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Paint Abroad in Marsala, Sicily
Come join me and local host Rosetta Sciatica of Sicily Artist Retreats to paint abroad in Western Sicily this summer. This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity will provide you the opportunity to explore Greek temples, Norman and Saracen castles, and colorful seaside towns in the historic heart of the Mediterranean. You will paint en plein air along ancient salt flats, picturesque seascapes, and suggestive historic sites, under expert guidance and instruction. All media — including oil, watercolor, pastels, and sketching — are welcome. While in Sicily, explore the cuisine, culture, and traditions of one of the most fascinating and largest islands of Italy.
Day 1 — Arrival in the ancient harbor town in Marsala. Afternoon welcome reception at Windmill Museum followed by dinner along the Great Salt Way.
Day 2 — Egadi Island motorboat tour. Painting on the beautiful grounds at Favignana Island Tonnara Museum
Day 3 — Painting at Marsala historic center. Punic Ship Musuem Tour. Dinner on Mozia Island
Day 4 — Greek Temple tour and painting
Day 5 — Painting at local vineyards and wineries
Day 6 — Painting at Mount Erice panoramic views and Trapani Museums
Day 7 — Painting at Palermo Monreale Cathedral and Museums
Day 8 — Painting at San Vito Beaches
Day 9 — Portrait Painting with local models
Day 10 — Sicilian Festival and farewell dinner
Day 11 — Departure
Accommodations & Meals
We will be staying at The Viacolvento. This boutique hotel is a vintage mansion with the reviving style of a distant past. High standard services, fine décor, and trendy design furniture turn it into a unique and unforgettable environment to relax while tasting the flavor of a distinct holiday. It is indeed a wellness oasis located in the heart of Marsala, a windy city with colors such as tuff yellow, sea blue, Marsala red, salt white, and vineyard green.
Nothing is left to chance in the residence’s décor, as its historic furniture has been preserved as much as possible and every detail tells about this ancient building, from the elegant ceramic tiles to the old doors which were reused to create closets. Particulars become a way of rediscovering the preciousness of materials, shapes, and color.
The Viacolvento is a concept holiday residence combining elegance and comfort with the characteristic discretion and privacy of Via XIX Luglio. It is energy efficient and sustainably maintained and managed, so as to offer a low impact stay thanks to environmentally friendly technologies and alternative energy sources.
Welcome dinner, farewell dinner, lunches, and continental breakfast are included in cost, as well as transportation to and from the Palermo Airport.
postponed (originally scheduled for June 8 – 18, 2020) | materials lists | see blog posts from past painting-abroad adventures
Gain knowledge of the fundamental principles of perception — light, plane-structure, tonal value, perspective, proportion — all while learning to construct images that realistically and accurately interpret the anatomical architecture and movement of the human form in space. In this class you will work from both the nude and clothed model in a combination of short poses and longer, three-week poses. This format is structured to acquaint you with both the preliminary process of understanding the essentials of the figure in space and while also providing you the opportunity to develop a more complete drawing. This solid foundation will enable you to express your personal creative vocabulary more clearly and effectively. All levels welcome.
Anatomy for Artists, Life Drawing
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Painting from Life, Portraiture, Composition, Color
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Portrait Drawing Workshop
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Portrait Painting Workshop
This workshop is designed to help the student learn the finer points of this time-honored art form. All the stages of the portrait painting process will be examined from under-painting to completed portrait. Students will develop a good foundation for capturing likeness by studying the underlying structure of the skull and features of the face. We will explore the effects of light on skin, mixing flesh tones, and application and rendering techniques. All levels of students welcome. Enrollment limited to 12 students.