As Fall’s last colors’ fade, as the leaves fall more quickly, as leaden skies become more frequent there is a glimmer on the horizon. It is our May trips to Orvieto. Orvieto in May conjures up visions of bright red poppies dotting the landscape, yellow zucchini blossoms gracing vendor stalls at the market, multi-colored artichokes stacked high, emerging green in the fields, and warm, sunny skies. Just what the doctor ordered!!
And May also conjures up a handful of entertaining, educational, fun trips with some exceptional teachers. Or, if you just want to get intimate with the Italian way of life, our Discover Orvieto and Girlfriend Getaway trips. Here is what’s on tap.
Photography and Fabric. Mary Ellen Kranz will be marrying her skills with camera and computer with her love of quilting and fabric. Take pictures under her careful tutelage, enhance the picture on the computer and then print it out on a variety of fabrics to be incorporated into quilt, scarf, purse, book cover or other items that you love. May 9 – 15, 2010.
Mixed Media Fun. Ellen Kochansky leads you on scavenger hunts through Orvieto. While you are out and about, and while you are cooking, tasting wine, sampling olive oil, and exploring the Etruscan past you will have the opportunity to pick up a grand variety of local items. Ellen then guides you in displaying these items between gossamer sheets of silk bound with a nontoxic homemade glue. The transparent “postcards” fold out accordion style from a cover you make, capturing memories of this special city. May 16 – 22.
Leather-bound Mixed Media Journal. Harvard University faculty member Gina Foglia is leading a wonderful exploration of your senses and how you react through them to the environment around you. Gina will help you “map” your discoveries in a mixed media journal bound with leather from a local shop. May 16 – 22.
Painting and Drawing. Walk the streets and alleys and green spaces of Orvieto with Jane LaFazio, who will teach the newbie to the experienced how to paint and draw the beauty of your exceptional spring Italian surroundings. You will create a series of 5 X 7 sketches and paintings housed in a cloth and paper portfolio of your own making. May 23 – 29.
Photography. Jan Phillips, author of Marry Your Muse and Creating Every Day will lead you into all the many scenic spaces of Orvieto to improve your photography skills. Whether experienced or completely new to photography, Jan will use her many years of photographic experience, her artful eye, and her sense of composition to help you improve your skills, all while capturing beautiful memories of this exceptional city. May 23 – 29.
Culture, Food, Wine, History. People love Italy for its immense history, its exceptional food, its variety of wine, and a culture that is modern yet rooted in tradition. Spend a week experiencing intimately all the passion and joy Italians have to offer. Through Discover Orvieto, our cultural immersion adventure, enjoy the company and insights of the many Orvietani we have come to know as friends over the past eight years. May 9 – 15, May 16 – 22, and May 23 – 29.
A second Culture, Food, Wine, History trip is under development – the Girlfriend Getaway. Contact us for more information on this trip. May 9 – 15.
Join us in Orvieto!