The Pleasures of Sketching - Anna Tasca Lanza
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The Pleasures of Sketching

A week spent sketching in the Sicilian hills, the better to take in all the beauty and inspiration. We will cook, walk, travel, eat and sit around in a beautiful garden. And all the time we will be keeping a sketchbook. Because everybody can draw, even if they think they can’t. Sketching is a wonderful way to make the most of travel. It is a way to stay in the moment, to look around, to absorb, to sit still and really see what is in front of you. Call it mindfulness or call it therapy or just plain pottering around, it feels good to sketch. We will not concentrate on the result but on the process, because it doesn’t matter how each individual drawing turns out. This will be just plain fun.

Ximena Maier is a Spanish illustrator. She works with the main publishing houses and magazines in Spain, both in children’s and general books, including many on food. In 2006, she began “Lobstersquad: a food blog with drawings”. She is passionate about sketching and is often to be seen insisting that everyone around her take up pencil and paper too, and have a go. Have a look into her website.
Single Room: €2,850
Double Room: €5,150

Costs include accommodation at Case Vecchie or one of the nearby cottages, and indicated lessons, meals, wine and excursions.

Example Program:
Monday, June 24th
3:00 to 5:00 pm: Check in

7:00 pm: Aperitivo, welcome chat and a traditional Sicilian dinner at Case Vecchie


Tuesday, June 25th

9:00 am: Breakfast and time to wander

10:30 am: Cooking lesson followed by lunch

4:00 pm: Walking in the fields, followed by relaxing painting

7:30 pm: Aperitivo followed by dinner


Wednesday, June 26th

7:45 am: Visit a local shepherd and cheesemaker, Filippo Privitera, to see ricotta making. Picnic breakfast included. Return to Case Vecchie for a Sicilian cheese tasting followed by lunch.

3:00 pm: Enjoy the garden of Case Vecchie, illustrating and writing, and then meet to discuss thoughts and share illustrations.

5:30 pm: Cooking lesson with fresh, seasonal ingredients before dinner.


Thursday, June 27th

9:00 am: Breakfast followed by a walk in the garden in search of seasonal ingredients.

10:30 am: Cooking lesson and lunch, sketching and jotting notes all the while.

5:00 pm: Visit the Case Grandi winery for a tour of the winery and a wine tasting.

7:30 pm: Dinner at Case Vecchie.


Friday, June 28th

9:00 am: Breakfast

9:30 am: Departure for the beautiful hillside village of Polizzi Generosa with a chance to draw and write in the scenic piazza and visit and paint with a renowned pottery producer of the area

1:00 pm: Workers lunch of typical meats and cheeses

3:30 pm: Back to Case Vecchie

7:30 pm: Sicilian dinner at Case Vecchie.


Saturday, June 29th

9:00 am: Breakfast followed by goodbyes.


*Airfare and transportation to and from Case Vecchie are not included in the price. Please request transportation arrangements at the time of booking if you would like us to book a car to and from the estate.
**Please note, due to the seasonal rhythm of life and agriculture in Sicily, planned activities and schedules may change at short notice. If this is the case, an equally engaging activity will be arranged.


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