Sicily Workshop

Sketch Sicily with Leslie Fehling
September 15-22, 2018



7 days at Villa Salinara
in Marsala, Sicily
(Click here for schedule and pricing.)


Italy captured my heart when I first visited in 2013, and I’ve fallen more in love with it every time I return. I’ve taught workshops in Tuscany the past few years, but in 2018 I’ll be traveling to a different part of the country – Sicily! 



This island off the southern coast of Italy has everything you could wish for in a painting destination.

Clear aquamarine ocean waters, 


soaring mountains, 


ancient ruins, 



vineyards, olive groves, historic cities, 



and beautiful nature preserves (complete with windmills!)



September is the perfect time to visit. The weather is warm and sunny, with cooler nights, and little to no rain. And best of all, the summer crowds are nowhere to be found!  


We’ll be staying at Villa Salinara, a country estate built in the 1700s and lovingly restored by our hosts, Adriano and his wife, Yumi. 


The villa has lovely rooms with authentic Mediterranean style and views of the surrounding fields, mountains, and sea. 









Many of the rooms are separate apartments with their own living area, kitchen, and bath. (Register early for the best choice of accommodations.) 



There’s an organic garden that supplies delicious herbs and vegetables for the meals we’ll enjoy at the villa, and the sea is just a short walk down the hill. You can even borrow a bike to explore the area, if you like.


Our painting studio at the villa offers a great spot for us to gather for daily classes and late-night painting sessions, 


but most of the time we’ll be sketching outdoors, either around the villa, at the nearby seaside, or during our day trips to picturesque villages and nature preserves.


We’ll be visiting the archeologic park at Segesta and sketching a beautifully preserved ancient Greek temple there.


The city of Marsala is just a few kilometers from Villa Salinara, and we’ll have plenty of time to explore its historic sites, shops, and colorful markets.


The incredible views from Mount Erice will have us scrambling for pen and paints. I’m already thinking of how to capture the essence of it on paper.


Now let's talk about the food...it will be incredible! 


At Villa Salinara, we'll enjoy authentic Mediterranean meals with locally-sourced ingredients, including fresh veggies from the villa’s own gardens. 


Our chef caters to everyone’s dietary needs, happily preparing vegetarian and gluten-free selections that are just as delicious as the “regular” options. 


Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all included in the price of this workshop tour, so you’ll have extra money to spend in those cute shops in Marsala!
  

During the workshop, you’ll be creating your own illustrated watercolor travel journal filled with sketches of the places you see, the adventures you have, and the things you discover that are distinctly Sicilian. I’ll show you how to add interest to your sketchbook pages with hand lettering, borders, and exciting page designs. You’ll find yourself looking at the world differently as we go about our days, noticing design details where you never thought to look for them before.


I'll share practical step-by-step lessons on how to paint specific subject matter that we encounter in our wanderings, and my easy techniques for drawing buildings and handling perspective challenges will make drawing those quaint medieval village scenes easier than you imagined. 


With my encouragement and one-on-one guidance, and the inspiration you’ll find just from being in Sicily, you’ll fill the pages of your travel sketchbook with images that are full of life and memories.


Travel sketching imprints a place on your mind like nothing else can. Why not join me in Sicily in 2018 and experience it for yourself?

This workshop is being arranged through Artravelitaly, who will handle all booking arrangements. Artravelitaly will follow up on correspondence with students and receive the payments of deposit and balance from the students directly. View the entire program here.

Contact: Alessia, program manager, at:
Artravelitaly
Loc. Bagnano, 135
50052 Certaldo - Firenze - Italy
Phone: +39 3772709500

Everything is included in the cost of your week in Sicily:
  • Accommodations in a single or double room at Villa Salinara
  • All tuition fees
  • All Sicilian breakfasts, lunches and dinners
  • Wine tasting with local producer
  • All local transportation
  • Pick-up and drop-off at Palermo airport
Prices for the all-inclusive package of seven nights at Villa Salinara, September 15-22, 2018, are listed below. It is suggested that you fly into Palermo Airport in Sicily and arrive on Saturday morning, September 15, 2018, and fly out on Saturday, September 22, 2018. Or you may wish to extend your trip by adding on a day or two at either end to explore Palermo, Marsala, or other parts of Sicily. In any case, pick-up for the workshop will be at Palermo Airport at a scheduled time on September 15, 2018.

Cost: (US prices listed are approximate and will vary according to the monetary exchange rate at the time your payment is made.)
  • Double room/apartment with private bath € 2350 (~ $2722)
  • Single room with shared bath € 2470 (~ $2860) (maximum three people sharing)
  • Single room/apartment with private bath € 2970 (~ $3440)
Spouses or non-painting partners benefit from everything included in the program except painting instruction.

To sign up, a 600 € deposit is requested. Reserve your place now, so you don't miss out! Early registration also gives you your choice of rooms. Contact Alessia for all the details.

Questions? Contact Leslie, or Alessia from Artravelitaly. 

To register for the workshop, contact Alessia.

Everyone needs to visit Italy at least once in their life. 
Make 2018 your year to sketch the Sicilian countryside, 
stroll through historic villages, enjoy a glass of wine 
in Marsala, and relax on a pristine beach. 
I can't wait to go! Won't you come along with me?  
Sicily is waiting...


"To have seen Italy without having seen Sicily
is to not have seen Italy at all,
for Sicily is the clue to everything."

Goethe, Italian Journey 1787

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