L'École Marchutz

The Road...um, I mean Canal...to Venice

UncategorizedMarchutz Fellow

Image Monet, The Grand Canal


Kokoschka, Boats on the Dogana


Guardi, Vedute der Isola di San Pietro di Castello


Turner, S. Giorgio Maggiore

Every spring, the Marchutz School takes a painting trip to Venice. Being one of the most painted, photographed, and filmed cities in the world, Venice is a fitting environment for our artists.

When I attended Marchutz in 2009, it was only for the fall semester. As a result, I was bereft of the opportunity to join the school and paint in the alluring City of Canals. Every account I heard from friends who did attend Marchutz in the spring, maintained that the Venice trip was possibly the highest point in their semester.

Luckily, this time around I get to go. However, it's hard to pinpoint exactly what I am most excited about. Is it the beautiful architecture? The highly acclaimed sunrises? The element of water flowing through the city like life-giving blood?  The freedom to paint on my own time, at my own rhythm and pace? The Peroni?

John arranged a presentation for us this morning, showing us pictures of Venice and paintings by artists who have worked in Venice. I could hardly contain my excitement during it. I just wanted to shout, "John! Enough already! My heart is nearly bursting at the seams!"

Now, it's the night of our departure. Our bus leaves in three and a half hours. As sleepiness descends on me, my swelling excitement keeps me going as I finish preparing some surfaces, cut wine corks, and do some last minute packing. See you on the other side!  Arrivederci!

-Nick Velleman, Alumni Fellow