Artist Bookmaking & Mixed Media in Croatia with Anna Tomczak

Join us on a trip to the Balkans! We will be based at a country villa in Istria, Croatia, surrounded by farms, vineyards and olive orchards. Istria borders Slovenia and has a maritime border with Italy. The Italian city of Trieste and the Slovene capital Ljubljana, are within an hour’s drive. Istria, for much of its history a part of Italy (Italian is still spoken by many), is known for its cuisine, its incredible coastline, medieval hill towns and ancient ruins.

  • When: May 15 - May 25, 2013
  • Where: Istria, Croatia
  • Price: $2650
Artist Bookmaking & Mixed Media in Croatia with Anna Tomczak
Artist Bookmaking & Mixed Media in Croatia with Anna Tomczak
Artist Bookmaking & Mixed Media in Croatia with Anna Tomczak

Features & Info

Artist Bookmaking & Mixed Media in Croatia with Anna Tomczak

Workshop Features:

• Double occupancy accommodations at a luxury villa (single occupancy avail. w/supplement)
• Airport transfers
• All internal transportation
• Excursions to the nearby hill towns, Venetian coastal cities, Rovinj and the breathtaking Roman Coliseum in Pula
• Excursion to Ljubljana, Slovenia
• Vineyard and Artisanal Food Tours
• Continental Breakfast daily
• 4 Dinners at the Villa prepared by Chef Frederick
• Dinner at restaurant Mondo Konoba in Motovun

Artist Bookmaking & Mixed Media in Croatia with Anna Tomczak

Anna Tomczak

Anna Tomczak's work has been featured in exhibitions and collections at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Florida Gulf Coast Museum of Art, Harn Museum of Art, McGraw-Hill, Museum of Florida Art, Norton Museum of Art, Polaroid Collections, Polk Museum of Art, Sony Latin-America and Tampa Museum of Art. Artist awards include the Florida Individual Artist Fellowship and Career Enhancement Grant; Polaroid Artist Support Program Grant; Loft Nota Bene Artist Residency, Spain; Escape to Create Artist Fellowship, Seaside, FL; Distinguished Visiting Artist -Anna Lamar Switzer Center for Visual Arts, FL; Southeast Museum of Photography, Florida; Atlantic Center for the Arts Cultural Exchange Fellowship, La Napoule Arts Foundation, France.

Artist Bookmaking & Mixed Media in Croatia with Anna Tomczak

Director/Chef Frederick Brown

Frederick, a Florida-based chef, with more than 15 years experience, has honed his craft working in the United States and Europe. He has been creating unique workshop experiences for artists, students and food lovers for the last 5 years. Frederick has traveled extensively, lived and worked abroad. He taught cooking classes and worked in the production of food and wine events for Bon Appétit Magazine in cities across the USA. His broad knowledge of food, coupled with his culinary skills combine to create memorable dining experiences informed by the local culture. He believes in using regionally grown products and produce assuring the freshest of ingredients. Frederick will showcase his talents producing regionally influenced dinner fare to be enjoyed outdoors while being complimented by local wines and exceptional views of the Croatian countryside.

Additional Information


As you travel through and photograph the countryside and ancient hill towns of Croatia, you will be collecting materials and memorabilia to assemble for your own personal Travel Journal. Back in the studio we will concentrate on the various methods of integrating our photographs and found objects into the surface of various art papers, cloth, canvas and wood. The intent is to express a visual idea in the form of a unique book with wide creative latitude. Photographic transfers will be made from laser photocopy prints of your images using solvents and acrylics, and then embellished with pencils and paint. Several binding styles and bookmaking methods will be demonstrated and/or discussed. Text methods will be explored - rubbings, rubber stamp, as well as computer generated text. Surface treatments will be introduced such as coating with wax, collage and washes of acrylic or watercolor paint. The workshop will emphasize the photographic image, but is not limited to this and will include other modes of expression - drawing, poetry and found ephemera such as antique illustrations and designs. You will learn skills that you can continue using in art and bookmaking in your home or studio. This workshop is for all levels.