2020 PAINTING HOLIDAY in SICILY, Italy for painters or people who draw.
Join us for a thrilling art holiday in Sicily Italy, to paint the amazing light of this authentic island in the Mediterranean sea. This quality painting holiday will be sure to thrill you as an artist, whether you are a beginner, intermediate or a confirmed artist. We will explore and paint (or draw) Sicily, visiting different areas of the island.
One week on site (from Saturday to Saturday).
Tuition from a qualified artist in a small group (from Sunday to Friday). What will I learn? Please visit our Tuition page.
Art materials: Depending on your chosen medium: Paint or pencils, paper, paintbrushes/pencils, and other accessories which you’ll be able to use. More on this here: What’s provided.
Art equipment: Board, stool, easel (for acrylics and oils).
7 nights SINGLE ROOM accommodation in a villa close to Palermo.
All meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner (4 of which are restaurant meals).
Local transportation: Rented car.
Coming with a non painter? + £49 per night (sharing room with painting guest). Includes all meals, transportation and entry to site entry.
Not included: Getting to Palermo Sicily, personal travel insurance.
Painting holiday in SICILY, Italy.
Sept. 26 27 28 29 30 Oct. 1 2 3
Day 1: Arrival in Palermo. Airport pick-up. We’ll drop off our luggage at the villa and have time to freshen up before going out to our group dinner at a restaurant.
Day 2: Breakfast, time to relax, and then guests will have one-on-one with the tutor where art and expectations will be discussed. In the afternoon, we will be off to Palermo. This beautiful city founded in 734 BC on the northwest (Tyrrhenian) coast of the island, is the capital of the autonomous region of Sicily. It is rich in architecture, history, gastronomy and culture, with graceful Greek, Roman and Arab influence.
Day 3: Breakfast. Day trip to authentic Cefalu (named by the Greek) is known for its high “paintability”. Cefalu is a seaside place with a population of 14000 people, where paint boxes and brushes will want to pop out of every painter’s bag! You’ll love capturing the serenity of its tired yet picturesque intricate houses, its emerald colored water and the cliffs that plunge in the Mediterranean.
Day 4: 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 painting windmills at Saline Della Laguna Stagnone near Marsala. Marsala is a town located in the province of Trapani in the westernmost part of Sicily. You’ll be amazed by the beauty of the salt ponds. Your papers will delightfully fill with ochers, blues and pinks.
Day 6: After breakfast, there will be tuition at the villa. The afternoon will be tuition-free. Different options will be offered such as spending the day at the villa to rest/paint or to spend the day in the area of San Vito Lo Capo, a small town west of Palermo located in a valley between mountains with olive groves. Sites close by include the Santa Crescenzia chapel, the historical lighthouse and Torre dell'Usciere, a watchtower on the coast.
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.
Day 8: Departure day. An early breakfast followed by an airport drop-off and goodbyes.
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