Color & Composition in Tuscany Important Design Elements with Artist/Instructor Joy Skinner Cortona, Italy May 31- June 7, 2014
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Color and Composition will be the focus of this workshop where you will learn the techniques used to create vibrant and powerful watercolors. Topics will include using color, contrast and luminosity to strengthen your designs, the design process, photography in your painting, creating textures and underpainting. New techniques each day will be used in painting landscape elements such as trees, rocks, water, flowers, people and buildings. This fun filled workshop will help you to be better informed, more inspired, and feeling more confident about your painting.
This is a great class for beginners and as well, offers challenge for more advanced painters who want to learn new techniques. Instructor demonstrations, along with individual and group instruction and critiques will be used to teach the painting and design process.
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 painting en plein air 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.
"A Time to Reflect"
All-inclusive* workshop includes: Escorted group travel Florence to Cortona May 31, 2014**** 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 Day trip to Florence Day trip to Lake Trasimeno & Isola Maggiore A farewell wine tasting dinner **Included with "Hotel Italia" 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 is not included and is the responsibility of each participant.
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Saturday – Arrival in Cortona -Arrival and Check-in in Cortona -7:00p Welcome to Cortona wine and chocolate tasting at La Saletta. -8:00p Evening dinner in Cortona at La Loccanda nel Loggiatto Sunday - Cortona -9:00a-1:00p Morning Session -1:00p Lunch -3:00-6:00p Afternoon Session -7:30p Wine tasting -8:00p Evening dinner in Cortona
Monday - Cortona -9:00-1:00p Morning Session -1:00p Lunch -3:00-6:00p Afternoon Session -7:30p Wine tasting TBA -8:00p Evening dinner in Cortona Tuesday - Florence -8:00a Taxi to Camucia Station (train at 8:29) -Day trip to Florence with lunch provided -Uffizi gallery visit. -4:09p Depart Florence -7:30p Wine at TBA -8:00p Dinner in Cortona
Wednesday - Cortona -9:00-12:00p Morning Session -12:00p Lunch -2:00-5:00p Afternoon Session -5:45p Tuscan cooking class & dinner Thursday - Lago Trasimeno & Isola Maggiore -7:40a - Depart Cortona and travel to Passignano followed by boat to Isola Maggiore -8:05a – Depart Camucia by train for Passignano & Isola Maggiore -1:00p Lunch -6:30 return to Cortona/Camucia -7:30p Wine tasting -8:00p Dinner in Cortona Friday - Cortona -9:00-1:00p Morning Session -1:00p Lunch -3:00-6:00p Afternoon Session -8:00p Farewell Wine Tasting Dinner in Cortona Saturday – Cortona -Morning Check-out and departure from Cortona -Each guest must make taxi/travel requests through the Hotel front desk.
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.
Garden at Hotel Oasi
Suggested Watercolor Supply List - Joy Skinner
What to bring....
Plein Air Easel appropriate for watercolor painting
12 x 16” BLOCK - 140 OR 300 lb watercolor paper
Sturdy container for water
Small spray bottle
Frisket or Masking Fluid
4 watercolor brushes all rounds – approx sizes #2, 4, 8 and #10 or 12
1” flat brush for washes
Soft Eraser (magic rub is the best)
Fine Point Permanent Marker (Sharpie)
Mr Clean Magic Eraser
Covered Pallet for holding your pigments
Tubes of Paint - Pigment colors should include:
Cool Yellow: Hensa yellow OR Windsor lemon
Warm Yellow: Aureolin OR Indian Yellow
Quinacridone Burnt Orange
Cool Red: Alizarin Crimson
Warm Red: Pyrrol Red
Permanent Rose OR Quinacridone Rose
Warm Blue: French Ultramarine
Cool Blue: Phthalo Blue OR Windsor Blue
Cerulean Blue (useful for skies)
Cobalt Blue (useful for defining tone)
Antwerp Blue OR Prussian Blue
Mayan Blue Genuine
Amethyst Genuine (Dark Purple)
Green Apatite Genuine
NOTE: Art supplies are available in Cortona and Florence
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Meet Joy Skinner...
Joy’s paintings reflect her love of nature and in particular her love of the southwest. Her work with the medium of watercolor, along with her vivid style, evokes a quality of strength and purity. One’s perception is transformed and the subject matter becomes something far richer in the experience of the viewer. Joy is the author of A Journey Within and several feature articles have been written about her. Joy has participated in many juried and invitational art exhibitions and her work has won many prestigious awards.
Born and raised in Brandon Manitoba, Canada, to an extreme climate, Joy found that her mood was often dictated by the weather. As a result, her paintings are inspired by thoughts of warm summer days with visions of light dancing on otherwise inanimate objects, seemingly bringing them to life. I try to convey this excitement through my work.
Today, Joy resides in Naples, Florida, where she is inspired by the unique beauty that surrounds her. Most days finds her in the studio with a paintbrush, or touring around with her camera. She has a master’s degree in business, a degree in adult education and conducts art workshops across North America and Europe teaching the techniques that she uses.
Joy’s professional affiliations include being a member of the National Watercolor Society, Northern Arizona Watercolor Society, Naples Art Association, and the Florida Watercolor Society. Joy’s work can be found in galleries in Sedona, Scottsdale, Santa Fe, Brandon and Saskatoon Canada, and is included in many private, corporate, and public collections
I was pleased to have the opportunity to attend a watercolor workshop in Sedona, Arizona this year, taught by artist Joy Skinner. Not only were the skills I learned from Joy taught in a friendly and professional manner, but they were numerous. I and other students received personalized input to our various styles of painting. Questions were answered in understandable terms; I learned much and have a few new friends too! The workshop was a great value for the price and lots of fun. I look forward to attending many more subject workshops offered by Joy Skinner.
Having just returned from a Joy Skinner workshop, I would encourage students of watercolor to participate in a workshop themselves. Joy covered topics from the basics of paper, brushes and paint selection to mixing pigments and composition. Her demonstrations are informative and inspiring. Joy’s natural talent shines through her paintings and inspires the student to stretch their skills and explore where their own talents can take them.
Ginger Steel Napa, California
I have taken several watercolor classes from Joy Skinner and find her to be an excellent teacher. She gives enough information to allow the student to practice their skills and to come away with a finished painting that can be hung and admired. We received basic information about setting up our paint pallets, and types of brushes to use. Joy freely shared the techniques that she uses while teaching us about color and composition. I believe that students would enjoy her workshops very much.
Beverly Barnes Sedona, AZ
I have taken several series of lessons from Joy at the Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba. As is evident in her work, she has an amazing command of the medium especially in her use of color. As an art instructor, she encouraged her students to 'not be afraid' of painting with watercolor and to be bold in using color, paying close attention to the placement of lights and darks. I have grown increasingly more confident and successful as a watercolor artist because of what I learned from her.
Marg Stewart Brandon, MB Canada
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.