Capturing Vibrant Istria: Landscapes and Still Life

with Amy Brnger - May 29 to June 5, 2023

Capturing Vibrant Istria: Landscapes and Still Life

with Amy Brnger - May 29 to June 5, 2023

Loosen Up Brushstrokes and Liberate Color!

Dates: May 29-June 5, 2023
Location: Angelo d’Oro, Rovinj, Croatia
Mediums: Oil, acrylic, watercolor or gouache
Instructor: Amy Brnger

The site for this workshop will be the medieval town of Rovinj, situated on a stunning, hilly peninsula on the dramatic northwestern Adriatic coast of Croatia. Painting subjects will include seascapes and town views, as well as local flowers and still life. Painters will explore composition, color mixing, simplifying complex views, and getting to the essence of a subject by loosening brushstrokes and liberating color.

Amy will be sketching in graphite/charcoal and painting in oil, but participants are welcome to work in the medium of choice (acrylic, watercolor, oil sticks, gouache). Morning sessions will typically include quick sketching to loosen up, followed by a demonstration by Amy. Painters will then work until lunchtime after which Amy will provide feedback and instruction throughout the afternoon work sessions.

About the Instructor

Amy Brnger, from Eliot, Maine, has painted still life, flowers, interiors and landscape for as long as she has been an artist. She enjoys painting flowers from her garden, interior views of her home, and forgotten, overlooked landscape views. Amy attended the University of New Hampshire for painting and then earned degrees in counseling and adventure. She now works as a full-time artist. Amy won the Elizabeth Greenshields award twice, and has completed public and private commissions. She is represented by galleries in Maine, New Hampshire, Cape Cod, and Virginia. In addition to painting, she has a paperworks business and teaches painting workshops nationally, internationally and online. amybrnger.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 - May 29
  • Pickup at meeting spot near Venice (Mestre) at 1:30 PM
  • Arrive at Angelo d’Oro, Rovinj
  • Welcome Orientation/Aperitivo and Dinner
Day 2 - May 30
  • Breakfast at Hotel
  • Tour of Rovinj and Painting Sites
  • Lunch with Group
  • Afternoon Painting Instruction
  • Aperitivo and Dinner with Group
Day 3 - May 31
  • Breakfast at Hotel
  • Morning Painting Instruction
  • Break for Lunch
  • Afternoon Painting Instruction
  • Dinner on Your Own
Day 4 - June 1
  • Breakfast at Hotel
  • Morning Painting Instruction
  • Break for Lunch
  • Afternoon Painting Instruction
  • Aperitivo and Dinner
Day 5 - June 2
  • Breakfast at Hotel
  • Excursion to Town of Motovun
  • Dinner on Your Own
Day 6 - June 3
  • Breakfast at Hotel
  • Morning Painting Instruction
  • Break for Lunch
  • Afternoon Painting Instruction
  • Aperitivo and Dinner
Day 7 - June 4
  • Breakfast at Hotel
  • Morning Painting Instruction
  • Break for Lunch
  • Afternoon Painting Instruction
  • Exhibit of Work/Farewell Aperitivo and Dinner
Day 8 - June 5
  • 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.)
Capturing Vibrant Istria: Landscapes and Still Life
with Amy Brnger – May 29 to June 5, 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.