2018
May/June Holidays

These are incredibly sociable holidays with people returning each year with friends, or to make new ones. Many of our guests are single travellers, joining our small groups to spend time with like minded people.
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All this is included
  • Stay in one of eleven en-suite bedrooms in the same building as the studio
  • Full board* with half bottle of wine at dinner. Dinner only on day of arrival, breakfast only on day of departure.
  • Full day excursion (different each week)
  • Studio tuition by Elaine Searle (painters)
  • Equipment : drawing boards, light box, water pots, paper towel.
  • Free tea and coffee to make in studio
  • Apartment stay option (supplement)
7 night holiday
Painter (shared room) 1195 Euros
Non-painter (shared room) 850 Euros

15 night holiday
Book two consecutive week courses and receive a free linking day
Painter (shared room) 2295 Euros
Non-painter (shared room) 1595 Euros

Single occupancy of room + 105 euros
Apartment + 105 euros per person

Booking deposit (non-refundable)
500 Euros per person
Tuition focus
Each week will be themed, but within this there is still flexibility. Specimens are provided or found locally. Strolling the lanes and field margins foraging for specimens is a really enjoyable activitiy. Its amazing what people find. Tackle a small study in pencil, or a full painting in watercolour… with my support through guidance and demonstrations.

Tuition style
The tuition is a mixture of group discussion, demonstration and individual guidance. One of the hallmarks of these holidays is how generously the artists support each other regardless of experience level.
Day 1 usually starts with a short slideshow of themed historical and contemporary paintings to give you inspiration. Each person then gets to decide with my guidance an approach appropriate to their level of experience. My aim is that everyone enjoys learning, and trying out new skills in a friendly, non-competitive environment.

Most mornings I will give group demonstrations and tour the class to give individual guidance. After lunch you are free to work on in the studio and I will join you again at 4pm until around 5.30pm for further guidance and critiques. Remember this is a holiday not a boot camp and you should always feel free to sunbathe, swim, walk or simply relax during the afternoons should you prefer. It would be a terrible shame to come to such a beautiful spot and then spend all your time indoors!

Week 1

Thurs 24-31 May 2018
Focal points in composition
Focal points...texture, colour, contrast. Working with local flora and produce, explore ways to enhance the impact of your artworks through composition.
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ITINERARY WEEK 1

Thur 24 May: Arrival day for week 1
Guests arrive throughout the day according to their transfer/flight times
Welcome drinks 7.30pm followed by dinner in hotel restaurant.

Fri 25 May: Studio
9.30-1.00 Intro presentation and discussion. Materials and set up.
Buffet lunch served at 1.00pm
After lunch you are free to walk, relax or work on in the studio
Tutored session in studio: 4pm - 5.30pm
Dinner in hotel restaurant 7.30pm

Sat 26 May: Studio
Tutored morning session: 9.30am - 12.50
Buffet lunch served at 1.00pm
After lunch you are free to walk, relax or work on in the studio
Tutored session in studio: 4pm - 5.30pm
Dinner in hotel restaurant 7.30pm

Sun 27 May: Studio
Tutored morning session: 9.30am - 12.50
Buffet lunch served at 1.00pm
After lunch you are free to walk, relax or work on in the studio
Tutored session in studio: 4pm - 5.30pm
Dinner in hotel restaurant 7.30pm

Mon 28 May: Studio
Tutored morning session: 9.30am - 12.50
Buffet lunch served at 1.00pm
After lunch you are free to walk, relax or work on in the studio
Tutored session in studio: 4pm - 5.30pm
Dinner in hotel restaurant 7.30pm

Tues 29 May: Excursion
Departure promptly after breakfast
Return to hotel mid/late afternoon
Dinner in hotel restaurant 7.30pm
* those opting not to join the excursion may work untutored in the studio with a 2 course lunch at the hotel restaurant included

