Oil Painting in the Cinque Terre

DATES: 06/15/2019 - 06/22/2019
LOCATION: Cinque Terre
PRICE: $3,295
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Hilarie Lambert is captured by things – by the architectural allure of old movie theaters, by the way the morning light illuminates a bird’s wing or by the play of light and shadow on a fisherman’s face.”

“Ms. Lambert has developed a very recognizable style with her oils; part of this is in her approach to the application of paint on the canvas. The paint is laid down in what seem to be quick and loose, but strong brush strokes usually with a very generous amount of paint. This style gives the viewer a definite sense of the artist’s hand and vision at work in the finished piece. The range of mood and subject matter in her pieces is broad. Sometimes her pieces are done tongue in cheek with her sense of humor evident in the choice of titles and gestures in the figurative pieces; other times her paintings have a much more traditional and classic style while still rendering the pieces with her signature flair.” Moultrie News

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Although Lambert is known for her architectural paintings, she is equally skilled with the human form – two of her figurative pieces have been selected in major international shows so far this year. “While primarily a plein air painter, I love the figure. “A prolific painter, she captures her environment daily, painting in her studio in Charleston, SC, or en plein air depending on the weather.

Primarily self taught, and a former graphic designer, Ms. Lambert travels extensively in Italy and France, where she also teaches in the summers. She lives in Charleston, SC with her husband John.

Come join Hilarie for unique perspective on the Cinque Terre region of Italy.

The workshop, led by award- winning international painter, Hilarie Lambert, will take your outdoor painting skills to a new level. Her success in both studio and plein air painting has taken her to Europe, Argentina, and especially Italy to teach. Included in these classes are intimate lessons in composition, color mixing (painting with a limited palette), brushwork and more. Your questions in tackling architecture, atmosphere, and perspective, will all be addressed and worked on. Building your skills and confidence in painting outdoors is Hilarie’s primary goal.

All levels are welcome, but familiarity with oil paints and brushes is encouraged.
Supply list to be provided.

View from our hotel towards Monterosso

Working with Hilarie, immerse yourself in this special painting and cultural workshop in one of the most beautiful corners of Italy on the coast of the Mediterranean.  We won’t just rush through this inspirational land, we’ll settle in at our small hotel perched high above the crowds in Monterosso.  Throughout our week, Il Chiostro will be taking care of us, arranging for the ideal painting opportunities and steering us through this incredible physical and cultural landscape.

Don’t miss this amazing adventure and opportunity to take your paintings to a new level!  Limited to 10 students.


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

Setting up to paint in one of the towns, photo by Jen Kochevar

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 – 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.


Bellissima, by Hilarie Lambert

Price: $3,295 p/p based on double occupancy; (non-painters $2,995)
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 Hilarie
  • Train passes for exploring other towns
  • One boat trip
  • 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 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.

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