Francesco Fontana | Course 2019

Francesco Fontana is a professional artist with many years experience in oil, watercolor, acrylic and dry media. After art school, he followed his dream and started his artist journey in bohemian Paris, as a portrait artist. In the years to follow, he exhibited his art in Italy and France and his paintings are now in many private collections in Europe, USA and Asia.
Since 2008 Francesco is the co-founder and director of Fare Pittura Atelier, based in Milan Italy, where he teaches regular classes, of watercolor, oil and life drawing. He travels intensivly as a workshop instructor and presenter. Frequent painting destinations include Provence, Paris, Giverny, Normandy, Sicily, Umbria, Puglia – Invitations include Bali, Indonesia, and USA. 
This is a 6 day course including a 7 night stay
  • Course arrival date Tuesday July 2nd 2019
  • Course departure date Tuesday July 9th  2019
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Francesco Fontana | WorkshopWatercolor Painting Course

This workshop will include studio work and plenty of painting plein aire, in the gardens of Las Orquideas and in the surrounding rural area.

This week Francesco will show you how to prepare your painting with sketches, and a couple of unusual techniques: how we can start applying paint even before we actually outline our subject, and how to create the foreground first. Pencil and brush will interact all through the process.

When not working en plein air, Francesco will show how to choose a subject from your own photos.
While out on location you will soon realize the ease with which a few brush strokes can create your own style of perception.

Itinerary

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This is a general guide to our workshop itinerary schedule.

Each of our painting workshops is different and the actual schedule is decided by each art tutor individually according to the needs of the group and course structure.

Generally we would go out painting plein air every other day that would be one day at Las Orquideas, either painting in the gardens or the studio. The following day would be a trip out, varying between short travelling distances, to local sites, medium distance, 20 to 50 minutes travelling and longer distances, about an hours drive.

A typical weeks itinerary for a painting workshop would be:

Complimentary transfer from airport to your accommodation at “Las Orquideas”, Dalvaro Art venue for painting workshops in the Valle D’Albaida, Valencia, Spain. Please check timings for pick-ups.

After breakfast, meet the tutor. Days instruction in the studio or around the gardens.  Lunch and evening meal at Las Orquideas.

Breakfast followed by our first trip out, usually to one of our fabulous mid distance locations, as shown below, as decided by the tutor and the needs of the group. Lunch may be at a restaurant in the chosen location or we may return to Las Orquideas.

Leisurely breakfast followed by a day at the venue, in the studio or the gardens.

Slightly earlier breakfast today as we prepare for one of our longer distance trips.

Day in the gardens of the venue or finishing work in the studio.

Final painting day so a local painting location today and back to Las Orquideas for lunch. Late session in the studio finalising the weeks work.

Breakfast then your complimentary transfer to the airport. Please check timings for drop-offs.

The above is just a guide to our schedule, as items outside of our control can change and some groups or tutors prefer to spend more time in our magnificent studio and gardens.

What we include for this workshop?

  •  Airport transfers from Valencia and Alicante. See details.
  • Three meals per day.
  • Complimentary drinks with all meals.
  • Tea/coffee making facilities throughout the day.
  • Your own private en-suite, air conditioned room.
  • Five days art tuition from Francesco Fontana. About Francecso Fontana.
  • Any time use of the art studio.
  • A minimum three trips out painting.
  • Complimentary transport to to locations. (non-painters included)

Airport transfers new info:

We offer complimentary airport transfers from Valencia and Alicante.
We like to be as flexible as possible on these, while understanding that flight arrival times are in the hands of the airlines and not the artists coming to us. At the same time we have to consider the journey times between the airports and our venue, not forgetting, of course, our driver’s hours on the road.
Therefore we cannot give precise timings, as we have no way of telling far in advance the arrival times or the chosen airport of our art course participants.
We will do our best to meet you as near to your arrival time as possible. The absolute maximum waiting time would be under 4 hours. Usually this would be much less, average time is 30 minutes, most of the time we are there waiting for you.
Obviously this is not always within our control, due to flight delays etc.
For departures, our aim is for two morning departures from the venue. The first would be early and the second before midday.

Not included

Materials, we do not give materials for 2019 courses
Participants will be sent a material list two months before course start date, as suggested by the tutor. Any extra requirements can be purchased in our local art shop.
We will be giving our Art pack, = A Dalvaro Apron and A Dalvaro Art Bag

    • Materials.
    • Flights.
    • Medical/travel insurance.
    • Staff gratuities.

Breakfasts

A variety of cereals, nuts and dried fruit. A selection of breads, marmalades and preserves. Yogurts, tea, coffee and fruit juices are also available.

Materials

You will be given paints and paper for the week ahead. Extra paint and paper can be purchased from the studio if required.

Drinks

Snacks and drinks are made available throughout the day from the breakfast bar area.

Pick up times

First pick up; Between 10:30 and 11:30. We leave the airport according to the later arrival between these times. The driver will not wait after 11:30, arrival time to Las Orquideas approx 12:45. 

Second pick up: Between 21:30 and 22:30. We leave the airport according to the later arrival between these times. Arrival time to Las Orquideas approx 23:45.

Pick ups outside of these times are charged at 70 Euros per person up to a maximum of 140 Euros for 2+ people. The same charges apply to pick ups from Valencia airport. Private taxis are available from the airports. Charges will be at the discretion of the individual driver but should be in the region of 110 Euros from Valencia and 130 Euros from Alicante.

Departure times.

Journey time approximately 75 minutes.

We offer two departure times to Alicante airport.

First departure from Las Orquideas between 07:30 and 08:30. This will be for flights between 10:30 and 14:30, this will be determined by earliest flight requirement.

Second departure from Las Orquideas between 11:30 and 12:30. This will be for flights after 14:30, this will be determined by earliest flight requirement.

Departures outside of these times are charged at 70 Euros per person up to a maximum of 140 Euros for 2+ people. The same charges apply to departures to Valencia airport. Private taxis are available.  Charges will be at the discretion of the individual driver but should be in the region of 110 Euros to Valencia and 130 Euros to Alicante.