Paint the Cinque Terre

DATES: 06/27/2020 - 07/04/2020
LOCATION: Cinque Terre
PRICE: $4,500.00
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTORS:
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(Richard Robinson)


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(Scott Hamill)
Richard Robinson
Scott Hamill

Originally a graphic designer, Richard Robinson started painting full time in 2001. He is well known in New Zealand for his landscape paintings with much of his work residing now in private and corporate collections worldwide. More recently Richard has become a popular teacher through his instructional videos sold primarily through his teaching website https://mypaintintclub.com

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Richard has been featured in several international arts magazines and in 2012 was the opening speaker for the worlds largest plein air painting convention held in America. He travels the world teaching and painting. Richard is married with two children, now residing in New Zealand.

Scott Hamill feels fortunate to have found an outlet for his artistic expression in the plein air tradition.  As a native Californian Scott has lived most of his life in and around the ocean and mountains of this beautiful state. He has developed a strong connection to the water and land while surfing along the Pacific coast and fishing, backpacking and canoeing in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.. Scott’s goal is to share this connection with those who view his art.

In his plein air paintings Scott hopes to capture the mood or essence of a place and allow the viewer to experience the beauty of our natural world. He uses a limited palette of colors in oils, which helps harmonize the painting as well as adding the challenge of mixing all other colors from these few.  Scott’s painting gear fits into a backpack, which allows him the freedom to get off the beaten path while scouting for locations to capture on canvas. 
Scott’s paintings have been juried into exhibitions and shows throughout the country.  He is honored to have his work in private collections throughout the U.S. and abroad including decorating the Lodge at Pebble Beach and their newly built Fairway One project.
Scott also enjoys sharing his painting experience and techniques and teaches several plein air painting workshops throughout the year. Scott was inspired to begin painting by New Zealand painter John Crump and has studied with John extensively. Scott lives near Santa Cruz, California with his wife and two children.

Join Richard Robinson and Scott Hamill on this once-in-a-lifetime plein air workshop adventure!

We will be painting at a variety of locations near the 5 villages along the coast that make up the Cinque Terre, which is comprised of  Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore. This is quite literally a painter’s paradise! Richard and Scott will offer 2 concurrent painting sessions throughout this fabulous program.  The instructors will help you to improve your plein air paintings with a focus on simplifying the scene and creating a strong design with value structure. Other topics of instruction will include color mixing strategies, brushwork, edge control and improving your outdoor painting efficiency.  There is no required skill level, so everyone from absolute beginner to advanced painters are all welcome!

Mediterranean Harbour by Richard Robinson

Daily Schedule
The first day is arrival day. Just get here, relax and enjoy. The workshop plan is liable to change due to weather so we’re keeping it flexible and will update everyone daily. We’ll try to paint in the morning to get the best light and avoid the crowds and heat and leave you with the afternoon to unwind and explore. There will be a rest day after 3 days of painting, followed by two more days painting. It’s entirely up to you how much you paint. You might just enjoy watching our demo’s and then take a swim or a wander around a village taking photos. We’ll be sure to visit a few different villages by shuttle, train or boat.

 

Travel
You may travel to Florence anyway you like; our bus will be waiting to take you to our accommodation in Monterosso (or get to Monterosso your own way). Then, relax! From there it’s a 20 minute walk down the hill to the beach, but we will have a shuttle available to take us down and back, or to the other villages.  We can use the train or boat as well, and those tickets are included.

What to Bring
Please bring your own art supplies.  Richard and Scott will demo in either acrylics or gouache. The brand of paint is not really important so long as they are artist grade paints. You get what you pay for.


List of Supplies:

Last Light in the Hidden Valley in progress by Richard Robinson

•At least 6 painting panels ranging in size from 8×10″ to 12×16″

•Wet panel carrier (www.raymarart.com)
•Long flat bristle or synthetic brushes No. 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12
•Liner brush No. 0
•Palette
•Palette knife
•Pencil
•Black Tombow Dual Brush Pen
•Painting medium – gloss medium varnish for acrylics
•Paper towels or tissues (for cleaning palette knife and drying brushes)
•Pen and pad (if you would like to take notes during demonstration)
•Several plastic bags for holding dirty tissues
•Lightweight painting umbrella (optional)

•Sunscreen
•Insect repellent
•Hat
•Long sleeved painting top
•An apron if you’re a messy painter
•Water bottle

 

Sunset Dunes by Richard Robinson

Richard’s Colors
•Titanium White
•Cadmium Yellow Light or Lemon Yellow
•Cadmium Orange
•Alizarin Crimson
•Cadmium Red (or Scarlet)
•Ultramarine Blue
•Phthalo Blue
•Yellow Ochre
•Burnt Sienna

 

Harbour Light by Scott Hamill

Scott’s Colors
•Titanium white
•Cad lemon
•Cad lemon pale
•Gold ochre
•Cad red medium
•Permanent rose
•Ultramarine blue
•Phthalo blue

 


Flying with Paints

Print out the Safety Data Sheet for Airline Luggage Inspectors: Click here.  Include this printout in your checked in luggage with your art gear.  Do NOT carry any of your painting gear in your carry on luggage.  You cannot carry turps or any other solvents on an airplane, even in checked in luggage.  Turp will be supplied for you.


View from our hotel towards Monterosso

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 – 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.


Price: $4500 p/p based on double occupancy
Optional Supplement: $475 for single room (limited availability) or $250 p/p for a suite with jacuzzi (only 1 available)

One and a Half Pears by Scott Hamill

Includes:

  • Shared double room in Hotel La Cabana in Monterosso (singles/suite available for a supplement)
  • Daily traditional breakfast
  • 5 dinners with wine
  • 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.

AHoltzman-Boat

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