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Venice Painting Holiday

with
Tim Wright
Tim Wright was born and grew up in London, where he continues to live and work. In the mid-1980s he graduated in Fine Art from Middlesex University. Tim Wright has exhibited extensively and his work features in many collections, both in the UK and internationally. Most recently he has been a prizewinner in The Derwent Art Prize 2016, an exhibitor in The National Open Art Competition in the City of London, had a number of solo exhibitions with Shine Artists at The Albemarle Gallery London, featured in the 2014 BP Portrait Award at The National Portrait Gallery, and shown portraits at Petworth House in Sussex and Burgh House in London. 

He worked as a fine art lecturer at the Chelsea School of Art, Middlesex University and The Motley Theatre Design School. He continues to teach courses in life painting and drawing at his studio in London. He delivers ‘Painting Masterclasses’ at various institutions, including The Mall Galleries in London and The Turner Contemporary Museum in Margate.

From 2011 until 2013 he was engaged as painting consultant on the Mike Leigh directed film 'Mr Turner'. He taught the actor Timothy Spall to paint, in order for him to prepare for the role, and, when filming began, advised him and other actors on set. 
 
What's included...
  • Return flights on British Airways (economy) to Venice
  • A vaporetto pass for the week
  • Transport to/from Venice Airport to the hotel by private water taxi
  • All church, museum & gallery entry tickets
  • Tuition from acclaimed artist, Tim Wright, and your tour manager
  • Easels, brushes, paints, canvases & all other materials required
  • A painting studio on the island of San Servolo in the Venetian Lagoon
  • 7 breakfasts, 8 lunches and 3 dinners (dinner with wine, water and coffee included)
  • 7 nights in the lagoon facing 4-star Hotel Locanda Vivaldi
  • All tips and taxes
Hotel
Hotel Locanda Vivaldi
Getting about
Participants should be reasonably fit. There is a significant amount of
walking, standing and use of stairs.
Highlights
Further paintings by Tiepolo have been added, including an entire frescoed ceiling, depicting 'The Allegory of Merit', which was rescued from Palazzo Barbarigo, now in the throne room.

In the early years of the 19th century, the palazzo was to become Jesuit College, however through complicated inheritance it finally came into the hands of the Pindemonte-Giovanelli family. In 1832, the family sold the entire furnishings and collections of the palazzo. Only the frescos remained in situ. In 1837, Ca' Rezzonico was acquired by Count Ladislao Zelinsky, he in turn let the palazzo to a succession of aristocratic tenants. In the 1880s, it became the home of the painter Robert Barrett Browning, whose father Robert Browning, the poet, died in his apartment on the mezzanine floor in 1889. At this time, the American portrait painter John Singer Sargent also had a studio in the palazzo.

n 1758, the newly completed palazzo was enhanced further, by the addition of frescos to the ceilings of the state rooms on the piano nobile overlooking the rio di San Barnaba. The artists selected for this task were Jacopo Guarana, Gaspare Diziani and most importantly Giambattista Tiepolo. These frescos remaining today are among the finest preserved in Venice.

The Palazzo's principal rooms are arranged on the 1st piano nobile; on all floors the famous canal facade is only three rooms wide. On each side of the building a suite of four state rooms lead from the grand canal facade to the largest room in the palazzo - the magnificent ballroom at the rear. This room, created by Massari, is of double height. The walls are decorated in trompe l'oeil by the Lombard Pietro Visconti. The images are of an architectural nature, which create the feeling that the large room is even more massive than it is. The ceiling, painted by Giovanni Battista Crosato, depicts Apollo riding his carriage between Europe, Asia, Africa and The Americas. The Ballroom and following state rooms are reached by the vast staircase of honour, its marble balustrades decorated with statuary by Giusto Le Court. Le Court the leading sculptor in Venice in the late 17th century worked closely on many projects with the first architect Longhena, which suggests the regal importance the ballroom and staircase give to the palazzo was one of the intentions of the patrician Bon family rather than the 'arriviste' Rezzonicos.

The piano nobile also contains such rooms as the Chapel, and the beautifully frescoed Nuptial Allegory Room decorated to celebrate the 1758 marriage of Ludovico Rezzonico. The ceiling has a trompe l'oeil depiction of the groom and his bride ferried by Apollo's chariot.[3] The frescoes in the adjoining room continues the celebration of the happy union. This room and the Palazzo Labia ballroom house major ceiling frescoes "in situ" by Tiepolo in Venice.
 
Your base for the week is on San Servolo island, in the Venetian Lagoon, where you will paint throughout your painting holiday under the tutelage of Tim Wright. All the materials required are provided for you; easels, canvases, paints, brushes etc
The wealthy Labia family commissioned this gloriously sumptuous palazzo in the 18th-century. The main salon is adorned with Tiepolo painted scenes of the life of Cleopatra. Cheekily, in one of these is a self-portrait by the great painter.
The senior curator of the Peggy Guggenheim Museum & Gallery in Venice has invited you to a drinks party he is hosting at the museum especially for guests of Sapienza Travel. 
For those of you interested in great art, Tim Wright offers a range of painting holidays and masterclasses. This is an opportunity to experience the world of the artist’s studio and to investigate the methods and materials of painting. He will guide you through the basics of technique and provide the opportunity to investigate your own potential, whether you are new to painting or someone eager to develop their existing practice. These course are focussed around a particular artist. At present, you can choose from Caravaggio, Tiepolo, Turner, Degas, Manet and Sargent.