Wed 30 May: Studio
Tutored morning session: 9.30am - 12.50
Buffet lunch served at 1.00pm
After lunch you are free to walk, relax or work on in the studio
Tutored session in studio: 4pm - 5.30pm
Dinner in hotel restaurant 7.30pm

Thur 31 May: Departure day for week 1
Departing guests should vacate bedrooms by 10am.
Day at leisure for those guests staying on to take week 2

Week 2

Fri 1-8 June 2018
Nature collection on vellum
Inspired by the work of Joris Hoefnagel 1542-1600, flemish manuscript illuminator paint a small ‘collection’ of treasures from feathers to flora onto vellum skin. A chance to try ‘dry brush’ watercolour.
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ITINERARY WEEK 2

Fri 1 June: Arrival day for week 2
Guests arrive throughout the day according to their transfer/flight times
Welcome drinks 7.30pm followed by dinner in hotel restaurant.

Sat 2 June: Studio
9.30-1.00 Intro presentation, with video and discussion. Materials and set up.
Buffet lunch served at 1.00pm
After lunch you are free to walk, relax or work on in the studio
Tutored session in studio: 4pm - 5.30pm
Dinner in hotel restaurant 7.30pm

Sun 3 June: Studio
Tutored morning session: 9.30am - 12.50
Buffet lunch served at 1.00pm
After lunch you are free to walk, relax or work on in the studio
Tutored session in studio: 4pm - 5.30pm
Dinner in hotel restaurant 7.30pm

Mon 4 June: Studio
Tutored morning session: 9.30am - 12.50
Buffet lunch served at 1.00pm
After lunch you are free to walk, relax or work on in the studio
Tutored session in studio: 4pm - 5.30pm
Dinner in hotel restaurant 7.30pm

Tues 5 June: Excursion
Departure promptly after breakfast
Return to hotel mid/late afternoon
Dinner in hotel restaurant 7.30pm
* those opting not to join the excursion may work untutored in the studio with a 2 course lunch at the hotel restaurant included

Wed 6 June: Studio
Tutored morning session: 9.30am - 12.50
Buffet lunch served at 1.00pm
After lunch you are free to walk, relax or work on in the studio
Tutored session in studio: 4pm - 5.30pm
Dinner in hotel restaurant 7.30pm

Thur 7 June: Studio
Tutored morning session: 9.30am - 12.50
Buffet lunch served at 1.00pm
After lunch you are free to walk, relax or work on in the studio
Tutored session in studio: 4pm - 5.30pm
Dinner in hotel restaurant 7.30pm

Fri 8 June: Departure day for week 2
Departing guests should vacate bedrooms by 10am.
Day at leisure for those guests staying on to take week 3

Week 3

Sat 9-16 June 2018
Late Spring study sheet
Draw and paint a small study sheet of Umbrian flora. Wild flowers and many native orchids should be easy to find. Our record was seventeen different orchids one Spring although everything is weather dependant of course!
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ITINERARY WEEK 3

Sat 9 June: Arrival day for week 3
Guests arrive throughout the day according to their transfer/flight times
Welcome drinks 7.30pm followed by dinner in hotel restaurant.

Sun 10 June: Studio
9.30-1.00 Intro presentation, with video and discussion. Materials and set up.
Buffet lunch served at 1.00pm
After lunch you are free to walk, relax or work on in the studio
Tutored session in studio: 4pm - 5.30pm
Dinner in hotel restaurant 7.30pm

Mon 11 June: Studio
Tutored morning session: 9.30am - 12.50
Buffet lunch served at 1.00pm
After lunch you are free to walk, relax or work on in the studio
Tutored session in studio: 4pm - 5.30pm
Dinner in hotel restaurant 7.30pm

Tues 12 June: Studio
Tutored morning session: 9.30am - 12.50
Buffet lunch served at 1.00pm
After lunch you are free to walk, relax or work on in the studio
Tutored session in studio: 4pm - 5.30pm
Dinner in hotel restaurant 7.30pm

