Walnut Hill School for the Arts



We are sad to announce that the Walnut Hill sponsored trip to Italy, Studio Toscano, is canceled and will be postponed to next year. Refunds of the deposit will be issued by the business office. 


JUNE 19 - 28, 2020


Studio TOSCANO inspires and empowers young student-artists through a rich mix of cultural exploration, reflective practices, and collaborative art-making. Set in a restored medieval monastery in the Tuscany region of Italy, this retreat offers participants both critical distance from all that is familiar and the opportunity to explore a landscape rich with history and culture. With time and space for processing and reflection, students will deepen the thinking and purpose that serve as the nourishing and motivating roots of their art. Through collaborative creative projects and outreach, students will learn to widen the branches of their artistic impact in the world.


This retreat is a chance to dig deep while living in a community of your creative peers soaking up the sounds of the Italian language, sunshine, history, and art. Our days will be dedicated to artistic exploration, ritual, reflection, and process. Multiple excursions visiting Siena, Florence's Uffizi Gallery (Probably the most famous museum in the world) and the beautiful island of Monte Argentario as well as visits to nearby villages, olive groves, and wine makers will make for a rich and immersive experience. Working collaboratively across disciplines, we will design interactive outreach experiences, spend time with local artisans, visit Niki de Saint Phalle's famous Giardino dei Tarocchi and immerse ourselves in the rich history of the Renaissance. We invite you to come as you are, ideas at hand, and talents in your back pocket!


Seniors, juniors and sophomores from all majors are invited to apply! Studio TOSCANO offers a chance for students and faculty to live, create, and collaborate across disciplines. Applications are due by February 1st, 2020. 

COST: Studio Toscano is generously funded by our donors. The remaining fee for the entire program is $2700 and includes flights, accommodation, food and excursions to Siena, Radda in Chianti,  Florence, and a beach day in the spectacular Argentario region.

  • One full and two partial scholarships are available, based on need.
  • Once your proposal has been accepted you will be notified via email by February 15th. 

Schedule at a Glance

Friday - June 19
Overnight Flight from Boston to Florence (1 stop)

Saturday - June 20 ARRIVE IN FLORENCE
Mid Day: Bus transfer to Siena (ca. 2 hrs)
Arrive at Monastery, check into rooms
Dinner in Courtyard
Gelato in Siena
Good night! Buona Notte!

Daily Schedule 
8.00 - 9:00 am
 - Awakening / Risveglio * Breakfast/Colazione
9.30 am - Monastery Walk / Camminata del Monastery
10:30 am - Monastery Choir / I Cantanti del Chiostro (Italian Repertory / Repertorio Italiano)
11:30 am - Coffee Break/Pausa Caffe
11:30 am - 1:00 pm - Non Nobis Solum Studio (All/Tutti) 
1:00 pm - Lunch / Pranzo * Siesta
3:00 - 5:00 pm - Non Nobis Solum Studio (All/Tutti) 
5:30 - 7:00 pm - Daily Podcast
7:00 pm - Yoga and Meditation (If you like/Se ti fa piacere)
8:30 pm - Dinner in Courtyard Optional: After dinner stroll in Siena on select days

* Day 5 and 7 include field trips to Florence & Monte Argentario, for a day on the beach. 

Sunday - June 28
AM Transfer from Cloister to Florence airport.
Daytime flight to Boston (1 stop)

**Students are responsible for booking their own flights to and from Boston for the departure and arrival dates. Please allow 90 minutes between connecting flights.


Our small community of seekers will be guided by visual arts faculty and dorm parents Ken & Linda Tighe; Ben Gregg, a creator interested in ritual, writing, and the art of bookmaking; Margaret Funkhouser, a poet and collaboration facilitator. Niki Conraths, director of artistic studies and monastery manager Chiara Iacomelli will be your local guides who will introduce you to the amazing Tuscan food scene, teach you Italian, and get you moving with Yoga inspired classes.