Faux Retreat Italy 2017
I know there are a lot more reasons, but here are the top ones. Tell me if I missed something.
Even more than Rome and Venice, many visitors to Italy will tell you their favorite city is Florence. The city’s more compact size makes it ideal for exploring on foot. Wander from the Duomo to the Galleria dell’Accademia, the Uffizi, the Mercato Nuovo, Ponte Vecchio and discover the countless other pieces of the outdoor museum known as Florence.
2. There’s an infinite variety of pasta...
You can count the varieties you know, but trust us...it’s only the tip of the iceberg. Italy has over 300 types of pasta, each tastier than the last. The best part? They’re often fresh and handmade! Let’s not even begin to talk about the sauces.
3. The churches are breathtaking
Italy’s unique location and history have made it a crossroads for ideas, cultures, and aesthetics for thousands of years. Gothic, Byzantine, Renaissance... Italy’s churches are as varied as they are stunning, and not just the famous ones!
You can explore the high fashion shopping centers of Florence but don't ignore the bargains that can be found at the street vendor booths. The vendors of Florence offer decorative scarves and shawls, which are often priced under $10. Inexpensive clothing can be found in the stores located on the side streets of the major town squares
5. Scheduled classes
Among the included retreat classes are a day with master plaster expert Darrell Morrison, owner of Cadoro Plaster and CO.ME stainless steel trowels for fine plasters. Manufactured right in Italy.
The famed European artist Prof. Luciano Tittarelli will be teaching a class of our choosing. We will put to a vote fresco painting, sculpture, tempura, encaustic?
6. Tour ceramic factory
Visit Grazia factory, oldest ceramic factory in Europe.
7. Villa Pieve
The majority of your stay will be at the Villa Pieve. It is an elegant ancient house located in front of the medioeval Castel of Pieve del Vescovo, and just 5 min away from one of the most beautiful old towns in Italy: Corciano. The property is made up of an Ancient Villa, a Country House with 20 spacious rooms refined with a traditional style and a Congress Center.
8. Visit to Winery
Visit of the Carini winery, oil and wine tasting. http://www.agrariacarini.it/
9. Cooking class
Learn how to prepare a complete Italian menu.
10. Visit Giusto Manetti Battiloro
Giusto Manetti Battiloro is one of Florence's 25 oldest companies. Founded in Florence in 1820, the company produces and markets Gold leaf throughout the world. Since 1950 the company also has operations in hot stamping foil.
11. Travel with friends and family
Your friends and family can travel with you on this special Faux Retreat. If they aren't interested in the classes, they can attend for a special price.
12. Airfare is low
Travel to Italy the last few months has been very low. Most airfares from major cities to Florence have been around $600.
APRIL 24 - 28
All inclusive price of $1895. Click on register below to check for early registration special.
CINDEE LUNDIN AND LEVI COMSTOCK
Carving Techniques for Vertical Surfaces with Cindee Lundin.
Each student will create a (size) board using multiple techniques. These techniques can be applied in making custom stone for fireplaces, interior/exterior surfaces, backsplashes, ICF walls, outdoor kitchens,and custom Bas relief art. Among the following techniques students will also learn coloration with exterior rated stains and pigments, designing, and pricing.
• Stacked stone
• Grouted stone
• Pre-made elements
• Embedding stones
• Design transfer
• Surface preparation
Epoxy Resin Countertops and Floors with Levi
Levi's countertop Epoxy’s Resin Workshops always begin with an outline of how epoxy resin works. We believe having a basic knowledge of the nature of the material will help produce successful projects. You’ll gain an understanding of the process including necessary tools, masking, timing, temperatures, dos and don’ts, etc., all before ever pouring a drop of resin.
After a brief overview of the technical aspects, we dive right in to the fun when we begin the hands-on portion of the class. Levi will lead as the class follows on their own small samples while he emphasizes the importance of the mix ratio, timing, how to maintain control of the material, and how to apply accent colors. Once the class is feeling comfortable with the process, Levi will walk them through several other color combinations, including White Marble, Copper Patina, Black Galaxy, Travertine, and Slate.
While everyone’s samples are curing, Levi will also discuss how to create large scale projects such as epoxy floors as well as how to fabricate a countertop from scratch.
At the end of the workshop, class members get to take home their samples so they may show them off to potential clients and customers. Overall, the fun and casual environment usually exceeds the expectations of the class members, and they leave feeling like they’ve learned more than they even knew existed in the resin world!
Kathy Boyd will be leading the class in an epoxy art piece you can then sell or keep for yourself.
The March retreat has ended, but is so not forgotten. What a great week learning from three awesome instructors. Igor Turovskiy was here for his second retreat and students walked away with some pretty amazing looking epoxy resin artwork. Leslie B. Nesbitt shook up the classroom with her creative enthusiasm and style and Cathy Taylor introduced us to a really cool medium that we can include in our portfolio.
APRIL 25 - 29
Audra Lynch - Kathy Boyd
What do you do when one of your frequent attendees requests of his soon to be bride that he wants to go on a Faux Retreat for their honeymoon? You make it happen for them! So to celebrate the wedding of Mr. and Mrs. Jay Lewis we have a very special retreat created.
Audra has worked with all of the "big" brand concrete systems and will be bringing her knowledge and artistic flair to the retreat for some countertop and floor finishes and a gorgeous art piece.
Audra will be using a type of overlay floor stencil which you will learn to make. You will learn about and then spray colors, use foils then an epoxy topcoat for a unique and very sellable floor finish.
The countertop sample will be overlay with foam to create an intaglio type effect with an epoxy topcoat. You will also create an art piece building a bird of concrete that is mounted to a block which you will also be finishing.
Kathy is teaching some frequently requested finishes for hers and she also has some surprises in store for everyone. Students will be working with a wide range of products.