After breakfast and an orientation for the week’s activities, we got down to the business of creating sketchbooks to use throughout our stay in Tuscany.

Curt demonstrated various binding techniques and then the students began to show their individual creativity by making sketchbooks of all shapes and sizes.

At 4:00, Lorenzo and Marzio, who both work at our hostel, took us for a 2 1/2 hour, 6-mile hike throughout the Oltrarno neighborhood, including a climb up a hill toward Bellesguardo, a beautiful residential neighborhood with a high-end, 4-star hotel at the top. They pointed out various amenities along the way, including places to eat, do our laundry, and enjoy outdoor concerts.