Mixed-Media and Monoprints in Monterosso (Italy)

DATES: 06/02/2018 - 06/09/2018
LOCATION: Cinque Terre
PRICE: $2895.00
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Nan Hass Feldman has been painting for more than 40 years. In that time she has had 49 solo exhibitions and has been included in over 50 group shows, and 28 museum exhibitions. She has work in private collections in five countries; in corporate collections such as Fidelity Investments, Meditech, and Veryfine Products; and in hospital collections, including Boston Children’s, Brigham and Womens, and the Mayo Clinic.“Animated. Energetic. Vibrant. Imaginative. And these words describe just the artist. Throw in colorful, joyful, funky, whimsical, and exuberant and you have a partial description of Nan Hass Feldman’s evocative paintings as well.”

For many years she has taught in the Boston area, including at the Worcester Art Museum, the DeCordova Museum, Danforth/Art, and Framingham State University, and, since 1999, she has also been leading painting retreats in France, Greece, Italy, and Mexico, and, recently, in the Mediterranean, Baltic, and Caribbean, for Oceania Cruises.

Nan’s paintings are bright, colorful, and buoyant, and they are likely to lift your spirits with their delightful colors, imaginative patterns, and lines that meander playfully across the composition. 

-Deborah Forman, Contemporary Artists of Cape Cod:  People and Places

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Nan is an optimistic, energetic person whose works are stylized yet recognizable, vibrantly colorful, intricate, playful, enlivening and upbeat.

Nan’s work reflects her love of art history and her direct response to, and interpretation of the culture, architecture, landscape, language, and food of each new trip and teaching experience.

No matter the location, Nan enjoys interpreting everything through her screen of selective seeing, playful detail, heightened color, and bits of fantasy.

In her own words:

For me, art is really about enhancing and interpreting reality to create a more positive and joyous world.

Come join me for a fun-filled creative week in the Cinque Terre region of Italy.

I will lead this art workshop focusing on painting using Gelli Plates and acrylics (though you could use oil paints) in order to create unique and multiple images.  Also, I will teach mixed-media resist artworks which bridges the gap between drawing and painting using oil pastels/oil sticks and watercolor.

Both techniques are practical for travel and carrying on our walking tours along the Cinque Terre towns.

The inn where we’ll stay is perched on a hill overlooking the sea and the town of Monterosso.  There is a large terrace there where we can work on and finish our paintings in full view of the sea.

Any other medium you want to work in is also fine with me as I use all mediums.  You can check my website: nanhassfeldman.com  and feel free to call me or write to me with art questions.


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

  • train pass to visit other towns
  • boat trip to Porto Venere to sketch, shop, have lunch or cappuccino in the cafes
  • free shuttle service from the hotel to the main town
  • pick up in Florence on the first day

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

Through the Arch into Camogli, by Nan Hass Feldman


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.

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.


Lily Pond in the Mountains by Nan Has Feldman

Price: $2,895 p/p based on double occupancy; (non-painters $2,595)
Optional Supplement: $475 for single room – limited availability

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 Nan
  • Train passes for exploring other towns
  • Boat trip to Porto Venere
  • 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.)

The Little Daring Bird, mixed media by Nan Hass Feldman

Does Not Include:

  • Airfare
  • Lunch
  • Art supplies
  • 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 April 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.

Rooster in the Kitchen, mixed media by Nan Hass Feldman

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