Plein Air Painting in the Cinque Terre

DATES: 06/08/2019 - 06/15/2019
LOCATION: Cinque Terre
PRICE: $3,150.00
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR:
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Kathy Rennell Forbes teaches art classes in Atlanta and watercolor workshops across Europe and the USA. She earned her BFA in Art/Art Education from the University of Georgia. Her impressionistic paintings are in private and corporate collections around the world, including the French Olympic Committee in Paris, the Hotel Intercontinental in Buckhead-Atlanta, Telstra in Melbourne Australia, the Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Atlanta and Universal Studios in Los Angeles. Forbes was an invited “Master Artist” to the prestigious 2017 Olmsted Plein Air Invitational in Atlanta.

She conducts travel art workshops around the US (Georgia, Florida, Maine, Tennessee) and Internationally (Cuba, France, Italy, Spain).

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Kathy is a Signature Member and past President of the Georgia Watercolor Society and is also a Member of Excellence in the Atlanta Artists Center. The artist has exhibited in many solo art shows and has won awards in local, regional and national shows. Forbes earned her BFA in Art and Art Education at the University of Georgia in Athens.

The artist recently conducted watercolor demonstrations at the High Museum of Art and Oglethorpe University Museum of Art. Kathy creates, instructs and exhibits her oil and watercolor paintings at ‘Studio Z’ in Atlanta’s Westside Arts District.

You can follow Kathy on FaceBook at:  https://www.facebook.com/KathyRennellForbesArtist

Simplifying Your Landscape Painting

Fulfill your dream of painting the magical Cinque Terre – “Five Towns” – of northern Italy. Join Kathy Rennell Forbes for her fifth plein air workshop in Italy. You will receive daily painting demos and hands on instruction with inspiration around every vista or village.  You will learn about composition, mixing colors and capturing this area’s beauty and charm in watercolor. We will travel light with just a small bag of watercolor supplies and a journal.

Kathy encourages your own painting style while sharing her watercolor secrets. You will bring home your personalized watercolor journal that you can share with others and inspire your larger paintings. This is a great workshop for beginner and intermediate painters who want to enhance their watercolors skills while traveling.

“Kathy did a fantastic job of leading us in painting each day through the towns and landscapes. The Italy trip totally exceeded my expectations! Never having gone to Europe, I didn’t know what to expect really. But now I fear I’m completely spoiled by our trip to Italy as it was the most amazing, stress free, wonderful time of my life! The people, food, art and painting were perfect. Thank you so much for this fantastic experience!”  — Katie K.

Read about Kathy’s 2017 workshop in Tuscany:  http://ccpe.kennesaw.edu/blog/olli-instructor-students-explore-art-in-tuscany/ 

Painting at the seaside


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

Cinque Terre, blank slate, 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.


Sketch of a well in Tuscany by Kathy

Price: $3,150 p/p based on double occupancy; (non-painters $2,850)
Optional Supplements:

  • $475 for single room – limited availability
  • $250 p/p for suite with Jacuzzi and terrace

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 Kathy
  • Train passes for exploring other towns
  • One boat trip on the Mediterranean
  • 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