Painting the Cinque Terre Riomaggiore, Manarola, Vernazza, Cornigla & Monterosso with Artist /Instructor Victoria Brooks September 14-21, 2013
This workshop will encompass the principles of good painting: creativity, color, value, shape, composition, drawing, edge and variety. Twenty-plus years of plein air experience and years of teaching has allowed Victoria to distill the process of painting into learnable techniques. Experienced painters as well as beginners are welcome; Victoria likes to make her workshops fun as well as informative. And for subject matter we really can't go wrong in the visually rich Cinque Terre area of Italy...A Unesco World Heritage Site!
among the sights and sounds of beautiful seaside villages: fishing boats, vineyards, centuries-old buildings, winding streets, texture and vibrant sunlight.
in the warm ambiance of the mountainoue seaside, overlooking the Tyrannean sea...almost unchanged for centuries, one of Italy'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 the Cinque Terre.
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 outdoors on location.
Workshop is open to painters of all levels. Whether you are a novice just learning to mix color, or a professional needing advanced problem solving, Victoria’s individualized instruction will address needs at your level and push you to the next step in your personal development. Accommodations are intended as follows: Vernazza...Pensione Sorriso
Note: Accommodations may change based on availability.
See "What to bring" below...
All-inclusive* enrollment options include: Instruction on location Escorted group travel from Florence to Vernazza September 14, 2013 Seven nights accommodations in historic Vernazza** Local transportation All meals*** (Italian breakfast, lunch and dinner) Daily wine tasting opportunities A farewell wine tasting dinner **Included with "Hotel" plans only, see details. Accommodations may differ based on availability. ***Included with "Group Meal Plans" only, see details
*All-inclusive plans are Pensione Sorroso plans only. Air travel is the responsibility of each participant. Florence (FLR) is the suggested arrival and departure airport in Italy. All guests are responsible for handling their own luggage/baggage... we suggest to pack light. Walking is required. Go to Enrollment Form
Pensione Sorriso is the only accommodations in the quaint village of Vernazza that can accommodate groups such as ours. It is located near the train station and just a 3-minute walk to the harbor. Rooms, typical of such a small village, are quaint with private bathrooms (no hair dryers, but they are available to use from the reception desk). No elevator is available. Typical electrical items from the United States, for example, wil not function and may burn-out. Voltage reducers are suggested to be bought before your trip and will aid while you travel throughout Europe. An adapter (not to be confused with a voltage reducer) for the electrical outlet is also a must for items such as cell phone chargers and computer use.
Enroll NOW!!! Limited spaces remain for this workshop!!
The Cinque Terre Five miles of rocky coast in eastern Liguria, two promontories lie at each extremity, thousands of kilometres of dry walling, cultivated into vineyards, five southerly villages castled up on spurs of stone or disposed in clusters of very small inlets. These are the co-ordinates of the Cinque Terre (Five lands) and the villages of Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso. The area is now a National Park and since 1997 a UNESCO protected territory as a system of naturalistic environmental interest. This zone is characterized by the presence of precipitous slopes which have been cultivated into vineyards by means of fatiguing system of terracing the only evidence of transformation operated by the laborious human activity on the territory. The suggestive type of coastal projections on the sea with sheer cliffs that often overtake the verticality alternated with bays, winding paths and enchanting small beaches between cliffs with a profound back drop, a rich variety of ichthyic (fishing) all of which make this district an authentic natural "opera of art".
Saturday - Travel to Vernazza -11:00a Meet group members in Florence at Santa Maria Novella station -11:27p Depart Florence Santa Maria Novella station on Regional train #3127 -15:33p Arrival at Vernazza and Check-in at Pensione Sorriso -7:00p Aperitif -8:00p Dinner
Satyrday – Morning Check-out - Travel to Florence/Santa Maria Novella -08:16a - Morning departure from Vernazza. -11:33a- arrival at Florence Santa Maria Novella
Note: Toscana Americana reserves the right to alter this itinerary. All times are approximate. Note: Travel from Vernazza within the Cinque Terre towns is by train and/or boat. Depending upon weather, timetables, etc.
NOTE: Walking is required to all painting locations, lunches and dinners. No transfers are provided, though guests may pay for taxis and transfers at their own expense. NOTE: No refunds are given for any unused aspects of the itinerary or for any activities outside the above itinerary.
NOTE: Guests are responsible for handling their own luggage. We suggest to pack light. Luggage not needed in Vernazza may be stored, for a fee, at the checked-baggage counter at the Santa Maria Novella train station, found alongside track 16.
Group travel to Vernazza on Saturday September 14, 2013 On Saturday September 14, 2013 our group will meet in Florence at Santa Maria Novella train station in the city center at 11:00a. Our meeting location will be announced at a later date.
Our planned departure is at 11:57am on Regionale train #23357 (Florence to La Spezia). We will change trains in La Spezia, taking Regionale train number #24514 to Vernazza, arriving about 3:36p. Specific platforms and tracks for departures will be determined prior to departure. We will have all train tickets for workshop participants.
Note: Timetable subject to change based on Trenitalia scehdules
Participant Supply List
Plein Air Oil Overseas Workshop Supply List
VICTORIA BROOKS (916) 768-1751
OIL PAINT PALETTE
Cadmium Yellow Lemon-Utrecht
Ultramarine Blue-Utrecht or any good brand
Winsor Newton-Winsor Green
Permanent Red Medium-Rembrandt
Quinocradone Rose (optional)
Large Tube of Titanium White-Permelba
Naples Yellow Deep-Rembrandt
CANVAS or LINEN PANELS:
14 panels– (7)-8x10, (7) – 6 x 8 panels. If you are more experienced you can use 9 x 12 and 12 x 16 (no larger). Fredrix Canvas makes nice linen and canvas panels: see www.jerrysartarama.com, (800) 827-8478. For a high quality custom panel that is very lightweight order #66 linen to be mounted on museum board visit: www.newtraditionsartpanels.com. (801) 732-0208.
Please bring an array of newer bristle brushes. I use mostly flats and brights, sizes #2 to #12 would be good. One round #2 for drawing. Robert Simmons or Utrecht #409 are good. No stiff or worn out brushes. Bring a canvas brush roll to hold brushes.
Pencil with small sketch pad
Insect spray or repellant
Vaseline (small for brushes)
Spill proof brush cleaner for turpenoid
Hat Paint Scrapper (retractable razor blade) Camera (charger & adaptor)
View finder (old rectangular mat)
Small mirror-make-up compact
Sheets of wax or palette paper to put between wet paintings in luggage.
Rolling backpack that fits everything
Exam gloves (costco)
Stool or folding chair
Daily plastic or paper trash bags
Small cosmetic container of liquin
Umbrella that attaches to easel (the Collapsible Umbrella, DickBlick.com.
½ box French Easel OR one that is called a “pochade box” (it attaches to a camera tripod) visit www.openboxm.com, (800) 473-8098. (I use an 10” x 12” pochade).
“Filling your Paintings with Color and Light” by Kevin McPherson.
All paint, palette knifes, paint scrapper plus extra panels and tripod go in the bottom of your clothes luggage. Carry on your rolling backpack with all of your other equipment. Wear dark colored clothing so as not to reflect bright colors onto your paintings.