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The Artist

Sara Linda Poly grew up in the Philadelphia area, attending classes at the Philadelphia College of Art. Further education includes Montgomery College of Art and Design in Maryland and Northern VA Community College, and various studies with local and national artists. Sara went on to own a small illustration and design business, and later worked as the assistant gallery director at the Art League Galley, in Alexandria, VA. She is presently an instructor at the Art League School.

Known for her sweeping skies and light in the landscape, Sara has been the winner of numerous awards and a participant in many regional and national shows and plein air competitions. Feature articles include International Artist Magazine and Plein Air Magazine. Awards include First Place, International Artist Magazine, Best Maryland Artist 2012, the Grand Prize winner at Plein Air Easton 2016, and First Place in the Small Paintings competition at Plein Air Easton 2017. The artist has spent many years living, traveling and teaching around the US, Europe and Mexico. Memberships include: The Oil Painters of America, The Washington Society of Landscape Painters, and The Salmagundi Club, NYC.

Click here to see a sample of Sara Linda Poly’s work.

The Workshop

Per-Student Cost (double-occupancy): $2,900
Non-Painting Guest: $2,400
*airfare not included

This workshop will cover composition and design, choosing subject matter, how to see, how to use light and shadow, color, and use atmospheric perspective to show distance, as well as new ideas for paint application and edges. Demos, critiques and lots of personal attention are included!!
Handouts and Supply list will be emailed well in advance. We will paint outdoors weather permitting, or in an indoor space provided.

Any medium is welcome, as long as you are experienced with it, though the demo will be in oil. If you want to use acrylics, I would suggest the “open” or slow drying kind unless you understand the fast drying regular acrylics . Watercolor and pastel are fine also, though you may have to alter one of the exercises we will do.

All levels are welcome.

The fee includes all art instruction, accommodation in a lovely private villa with a large pool and air conditioning not far from Florence; ALL meals and wine, including a private chef for dinners; and transportation to painting sites (includes San Gimignano!) and nearby and nearby hill towns. The workshop begins with a welcoming reception evening of September 1, 2018 in the private villa in the Chianti Region of Tuscany, Italy and ends the morning of September 8, 2018.

This Villa is located in the glorious hills of Montespertoli overlooking the ancient Castle of Montegufoni, in one of the most beautiful position in the area on top of a hill, surrounded by a ring of hills around. Surrounded by olive groves and vineyards, the Villa stands in panoramic position offering a magnificent view of the Tuscan countryside stretching as far as the eye can see. Away from the city, it stands between Florence, Pisa and Sienna. September is the best month to visit Tuscany and take advantage of its many wineries. The weather begins to cool while still remaining enjoyably warm, making it a great time of year to explore the countryside and vineyards.


"Thank you for making the Italy trip a Once-in-A-Lifetime Experience..." Anne

"After spending a week with Betty, I can tell she is not only a very kind and friendly person, she is also conscientious and reliable." -Theresa

"Betty, you and Eddy were absolutely amazing in selecting so many wonderful spots for us to paint or to dine. Many thanks for all you both did." -Crissie

"Thank you for being wonderful you! It is such a pleasure to get to know you both better during our stay in Varenna. You two are amazing!" -Jane

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