JOIN US ON OUR SPRING PAINTING BREAK.
LOCATED ON THE TUSCANY - UMBRIA BORDER, IN THE BEAUTIFUL HEART OF ITALY.
At Arts Holiday Italy we are passionate about painting and drawing and so for us Spring is one of the most beautiful times of year to be out and about in Tuscany. Wild flowers are blooming everywhere and the days have started to become warmer.
During your Spring Painting Break with us, you will be inspired to draw and paint stunning spring landscapes, beautiful natural forms and the amazing architecture of Tuscany and Umbria. Throughout your stay you will be supported by professional tutors who will demonstrate and guide you through techniques, styles and materials to create individual work at your own pace. Your painting holiday will be spent between a well-equipped studio where you can explore and experiment with your ideas, and various locations from enchanting medieval hilltop towns to the outstanding vistas of Tuscany. All of our painting locations are off the beaten track so you will be inspired by breathtaking views away from the major tourist hustle and bustle.
The award-winning hotel you will be staying at is Villa Pia, an old country manor house with heated swimming pool and tennis courts. One of the main attractions of the hotel is the outstanding four course evening meals that are lovingly prepared by a team of local chefs using produce supplied mostly by farmers in the area.
This painting holiday is designed to develop your painting and drawing skills in a relaxed atmosphere, whilst indulging your love of all things italian in the beautiful heart of Italy.
This 6 day Spring painting break is from April 15th - 21st costing £1100 all inclusive (excluding flights).
To book your painting holiday and for further information visit www.artsholidayitaly.com
OK, there are so many things to think about when you are learning to develop your drawing skills in fact as a beginner where do you even start !
There is no right or wrong way, everyone's pathway is different but here is an exercise that can help you with your understanding of structure and tone, two key elements that are integral to observational drawing. It is something that I worked on recently with a student to explain structure. We decided to try and break the shapes down in to their simplest form.
1. Pick the simplest object to start with, probably the circle and using a 2B pencil draw it no bigger than 2.5 cm in diameter. Why you might ask should I draw it so small? In my experience when you are developing your shading it is often better to start off with smaller shapes.
2. Draw the lines inside the circle these help give you an idea of the structure of the object both horizontally and vertically. Don't worry if they are not perfect you are just getting a feeling for how the object is formed. Have a few practise goes.
3.Think of your rubber as a drawing tool, every time you correct something that you rub out you are making progress.
4. Ok the light source - take a look at my sketch and you will see a little sun shining on the drawing, this is your light source and is just there to remind you that one side is going to be light and the other dark.
5. Look at the sketch marked '2' and see how the first shape is darkest and then diagonally they get lighter. Confused yet? - look at how diagonally you have a row that is slightly lighter and then another even lighter.
6. Work your way across your sketch pressing lighter and lighter with the pencil until there are no more shapes to fill in.
7. You can experiment with this exercise with lots of other shapes too. Take a look at some of the others I have done. You can even take it in to colour too.
Good luck everyone and don't be hard on yourself if you don't get it right first time.
You can always email me on firstname.lastname@example.org if you get stuck !!
Arts Holiday Italy is excited to welcome Carlo Rossi, a local watercolourist from Anghiari, who will be leading some of the painting workshops with our guests in 2017. His work in watercolours on canvas creates atmospheric, sensitive images of the local area. After a recent local gallery event, I popped in to his home to look at his Presepio, a traditional Italian nativity scene, that Carlo creates every Christmas with his partner who is a keen sculptor.
A little background into the history of the Presepio tells us that it was actually created by Saint Francis of Assisi in 1224. Remembering a trip he had taken to Bethlehem, he decided to replicate the manger scene in the hilltop town of Greccio where he worked alongside his friend Giovanni Vellita to create the manger in a cave. People arrived to see the Presepio by torch light from all over the area climbing up to see this novel way of portraying the birth of Christ. It was so successful that it spread throughout Italy and is still kept very much alive as a Christian tradition today especially in Naples.
Carlo Rossi`s version of the Presepio has been inspired by the views over the Valtiberina Valley and geometric, architectural arches that Piero Della Francesca created in many of his paintings. Carlo and his partner have bought together their combined skills to produce an installation that brings together both modern and traditional materials and techniques to create a Presepio that is made with lots of love and is quite simply beautiful.
To see more information on our painting holidays for 2017, and take a look at the other Italian artists who will be working with us, please click here
The Festival of light took place on Halloween originally known as All Hallows in the Tiny hilltop Borgo of Citerna on the Tuscany Umbria border. The festival is based on the desire to keep alive in the younger generation the culture, roots and Christian traditions of a community that has Etruscan and Roman origins. Entering through an arch at the entrance to the festa you are greeted by a group of Renaissance angels and a Hansel and Gretel house, a pretty eclectic mix.It is like walking into a wonderland of lanterns, candles, musicians, artists and performers. Looking up in to the night sky there is a multi-coloured macrame spiders web suspended over you, attached to the buildings and lit by tiny lanterns. It all sounds a bit mad but it is quite beautiful.
