The Art of Poetic Storytelling 2019

DATES: October 13-20, 2019
INSTRUCTORS: Richard Tuschman
LOCATION: Villa San Rocco, Benabbio, Italy
COST: $ 2,975.00 - 2,675.00

Imagine creating your own photographic stories with a Baroque Italian villa as your set, and the rolling hills of Tuscany as your backdrop. Welcome to “The Art of Poetic Storytelling.” In this six-day/seven-night workshop/retreat, set in the hilltop Tuscan village of Benabbio, we will develop and hone our ability to craft conceptual images with authentic emotional resonance.

In the context of a supportive, collaborative community, we will live, eat and work together as we spend the week planning, shooting, and post-producing personal narrative photographs. These constructed scenes may tell stories, suggest dreams, or reveal inner landscapes. We will learn the principles of creating compositions that are dynamic and cohesive, practice how to shape light expressively, and explore how to pose and direct models as the actors in our scenes. Finally, as we strive to grow in our role as emotional messengers, we will discuss and explore chosen methods and techniques, based on both current brain research and time-tested artistic practice, that are designed to push us out of our comfort zones to higher levels of creative engagement. Join us for a week of inspiration, exploration, camaraderie, (and great food!) in this magical setting.


Portrait of Richard Tuschman

RICHARD TUSCHMAN began experimenting with digital imaging in the early 1990s, developing a style that synthesized his interests in photography, painting and assemblage. Tuschman’s work has been exhibited at galleries and museums nationally and internationally, and his photographs have been published in numerous magazines and journals. He was named a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow in Photography in 2016. Richard Tuschman currently lives and works in Europe.

Read more about Richard Tuschman

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  • 7 nights and 6 full days of instruction at the Villa San Rocco, a Baroque villa with origins dating to the 13th century with 11 bedrooms and ensuite bathrooms. The villa itself is a photographer’s dream with eclectic rooms, period furniture and the most beautiful light that has been inspirational since the Renaissance. (Private rooms are booked in order of requests)
  • Spaces available with private room and ensuite bath at $2,975 per person (Couples sharing a room and bed at $2,675 per person)
  • Spaces available with shared room/separate beds, shared bath at $2,675 per person
  • Space available with economy private room with ensuite bath at $2,675 per person

Inclusive of all instruction, housing, meals, workshop supplies, and local transportation, also including:

  • Pick up and return to the Florence airport (Airfare to and from Florence, Italy not included)
  • All meals are included both at the villa and when we dine together at local restaurants. The food is glorious in this region of Italy — local cheeses, cured meats, porcini mushrooms, truffles, honey, the freshest fruit and vegetables and of course PASTA in every shape and form. Every morning there’s a hot loaf of whole grain homemade bread on the table with local butter & jams. The coffee, tea and cappuccinos flow all day and the local wine comes out promptly at happy hour. In the villa a well-stocked kitchen is available to you 24/7 if hunger or thirst strikes between meals. We are happy to accommodate any dietary restrictions.
  • An all-day, all-inclusive trip to the nearby medieval walled town of Lucca


Email to receive an application and detailed instructions.

You will be asked to complete a simple application and include a check made out to Alchemy Studio in the amount of $500 as soon as you have decided that you are serious about attending this workshop. The faculty will review all applications on a first-come, first-served basis. Accepted applicants will be notified soon after receipt of their applications. This will reserve your spot in the workshop.

If you need financial support, please contact us for more information.


  • All deposits and payments will be refunded in full if the workshop does not make minimum enrollment and is cancelled.
  • If you cancel before June 15th: 100% of deposit less $50 administrative fee will be refunded.
  • If you cancel before July 4th: 90% of tuition will be refunded.
  • If you cancel within 4 weeks of start of workshop refunds will be offered only if your space can be filled.
Adjustments to the above policies can be made if cancellation is the result of immediate personal or family emergencies.

Featured Image: “Hotel by Railroad” © 2012 Richard Tuschman