Watercolor & Acrylic Painting-Florence & the Cinque Terre

DATES: 06/19/2021 - 06/26/2021
LOCATION: Cinque Terre
PRICE: $3,450.00
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Lynn Travis Stender, originally from the Northeast, received a Fine Arts Degree in Illustration and Design from Marymount University, Arlington, Virginia. She captures mood and light in her subject matter through her Plein Air approach to painting.

Lynn served as Vice President elect of the Palm Beach Watercolour Society, 2000-2003, is an Exhibiting Member of the Boca Raton Museum of Art, Professional Artists Guild, member of the Gold Coast Watercolour Society; Women in the Visual Arts and the High Mountain Watercolour Society, Blowing Rock, North Carolina.

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As Resident-Artist of the Boca Raton Resort and Club, Lynn has been teaching painting workshops for over 15 years. She has a limited collection of giclee prints, greeting cards, and gift items, which reflect the beautiful architecture and landscape of historic resort properties such as The Boca Raton Resort and Club, the Registry Resort, Ritz Carlton Golf and Beach Resort, Naples, Florida, Don Ce Sar Beach Resort and Spa, St. Petersburg, Florida, The Richmond Hill Inn, Asheville, North Carolina, and The Cloister, Sea Island, Georgia. Her works are in private, public and corporate collections.

She has painted and collected subject matter from around the world, and is a staff teacher for Il Chiostro, teaching “Plein Air” painting Workshops in Italy. She is deeply committed to encouraging her students to fully explore their creativity and self-expression.

Lynn was honored by her student Sally Petrillo, who in 2003, founded the Lynn Travis Stender Scholarship Fund. This Scholarship Fund accepts donations through the WITVA (Women In The Visual Arts organization) Delray Beach, Florida. Scholarships are issued to local high school students pursuing further studies and a career in the fine arts. Annual fundraisers, “Artful Afternoons” are conducted by Lynn and a dedicated committee of volunteers.

Lynn was a very helpful instructor. But she was also a very warm and caring person. This is a beautiful area to paint. I learned a lot.

Lynn Stender is the most wonderful person in the world.

past Autumn Arts participants

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Flowers on the wall, by Lynn Stender

Paint with Lynn first in Florence, then the Cinque Terre

This will be a week of painting in watercolor or acrylic with a little bit of collage tossed in.  Lynn’s workshop will be familiar and fun.  The twist is that we’ll spend the first 2 nights in the heart of the Renaissance – Florence.  Then we’ll move to the magical Cinque Terre along the Ligurian Coast for 5 nights.

Florence at Dusk, photo by Gabriella Pascoe

Since the 1400’s artists from everywhere in the world have made pilgrimages to Florence to study the works of the masters and breathe in the excitement of her beehive of streets and alleys.  While there, we’ll paint in the garden of our beautiful villa Michelangiolo, visit one of the museum treasures of this great city of art and paint on location along the Arno, in the piazzas and formal gardens.

After the dazzle of Florence, a private coach will pick us up at our hotel and transfer us north to the seaside region of the Cinque Terre. In June this area will be buzzing with tourists in high season, but we’ll stay out of the fray at a family-run hotel (reserved exclusively for us) on the cliffs above the main town of Monterosso.

 

Watercolor by Lynn Travis Stender

The terrace and garden overlooking the sea and the town will be our studio.  We can settle in to paint, descending to explore the towns as we choose in our private shuttle.

Our personal escort and guide, Jim Cachey, will coordinate various excursions into the other towns so we get a good taste of the charm of these towns:  the scenic harbor of Vernazza, cafe Nessun’ Dorma perched on a cliff above Manarola, cappuccino with vistas in Rio Maggiore and a private boat to explore some smaller coves.  We’ll move from town to town on trains, by boat (weather permitting) or – for the intrepid – hiking over the mountainside from one harbor to the next.

