Painting the Dingle Landscape Dino Massaroni August 6-13, 2011 (Sat-Sat)
Colorful Dingle town
Along Slea Head
Colorful Dingle harbor
Dino Massaroni, an accomplished and award winning landscape and portrait artist, has conducted and taught painting workshops for over twenty-five years. His work is in private and corporate collections in the United States, Switzerland, and Italy. Alla Prima is Italian meaning, “at the first attempt.” You'll learn to achieve successful results and capture the fleeting effects of light quickly and assuredly as Massaroni reveals the secrets of this time-tested method. Through demonstrations and individual instruction, Massaroni will guide participants through a process designed to help obtain greater confidence and pleasure from painting outdoors while improving artistic vision and skill.
Although Massaroni will demonstrate in oil color, the principles he shares can be applied to any medium including watercolor. Participants will enjoy morning and afternoon sessions in Dingle and along the Dingle Peninsular. Participants are required to provide their own art supplies, preferred paints, brushes & tools along with a portable easel.
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About the Dingle Peninsula
Once described by the National Geographic Traveler as “the most beautiful place on earth”, the Dingle Peninsula is a place of intense allure, with a plethora of green landscapes, rocky hills, long sandy beaches and staggering cliff edges. The warm Gulf Stream reaches the peninsula, giving has a wonderful mixture of sometimes rare and unusual flora and fauna. The Dingle Peninsula is a place of intense, shifting beauty. Spectacular mountains, long sandy beaches and the staggering splinter-slatted mass of rocks that defines the extraordinary coast at Slea Head all conspire to ensure that, remote though it is, the Dingle Peninsula is firmly on the tourist trail. The Dingle Peninsula protrudes 10 miles wide from the southeast of the island of Ireland. It runs 40 miles from Tralee to Slea Head, the point in Europe that is closest to North America. Its highest peak is Mount Brandon, which, at 3,300 feet, is the country’s second tallest mountain. You are advised to give yourself about four hours to travel the 30-mile road circuit of the peninsula by car, as you will want to stop off at many of its beauty spots.
Dingle is one of Ireland’s Government-protected Irish (Gaelic)-speaking areas, called “Gaeltachts”. Dingle's Irish name is Daingean Uí Chúis which, to fit on signposts, is generally abbreviated to An Daingean.
Many of the towns and villages in the region have Irish names too and, as many maps use the anglicised versions of these names, visitors are advised to purchase maps that give both the Irish and English versions of all placenames. The region is littered with with relics from both the Stone Age and Bronze Age and, more recently, the Ecclesiastical period, when Ireland was known as the “land of Saints and Scholars”, due to its high number of monasteries and religious schools.
The Dingle Peninsula is also associated with the film industry. Ryan’s Daughter was filmed here, as were parts of Far and Away, which starred Tom Cruise.
Special Hotel Benners Plans for Workshop Participants & Guests: Shared room/bath & Group Meal Plan*** ...$3190.00 per person! Private room/bath & Group Meal Plan*** ...$3740.00 per person Non-participating guests... ...Shared room/bath & Group Meal Plan*** ...$2690.00 per person! ...Private room/bath & Group Meal Plan*** ...$3240.00 per person ***(Group meal Plan includes breakfast, seven dinners & six lunches)
Go to Enrollment page Above enrollment plans include: Group transfer from/to Shannon airport***** Instruction on location Seven nights three-star accommodations in historic Dingle** Local museums and events Full Irish breakfast daily & 7 dinners & 6 lunches Painting in Dingle and points along the Dingle Pennisula Day trip to Blasket Islands**** A farewell dinner All day-trip transfers
**Included with "Hotel" plans only, see details *All-inclusive plans are Hotel plans A, C, E, G, I & K only. ****Weather permitting *****Specific departure time & date only Air travel, lunches and dinners are the responsibility of each participant. Shannon airport is the suggested arrival and departure airport in Ireland. Flights from Boston and other US cities via Aer Lingus, Continental & British Air. All participants not participating in the Group Travel are responsible for their own travel to and from Dingle.
Hotel Benners proud partner of Toscana Americana Workshops
Saturday: Arrival in Dingle -Arrival and Check-in in Dingle at Hotel Benners -7:00p Welcome to Ireland reception at Mrs Benner's Bar. -8:00p Dinner TBA Sunday: Dingle town -9:00a-1:00p Morning Workshop -1:00p lunch -3:00-6:00p Afternoon Workshop -7:00p Irish stout hour
-8:00p dinner TBA Thursday: Blasket Islands -Day trip to Blasket Islands by boat -1:00p lunch -7:00p Irish stout hour -8:00p dinner TBA Friday: Dingle area -9:00-1:00p Morning Workshop -1:00p lunch -3:00-6:00p Afternoon Workshop -7:30p Irish stout hour -8:30p Farewell Dinner at Hotel Benners Saturday: Departure - Morning Check-out & departure Note: Toscana Americana reserves the right to alter this itinerary. All times are approximate. Note: All participants are responsible for their own travel to and from Dingle.
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Meet your host in Dingle...
Patrick Mahoney (Miami University BA'80, MA'82) lives in Cortona where he continues a thirty-year career in the field of Arts & Entertainment producing events, workshops and tours and providing opportunities to share the Italy experience with travelers, artists and people who share his interests for foods, wine, art, culture. Patrick's passion is to conceive and realize various ways in which the human spirit can express and demonstrate its capacity to create. His ability to fearlessly think, conceive, and work "out of the box" has earned him the attention of artists & musicians, colleges & universities, public & private organizations, and business and industry. Patrick brings integrity and a unique vision to Toscana Americana and he is committed to realizing the opportunity for participants to create in an atmosphere of peace, joy, respect and mutual support. As a "slow traveler" and a supporter of "slow food" Mr. Mahoney rides trains, walks, lingers over lunch, dinner or a cup of espresso, stops to smell the roses and savors the sensory feast wherever he is!