Art Courses in Italy Lake of Como – Urbino – Stromboli

  • On Lake Como

    On Lake Como

A Week for the Senses

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

Courses 2014

This year you have no excuse not to indulge yourself on a week of art making and art appreciation in Italy. In 2014 Art to Heart offer courses in three diverse destinations at three different  time of the year in some of the most  inspiring locations of the Italian peninsula. Starting in April we are returning to Northern Italy’s beautiful Lake Como, followed in July by the central Marche region, the Pesaro/Urbino province while September will see us crossing 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 five-day courses will centre on the participants’ free and creative response to the natural and built environment. No previous artistic experience is required.

The video / documentary was produced by multi-media artist Don Peter Kelly during the Art to Heart’s course on Lake Como, April 2014

Lake Como – A Treasure Which The Earth Keeps To Itself

21 to 25 April 2014. The Spring art course in Italy will take place on Lake Como, the middle and most beautiful of northern Italy’s lakes that the poet Wordsworth thought it “a treasure which the earth keeps to itself”.

Lake Como is famous for being an impossibly romantic place. Crowned by steep mountains that contains and protect it, the lake is surrounded by a blend of abundant vegetation, which includes olive, oleander, fig, cypress and citrus trees. The landscape is dotted with small villages, opulent villas and churches some of which are UNESCO protected sites. The small towns that dot the lakeshore have flourished with tourism, but some, made almost inaccessible by the impossible narrow roads that run through them, have retained the calm atmosphere of the old fishing villages.

The venue where the course takes place is the community centre in Nobiallo. Accommodation is in the village of Menaggio, a very pleasant and lively location.

Pesaro/Urbino – At the Duke’s of Montefeltro’s Court

7  to 11 July 2014 – Italian Art and Culture course (delivered in Italian and English). This course is for lovers of la bella lingua italiana, its art and culture. Whether you are a total beginner or a seasoned artist and would like an opportunity to totally immerse yourself in the Italian  culture while having a go at painting, this course is for you! The five-day programme includes visits to the palaces, country churches, walled villages and fortresses located in Le Marche region, home of the Renaissance Duke of Montefeltro and of Raffaello. 

Following each visit the participants will be facilitated to creatively respond, through drawing and painting to whatever visual stimuli they have experienced.  Art appreciation lectures will be delivered in Italian and English, at each specific location by Art Historian Professor Bruna Stefanini (in Italian), and by Jole Bortoli, Art to Heart’s Director (in English).

The course will be hosted in the hilltop village of Sant’Angelo in Lizzola close to the seaside town of Pesaro.

Stromboli Island – In the Land of Volcanoes

15 to 19 September 2014. 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, the five-day 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. Lunch €50 (optional).

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.