Join Laurel Skye and be a part of the "International Women of the World Portraiture" workshop premiere in Cortona, Italy, in the heart of Tuscany!
International Women of the World Portraiture using Tiny Tile Mosaics Nano, Oval, Triangle, Micro and Mini ceramic tiles from Morocco, with Rajasthani mosaic borders. This week long workshop will include a shopping trip to the Arezzo antiques flea market for findings and a real Tuscan cooking class! In addition we will visit a local winery for tastings of Cortona wines!
Join Laurel Skye for this one-of-a-kind workshop in Tuscany!
Ms. Skye, renowned author and teacher of millefiori and mosaics, will introduce you to the wonderful possibilities of creating jeweled mosaics, the likes of which you have never seen before. Taking traditional methods and materials and incorporating flea market finds, jewelry and beads, Ms. Skye will show her students how to create and embellish, turning fantasies into realities. Bling!!
It’s no wonder that Tuscany has been the setting of so many feature films…it is simply an artists’ dream come true and the perfect environment for any kind of creative journey! Whether you’re experiencing it’s enchanting and inspiring sculpted countryside, or it’s charming towns and piazzas full of art and history, your Tuscan adventure is sure to be unforgettable and inspiring!
Travel back in time to the ancient city of Cortona where you’ll… …enjoy the discovery of new-found friends, …experience the delicious foods, wines and flavors of Italy …relax amongst the beauty of the Tuscan countryside …appreciate the beauty of Italy’s art and culture …learn and create in a warm, friendly and inspiring environment!
During our week together, your days will include lots of instructional, hands-on time to create, as well as plenty of free time to explore and enjoy Cortona.
Participants are responsible for materials US$65.00 kit fee which is not included in the enrollment pricing.
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About this workshop...
Saturday October 5, 2013 -Escorted group travel from Florence airport to Cortona, depart approx 12:00 noon.
-Welcome to Cortona ...evening wine and chocolate receptionfollowed by dinner. Sunday - October 6 - Day trip to Arezzo antiques market. (luncin Arezzo with dinner in Cortona)
Monday - October 7 - Studio sessions morning and afternoon. Lunch and dinner
Tuesday - October 8 - Studio sessions morning and afternoon. Lunch and evening Tuscan cooking class & dinner
Wednesday - October 9 - Morning winery visit, Studio session in afternoon. Lunch and dinner
Thursday - October 10 - Studio sessions morning and afternoon. Lunch and dinner
Friday - October 11 - Studio sessions morning and afternoon. Lunch and dinner
Saturday October 12, 2013 - Check-out & Departure
Note: Toscana Americana reserves the right to alter this itinerary. All times are approximate.
Cortona is one of the true jewels of the Tuscan “hill towns.” Cortona, which is often called the “City of Art,” has its origin as an Etruscan city that pre-dates Roman times with sections of its walls dating back some 2500 years. As is typical of Tuscan hill-towns, Cortona is a walled city that, for purposes of defense, was built atop a prominent geographical point. The stone buildings and streets not only have the romance, style, and charm that are particular to Tuscany, but also speak of the lives and times Cortona has witnessed. An encounter with Cortona is an encounter with music & art, with history and with spirituality. Getting to know this timeless city is a real rediscovery of our past. Cortona offers testimony to its history as well as an enchanting view of the landscape enclosed by Lake Trasimeno and the Apennine mountains.
All-inclusive enrollment options include: Instruction in the classroom and on location Escorted group travel from Florence to Cortona October 5, 2013**** Seven nights accommodations in historic Cortona** Local Etruscan museum
& Museo Diocesano All meals*** (Italian breakfast, lunch and dinner) Daily wine tasting opportunities Day trip to Arezzo antiques market
A farewell wine tasting dinner Selected materials
Tuscan cooking class!
Winery visit and tasting! **Included with "Hotel" plans only, see details ***Included with "Group Meal Plans" only, see details *All-inclusive plans are Hotel plans only. Air travel is the responsibility of each participant. Florence (FLR) is the suggested arrival and departure airport in Italy. ****Specific departure time from Florence airport only; time to be announced, return train ticket to Florence provided (not escorted) Early morning arrival in Florence on October 5, 2013 or at least one day earlier.
Departure from Cortona is the responsibility of each participant.
1 PICTURE FRAME, do not remove the glass. Please protect the glass well for travel or bring on in your carry on baggage. Center insert should measure approx 11" X 14"
1 TABLE EASEL. this is not absolutely necessary, but is HUGELY recommended
1 SILBERSCHNITT GLASS WHEEL CUTTER (also called Bohle zag zag). These are made in Germany and an ergonomic and precision cutter for mosaics. NOTE: These can be purchased from me in advance if you live in the states, I can mail them to you. cost is $110. Plus $6.50 shipping. If you need to purchase from me, and live outside the US, you can buy them on the first day of class, please make advance arrangements. One of the best mosaic wheel cutters in the world, for all your mosaic glass
Jewelry wire cutter or 6" end cutter (see attached photo)
1 dozen wooden coffee stir sticks
2 tubes of Clear silicone ll 8 oz. (see attached photo) a similar product may be substituted if necessary
*Note: If you wear reading glasses, Bring them!
MATERIALS FOR RAJASTHANI BORDER
Beads on strands of string (not wire) size 9-10 (this relates to how many beads per linear inch))
Plastic container with lid (think cottage cheese size) about 12 oz
Small manicuring scissors
Bubble wrap to transport your finished mosaics home.
*BLING: this should include such things as costume jewelry (broken or not), rhinestones, dishes (broken or not, but not too thick), fancy glass or tile, kitschy junque jewelry, pearls, findings, etc. *NOTE: we will also be going to the flea market in Arezzo to see what we can find there to add into our borders. Plus, I will brings a treasure trove of goodies from home, which will be available for sale to supplement your own stash of personal favorites.
There will be a Tile Fee of $65.00 Per student to cover the cost of all the tile and shipping to be paid the first day of class. This will include all Moroccan tile needed for your portrait, 24 k gold, pearl strands, some bead strands, mastic, colorant, some millefiori, and stained glass for the background. I will also bring tweezers and palette knives for use in the class.
Travel with fellow artists, family & friends! In addition to Non-participating guest options, did you know that other workshops are offered this same week! Enjoy the experience together while immersed in different topics! View calendar for details!