Art Courses in Italy Ravenna – Stromboli – Sicily

  • Ravenna – San Vitale

    Ravenna – San Vitale

A Week for the Senses

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

Courses 2018

Art to Heart regularly offer art courses in some of the most  inspiring locations on the Italian peninsula. Our 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.

In April 2018 we’ll be travelling to Ravenna in the Emilia–Romagna region and in September we will return to the volcanic island of Stromboli. 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. 

Jole is native of Italy and although she’s been living and woking in Ireland for the past thirty two 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. 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 these visits take place within the workshop 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 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.

Ravenna – The City of Mosaics

23 to 27 April 2018.

Situated in the Emilia-Romagna region, Ravenna is ‘a showcase of art, history and culture of the first order’. The city preserves the richest heritage of mosaics spread out over several churches and baptisteries around town. It  is one of the world’s most dazzling collections of early Christian mosaic artwork dating from the 5th and 6th centuries AD. This is why its early Christian and Byzantine buildings have been recognised by Unesco as world heritage.

Ravenna was the main political and cultural centre of the West during the centuries that saw the decline of the Latin civilisation. It also bear witness to earlier and more recent periods like in the recent archaeological finds which include the Domus dei Tappeti di Pietra (The Stone Carpets Domus) and the Roman Port of Classe.

Ravenna is a sparkling city full of artistic and cultural events, which traditionally welcomes its guests with courtesy and spoils them with tasty dishes, always accompanied by a good wine.

Stromboli Island – In the Land of Volcanoes

15 to 20 September 2018. 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!