Painting the Waters of Venice en Plein Air

DATES: 09/29/2019 - 10/06/2019
LOCATION: Venice
PRICE: $2,850.00
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR:
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Jake has been teaching oil and plein air painting privately as well as in workshops for over 20 years. He is a professional working artist who paints plein air and studio paintings, and is an avid student of nature and the wilderness. Jake presently lives in Bozeman, Montana, after living in California for three years. While in California Jake painted the ocean extensively, elevating his knowledge of painting water. Prior to that he lived and worked in Colorado for over 35 years. Jake mentored one-on-one with the noted Colorado landscape painter Jay Moore who is known primarily for his astonishing paintings of water.

My journey as an artist is to share my vision and experience of the natural world and its many
marvels. My goal is to apply the learned disciplines of skilled technique with all the emotion I feel
“in the moment” when I am painting – to capture that moment of intense awareness for the viewer
to experience and enjoy as I did.

In both my field studies and my studio paintings, I invite the observer to journey with me into a
world of total sensory awareness of the countless wonders and manifold expressions of nature.

Jake Gaedtke

Jake is a founding member and presently the President of the Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters.
He is also a member of the Oil Painters of America, and the American Impressionists Society. His
work hangs in private and public collections throughout the United States and Europe.

Jake has been teaching oil and plein air painting privately as well as in workshops for over 20 years. He is a professional working artist who paints plein air and studio paintings, and is an avid student of nature and the wilderness. Jake presently lives in Bozeman, Montana, after living in California for three years. While in California Jake painted the ocean extensively, elevating his knowledge of painting water. Prior to that he lived and worked in Colorado for over 35 years. Jake mentored one-on-one with the noted Colorado landscape painter Jay Moore who is known primarily for his astonishing paintings of water.

My journey as an artist is to share my vision and experience of the natural world and its many
marvels. My goal is to apply the learned disciplines of skilled technique with all the emotion I feel
“in the moment” when I am painting – to capture that moment of intense awareness for the viewer
to experience and enjoy as I did.

In both my field studies and my studio paintings, I invite the observer to journey with me into a
world of total sensory awareness of the countless wonders and manifold expressions of nature.

Jake Gaedtke

Jake is a founding member and presently the President of the Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters.
He is also a member of the Oil Painters of America, and the American Impressionists Society. His
work hangs in private and public collections throughout the United States and Europe.

What better place to learn to paint water than the fabulous city of Venice, Italy!

With its many canals and waterways along with its colorful and interesting architecture, Venice will provide us with numerous subjects and attitudes of water for this exciting workshop. We will be painting primarily plein air on location as we explore this beautiful city. The student will learn the basics of plein air techniques with emphasis on painting water in its various states including:

• reflected and refracted water
• the effects of light on water
• the movement of water
• how to find and create good composition and design using water with its surrounding environment
• the ability to edit and simplify a scene

Many artists have a fear of painting water because they believe it’s too difficult and do not have the experience or knowledge. With daily demonstrations and one-on-one instruction throughout the workshop, I will share my knowledge and ability acquired from the many years of studying and painting water, and show just how simple and fun painting water can be.

This one of a kind workshop is for all levels of ability; however, it is best if the student does have some experience and knowledge in their medium. I will be working in oils; however, pastels and acrylics will also be accepted. Observation and painting on location will be highly utilized. We will also take advantage of some of the magnificent museums Venice has to offer by visiting and learning from the masters.

Morning Shadows by Jake Gaedtke

You will not be disappointed with this experience of learning from a well seasoned artist and teacher who genuinely invested in your growth and understanding.


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

  • Instruction and critiques
  • A guided walking art history tour of Venice

    Heavenly Reflections by Jake Gaedtke

  • Visit to morning fish market
  • Visit to selected outer islands in the lagoon (Burano)
  • Selected evening activities such as visit to San Marco when the orchestras play
  • Studio time to work on the compositions you started on location

General Activities: Our first activity will be an orientation on the first Sunday followed by dinner with the group.  After that most activities for the week will be organized around the individual workshops but all participants will come together for meals and events, like the guided walking tour of selected highlights of Venice. Then, at the end of the week the artists will stage an exhibit of their work to share their visual impressions of enigmatic Venice.


