Painting in Sicily


Painting in Sicily

Painting in Sicily

Develop your artistic skills in the warm sunshine of Sicily this Spring.

The stunning Gulf of Patti facing the Aeolian Islands is sure to inspire the budding painter, with a sequence of rocky capes sloping down to crystalline waters and golden beaches. Sheltered by the Nebrodi Mountains, the area has its own microclimate, one which encourages a profusion of lush vegetation. Here you can find some of the most ancient Greek and Roman Sicilian sites to prompt your inner artist, such as the Greek Theatre in Tyndaris or the Roman Villa in Patti. Taormina, Cefalù, the Island of Stromboli and Mount Etna are among the options to visit as part of this painting holiday.

The next course will be  held in Spring 2014.

Dates:3rd – 10th May 2014

         10th – 17th May 2014

Aer Lingus flights Dublin to Catania

Ryanair Dublin Palermo

Ryanair Dublin Camiso

Painting Holidays Italy

This year enjoy painting in the warm sunshine and beautiful unspoilt landscape of the northern coast of Sicily, and develop your artistic skills in this professionally

Painting in Sicily

Painting in Sicily

tutoured painting holiday with Loreto Reilly for this, her tenth summer art course.

Just plan

getting here and everything else will be taken care of for you, from the moment you arrive until your departure. You can relax, enjoy fabulous Italian food and wine, soak in the warmth of the South while you draw and paint its unique land and seascapes. Experience this lively culture, walk among the orange groves, or just relax by the sea.

This true Mediterranean environment is a real inspiration to the artist, whether you are a complete beginner or a more advanced painter.

Loreto will give painting instruction and demonstrations each day in the beautiful gardens of Baglio Ruffo. Groups number no more than eight, so Loreto will have time to give tuition individually and each person will grow at a pace which suits

Hibiscus, Baglio Ruffo

Hibiscus, Baglio Ruffo

them, whether they are a painter with experience or a total beginner. Subjects to entice you to begin are all around. Olive and orange groves surround the estate, hilltop villages and rolling hills stretching down to the sea are in view from every terrace, and we will explore the beautiful coast to paint seascapes and the Aeolian islands which are always visible beyond.

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Loreto Reilly

Loreto-ReillyA graduate of the National College of Art and Design in Dublin, Loreto Reilly is a successful Irish artist who divides her time between Kells in County Meath, the South of France, and Calabria in Southern Italy.

A passionate artist with enormous enthusiasm for teaching and encouraging others who have a wish to become a better painter. This love of art has proven contagious with participants returning many times since Loreto held her first course in the South of France in 2005.  Loreto takes her inspiration from the natural environment around her, from the olive groves of Southern Italy to the bog cotton of Ireland. She has had regular solo exhibitions of her work since 1990,  in Ireland, France and Canada.

Please contact Loreto for further information about her work and Summer painting courses in Italy

Student Testimonials

It was a week that went way beyond my expectations, a wonderful location in the mountains looking down on ancient towns dotted about the hills surrounded by olive groves. Nothing was a problem to our hosts who went to huge lengths to make us feel as if we were part of their own family and friends. But most of all I enjoyed and appreciated Loretto’s care and attention to each of us. She obviously has a great love and a vast experience of the world of art in general, and along with the expert tuition and help I received as a beginner to the world of painting, Loretto also tried in the short time available to encourage a deeper exploration and appreciation of art but in a fun way. I have come away with new skills upon which I can build. Together with a wonderful memory of the week, (great fun) I have a feeling of new potential and I can’t wait to do this again as soon as possible. Next time I’ll stay longer! Thanks again Loretto

Domhnall O’Suibhne

This wonderful programme is a great blend of learning and relaxation in Art. It is suited to anyone with any experience painting but particularly to a newcomer.  In this beautiful landscape painting was fun and passionate.  Loreto is a fantastic teacher who really helps you and passes on her knowledge to attendees in a way that lets all actually learn and gain confidence in their art.  I can recommend the painting holiday as a fun way to express yourself in paint and to do it in a wonderful scenic environment. The people, the place, the paint – it is more than I can say.

Rúaidhri MacSharry

Delighted you are running the course again this year. I will definitely be there.  I simply loved the way everything was taken care of and I didn’t even have to think.  All I had to do was arrive at Lamieze and it was plain sailing after that.  I had no worries about transport, food, accommodation, language barriers from the very beginning.  I loved the accommodation and the local hospitality; everyone made us feel so welcome.  I was able to immerse myself in the art and fun immediately which was so easy to do with everything laid on.  I am looking forward to it already.  I am happy to recommend the course to anyone and please feel free to post my comments on your website as my very own seal of approval.

Eileen Mann

Painting in Italy is a wonderful opportunity to combine acquiring or enhancing one’s artistic skills and availing of Loreto’s considerable expertise and encouragement with wonderful weather and surroundings. Trying to capture the beautiful Calabrian vistas on paper while enjoying the sunshine is a fantastic experience and the region has both interesting unspoilt countryside, olive trees and azure seascapes on offer. It is also a great pleasure to be able to take a break from the canvas or sketch pad in the midday heat and hop in the pool to cool off before resuming the artistic endeavors.

The warmth of the local Italian people and the delicious local cuisine is an added bonus, Santa Elia’s own olive oil and the gelato and tartufo is a particular highlight! And the group evening conversations and a glass of prosecco from Francesco made the trip a thoroughly enjoyable experience.

Etain Finn