Fearless Watercolor

DATES: 10/12/2019 - 10/19/2019
LOCATION: Tuscany, San Fedele
PRICE: $2,895.00
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR:
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Jan is a fine artist who is passionate about watercolors!  She is masterful in capturing the essence and beauty in diverse subjects such as flowers, landscapes, still life vignettes, people, and animals.
Jan is an instructor at the Art League of Long Island, The Artists Studio at Chelsea Mansion, holds her own Plein Air classes all over Long Island during the warm months, and performs demos in front of a wide variety of artists at locations such as the Suburban Art League, The National Art League, the Manhasset Art League, and the North Shore Artists Guild.

Ms. Guarino’s work can be seen in Creations Magazine on each issue’s Poetry Page and occasionally
on the cover. Her works have been collected by a wide range of corporate establishments, individual collectors, and commissioned by numerous organizations to fuel their fundraising efforts.

Cala Lilys by Jan Guarino

Jan’s creative talent has also fueled the success of her own graphics design firm, Guarino Graphics & Fine Arts, for over 40 years (www.Guarino.graphics). Known as the “Logo Goddess”, Jan has won numerous local, regional, and national awards for her creative development in corporate identity programs and communication materials for sales and marketing.  In addition, Jan has traveled to Europe on several painting trips and now organizes her own painting excursions.

Jan is a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology with an Associates in Applied Science degree, graduating with high honors.

Jan is a fine artist who is passionate about watercolors!  She is masterful in capturing the essence and beauty in diverse subjects such as flowers, landscapes, still life vignettes, people, and animals.
Jan is an instructor at the Art League of Long Island, The Artists Studio at Chelsea Mansion, holds her own Plein Air classes all over Long Island during the warm months, and performs demos in front of a wide variety of artists at locations such as the Suburban Art League, The National Art League, the Manhasset Art League, and the North Shore Artists Guild.

Ms. Guarino’s work can be seen in Creations Magazine on each issue’s Poetry Page and occasionally
on the cover. Her works have been collected by a wide range of corporate establishments, individual collectors, and commissioned by numerous organizations to fuel their fundraising efforts.

Cala Lilys by Jan Guarino

Jan’s creative talent has also fueled the success of her own graphics design firm, Guarino Graphics & Fine Arts, for over 40 years (www.Guarino.graphics). Known as the “Logo Goddess”, Jan has won numerous local, regional, and national awards for her creative development in corporate identity programs and communication materials for sales and marketing.  In addition, Jan has traveled to Europe on several painting trips and now organizes her own painting excursions.

Jan is a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology with an Associates in Applied Science degree, graduating with high honors.

Eat your way through the cuisine, paint what is all around you, experience excursions, and enjoy free time to explore it all!

Cafe with Shopper by Jan Guarino

 

Join us as Jan instructs and paints within the Tuscan landscape!  We will guide attendees through fabulous excursions to local towns to paint (see suggestions below), eat and visit markets, taste Chianti wine, shop, all with plenty of time to paint at the villa each morning and during every excursion.

You may paint in a travel journal, on sheets or blocks – bring all your easy watercolor supplies and be prepared to create with the guidance of accomplished painter Jan Guarino!

 

Scottish Church by Jan Guarino

 

 

Proposed schedule is as follows:

  • Saturday – Arrival from Florence Airport for orientation and dinner
  • Sunday – Morning paint, afternoon open to explore and settle in
  • Monday – visit to Radda with architectural and landscape painting in the morning or afternoon, then independent lunch there
  • Tuesday – Poggibonsi Market, Monteriggioni picnic lunch and sketch book session
  • Wednesday – Paint in nearby Vagliagli and lunch
  • Thursday – Siena in the afternoon and dinner at San Fedele
  • Friday – Paint, lunch, wine tasting tour at the stunning Dievole Winery
  • Saturday – Departure OR optional Florence add on!

Florence:

  • 3 nights at a quiet hotel in central Florence
  • 1 dinner together with the group
  • transfer from San Fedele to the hotel
  • independent transfer to airport or train station on day of departure

Hydrangea Blooms by Jan Guarino


Who should consider spending a week with us in Tuscany?

