William Graf

William Graf | Tutor at Tuscany in the Frame Italian Workshops

Bill Graf is a professional fine artist and art instructor of Oil, Acrylic, and Watercolor Painting classes for The Atelier Art School, Art League of Long Island, and the National Art League in New York. He also holds workshops and demonstrations for landscape, still life, and portrait painting for art leagues, artists societies, art exhibits, festivals, and art schools. His extensive art career(s) as a fine artist and illustrator began after completing his drawing and painting studies at the Art Students League of NYC. He then went on to study Old Masters Painting and Drawing in Florence, Italy at the Cecil Graves Studio.

He has been the recipient of numerous awards from the International Miniature Portrait Show of Montreal, NYC Students Art League Figure Drawing 1st Prize, Huntington NY Arts Council, NY Nassau County Art Leagues 1st Prize, Best in Show, and honorable mentions as well as awarded the Frank J. Reilly Scholarship Award to name a few. He was also commissioned to do a mural project depicting an American history scene displayed in the White House, Washington DC. His workshop teaching methods give personal attention and instructive techniques to artists of any level working in oil or watercolor mediums. His students experience a sense of accomplishment as he brings them through to completing their paintings with learned techniques to apply to their painting skills. Bill also encourages artists to “ hone” their drawing skills since it becomes the foundation of their artwork making charcoal and pencil drawing instruction available to those who want to improve their sketching skills. To learn more about Bill and view his artwork visit

Tuscany is located in central Italy and stretches from the Apennines to the Tyrrhenian Sea.
Its landscape, artistic heritage and stand-out cities – first among them Florence – make Tuscany an unquestioned protagonist of international tourism. In this region, nature has many different facets, starting from the coast that alternates long and sandy beaches, like the Versilia beach, with rocky cliffs and steep headlands. The islands of the Tuscan Archipelago, surrounded by Mediterranean vegetation, a crystal-clear sea and rich seabeds, are peerless.

You can admire sceneries of uncontaminated nature in the Apuan Alps and in several protected areas, such as the Orbetello Lagoon, home to many species of migrant birds, including pink egrets.
However, the most typical sceneries of the region are those that merge the beauty of nature with the millenary work of man. The amazing Gulf of Baratti and the sites of Vetulonia, Vulci and Pitigliano guard necropoli and vestiges of the Etruscan civilization, while Roselle and Cosa evoke memories from the Roman Age.

Medieval villages, historical towns, castles and defense systems, country churches (the so-called pievi) and beautiful abbeys, like the one of Sant’Antimo, are scattered all over the territory and their profiles stand out in the landscapes of the Crete Senesi, Orcia Valley, Garfagnana, Chianti and the Maremma.
Finally, Tuscany is full of spas: Montecatini, Saturnia, Montepulciano, Monsummano and Bagno Vignoni, which offer relaxing holidays thanks to their thermal waters and well-equipped facilities for all types of treatments.