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Art holidays in Italy amongst the foothills of the Alps - Painting and Drawing Courses

Art Holidays in Italy amongst the foothills of the Alps We offer fully inclusive art holidays in the beautiful foothills of the Alps in northern Italy. Professional t

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Art Holidays in Italy amongst the foothills of the Alps
We offer fully inclusive art holidays in the beautiful foothills of the Alps in northern Italy. Professional tuition is provided by Joy Moore, an English painter resident in Italy since 2006. You will stay with us (Joy and Ken Moore) in our Italian farmhouse in a relaxed family atmosphere in the Italian countryside, enjoying excellent local food, and local wine.
 
We offer 2 courses – “Painting for all Abilities” and “An Italian Sketchbook. Both courses are suitable for anyone whether absolute beginners or experienced artists. All courses aim to develop your individual approach to art rather than teach you to paint in any particular way. Non painting partners are welcome.
 
“Painting for all Abilities” is a 6 day course painting in the open air using the media of your choice with teaching based on your individual requirements.
 
“An Italian Sketchbook” is a 4 day course teaching sketching techniques in a range of media. You will spend all of your time out and about sketching, and take home with you a wonderful and varied visual diary of your holiday in Italy.
 
Subject matter includes landscape – hills mountains and vineyards; buildings – from ghibelline castles to crumbling farmhouses; and people – bustling local markets and cafes.
 
Course numbers are kept to a maximum of 6 to ensure individual tuition. All materials are provided for the Sketchbook course but you are asked to bring your own materials for the painting course, alternatively you can purchase a small range of materials from us if you don’t wish to travel with paints etc.
 
Course dates for 2015 are as follows: Italian Sketchbook: 14th – 19th May. Painting for all abilities: 23rd – 30th June.

Join us for your next painting and drawing vacation in Italy – we’d love to see you!

About your tutor

Your Tutor is Joy Moore. She is a graduate of Birmingham Art School. She lived in West London for 25 years where she became well established as an artist exhibiting regularly in the UK. and in international art fairs. Since arriving in Italy in 2006 she has become well known, and besides being adopted as the local artist – completing commissions for the local mayor, she exhibits throughout Italy and in the USA. She is an experienced tutor and likes to focus on the personal development of individual students. If you are an experienced artist she will encourage you to push at your boundaries and try new approaches. If you are a complete beginner she will find your strengths and help you to develop them.



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Accommodation

You will be staying in our family home – a large Italian farmhouse with terrace, courtyard garden and large main garden. All our rooms, either twin or double are available for single or double occupancy. They are comfortably furnished, light and airy. We want to welcome you to our home where you can share the communal atmosphere of our house. There are plenty of places to sit and relax outside. Joy is a keen gardener and the courtyard garden is full of flowers and plants, making excellent additional subjects for painting and drawing. In addition we have a large well furnished lounge with beautiful vaulted ceilings. We have a fairly extensive library with a large section of art history books and novels which you are welcome to use. Meals of home cooked local food are served outside on the covered terrace in the warmer months. We have lived here permanently since 2006 and are very well integrated into the local community. We speak fluent Italian and have a well informed knowledge of the area enabling us to provide you with a rich experience of the real Italy. If you speak some Italian you will have the opportunity to practice it with us and the interesting people you will meet here. Many of our guests have commented that our knowledge of the local area and people has made their holiday that much more special.

About the Local Area

This area really is Italy's best kept secret. It is sunny, beautiful, peaceful and off the beaten track. Our farmhouse - Ca’du Ciarott is in a “frazione” of Cocconato, a delightful romanesque town in the province of Asti,. We are located in the gentle rolling Monferrato hills which are full of history with many mediaval hilltop towns, castles, churches and villas. There are stunning views from the house and surrounding area and is excellent walking country. Even though we enjoy long sunny summers the landscape is lush and green. The region is known for its food and wine. The Slow Food movement was born in the beautiful baroque city of Turin, the former capital city of Italy, some 25 kilometres to the west. Many food and wine festivals are held throughout the year selling all the locally produced wines, cheeses, nuts, cakes, chocolates, honey, pastas and cured meats. Local markets are held weekly in a number of local towns, notably on Wednesdays and Saturdays one of the largest markets in Italy is held in nearby Asti, famous for its mediaeval architecture and its spectacular Palio held every September. To the north we have the beautiful Lago Maggiore with the Pescatore, Madre and Bella islands and the famous gardens at Verbania. To the west are the Langhe hills where Italy’s best wines are made – including Barolo –“the king of wines and the wine of Kings” On clear days there are incredible views of the Alps. The area is rich in history. The ancient pilgrimage route - the Via Francigena passed through this area and consequently there are many Romanesque churches in the countryside. There are many castles dating back to the 9th century when the area was invaded by the Hungarians and the Saracens, others decorated with their Guelph or Ghibelline turrets indicate their loyalties in the wars between the Pope and the Holy Roman Emperor. There are plenty of activities for non painting partners - golf, swimming, walking, wine tasting or just sitting around the gardens reading.

