painting workshop

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With such beautiful scenery surrounding us in Casa de Campo it is inevitable to want to simply grab a paintbrush and paint it all. Of course we are then reminded that we don’t really know how to do that and drop the matter altogether… However this summer, the opportunity was given to many to learn how to capture the beauty of our landscapes in the “Romana in Colors” painting and cultural workshop, which took place from the 7th to the 10th of August in Casa de Campo. Organized by Casa de Campo villa owner Carmen Sone this workshop involved many activities, which included painting classes led by recognized artist, Jane Slivka. The students, who were mostly from the US, had to create 2 pieces of artwork per day, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, polishing their skills and leaving them with the skills to paint whatever inspires them in the future. It was not all hard work though, the “cultural” part of the workshop included a number of other activities. First of all they were warmly welcomed with a cocktail at the Beach Club by Le Cirque at Minitas Beach. They were also able to enjoy a visit to Altos de Chavón (always inspiring) and have dinner at the delicious restaurant La Cantina in Altos de Chavón. Their last day was marked by a “Past & Present” tour of Santo Domingo, a city so lively and with so much history, that it could turn anybody into an artist and ended with an exquisite dinner at Chinois in the Marina Casa de Campo. The students even had the privilege of attending the summer cocktail hosted by Fernando Varela and CasaLife in the Marina Casa de Campo, where they were able to meet famous artist Fernando Varela, who then joined them for an informal talk about his paintings and the contemporary genre of artwork.

“Romana in Colors” would be fair to say then, was quite a success providing the students not only with the skills they needed, but also with an insight into the Dominican culture. The following photos were taking during the Romana in Colors painting and cultura workshop: