Art Courses in Italy Pisa – Island of Stromboli

  • On Stromboli Island

    On Stromboli Island

A Week for the Senses

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

Courses 2016

In 2016 Art to Heart offer courses in two diverse destinations in some of the most  inspiring locations of the Italian peninsula. Over the May Bank Holiday weekend we are traveling to Pisa, and in September we will cross over to the Sicilian volcanic island of Stromboli. This is a unique opportunity for art and history of art’s lovers to immerse themselves in one of richest art’s treasure chest, Italy! Be sure that Art to Heart will create a rich and pleasant experience;  Art to Heart’s first course in Italy took place in 2011 in the city of Tivoli near Rome. The 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 Dublin and Co. Clare.

Jole is native of Italy and every year she introduces a new destination as well as returning to the ones already tried and tested. These venues 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.

PISA – Gateway to Tuscany

29 April to 4 May 2016. What do you see in your mind’s eye as soon as you read the word ‘Pisa’?  The leaning tower is one of the world’s famous monuments set in what has to be one of the most gorgeous open spaces in Italy – the piazza dei Miracoli. With the gleaming white structures of the Cathedral and Baptistery set against lush green grass, the square truly takes your breath away, but Pisa is much more than that. When recently we visited the city, we discovered a beautiful town rich in hidden gems: churches, palaces and courtyards that await to be discovered through a week of art making, sight-seeing  and the sampling of gorgeous Tuscan food.

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Stromboli Island – In the Land of Volcanoes

11 to 16 September 2016. 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.

Facilitated by Italian-born Jole Bortoli, Art to Heart’s Director, both courses will centre on the participants’ free and creative response to the environment. No previous artistic experience is required. Participants will be gently guided in expressing themselves, mainly through painting, and facilitated by the creative energy within the group.

The fee for each art course is €400 (includes training and art material). Booking €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.