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Tue, 21 May



Paint with Thread Summer School May 2024

Draw with a needle, paint with thread and discover in the beautiful region of Abruzzo, central Italy....what could be better?

Paint with Thread Summer School May 2024
Paint with Thread Summer School May 2024

Time & Location

21 May 2024, 15:30 – 27 May 2024, 08:30

Atessa, 66041 Atessa, Province of Chieti, Italy

About the event

Italian Creative Summer School: An Artistic Adventure in Abruzzo

Discover the enchanting region of Abruzzo, Italy, while embracing the art of drawing with a needle and painting with thread—a transformative experience celebrated by past participants:

"I struggle to articulate the magic of Dionne's Italian Summer School. Italy was incredible—the food, the location, the hospitality, but above all, the amazing teaching. Dionne opened my eyes to a fresh way of looking and sketching, reducing me to joyous tears twice on this course."

Creative Focus: Stitch and Scenery

With a strong stitch bias, this Creative Summer School seamlessly combines location-based exploration with hands-on Free Machine Embroidery techniques. Renowned for expressive and adventurous machine stitch methods, I'll guide you through a range of techniques, ensuring you leave with a diverse toolbox of machine mark-making possibilities.

"Dionne's Summer School has been a great success, inspiring, motivating, and challenging. Dionne is a brilliant teacher, and this week has enabled me to develop an exciting repertoire for future work."

A Creative Holiday Blend:

Immerse yourself in an inspiring atmosphere led by an experienced tutor. This workshop offers a unique blend of creative exploration and relaxation—a true artistic adventure.

"A wonderful, inspiring experience. It exceeded my expectations in every way. A comfortable hotel, super clean, charming locals, stunning scenery, and a gifted artist/teacher who opened up so much for me in just one week."

Logistics and Itinerary:

The workshop includes tuition, materials, equipment, lunches, and refreshments on workshop days, as well as workshop transport and a welcome evening meal. Accommodation at Hotel Al Duca, airport transfers [50 euros payable locally], evening meals, and optional extras such as traditional pasta making, yoga, and honey tasting are your responsibility.

"A comfortable, super clean hotel with a charming owner. Stunning scenery, a gifted artist/teacher who opened up so much for me in just one week."

Example Itinerary:

  • Day One: Explore the Abruzzese coastline, capturing the unique Trabocchi structures, followed by an introduction to image development in the studio.
  • Day Two: Experience market day in Atessa, venture into the mountains for plein air work, and enjoy a traditional mountain lunch.
  • Day Three: Discover the honey and mosaics of Tornareccio, incorporating new techniques into your repertoire and optional traditional pasta making in the evening.
  • Day Four: Head to the Trabocchi coast for drawings and stitches inspired by these spectacular fishing platforms, with time for beach relaxation.
  • Day Five: Finalize projects in the studio, considering finishing methods and presentation. Individual and group reviews, followed by a farewell.

Booking Information:

Feel free to contact me for a discussion about this creative journey or to address any queries you may have. The workshop aligns with the Stansted/Pescara Ryanair flight. Alternatively, consider a private summer school—call to discuss options.

"I returned home buzzing with fresh inspiration and direction. Thank you, Dionne, for all your hard work and for sharing your passion in such a way that even a bit of a novice like me came away enriched."

Travel and Accommodation:

The nearest airport is Pescara, with regular Ryanair flights from Stansted and other European airports. Airport collections coincide with the main Stansted flight, but alternative arrangements can be explored. 

Stansted/Pescara Ryanair Flight Tuesday 21st May - Monday 27th May. I will be at Pescara airport to greet you at 15.30 from the FR982 flight and return you to the same airport at 8.30am on Monday 27th May. 

The workshop accommodation is at Hotel Al Duca, a well-regarded establishment in Atessa's center [booking will be made on your behalf and can be paid for locally]

"A comfortable hotel with a charming owner."

Workshop Supplies:

Bring your drawing/sketching media, a hardback sketchbook (minimum A4 size), and a camera/iPad. Consider the warm weather with a hat, sun cream, and a refillable water bottle. I will provided papers, basic fabrics, threads, scissors, and sewing machines.

"An inspiring experience that exceeded my expectations."

For detailed FAQs and any further inquiries, please get in if it's easier +44 7974 747080


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