Looking for an autumn art getaway?
Malena Baretto, my friend and teacher at the Jardim Botânico school in Rio, is leading a one-week botanical art workshop this October at Griffin’s Resort in Umbria, Italy, just outside the city of Orvieto. Mornings and early afternoons will be spent choosing seasonally interesting plants from the Umbrian countryside and painting them at the resort.
Besides daily painting classes, there are short excursions to Orvieto, Todi, Perugia and Assisi, as well as visits to the Lake of Bolsena and plein-air painting in the Basilica Forest in Assisi.
In 1990, Malena Baretto was the first person to receive the Margaret Mee Fellowship, a scholarship provided by the Fundação Margaret Mee for advanced study at the Royal Botanic Gardens of Kew in London, UK. Her work has been exhibited extensively in Brazil, the US, Europe and Chile. In her most recent publication, she was the co-illustrator with Paulo Ormindo of Arvores Notáveis: 200 Anos do Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro, a prizewinning and groundbreaking book that was the first to fully illustrate and describe all the native tree species of Brazil.
The cultural walking tours are led by a Portuguese-speaking guide, but English speakers are also welcomed.
Price for the week is €2.000 per person, which includes painting classes, meals, transportation and walking tours during the week, a double room for 1 person, and transportation between Fiumicino Airport in Rome and the hotel. Non-painting partners of workshop participants may purchase a €1.500 version of the package, which includes everything but the painting classes. Drinks and painting materials are NOT included in the price. There is a 5-day sightseeing extension package, which includes day trips to Civitá Bagnoregio, Siena, Firenze and Rome. This extension costs €1.000. Neither package includes the airfare between Brazil and Italy. Participants will need to arrange their own international travel arrangements.
Dates for the painting and cultural workshop are 6-13 October, 2013, and the extension tour dates are 13-17 October, 2013. Reservation deadline is 30 August 2013 and requires a 25% deposit fee. For more information (in English), visit Griffin’s Charme & Design Resort, Orvieto. There is also a PDF available for download at the link with greater detail about the workshop. Email: info AT griffinslandsDOTcom or call, +39 0763 616727.
Deadline for reserving your spot is August 30. Dust off your passport and start packing your bags! 🙂