Still Life Color and Composition: Tablescapes Inspired by a Croatian City by the Sea

with Christine Lafuente - May 22 - May 29, 2023

Still Life Color and Composition: Tablescapes Inspired by a Croatian City by the Sea

with Christine Lafuente - May 22 - May 29, 2023

Explore the delightful ancient seaside town as an inspiration for composition and color harmony!

Dates: May 22-29, 2023
Location: Angelo d’Oro, Rovinj, Croatia
Mediums: Oil
Instructor: Christine Lafuente

Join Christine Lafuente on the Istrian Coast in Rovinj, Croatia to explore the delightful ancient seaside town as an inspiration for composition and color harmony.

Lafuente has been exploring the cross-inspiration of composing still life and painting en plein air for decades: “Still life can be a visual metaphor for the places seen in the mind’s eye.” Seascapes, cityscapes, even cloudscapes, conjured on an intimate scale, become the inspiration for her still life arrangements she calls “tablescapes.”

Our first three mornings will include sketching en plein air in Rovinj, followed by the composing of still life arrangements inspired by our morning’s visual experiences. Afternoons are devoted to still life painting and will include lecture on concepts such as abstraction, tonal design, atmosphere, and color harmony as they relate to the practical applications of mixing oil color and painting alla prima.

The fourth will be a free day with excursion to the town of Motovun. Days five, six and seven will be full days of still life painting, with individual instruction and group critique.  Day seven’s instruction will conclude with an exhibit of work before the farewell dinner.

About the Instructor

A native of Poughkeepsie NY, Christine Lafuente received an A.B. in English from Bryn Mawr College in 1991. She then moved to downtown Philadelphia to earn a Certificate in Painting and Printmaking from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. There she was awarded a Louis S. Ware Memorial Scholarship for European Travel. While Artist-in-Residence at the Fleisher Art Memorial from 1997 to 2002, she began teaching and studied at the Barnes Foundation. In 2003 she moved to Brooklyn NY, where she earned a Masters in Fine Arts at Brooklyn College. Christine currently lives and works in Brooklyn throughout the year and spends summers painting in Maine. christinelafuente.com

Luxury Accomodations at Angelo d'Oro, Rovinj, Croatia

Rovinj, Croatia

Angelo d’Oro is a beautifully converted 17th Century Bishop’s Palace, a Croatian historic preservation site located in the heart of Rovinj’s old town.  Built around a charming interior garden where breakfast and evening drinks are served, the three-story site offers elegant accommodations in 21 rooms on three floors. Interior art workshop space is available in a vaulted room on the first floor.

The town of Rovinj, the jewel of the Istrian Peninsula, is heavily influenced by Italian architecture and culture, and indeed formed part of Italy until recently.  Surrounded on three sides by water, medieval and renaissance Rovinj consists of a warren of cobble stone streets, tunnels and stairways, the entire town banned to car traffic.  Waterfront restaurants, shops, cafes and a vibrant marketplace are all within steps of our venue.  At the top of the town is a cathedral, surrounded by a park with dramatic views of the crystal-clear Adriatic Sea. 

In addition to workshops led by nationally acclaimed instructors, and a day excursion arranged by Winslow Art Center, participants, and their non-painting companions, will have access to beaches, boat excursions, bike rental and an extensive public park created in the late 19th Century when Istria was still under Austrian rule.

The pick-up and drop-off point for those traveling to Rovinj by transportation arranged by Winslow Art Center is nearby and convenient to Venice, its international airport and train station so that those who wish may visit this fascinating city before or after the workshop.  This should be a memorable experience.

Itinerary

Day 1 - Monday, May 22, 2023
  • Pickup at meeting spot near Venice (Mestre) at 1:30 PM
  • Arrive at Angelo d’Oro, Rovinj
  • Welcome Orientation/Aperitivo and Dinner
Day 2 - Tuesday, May 23, 2023
  • Breakfast at Hotel
  • Tour of Rovinj and Painting Sites
  • Lunch with Group
  • Afternoon Painting Instruction
  • Aperitivo and Dinner with Group
Day 3 - Wednesday, May 24, 2023
  • Breakfast at Hotel
  • Morning Painting Instruction
  • Break for Lunch
  • Afternoon Painting Instruction
  • Dinner on Your Own
Day 4 - Thursday, May 25, 2023
  • Breakfast at Hotel
  • Morning Painting Instruction
  • Break for Lunch
  • Afternoon Painting Instruction
  • Aperitivo and Dinner
Day 5 - Friday, May 26, 2023
  • Breakfast at Hotel
  • Excursion to Town of Motovun
  • Dinner on Your Own
Day 6 - Saturday, May 27, 2023
  • Breakfast at Hotel
  • Morning Painting Instruction
  • Break for Lunch
  • Afternoon Painting Instruction
  • Aperitivo and Dinner
Day 7 - Sunday, May 28, 2023
  • Breakfast at Hotel
  • Morning Painting Instruction
  • Break for Lunch
  • Afternoon Painting Instruction
  • Exhibit of Work/Farewell Aperitivo and Dinner
Day 8 - Monday, May 29, 2023
  • Breakfast at Hotel
  • Depart for Venice 9:30 AM
  • Arrive at drop-off point near Venice (Mestre) 12:30-1:00 PM
(Planned itinerary is subject to minor alterations.)
Still Life Color and Composition: Tablescapes Inspired by a Croatian City by the Sea
with Christine Lafuente – May 22 – May 29, 2023

Total cost is based per room and number of occupants:

Solo workshop participant: $3,950.
Two workshop participants sharing a room: $6,900.
Workshop participant with travel companion: $6,400.
• Maximum 2 occupants per room, double occupancy not required.
What’s Included:  
  • 8 days, 7 nights accommodation, private room with ensuite bathroom at Angelo d’Oro, Rovinj, Croatia
  • Ground transport from Venice (Mestre) to venue and return
  • All breakfasts, 1 lunch, 5 dinners with wine
  • 5 full days of art instruction
  • Additional activities include: welcome aperitivo, guided orientation tour of Rovinj and painting sites, excursion to inland town of Motovun, wine tasting, closing reception.
A deposit of $750 per person will reserve your room and space(s) in a workshop. You may cancel your reservation for a full refund of the deposit within 24 hours. After 24 hours, the deposit is non-refundable. Full balance and signed contract are due four months before the beginning of the workshop.

$750 deposit per person

Please read the contract for complete terms and conditions.

Experience Counts

travel workshop paint in Italy Martha Jordan

With over 10 years of experience organizing art tours, and with part of our team, my daughters Anne and Amy, living in Europe and fluent in Italian and Spanish, we have the ability not only to maintain long term relationships with the owners and staff of our favorite venues, but to seek out and vet new and unique locations each year. We personally participate in every travel workshop to ensure the quality of the accommodations and cuisine as well as to coordinate the special needs of the art instruction program.

If you have any questions, please use the form below, phone 206-715-6663 or email martha@winslowartcenter.com to contact us.