Painting in Lake Garda

DATES: 09/24/2020 - 10/01/2020
LOCATION: Lake Garda
PRICE: $2,895.00
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Bonny Lundy is a modern impressionist whose watercolors evoke emotional experiences.

Bonny’s watercolor landscapes, still life, florals, figures, and abstracts represent her attraction to shapes and colors. Her deep connection with the natural world is conveyed through atmosphere, movement, contrast and color energy. She interprets sunlight on water and snow, through leaves, wings, and petals, painting rocks, rivers and streams. Lundy also enjoys the spontaneity of street sketching with ink and color washes.

Bonny has been an artist since the beginning. She studied fine art and ceramics at Goddard College, then earned a BFA in painting from Lake Erie College in 1980. Bonny currently exhibits in juried group shows, at The Artists Gallery (TAG), with Countryside Artisans Tour, at Glen Echo Gallery, and at her Maryland studio. She enjoys painting in many locations such as the Shenandoahs, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. Lundy organizes and leads plein air painting workshops to Honduras, Costa Rica, Italy, France, Sedona, Santa Fe, Taos, Lewes, and the Shenandoah Mountains. Her award-winning artwork is included in numerous private and public collections,including Sandy Spring Museum, the National Park Service, US Council on Aging, and Geico.

Bonny  has been a drawing and watercolor instructor for thirty-five years at Glen Echo National Park and the Yellow Barn Studio in Bethesda, Maryland. Other teaching venues have included Smithsonian Associates, Frederick Community College, the Delaplaine Art Center, and Artists and Makers Studios. A juror, she offers popular art talks, demonstrations and critiques for art organizations in the Washington DC area.

Bonny Lundy is a modern impressionist whose watercolors evoke emotional experiences.

Bonny’s watercolor landscapes, still life, florals, figures, and abstracts represent her attraction to shapes and colors. Her deep connection with the natural world is conveyed through atmosphere, movement, contrast and color energy. She interprets sunlight on water and snow, through leaves, wings, and petals, painting rocks, rivers and streams. Lundy also enjoys the spontaneity of street sketching with ink and color washes.

Bonny has been an artist since the beginning. She studied fine art and ceramics at Goddard College, then earned a BFA in painting from Lake Erie College in 1980. Bonny currently exhibits in juried group shows, at The Artists Gallery (TAG), with Countryside Artisans Tour, at Glen Echo Gallery, and at her Maryland studio. She enjoys painting in many locations such as the Shenandoahs, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. Lundy organizes and leads plein air painting workshops to Honduras, Costa Rica, Italy, France, Sedona, Santa Fe, Taos, Lewes, and the Shenandoah Mountains. Her award-winning artwork is included in numerous private and public collections,including Sandy Spring Museum, the National Park Service, US Council on Aging, and Geico.

Bonny  has been a drawing and watercolor instructor for thirty-five years at Glen Echo National Park and the Yellow Barn Studio in Bethesda, Maryland. Other teaching venues have included Smithsonian Associates, Frederick Community College, the Delaplaine Art Center, and Artists and Makers Studios. A juror, she offers popular art talks, demonstrations and critiques for art organizations in the Washington DC area.

Sketch and Paint in the gardens and along the shores of Lake Garda

This workshop will be a week of drawing and painting scenes on site along the shores of Lake Garda, Italy along with quick street and garden sketching. Bonny Lundy will demonstrate watercolor techniques, brush use, washes, lights and darks, as well as color mixing for water, sky, trees, flowers and more. We will learn to select a subject location that speaks to you and how to simplify. Creating strong composition and perspective will be presented as we draw architecture, boats on the lake and enjoy the Northern Italian landscape with the foothills of the Dolomites as background.

With individual instruction and guidance, you will be encouraged to develop your personal style. Most days will include friendly group critique in late afternoon. In case of inclement weather, we will meet indoors to paint still life and people or to continue other artwork from references.

The fair city of Verona

We begin our week by meeting on Thursday, September 24th, in the famed, romantic city of Verona, home to the tale of Romeo and Juliet. We will meet the group at an orientation, then enjoy a welcome dinner together.  We’ll spend our first evening in a classic hotel in the center of Verona.  The next day, after more exploring museums and perhaps some shopping along the main artery (paved in pink marble!) and an independent lunch, we’ll board our private coach for the tranquil scenery of Lake Garda. In the charming village of Villa di Gargnano we’ll check into our home for the next 6 nights – Hotel Gardenia al Lago.

Water vista, Bonny Lundy

A typical day will include early breakfast at our hotel from 8:00- 8:30 so that we can start out painting by 9:00 am. Bonny will guide you with demos and then you will select your painting spot. Lunch will be on your own at local cafes in one of the villages where we paint. We will continue to paint a few hours during the afternoon or visit local sites or gardens.

Group dinners with local wine will finish off our adventurous days nicely.

This trip is open to artists who paint in all mediums. Bonny will demonstrate mainly with watercolor.

Non- painter friends and family members are welcome to join us.  They can accompany us on all excursions and enjoy exploring the lake area while we are painting.

On the final evening, we will have an exhibition of our week’s creations.  On the final day after breakfast we will transfer back to Verona: the train station (for those traveling on) or the airport.

Come with us and capture your personal impression of this stunning corner of Italy.

