Summer School 2017 : Abruzzo, Central Italy with Dionne Swift
Location: La Vecchia Scuola, Colle Case 15, Torrareccio, CH 66046
Sunday arrival – you’ll be collected for Pescara [the UK flight arrives at 5.20pm..we can accommodate alternative scenarios on an individual basis] Its a 1 hour transfer to Atessa and your hotel, once you have freshened up everyone is invited to a welcome meal at the hotel.
This 5 day summer school takes you through from conception, development and realisation of a project: in essence we follow the design process discovering and explore new textile techniques along the way. You’ll have a completed textile piece and a bulging sketchbook to take home which will inspire further projects…not to mention great memories of a fantastic creative adventure in this wonderful region of Italy.
Monday 19th June – Friday 23rd June 2017
Monday 25th September – Friday 29th September 2017
Each day to the workshop Mark or myself will pick you up at 9.30am at Hotel Al Duca and return you there for 5.30pm after a full day of creativity! Evenings are free time for you to enjoy…
Morning – Researching and collecting visual information. The Abrussese coast line is dotted with spectacular ‘Trabocchi’ [wooden fishing platforms] – they are a truly special feature of the Abruzzo region & perfect visual stimuli! We shall enjoy lunch at a local restaurant near the beach.
Afternoon – Back at La Vecchia Scuola I shall introduce a textile technique to help you develop the images collected that morning.
Morning – Researching and collecting visual information. We shall venture into the mountains and work ‘en plein air’ to capture the amazing vistas and landscapes of the Appeninnes: followed by a traditional mountain lunch at a local Agriturismo.
Afternoon – Back at La Vecchia Scuola, I’ll demonstrate another new technique useful for developing that mornings images and incorporate yesterdays ideas and techniques.
Evening- Enjoy an aperitif and BBQ at La Vecchio Scuola and get to know your class mates a little better: by way of introduction, it would be fabulous if you could bring along a small piece [or image] of your own work to share and discuss.
Morning – Tornareccio, the nearest village, is known for its honey and its mosaics – we shall spend the morning investigating the latter through the small alleys, streets and piazzas of this pleasant hillside village: then its lunch at the local restaurant: Meditteraneo
Afternoon – Back at La Vecchia Scuola we shall look at incorporating further textile techniques into your new repertoire and discuss how you might move forward with your work.
Morning – Its market day in Atessa…. we shall make a late start so you can absorb the sights and sounds of the local town: There are numerous amazing Baroque churches, beautiful cobble streets and ancient arches & doorways to explore.
We’ll have a home cooked lunch back at La Vecchio Scuola
Afternoon – Time for some individual development and 1:1 discussion to help clarify your ideas
Morning – Developing and resolving images and ideas…
Afternoon – This is a great time to consider different methods of finishing/mounting/presentation tactile pieces. You’ll have time to complete your work as well as review and evaluate [individually and with the group]…sadly its time to say goodbye….but not before one last meal together…an optional farewell meal in Tornareccio or Atessa in the evening.
Saturday departure. We can collect you from the hotel in the evening for a departure from Pescara airport returning to Stansted
What workshop supplies will you need to bring?
A hardback sketchbook – ideally ring bound A4 [or larger if you prefer]…something to draw in and collect information in when we are out and about.
Drawing/sketching media – pencils, graphite sticks, charcoal – whatever your prefer.
Something water-soluble would be most beneficial – pencils or coloured Caran D’ache type pastels
Small water container &/or refillable brush
Some means to carry the above whilst we are out and about.
Bear in mind it may be very warm – you may like a hat & suncream…
What supplies/materials/equipment will be provided for you at La Vecchio Scuola?
Sewing machines [suitable for free machine embroidery]
Threads and embroidery hoops
Silk Screens, dyes and supplies
Basic range of fabrics for print and stitch
Basic auxiliary fabrics [ e.g. water soluble]
The nearest airport is Pescara https://www.ryanair.com there are regular flights from Stansted, UK [there has been talk of a new route from East Midlands but this hasn’t kicked in yet]
If you prefer you can fly to Rome from just about anywhere – there is a bus that connects to Pescara [2.5 hours]
Rooms 201, 202 & 203 have balconies and view across the town to the sea in the distance. 302/303/304/402 also have views but no balcony. 403 has mountain views.
Agriturismo Montagnola has a cottage to rent – it would be ideal for families or couples…you would definitely need a car! https://www.facebook.com/Agriturismo-Montagnola-213619305317481/?fref=ts
La Fontana, Tornareccio : A boutique B&B in the local village – you would need a car to get about. http://www.2fontane.com
Independent travellers may wish to hire a car – Abruzzo is a rural area, the roads aren’t as busy as in other Italian locations, but a Sat Nav or Google Maps is extremely useful.
Car hire is available form the Airport and the Railway station: we often use Firefly [car hire can be booked via Ryanair when purchasing flights]
We can collect students from Pescara [airport & train station] on Sunday afternoon and return them the following weekend – transfer of this nature is only feasible if your are staying at Al Duca in Atessa our suggested accommodation. We will collect you each day from Al Duca for the workshop excursions: Al Duca is well placed in the centre of Atessa where there are a range of bars and restaurants all in strolling distance [Al Duca itself has a well recommended restaurant]
Non participating guests and partners are welcome to join in on meals and ‘extras’ yet would need to make their own transport arrangements. [Advance notice and payment would be appreciated]
We can suggest a range of activities and excursions to suit their interests: mountain walks and cycling are very popular…yet also a quick search in Trip Advisor for activities in the area will highlight many opportunities.
Please get in touch if you have any queries.