Venice Salute, by Lester Lefkowitz

Dinners: During the week we will have 5 dinners together. To experience a good cross-section of typical Venetian cuisine we will sample diverse neighborhood trattorie and Michael and Linda will host our group for two home-cooked meals with ingredients from the outdoor market. Two nights of the week you will be on your own to follow your nose to restaurants or concerts or the opera or whatever else might pique your curiosity. There is plenty of time for independent exploration.


Price: $2,850 p/p

Single room supplement – $475 (limited number available)

Non-painting partners/friends are always welcome.  Non-participant fee is $2,550

Includes:

  • 7 nights at the renovated convent – double or single (with supplement) room with ensuite bathroom and shower (Note: departure is after breakfast on the final Sunday.  The last class activity will be Saturday evening.)
  • Daily Venetian breakfast and 5 dinners at local restaurants, including wine
  • Workshop tuition, daily classes
  • Guided art history tour of Venice
  • Selected excursions with class

Price does not include:

  • Airfare
  • Lunch
  • Independent meals and sight-seeing
  • Museum entry fees
  • Workshop materials
  • Local transportation: vaporettos, water taxis

Typical Venetian “cicchetti”, canal-side


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 September 1st. 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.

For our week in Venice we will be staying at the renovated monastery of Don Orione Artigianelli directly on the Giudecca Canal.  The complex is built around a series of quiet cloisters where the only sound is of the bells ringing on the hour.

Rooms are single or double, simply furnished, but each with its own private, modern bathroom.

Breakfast is served each morning in the dining room on the main floor.  We will use one of their conference rooms as our studio.

To arrive either you can fly directly into Venice or into Milan and then take the train to Venice. Specific arrival instructions will follow, but from the train station you can take the vaporetto and get off at the Zattere.  From the airport you can take the Alilaguna ferry (Blue Line) and get off at the Zattere.  In either case, Artigianelli will be right in front of you.  We’ll send you easy walking directions so you won’t get lost.  Remember that Venice is a walking city, so pack light because you will have to pull your luggage down the alleys and over the bridges – there’s just no getting around that.

Our first activity will be an orientation at 6pm on the first day, followed by dinner with the group.

Departure is after breakfast on the final day.  If you are flying out that day you might try to arrange your flights for 11am or later to avoid getting up at the crack of dawn.

If you have time you might want to explore the Lakes district or enchanting towns like Bergamo or Verona, the site of Romeo and Juliet, before you arrive in Venice. This will give you plenty of time to recover from jet-lag before you settle in at the convent and start your workshop. Besides, Italy is not something that should be experienced in a hurry. Its charms need to seep into your skin while you linger at a café or amble through a piazza.

Venice, city, empire, wonder of the world, is one of the most visually stimulating places on Earth. Stripes of canals, Byzantine mosaics glittering in the sun, window cases of blown glass, leather-bound books, plumed masks, woodcut puppets. Each step through the crooked passages is a delight. Spend a week (or two) probing unknown corners. Stay long enough to lounge at a café. Get to know the old woman at the vegetable stall. Return to that tiny mask shop again and again. Photograph it. Artists and writers have been interpreting Venice since it was born in the lagoon centuries ago, from the Grand Canal to the tiny sculptures above the doorframes. Get lost in the sensuality.

Because Venice is such a visual feast that is a collection of its past, our program offers weeklong workshops in painting or photography. Participants coming from the different disciplines will capture and be stimulated by the passion of Venice.  Throughout the week the groups inspire one another to see in new ways and to experiment with their work in a city that has awed writers, painters, colonels and kings.

Bartosek-rialto sunset

Rialto Sunset by Cindy Bartosek