Florence Sketching Workshop with Miguel Herranz

June 8 - 12, 2020

Workshop Itinerary

Explore Florence and learn new sketching skills and techniques with Barcelona-based urban sketcher and artist, Miguel Herranz. Miguel will teach 5 art sessions to a small group of 10-15 participants and together we will discover the food, architecture, culture and traditions of Florence. Be prepared to sketch, sketch, sketch! Average temperatures in Florence at this time of year are a high of 79F (26C) in the day and low of 61F (16C) at night.

Miguel Herranz is a Spanish illustrator based in Barcelona. He is often a storyboard artist and sometimes an urban sketcher. In fact, he is one of the founding members of Urban Sketchers. Miguel is fluent in Spanish, English and Italian.

Learn more about Miguel here: http://www.miguel-herranz.com/ and follow him on Instagram @freekhand.

This package includes 5 art classes, a day trip to a winery, ground transportation and admission to attractions, several demonstrations and many opportunities to sketch. 

Day 1 Arrival in Florence

 June 7, 2020

Welcome to Florence! Participants will arrive at their hotel and will have the rest of the day to settle into their accommodations. Early arrivals are invited to meet in the lobby at 3:00 for a warm up sketch (optional). Later in the evening we will meet for a welcome reception (included) at 6pm after which those available may wish to enjoy our first meal together.   

Day 2 Leonardo DaVinci Museum + Piazza di Santa Maria Novella

June 8, 2020

After breakfast we will visit the Leonardo DaVinci Museum. In the afternoon, our instructor, Miguel will teach Session #1 "Block Drawing: From simple shapes as building blocks to complex forms and details" in the Piazza di Santa Maria Novella right in front of our hotel. 

In the evening we will enjoy a live concert of classical music.

Day 3 Duomo + Piazza di Santa Croce

June 9, 2020

In the morning we will take a one hour tour of the iconic Duomo. In the afternoon we will visit the Piazza di Santa Croce. 

Here Miguel will teach Session #2 "Spiral: starting from a detail on the center and growing around".


In the evening we will stroll the streets of Florence and enjoy a Drink & Draw.


Day 4 Michelangelo's David at the Galleria del' Accademia + the Ponte Vecchio

June 10, 2020

In the morning we will visit the Galleria del'Accademia where Michelangelo's David sculpture is kept. David is a masterpiece or Renaissance sculpture created in marble between 1501 and 1504 by the Italian artist Michelangelo. This is a 17 ft marble statue of the Biblical hero David, a favored subject in the art of Florence and there are several imitation statues to be found in Florence.




 In the afternoon Miguel will teach Session #3 "Frame: Dividing the scene in little drawings to compose the tale" near the Ponte Vecchio.  

Day 5 Excursion to nearby villages + Vineyard tour

June 11, 2020

Today we will travel by coach to the ancient hill towns surrounding Florence and enjoy a vineyard tour.  

Miguel will teach Session #4 "Colour: Adding drama to your drawing tale with a simple approach to color" on site.

After lunch (included) we will spend the rest of the day exploring and sketching.

Day 6 Handmade Pasta Cooking Class + Piazza San Lorenzo

June 12, 2020

Today we take a handmade pasta cooking class then enjoy a relaxing lunch featuring the food we created. 

Afterwards we will visit the Piazzale degli Uffizi where Miguel will teach Session #5 "People: Some simple tricks to add live inhabitants to your drawings".
In the evening we will gather to compare notes and celebrate an amazing week at our farewell dinner (included).

Day 7 Departure

June 13, 2020

It's time to say goodbye but you will never forget the friends you made or the skills you learned during this great week! Or extend your stay for a long relaxing holiday :)


Recommended Workshop Supply List

A list of recommended supplies will be sent to participants after registration.


Click HEREFor more information about the workshop content contact Miguel at miguelherranz@montebuono.com. For more information about the vacation package contact Brenda Murray at Studio56Boutique@gmail.com.

Tour Includes

  • A welcome reception
  • All art classes
  • round-trip transportation to surrounding villages + a vineyard 
  • Entrance fees to Galleria del' Accademia, the Duomo, fresh pasta making class, Leonardo DaVinci museum, a live concert, + vineyard
  • Farewell dinner 
  • pasta making lunch
  • Vineyard lunch

Tour Excludes

  • Flights to/from Florence (Italy)
  • hotels
  • meals (except farewell dinner + 2 lunches)
  • Painting supplies
  • Porterage/luggage handling
  • Travel insurance
  • Expenses of a personal nature
  • Items not explicitly specified in the inclusion list

Cost in USD

USD$1495. Workshop Participant

USD$1095. NonWorkshop Participant (such as partner or travelling buddy)

Workshop Participant tickets are on sale on a first-come first-served basis until they are sold out. The minimum number of Workshop Participant tickets needed to greenlight this vacation workshop is 10. Ticket sales will close when the maximum number of available Workshop Participant tickets (15) have been sold. 

NonWorkshop Participant tickets include the same attractions and meals as the Workshop Participants with the exception of the art classes.

To reserve your spot in this workshop a $500 nonrefundable deposit is required for Workshop Participants and a $300 nonrefundable deposit is required for nonWorkshop Participants. To make this deposit scroll to the bottom of this page and click BOOK NOW before Mar 9, 2020. The balance will be due April 15, 2020.

Please read our Refund Policy.


Accommodations are not included in the ticket price for this Vacation Workshop. Participants will need to book their own accommodations. The artist and the tour manager will be staying at Hotel Universo which is conveniently located in the Piazza di Novella Santa Maria. It is a short 15 minutes walk to all attractions in this package. Prices listed below include buffet breakfast, service and 10% of VAT. Rate does not include city tax of 4,50 € per person per night. Rates may go up in February.

Room Type USD
Superior Single  $192
Classic Room $206
Superior Double with a View $226
Deluxe Room  $246


Click HERE to make a reservation at this hotel and enter the code WTBFree Cancellation until 48 hours before arrival. No show is one night penalty.

Participants are also welcome to make reservations in an alternate hotel or Airbnb if they prefer.

Please do not make alternate nonrefundable hotel or flight arrangements until this Vacation Workshop has been greenlighted. This Vacation Workshop will be greenlighted as soon as we have reached our minimum registration of 10 participants. 


Travel + Medical Insurance

Trip cancellation insurance protects the investment you’ve made in your trip and is highly recommended. Travel medical insurance is mandatory. Travel medical insurance pays for emergency medical services which may be significantly more expensive than expected. Participants will be asked to provide proof of medical insurance after registration.


Your Tour Manager

Participants will be accompanied by Studio 56 owner, Brenda Murray. Brenda is an artist and arts advocate, the founder of Urban Sketchers Waterloo Region and a former Urban Sketchers Board member. A seasoned traveler, Brenda will be on hand to assist the instructor and to ensure that everything runs smoothly. Learn more about Brenda HERE.

For More Information 

Email Studio56Boutique@gmail.com or call Brenda Murray at 519-572-1757.