The Art of Creative Costuming with Figurative Artist/Instructor Adele Sciortino Cortona, Italy May 30-June 6, 2013
ALL NEW PROJECTS FOR 2013!!
Class size limited to 12 participants
Cortona: Island in the Sky
In this week-long series of workshops you will have the opportunity to learn or improve many aspects of fine art-doll making. During the coarse of the week we will delve into many areas including: the art of needle sculpting the faces of your dolls; selecting fabric for your costumes; pattern making and designing without prepared patterns; the art of draping fabric; head dress design; learning to make and improvise props; ribbon work, bead and costume techniques; Brazilian embroidery and beaded embroidery techniques; shoe making and finishing techniques. And, since we are in Italy, where since the year 1268 masks have always been a central feature of the Venetian Carnival, you are in for a treat because we will be making a wonderful creative mask out of paper clay or leather with paint, feathers, and embellishments of beads and crystals! We will be based in Cortona, Tuscany, also known as "the City of Art". Cortona is a city filled with history, medieval architecture dating back to the eleventh century, and “art” in its many forms. "Art" as the process or product of deliberately arranging elements in a way that appeals to the senses or emotions thrives in Cortona and is present in music, literature, fashion and culture. Traditionally, the term art was used to refer to skill and mastery. Therefore we propose to capitalize on the expression by showing our skill, imagination and creativity during our exclusive costuming and trim seminar together in relaxed and sensual Tuscany. This program has been purposely arranged during Cortona's Archidado Festival...several evenings of medieval-themed and costumed festivities and events. Not only will we be able to observe...but also be inspired!
Aside from the self-rewarding learning experience of creating your own costume designs, the week will include: Visits to local galleries and artists; Local Etruscan museum and Museo Diocesano in Cortona; surprise gifts handed out during the week of classes; daily wine tasting opportunities and fine delectable Tuscan lunches (onsite) and dinners at local restaurants. We will also enjoy a Tuscan cooking class and dinner!
There will be a required kit fee of $75.00 US Funds All kits will be shipped to participants one month prior to classes.
among the sights and sounds of beautiful and romantic Tuscany: olive groves, vineyards, centuries-old buildings, winding streets, texture and vibrant sunlight.
in the warm ambiance of Cortona, overlooking Lake Trasimeno and the Val di Chiana, originally fortified by the Umbrians, claimed by the Etruscans, touched by the Renaissance, almost unchanged for centuries, one of Tuscany's jewels.
the joy of creative costuming in a relaxed and inspiring atmosphere with the expert instruction of a nationally know artist and instructor and the camaraderie of a small group of learners.
great Italian food, delightful wines, new friends, breath-taking vistas, history and the hospitality of the people of Cortona.
All-inclusive* workshop includes: Escorted group travel Florence to Cortona May 30, 2013**** Instruction in the classroom and on location Seven nights accommodations in historic Cortona** (Private room & bath) Local Etruscan Museum & Museo Diocesano All meals*** (Italian breakfast, lunch and dinner) Daily wine tasting opportunities Visits with area Artists Tuscan Cooking Class & Dinner A farewell wine tasting dinner **Included with "Casa Santa Margherita" plans only. See details. ***Included with "Group Meal Plan" only. Italian breakfast is simply coffees, brioche, toast, cheese, juice. ****Specific departure time from Florence airport only; time to be announced, return train ticket to Florence santa MAria Novella station (city center) provided (not escorted) *Air travel is not included. Ground transportation to/from Cortona is not included and is the responsibility of each participant, unless participating in the Escorted Group Travel to Cortona on May 30, 2012. Each guest is proved a train ticket for return travel to Santa MAria Novella train station in Florence city center. *Required Kit fee not included
- Departure from Cortona. Transfers to train station provided only at 8:55am & 11:55am
Note: Toscana Americana reserves the right to alter this itinerary. All times are approximate. Note: Transfers are provided only for programmed meals and activities away from the hotel. Note: All guests are responsible for handling their own luggage/baggage....we suggest to pack light. Note: No refunds are given for any unused aspects of the itinerary or for any activities outside the above itinerary.
Note:All Medieval week events subject to change without notice.
Acrylic paints Gold & Silver & two accent colors to match costume theme Make sure you wrap masking tape on the tops and put them in a double zip lock
Styrofoam wig head cut length wise in half for easy packing.
1 Sponge paint brush
Assortment of small paint brushes
7 needle for needle sculpting
White quilting thread
Small sewing kit sewing needles, straight pins, thread to match your costume colors, pin cushions
Beads Seed beads (#11s) and Delicas Beads are to match costume
Trim to match costume color
Extra embellishments for costume and headdress
Gauge (18ga) cotton coated wire
Small White Fabric Glue
Additional information will be sent for selecting the fabric that will be required to bring to the workshop.
Cortona is one of the true jewels of the Tuscan hill towns. Cortona, which is often called the City of Art, has its origin as an Etruscan city that pre-dates Roman times with sections of its walls dating back some 2500 years. As is typical of Tuscan hill-towns, Cortona is a walled city that, for purposes of defense, was built atop a prominent geographical point. The stone buildings and streets not only have the romance, style, and charm that are particular to Tuscany, but also speak of the lives and times Cortona has witnessed. An encounter with Cortona is an encounter with music & art, with history and with spirituality. Getting to know this timeless city is a real rediscovery of our past. Cortona offers testimony to its history as well as an enchanting view of the landscape enclosed by Lake Trasimeno and the Apennine mountains.
Travel with fellow artists, family & friends! In addition to Non-participating guest options, did you know that other workshops are offered this same week! Enjoy the experience together while immersed in different topics! View calendar for details!