This workshop is a discovery of my native city Palermo, chief town of Sicily -- both on the seaside and thru its historical center. We'll be based in the sea village of Mondello, right on the cross road of its 2-miles long beach but we will also do sightseeing and painting downtown Palermo, in the bewitching centro storico.
In Mondello we'll be surrounded by the grace of an early '900 century deco styled small vacation town, and in the sunlight of this former fishers' village. On the other side of the Mount Pellegrino (what a breathless view from its top!) Palermo is an amazing combination of different cultural heritages. Dominations include the presence of Arabs, Normands, Greeks and Spanish, who left their trace in the arts, sciences and architecture.
As you step out of the airplane at Palermo International Airport, the breeze of the sea will pervade your mind and you'll realize how a land can be so inspiring. The surrounding villages will provide a full immersion in a millenary history and culture. Not to mention the richness and delight of the food tradition. An ancient land of great contradictions and strong flavors, not easy to forget.
"Ciao Francesco, I enjoyed meeting you and being in your workshop. Wonderful places for painting and for experiencing the magic of the beautiful Sicily in spring. Hope I can come and do it again. Love" - Patricia, Buenos Aires
Francesco Fontana is a professional artist with long years experience in oil, watercolor and all main academic and contemporary art techniques. He has widely worked as a portrait artist and exhibited his artworks - either landscapes or abstracts collections - in France and Italy see profile for more)
Painting Program (In English, French and Italian)
The main purpose of the workshop is to take the student to the next skill level and increase self-confidence. The morning session includes demonstrations and exercises on the topic of the day, followed by free and supervised painting outdoor in the afternoon. A final critique meeting is also scheduled.
Media & Topics
Most popular media are welcome (oil, watercolor, acrylics and dry media). We'll study composition and value structure, color theory and mixing, brushwork and expressive concepts. For each media, will experience the process of direct 'alla prima' and were needed and were needed, the use of tools and mediums.
The method is adapted individually. Beginners will take advantage of an intensive week of practice and lots of notes to bring home. Experts can also experiment new expressive strategies.
I selected the Hotel Villa Esperia in Mondello, 6 kms from downtown Palermo. It's a former Art Nouveau villa, now a 3 star hotel, also appreciated for his cuisine
Includes: the workshop, hotel & breakfast, pick up and local transport and yearly membership. Not included: air travel, meals and supplies. Gourmet dinner at the hotel: 20 Eur plus wine. Supplies available on request.
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