Plein Air Tuscany with Artist/Instructor Rob Ijbema Cortona, Italy 2012 dates coming soon!
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Plein Air painter Rob Ijbema sees and captures the world around him unlike any other...brillantly elevating the common and everyday to a grand artistic statement. Learn and be inspired by Rob's unique vision and style in this one-week workshop in Italy's beloved Tuscany region!
Learn more and see examples of Rob's works below...
Rob Ijbema landscape
"Pop & chic"
Jump-start your art! In this workshop Rob will show you how you can get more for less…
There is a simple way of painting a landscape from life, instead of being overwhelmed by all that nature throws at you, it is possible to extract the essentials, with a limited palette and create an impression of a scene in only one hour. Keeping the painting fresh and full of life…use color and capture even common and everyday sites in a wonderfully evocative manner.
During the course of the week Rob will demonstrate as well as give individual attention to all participants. For all levels of painters, taught in English.
Experience the thrill and beauty of a wonderful part of Italy, and even more so, taking these memories you've created home with you! This workshop is for beginners to advanced artists and will be conducted on outdoors location.
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 expert instruction 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.
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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
-7:30p Wine tasting -8:00p Evening dinner in Cortona Monday - Cortona -9:00-12:00p Morning Session -12:00p Lunch -2:00-5:00p Afternoon Session -7:30p Wine tasting -8:00p Evening dinner in Cortona Tuesday - Cortona- Val di Chiana -9:00-12:00p Morning Session -12:00p Lunch -2:00-5:00p Afternoon Session -7:30p Wine tasting -8:00p Evening dinner in Cortona Wednesday - Cortona -9:00-12:00p Morning Session -12:00p Lunch -2:00-5:00p Afternoon Session -7:30p Wine tasting -8:00p Evening dinner in Cortona 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 Il Vecchio Orologio -6:30 return to Cortona/Camucia -7:30p Wine tasting -8:00p Evening dinner in Cortona Friday - Cortona -9:00-1:00p Morning Session -1:00p Lunch at La Loccanda nel Loggiatto -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.
All-inclusive* workshop includes: Escorted group travel Florence to Cortona October 29, 2011**** Instruction outdoors 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 shopping and sightseeing trip to Florence A farewell wine tasting dinner
**Included with "Hotel Oasi" 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 Oasi plans only. Air travel and ground transportation to/from Cortona is not included and is the responsibility of each participant.
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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.
Cortona medieval city center
What to Bring...
Paint limited palette,split primary Oils or acrylics Ultra marine blue Pthalo blue Alizeran crimson Cadmium red medium Cadmmium medium yellow Cadmium Lemon Yellow Plus a big tube of white
You will need several canvas or boards or canvas boards in seizes 5x7" 8x10" and 9x12" 3 canvases a day will do...
Participants are required to provide their own art supplies, preferred paints, brushes & tools along with a portable easel. A suggested list of art supplies for oil, that Carolyn uses, is listed below. Some of these items may also be purchased in Cortona and Florence.
Note: Do not pack prohibited items in carry-on-luggage! They will be confiscated. Bring your smallest, lightest weight version of each item. Remember that you will need to carry your own gear as we travel from one painting location to another.