Archive for Art courses in Italy

A women–friendly city

Walking through the streets of Ravenna during our art week last April we noticed a particular type of tile hanging beside doorways and shop fronts. They all had the same format: a ceramic frame enclosing a flower made with mosaic with the writing “Ravenna, Cittá…

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IDDU – God of Fire

IDDU – God of Fire

Artwork by Saoirse Cruise Iddu (Him) is the nickname given by the locals to the volcano in the island of Stromboli, Italy. Its living presence inspires awe and has such a powerful effect on the imagination that regularly, every time we run a visual art course in Stromboli,…

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THE WISTERIA’S THIEF

THE WISTERIA’S THIEF

I confess that it was me last week who stole bunches of wisteria from the pergolas that stood along lake Como’s promenade in Menaggio. Since the day we arrived we spotted it everywhere, bunches and bunches of it, some very long and skinny, other puffier and shorter….

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In The Land of Volcanoes

In The Land of Volcanoes

I made it. I survived the volcano, the flying flies invasion, the hard climbs and the storm but I came back happy and fulfilled. I have been planning this trip for years now, constantly postponing it for a variety of reasons but in the end…

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A Perfect Storm

A Perfect Storm

Lake Como, Italy Friday 19th April A week of art making, sightseeing and eating had just ended and all art material and cooking utensils had been packed away. I thanked signora Graziella for the hospitality and the use of the parish hall and got into…

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Diving In

Diving In

Lake Diaries – Day 2 Ella’s Watercolours Today we are off to the Eastern shore of lake Como, first stop Lecco where I intend to visit the Stamperia Stampe Antiche in search of old prints with views of the lake. The shop is in the…

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A Passion for Colour

A Passion for Colour

Lake Diaries – Day 1 Art to Heart’s next spring art week will take place on Lake Como so I am spending a few days in the area researching possible venues, accommodation and to get a feel for the place. In Como’s tourist office I…

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A Treasure Which the Earth Keeps to Itself

A Treasure Which the Earth Keeps to Itself

I am off to my native Lake of 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”. I am going to research a venue for Art to Heart’s next art…

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The Grand Tour of Tivoli

The Grand Tour of Tivoli

Saturday 9 July 2011 “Pronto, Padre Guglielmo? I am phoning about the room for the course” “What course?” My heart sunk. It sounded like the Brother didn’t know about it! And yet, Brother Domenico, to whom I spoke previously (and was now on his holidays),…

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From Kilkeady to Tivoli

From Kilkeady to Tivoli

Paintings from the exhibition “From Kilkeady to Tivoli” by Jole Bortoli Overend’s Café, Airfield, Dublin, Ireland. The artworks will be on display until the beginning of May.

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