Sketch Paint And Make In Italy

26 September-3 october, 2020

Florence, Tuscany

Mercatello sul Metauro, Le Marche – Italy

We have over the years made some extraordinary artist friends in Italy, so join us on our small group for a fun filled urban sketching, art, food and wine adventure. You will not only get to explore your own creative self with sketching and art with Alex but you will be warmly welcomed into the hearts and homes of some of the best talent in the country.

Alex Snellgrove.

Sydney-based artist and tutor Alex Snellgrove teaches classes and workshops for Art and Soul Collective, Urban Sketchers Sydney, Waverley Woollahra Art School and North Sydney Community Centre.

She has been a prizewinning exhibiting artist since 2007, has held 6 solo shows, and been a part of numerous group shows, at NG Gallery, Charles Hewitt, Art2Muse, Hat Hill Gallery, Gallery East and Gallery 3711.

25 May-1st June, 2019

Together we’ll explore beautiful sites for both architectural and landscape drawing and visit galleries and local artists’ in their studios in-and-around the iconic city of Florence.

Staying in very comfortable accommodation in a Monastery in a central location in Florence:

Foresteria Valdese di Firenze Create your own art book

Workshops and sketching in and around the exquisite city of Florence

Eat like a local and experience some of the best street food available

Workshops and visit artists in their studios and art communities

Explore art exhibitions, galleries and architectureTake a cooking workshop

25 May-1st June, 2019

Departing Florence and heading to the beautiful medieval village of Mercatello sul Metauro in Le Marche, Urbino and Pesaro

We’ll stay in the historic Palazzo Donati in Mercatello sul Metauro with our host Luisa Donati Get to know the locals and explore this cute medieval village at your doorstep Visit local artists in and around the village including ceramic artists in Urbania Explore the Unesco protected town of Urbino and the extraordinary Palazzo Ducale Visit artists in their studios and art communities

Eat delicious local food. This area is a paradise of porcini mushrooms, tarfufi (nero and bianco), strozzapreti pasta (strangle the priest!), cheeses and local wines

Experience an outstanding banquet dinner cooked exclusively for us in the palazzo by a fraternity of nine men from the village who are all passionate about food, wine, music and good laughter

A little extra note on food in Le Marche

This region is renowned for some of Italy’s most delicious food. Think of food gathered from the wild; mushrooms, game, nuts, field herbs and – the area’s greatest culinary treasure – truffles are an important feature in the Marche. And of course, pecorino cheeses, olive oil and wines.

Find out why Jamie Oliver, Heston Blumenthal and Gennaro Contaldo all LOVE this region, these people and indeed this village. Accommodation

In Florence we have chosen to stay in a monastery, Foresteria Valdese di Firenze, it is in an ideal central location to our planned activities. It’s very comfortable and rooms are available in twin, single or double rooms. Most rooms have ensuite bathrooms.

In Mercatello sul Metauro we will be spending our days writing in Palazzo Donati or outside in the piazza, wandering and wondering in the little alleyways, sipping apertivo in the evening in the Piazza with the locals. We will also take a couple of tours to surrounding villages where will visit artists and that includes a visit to the stunning UNESCO protected Palazzo Ducale in Urbino.

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