The aim is to give the client a taste of the atmosphere and creative context of the artist’s workplace and a ‘hands-on’ experience of their practice, explaining methods, materials and historical context. The physicality of this process will give a more direct connection to the artist. The best part of the day is spent painting, with breaks for discussion and refreshment. A full range of the necessary tools and materials will be provided, as well as the appropriate life-models and props. The week will be structured so that, in addition to a series of studies and exercises, the client has a painting to take home.

In studying these artists we do not seek to create a pastiche or copy, but to try and convey something of their creative processes and practical concerns. Inspired by their example, we aim to help the client to make a painting which is their own, not a facsimile. With brush or chalk in hand, paint and medium on the palette and paper or canvas to apply it to, we can open up the artist’s world and reach a better understanding of the paintings which we are so intrigued and fascinated by.

The masterclasses will be located in spaces which are evocative of, and pertinent to, a particular artist; for example, Caravaggio and Tiepolo will be located in atmospheric studios in Italy. The aim is to create an environment which reflects something of the age and spirit of the chosen painter; to look at and paint a dramatically-lit model in a sixteenth-century palazzo makes an effective and exciting connection to Caravaggio’s world.

This will be an experience which is a small, but intense, taste of an artist’s world. It should give a broader understanding of painting in general and an insight into the work of the chosen artist in particular.
After arriving at Venice Marco Polo airport, we take private water taxis across the Venetian lagoon to the luxuriously appointed Hotel Locanda Vivaldi. Following lunch together, we set out by vaporetto for Ca' Rezzonico, on the Grand Canal, for a private viewing of the stunning Tiepolo frescoed rooms. We dine at a local restaurant.
After breakfast, a walk across Venice takes us to Palazzo Labia where the ballroom ceiling is beautifully adorned in paint by Tiepolo. It is then time to board a vaporetto to San Servolo island where the master class commences.
Today is spent entirely in the painting studio on San Servolo island. 
Today is spent entirely in the painting studio on San Servolo island. 
After breakfast, we visit the Galleria dell'Accademia to view its incredible collection of Old Master paintings. Before lunch, we set off for San Servolo to continue painting for the rest of the day. ?We dine together as a group in the evening.
Today is spent entirely in the painting studio on San Servolo island. The evening is at leisure.
After breakfast, we depart for the final time to San Servolo to add the finishing touches to your paintings. On this final night in Venice, we dine together at a fine local restaurant.
After breakfast, we board a vaporetto to collect your canvases from San Servolo island. We return to the hotel for lunch and then our fleet of private water taxis arrive to whisk us off to Venice airport for the return flight to London.
As the Hotel Locanda Vivaldi has only 27 rooms and is a historic building, all of the rooms and suites are unique. They vary in size, outlook, and furnishing. With that in mind, we are offering these rooms and suites at varying prices to reflect their differences.

Flights - If you would like to fly BA Club class, please contact us and we will provide a price for the upgrade.

Travel advice - Please refer the Foreign Office's website to make sure you are comfortable with the travel advice they provide for the destination(s) you are visiting. www.fco.gov.uk 

Painting level - painters of all levels are welcome to join this painting master class. The idea is that everyone will improve their painting ability and that it is an interesting, fun and enjoyable holiday too!

Prices
Single room £4,265  (£4,095 without flights)
Double room for single use £4,485  (£4,285 without flights)
Double room with lagoon views for sole occupancy £4,665  (£4,465 without flights)
 
2 sharing a superior room with lagoon views £3,965 per person  (£3,765 without flights) 
2 sharing a junior suite £4,155 (£3,955 without flights)
2 sharing a classic suite £4,240  (£4,040 without flights)
 
with
Tim Wright
Tim Wright was born and grew up in London, where he continues to live and work. In the mid-1980s he graduated in Fine Art from Middlesex University. Tim Wright has exhibited extensively and his work features in many collections, both in the UK and internationally. Most recently he has been a prizewinner in The Derwent Art Prize 2016, an exhibitor in The National Open Art Competition in the City of London, had a number of solo exhibitions with Shine Artists at The Albemarle Gallery London, featured in the 2014 BP Portrait Award at The National Portrait Gallery, and shown portraits at Petworth House in Sussex and Burgh House in London. 

He worked as a fine art lecturer at the Chelsea School of Art, Middlesex University and The Motley Theatre Design School. He continues to teach courses in life painting and drawing at his studio in London. He delivers ‘Painting Masterclasses’ at various institutions, including The Mall Galleries in London and The Turner Contemporary Museum in Margate.

From 2011 until 2013 he was engaged as painting consultant on the Mike Leigh directed film 'Mr Turner'. He taught the actor Timothy Spall to paint, in order for him to prepare for the role, and, when filming began, advised him and other actors on set. 
 
Hotel Locanda Vivaldi
The Locanda Vivaldi Hotel was previously the home of the composer, Antonio Vivaldi. Today, it is a luxurious 4-star boutique hotel (27 rooms) that looks out across the Venetian lagoon and is only a few steps from the St Mark's Square.  The hotel and rooms are richly decorated in stuccos, gildings, marbles and antique furniture in the Venetian style. There are precious fabrics, curtains, drapes, oriental carpets illuminated by the light of the Murano glass chandeliers.

The Panoramic Terrace has a view stretching from Venice's Lido to the column of Saint Mark's Square. It is available only to guests of the hotel.
 
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