Take Flight: Discover Your Creative Wings in Tuscany! (a workshop)

Mar 24, 2008 | Entrepreneurship, Life in Progress

(the front our italy postcard, designed by my partner in crime, mati rose.)

This is something Mati and I have been dreaming up for months, and it’s finally here. I can’t tell you how excited we are to teach together in Italy and how much love and energy and spirit we’ve put into creating this workshop. We would absolutely LOVE it if you joined us in Tuscany (Tuscany!) for a week of painting + collage workshops, Italian meals, sightseeing, and blissed out conversation. Can you imagine it? This is mondo beyondo dreaming…in the real…for all of us! Details below…


(and the back of our postcard. totally in love with how mati designed this)

Join us for an unforgettable week of creative bliss and discovery as we immerse ourselves in the process of joyful art making. Whether you’re a beginner or already an accomplished artist/crafter (or somewhere in the middle), this will be an opportunity for you to explore your creativity and growth in a guided and supported way. We’ll not only create one-of-a-kind mixed media paintings, but we’ll also reach for the best parts of our creative potential through nurturing conversation, prompts, and art journaling. It’ll be a week of making connections with like minded souls as we create side by side, enjoy leisurely Italian meals together, and explore the picturesque hillsides of Cortona — a city steeped in a rich history of painting and architectural beauty. We’ll even take a day trip to Florence where we’ll wander through the markets and get inspired by the sights. Can you imagine it? Can you envision yourself feeling refreshed and inspired, ready to play, paint, and explore your creativity in Italy? As two vibrant and inspired painters with an enthusiasm for expression, color, art and travel, we’d love it if you joined us for this once in a lifetime journey to Cortona.

Celebrating the release of Kelly’s book (in which Mati is featured as a contributing artist), Taking Flight: Inspiration & Techniques to Give Your Creative Spirit Wings, we’ll spend the week creating projects that incorporate our combined knowledge and love for painting and collage. Projects will include everything from patchwork collage paintings, to art journaling, to working with acrylic and oil to create expressive paintings of your own. We’ll show you fun and easy techniques on how to work with various mediums to achieve varying effects from layering to texture to emotion. No matter where you stand in your creativity, we’ll meet you where you are, guiding you along the way. It will be a time for you to learn, grow, play, and experience painting in Tuscany! It will be an inspired time. A meaningful time. A week filled with paint, conversation, inspiration, and heart. You won’t want to miss it.


What: A Tuscany art retreat of your dreams with instructors Kelly Rae and Mati Rose. Click here for more details and what to expect. Full itinerary can be seen here (notice the wine tastings, daytrip to Florence, and more!). Finally, learn more about Mati + me here.
When: Oct 25 – Nov 1, 2008.
Where: Cortona, Italy – right in the heart of beautiful Tuscany.
Registration: Registration begins now! Spots are very, very limited so please reserve your spot quickly (cost is $250 to reserve). To register and learn more about total costs for this all inclusive retreat (meals, lodging, and more), go here.

Ohhh, it feels so good to finally get this news out into the world (it’s becoming increasingly hard for me to keep secrets!). We totally recognize that there isn’t a ton of time between now and Oct 25th. But sometimes, really wonderful experiences happen on the fast track. This is one of those. Would love to hear from you guys. My sincerity is bursting with hope that you will join us.

Sending much love,

Show/Hide Comments (18 comments)
  1. brittany

    oooohhhhh, I can’t stand it. I’ve never wanted $2500 so badly.

    maybe there’s time…

  2. Lisa

    This sounds soooooooo wonderful. Fairytale-ish. Congratulations!

  3. Lisa

    This sounds soooooooo wonderful. Fairytale-ish. Congratulations!


    WOW…congratulations…things just keep popping for you ! And now Italy !! What a dream it will be…a marvelous adventure and fun, fun, fun !! In a perfect world my hubby and three boys would be fine as I jetted off to Italy to make art and have a blast….ah well, I can dream…and I wish you all the best and when the time comes you’ll have to keep all of us housebound artists filled in on all the details !

  5. Lucy

    This sounds like an absolute dream experience not just for the students but for you and Mati as teachers! How I wish I could be there!!!! At this point, your book is more within my reach but I will definitely put a trip like this on my “bucket list” for that “one day”.

  6. Imelda

    Would be great to go to this being a European and all that but unfortunately the Dublin marathon is smack bang right in the middle of it and I’ve got to run that. :-/

  7. melissa

    oh how I wish I could join you, it sounds divine! xo

  8. Patti G.

    How absolutely wwwwwonderful Kelly! What a special opportunity for you to visit Italy and enjoy their culture and for everyone there to have an opportunity to meet and learn from both of you! Wheeeeeee! Congrats!

  9. liz elayne

    i am so excited for you two!

    this is going to be quite the creative adventure!

  10. Luhlahh

    That looks just delicious…. Alas, also long way from Central Australia. (One day perhaps!…)

  11. Bikky

    Amazing! What wonderful news! I wish I could be there, but perhaps only in spirit as you, Mati, and students discover the joys of Italy, friendship, and sharing art! Congratulations and I can hardly wait to see what amazing creations come out of this wonderful week!

  12. Liz

    SO cool, yay for you guys, such a magnificent time for you!

  13. Carolyn

    OMG, so happy for you… incredible!

  14. amy

    what a wonderful adventure that will be. i’m sure you and mati and your lucky students will do divine things, inspired by the beautiful light and colours of that part of the world (oh, and fueled by the gelato and delicious food!). yum.

  15. samantha

    What a fantastic opportunity, Kelly – for you and the participants! Congrats on making it happen!

  16. Dale

    wow! I will sit and dream of going on this workshop in italy, as i stay here and save up for maybe doing something like this next year.


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