Romania Travel Sketching tour with Ian Fennelly May 2020
Saturday, May 23, 2020:Tuesday, June 2, 2020€3,200
Join exceptional UK artist IAN FENNELLY for an 11 day fully escorted Travel Sketching and Journalling tour through the highlights of Romania.
A fully escorted high end tour with loads of extras and daily workshops and demos from the renowned Urban Sketchers tutor Ian Fennelly.
Ian studied painting at Wimbledon School of Art and gained a 1st Class Honours degree, is a professional artist whose artwork sells worldwide, has over 42,000 followers on Instagram, is a qualified teacher as well as a senior instructor for Urban Sketchers. See more of his unique pen and watercolour artwork on Instagram at @ianfennelly
SEE MORE OF HIS WORK HERE
Each day we have a sketch demo and sketching workshop as well as orientation, walking and history tours and free time to do what you like in each wonderful town we visit.
Read more about our SKETCHING TOURS here.
This is a tour for anyone and everyone. You do not have to be an experienced sketcher at all. Ian will show you his easy style and help you to achieve your own wonderful results in your own way. Those non-sketchers are welcome if they are travelling sharing with a sketcher as there is just so much to see and explore in this trip.
Your experienced tour manager and guide Kate Stedman is an historian, art lover and avid sketcher and she will take you to her favourite spots and regale you with fun facts and historic gems each day as well.
Romania is like a synopsis of all the countries that have invaded it:
- Paris in Bucarest, Romania’s capital city
- St Petersburg in Bucovina, Romania
- Dracula in Transylvania
- Vienna and Salzburg in Brasov, Romania
- Budapest in Sighisoara, Romania
- Versailles in Sinaia, Romania
WHAT IS ROMANIA LIKE?
Romania is just so different from any place you have been before.
It is changing enormously each year now it is out from behind 40 years of suppression and the Iron Curtain. But it still is startlingly different from the West.
Romania is the last place in Europe where you can still see unspoiled countryside, with the traditional rural civilisation still alive.
Take the opportunity to visit now to experience how a country missed the Baby Boomer era of growth and development.
Prepare to see Communist era legacy and architecture where gypsies still travel in horse and carts and peasants still live a medieval existence. Then see a mixture with colonial pomp and splendour going back centuries with the most stunning backdrop imaginable. Then this is contrasted with modernity and Western affluence at times too.
Some of the most extraordinary architecture in the world seen nowhere else is on our tour as well as of course the history of this unusual Latin country in the heart of Slavic Eastern Europe.
Starting in Bucarest we visit the Parliament Palace – the 2nd largest building in the world built by the dictator Ceaucescu and his wife.
We sketch the Parisian decadent splendour of pre-Communist Romania as well as see the vestiges of the dictator’s legacy in the buildings and changes he made.
We travel to Transylvania to Vlad the Impaler territory where Bram Stoker set his novel Dracula.
Some of what we also see are: the extraordinary painted monasteries of Bucovina called the ‘Sistine Chapels of the East”, the Black Church of Brasov, the Red Lake, Peles Castle and the majestic wild woodland of the Carpathians mountains and rivers. And much much more to sketch and fill a Travel Journal with variety and beauty.
And Ian Fennelly will show us with daily demos and workshops how to sketch them all.
AND as a real treat – everyone receives a signed limited edition print of one of the pieces Ian creates whilst on the tour.
Our Travel Sketching tours cater for people who love history, food, culture and learning a creative skill – or just like to explore new places in a fun group.
Each afternoon is free for you to amble, explore, read, shop, paint, cook – whatever you’d like to do as we offer so many suggestions.
We design activities for variety and interest and you are free to join us or take off on your own.
Many meals are included: ALL BREAKFASTS, 3 DINNERS, 3 LUNCHES in this amazing tour price but even when you do decide to eat with the group at times when it is not included in the tour itinerary we ensure that you only pay for what you eat and there is no bill-splitting.
Non-sketchers are most welcome on this tour too if they are sharing a room with a Sketcher.
DO I NEED TO BE A TALENTED ARTIST?
Absolutely not. You will be there for the pure love of learning and sharing with a group of like-minded people and we all learn and create at our own pace. You can be a pure beginner and feel just as pleased with your output and learning as everyone else. Ian will be there to teach, inspire and encourage you each day no matter what your skill and experience level. Our equipment is portable, watercolor based with some mixed media and designed to be quick, simple travel journal-style sketching to enhance your holiday
There is quite simply no more enjoyable way to travel!
11 days starting May 23 – June 2 in 2020. 4 star accommodation with ensuite bathrooms
COST: Please note the cost is in EUROS. To convert this to your currency please go to https://www.xe.com and use their currency converter
€3,200 EUROS pp for twin share in a room
€2,850 EUROS pp for a non sketching participant sharing a room with a Sketcher
€550 EUROS extra single traveller supplement
* Travel insurance is a mandatory requirement for all participants on our tours.
Learning Goals with Ian Fennelly – a creative experience
- To look carefully at a subject, and initially see things in terms of big shapes and structures
- To go on a journey of looking and use different tools at different stages
- Use brush pens to establish a simple composition
- To apply watercolour to add depth, tone, emotion and description
- To develop pen work to animate the subject with detail and texture
- To have a focal point, and appreciate the importance of the gaps around it
- To have fun and make new friends