Live the Dream
Paint the Views of Italy
Workshop & Art Retreat
All-Inclusive July 8 – July 17, 2022
Let your true creative essence emerge through painting the inspirational Italian landscape. Capture the views of the sea and hills of Tuscany. Paint the exquisite light and expressive colors native to Italy. Gain mastery by painting the landscape in different lighting and atmospheric conditions. All from the ease and comfort of a grand 14th century stone atelier. Just a short walk across the courtyard from the main house.
Immerse yourself in the beauty of Italy. Find the perfect spot among the olive groves to paint en plein air. Take advantage of the painting in the comfort of the atelier. The entire art retreat is designed to allow for you to fully relax and expand. To experience exhilarating and valuable lessons in each of your paintings.
A painting holiday where you can relax for 10 days. Everything is convenient at the villa. Allowing you to settle in and focus on the views for your paintings. There are 360 degree views from the sea to the Tuscan hills from which to choose. Rest in the comfort of the well appointed rooms.
Each attendee’s experience will be optimized. Internationally recognized artist, Jill Nichols will be assisting you in honing your skills. Accustomed to teaching students at all levels, Jill has a way of instilling confidence and encouraging students to take risks with remarkable outcomes. Jill’s demos and talks will review the basics and her own insights into what makes a successful painting. Jill will be working with each painter individually to enhance their painting practice.
Indulge in a Taste of Italy.
Savor the sumptuous local cuisine prepared fresh for you daily. Discuss painting and art with new friends under the stars. Unwind in one of the several comfortable living spaces in the spacious villa. The Art Retreat is set in a villa at the intersection of the fertile ground of Lazio, Umbria and Tuscany, abundant with olive groves. You will be sure to bring home amazing memories and paintings!
Venture out and explore the Region. Abiding current travel mandates you can make the most of your painting vacation and go off exploring the Renaissance Art, ancient Etruscan historic sites and other interests in the region. The villa is at the outskirts of the medieval village of Farnese which has many intriguing points of interest and restaurants. Visit the wineries or for a little pampering head to one of the many natural hot springs.
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Italy Painting Workshop is Limited to 8 Students
Dates: July 8th – July 17th, 2021
All Inclusive Cost Includes – 10 Day and 8 Day Options
All-Inclusive 10 Days – 9 nights accommodations
7 days instruction, all levels, beginner to advanced
7 days fresh local cuisine
$3,975 per person for painter
$1,950 non-painting companion
All-inclusive 8 Days – 7 nights accommodations
5 days instruction, all levels, beginner to advanced
5 days fresh local cuisine
$3,250 per person for painter
$1,750 non-painting companion
Please note that transportation is not included. We will facilitate all attendees arrival and departure between the Villa and the Fiumicino Airport, Rome. Options include car rental, private-ride and carpooling. We will introduce the workshop attendees to each other previous to travel.
A complete updated list of suggested materials will be provided upon registration
- Easels are provided in the studio. Bring a portable easel to paint en plein air
- Canvas will be provided
- Oil paints are preferred, other mediums are encouraged, including watercolors, acrylics and pastels. A list of suggested colors and other materials will be provided after registration. A variety of oil paints will be at your disposal for experimenting with subtle temperature/value shifts. Mineral spirits provided.
Daily Schedule, more details will be provided upon registration
- Paint the sunrise (optional) -this will be a quiet time of painting without instruction
- Breakfast, in the Italian style of sweet and savory
- A moment of quiet reflection and meditation to ease the mind and begin to focus
- Morning immersed in painting the landscape
- Lunch served
- Rest, relaxation and revitalization
- Capture the Italian landscape bathed in the late afternoon light or outing to take in the art and sites
- Savor a sumptuous dinner, abundant with the region’s fresh flavors
Jill will work individually with each painter in achieving individual goals. We will investigate historic and contemporary approaches to painting technique. Discussions and demos will encompass Dynamic Composition, Visual Perception, Form/Shapes, Edges, Creating Space through Overlap/Perspective, Ambiguity and Chaos, Abstraction, Simplifying the Complex, Subtleties, Ground/Under-painting, Value, Contrast, Light and Color, Getting at the Root – Emotion, Translation and Connection. We will create studies with preliminary sketches, complimentary pairs-contrast/neutralizing and primaries and develop selected paintings using the full color palette. We will build on our competence, working on several studies each day, always noting the quality of the light and its effect on color and form. If this all seems a little daunting don’t despair, we will be working at a comfortable pace and lessons will be customized.
This year we’ve expanded the scope of the workshop with instruction with a professional photographer, for those that would rather photograph than paint – your option to use your phone or pack your equipment. Please contact Jill directly for details on the photography option.