<i>Slow-down in Umbria</i> <i>10-17 June</i> Wildflowers on Vellum
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Slow-down in Umbria 10-17 June Wildflowers on Vellum

These botanical art holidays are incredibly sociable. People return with friends, or to make new ones. Artists are often single travellers who enjoy meeting like-minded people from many countries

Why not book two weeks
and receive free linking nights.

Week 2
10 - 17 June ‘Wildflowers on Vellum’

€1380 paintersharing a room

Non-painter (shared room) €850

Single occupancy of room + €105
Apartment + €105 per person

Booking deposit (non-refundable)
€500 per person

En-suite bedrooms* in the same building as the studio
Full board with half bottle of wine at dinner**
FREE wi-fi (for 1 device)
Tuition from Elaine Searle and support tutor Mary Ellen Taylor
24/7 access to studio
1 small piece of Calfskin Vellum (others available to purchase)
Equipment : drawing boards, light box, water pots, tracing paper, paper towel.
Free tea and coffee to make in studio

* Not all rooms have balconies/views so book early to secure one.
**Dinner only on day of arrival, breakfast only on day of departure.
Not suitable for beginners to botanical painting
but previous experience with Vellum is not required.
Class size: 12 INTERMEDIATES
7 places remaining
This week we create small studies of local wildflowers onto calfskin vellum. Specimens may include several varieties of orchid.

Calfskin vellum, already prepared for painting will be supplied and other pieces will be available to purchase. Topics covered will include, Preparing to paint, transferring a drawing, working with a dry brush technique, how to correct mistakes, how to store and frame vellum. Dry brushing is an exacting and time consuming technique so you will be guided will tackle only a small subject which may be completed within the time.

Day 1 usually starts with a short slideshow to give inspiration. The tuition is a mixture of group discussion, demonstration and individual guidance. My aim is that everyone enjoys learning, and trying out new skills in a friendly, non-competitive environment. One of the hallmarks of these holidays is how generously the artists support each other regardless of experience level.

Free time
After class you are free to sunbathe, swim, walk, work on in the studio, or simply relax until dinner.

Painters are welcome to be accompanied by non-painting friends or partners. The idyllic but rather secluded nature of il Collaccio is best suited to those who enjoy walking, swimming or relaxing with a book. To explore further you would need to arrive with a hire car.

A bonus for those booking two consecutive weeks
Many people (especially when travelling long-haul) like to book for two weeks. You will receive FREE accommodation for the linking days between courses. On these changeover days when guests are arriving or departing there is no tuition so you are free to relax or explore on your own.

How to Book

Contact me with full details.
I will confirm that a provisional place is being held for you. You will then be contacted by the hotel requesting your deposit payment. Upon payment your place will be confirmed.
Accommodation is allocated on a first-come, first-served basis determined by the date at which the booking deposit is received. Those rooms which have balconies and/or valley views are popular and we encourage you to book early to secure one. The nine first floor rooms require climbing a short flight of stairs. There are two ground floor rooms one of which is equipped with a wet-room style bathroom, please indicate when booking if you would like this facility.
Studio spaces are allocated via a numbered draw which takes place each week at the ‘welcome meeting’ on the first evening before dinner.
Cancellations must be advised in writing. Please email the the office at Il Collaccio as soon as possible.

Your deposit paid is not refundable.
If you cancel more than 10 weeks from the start date of the course, we will endeavour to find a replacement booking. If we are successful then your balance would be refunded.
Cancellations advised less than 10 weeks from the start date of the course are not eligible for refunds.

We strongly recommend that at the time of booking a comprehensive travel insurance policy is purchased which includes cancellation and curtailment cover.
Wed 10 June Arrival
Guests arrive throughout the day according to their transfer/flight times
7.00pm Welcome meeting in studio followed by dinner in hotel restaurant.

Thurs 11 Studio
9.30am presentation to introduce the week (reception room)
10.15-1.00 Tutored session in studio
1.00-2.30 Lunch break
2.30pm - 4.00pm Tutored session in studio
7.30pm Dinner in hotel restaurant

Fri 11 - Tues 16 Studio
9.30-1.00 Tutored session in studio
1.00-2.30 Lunch break
2.30pm - 4.00pm Tutored session in studio
7.30pm Dinner in hotel restaurant

Wed 17 June: Departure
Departing guests should vacate bedrooms by 10am.
Guests depart throughout the day according to their transfer/flight times
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NEW for 2020

I am delighted that Mary Ellen Taylor will be my support tutor on weeks 1 & 2

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