So instead of vampires, pumpkins and skeletons, this charming festa celebrates and remembers those who have passed away along with Saints from the Christian Church. There are no children in gruesome plastic masks, instead you will see them laughing and joking in home-made angel wings that they themselves have created in a workshop, hidden in a medieval arch. Making your way along the main corso on every side there are different creative activities taking place from beautiful art and light installations to street artists and a gallery of fashion designs created by local teenagers.
There is an atmosphere of wonder and intrigue that has been created by the Citernesi for this festa that celebrates the young and appeals to the child in all of us. So, for those of you for whom the wonder of All Hallows holds something a little different to trick or treating, this might be one for you next year.
"I Truly enjoyed every aspect of the Arts Holiday - the teaching from Antonella was excellent and catered for mixed ability including myself 'beginner'. It was great to learn of different painting techniques. The group were all wonderful, it was interesting to see and learn too from different styles.
The well equipped studio was an art lover's heaven! I found the mix of studio days and sketching outings just perfect! There was no shortage of beautiful scenery all around the studio and in the outings to towns and villages."
Pam May 2016
May, like September, is a great time of year to paint in Tuscany. The weather is warm but not too hot to sit outside and enjoy painting the wonderful surroundings. We recently held our Spring holiday in May, and we were joined by a fantastic group of painters, ranging from beginners to more experienced painters. The group included a lady who was celebrating her 90th birthday and was an inspiration to us all, as well as teaching us a thing or two in the studio!
As ever there are so many amazing places to explore and paint around the Arezzo area. One of the highlights of the week was sitting on the roof terrace of a beautiful museum in the centre of Arezzo and painting the panorama of historic buildings that spread before us, with the hills of Tuscany in the distance. These beautiful historic towns supply something for everyone: From close up details in water colours to panoramas in pen and ink. Of course one must not forget the great Italian pastime of ‘people watching’ whilst having a long leisurely lunch in the Piazza Grande. And then afterwards, a little more painting of the medieval buildings that lean on one another around the edge of the Piazza.
Along with our visit to Arezzo, there were also day trips to Monterchi to experience the Madonna Del Parto, Piero Della Francesca’s sublime masterpiece. There was also a visit to the wonderful Anghiari with its classic tiny Tuscan streets. Throughout the week, alongside working in watercolours and acrylics, we explored the concept of mixed media, combining watercolours with pen and ink and acrylics with oil pastels. This was not only great fun, it also achieved some really interesting pieces of art. Take a look at our gallery to see some of the work that we produced as well as the locations we worked from. Just click on this link and it will take you there: http://www.artsholidayitaly.com/gallery.html
WANT TO JOIN US IN SEPTEMBER?
We still have a few places left on our September painting week so if you would like to come and paint with us in a relaxed, beautiful location with a great group of people, than please just click on the contact page link and we will supply you with all the information you need: http://www.artsholidayitaly.com/contact-us.html
Art club Italia meets weekly to explore different materials and develop our painting and drawing skills. Over the last few weeks we have developed a series of observations of sea life and are now in the process of turning them in to paintings. I am not quite sure who is enjoying it more, Tubbo our cat who has acquired a penchant for octopus or us artists who have played around with different mixed media techniques to achieve an end result.
We at Arts Holiday Italy are really excited that this great exhibition is being hosted by Palazzo Strozzi in Florence.
Starting 19 March and running till 24 July 2016, Palazzo Strozzi is to host a major exhibition bringing to Florence over one hundred masterpieces of European and American art from the 1920s to the 1960s, in a narrative that reconstructs the relationship and the ties between the two sides of the Atlantic through the lives of two leading American collectors, Peggy and Solomon Guggenheim.
Curated by Luca Massimo Barbero, the exhibition – the result of a cooperative venture involving the Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation in New York – will be offering visitors a unique opportunity to compare and contrast the crucial work of European masters of modern art such as Marcel Duchamp, Max Ernst, Man Ray and Pablo Picasso and European masters of so-called Art Informel, or “Unformed Art,” such as Alberto Burri, Emilio Vedova, Jean Dubuffet, Lucio Fontana, with large paintings and sculptures by some of the most important personalities on the American art scene in the 1950s and 1960s such asJackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Willem de Kooning, Alexander Calder, Roy Lichtenstein and Cy Twombly.
Devoting an exhibition to the Guggenheim collections means telling the fast-paced story of the birth of the Neo-Avant-Garde movements after World War II in a tight and uninterrupted interplay between European and American artists. But producing such an exceptional exhibition in Florence also means celebrating a very special tie that goes back a long way, because it was precisely in the Palazzo Strozzi’s Strozzina undercroft that Peggy Guggenheim, who had only recently arrived in Europe, decided in February 1949 to show the collection that was later to find a permanent home in Venice.
The large paintings, sculptures, engravings and photographs on display at Palazzo Strozzi on loan from the Guggenheim collections in New York and Venice and from other leading international museums, paint a vast fresco of the extraordinarily heady season of 20th century art in which Peggy and Solomon Guggenheim played such a key role.
Full price €12.00
Concessions and groups €9.50 and €4.00
Advance sale charge per ticket (excluding schools) is €1.00
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Antonella Edwards (founder @ Arts Holiday Italy)
At Arts Holiday Italy we are passionate about teaching painting and drawing to beginners and intermediates as well as working with established artists who wish to come and be with other creatives painting in Italy Please feel free to comment. Thanks, Antonella.