How to Find Us

Turin and Milan are our nearest airports (note there are 3 airports serving Milan). They are all used by international carriers. Turin is closest, followed by Milan Malpensa, Milan Linate and Milan Bergamo – in that order. If you want to come by train, Asti station is our nearest and is well connected to other stations throughout Italy – coming from Europe you will probably need to change at Milan. Pick up from any of these airports or railway station is included in the price of the holiday. If you want to drive here, our house is easily located by satnav (if you don’t have one we can give you directions) and parking is available

Our Prices

Painting for All Abilities * Painters, single occupancy @ £750 per room * Painters - 2 in a double or twin room @ £1,400 per room * Painter and non painting partner in double or twin room @ £1,275 per room Italian Sketchbook and Can't Draw Won't Draw * Painter, single occupancy @ £550 per room * Painters - 2 in a double or twin room @ £1,000 per room * Painter and non painting partner in a twin or double room @ £900 per room

What's Included

Prices include •Accommodation •All meals except for any lunches taken in a cafe •Wine and other drinks served at lunch and dinner •Transfers to and from Turin and Milan airports •All trips •All tuition

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Provider: Paint Italy
Phone: #39 335 8757475
Location: Cocconato 14023, Asti, Italy
Website: http://www.jmooreitaly.com/
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Reviews
  1. Lyn Ingledew said on November 18, 2014 4:22 pm:

    Hosts, Joy and Ken, gave us an amazing experience in Piemont. Both are imaginative cooks, using locally sourced food. Joy and Ken are very much part of their community, they speak fluent Italian and know the area well.
    My friend and I had chosen this holiday to explore how to use acrylics. We highly recommend this course as we learnt so much in an atmosphere that was great fun becoming quickly aware of how versatile this medium is. The 2nd day we were taken on a superb trip into the mountains to sketch scenes which would be included in our “masterpieces” the following day. Back in the studio,we were surrounded by the inspiration of Joy’s paintings. Joy showed amazing patience and understanding; she moved sensitively and supportively between us – always encouraging and clear in her advice. You are surrounded by scenery of enormous beauty, you enjoy fantastic food and wine in the company of two interesting and dynamic people, you learn new skills and both of us left inspired to continue to use this imaginative medium in our work.
    An outstanding experience!

  2. Donna Rynne said on November 18, 2014 4:21 pm:

    In May 2013 I spent a wonderful week with Joy and Ken in their lovely home in Piemonte, the hospitality, food and wine were faultless and every day Joy took myself and her other guest to a different location for sketching, hilltop villages, market towns, rural roads and an old Romanesque church were some of the beautiful locations where we sat and sketched. Joy was a wonderful patient teacher who helped me produce a wonderful ‘Italian sketchbook’I can recommend her courses to anyone who wants to experience the real Italy, food, wine and art. Donna R. Perth australia

  3. M & B Perera said on November 18, 2014 4:21 pm:

    My wife and I participated in Joy Moore’s Italian Sketchbook course in September 2013. The course was excellent, we had an amazing time. We spent each day learning new techniques with different media and we were taken to wonderful Tuscan rural and historic village locations each day. Joy Moore puts so much effort into ensuring you get the maximum learning experience during the course. We highly recommend this course to others who don’t think they can sketch and water colour but would like to learn or those just wanting to improve.
    The accommodation, food and hospitality from Joy and her husband Ken is of the highest quality and the location is truly breathtaking.

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