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Sketchbooking in Rovinj
May 27 - June 1, 2024
with Diane Olivier   FULL - sign up for waitlist

Taught in English
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I encourage artists of ALL levels. Groups of no more than 10 insure that I can work individually with you and develop my days according to your needs. We will be working in sketchbooks in the charming historic fishing village of Rovinj, "The Pearl of the Adriatic".  Rovinj is a charmingly picturesque town with narrow, cobbled streets, pastel colored buildings, and a bustling harbor.  Our rooms will be in the Villa Tuttorrotto with fabulous sea views, as well as at the nearby Angelo d'Oro, a delightful and charming boutique heritage hotel.


Breakfast will be served each morning at the Villa Tuttorotto.  Lunches and dinners will be at the participant's choice of eateries in town and are not included.


Per Person Price (shared room):

2000 euros

Single Supplement (for your own room with double bed):

350 euros

- Includes wine & cheese welcome reception, and all breakfasts 

- Four hours of teaching daily


Drawing Instructor Diane Olivier

Drawing has always been my primary media, working with both traditional and nontraditional materials on scales ranging from small book size to mural size. My subject matter ranges from figurative, landscape and cityscapes to non-representational. The media ranges from charcoal to graphite, to full color pastels to non-traditional mixed media. The sense of touch between the tools and the paper and the immediacy of the mark are important element in my process. It is a dance between the eyes, the hand and the soul.

Holiday Director Kate Kilbourne

Since 2000, Kate Kilbourne lived part of the year in San Francisco, California, and part of the year in her house in Trôo, France... until 2017 when her partner Robert bought a flat in Cádiz, Spain.  Now Kate and Robert spend the spring and fall all over Europe, running Plein Air Holidays in France, Spain, Italy and in Croatia where they lived for nine months during the Covid pandemic.  Kate is fluent in French and is learning Spanish as fast as she can!

Historic renovated lodging at

From the medieval venetian palazzo of the "poor," once a home of sailors, to the unique museum-like boutique hotel, Villa Tuttorotto provides rare & distinctive accommodations with a sea view.  We have four of their seven rooms for our group, plus three bedrooms at the nearby Angelo d'Oro, a delightful and charming boutique heritage hotel.

We will gather for daily critiques at Diane's apartment featuring a living room with balcony overlooking the sea.

Note that we will assign rooms in order of deposits received, so get your deposit in right away to get the best room available!

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Drawings by Diane Olivier

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As of the thirteenth century, Venetians ruled the city of Rovinj. They recognized that the hilly inhabited island of northern Istria, just across the sea from their home, could be of huge strategic importance. Soon the tower of the St. Euphemia basilica became the most important landmark for their sailors and the port became the safe harbor for their fleet.

The Massatto family was well-known for generations, as skillful fishermen. So, the hard work made them earn a beautiful, though modest palace overlooking the port of Rovinj, as well as the name of the street where their home was.

The devastating consequences of the second World war made the Massatto family leave Rovinj and Istria. As the new owners entered the property in the early 1950’s, they encountered only the oldest palace inhabitant, the city barber. As he didn’t like the idea of the change of ownership, he tried to persuade the new owners that the house was worthless: “ TUTTO ROTTO”, he was shouting (“all is rotten”). The newcomers, however recognized the importance of the building.

Soon the new owners started refurbishing this palace of the poor, and made the old barber happy.   


It is only ten years ago that the owners of this unique villa decided to open its doors to the public, and thus, began to share it’s history with guests anxious to stay behind the medieval city walls, while witnessing the crypts where the inhabitants were once hiding the food and salt from the pirates.

As you come to visit us, we promise that you will be given a smile by the eighteenth century Madonna and her child that will make you come again and again…

Included in Holiday
  • 4 days of instruction

  • 5 nights accommodation

  • Daily Breakfast 

  • Welcome Wine & Cheese reception

  • sketch sharing sessions at the end of each day

Not Included
  • Air fare & Ground Transport

  • Travel insurance

  • Medical insurance

  • Sketching Materials 


The cost for the 5 night holiday, inclusive of everything listed under "Included in Holiday", varies according to whether you prefer a single room or are planning to share a double.


Accommodation is in the wonderful Villa Tuttorotto and at the nearby Angelo d'Oro, a delightful and charming boutique heritage hotel.  Visit the Villa Tuttorotto website and the Angelo d'Oro website for more details.


Double Room: 2000 euros 

Per person


Single Room: 2350 euros 

Per person

EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: Sign up by Dec. 31

and receive a 200 euro discount! 


20% Discount

for non-drawing participants

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