Wonderful scenery, food and time to paint with Norinka Ford
Sept. 10 – 17, 2019


Wonderful scenery, food and time to paint with Norinka Ford
Taught by Norinka Ford

Norinka says: “The course is for all who want to learn the basics of watercolour painting but don’t know where to begin.
I will show you what materials you will need, what paints, brushes and paper to use.
You will learn how to set up a palette with colours and how to familiarise yourself with different techniques such as wet on wet and wet on dry. You will be shown the basic methods in mixing paints with water to obtain shades of dark and light. For those who wish, I can also include some workshops on other water based paints such as guache and acrylic.
The course aims to unlock your creativity and give you the confidence and freedom to start painting by yourself. It will teach you to see the beauty of the Italian landscape through artists eyes.
For students of an intermediate level I’m happy to take things to a higher level of expertise.”

The programme outlined below may change according to weather but will afford delightful and varied painting locations.
Everyday at 6.30 pm we stop for aperitivo (Prosecco and Stuzzichini).

Tuesday 10th
Arrive Bologna airport late morning unless travelling by car.
We then have a transfer to Casa Bezzia for a light lunch (approx 1.00 – 1.30pm).
After settling in, and probably before dinner, Norinka will give an introduction to the week’s painting and, as we plan to visit the market on Thursday, will discuss simple strategies for drawing the local people shopping chatting walking and general movements.
Dinner at Casa Bezzia at 7.00 pm.

Wednesday 11th
PONTE LECCA. A water location. Bring your “swimmies” and towel just in case you feel like a refreshing dip!
We drive to Ponte Lecca to paint the river and rocks from the banks of the Ceno and visit the local trattoria for lunch.
We will arrange either to paint more on site in the afternoon or to develop the work further in the studio.
Dinner at Casa Bezzia at 7.00 pm.

Thursday 12th
Following a self service buffet breakfast we depart for Bardi to draw the colourful market and town.
Meeting for lunch at IL PELLICANO. (Please note all shops in Bardi are closed on Thursday afternoon).
In the afternoon we will work from sketches in the studio or paint the landscape.
Dinner at Casa Bezzia at 7.00 pm.

Friday 13th
In the morning we drive to a cheese factory for a short guided tour and to sketch and paint the landscape or the animals.
A lunch box will be provided at Casa Bezzia.
In the afternoon we will work further in the studio or outside.
We will depart at 7.00pm for pizza at LA BARACCA.

Saturday 14th
LA COLOMBA “The Long View”.
On Sunday we drive to La Colomba where we have a view across the wide Ceno valley looking back at Bardi Castle and town. This location also has a good view looking down the valley.
Lunch is at La Colomba and returning to the studio in the afternoon.
Dinner at Casa Bezzia at 7.00 pm.

Sunday 15th
We set off for the mountain top village of Pianelleto sketch the deserted village and hill top scenery.
A lunch box will be provided.
About 3.00pm we return to Casa Bezzia to meet in the studio to finish our paintings.
Enjoy a cooking demonstration in the evening. You may participate, if you wish. Lisa will show you traditional recipies.
We will then eat what Cheff Lisa makes for Dinner!

Monday 16th
A Closer View: today we draw and paint the castle from Bardi or the view from the castle ramparts.
After lunch at a trattoria we may either visit the castle, drawing its structure or from within looking out, or continue painting in the town.
Castle entry, 6 Euros in 2018, is not included.
If time permits we may visit an artisan carpenter and his facinating workshop.
Returning to Casa Bezzia for dinner.

Tuesday 17th
Clear studio, pack up, final sketch and photos.
Light lunch and depart for Bologna airport at 4.oo pm.


7 Dicembre 2018