paintbotanical

Umbria, Italy 2021

SLOW-DOWN BREAKS

2021 Botanical art holidays in rural Umbria, Italy. Learn from Elaine Searle.

HOTEL IL COLLACCIO, PRECI, UMBRIA

These residential botanical art courses for 12 intermediates or advanced beginners are incredibly sociable. People return with friends, or to make new ones.

Day 1 usually starts with a short slideshow to give inspiration. The tuition is a mixture of group discussion, demonstration and individual guidance. My aim is that everyone enjoys learning, and trying out new skills in a friendly, non-competitive environment.

One of the hallmarks of these holidays is how generously the artists support each other regardless of experience level

After class you are free to sunbathe, swim in the new 'infinity' pool, walk, work on in the studio, or simply relax until dinner.


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WEEK 1

31 May–7 June
‘Leafy Character’

12 students

€1380 paintersharing a room

Non-painter (shared room) €850

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

Booking deposit (non-refundable)
€500 per person

INCLUDES
En-suite bedrooms* in the same building as the studio
Full board with half bottle of wine at dinner**
FREE wi-fi (for 1 device)
Tuition from Elaine Searle
24/7 access to studio
Equipment : drawing boards, light box, water pots, tracing paper, paper towel.
Free tea and coffee to make in studio

* Not all rooms have balconies/views so book early to secure one.
**Dinner only on day of arrival, breakfast only on day of departure.
Overview
This week we will study how to draw and paint leaves with realism,
taking care to capture their unique botanical character.

Students will work on groups of leaves rather than single ‘plan’ view specimens as it is important to learn how to modify colour, detail and contrast to create realism. Topics covered will include, lighting for form, colour mixing, creating depth. Students should expect to create study sheets of up to three different specimens rather than a finished painting.

WEEK 2

9 –16 June
‘Wild flowers on Vellum or Paper’

12 students

€1380 paintersharing a room

Non-painter (shared room) €850

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

Booking deposit (non-refundable)
€500 per person

INCLUDES
En-suite bedrooms* in the same building as the studio
Full board with half bottle of wine at dinner**
FREE wi-fi (for 1 device)
Tuition from Elaine Searle
24/7 access to studio
1 small piece of Calfskin Vellum
Equipment : drawing boards, light box, water pots, tracing paper, paper towel.
Free tea and coffee to make in studio

* Not all rooms have balconies/views so book early to secure one.
**Dinner only on day of arrival, breakfast only on day of departure.
Not suitable for absolute beginners to botanical painting
but previous experience with Vellum is not required.
Overview
This week we create a ‘collection’ study of local wildflowers onto calfskin vellum or paper.

Calfskin vellum, already prepared for painting will be supplied and other pieces will be available to purchase. Topics covered will include, Preparing to paint, transferring a drawing, working with a dry brush technique, how to correct mistakes, how to store and frame vellum. Dry brushing is an exacting and time consuming technique so you will be guided will tackle only a small subject which may be completed within the time.

Students are welcome to work on paper should they prefer.

A BONUS

FREE Linking nights

WHEN YOU BOOK BOTH WEEKS 1 & 2

Many people (especially when travelling long-haul) like to book for two weeks. You will receive FREE accommodation for the linking days between courses.

On these changeover days when guests are arriving or departing there is no tuition so you are free to relax or explore on your own.

WEEK 3

11–18 September
‘Rich & Dark Autumn Colours’

12 students

€1380 paintersharing a room

Non-painter (shared room) €850

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

Booking deposit (non-refundable)
€500 per person

INCLUDES
En-suite bedrooms* in the same building as the studio
Full board with half bottle of wine at dinner**
FREE wi-fi (for 1 device)
Tuition from Elaine Searle
24/7 access to studio
Equipment : drawing boards, light box, water pots, tracing paper, paper towel.
Free tea and coffee to make in studio

* Not all rooms have balconies/views so book early to secure one.
**Dinner only on day of arrival, breakfast only on day of departure.
Not suitable for absolute beginners to botanical painting
Overview
This week we will work from seasonal fruit, foliage and vegetables on ways of making dark colours glow with 'hidden' colour. Discover that dark does not have to be dull.

Topics covered will include, preparing a 'brights' colour palette, colour mixing darks, how to use hidden colour layers, dry brushing additional colours to make darks glow.

Non-painters

ACCOMPANYING A PAINTER

Painters are welcome to be accompanied by non-painting friends or partners.

The idyllic but rather secluded nature of il Collaccio is best suited to those who enjoy walking, swimming or relaxing with a book.

To explore further you would need to arrive with a hire car. Cars can be hired at Rome or Perugia airports, or at Spoleto rail station.

How to Book

CONTACT ME WITH FULL DETAILS

I will confirm that a provisional place is being held for you. You will then be contacted by the hotel requesting your deposit payment. Upon payment your place will be confirmed.

We strongly recommend that at the time of booking a comprehensive travel insurance policy is purchased which includes cancellation and curtailment cover.
Accommodation is allocated on a first-come, first-served basis determined by the date at which the booking deposit is received. Those rooms which have balconies and/or valley views are popular and we encourage you to book early to secure one. The nine first floor rooms require climbing a short flight of stairs. There are two ground floor rooms one of which is equipped with a wet-room style bathroom, please indicate when booking if you would like this facility.
Studio spaces are allocated via a numbered draw which takes place each week at the ‘welcome meeting’ on the first evening before dinner.
Cancellations must be advised in writing. Please email the office at Il Collaccio as soon as possible.

Your deposit paid is not refundable.
If you cancel more than 10 weeks from the start date of the course, we will endeavour to find a replacement booking. If we are successful then your balance would be refunded.
Cancellations advised less than 10 weeks from the start date of the course are not eligible for refunds.

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