Grape on the Vine by Jan Guarino

  • Come if you like to paint beautiful scenery with other artists
  • Come if you like food and eating authentic farm-to-table fare, as farm-to-table is nothing new here – Tuscan chefs have always cooked this way! Dinners will always be eaten as a group and lunch will give you the opportunity to seek out local favorites wherever we are.  Our daily breakfast is lovingly prepared by our hostess and the co-owner of San Fedele, Renata. She bakes wonderful Tuscan goodies and makes a fabulous breakfast for us to enjoy daily.
  • Come if you enjoy wine! This region of Chianti is famous for their wines (including the Super Tuscans). Our wine is included with our meals every evening. It’s delicious and preservative free. We will also be touring a couple of lovely local wineries. Their wine, their food and their ambiance are all worth seeing.
“Traveling with Jan Guarino has become a highlight in both art and sightseeing for me . She is able to provide a beautiful balance of sightseeing  and Plein air painting. She has a special knack of finding inspiring places to paint and shows her students how to bring these  visual spots to simple shapes and compositions for a painting. I would travel anywhere with her” — Vickie F.

 

Stained Glass Light, watercolor by Jan Guarino

General Activities:

In addition to the activities of the workshop, we will also see and explore this area of Tuscany with various excursions:

  • Chianti winery tour and tasting
  • Escorted visits to hill towns like Radda, Castellina, Monteriggioni, etc.
  • A day in medieval Siena to sketch, take photos, explore and shop
  • Visit to an open air market
  • Optional dinner at a local enoteca (wine bar)
  • Every moment will not be scheduled!!

After excursions or painting on location, we’ll return each evening to relax in our 1,000 year old monastery to enjoy the surroundings, have a glass of wine and an informal critique of the day’s work. Then we will move to the dining room (the authentic refectory where the monks used to assemble) to enjoy our local chef’s authentic, home-made Tuscan meal, recapping the day’s adventure with good company.

“Painting and traveling with artist, Jan Guarino, is fabulous! Her exuberance is apparent in her art and her personality! I have attended 4 trips with Jan; to a villa on the Amalfi Coast; hotels in Sante Fe, New Mexico and Dubrovnik, Croatia; a river boat cruise in the South of France. All interesting, well planned and luxurious! I’m certain Tuscany will be the same!!!” — Mindy A.

Price:

  • Sketchbook sample by Jan

    $2,985* p/p, $2,685 non-painting participants

  • $550 single room supplement ($700 if include Florence)
  • $250 p/p Jr. Suite supplement (Tuscany only)
  • Optional add on – 3 days in Florence Oct 19 – 22 $550
  • * $100 discount if registered by April 1, 2019

Includes:

  • Shared double room in restored monastery
  • Daily traditional breakfast and dinner, including wine
  • Daily painting classes and critiques
  • Excursion to Siena
  • ½ day painting excursions to nearby plein air settings and hilltowns (Monteriggioni, Radda, Volpaia…)
  • Pick up from Florence train station at 3:30pm on arrival Saturday
  • Transfer to Florence on final day

Does Not Include:

  • Airfare
  • Lunch (lite lunch will be available for purchase at San Fedele on days we are not out on excursion)
  • Art Supplies
  • Gratuities (about 25-40 euros per guest suggested to cover the whole staff)
  • Independent meals and 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.

Borgo San Fedele

— San Fedele is a restored 12th century monastery floating in the Chianti hills —

©Lester Lefkowitz 7003-001Il Chiostro at San Fedele is the combined skills of Linda and Michael of Il Chiostro joining together with Nicolo and Renata of San Fedele to produce a unique and inspiring environment rooted in the traditional Tuscan values of beauty, great food, an appreciation for nature and the value of community.  The monastery, dating back to the 12th century, was meticulously restored using traditional building methods and all original materials. Today, the monastery remains true to its original spirit, rich architectural detail. The 16 rooms and suites where participants are housed have lovely modern bathrooms, screened windows, air conditioning, period furniture, wi-fi internet service, satellite television and minibar, all designed to perfectly compliment the medieval surroundings.

The original soaring chapel is now used as a large art studio or workshop space. The monks’ refectory, where a lost 16th century fresco was uncovered during renovation, is now the dining room connected to a state-of-the-art kitchen and the old stone cantinas where they stored their wine have been transformed into studio and classroom space.

For information about the history of this monastery, Click here to go to San Fedele’s web site…

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Rather than  hotel, San Fedele is classified as a historic residence in Italy.  That means that it is an intimate setting, preserved along strict historical guidelines to preserve the spirit of the setting.  The owners are on site to oversee this unique combination of historic landmark and modern day comfort.

Accommodations are spacious shared double rooms or junior suites. Each room, because it was converted from the original structure of the monastery without altering the building, is unique in shape. Furnishings and decor were selected to coordinate with the historic, subdued feeling of the monastery, but in a comfortable, modern style. All rooms have two beds that can be separated into twins or combined into one large matrimonial. There is a sitting area, refrigerator, DSL wi-fi, television, air-conditioning, heating, modern private bathroom with shower and hair dryers.

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There are a limited number of single rooms available at a supplement of $550.