View of the lake and the foothills of the Alps


Village scene, by Bonny Lundy

General  Activities: in addition to the activities of the workshop, we will also see and explore this area of Lake Garda with various excursions selected from:

  • A breath-taking ferry across the lake to other towns like Malcesine, Limone, etc.
  • Painting in various locations along the lake in towns, gardens and hilltops
  • Visit to a local formal garden on the Vittoriale estate
  • Afternoon tea at the exquisite Villa Feltrinelli
  • Overnight in the lovely city of Verona
  • Optional museum visits and site seeing in Verona, like visiting the romantic setting of Juliet’s house

We’ll return each evening to relax in the comfort of our lakeside hotel, enjoy a delicious dinner with wine, and share about the day.  


Price: $2,895, ($2,595 for non-painting partners)

Single room supplement: $485

Breakfast in the garden at the hotel

What is Included:

  • Dinner and hotel stay in Verona upon arrival
  • Shared double room in lakeside hotel (single room available for supplement, see above)
  • Daily traditional breakfast and dinner, including wine
  • Daily workshop exercises and group processes
  • All local transportation
  • Fully escorted excursions
  • ½ day excursion to nearby lake towns: Malcesine, Limone, …
  • Initial meeting and orientation in Verona
  • Transfer by coach to Lake Garda
  • Return transfer to Verona on final day

Does Not Include:

  • Airfare
  • Lunch
  • Daily spritz (if you don’t know what this is, you need to come)
  • Gratuities
  • 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 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.

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Gargnano, by Andy Holtzman

We will spend the first night of our week together in Verona at the four star Grand Hotel des Arts.  For anyone wishing to arrive early and spend your extra nights at this hotel, please contact them directly through their web site.

We’ll have our first dinner together in Verona, and the next day after an independent lunch, transfer to the lake (75 min) where we’ll spend the next 6 days at the small, family-owned Hotel Gardenia al Lago, right on the shores of Lake Garda.

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Hotel Gardenia al Lago

This hotel was built on what was once a lemon and olive garden on the shores of the lake.  Because this is an original villa refurbished into a hotel, each room is different with some of the decor dating from the original 1925 family home.  Rooms are either doubles or singles (with a supplement).

Dinner will be served each evening, weather permitting, in the garden adjacent to the villa.

The charming village of Villa, with it’s small harbor and cafes, is just a few steps away.  The larger town of Gargnano is a short 10 minute walk where you will find shops, restaurants, another harbor and fantastic artisanal gelato!

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The town of Gargnano, photo by Linda Mironti

The group will meet and spend the first night in a small hotel in the center of Verona.  We’ll have our first dinner together that night.  Then after lunch the next day we will travel by private coach to Lake Garda (about 1 hour).

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Verona, the romantic city

Unless you will be traveling around before the workshop, we recommend you fly to Verona’s Villafranca airport.  There are no direct flights from the US, but you can change in the European city associated with your airline.  Otherwise you can fly into Venice, Brescia, Florence, Bologna or Milan’s Malpensa airport. From there you can connect by train to Verona, our first meeting place.

On the final day of the program a coach will take participants to the nearby train station of Desenzano for your connections to an airport to catch your flight home, or to continue your travel.  We will take participants to the station to accommodate their connections.  If you are flying out of Milan on that day, please try to make your flight for noon or later.

This area is not as well known as Tuscany or Venice, yet it is a spectacular part of Italy.

The Province of Lombardy: Both Milan and Lake Garda are located in the section of Italy called Lombardy bordering Switzerland to the north and the Veneto to the east. It is the most populous province of Italy. Historically Lombardy was passed among Germanic tribes, the Spanish, French and Austrians, before finally becoming part of the nation of Italy in 1861. Hence, like most regions of Italy, the distinctive character apparent today in its artwork, food, wine and architecture is a fusion of bits and pieces of these past inhabitants. Geologically speaking, many of the Alpine rivers in the north have spread out to form the famous Lakes District. These lakes nestling among the gentle slopes of Pre-Alpine hills have won for this strip of Lombardy the name of “The Garden of Italy”.

Lake Garda: 

Those who are sensitive to all that is sublime. are invited to look at the map of Lake Garda. The shores of this lake with its beautiful forests and calm waters constitute perhaps the most beautiful landscape in the world.           Stendhal

Also called Lake Benaco, Garda is the biggest of the Pre-Alpine lakes and the largest in all of Italy. It was shaped by glaciers during the last Ice Age. The climate is temperate and mild supporting the unusual Mediterranean vegetation (vineyards, olive groves and citrus orchards) which has more in common with the southern regions of Italy. Given these features, the lakeside areas have since ancient times seen flourishing civilizations, from the Bronze Age to the first settlements of the Gauls until the area finally became one of the strongholds of the Romans. It takes its name from the powerful castle of Torri del Benaco that served to “guard” the entire lake area in times of pestilence and invasion. Today it is invaded mostly by German and Austrian tourists and is a popular weekend getaway for white-collar Milanese. The most famous section is the so-called Brescia Riviera, between Salò and Gargnano. This is an area of parks, gardens, large country houses, trees and well-known health resorts.

Gargnano: 

It was like another world: the world of the eagle, a world of wild abstraction, the resplendent sunlight was devouring all: it was a platform suspended in the light. Just below in a muddle of tiles, the roofs of the village, beyond which, lower down, the intense blue water of the lake; still further, before my eyes, facing me, the clear luminous snow of the mountains on the other side of the lake.

D.H. Lawrence, 1912, Twighlight in Italy
(of which the first 7 chapters are about our town of Gargnano)

Gargnano is a small town midway up the western flank of Lake Garda. It is a perfectly formed port with a bevy of yachts and sailboats bobbing behind a promenade of orange trees and lakeside cafes.

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The village of Gargnano, by Linda Mironti