Wed 13 June: Excursion
Departure promptly after breakfast
Return to hotel mid/late afternoon
Dinner in hotel restaurant 7.30pm
* those opting not to join the excursion may work untutored in the studio with a 2 course lunch at the hotel restaurant included

Thur 14 June: Studio
Tutored morning session: 9.30am - 12.50
Buffet lunch served at 1.00pm
After lunch you are free to walk, relax or work on in the studio
Tutored session in studio: 4pm - 5.30pm
Dinner in hotel restaurant 7.30pm

Fri 15 June: Studio
Tutored morning session: 9.30am - 12.50
Buffet lunch served at 1.00pm
After lunch you are free to walk, relax or work on in the studio
Tutored session in studio: 4pm - 5.30pm
Dinner in hotel restaurant 7.30pm

Sat 16 June: Departure day for week 3
Departing guests should vacate bedrooms by 10am.
FAQ’s
Individual tables (or sometimes two sharing larger ones)* with a drawing board slope, water pots and paper towels. The studio has good, even ‘daylight temperature’ lighting as well as some natural light, and is equipped with a good light box and a small fridge for specimens. *allocation of studio positions is by a fair ‘draw from a hat’ lottery each week not on a first come first served basis.
Your choice of drawing and watercolour painting materials (a small kit suited to travelling) plus a small amount of Hot Pressed watercolour paper.
LIGHTING: The lighting in the studio is daylight corrected and extremely even. You will need to bring a small battery operated light (ones that recharge are good). This will enable you to give additional directional light to your specimen to control highlights and shadows. These can be obtained for as little as £10 on amazon and I am happy to supply further details if you contact me.
The studio is on the ground floor of the Locanda building where the hotel bedrooms are located. It is open at all times – great for early bird or insomniac painters! You may also leave your painting materials in the studio throughout your stay. Valuables such as computers/phones should not be left unattended.
There are excellent facilities with free teas and coffee in a kitchen adjacent to the studio but not in the bedrooms. If you would like to make a hot drink in your room we recommend you bring a small travel kettle.
The hotel is informal and smart casual clothes will be acceptable. Late May/early June should be sunny and warm but can occasionally be inclement and may be coolish in early mornings and evenings as the hotel is at 600 meters.Come prepared. A cardigan or fleece and a light rain jacket is recommended. A pair of sturdy flat-soled shoes or trainers. Walking boots if you plan to hike a lot otherwise trainers will do. Sun cream and insect repellent (not a major problem but advisable as it is not available on site).
There are two outdoor but unheated pools. You may take the towels from your bathroom for pool use and these will be replaced.
Generally, yes. The studio is on the ground floor and there are also two bedrooms available on the ground floor of the Locanda building. There is a walk of about 100 meters with a gentle incline from the Locanda to the hotel reception and the restaurant where all meals are taken.
Yes. There are 4 or 5 walks of varying duration and difficulty from Il Collaccio. The area is generally quite hilly. Walks are not accompanied by a guide but are well marked and free maps with directions are available from reception. For the serious walkers there are countless other walking opportunities within the national park.
Included in the cost of your holiday is a group excursion, by coach. Of course, you can opt out to continue painting in the studio or relax for the day at Il Collaccio. You will need to confirm your intention at the beginning so that we can confirm transport. You can explore independently by car should you choose to hire one on arrival at the airport/rail station.
Yes there is a small shop selling drinks, snacks and some basic toiletries.
You can pay for your room and most services by credit card. Bar bills are cash euros only.
Breakfast is simple as is the Italian tradition with fruit juice, coffee/tea, croissant, bread and jam, yoghurt and cereals.

Lunch is a cold and hot buffet with a selection of delicious local dishes and salads. An ice cream for dessert and coffee is included. This meal will be served out on the restaurant terrace weather permitting.

