September 24 – October 1, 2017
Join us as we take you to the most important sites of Venice and share our love of discovering the hidden gems beyond the tourist centers. Around every corner is a picturesque moment to capture with paint and paper or your camera. We will also visit the markets of the city and world-class museums and churches for inspiration.
Every morning will be spent painting together at different locations throughout the city. Afternoon sessions will be reserved for excursions, free time to explore, or more painting: if you wish. With many years of experience teaching to all levels, we are happy to cater to your individual needs—teaching the absolute basics of water-based painting to guiding the more experienced painter towards a more personal expression.
Water, light, and the enchanting atmosphere of the sea will inform our subject matter in the same way it has for generations of artists that have come before us. Just as Turner was drawn to the mist of the sunrise and Sargent to the elegant bridges, you will learn to create your own impressions of the irresistible magic of Venice. Relive Boston’s own Isabella Stewart Gardner’s stop on the Grand Tour.
Visits will include sites such as the famous San Marco and Santa Maria della Salute where, away from the bustle of Venice’s center, are some of the best views of the city. We will also take in famous paintings by Tiepolo, Tintoretto, Titian, Bellini, and Giorgione housed at the Academia, attesting to the rich history of Venetian painting and its influence on the history of art.
As part of the workshop, we will spend a morning visiting the Rialto bridge and market to paint, to experience the local fare, and use our meals for painting ideas. After choosing ingredients, we will give you a personal cooking experience of several regional dishes in the afternoon and discuss how color influences both cooking and the process of using art materials. The day will conclude with a delicious communal dinner.
Did you know: that traditional sepia ink for drawing comes from the cuttlefish—a relative of the squid, and that the Venetian dish, Risotto al Nero di Seppia, uses squid ink for it’s exotic black color?
No trip to Venice would be complete without a boat trip to the islands of Murano and Torcello for a tour of the world-famous glassmaking factories. In addition to lunch, you will have plenty of time to visit, paint, and shop!
ACTIVITIES and ADVENTURES
In addition to painting daily, our workshop will include:
- Personal instruction and feedback
- Cooking lesson with workshop artists centered around regional cuisine and art-making
- Visit to morning fish market and sunrise painting session
- Visit to Murano and Torcello islands
- Optional visits to Modern and contemporary art sites
- studio visit with local artist and alternative photography demo
The week will be spent in the historic Dorsoduro that is known as the cultural and arts area of Venice. Daily breakfast will be at the historic and elegant Hotel Pausania, an ancient palazzo from the 14th c, which has been restored with all the modern conveniences.
A welcome and farewell dinner as well as the communal dinner following a personal cooking lesson will be provided under the workshop cost.
Other meals will be available at local restaurants featuring regional cuisine. You may choose to explore the city to find a new restaurant each night or we can assist you in setting up an optional meal plan at a nearby restaurant.
*an optional meal plan is available for €140 (approx $220) which includes 4 dinners including wine (standard 1/4 liter)
$2850 per person
- 7 nights elegant accommodations
- art instruction and daily excursions
- welcome and farewell dinners
- breakfast daily
- specialized cooking session with workshop artists
- Murano/Torcello Island tour
- Daily ground transportation
Price does not include:
- Independent meals and sightseeing
- Museum entry fees
- Workshop materials
- Airport and hotel transfers **We can assist with arrangements.
Click on the Sign Up Now button below. A $515 non-refundable deposit is required to hold your spot in the workshop. Payment can be made online through Paypal, or by sending in your deposit and registration by mail. Once we receive your deposit you will receive a formal confirmation with further information about the program. You will receive several correspondences by email prior to the workshop with information about Italy, a supply list, and an invoice for the balance. The final balance is due by August 25th. We are happy to answer any questions about the workshop before. Just call or email us!
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William Pettit and Candice Smith Corby have collaborated and organized several art and art history travel workshops including a recent fresco painting workshop with students from Stonehill College. Wiliam Pettit teaches art John Cabot University in Rome and Candice Smith Corby is the Gallery Director and teaches art at Stonehill College in Easton, MA. They are currently collaborating on a cookbook that combines recipes of the studio and the kitchen.