Greg Allen has developed a considerable reputation as one of Australia’s finest water colourists, as well as one of the country’s finest teachers. He is deeply committed to stimulating the student to achieve proficient and worthwhile outcomes with key lectures on subject identification and the importance of planning and design. He is an outstanding teacher, who is in much demand, so please register early to avoid disappointment.VIEW ITINERARY
DAY 1: Monday 2 September, 2024
Stresa, Lake Maggiore
Workshop members will be transferred at 2.00pm from Milan Malpensa airport to your comfortable four star hotel in Stresa, over looking Lake Maggiore. Lake Maggiore is the most famous of the Italian Lakes, in part for its legendary beauty, at times both majestic and wild, and also for the Borromean Islands. It is fed by the Ticino River, which rises in Switzerland, and its waters change from a jade green in the north to a deep blue in the south. The mountains of the Alps and Pre Alps shelter the lake. There will be time to freshen up before the group meets for welcome drinks and an included welcome dinner at the hotel.
DAY 2: Tuesday 3 September, 2024
Stresa, Lake Maggiore
Today will be a full day of painting at Lake Maggiore. Greg will take the group to a good location for a demonstration followed by individual attention for workshop members.
DAY 3: Wednesday 4 September, 2024
Stresa, Lake Maggiore
After breakfast we take a boat to Isola Bella, the most spectacular of the Borromean Islands. On the island we will see the Palace, which is built in the Lombard Baroque style and its staterooms – Napoleon’s room, the Hall of Mirrors, music room and more. The gardens are undoubtedly one of the most dramatic examples of 17th-century gardens in Italy, filled with beautiful roses and other perfumed plants set out on 10 terraces ornamented with statues and fountains and will provide wonderful subjects to paint.
DAY 4: Thursday 5 September, 2024
Stresa, Lake Maggiore
Our last day of painting will be a full day of painting at Lake Maggiore. Greg will take the group to a good location for a demonstration followed by individual attention for workshop members.
DAY 5: Friday 6 September, 2024
This morning we will transfer from Lake Maggiore to Lake Como. Como is a city of history, art, culture and tradition and welcomes those in search of unusual and enchanting landscapes. Como was prosperous under the Romans and reached its zenith in the 11th century. Now it is a modern town with a beautiful setting on the shores of Lake Como. Tonight we will have an included dinner.
DAY 6: Saturday 7 September, 2024
After breakfast Greg will begin the painting program in Como with a demonstration in a good location near the hotel. Then it will be your turn to paint as Greg moves among the group, helping each person with their work.
DAY 7: Sunday 8 September, 2024
Today we travel to the lovely town of Bellagio for a day of painting. Occupying a magnificent site on the promontory dividing Lake Lecco from Lake Como, it is known for its pretty streets, the friendliness of its people and its villas and gardens.
DAY 8: Monday 9 September, 2024
Today we will depart in our private coach to Menaggio, which is situated on the western shore of Lake Como, for a day of painting. The splendid lakeside promenade with its lovely flowerbeds and unique view of the central lake will offer many subjects to paint. Greg will paint a demonstration and then spend time moving amongst the group members offering individual assistance. There will be time to catch the ferry to Varenna, a spectacular town built upon a rock at the foot of a mountain which rises almost vertically above it.
DAY 9: Tuesday 10 September, 2024
Today workshop members will be transferred to Lake Garda. Lake Garda is the largest lake in Italy. Glaciers formed this alpine region at the end of the last Ice Age. The lake and its shoreline are divided between the provinces of Verona, Brescia, and Trentino. We will stay in beautiful Lazise at the southern part of the lake. Tonight we will have an included dinner.
DAY 10: Wednesday 11 September, 2024
Today we will take the ferry to Malcesine, it is a picturesque town with cobbled lanes and a castle, nestled between the blue lake waters and the massive mountain ridge behind, Monte Baldo. Greg will find some wonderful subjects for you to paint.
DAY 11: Thursday 12 September, 2024
Today we will take the ferry to Limone. Nestling alongside lemon groves, beneath the cliffs of the north-western shore of Lake Garda, Limone is a picture-perfect resort – an artist’s paradise. Houses covered in blossoming geraniums and bougainvillaea line the old, cobbled streets that lead up from the lakeside. Greg will commence his painting session with a demonstration and spend time moving amongst the group members offering assistance.
DAY 12: Friday 13 September, 2024
Today we will paint in the beautiful town of Sirmione, located on the southern bank of Lake Garda. It’s known for its thermal baths and Rocca Scaligera, a medieval castle overlooking the lake. Set at the tip of a peninsula, the Archaeological Site of Grotte di Catullo encompasses a Roman villa, a museum and olive trees. Greg will find a wonderful location to paint a demonstration and assist workshop members individually. There will be a final critique session this afternoon followed by an included farewell dinner.
DAY 13: Saturday 14 September, 2024
Workshop members will be transferred to Venice Marco Polo airport by private coach. The transfer will arrive in time to meet flights departing after 2.00pm.
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