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An Illustrated Journey with Lorraine Bell

An Illustrated Journey with Lorraine Bell

Updated on April 20th, 2023

During this time with Lorraine in Orvieto, you will first create your own Wander Journal using basic bookbinding skills and old books.  Then get ready to fill your journal as Lorraine shows you how to capture the memories you make through illustrations and painting.

Each day there will be lessons on sketching and painting in watercolor and other medium so you can document your journey.  This workshop is for all levels – no experience is necessary – just a willingness to learn and a sense of adventure!

Lorraine will show you how to break down sketches and overcome the fear of drawing.  She will also teach you how to play with watercolor and let go of the desire to be “perfect!”   Lorraine’s travel journals are full of notes, ephemera, illustrations and doodles.  She will help you to embrace your own style throughout the week and then she will take you out on the streets of Orvieto to become a true travel sketcher!

You can expect to go home with a happy heart and an art journal full of memories!

Mornings will be spent in creative exploration, either in the studio or out around Orvieto. In the afternoon you will experience the culture of Italy. It might be a tour into the Etruscan caves, a cooking class, or a vineyard visit. There will also be plenty of free time to explore Orvieto on your own. You will receive a more detailed itinerary for the week in your final information packet sent before you travel.

A traditional continental breakfast is served each morning in the B&B. Because Italian cuisine is such fun, some meals are not prearranged allowing you the freedom to choose where and what to eat. Recommendations are offered and no one eats alone!

Lorraine Bell, also known as “The Wandering Artist,” is a self-taught Mixed Media Artist who fills her days with painting, traveling, and writing. Lorraine has filled volumes of sketchbooks with her illustrations and stories bursting with her adventures on the road. For her, the art in her travel journals is about documenting what she feels in the moment by taking in not only the sights, but also the memory associated with a certain place.

Lorraine is one of the founding members of the collaborative team, Art to the 5th. She created a visual calendar/journal that was the inspiration for The Documented Life Project, a year-long undertaking that encouraged visual and written chronicles of daily life and gathered nearly 14,000 people in a creative and lively online adventure. This project sparked the ground-swelling popularity of the “planner” craze throughout the world.

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