instructor and speaker living in Austin, Texas. As a professional artist for the last 16 years, she paints primarily in abstract expressionism using paint and other media to convey outwardly her own experience of mind, body and spirit. At the heart of her work is a call to all of us to live unapologetically in our own truth. She hosts highly-sought-after workshops at her studio in Austin and across the U.S. .and her expressive art has been collected extensively. Now Jodie is bringing her expressive approach to art – and her joyous spirit – to teach a workshop in Tuscany!


  • How to loosen up as you create
  • How to truly have FUN with the process
  • How to create your most honest art
  • The 6 stages of the creative process
  • How to push past the dreaded #3 and #4 in the 6 stages!
  • The magic of color mixing and values (y’all….this has been said to be worth the price of admission alone!)
  • Composition tips that will seriously take your art to the next level
  • What to do when you’re stuck
  • The 4 elements that all great paintings possess (you’re gonna be surprised about #1), and how to incorporate them into your art
  • How to embrace your personal mark making
  • How to understand the personal energy you bring to your art
  • Jodie’s personal painting techniques and process (this is gold y’all!)
  • How to choose your color combinations in a more intuitive way
  • How to use meditation and journaling to enhance your art
  • How to let go of fears and inhibitions as you create
  • How to embrace our own intuition as an artist
  • Jodie’s secrets to advancing your art to the next level


Day 1 ~ Sunday, June 11: Arrival

  • Welcome to Villa Poggio alla Trese, trip orientation with Jodie
  • Aperitivo, dinner

Benvenuti in Italia! Upon arrival at Rome Fiumicino Airport, enjoy the ride through the hills of Tuscany to Poggio alla Trese, your 17th century villa accommodations. After check-in, you’ll have the opportunity to explore your surroundings and learn some of the fascinating history of the both the house and the area, then you’ll head to the art studio for a workshop orientation with Jodie.

Afterwards it’s time for a friendly aperitivo, followed by a delicious, regional-style dinner, prepared by Chef Lorenza.

Day 2 ~ Tuesday, June 12: Puscina Flowers

  • Instruction with Jodie, Puscina Flowers, tour of gardens, natural-style floral composition demo
  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner

This morning after breakfast – and perhaps a walk along the vineyards, it’s time to join Jodie in the art studio for a full morning lesson. After a mid-morning break, you’ll continue your session up until lunch – served here at the villa.

In the afternoon, your private driver will transport you to Puscina Flowers farm – an organic flower farm in the heart of Tuscany’s wine country. Here you’ll enjoy a delightful tour of the gardens that feature more than 500 varieties of flowers, followed by a composition lesson with our friend, Teresa, on how to arrange flowers in a simple, natural way.  So fun! Afterwards, you’ll enjoy a sunset aperitivo and dinner, served up under the ancient olive tree.

Day 3 ~ Tuesday, June 13: Città della Pieve

  • Instruction with Jodie, walking tour Città della Pieve (Renaissance masterpieces, saffron and more!), pizza night!
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner

This morning, after an abundant breakfast at the villa, it’s off to the studio with Jodie for a full morning lesson, as you immerse yourself in the joy and inspiration of this incredible, individualized workshop.

Lunch is served up here at villa, followed by free time to relax or work in the studio. Then it’s off to nearby Città delle Pieve, one of the area’s most beautifully preserved, medieval hill towns, where you’ll discover stunning Renaissance masterpieces by Piero Vannucci, commonly known as Perugino (a teacher of Raffaello). After a walk along the fabulous, winding avenues, you’ll make a stop at our friend, Alessandro’s, saffron shop to learn the amazing history of saffron in the area (including how it was used by painters), and be able to sample an assortment of goodies made with local, organic saffron.

Next you’ll have time on your own to explore and shop, before heading to a private home for sunset aperitivo, followed by wood-fired pizza at our friends’ pizzeria.

Day 4 ~ Wednesday, June 14: at Villa

  • Instruction with Jodie, biscotti salati with Lorenza
  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner

This morning, after a leisurely breakfast, it’s off to the studio with Jodie for full morning of creativity, instruction and a whole lot of joy, as you paint, learn and experience – with Jodie’s expert guidance. Lunch will be served up here at the villa, followed by some time to relax and recharge

In the afternoon, you’ll continue painting in the studio with Jodie. Then it’s time to don an apron as you make biscotti salati with our own chef Lorenza – the perfect accompaniment to aperitivo that follows. Dinner features regional specialties.

Day 5 ~ Thursday, June 15: San Casciano dei Bagni

  • Archeological site, thermal spring visit, instruction with Jodie
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner

This morning, after breakfast, it’s off to the charming village of San Casciano dei Bagni, situated on a hilltop teaming with hot springs. Here you’ll enjoy a special, private tour of an archeological site, with recently discovered Rome sanctuary – so fascinating! – followed by lunch at our friend, Daniela’s restaurant, nestled between the walls of the town’s castle.

In the afternoon it’s back to the villa for a final, wrap-up session with Jodie, followed by a celebratory aperitivo and farewell dinner.

Day 6 ~ Friday, June 16: Departure

Early morning transport to Rome Fiumicino Airport.


Your accommodations are beautiful Poggio alle Trese, a 17th century villa, nestled along the border of Tuscany and Umbria, near the town of Chiusi (Tuscany). The villa boasts a number living rooms, sweeping terraces for dining or lounging, swimming pool, elegant breakfast room and grand dining hall. Sleeping rooms, furnished with family antiques, offer either an ensuite bathroom or shared bathroom (max 2 guests of the same gender per bathroom). Rooms options are made available upon booking. View photos of Villa Poggio alle Trese here.


  • Daily, individualized instruction with Jodie King
  • 6 days/5 nights at elegant Villa Poggio alla Trese, situated in the picturesque countryside near the charming Tuscan hill town of Chiusi.
  • Private van service pick-up on arrival and departure days (Rome Fiumicino Airport)
  • Private van service to/from all towns and sites included in the itinerary
  • All breakfasts
  • All lunches  
  • All regionally inspired dinners, featuring local wines
  • Evening aperitivo
  • Visit to organic flower farm
  • Visit to archeological site
  • Saffron tasting
  • Village walking tours
  • Pizza night!

Not included: Airfare, meals, alcoholic drinks, buses, trains or boat transportation outside of that which is specifically listed in the trip package, gratuities for villa staff and drivers

The Unexpected is Part of the Journey: Although we are weaving amazing, authentic experiences into this trip, sometimes unexpected things come up. If a site has an unscheduled closing, we improvise to include something equally as wonderful and interesting. The quality of the trip is never at risk, as our hosts at Strada Toscana are committed to excellence, along with their vast Italian connections.



  • 5 Nights
  • June 11-16, 2023
  • Trip Price (choose your room configuration upon booking)
    • $5,190 USD per person – single occupancy room with ensuite bathroom
    • $4,790 USD per person – single occupancy room with shared bathroom (max 2 of the same gender per bathroom)
    • $4,790 USD per person – double occupancy room with ensuite bathroom
  • A $500 deposit is required to book your space on this trip
  • View our Terms and Cancellation Policy