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A course for those who want to practise Italian in an original way, through a combination of language class in the morning with afternoon activities to learn or improve their drawing technique.

Duration: 1 week.

Starting dates in 2017: February 27, April 10, May 15, August 28, October 16, November 6.

Language level: open to everyone.
The teacher speaks Italian slowly, and if necessary can understand and speak other languages.

Artistic level: open to everyone.
Drawing lessons are thought as a series of playful excercises, suitable for any person. Rather than producing masterpieces, their aim is to learn how to observe more attentively what is around us and to express our emotions and feelings through line and color.

In our work we will make reference to great artists of the past and particularly to those travellers-illustrators of the 19th century Grand Tour, like John Ruskin who so much loved and sketched the city of Lucca.
The drawing teacher is a teacher of Italian, who is also a skilled illustrator. She will be able to communicate with the students appropriately in both the linguistic and artistic domains.

paper: a block of fine drawing paper produced in Tuscany by the renowned Magnani paper mill will be provided by the school.
colors: participants who already practise drawing can bring their own materials, with which they are used to work. To those who have no materials, the school will provide them for the drawing lesson on the first day, then we will go together to an art shop where they can buy what they need.

The course is itinerant, we go around drawing. It is therefore recommended not to bring bulky or cumbersome materials or something involving a complex preparation.
Oil, acrylic and tempera colors are not admitted (it is a course of drawing, not painting). Pencils, crayons and chalks of all kinds, ink pens and markers, watercolors are fine.
Also turn on your disposition to get playfully involved and have fun!

Minimum number of participants: 2

Week schedule: Saturday or Sunday: arrival and accommodation in your chosen lodging. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: in the morning, 9.15 am to 1 pm, Italian language lesson in small groups of your same level of knowledge. Monday afternoon: Drawing lesson at school.
We will meet in the school veranda to get to know each other and start drawing. In particular we will practise some observation games/excercises.
Duration of the lesson: 2 hours
The material for this lesson is provided by the school to those who have none. After the lesson, the teacher will show you to the Art shop where you can buy what you need.
Tuesday afternoon: Exploring and drawing the city of Lucca. The Line.
Meeting at school to have a look at some drawings made in 1800 by the artists who travelled through Italy on their Grand Tour. Then we will go out into the city to draw the views and objects we like and choose.
At the end we will sit together in a bar having coffee and looking and showing what we have done.
Duration of the lesson : 3 hours
Wednesday: All day excursion to Florence. The Line and the Color.
In the morning we will visit together the San Marco Museum to see the Beato Angelico frescoes. There we will try to "copy" the fresco or painting that most strikes our attention. Free time for lunch.
In the afternoon, walking to the Oltrarno, among studios and workshops.
Back to Lucca for dinner.
Thursday afternoon: exploring and drawing the Lucca countryside. Light, Shade and Aerial Perspective. Realistic Coloring.
Ending up for dinner together in a typical restaurant.
Duration of the lesson: 3 hours
Friday afternoon: free. On Saturday: possibility of an optional day tour with a minimum of 3 persons. Cost of the trip: 70 €.
Tour to Livorno (Leghorn)The Fattori Museum, Color and Light in Modernity. The Color of the Sea.
We will visit the Fattori Museum, a very beautiful villa hosting a precious collection of 19th century works by Tuscan painters, mostly by Giovanni Fattori from Livorno.
Lunch at a typical fish restaurant.
In the afternoon we will go to the sea promenade to draw the sea, between color and gesture.
Then we will have an ice cream in a renowned popular ice cream shop and perhaps even a punch "alla livornese".

Course price: 560 €, including the language lessons, the drawing lessons, a tour of the city, a tour in the country, the Florence excursions, the entrance into the museum, the dinner on Thursday, transportation for every trip, drawing materials for the first day. It does not include the optional Saturday tour.

Note: in case of bad weather, all drawing activities outside the school from Monday to Friday will take place anyhow, just choosing sheltered sites such as: loggias, churches, palaces, villas, ecc.


Students drawing in classStudents drawing in the school verandaDrawing of a cat Watercolour of the Morianese countrysideDrawing of  a tree in the school gardenDrawing of a gardenWatercolour of a house in Pescaglia Watercolour of the road to Partigliano