Ribbon Art in Tuscany with Helen Gibb Cortona, Italy 2015 dates coming soon!
Back by popular demand! Enroll early to secure your place! Participation is limited Includes Arezzo Antiques market & medieval Archidado week events!
Let the fabulous Italian countryside, and the towns and villages of Tuscany inspire you to create beautiful ribbonwork memories. During this workshop you will learn a wealth of Ribbonwork Flower Techniques and then use those skills to create some very special projects. See how small snips of ribbon can be converted into delightful poppies and sunflowers - yes the same ones that cover the fields in Tuscany - and then combine them with other ribbon flowers, blossoms and leaves into a Tuscan Flower Garden.
You will also learn a few simple stitches in Silk Ribbon Embroidery which will be combined with ribbonwork flowers, beads and buttons to embellish small fabric prints with a decidedly Tuscan theme. Some of these prints will be made into Artist Trading Cards for you to share with your fellow classmates - a nice souvenir of each person's talents! Other fabric prints will be used with Ribbonwork Flowers and Silk Ribbon Embroidery to embellish an album cover or similar item of your choice.
There will be a required kit of approximately $225.00.
We'll be working on a 12" block made of silk fabric and decorator fabrics. And of course the embellishments for the block will be designed to reflect our Italian holiday. We'll also make a charming brooch of ribbon flowers and leaves. Read more about this workshop below...
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 creating ribbon treasures 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.
1 of 4 2010 Ribbon Art Projects
About this workshop...
Each day we will work on techniques for the project. The mornings will be spent partly in the classroom and partly outside the classroom. Some mornings we may go for a roam around town looking for flowers to inspire us and to grab a coffee as well! Afternoons will be dedicated to applying what we've learned in the previous days. We'll also go on some field trips - one to Siena and another day trip to visit Florence with a visit to the Uffizi Gallery included! To round out your Italian experience we'll also enjoy a Tuscan cooking class, several wine tastings and fabulous Tuscan meals...all in the wonderful ambiance of one of Tuscany's true hill-town jewels!
2011 Ribbon Art Project
All-inclusive* workshop includes: Escorted group travel Florence to Cortona May 26, 2011**** 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 Tuscan cooking class & dinner Day trip to Montepulciano & Pienza with winery visit Arezzo Antiques market A farewell wine tasting dinner **Included with "Hotel" plans only. See details. ***Included with "Group Meal Plan" only. See details. ****Specific departure time from Florence airport only; time to be announced, return train ticket to Florence provided (not escorted) *All-inclusive plans are Hotel plans only. Air travel and ground transportation to/from Cortona is not included and is the responsibility of each participant. *Special materials kit fee is not included and is the responsibility of each participant.
Special Hotel Italia Plan... All-inclusive* w/private room & Group Meal Plan $3190.00 per person single occupancy! $2990.00 per person double occupancy Special Non-participant rates
Hotel Italia proud partner of Toscana Americana Workshops *equivalent hotels may be used
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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.
May 26 Saturday – Arrival in Cortona Escorted group travel from Florence to Cortona available...see details below. Arrival and Check-In in Cortona 7:00p Welcome to Cortona wine and chocolate tasting 8:00p Evening dinner in Cortona May 27 Sunday - Cortona 9:00am-1:00pm Morning antiques market 1:00pm Lunch 3:00pm-6:00pm Afternoon Session 7:30pm Aperitifs 8:00p Evening dinner in Cortona May 28 Monday - Cortona 9:00am -1:00pm Morning Session 1:00pm Lunch 3:00pm -6:00pm Afternoon Session 7:30pm Aperitifs 8:00pm Evening dinner in Cortona May 29 Tuesday - Montepulciano & Pienza 8:00am Day trip with winery visit 7:30pm Aperitifs 8:00pm Dinner in Cortona May 30 Wednesday - Cortona 9:00am -1:00pm Morning Session 1:00pm Lunch 3:00pm -5:30pm Afternoon Session 6:00pm Tuscan Cooking Class
June 2 Saturday – Check-out - Morning Check-out and departure from Cortona.
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.
Escorted Group Travel Offered from Florence airport only on May 26, 2012. We depart Florence airportat approx. 12:13pm.
Participant Supply List
A kit is required for this workshop, of approximately $225.00. It will include - French ribbons for flower making, stamens, a small selection of seed beads, fabric prints, crinoline, milliners needles, and ribbonwork thread. Instructions will be handed out at the workshop in Italy. In addition to the kit you will need to bring sharp scissors for cutting ribbons, and sharp pointed embroidery scissors for cutting threads, and a ruler or tape measure. Bring any other sewing item that you personally need for hand sewing such as thimble or needle threader. We will advise you when the Kit is ready for purchase (usually one month prior to travel.) If you need to purchase additional ribbonwork supplies prior to your trip click here -
Helen will ship your kit to you one month prior to your departure to Italy. Because of the tight security regulations at airports pack your scissors in your checked baggage or they will be confiscated. Your project kit needs to be carried in your carryon hand luggage to ensure that it arrives with you.
Kit fee in not included in the workshop price and is the responsibility of each participant.