12 Days & 11 nights
Wake up in a peaceful; magical town of narrow, twisting lanes and NO cars! Be inspired by your surroundings every morning….just by looking out your window! After a leisurely; tasty breakfast with views from the panoramic veranda…..our Workshop begins! We will spend time in the studio and field learning to recognize and capture elements of the landscape, and how to distill these crucial elements into our paintings and drawings. Studies will begin with black and white compositional exercises, and progress to tonal studies of basic landscape forms. Use of color will then be introduced, including an overview of color theory. Emphasis will be on composition, gesture, technique, and complex color development. We will study the unique architecture and perspective of Casperia’s unique; untouched medieval buildings. In the early afternoon, we will meet in the studio as a group to discuss and further explore our paintings, drawings and sketches. Slide lectures; demos and critiques will augment the learning experience. Day trips introduce new landscapes and historical inspiration. In the late afternoon, students will be free to continue their studies, or use this time to further explore their environment. There is a maximum of twelve students per workshop, ensuring each student focused and individual instruction and attention.
Nina is thrilled to be returning to her friends and hosts of La Toretta; an historical home. Enjoy the comfortable, architecturally enhanced and restored 15th century palazetto of la Torretta. Rooms have breathtaking views of the town’s terra cotta rooftops and cobbled streets overlooking the beautiful Sabine Hills. Marble bathrooms, frescos, and wood beams lend La Torretta a comfortable charm. The intimate outdoor terrace invites you to enjoy the view; read; and soak up the sun. Relax in the cool living room with an art book. In this peaceful village, students will experience a relaxed daily rhythm. All rooms have en-suite accommodations. Our indoor studio is perched a top the village with outstanding views over the countryside.
Workshop meals range from simple and wholesome pasta & pizza made with fresh produce from nearby farms, prepared with care by local cooks…..to fine alfresco dining experiences! Our hosts at La Torretta offer us a wonderful and relaxed breakfast every morning including fruit, pastries, yoghurt and of course; plenty of coffee! Lunch will be served in the second-floor loft-kitchen and panoramic veranda of La Torretta. For dinner; we will sample the local cuisine at the intimate al-fresco pizzeria and trattoria of Casperia. Dine in the main piazza with a front row seat to delightful goldenhour lighting and exquisite sunsets. Another gastronomic highlight is an al-fresco meal in the countryside on the charming front lawn of a working farm. Prepare to be enchanted….from antipasto to desert! An exciting evening cooking class will introduce you to the joys of home made Italian foods while you prepare a typical regional Italian meal guided by a professional Chef. Learn how to cook homemade pasta and tiramisu ……in Italy!
2018 is Nina’s 18th year leading her popular European Landscape Painting & Drawing Workshops. Join us this year and experience a unique learning experience in bella Italia!
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