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Journaling Across Umbria – with Rita Carpenter

May 15, 2024 - May 25, 2024


“Art creation is a way to give myself a voice without speaking.”

Rita Carpenter is passionate about art and travel, always taking the opportunity to capture, express – and teach! – the excitement of being abroad through travel journaling. Since 2018 she has been organizing art-travel trips where artists can share the joy of creating.

Watercolor is her medium of choice, a medium that can be wild and free or tightly controlled – she loves the challenge in finding the balance. “Art creation is a way to give myself a voice without speaking”

Her workshops are great for all levels – Rita has plenty to teach a novice while keeping it fun, but also has some tricks up her sleeve to help more experienced artists find something new in themselves. Mostly, she’s inspired by the surroundings and opportunities to be found abroad, the beauty of the people and places to which she takes her groups.

Each day, you’ll head out and spend your time exploring, photographing, and absorbing the character of each destination. Back at the studio, you will capture the memories and impressions from those explorations using watercolor and collage, with photographs for reference. You will learn basics about materials, composition, and design layouts for your journal, and return home not just with a record of the places you visited, but a creative expression of your experiences there.

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About RITA

Rita Carpenter is passionate about photography and has been for most of her life. In 2008, Rita began painting in watercolor. Without formal education in art, she attended many international art adventures with Karlyn Holman. This is where she began and eventually fell in love with watercolor.   Rita loves that watercolor can be wild and free or it can be tightly controlled. She feels the challenge lies in finding the balance. She loves to add collage, pastel, or acrylic to watercolor to get more texture and to add personal meaning.

Rita has been involved with the Janesville Art League for many years. During this time, she held many JAL Board positions: Secretary, United Art Alliance Liaison, Co-President in restoration of oil paintings and Vice-President of events. Rita was also a board member for the Association of Wisconsin Artists ( AKA – WRAA ) Rita was the State Day Coordinator and the Bridging Generations Coordinator. Rita is also the International Watercolor Society ( IWS) head for the state of Wisconsin / USA.  She has won State awards for her art and photography and her art was published in the JAL calendar. She has taught introductory/intermediate classes in watercolor for 8+ years. Rita will continue to educate herself in all art mediums. She started a business , Art on the Fly, LLC in 2018. She organizes art travel adventures to encourage others to enjoy and create the beauty that surrounds us.

You can visit Artonthefly.net here

About Sally

Sally Anne Keller has been an artist, working exclusively in watercolors, for well over 20 years.

She grew up on Long Island, New York, with an appreciation for the atmosphere of all of the area’s seasons, capturing all of the fog, dust, wind, rain, and sunshine into her seascapes and landscapes.

She is affiliated with many Art Leagues and Art Guilds on Long Island, contributing by teaching and demonstrating watercolor technique in workshops and private lessons.

She exhibits in private venues as well as the late Fiedler Gallery (Greenport), Sidewalk Alley Art and Framing (Mt. Sinai), and the Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum, and frequently donates her works to local charity fundraising events. One such work is displayed in the New Stony Brook Cancer Center art collection.

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May 15, 2024
May 25, 2024
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La Romita School of Art
Terni, Italy


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