Art Courses in Italy Chioggia – Stromboli

  • Chioggia – Traditional boat

    Chioggia – Traditional boat

A Week for the Senses

Fee: €400 for art course –Booking fee of €100

Courses 2020

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 May 2020 we’ll be travelling to Chioggia in the Veneto 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 four 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 course, art material, one entry ticket to galleries/museums/villas, use of the art studio and booking deposit of €100.

The €100 booking fee for Chioggia is non refundable after 10 April 2020.

The €100 booking fee for Stromboli is non refundable after 13 September 2020.

Each participant must arrange her/his own accommodation (unless otherwise arranged) and transportation to the venues. Advice will be given on how to get there from the closest airports.

Chioggia – The Little Venice

2 to 7 May 2020 – Cancelled.

The best way to describe Chioggia is “a town with the magic of Venice, but smaller, unspoiled, easy to navigate and full of character”. I visited the place a few months ago and simply fell in love with it! It has a fishing port which has managed to preserve its authentic feel and that hosts one of the biggest fish markets in Italy. 

Chioggia lies in the Venice lagoon and like Venice is criss-crossed by canals. Its narrow streets and the architecture will make you feel like you have hardly left Venice at all, but without its maddening crowds. Chioggia has a quiet and calm feel. Here you can take it slowly and observe, paint and draw the beautiful architecture or the locals as they work at fishing, lacemaking and seafood selling, cooking and eating.

Boat trips in the lagoon, visits to its fish markets (the retail market has a beautifully sculpted main entrance), the most photogenic clotheslines this side of Italy and the churches, museums and palaces won’t leave you short of inspiration!


Stromboli Island – In the Land of Volcanoes 

12 to 17 September 2020 – Cancelled

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!