Watercolors in the Russian Way

June 24-28, 2019 (Arrive June 23, depart June 29)

Aurelio’s Garden, Switzerland

Aurelio’s Garden, Switzerland

Venetian Collonade, Private Collection

Venetian Collonade, Private Collection

EXTRA ACTIVITIES
On Sunday evening there will be a welcome reception.
On Monday evening Akhriev will give a demonstration.
On Wednesday evening there is a private Italian cooking class and shared meal.
On Friday evening there is a farewell reception.

Brione February, Private Collection

Brione February, Private Collection

Painting a watercolor of the Bergamo Cathedral earlier this year.

Painting a watercolor of the Bergamo Cathedral earlier this year.

Birds and Boats, a watercolor from Morocco.

Birds and Boats, a watercolor from Morocco.

I will show technique how to be more efficient in watercolors, and how to gain control over the medium. Technically I work on dry paper, not wet paper. I’ll show how to be comfortable with a medium which doesn’t have much forgiveness. I’ll teach where to be more aggressive in your applications, and where to hold back. How to understand the accumulation of watercolor layers, to avoid overworked results.
— Daud Akhriev

COURSE STRUCTURE
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Akhriev will teach steadily each M-F from 9:00-1:00 to participants in a variety of indoor and outdoor locations. Classes will begin on time.
-From 1:15 until 2:30 the estate’s restaurant will serve lunch.
-From 3:30 or 4:00 every afternoon Akhriev will paint somewhere on the estate, and participants are welcome to paint nearby, observe and ask questions, or have independent activities.
-Several times during the course the participants will gather together to talk about progress and see one another’s work.
-Participants are welcome to ask advice about works from outside class.
-At 7:30 every evening dinner will be served in the restaurant.

INCLUDED IN THE FEE
Instruction M-F as described above
Boarding in the villa, private or shared room (different pricing, please select)
All meals at the restaurant on the estate (at scheduled times), in a former monastery of the 11th Century. Wine included at lunch and dinner.
One evening demo by Akhriev
One Italian cooking class in the villa
Transfers on the day of arrival and departure from the airports of either Milano Linate (NOT MILAN MALPENSA) or Bergamo
Model fee
Damar varnish, turpentine and brush cleaner

IMPORTANT INFORMATION
The minimum age for participants is 18 yrs.
The rooms of the 17th C villa are on the third floor. Basic physical fitness to climb stairs with your luggage is obligatory.
Participants need to bring all art materials not listed as “provided.” For example, easels are not provided.
Meals are provided, but require a short walk of about two blocks through the vineyards.
Room Selection will be granted based on the order of enrollment.
The bathrooms are shared, four bathrooms total for ten students. Three are on the sleeping level.
Two washing machines are provided. Clothes are hung to air-dry in a designated room.
Airport transfers are provided ONLY from the airports of Bergamo or Milan Linate. Arrival at other airports require participants to organize their own transportation to the villa.
The villa has a dog.

PRICE
Course with Private Room $1900
Course with Double, Shared Room $1500

*email us for a 10% discount code if enrolling in multiple masterclasses

The guest sitting room on the third floor.

The guest sitting room on the third floor.

The site of many an evening battle in Villa Vitalba.

The site of many an evening battle in Villa Vitalba.