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Francesco Fontana | Course | September

Francesco Fontana is a professional artist with many years experience in oil, watercolor, acrylic and dry media. After art school, he followed a bohemian dream and started his artist journey bohemian Paris, making a living by drawing tourists’ portraits. In the years to follow, he exhibited his art in Italy and France and his paintings are now in many private collections in Europe, the USA and Asia.

  • Course arrival date 7th October 2018
  • Course departure date 13th October 2018
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Francesco Fontana | Workshop

Watercolours

Based on most common students’ issues, this workshop will focus on the three major tasks according to students’ level. This watercolor workshop will cover landscape, cityscape and still life in plein air and with some studio work. Final open critique session and follow up directions. Fun and friendship!

Make it Transparent;  Learn the skills to keep your paint transparent, even when your color should be darker than black. If you are a beginner the quality of your first attempts will double the very minute you give your watercolor its inherent beauty: transparency!

One Brushstroke;  Learn the economy and expression of the brushwork. Every stroke makes the difference, it’s the ultimate one, your signature. Done quicker than expected? Don’t worry, paint a larger one or hundred more! A priceless discipline for intermediate painters!

Be a Magician;  Learn the artifice to translate real life into poetry. Even when you paint the most mundane subject, you will be able to interpret it with artistic personality. Secrets for the more proficient painters to develop their unique style!

Itinerary

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This is a guide only. Days out and locations my change.

Transfers from Alicante airport. We offer two pick up times.
On arrival at Las Orquideas you will be shown to your room to get settled in. After which there will be a tour of the grounds and a “get to know where things are” guide.
For the morning arrivals/later arrivals this will be followed by aperitifs and lunch/evening meal.

Breakfast, buffet style at Las Orquideas. From 8:30
10:00 meet in the studio. Get to know your tutor. Who will explain the way he works, the materials going to be used and the expectations for the week ahead. You will be given your paints and paper for the week and after a short break Francesco will give a demonstration of his style.
Aperitifs will be followed by lunch at 2:00. After which there will be free time for siesta or relaxing by the pool.
A final painting session from 5:00 to 7:30 will be followed by aperitifs and the evening meal at 8:00.

Breakfast, buffet style at Las Orquideas. From 8:00
9:00, meet ready to leave for a trip to La Albuferra de Valencia, the largest freshwater lake in Spain. The waters from which are used to irrigate the infamous rice fields. The crop is then used for the real Paella dishes. A mornings painting of the waterways, boatmen and boats.
Lunch in a typical Valencian Paella restaurant followed by a boat trip around the lake for some inspirational photographs.
Returning to Las Orquideas for our evening meal

Breakfast, buffet style at Las Orquideas. From 8:30
9:30, meet ready to leave for a trip to Xativa castle for a mornings painting.
Return to Las Orquideas at 1:30 in time to prepare for lunch at 2:00. Free time until 5:00, then into the studio to finalise the mornings work.
7:30 aperitifs then evening meal at Las Orquideas.

Breakfast, buffet style at Las Orquideas. From 8:30
10:00, meet for a mornings painting in the gardens of Las Orquideas.
Lunch at about 2:00, Free time until 5:00, then painting in the gardens or at the local manastery.
Finnishing in time for a dip in the pool or aperitifs before the evening meal at Las Orquideas.

Breakfast, buffet style at Las Orquideas. From 8:30
9:30, meet ready to leave for a trip to Albaida for a mornings painting.
Returning to Las Orquideas in time for lunch at about 2:00.
Time for siesta or resting by the pool before we continue painting in the studio or the gardens.

Breakfast, at a time suitable for the earliest departure.

What we include for this workshop?

  • Airport transfers from and to Alicante, choice of two pick up and drop off times.
  • Six nights stay
  • Five days tuition, a minimum of thirty hours.
  • Six breakfasts
  • Five lunches
  • Six evening meals.
  • Drinks with all meals taken at “Las Orquideas”
  • Drinks and snacks throughout the day at “Las Orquideas”
  • A paper block of 12 sheets of quality watercolor paper
  • A selection of six artists quality paints
  • A set of viewfinders.
  • A palette.
  • An apron.
  • A carry bag.

You will also have the use of the large, purpose built, air conditioned studio, light weight field easels, folding chairs, sunshades, boards and waterpots.

Not included

Brushes. Most people prefer to bring their own, but they can be purchased from the studio.

  • 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.


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