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2020 ART HOLIDAY in SICILY (Taormina - Catania - Siracusa) in Italy for painters or drawing artists of all levels. Beginners welcome.
We also have another Sicily painting holiday in Palermo - Cefalu - Agrigento.
Join us for an exciting painting holiday in Sicily Italy, and get ready to paint this fantastic and authentic Mediterranean island you’ve heard so much about. You will be amazed by its adversity, its people and its luminosity. On this quality art holiday, we will paint at the surprising Greek Theater in Taormina with a background view of the Etna volcano. We will also paint in lovely Catania (where we also have our accommodation), and in gorgeous Siracusa and Ortigia.
One week in Sicily.
Tuition from a qualified artist in a small group. What will I learn? Please visit our Tuition page.
Art materials: Paints (or pencils if drawing only), paper, paintbrushes, other accessories which you’ll be able to use. More on art materials here: What’s provided.
Art equipment: Board, stool, easel (for acrylics and oils).
Fabulous excursions in Taormina, Catania/Ortigia, Siracusa.
Entry to Greek Theater in Taormina.
7 nights SINGLE ROOM accommodation in a villa in Catania. Visit our Accommodation section.
Breakfast and Lunch or dinner depending on schedule.
Local transportation to and from painting sites.
Coming with a non painter? +£39 per day.
(Included in non-painters price: Breakfast, Lunch, Local Transportation, Entry to theater, Shared room with painter.)
Not included: Traveling to Sicily, personal travel insurance, restaurant meals.
Painting holiday in SICILY, Italy.
October 11 - October 18 2020
Day 1: Arrival day. Warm welcome with wine and snacks at the accommodation. Your tutor will introduce the holiday and hand out materials and equipment to everyone.
Day 2: Breakfast, relaxed morning. Each guest will have a short discussion about artistic expectations with the tutor who will answer any questions. Then group and tutor will have lunch at the villa. In the afternoon, you will be off to paint in Catania, one of the most beautiful cities of the island.
Day 3: After breakfast, we will head for the charming coastal city of Taormina. We will have lunch there, then paint at the Greek Theater for the afternoon. Back to the accommodation where we will have a relaxed dinner.
Day 4: Breakfast. We will spend the day resting and painting at the villa and have lunch.
Day 5: Day spent painting at the villa. Different options will be to finish Day 3 paintings or to do some still-lives.
Day 5: Breakfast followed by a day trip to one of the most Sicilian towns: Bagheria. Known for the place where The Godfather part III was filmed as well as other films, it also holds a famous and mysterious villa named Villa Palagonia which we will visit and where we will do a preparatory sketch for a painting.
Villa Palagonia in Bagheria Sicily. The villa was built in 1715 by the architect Tommaso Napoli. It is known at The Villa of the Monsters. A hunchback married to his unfaithful spouse is known to have lived there. 30 of his wife’s lovers were sculpted into monsters. Villa Palagonia’s audacious architecture and history will be sure to captivate you as an artist.
Day 6: Breakfast. Morning painting at the villa. Lunch. Afternoon outing in Cefalu to paint.
Day 7: Day excursion to Agrigento. We will visit and paint at Valley of the Temples, the world’s largest archaeological site, included in the Unesco World Heritage Sites list in 1997. You’ll be astonished by its grandeur and artistry. Although the excavations (due to archaeologist Domenico Pietrasanta) cover 1300 hectares, we will concentrate on a much smaller area. Valley of the Temples is considered to be one of the nicest areas of Sicily to visit, a definite bucket list favorite. Dinner at the villa.
Day 8: Departure day. Breakfast and goodbyes.
Mobility Rating: If you are generally relatively fit, you can skip this part.
Test: I can walk 20 to 30 minutes and climb one or two flights of stairs without it being strenuous.
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