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Wed, 22 May


La Vecchia Scuola

FULL Colouring Cloth Summer School, Italy

Dye and print your own fabric taking inspiration from the wonderful Abruzzo region [Early Bird goes up on 1st January 2019!]

FULL Colouring Cloth Summer School, Italy
FULL Colouring Cloth Summer School, Italy

Time & Location

22 May 2019, 21:40 – 30 May 2019, 09:00

La Vecchia Scuola, 66046 Colle Case CH, Italy

About the event

This 6 day workshop will have a colouring of cloth bias – observing colours and marks, recording them and responding with dyes and print back in the studio. I’m interested in considering a broad range of experimental print techniques in combination with each other: I’ve had a special request to explore Devore, but we will also look at painting and printing with procion dyes [breakdown printing, stencilling, silkscreen mono-printing] as well as some more natural methods ie eco printing…you’ll create a great collection of cloths with wonderful effects…each one perfect as a scarf!

This summer school provides you with the opportunity to explore drawing, design, textiles print and dye in an inspiring atmosphere with a highly experienced tutor. You’ll leave with a bundle of experiments and ideas which will inspire and full further projects for many moons to come…not to mention great memories of a fantastic creative adventure in this wonderful region of Italy.

NEW for 2019 Wednesday to Thursday to exploit the various weekend activities and festa in the area PLUS from Stansted they are nice daytime flights & cheaper being midweek! The workshop is now 6 days long to ensure the full Italian experience with optional extras ie...pasta or pizza making workshops.

“Dionne’s Summer School has been a great success and an amazing experience visiting stunning locations with lovely companions and following a creative programme which inspired, motivated and challenged in equal measures . Dionne is a brilliant teacher and skilled communicator and this week has enabled me to develop an exciting repertoire for future work . I just can’t wait to return to continue this creative journey. Many thanks to Dionne and the friends I made at La Vecchia Scuola”

The workshop only price is £595: This includes 6 days of the workshop, materials and equipment, lunches and refreshments on the workshop days, workshop transport, excursions and welcome meal. [Early Bird goes up on 1st January 2019!]

You are responsible for booking flights [approx £60 – £200 return] and accommodation at Hotel Al Duca [£250 – £360, I shall pay your deposit], airport transfer 50 euros [payable locally]. 6 students per week.

Example itinerary:

Arrival day – I will be there to greet you on arrival at Pescara Airport. It's a 1 hour transfer to Atessa and Hotel Al Duca: it will be late by the time we arrive at the hotel...I think you might want to 'crash'!

Pick up at Pescara Airport on Wednesday May at 21.40, drop off again Thursday 31st May at 09.05

Day one

Morning – It's market day in Atessa…. we shall make a late start so you can absorb the sights and sounds of the local town: There are numerous amazing Baroque churches, beautiful cobble streets and ancient arches & doorways to explore: Time to get your bearings and enjoy lunch as a group in one of the numerous restaurants and bars of Atessa

Afternoon – Back at La Vecchia Scuola I shall introduce the workshop and first set of techniques.

Normally each day of the workshop I will pick you up at 9.30am at Hotel Al Duca and return you there for 5.30pm after a full day of creativity & just in time for aperitivi! Evenings are free time for you to enjoy…

Day two

Morning – Researching and collecting visual information. We shall venture into the mountains and work ‘en plein air’ to capture the amazing vistas and landscapes of the Appeninnes: followed by a traditional mountain lunch at a local Agriturismo.

Afternoon – Back at La Vecchia Scuola, I’ll demonstrate another new technique useful for developing that mornings images and incorporate yesterdays ideas and techniques.

Evening- Enjoy an aperitif at La Vecchio Scuola whilst listening to an informative talk about my work and career.

Day three

Morning – Tornareccio, the nearest village, is known for its honey and its mosaics – we shall spend the morning investigating the latter through the small alleys, streets and piazzas of this pleasant hillside village: then its lunch at the local restaurant: Meditteraneo

Afternoon – Back at La Vecchia Scuola we shall look at incorporating further techniques into your new repertoire and discuss how you might move forward with your work.

Day four

Morning – Researching and collecting visual information. The Abrussese coast line is dotted with spectacular ‘Trabocchi’ [wooden fishing platforms] – they are a truly special feature of the Abruzzo region & perfect visual stimuli! We shall enjoy lunch at a local restaurant near the beach.

Afternoon – Time for some individual development and 1:1 discussion to help clarify your ideas

Day five & six

Morning – Developing and resolving images and ideas…

Local lunch…

Afternoon – This is a great time to consider different methods of finishing/mounting/presentation pieces. You’ll have time to complete your work as well as review and evaluate [individually and with the group]…sadly its time to say goodbye….

Departure day. I collect you from the hotel for a departure from Pescara airport returning to Stansted

What workshop supplies will you need to bring?

Drawing/sketching media – pencils, graphite sticks, charcoal – whatever your prefer.

A hard back sketchbook minimum A4 size - I like wire bound Pink Pig books with decent paper that can handle a bit of water.

Something water-soluble would be most beneficial – coloured Caran D’ache type pastels are ideal.

Bear in mind it may be very warm – you may like a hat/suncream & a refillable water bottle…

What supplies/materials/equipment will be provided for you at La Vecchia Scuola?

Papers, basic fabrics, threads, scissors…specialist fabrics [devore, silk etc] can be purchased at La Vecchia Scuola.

Getting there

The nearest airport is Pescara there are regular flights from Stansted, UK and other European airports. I will co-ordination collection from the main Stansted flight.

Some students find it easier to fly to Rome – there is a bus that connects from right outside the terminal [of both the Roman airports] to Pescara [approx 2.5 hours €27 bookable online] Prontobus If you aim to arrive to coincide with airport collections/drop offs, I can whizz by the bus station to collect you as well 🙂


Hotel Al Duca in Atessa [] : Antonio is lovely and has agreed to offer a 10% discount on his B&B rates for my students. Al Duca is well placed in the centre of Atessa where there are a range of bars and restaurants all in strolling distance.

I have had a tour of this hotel and it is perfect: its a small, well run hotel which has been recently re-modelled. Its exceptionally clean and the restaurant is well regarded in the area – there’s free wifi and access to the local swimming pool a short walk away. For guests, Antonio will also offer a set price dinner for 15 euros.

Rooms 201, 202 & 203 have balconies and view across the town to the sea in the distance. 302/303/304/402 also have views but no balcony.

Approx prices: Single room 40/45 euros, Twin 65 euros, Double 65 euros

If partners or family would like to join you after you've completed the workshop, I could recommend that you extend your stay at Casa Pietra : a delightful self catering Farmhouse in a beautiful spot, there are 4 double ensuite rooms in the main house and the Casetta sleeps 2 to 4 guests. Robert, the English speaking owner can offer suggestions for further activities and places to visit.

Please see the FAQ and previous images on my Facebook page, then get in touch if you have any queries.


  • Colouring cloth workshop

    Early Bird goes up on 1st January 2019! Colouring Cloth in Italy including lunches & refreshments, workshop transport, materials and equipment :-) I look forward to greeting you in Italy :-)

    Sale ended
  • CC Workshop + hotel deposit

    This is the workshop fee plus 100€ hotel deposit at Hotel Al Duca: please indicate your room preference and I shall liaise with Antonio/hotel manager. [Pay the remainder directly to Al Duca whilst in Italy]. Single approx €40/45, Double or Twin €60/65 per night.

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