TUSCANY – Italian Impressions: An Oil Painting Retreat with Rajat Shanbhag


Unlock the beauty of oil painting on an unforgettable retreat in Italy led by artist Rajat Shanbhag. With expert instruction and a stunning setting, hone your skills and reclaim your artistic identity. Gain new insights to apply to your own artistic journey, and take your skills to the next level.


During the retreat, Rajat will demonstrate a variety of oil painting techniques including colour theory, edges, brushwork, composition, and value control. He will also cover methods for working in plein air, as well as techniques for creating depth, atmosphere, and texture in your artwork.

Teaching Method

Rajat’s teaching philosophy is centered around providing individualized attention and guidance to each student’s unique learning style and artistic goals. Rajat strives to create a supportive and encouraging learning environment that fosters creativity and experimentation, while emphasizing the fundamental principles and techniques of oil painting.


The group will stay at an historical Villa in the hills of the Tuscan countryside; most of the learning, working, and sharing will take place at the Villa.  On alternate days, the group will travel to nearby noteworthy locations for inspiration, providing time to explore and observe beautiful and historical settings, using sketching and journaling to develop ideas.

The Artist

Artist Statement

Rajat believes that anyone can master oil painting. His paintings focus on capturing the transformative power of light on objects, seen through his unique perspective. He enjoys painting landscapes and still lifes, selecting specific elements and presenting them in his own style. Rajat’s works convey his emotions and ideas, without losing the essence of his subjects. His art reflects his passion for seeing the world in new, vibrant ways and sharing that vision with others.


Rajat Shanbhag (Rajat Shanbhag) is an oil painter based in Vancouver Island, B.C. He has a Master’s degree in mechanical engineering and works as a product designer, but his true passion lies in creating impressionistic works of art. Rajat’s paintings have been featured in International exhibitions such as Plein Air Salon, Grand National Exhibition – Oil Painters of America, and twice as a finalist in the Art Renewal Center. With over a decade of experience teaching art, Rajat loves sharing his experience and passion for painting. He believes in fostering a creative environment that inspires his students to develop their unique artistic vision.



Rajat Shanbhag


Saturday, October 28 (arrival) to
Saturday, November 4 (departure), 2023


• Single room with shared bathroom: € 2.700 (4 rooms available)
• Single room with private bathroom: € 2.900 (3 rooms available)


€ 600


Services included:

Seven (7) breakfasts and seven (7) freshly prepared Tuscan gourmet dinners
Wine and olive oil tasting
Field trips to San Gimignano, Certaldo Alto, Siena
Guided tour and museum entrance in Siena
At arrival: Pick up at Florence Airport or Florence train station at 2:00 pm.
At departure: Drop off at Florence Airport at 7:30 am. Second drop off at Florence train station at 11:00 am or airport at 11.30 am.
Ground transportation while at Villa

Not included:

Any personal expenses
Painting materials

Booking and Cancellation Policy

Payment Policy

To register a 600 € deposit is requested.

Final balance is due one month before the start of the workshop.

Cancellation Policy

You may withdraw within 14 days of registration without incurring in any penalties and will have the deposit fully refunded.  No refund of deposits past 14 days of registration, pursuant to articles 53 and following of the EU consumer protection legislation. Past 30 days at 12:00 pm CET to the day of the start of the workshop: 50% of total paid (deposit + balance) will be refunded.