This is a great workshop for beginners as well as experienced artists. Lynn will teach you step by step techniques that guarantee to bring out the creative side in each of you while you take in the incredible beauty and culture in this part of Italy.


The Cloister, Italy by Lynn Travis Stender

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

  • museum visit in Florence
  • 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/return to Florence

The Cinque Terre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, 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

View from our hotel, La Cabana

The Food – We will have 6 dinners organized together at local restaurants and trattorie in Florence and Monterosso-al-Mare.  We’ll sample the pastas, seafood and specialties of each area.  Local wine is included with all dinners.  Lunches and 1 dinner will be independent for you to explore the local cuisine on your own.

In Florence we’ll find local Tuscan cuisine, based on olive oil, meats, legumes and salami.  Once we get to the Cinque Terre, however, that will change.  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.


Our terrace/studio at La Cabana

Price: $3,450 p/p based on double occupancy

Optional Supplements:

  • $595 for single room
  • $250 p/p for shared suite with Jacuzzi and terrace in the Cinque Terre
  • $895 for single/suite with Jacuzzi in the Cinque Terre

Includes:

  • Shared double room at the Residence Michelangiolo in Florence and in Hotel La Cabana in Monterosso (singles available for a supplement)
  • Daily traditional breakfast
  • 6 dinners with wine
  • Daily painting classes and critiques with Lynn
  • Train passes for exploring other towns
  • One boat trip on the Mediterranean
  • Transfers from and return to Florence

Does Not Include:

  • Airfare
  • Lunch
  • Art supplies
  • Independent meals and additional 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.

Residence Michelangiolo, Florence

FResidence Michelangiolo-smor the first 2 nights we will stay at the Residence Michelangiolo along the Viale Michelangiolo in the quieter Oltr’arno section of Florence. This is a renovated private palazzo on a tree-lined residential street near the Arno. The owner still manages the property and makes each person feel like a guest of his family.

There are only 11 rooms – large, high ceilings typical of a palazzo of the era.  Each room has a modern bathroom and several have kitchenettes.

For breakfast we will walk to the bar on the corner to have a typical cappuccino with the other locals heading off to work. Click here to link to Residence Michelangiolo website…


Hotel La Cabana, Monterosso

Our small hotel La Cabana sits on a small hill that divides the historic center of Monterosso from the new part, Fegina.  It was a typical Ligurian farmhouse that has belonged to one family for generations. The structure has been entirely remodeled into an intimate 9-room hotel with the utmost respect for the environment and the traditions of the Cinque Terre, but without forgetting modern comforts.  The vines and the olive trees that the family had cultivated form the backdrop to the rooms.

Cabana roomThe 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.

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 for the sure-footed 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 details, 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

You should arrive at the hotel independently during the day on Saturday. Our first activity will be a welcome gathering in at about 6:30pm. From there we will proceed to a restaurant in the center for dinner together. The first session of your workshop will be on Sunday morning. Departure will be by noon on the following Saturday.

We recommend that you fly into Florence or alternatively, Rome (Milan is a bit too far away). One thing to consider is that there are more flights from the US to Rome, many of them direct. Florence does not have an intercontinental airport, so there are no direct flights from the US. You will have to change planes at a larger city. If you fly into Rome you can take a train to Florence. From either the Florence airport or train station you can take a taxi directly to the hotel. Further directions will follow.

Important! In making your return flight arrangements, if you are flying home on Saturday from Rome, try not to book a flight too early. From our location it will take about 3 ½ hours to get to the Rome airport.

Check our travel to Italy section for specific suggestions on booking airfare, trains or buses.

Personal travel insurance is strongly recommended for this trip and whenever you travel. It protects you against costly penalties in the event that you need to cancel your trip at the last minute. Two reputable companies are: Travelex (800) 504-7883 or www.travelex-insurance.com or Travel Guard International (877) 901-7599 orwww.travelguard.com/travelsmith.

Florence Ponte Vecchio-LLFlorence Ponte Vecchio, by Lester Lefkowitz

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.

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