ITALIAN LANDSCAPE WORKSHOP at LA ROMITA SCHOOL OF ART ITINERARY 2016
July 28th – August 7th
Thurs July 28
Arrive at Rome Airport before 12:00. Group pick up and transport to La Romita!
Check in; Lunch at LR; acclimate to your new surroundings!
Short trip into Terni for art supplies.
Evening Slide Presentation.
Dinners will conclude with an overview of the next day’s itinerary; including materials to bring; historic and tourist highlights to get you prepared for our excursions!
Fri July 29
Morning Trip to San Gemini.
This medieval walled hamlet lies within a hilly landscape with an historic center and many churches highlighting the history of Umbrian art.
Sketching: Form; Gesture & Value in the Landscape.
Great architecture, great panoramic views, friendly people who appreciate artists visiting the town!
Lunch back at LR; critique after lunch & Color Lecture.
Sat July 30
Morning trip to Villa Lante & picnic on Lake Bolsena - all day picnic lunch.
Villa Lante has been named one of the most beautiful parks in Italy; is an icon of Renaissance architecture; and houses a garden with dripping fountains & grottoes.
Begin working with color in this gorgeous classic mannerist garden.
Beautiful Lake Bolsena was formed in the crater of an extinct volcano. Paint & picnic by the lake and explore this quaint tourist town.
Dinner at LR. Critique and History of Landscape Lecture.
Sun July 31
Morning visit Marmora Falls & sketching a.m.
Created by the Romans; Marmore Falls are one of the tallest made-made falls in Europe. Hike the trails and capture its’ beauty: sketch & paint.
Lunch at LR; studio time.
Afternoon Lecture: Thinking about Color in the Landscape.
Mon August 1
Morning trip to Bevagna; painting &visit to Master Paper Maker.
Bevagna is a medieval town with two ancient churches and 13 th century buildings. There is a strong tradition of crafts in Bevagna; including wrought iron, wicker; and of course our paper maker.
Afternoon studio time; Colored Pencil demo.
Dinner LR & Critique.
Tues August 2
Depart for all day visit to Pitigliano and Soriano
Visit the two towns (five minute walk between the two); in this region of Southern Tuscany; a different feel to the hilly landscape. Pitigliano is perched on a ledge overlooking two rivers & is known as the “Little Jerusalem” because of the historical presence of a Jewish community.
Medieval Soriano sits in a mountain setting with an enormous central square topped by a crenellated castle.
See the sights; paint all day.
Lunch on your own; Dinner LR.
Wed August 3
Morning Visit to Todi
Todi has two classically medieval attached central squares and several churches. Wander the narrow streets with almost no cars; shop for ceramics and linens. Great panoramic views are to be had from this hilltop village.
Afternoon studio time; Critique.
Lunch dinner LR.
Thurs August 4
Morning departure for all day in Assisi. View the frescoes; tour the town; walk up to the Rocca Maggiore castle & find a place to draw/paint. Assisi is a UNESCO sight; containing the Basilica of San Francesco d’Assisi with an upper and lower church & frescos by Cimabue & Giotto. Lunch on your own in town.
Dinner at LR.
Fri August 5
Morning visit to Montefalco & Arnaldo Caprai vineyard; painting on the shaded terrace; wine tasting; tours.
Montefalco is home to one of Italy’s most prestigious DOCG wines. It is called the “balcony of Umbria”; a majestic hill town neighboring a National Park. Sweeping views will inspire you!
Studio time in the afternoon.
Lunch & Dinner at LR.
Sat August 6
Morning departure for Orvieto on the public market day. All day exploration; visit the caves; churches; find a place on the high walls to draw and paint. Orvieto is perched on an outcropping of dramatic volcanic stone. The town was a site of major Etruscan civilization and houses a museum with artifacts from local digs. The main piazza is dominated by the Duomo, second only to the grand one in Florence. Lunch on your own; shop in the market for local fresh delicacies!
Farewell Dinner at LR
Final Critique; prepare for departure
Sun August 7
Early morning departure.
Please note: all itinerary & lectures are subject to change!