Experience the Joy of Creativity

DATES: 10/01/2020 - 10/08/2020
LOCATION: Cinque Terre
PRICE: $3,250.00 $3,150.00
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Elaine has been an artist since she was a small child, using the chalk from a broken wall to draw on the slate sidewalk in front of her home. Her long career has included illustrating an international children’s magazine and creating paintings that hang in public and private spaces across the US, including Joy Gardens in California, Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, and The Brentwood Library in Tennessee.

With her passion for teaching, Elaine has created an art curriculum for active senior centers, instructs community programs for adults, and runs art programs for kids.

I love to teach art and have been teaching classes, camps, and workshops for many years. I share what I know about many different media because I feel that an individual is drawn to specific ways to express their unique form of creativity.  I’ve been astounded to see some of the life changes that come about because of creative activity. The scientific studies that have been done about creativity prove what I see firsthand – that fulfilling the basic human drive to create actually changes the brain. I’ve seen students become more confident, have better communication skills, and have enhanced problem solving skills. Making art is therapeutic, so it’s a calming, centering activity. A lot of the folks who show up for my classes are looking at what’s next for their lives. I believe that creative activity is one of the best things they can do on that journey of discovery. The experience is what is important, not the end result of the work.  Elaine Allen


Elaine Allen is the teacher I have been looking to find for years.  I have taken several classes over the years but with Elaine I feel a real sense of accomplishment and growth in my art.  I would usually throw away the pieces I made in classes. But with Elaine’s classes I have finished works I am proud of.  She has a knack for really inspiring her students to create.  I would recommend any class you can take with Elaine. She has impressed me in a variety of mediums.  She has even helped me impress myself!  Thank you, Ms. Allen. Please keep doing what you do.  –Vickie Frazier

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Elaine was able to take me from a person sitting before a blank canvas to a woman who saw herself as an artist! I created a beautiful seascape that gives me such a feeling of pride.  Thank you, Elaine for bringing out such talent in me – yes, me!  I still can’t believe it! –Jane Meade

Your inherent creativity is humming and stirring quietly in its deep reserve . . . if you’re alive, you’re a creative person. You and I and everyone you know are descended from tens of thousands of years of makers. Decorators, tinkerers, storytellers, dancers, explorers, fiddlers, drummers, builders, growers, problem-solvers and embellishers – these are our common ancestors.  –From Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

Italy’s area of the Cinque Terre has inspired creativity for centuries with its gorgeous vistas and quaint towns.

Monterosso from above

The Cinque Terre is where we’ll collect daily delights and moments to savor! We’ll immerse ourselves in the centuries-old charm of these seaside villages along the rugged Italian Riviera coastline, where colorful houses and vineyards cling to steep terraces above the Mediterranean.

Our small hotel offers an oasis of relaxation completely surrounded by greenery and silence, with gardens to paint and sweeping sea vistas. The hotel is all ours for the week, with our own private terrace and garden for our studio.

Our class time will focus on loose sketches and watercolor painting, where I’ll encourage each student to capture their impressions of being in this visually stunning location. You’ll work in a book of watercolor paper to produce a personal journal of your experience, and each student will return with a beautiful, personal painted record of their time in the colorful Cinque Terre!

Lemon Sherbet by Elaine Allen

This class is not just for artists – it is for anyone who is open to exploring their own creativity. We’ll be Art-Making with a great-big-heaping-serving of PLAY! I want to have fun with this, and I’m sure you do, too.

So how will you fill your personal journal? Part of our class will include simple drawing lessons. We’ll be making sketches, and you’ll learn through active practice how a few well-placed lines can define a scene.

Also, we’ll be painting with watercolor, and you’ll learn how to use a limited palette to achieve a full range of color.

We’ll be writing, because words can capture the sounds, the scents, and your feelings.

Marsh Mountain by Elaine Allen

“An artist learns that creating is play, and in playing there is no failing. It is simply learning to play better through trial and error. There is also a release of creativity as you relax and learn to play without trying to impress someone else. Play helps lift you out of yourself”  ~Dorsey McHugh

I can’t wait to stroll the seaside promenade with you! I want to tour at least one castle, and my heart beats a little faster when I imagine gazing out at the cobalt blue sea with the breeze blowing through my hair. Enjoying the food is high on the list, too! The area is famous for pesto, but there will also be gelato, and Italian pastry, and pizza, and of course fresh, bright wines.

The days will fly by, and we’ll form new friendships as we revel in all that beautiful Cinque Terre has to offer. Come and join me!


Additional Activities: Our daily painting will be combined with other adventures such as:

  • train pass to visit other towns (Vernazza, Riomaggiore, Manarola and Corniglia)
  • boat trip to sketch or photograph from the sea
  • free shuttle service from the hotel to the main town
  • pick up in Florence on the first day

The Cinque Terre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a rugged portion of coast on the Italian Riviera. “The Five Lands” comprises five villages: Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore. Paths, trains and boats connect the villages, and cars cannot reach them from the outside. For more about the Cinque Terre, the Lonely Planet gives a nice description with photos:  http://www.lonelyplanet.com/italy/cinque-terre

View from our hotel, La Cabana

The Food – We will have 5 dinners organized together at local restaurants and trattorie.  We’ll sample the pastas, seafood and specialties of the area.  Wine is included in all meals.  Lunches and 2 dinners will be independent for you to explore the local cuisine on your own.

