Art Courses in Italy Pesaro & Urbino – Stromboli – Sicilian Baroque

  • Pesaro – Villa Imperiale

    Pesaro – Villa Imperiale

A Week for the Senses

Fee: €400 for art course – includes training and art material. (Booking fee of €100)

Courses 2017

Art to Heart regularly offer art courses in some of the most  inspiring locations on the Italian peninsula. In April we’ll be travelling to Pesaro in Le Marche region, in September we will return to the volcanic island of Stromboli and in late September we’ll engage in a unique sketching trip to eastern Sicily. These courses are an exclusive and unique opportunity for art lovers to immerse themselves in one of richest art’s treasure chest, Italy! Be sure that Art to Heart will create a personal, rich and pleasant experience. Art to Heart’s first art course in Italy took place in 2011 in the city of Tivoli near Rome. The art course was a response to numerous requests from people who regularly attend the art programmes run by Jole Bortoli, Art to Heart’s Director.

Jole is native of Italy and although she’s been living and woking in Ireland for the past thirty years, she regularly returns to Italy to run art courses in selected destinations. These places are ones where she has connections to local people, family and friends, which help make the experience as genuine and enjoyable as possible. Facilitated and guided by Jole, the courses will centre on the participants’ free and creative response to the natural and built environment. No previous artistic experience is required.

Each day people will work (paint and draw) from 10am to 4pm with the customary lunch break and optional short siesta. There will be guided tours to chosen sites which may include villas, museums or galleries. When this visits are done within the workshops time the entry ticket is included in the price.

Other optional visits will be suggested to people who want to explore the area after art-making time. These visits are not included in the price.

The fee for each art course is €400 – includes art classes, art material, entry ticket to two galleries/museums/villas, use of the art studio and booking deposit of €100.

Each participant must arrange his/her own accommodation and transportation to the venues. A list with a choice of accommodation will be provided together with advice on how to get there from the closest airports.

Pesaro and Urbino – In Raffaello Footsteps

19 to 24 April 2017. Pesaro is a city bathed by the Adriatic Sea and hugged by rolling hills dotted with walled medieval villages, rock castles and the magnificent Renaissance town of Urbino.

Situated in the Marche region across the Apennines from Tuscany, Pesaro is known for its art, music and the delicious cuisine. A culturally vibrant city Pesaro hosts many festivals dedicated to opera, film and pop culture. Churches, palaces, villas and museums provide endless inspiration for the interested visitors while the public square that lies at the heart of the city, clatter with activity, especially in the evenings, as the locals parade to and from the beautiful sea-front.

Inland, just a short bus ride away, Urbino, birthplace of the artist Raffaello, stands out among the green hills. The town’s splendour was made official by Unesco, which deemed the entire city centre a World Heritage Site in 1998.

Stromboli Island – In the Land of Volcanoes

16 to 21 September 2017. Stromboli, one of the Aeolian islands, north of Sicily, is the Autumn destination of the year, a volcanic island of a sombre, unnerving beauty, with a coastline with steep crags emerging from the sea. The almost total lack of roads, its harsh beauty and, above all, the volcano, which makes its presence felt with outbursts of fire and brimstone, have both a strange and awesome power of attraction. It is a landscape of earth, wind, fire and water.

The art course will take place in Ginostra, a small village clinging to the rock, only accessible by sea by means of the smallest port in the world. In this village you have the sensation that time has stopped. There are no cars, just a mule-track along the side of the hill and, as you make you way through the narrow paths flanked by walls made of lava stone, you cannot help but wonder at the luxuriant vegetation made of gigantic prickly pears, caper plants, olive trees, wild rosemary and broom shrubs.

Attention: Shops, restaurants and houses in Ginostra are connected by a network of steep and uneven tracks that demand strong legs!



Sicilian Sketchbook

23 to 28 September 2017.  During this late September special art week we will be traveling through the most distinctive sites of the Sicilian Baroque: Noto, Scicli and Ragusa Ibla using the local means of transportation. This unique architectural style is recognisable not only by its typical curves and flourishes, but also by its grinning masks and putti that has given Sicily a unique architectural identity.

The course will be based mainly on outdoor sketching and watercolour impressions. Armed with sketchbooks and watercolour travel-box-set the participants will aim to capture the atmosphere and beauty of this stunning province of Eastern Sicily.

The group will be departing from the city of Catania.