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CTR 130-W20 | Sketching on Location: Italy 2020

CTR 130-W20 | Sketching on Location: Italy 2020

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Maximum Enrollment: 9 LBS

Course Description

Have you ever wanted to travel to Italy with a small group of fellow art lovers to walk, sketch, paint, learn about the history of the art and culture of both Venice and Florence? Are you open to bringing only a carry-on suitcase with you and love walking 5-7 miles a day? If the answer is yes, this is the class for you! Students need to be able to carry their own luggage and walk 5-7 miles a day with their luggage. The ideal students for this workshop are those with a sense of adventure, are interested in drawing and painting on location, and visiting museums and churches. The days will be spent walking, exploring, creating art, and discovering what makes Venice and Florence so unique. All levels of artistic experience are welcome.

TUITION: $2,400 (A $500 non-refundable deposit is required for registration. Final balance of $1,900 is due by November 15, 2019)
CEUs: 0

Important Information:

Trip Dates: April 16-26, 2020

Class is limited to nine participants.

Prior to the trip, an Informational Session will be held (date to be determined) to meet Marguerite Lawler and to discuss the following: 

  • Trip schedule
  • Art and culture curriculum
  • How to pack for the trip in one carry-on bag, including recommended art supplies.


A $500 non-refundable deposit is due at registration. Final payment is due by November 15, 2019.

Marguerite Lawler’s education includes a BFA in Illustration from Rhode Island School of Design, and a MFA in Painting from the City University of New York. Her work is shown in both public and private collections. She is represented by the Elizabeth Moss Gallery in Falmouth. Marguerite is the recipient of a 2017 Project Grant for Artists from the Maine Arts Commission. www.margueritelawler.com

Travel Outline: We suggest flying out of Boston on Thursday, 4/16 evening to arrive in Venice on Friday. We will spend 4 nights exploring Venice and its surrounding islands. On Tuesday, we will leave Venice by train and head to Florence. We will spend 5 nights in Florence and fly out on Sunday the 26th.


What does a typical day look like?

  • 9:00 am - 1:00 pm: Early morning museum visit with informal art history discussion; Teacher demonstration on art-making focus; Drawing and painting on location with individual instruction; Group sharing of artwork
  • 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm: Lunch
  • 2:30 pm - 7:00 pm: Students are on their own for the afternoon and dinner. 

Is ground transportation included in the cost of the trip?

Students will be responsible for their boat transportation in Venice and bus transportation in Florence. Train tickets from Venice to Florence will be provided for you. 

Will there be other out of pocket expenses?
Yes, specifically boat tickets, museum entrance fees, meals, etc.

Can non-painters attend the trip?

Absolutely! Venice and Florence are paradise for all kinds of artists, photographers, writers, filmmakers — those who wish to just explore are welcome to register. Feel free to sit in on the group discussions and lectures. You’ll want to check out the schedule to see if this is the right trip for you. The class is limited to seven participants.

How do I get there? Will there be a group flight?
We will be suggesting a flight leaving Boston for those interested in traveling together. For those who wish to travel on their own flying out of Boston will offer the most direct flights to Italy. Remember the class starts in Venice and ends in Florence.

What is the housing like?
The family owned three star hotels in both Venice and Florence are small, charming, clean establishments that serve breakfast daily (students will be responsible for their own lunch and dinner). The rooms have ensuite bathrooms. All students will stay in double occupancy rooms. 

Do I need to rent a car?
No, we will be walking and taking local transportation.

What is the weather like at this time of year?
In April the average temperature now reaches up to 16°C (about 61°F), and falls to around 8°C (about 46°F) in the evenings. Although light clothing would be appropriate for daytime wear, as the weather is quite changeable you should also bring a light jacket and raincoat. Make sure you check the local weather report before you travel.

What about painting supplies? Do I bring my own?
Yes, everyone will be carrying their own art supplies. Please include a small watercolor sketchbook and paint set, a variety of drawing tools, kneaded eraser and sharpener in your backpack. Instructor will provide a recommended supply list prior to departure at Informational Session.


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