Dinner in the restaurant is classic Umbrian cuisine with a starter, then pasta or fish or meat followed by desert. The area is famous for its truffles, river trout, lentils, spelt grain, pecorino (sheep’s) cheese, prosciutto, and salami. At dinner you may also choose from a menu of superb wood-fired pizzas. Half a bottle of wine or soft drinks plus mineral water is included with your meal.
Yes, no problem but It is very important that you advise the hotel when you book.
Yes. A wi-fi internet connection is available. The system is run independently and works by people registering with their credit card details and paying as they go. The prices are: 2 hrs - €1,1 day - €3, 3 days - €6, 7 days - €9. There is also a public computer for guests use.
The rural location of the hotel means that 4g is not available and internet speeds will not be as fast as you may be used to in major urban areas.
Mobile reception should be possible but there are also phones in the bedrooms and public phones in the hotel.
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Full contact information for Hotel il Collaccio
Azienda Agricola "Il Collaccio" 06047 Preci (Perugia) Tel. (+39) 0743/665108 - 939005 - Fax: (+39) 0743/939094 - Cell. 334/ 2611111 - E-mail: info@ilcollaccio.com
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  • Hello I’m Veronica, part of the management team at Hotel il Collaccio. Once you have decided to book, I shall be your contact for payment, and transfer arrangements.

IMPORTANT TRAVEL INFORMATION

AIR TRAVEL
Arrivals from the UK by air

The shortest way to travel from the UK is to fly with Ryanair from Stansted to Perugia. (Check their website for current schedule).You can also fly to Rome (many carriers operate daily)

Arrivals from the Europe, USA or other long-haul destinations
The nearest airport is Rome Fiumicino (Leonardo da Vinci). If you are travelling long distance, you may wish to consider breaking your journey with a short stay in Rome before transfer to Umbria.
AIRPORT TRANSFERS - how they work
In order to make your journey to Il Collaccio as smooth as possible and to minimise the cost of getting here from the airport, we can organise shared transfers from the following two airports:

Rome Fiumicino (Leonardo da Vinci)
Pick ups are twice a day only
Morning transfer – for flights arriving up to 12 noon
Afternoon transfer – for flights arriving up to 3pm
Transfer time 2hrs, 30mins

Sharing a transfer – we do our best to match up flight times but we have no control over this so we cannot guarantee your transfer will be shared with others. Even if you book your flight within the above time windows, it’s possible you may find yourself as the only person on the transfer if no one else has booked similar flight times. If your flight is outside these time windows you almost certainly will be alone. In this happens, a solo transfer will cost around 220 euros each way. This a heavily discounted price on the normal shared transfer cost.
Delays – you will receive information from Il Collaccio before your arrival to advise you of the latest flight time on your transfer slot so you will know if you will have to wait in the arrivals lounge for others to arrive (there are bars and cafes with seating). If one of the flights on a shared transfer is delayed, the taxi will wait for the last person to arrive if this is within a reasonable timescale.

Perugia
Pick ups are once a day only
To meet the Ryanair flight from London Stansted airport
Transfer time 1hr, 10mins

GETTING HERE BY TRAIN & TAXI
There is a viable option to reach Il Collaccio from Rome airport. This may be a good alternative if you find yourself on a solo transfer. Italian trains are very reliable and punctual.

You can see train times by visiting www.trenitalia.it

Rome airport train shuttle (Leonardo Express departs every 30 mins direct from the airport) to Rome Termini station – 30 mins, 13 euros.
Train from Rome Termini to Spoleto – 1hr, 30mins, 8 euros (2nd Class).
Taxi from Spoleto to Il Collaccio – 45 mins, 90 euros.

HIRING A CAR
Should you prefer more independence and the use of a car throughout your stay Perugia and Rome airports have several car hire companies. Car hire can also be arranged in advance from Spoleto rail station. Full directions can be supplied by Il Collaccio for the drive from the airport.