Painting the Landscape and Sea in the Cinque Terre

DATES: 09/27/2018 - 10/04/2018
LOCATION: Cinque Terre
PRICE: $3,195.00
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR:
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Born with a love for drawing and painting, I’ve spent my life exploring my gift of artistic ability.  I am a graduate of Massachusetts College of Art, in Boston, where I received honors and awards for outstanding achievement in Drawing, Printmaking, and Calligraphy.  For the past 35 years I’ve had a successful career as a freelance artist and calligrapher, painter and teacher, and have continually tried to display my passion for art and my drive for excellence in whatever I create.

I am a regular exhibitor of my oil, pastel and watercolor paintings in galleries, display in annual art exhibitions, and my work is collected internationally.  I also enjoy national sales of illustrated marriage certificates, known as Ketubot. (www.ketubah.com)

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In addition to my freelance and fine art work, one of the most rewarding aspects of my career has been teaching. I thoroughly enjoy the process, and feel that my experience in many mediums, my knowledge, my communication skills, and my sense of fun make my classes a satisfying experience for my students.

In June, 2012, after many years working and teaching out of my home studio, I finally outgrew it and founded The Art Studio in Beachwood, Ohio.   Located on Mercantile Road, The Art Studio is a multi-use art facility. In addition to being my personal studio where I paint and welcome commissions for portraits, landscapes and still lifes, I offer a variety of classes, workshops, and Live Model Days, as well as on-site Custom Framing.

My work has been published by Northlight Books, and I am represented by Ketubah.com of Toronto.

Susie has a real gift to teach to each individual’s level and their specific needs.  The workshop was informal and relaxed, the scenery spectacular, the food and wine (can’t forget the wine) delicious. I returned home with a better understanding of my development as an artist.

Affiliations:

  • The Portrait Society of America
  • The Pastel Society of America
  • The Degas Pastel Society
  • Ohio Watercolor Society
  • Akron Society of Artists
  • Western Reserve Calligraphers

Teaching Experience:

  • Lakeland Community College, (Beginning and Advanced Calligraphy)
    Willoughby Fine Arts Assoc., (Beginning and Advanced Calligraphy)
  • Solon Center for the Arts (Beginning Calligraphy and Adult/teen Drawing)
  • Private Lesson, Home Studio (Watercolor. Oil, Drawing)
  • The Art Studio, opened June, 2012.

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

Experience painting “en plein air” in the breathtaking landscapes of the Cinque Terre. Set amid some of the most dramatic coastal scenery on the planet, where the cliffs plunge vertically into the sea, these five charming towns date back to the early medieval period. They are connected by a 19th century railway line as well as a footpath that cuts through the terraced landscape from village to village.

Our home away from home for the week, La Cabana, is a typical Ligurian farmhouse that has belonged to one family for generations. The vines and the olive trees 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. The 9 rooms are furnished with antiques 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.

This workshop is for all levels of skill, from the person who wants to overcome his or her fear of painting outdoors in a nurturing and non-competitive atmosphere, to the experienced artist who wants to hone their skills and learn to create more dynamic and successful paintings. With daily demonstrations, including thumbnail sketches and value studies, you are welcome to work in the medium of your choice. And with personal instruction at each easel, you’ll learn to create an interesting and well-balanced composition and get a better understanding of color, value, edges and techniques.  Emphasis will be put on capturing the remarkable lighting of the Cinque Terre as well as the sights and sounds you’re experiencing while actually being “in” the landscape you’re painting, rather than creating it from a photo. There is nothing more exciting or inspirational than painting while immersed in a landscape as beautiful as the Cinque Terre!

Join me for a week of art instruction, touring and fun as we create memories together!

Before the Rain, San Giovanni d’Asso, by Susan Porges


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

Demo of the Garden, by Susan Porges

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.


Demo with Susan Porges

Price: $3,195 p/p based on double occupancy; (non-painters $2,895)
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 Susan
  • 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.)

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 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.

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