Sicily Leopards

Céfalu, Sicily 2018

with Martin Cheek and Andrew Higgins 

12-Day / 8–Day Mosaic Masterclass & Tour
October 30 - November 10, 2018

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As many of you will know, for many years Martin Cheek and Andrew Higgins have been organising a special annual Mosaic Masterclass and tour abroad. Previous years have included Sicily, Venice, Greece, Ravenna, and Istanbul. This year, we have decided to return to Sicily, and the wonderful fishing port of Céfalu. We last made a tour here in 2010.
The venue for this year is the
Museo Mandralisca, just along from the Piazza Duomo, with the imposing twelfth century cathedral with its wonderful mosaics.

The course, as always, is both a creative and relaxing holiday experience. Martin and Andrew will teach for 3½ hours daily. There is a lot of opportunity for one to one tuition. Another great feature about this course is meeting your fellow course participants from all over the world.

The hotel for our stay is the Hotel Riva del Sole. This is right on the seafront and a lovely 10 minute walk in the morning, along the front and through the twisting streets of Céfalu to the museum.

The Tour: We will also be arranging a tour of some of the greatest treasures of Sicily. We will be visiting the following sites:

Céfalu Cathedral, Céfalu
The Palatina Chapel, Palermo

The Church of a Martorana, Palermo

The Cathedral Church, Monreale

The Villa Romana, Piazza Armarina

Collectively, all these places we shall visit, are listed as World Heritage Sites

The Workshop: The days will run as usual, with teaching in the mornings, including a talk and any guidance you need. Some mornings and afternoons will be taken up with visits together, but we have not finalised the itinerary as we send this out to you.

Sicily is world famous for its food, being a richly abundant Mediterranean island, and we can look forward to the most delicious menus and wines. We will have lunch each day near by the Piazza Duomo.

Cost: 12 days, 11 nights mosaic course including accommodation, and breakfast.
Early Bird Special (register before June 1) = € 2,500 (Euros)/ £1,756/$2,652  After June 1, workshop registration cost = €2,800 (Euros)/£1,968   /$2,971 (cost conversions will likely vary based upon the actual currency values at the time you purchase).
A deposit of €500.00 (non refundable) to be paid on booking.
This price is based on taking a single room.
Please note that the airfare is not included as part of the course price.

Suggested Flights:

The best option is to fly to Palermo. Easyjet has the best prices. routes to Palermo. On paying your deposit, we shall advise you of the suggested flights, so that everyone may try to arrange flights that coincide with most of the group.
We then take a minibus from Palermo Airport to the city which takes about 1hr30 minutes.

If you wish to reserve a place, please let me know as numbers will be restricted to 15 x students due to the size of the studio space.

To reserve please email me:

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  1. Steph Birkhead avatar
    Steph Birkhead Dec 5, 2017

    Look forward to Sicily!

  2. Ea Movang avatar
    Ea Movang Dec 11, 2017

    Hello Martin

    I really hope I can come with to Sicilien - i can see You shall have answer before first of june. I shall have “fixed” my eyes in January, february, and write after that.  Ea

  3. Lesley Bender avatar
    Lesley Bender Jan 18, 2018

    I’d really like to make this one.  2018 has got to be better than 2017.  I’ll be coming from farther away as I live in Cupertino, CA now.  But I’m pretty sure I can do British Airways.  I can always fly to London, spend night with friends or at airport, then fly to Sicily with you all.  Haven’t heard a word from Mary Ann in 2 years.  Sent her a Christmas card which told her about David’s death but never heard a word.  Hope you all are doing well.
    Cheers, Lesley

  4. DENISE avatar
    DENISE Jan 23, 2018

    Great to see that Lesley is considering attending. Wish I could but still have an elderly Wrinkle to look out for! Can’t believe it will be 8 years ago since the last Sicily workshop. Denise in Australia

  5. Ea Movang avatar
    Ea Movang Mar 29, 2018

    Look forward to Sicily -

  6. Kimberly H7nt avatar
    Kimberly H7nt Apr 1, 2018

    I’d like more information about the 2018 Sicily class. It would be for 2 students, what would be the rate based on double occupancy? Thanks for anything you can send me!