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"Mastering Watercolor
Portraiture"  DVD

    Seven unforgettable days of
    painting and touring the Italian
    landscape and figure for artists and
    travel enthusiasts of all levels.
    Explore the towns, museums and
    vineyards of Tuscany, as you paint
    side by side with nationally
    acclaimed watercolorist Mary
    Whyte.  We will stay at the
    Tuscan Renaissance Center with
    stunning views of the Tuscan hills,
    while enjoying first class meals
    and wine, all within a short
    distance to historic cities like
    Florence and Sienna.  Enjoy a full
    morning of one-on-one instruction,
    then choose to spend your
    afternoons painting on your own,
    or exploring with Mary Whyte on
    fully guided tours.  Interested in a
    regional cooking class or wine
    tasting?  We will do it all! Register
    early, as Whyte's classes always
    fill quickly.  Don't miss this trip
    and class of a lifetime! .
"Painting Portraits and
Figures in Watercolor" Book
Mary Whyte
7 Unforgettable Days
Beginning to Advanced Watercolor

May 10 - 17, 2014

Tuscany, Italy

Cost $3395 for painters and
$3095 for non-painters

Mary's 2015 Cruise/Workshop >>>

    MARY WHYTE has gained national recognition for her figurative watercolors.  Most noted for her depictions of the
    African-American Gullah women of Johns Island, South Carolina, near where she lives, in recent years Whyte has
    turned her attention to paintings of southern laborers.  Whyte’s exhibition of fifty paintings and drawings called
    “Working South” began touring several museums March 2011, and was the subject of feature on CBS Sunday

    Mary Whyte is the author of several books about painting, and her work has been featured in numerous periodicals
    and magazines including International Artist, Artist Magazine, American Artist and American Art Collector.  Her work
    has been included in many national exhibitions including shows with the Butler Museum of American Art, the
    American Watercolor Society, the Greenville County Museum of Art in Greenville, South Carolina, and the Allied
    Artists of America.

    Whyte is a faculty member of the Portrait Society of America, and continues to teach painting workshops
    nationwide.  Her work can be viewed at Coleman Fine Art in Charleston, South Carolina.Whyte has illustrated over a
    dozen children’s books, having several projects published by Chronicle Books and Dial Books. Many of the
    illustrations are now in collections of private individuals and institutions including the Mazza Collection of Children’s
    Book illustrations of the University of Findlay in Ohio.

    In 1991, Mary Whyte and her husband Smith Coleman, moved to an island on the South Carolina coast and developed
    close friendships within the African-American community. Soon after her arrival and quite by accident, she met
    Alfreda LaBoard, and her intrepid group of senior citizens who gather weekly to make quilts and socialize in a small
    rural church. Long time residents of Johns Island and descendants of slaves, these women would change her life and
    her paintings in astonishing and unexpected ways. Mary Whyte’s book, Alfreda’s World (Wyrick & Company, 2003),
    is about the shared experiences and values that deepened the friendship between the two remarkable women. The
    story is told in the touching watercolors and drawings that the artist created over a ten-year period.

    MARY WHYTE is a teacher and author whose figurative watercolor paintings have earned international recognition.  
    A resident of Johns Island, South Carolina, Whyte garners much of her inspiration from the Gullah descendants of
    coastal Carolina slaves who number among her most prominent subjects.  In 2003, Whyte’s paintings of her Gullah
    friends culminated in a museum exhibition and book called Alfreda’s World.  

    In 2011, Whyte’s groundbreaking exhibition Working South opened with fifty works at the Greenville County
    Museum of Art in South Carolina.  Four additional museums signed on to exhibit the large-scale, sensitively rendered
    watercolors depicting blue-collar workers in industries vanishing throughout the south.  Whyte’s unrivaled mastery of
    the watercolor medium, along with this exhibition, was featured on CBS Sunday Morning.  Her book, Working South,
    reverences each painting and sketch with background stories of the Southern people and places beautifully portrayed
    within the exhibition.  

    Down Bohicket Road, released November 2012, is her comprehensive book of paintings completed over a twenty-year
    period on Johns Island.  It is a rich, visual tribute to friendship that crosses cultural and racial borders and reaches
    straight to the heart.  

    Whyte was one of ten watercolor artists of the world invited to the China and Foreign Countries International
    Watercolour Summit at the Nanning Art Gallery in Nanning China, October 2013.  Simultaneously, The Butler Institute
    of American Art showcased twenty of Whyte’s major works in a solo exhibition named after her recently released
    biography titled, More Than A Likeness, The Enduring Art of Mary Whyte, written by Martha R. Severens and
    published by University of South Carolina Press.  

    November 2013 Whyte was featured in a solo exhibition at the National Arts Club in New York City.  This exhibition
    was extended due to the overwhelming positive public response.  Her most recent exhibition will include The World
    Watermedia Exposition, in Thailand, 2014.

    Whyte is the author of Painting Portraits and Figures in Watercolor, Watercolor for the Serious Beginner, and An
    Artist’s Way of Seeing.  She continues to teach watercolor nationwide and in Europe.   

    Whyte’s paintings can be viewed exclusively at Coleman Fine Art; 79 Church Street in Charleston, South Carolina,
    where her husband, Master Gilder, Smith Coleman, crafts gilded and carved frames.

Class Outline
    This is an all-inclusive workshop excepting transportation to/from Italy and a few lunches.
    Activities are for all except as noted.Please note the dates

    2014 Itinerary

    Saturday        May 10  Arrive Florence by 2:00 pm, transportation to TRC, dinner, TRC orientation, briefing: Nicolo,
    Renata , Il Chiostro Staff & Mary Whyte

    Sunday            May 11  - Breakfast, class 9-1, BBQ lunch TRC, wine tasting and  dinner at local vineyard

    Monday          May 12 - Breakfast, class 9-1, small group cooking lesson (non-painters), Siena sketching, OR choice
    of museums, photography, shopping, no host lunch in Siena,  dinner TRC

    Tuesday        May 13 - 7:00 am Breakfast, Florence day trip, Guided tour at The Uffizi , the Vasari Corridor,  no host
    lunch in Florence, dinner TRC.                      

    Wednesday    May 14 - Breakfast, class 9–1, lunch at TRC,  optional sketching at TRC or San Gimignano, dinner at
    TRC , Mary evening demo

    Thursday      May 15,  Breakfast, class 9–1, lunch at TRC,  optional cooking lesson (extra fee), sketching at TRC,
    dinner, live concert

    Friday            May 16 - Breakfast, class 9-1, no host lunch in Radda, sketching in Radda, dinner TRC ,

    Saturday        May 17 - Breakfast, depart for Sienna Train Station
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