Destination: Italy: Venice
Bottega del Tintoretto
In a building right next to Tintoretto’s former house in the Cannaregio district, a collective of artists has opened its printshop to offer workspace and classes. The cavernous studio features antique presses and artists at work. Puppets hang from the ceiling, and shelves display artists’ prints for sale. This summer, classes include week-long seminars on drawing, intaglio printmaking and watercolors inspired by Venice. Five-day courses cost 360 euros, including materials, and run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a lunch break.
The famous Orsoni foundry offers “Living the Venice Workshop: History, Theory and Application of Mosaic Art.” Classes range from three-day introductory workshops to two-week classes in mosaic portraiture and micro-mosaics. With a limit of five or six students, the programs require an application and some drawing experience is recommended. The course fees include guided tours to Torcello and the Basilica of St. Mark’s as well as materials; meals and accommodations are additional. The three-day course costs 480 euros; one-week course costs 750 euro and two-week course costs 1,800.
On the Water
Who hasn’t watched the upright gondoliers navigating their way through the canals of Venice and not wanted to try their hand at rowing on these waterways? Well, thanks to the Societa Canottieri Bucintoro, you can sign up for courses (from two hours to ten sessions) in handling authentic local rowboats. It’s also possible to arrange a tour of the boathouse, which is filled with memorabilia.
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