Watercolor & Photography in the Cinque Terre

DATES: 06/10/2023 - 06/17/2023
LOCATION: Cinque Terre
PRICE: $3,495.00
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Marc Josloff is a well-rounded lifetime artist who was included in Artist Magazine’s short list of “11 artists to watch.” He has been published in Splash 19’s International Best in Watercolor, Canada’s PhotoLife magazine.  Marc is an international award winner with many Best in Show paintings as well as photographs. He is president of the Long Island Center of Photography and has been teaching watercolor classes and workshops since 2004.

See his full bio at www.josloffgalleries, com.

Marc Josloff’s Artist’s Statement:

As an artist I am strongly influenced by those art modalities that have moved me: impressionism, post-impressionism, expressionism, fauvism, the art of the nabis, Japanese woodcuts and you can add in constructivism and even classicism. I guess I’m a bit of an artistic anachronism. (lots of ‘isms’)..and yet I am also a creature of today’s world, so I can’t help but reflect on both the past and present in my work.  

Yet the objective for me is not to emulate past art or contemporary, but to imbue my work with pathos, whether my subject be a street dweller or a head of cabbage, because that is what connects us…as vulnerable human beings.

Marc Josloff is a well-rounded lifetime artist who was included in Artist Magazine’s short list of “11 artists to watch.” He has been published in Splash 19’s International Best in Watercolor, Canada’s PhotoLife magazine.  Marc is an international award winner with many Best in Show paintings as well as photographs. He is president of the Long Island Center of Photography and has been teaching watercolor classes and workshops since 2004.

See his full bio at www.josloffgalleries, com.

Marc Josloff’s Artist’s Statement:

As an artist I am strongly influenced by those art modalities that have moved me: impressionism, post-impressionism, expressionism, fauvism, the art of the nabis, Japanese woodcuts and you can add in constructivism and even classicism. I guess I’m a bit of an artistic anachronism. (lots of ‘isms’)..and yet I am also a creature of today’s world, so I can’t help but reflect on both the past and present in my work.  

Yet the objective for me is not to emulate past art or contemporary, but to imbue my work with pathos, whether my subject be a street dweller or a head of cabbage, because that is what connects us…as vulnerable human beings.

Paint and Photograph with Marc in the stunning Cinque Terre

Street Sweeper, watercolor by Marc Josloff

The Cinque Terre is one of the most beloved tourist destinations in Europe. “Cinque Terre” means “5 towns.” They are linked together by hiking trails, rail lines and boat routes. The landscape literally rises out of the sea for a dramatic and iconic vertical effect. There are no cars in the towns so walking is essential. The food is really special, featuring pesto Genovese (Cinque Terre is near Genoa) and plenty of fresh seafood from the area.

Whether you are a watercolorist, a photographer or both, this trip promises to be a week of eye-opening adventures in seeing and capturing. How to transfer the feelings you get when you look at an inspiring scene.  How to compose a photograph or a painting to focus on the essence of a scene.  How to translate the effects of what you see into your artwork.

Marc’s signature style of teaching will unlock your individual sense of light, shape, color and composition. While Marc will introduce you to important concepts, his easy-going personality will make learning fun and…successful. You’ll take home much more than a tourist shop souvenir; you’ll bring home a more accomplished artist…and some creditable works of art.


Painting the Sunset, photograph by Jen Kochevar

The instruction:

Painters will learn about values management for stronger imaging, color mixing and blending plus urban sketching using ink lines with color shapes as well as valuable tips on the best use of their watercolor materials.

Photographers will learn to conceptualize their photography, making personal statements about what they see. Making exposure and shutter speed, color and compositional decisions will be the centerpiece of the instruction. Assignments will be given to support each photographer’s individuality.

Painters and photographers may enjoy each other’s evening programs, but Marc will also guide them with their phone cameras or traditional cameras in the field.

Specific lessons and assignments will be created for painters and photographers. Critiques and presentations for both will alternate in the evenings.

Enrollment is limited: 8-10 only.


Student testimonial:

I want to reiterate how much I enjoy the class and your teaching style.  You are able to critique a student’s painting for where they are at in their own journey, and I think that is so important albeit difficult to do.  In addition, I learn something from everyone every session – a different way to use color or line or composition that I would not have thought of on my own and I am so appreciative.


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
  • optional bring your swim suit and jump into the blue Mediterranean!
  • pick up/return to Florence

“Our” beach in Monterosso


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

Grilled Sea Bass, watercolor by Marc Josloff

The Food – We will have 5 dinners organized together at local restaurants and trattorie in 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.

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: $3,495* p/p based on double occupancy

Optional Supplements:

  • $475 for single room
  • $250 p/p for shared suite with Jacuzzi and terrace

* Early Bird Discount of $200 if you register by the end of November.

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 Marc
  • 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.

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