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An Art Retreat in Venice - Drawing and Painting - All Dry and Wet Media

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Key Information:
Class Size: 2 - 8 people
Destination: Italy  
Category: Art and craft workshop
Specialty: Drawing, Other, Painting  
Season: June
Courses Per Year: 15+
Course Level: All levels
Min Price: 1995 US Dollar (USD) per person
Max Price: 2395 US Dollar (USD) per person

Program Details:

During this week you will be immersed in painting. Participants will be encouraged to develop their skills through experiencing drawing and painting processes. You will explore and experiment with various tools, materials and subject matter, training your eye while stretching your technique. There will be considerable structure during group sessions where we will work on drawing as the foundation for our compositions.

There will also be plenty of independent time to work. We will have one studio within the convent where we are staying; the other studio is Venice itself: cafes, canals, architecture, islands and squares where we will work to capture the incredible light and color of Venice. Individual instruction is stressed as well as individual and group critiques.

During the week we will organize optional visits to museums and current art exhibits, as well as have a guided tour of some of the famous Titian`s, Tintorettos and Tiepolos that are scattered around the city.

Faculty Information:
Program Instructor:
Louise Freshman Brown is a painter and mixed medium artist whose works have been featured in the United States and Europe. Solo exhibits include the Everson Museum, NY, Jacksonville Museum of Modern Art, FL, DeLand Museum of Art, FL and the Monique Goldstrom Gallery, NYC. Recent exhibits include galleries in Italy, Sweden and Florida. Her works are in over 500 private, public and corporate collections including the Voorhees Museum, NJ, Queensborough Museum, NY, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, AL, The Federal Reserve, The Cleveland Clinic, and the Haskell Collection to name a few. Freshman Brown is a Professor of Art at The University of North Florida, Jacksonville, FL where she has been regularly awarded for excellence in teaching. She received her B.F.A. in Painting and M.F.A. in Painting/Printmaking from Syracuse University. For the past 25 years she has conducted workshops and lectures nationally and internationally. This is Louise`s 13th year teaching at Il Chiostro.

Other Activities:
General Activities: Most activities for the week will be organized around the individual workshops but all participants will come together for meals and events like the guided walking tour of selected highlights of Venice. Then, at the end of the week the artists will stage an exhibit of their work to share their visual impressions of enigmatic Venice.

Dinners: During the week we will we will have 5 dinners together. To experience a good cross-section of typical Venetian cuisine we will sample diverse neighborhood trattorie and Michael and Linda will host our group for two home-cooked meals with ingredients we find at the outdoor market. Two nights of the week you will be on your own to follow your nose to restaurants or concerts or the opera or whatever else might pique your curiosity during your stay. There is plenty of time for independent exploration.

Facility Information:
For the week participants will be staying at the convent Istituto Canossiano. It is in the Dorsoduro - across the Accademia Bridge from the San Marco sector - on a quiet back canal of a typical Venetian neighborhood. Rooms are simply furnished, each with a full bathroom.

There is a meeting room beside the chapel that we will use as our studio and several outdoor cloisters in which we can paint when we are not out on the canals and campos of Venice.

Price Includes:

* Single or double room with ensuite bathroom and shower
* Daily continental breakfast and 5 dinners at local restaurants, including wine
* Workshop tuition
* Guided tour of Venice
* Selected excursions with class

Note: If you are traveling alone, we can match you with a roommate.

Price does not include:

* Airfare
* Lunch
* Independent meals and sight-seeing
* Museum entry fees
* Workshop materials

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