Watercolor by Elaine

Given its location on the Mediterranean, seafood is plentiful in the local cuisine. Anchovies of Monterosso are a local specialty designated with a Protected Designation of Origin status from the European Union. The mountainsides of the Cinque Terre are heavily terraced and are used to cultivate grapes and olives. This area, and the region of Liguria, as a whole, is known for pesto — a sauce made from basil leaves, garlic, salt, olive oil, pine nuts and pecorino cheese. Focaccia is a particularly common locally baked bread product. Farinata is also a typical snack found in bakeries and pizzerias — essentially it is a savoury and crunchy pancake made from a base of chick-pea flour.


Price: $3,250* p/p based on double occupancy; (non-painters $2,950)

Optional Supplements:

  • $475 for single room – limited availability
  • $250 p/p for suite with Jacuzzi and terrace

* Early Bird Discount – $100 discount if registered by March 15, 2020

Elaine painting on location

Includes:

  • Shared double room in Hotel La Cabana in Monterosso (singles available for a supplement)
  • Daily traditional breakfast
  • 5 dinners with wine
  • Daily painting classes and critiques with Elaine
  • Train passes for exploring other towns
  • One boat trip on the Mediterranean
  • Pick up from Florence train station on arrival day (on the departure day we do not return the group to Florence, as many people will want to go off in other directions.  There is a convenient train station in the center of Monterosso that connects with every major line in Italy.)

Does Not Include:

  • Airfare
  • Lunch
  • Art supplies
  • Independent meals and additional sight-seeing

To Register:  just click on the Sign Up Now button.  A non-refundable deposit of $500 is required to secure your spot in the workshop.  Payment can be made on line with a credit card, or you can follow the instructions to send in your registration and payment by mail.  Once we receive your deposit we will send you a formal Registration Confirmation with further information about the program.  You will receive 2-3 other correspondences by email prior to the workshop with information about Italy, a supplies list and an electronic invoice for the balance.  Final Balance is due by August 15th.  Any time prior to your arrival, if you have questions about anything regarding the trip or the program, you can contact us by email or phone and we’ll be happy to assist you.

Contact us for more information:  info@ilchiostro.com or speak to us live at 800-990-3506.

Cabana-5 TerreOur small hotel La Cabana sits on a small hill that divides the historic center of Monterosso from the new part, Fegina.  It is a typical Ligurian farmhouse that has belonged to one family for generations. The vines and the olive trees that they have cultivated form the backdrop to the rooms that have been recently refurbished with the utmost respect for the environment and the traditions of the Cinque Terre, but without forgetting modern comforts.

Cabana roomThe 9 rooms are furnished with antiques, parquet floors, curtains, and finishes intended to frame the unparalleled panoramic view of the Mediterranean Sea. It is an oasis of relaxation completely surrounded by greenery and silence with wonderful vistas and gardens to paint.  Our group will take over the entire hotel for the week.

To get down to Monterosso you can take advantage of their free shuttle service or, if you are up for it,  walking down is not difficult and takes less than ten minutes. It’s a nice walk down that offers beautiful panoramic views. On the descent, you will pass the ancient 11th century castle (today houses the cemetery of the village) and wind through olive trees until you reach the historical center of town. Coming back up, the shuttle might be a good idea!

For more information, visit their web site:  http://www.lacabanacinqueterre.com/en/index.php

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Breakfast room

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Reception

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Entrance to La Cabana

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Garden overlooking the town

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The terrace

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View from the terrace

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La Cabana shuttle

The Cinque Terre are in the section of Italy known as Liguria on the western coast.  The main city of Liguria is Genova.  These 5 towns were traditional fishing villages, cut off from the mainland by a steep range of mountains.  For centuries they were only accessible by the sea.

For our program, we will meet the group in Florence on the first day.  From there a private bus will take the group to our hotel in Monterosso-al-Mare.

To visit the town from our hotel there is a regular shuttle bus.  The towns are small with narrow roads, so the shuttle will leave us off in the newer section, then we will walk through a short tunnel to the historic center of town where most of the shops and restaurants are located.

To go between towns (Vernazza, Manarola, Corniglia or Rio Maggiore) there are local trains connecting all of them.

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5 Terre fishing boat, photo by Andy Holtzman

The Cinque Terre – is a rugged portion of coast on the Italian Riviera. “The Five Lands” comprises five villages: Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore. Paths, trains and boats connect the villages, and cars cannot reach them from the outside.

For more about the Cinque Terre, the Lonely Planet gives a nice description with photos: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/italy/cinque-terre

The Food:  Given its location on the Mediterranean, seafood is plentiful in the local cuisine. Anchovies of Monterosso are a local specialty designated with a Protected Designation of Origin status from the European Union. The mountainsides of the Cinque Terre are heavily terraced and are used to cultivate grapes and olives. This area, and the region of Liguria, as a whole, is known for pesto — a sauce made from basil leaves, garlic, salt, olive oil, pine nuts and pecorino cheese. Focaccia is a particularly common locally baked bread product. Farinata is also a typical snack found in bakeries and pizzerias — essentially it is a savoury and crunchy pancake made from a base of chick-pea flour. Epic porcini mushrooms are presented in a wooden box for you to chose for grilling with olive oil and garlic.

AHoltzman-photo 2  AHoltzman-Seaside Restaurant