A Personal Portrait of Italy
Dates: This trip was held in 2011. Click here for Dj's next trip to be held in September 2012.
Instructor/Leader: DJ Pettitt
Capture the alluring beauty and inspiration of Orvieto with your digital camera as we meander down cobblestone streets, impassioned and entwined in the luscious Italian countryside, and the dreamy, harmonious color and texture of ancient surroundings. We’ll chat as we wander and snap the shutter about seeing things differently, about how to use the photos, sights, found treasures, and memories of the day as inspiration, and how to incorporate them into our art. Back in the studio, we will print our photos, and then focus on innovative and unique ways to preserve these treasured memories.
Record your week of enchanted Italian memories in a hand bound journal that you will create, filling it with your personal imagery, altered photos, treasures found at the street market and acquired in your Orvieto wanderings, along with lace and tidbits brought from home. Learn surface techniques to create texture and interest in your journal, as well as future works after you return home.
No drawing or painting skills required. Class is open to all skill levels and each will received personalized attention from DJ.
Students will experiment, play, and learn the following:
Fabric painting and photo altering variations.
Integrating collage elements and basic composition tips.
Texture techniques using several mediums, tissue, ephemera and
Simple book construction with an easy binding.
May 8 - Arrive Orvieto, group dinner
May 9 - Studio: Short orientation and class overview. Prepping
surfaces and adding texture to journal pages.
Introduction to Italian culture, olive oil and wine tasting
Walking tour of Orvieto
May 10 -Group photo shoot adventure around Orvieto, then back to
the studio to print and prep photos
Cooking class - learn to make pasta and other dishes, and
enjoy the fruits of your labors!
May 11 - Studio: Altering and painting photos
Etruscan cave tour
May 12 - Treasure and trinket hunt at the street market after
breakfast, and then back to the studio to begin constructing
the journal. As DJ helps each student individually, you’ll
chat about how to incorporate your found treasures, and
accomplishing your vision for the journal.
Picnic lunch with food from the market.
Visit local cemetery to photograph statuary.
Vineyard tour - visit local vineyard, learn the vintner’s
passion for wine. Sample several wines, including Orvieto
May 13 - Studio: Final touches and details on your journal
Group lunch at favorite pizzeria
Finish your journal
Show and share
May 14 - Studio Sharing and Closing Ceremony
This trip was held in 2011. Click here for Dj's blog about the trip.
For information on Dj's upcoming 2012 trip click here.
Adventures in Italy, 221 Forest Hill St., Morganton, NC 28655, 828.221.2322, info@AdventuresInItaly.net
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DJ Pettitt delights
with multi media,
tional art methods,
and creating new techniques to incorporate in her work and teaching. DJ has explored a wide range of craft and fine art all of her life. Recent art passions include experimenting with new ways to alter her photography, and combining the results with acrylic paintings, digital altering, and repurposed textiles into visual journals and art books where word, emotion, and image collide.
DJ teaches workshops online, and at retreats both nationally and internationally, and her work has been widely published in many books and magazines. See more of her work at www.djpettitt.com and djpettitt.blogspot.com.
Have a friend or spouse who would like to join you but not this workshop? Check out Discover Orvieto. To explore other trips go to Trips. To learn more visit About Us. View Photos of Orvieto.
Altered Photo done on vinyl