Today is the day the students arrived! Oh how nice it was to meet all their smiling faces after getting to know them online and waiting for so long! We have two Hollys, two Lauris, two Elizabeths, and two Pams! No kidding! We have six repeat students who have taken the class from me in the US previously. We have two folks that describe themselves as “non artists,” we have one husband and wife and one aunt and niece. We have two sets of friends, one woman from Australia and one from Canada, and many, many, smiling faces! 15 to be exact.
The drivers picked the students up at the airport in Florence and delivered them back to Il Colombaio this afternoon. Paola had set up cold drinks, wine, and fresh fruit on the terrace; I greeted everyone as they arrived. Pamela welcomed the students to the villa, they received their room assignments, and everyone took a quick minute to look around before coming down to the classroom/ studio space where we would get started on the sunflower project.
We did a little drawing, a little painting, and then we went upstairs for aperetivo hour where the students got to know each other better through conversation in the round (we will do this every evening) with an hour of snacks and local wine, before dinner.
We talked about tomorrow’s itinerary–a full day in the studio, followed up by a local winery tour where we will have a tasting and our aperetivo hour, before retiring to the villa for another amazing dinner.
What are we doing all day in the studio tomorrow? Making paper! Because someone wise once said, “You can never have enough paper.”
It’s been unseasonably warm here in Italy, but the good news is that it really cools down and is lovely at night. This evening after aperetivo hour, we moved to our outdoor dining table, set for 17, where we went around and had each student introduce themselves. So many wonderful stories of how they found out about the Italy Retreat and how they found my artwork and workshops!
Pamela warned everyone not to fill up on the pasta plate that came out to the table first. “Because….” she lead in slowly, “That’s NOT dinner…” After pasta came steak with truffle sauce and a tossed salad with bread, and then for dinner we had Panna cotta with a selection of toppings.
I’m so full I cannot move.
Did’t I say that last night? Maybe I shouldn’t have had all that Mortadella for lunch.
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Join us Next June, 2018!
Next June we will be making the Italy Paper Paintings Retreat journey again from the 10th-16th. We have already sold six spots, and have eight spots remaining. Sign-up before October 1st and take advantage of a five-payment plan with Strada Toscana.