ITALY

PLEIN AIR PAINTING WORKSHOP AND ART LOVER’S TRIP IN ITALY
Featuring artist: Monique Sarkessian
 A Gallery 222 Experience
June 1-8, 2018

Join Gallery 222 for a wonderful week in the heart of Italy at the crossroads of Tuscany, Umbria, and Lazio! Unforgettable experiences await for painters and art lovers alike. 

Gallery222 Malvern is going to Italy and we want you to come with us.  It’s our Plein Air Painting Workshop and Art Lover’s Trip in Italy featuring Monique Sarkessian.  Join us for a wonderful week from June 1st to the 8th.    Our accommodations will be at the picturesque farm-to-table destination Il Tesoro.  This amazing villa is family run and features beautiful surroundings both inside and out including a pool and spa.  It is truly a hidden treasure in the heart of the Italian countryside.

Painters….
Each day a specially chosen location will be yours to capture.  A local vineyard, a small town, the countryside, a hilltop, a beach and more… all selected for their richness in color and architecture.  Plein Air painting and instruction will be led by the incomparable featured artist Monique Sarkessian.  The trip ends with an exhibit of all the amazing pieces created throughout the week.

Art Lover’s…
See the beauty of the Italian countryside on a bike or on foot.  Enjoy a guided tour of Orvieto including a visit to Modern Art Museum Emilio Greco and Orvieto’s Duomo, a visit to Acquapendente Cathedral, Pugnaloni Flower Mosaic Display and Tour of Urban Vision Murals.   Meet local artist and artisans including a ceramics demonstration and painting workshop.  Go truffle hunting and then use those truffles in a cooking class and so much more.

Every day will be filled with an amazing opportunity to appreciate the beauty, art and food of the Italian countryside.  You can participate in as much or as little of the itinerary as you wish.  We just want you to relax and breath in la dolce vita.
 

TRIP ITINERARY:

Art Lover’s alternatives to painting time is noted in parentheses. (Schedule subject to change depending on weather, desires of group, or other unforseen circumstances.)

FRIDAY, June 1
Pick up from Airport
Check-in at Il Tesoro
Free time
Welcome Dinner at Il Tesoro

SATURDAY, June 2
Breakfast
Instructional Session & Week Overview/(Rent a bike and bike through Italian countryside)* 
Pre-lunch painting at Il Tesoro
Picnic lunch at the Olive Grove
Free time
Painting at Il Tesoro /(Hike in Bosco del Sassetto Forest at foot of Torre Alfina Castle)
Visit to Bottega Conticelli: meet the “Michelangelo of Leather” Stefano Conticelli, leather craftsman and luxury accessories tailor
Dinner at Il Tesoro

Sunday, June 3
Breakfast
Painting at local vineyard or similar location / (Guided tour of Orvieto including visit to Modern Art Museum Emilio Greco and Orvieto’s Duomo - a 14th century Gothic masterpiece with frescoes by Luca Signorelli)
Picnic lunch of bread, cheese, meat, wine/( Lunch in Orvieto)
Painting / (Free Time in Orvieto)
Wine tasting at local Orvieto vineyard
Free Time
Dinner “Flavors of the Countryside” at Il Tesoro

Monday, June 4
Breakfast
Painting in local town / (Visit to artisanal ceramicist and Williams Sonoma supplier BAMA for ceramics demonstration and ceramic painting workshop)**
Lunch at local restaurant in Acquapendente
Visit to Acquapendente Cathedral to Pugnaloni Flower Mosaic Display and Tour of Urban Vision Murals
Painting /( Free time in Acquapendente to explore or shop)
Free time at Il Tesoro
Dinner at Il Tesoro

TUESDAY, June 5
Breakfast
Painting in local countryside or local town / (Free time)
Lunch in local authentic Italian restaurant
Painting / (Truffle Hunting)
Cooking class (using truffles) with Il Tesoro’s head chef
Dinner at Il Tesoro

WEDNESDAY, June 6
Breakfast
Visit to Niki de Sante Phalle’s Tarot Garden Sculpture Garden
Lunch in medieval Tuscan town Capalbio
Painting in Capalbio / (Explore Capalbio or relax on beach in Tuscany)
Dinner at Il Tesoro

THURSDAY, June 7
Breakfast
Painting ancient hilltop town Civita di Bagnoregio / (Guided tour of Civita di Bagnoregio)
Lunch in Civita di Bagnoregio
Set up show/exhibit of week's artwork at Il Tesoro / (Free time)
Farewell Dinner at Il Tesoro with live traditional music

FRIDAY, June 8
Breakfast
Check-out and depart for airport


Italy Package - $2,800 Per Person                 ($3,200 for Single Occupancy Room)

Included in Package
•    5 days art instruction
•    7 nights lodging in Il Tesoro
•    3 meals/day, including farm-to-table meals served at Il Tesoro
•    1 glass of wine at lunch and at dinner
•    Airport Pickup and Dropoff
•    Transportation to and from all excursions as listed in itinerary
•    Activities as listed in itinerary, including wine tasting and cooking class, unless otherwise noted
 

Not included in Package
•    Airfare
•    Travel insurance
•    Medical insurance
•    Painting materials
•    *Bike Rental Fee ($50)
•    **Ceramic Painting Workshop Fee ($100)
 

50% Deposit (nonrefundable) Due by February 18 to Gallery 222 or Monique Sarkessian

FINAL BALANCE DUE
MARCH 18, 2018


 


 

 

 

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