2 Jr. Suites for a minimum of 2 people are available for a supplement of $250 per person.

Night shot piazza©Lester Lefkowitz 7003-010© Lester Lefkowitz 7184-022Archway from rose garden and breakfast buffet in the refectory (photos by Lester Lefkowitz)

Terrace-MJossThe back of San Fedele is surrounded by a large al fresco dining terrace with the original terra cotta tile designs reproduced down to the smallest details. The terrace overlooks the same organic vegetable and flower garden tended by the monks for centuries. Beyond are the rolling Chianti vineyards that make this part of Tuscany so breathtaking.

Other common spaces include a large classroom carved into the rock of the ancient wine cellar, an expansive private piazza, a 16 x 7 meter swimming pool and sprawling landscaped grounds on a rolling hillside.

To San Fedele-LMFlorence will be our meeting point on the first day of the workshop. A van will pick up the group at the train station at about 3:30 pm on Saturday afternoon.

We recommend that you fly into either Florence, Pisa or Rome (Milan is a bit too far away). Florence is closer but it doesn`t have an intercontinental airport, so there are no direct flights from the US. You would have to change planes in a larger European city. From the Florence airport you must take a shuttle bus (Volainbus) into the center (20 minutes).

There are more scheduled flights from the US to Rome, many of them direct. From Rome, you will need to take a train to Florence (about 2 1/2 hours).
Important! In making your return flight arrangements, if you are flying home on Saturday after the workshop, try not to book a flight too early. From our location allow 1 ½ hours to get to the Florence airport or 3 ½ hours to get to the Rome airport.

For suggestions about getting to Rome or Florence, accommodations or other logistics, please consult ourTraveling to Italy link. Renting a car from all the major rental agencies is possible if you prefer to be more independent during the week.

Fall vineyards

Fall vineyards

 

Borgo San Fedele sits conveniently on a country road connecting the charming medieval walled town of Radda and the village of Vagliagli. Other nearby hilltowns include Castellina-in-Chianti, Monteriggioni and Volpaia. It is about 45 minutes from San Gimignano and Volterra. Many of these towns have roots in the earlier Etruscan civilization that permeated this area prior to the Romans.

San Fedele is located about 12 km northeast of Siena and 45 km south of Florence.

The Food

For us at Il Chiostro, helping our guests to experience the traditional food in one of the earth`s richest, most sensual areas is our pleasure. The Chianti region of Tuscany is Italy’s famous wine and olive oil producing region. Here we want to expose you to the wonders of simple Italian cooking known in the area as cucina povera. Our chef is a Tuscan native who uses recipes from her mother and grandmother to bring the tradition of not only Tuscany, but specifically the Chianti region, to the table each evening.  We use seasonal, organic products, locally produced by small farms and family shops. Our chef searches for the best of Tuscany to serve you. Tuscan cuisine is a simple art that has been refined over the centuries to surprise our palates while the red chianti wine comforts our souls. Come explore what food can really be all about.

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About Your Il Chiostro Hosts
Linda and Michael, and their program managers will host your program in Tuscany. They have been organizing workshops in Italy since 1995 and each person brings a special talent to the program. You can read more about them by following the About Il Chiostro link. At the Tuscan Renaissance Center, the owners of San Fedele, Nicolo and Renata, live on site. They will be available throughout the program to talk about the history of the monastery, the renovation and this area of Tuscany they call home.

In addition to your workshop
Optional activities offered with this program will focus on the cultural, gastronomic, historical and artistic heritage of Tuscany. This area has been an inspiration to countless people for centuries. What Tuscany offers its visitors is truly astounding:

Bell tower-smallArt – San Fedele is located conveniently between the cities of Medieval Siena and Renaissance Florence packed with some of the most famous masterpieces in the world.

Wine -You are in the heart of the Chianti region, synonomous with the most famous wine that Italy produces. But the innovative Tuscan vintners are also producing Super Tuscans, red varietals that are quickly ascending the ranks of world-class wine.

History – this area was settled by the Etruscans centuries before the Romans were a civilized society. Their necropoli dot the fields throughout the area. Nearby towns like Radda, Vagliagli and Castellina date from the early Middle Ages. Florence was the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance. San Fedele witnessed most of this from its panoramic perch atop the hillside.

Foodcucina povera is the typical Tuscan cuisine that has become popular around the world. The recipes are simple, emphasizing local and seasonal products: porcini mushrooms, salumi, legumes, vegetables, pasta, bread and game meats. Visiting an outdoor food market, you will understand the wisdom of this very healthy cuisine.

Crafts – perhaps the harmony of the landscape has been the inspiration for many local craftsmen. Exquisite hand-painted ceramics are the prime example, closely followed by mosaics, leather, woodworking, and textiles.