DATES: September 12-18, 2021
THEME: Inspirations/techniques each morning, art journals – Italian style, small watercolors, pencil sketching, creating unique collage papers, and painting with acrylics.
PRICE: $3495 USD
For Donna and Junelle, it is a dream come true to find themselves in this artist sanctuary. To share this space – a sweet convent in Orvieto – with a small circle of friends, all while working and playing in this Italian studio. Think of it as walking into a beautiful fairytale, meeting new artist friends, espresso & gelato any time of day, a favorite Italian chef making delicious meals, and with a sketchbook and wine in hand. Bliss!
Donna and Junelle are bringing together their creative studies (from some favorite collections) to fill inspirational journals with sketch, collage, and paint. Let Orvieto lead your artistic heart — as all of your art will be collected and created in her town squares, cafés, and sanctuaries. Your art journal will flourish in our week together.
For some it will be a new beginning on their artist path…and some a scrumptious new chapter. All are welcome. Nothing is too complicated for a beginner or too simple for a life-long artist.
Spending time alongside a sisterhood of wild-hearted artists cannot be missed. This is a trip back in time that will encourage your spirit, embolden your inner artist, and give you layers of inspiration for years to come.
Donna Downey is an accomplished painter, bestselling author, instructor, and entrepreneur with a passion for nurturing the creative development of other artists. Her artist studio, located on 23 secluded, wooded acres in an idyllic setting has been an escape to many artists seeking to grow and fulfill their potential. Through her own endeavors, Inspiration to Action Retreats, mentorship opportunities, and creative development, she has helped foster the creativity and journey of countless artists. By applying proven methods and experiences, she seeks to equip and empower artists to discover their full creative potential.
An avid photojournalist, prolific sketcher, playful art teacher and mentor, a nun-in-disguise, and lover of the sheep.
She is a passionate advocate for playful curiosity and living life through daily adventures – to see, to experience, to understand and share the goodness around us.
Her mission is to live life with open hands, following the divine path wherever it takes her, and remembering to show grace & gratitude along the way. She chooses to live life with a simple yes on her lips, a welcoming heart, and adventure scribbled at the top of the list.
blog and all online class offerings: http://yesandamenblog.blogspot.com/
barnyard stories are being collected: http://www.yes-and-amen.com/
From the moment you sign up…your artist heart will be brimming with creativity! Donna and Junelle will prepare you with all kinds of creative ideas before you even reach Orvieto. You will discuss all the ways in which to capture your amazing pilgrimages together.
All artistic and creative abilities are encouraged! This workshop is a supportive and encouraging group for any type of creative expression and willingness to try new art mediums.
Your Italian art journal will be waiting for you the first day you venture in to the town of Orvieto (along with discovering your favorite gelatos!) Morning inspirations will be shared each day over cappuccinos as you plan your daily excursions and opportunities for creative fun. Along with sketching, art journaling, photo taking, you will also create small watercolors, whimsical maps, little landscapes, and colorful collages of your daily collecting.
Our Italian adventure awaits!
Mornings will be spent in creative exploration, either in the studio or out around Orvieto. In the afternoon you will experience the culture of Italy. It might be a tour into the Etruscan caves, a cooking class, or a vineyard visit. There will also be plenty of free time to explore Orvieto on your own. You will receive a more detailed itinerary for the week in your final information packet sent before you travel.
A traditional continental breakfast is served each morning in the B&B. Because Italian cuisine is such fun, some meals are not prearranged allowing you the freedom to choose where and what to eat. Recommendations are offered and no one eats alone!
Single occupancy available for an additional cost. Travel costs are not included.
The balance including single room supplement of $150 USD and optional activities, if any, is due as indicated on the registration form, which is approximately 90 days prior to trip commencement. Payment installments can be arranged directly with Adventures in Italy Inc. Methods of payment accepted are email transfer (email@example.com), Check, Visa and Mastercard.
A $500 USD deposit secures your spot today! You will be contacted by Adventures in Italy to arrange additional payment.