Italy Painting Workshop & Art Retreat

Paint the Views of Italy
Painting Workshop & Art Retreat
All-Inclusive July 9 – 16, 2021

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.

View from the Villa Window

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.

Approach to Painting Workshop & Retreat Italy Villa

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.

A painting holiday where you can relax for 8 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.

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!

Even the food is a work of art at the villa. Figs from the fields ripen right during our workshop

Venture out and explore the Region. 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.

“The week in Farnese as part of the workshop filled our senses and left an edible mark that won’t be soon forgotten. From the early morning meditation walks, the tantalizing and delectable freshly cooked local cuisine, the wonderful company of newfound friendships,  to the wealth of knowledge and craft shared by an outstanding mentor and teacher- it was pure Italian and artistic perfection!” – Cindy M, 2019

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.

Italy Painting Workshop & Retreat
Over the rooftops, Villa, Farnese, Italy

Awesome work, Awesome workshop, Awesome lady!!

Don M

Added Bonus

Director of the Vatican Observatory, with Jill and her painting ‘Phi’.

Jill will share the journey of her artwork ‘Phi’ that is installed in the Vatican Observatory Museum, Vatican City.

Ask Jill

Italy Painting Workshop is Limited to 8 Students

Dates: July 9-16, 2021

All Inclusive Cost Includes 

All-Inclusive 8 Days- 7 nights accommodation
5 days instruction, all levels, beginner to advanced
5 days fresh local cuisine

$3,350 per person
$1,650 non-painting companion

A complete updated list of suggested materials will be provided upon registration

  • Easels are provided. Bring a portable easel to paint en plein air
  • Canvas will be provided 
  • Renaissance formula non-toxic lavender oil painting mediums and brush cleaners will be provided courtesy of Chelsea Classical Studio no worries- these  are safer, better for the environment and easier to travel with – just right among the olive groves
  • Oil paints are preferred, other mediums are encouraged, including watercolors, acrylics and pastels. A variety of White and Portland Grey oil paints will be at your disposal for experimenting with subtle temperature/value shifts, courtesy of Gamblin Hand Crafted Oil Paints.  A selection of quality oil paints of various Italian landscape colors will be available to enhance your palette courtesy of  Willamsburg Oil Paints.

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
  • Option to paint a Still Life in the North light 
  • Lunch served 
  • Rest, relaxation and revitalization
  • Capture the Italian landscape bathed in the late afternoon light 
  • Savor a sumptuous dinner, abundant with the region’s fresh flavors
Italy Painting Workshop & Retreat with Jill Nichols
Painting by Jill Nichols, View from Villa, oil on board, 9″ x 12″
Jill Harrington Nichols Fine Art
Jill Harrington Nichols Fine Art
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"Cloud Plasticity", 36″ x36″, Oil on canvas
Jill Harrington Nichols Fine Art
Jill Harrington Nichols Fine Art
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8 thoughts on “Italy Painting Workshop & Art Retreat

  1. Dear Marina,

    Thank you for your interest in the Italy Painting Retreat. It would be great if you and your mom could join in. We are a small intimate group. There is a limit to 8 students and their companions. Not all painters bring companions. The villa has great interior and exterior space and the studio is set off from the main area allowing individuals to be as involved with others as they see fit. I have found that artists are usually respectful of each other’s needs for personal space. I’m hoping that we will all be able to travel come July.

    Please let me know if you have any other questions for me. I tried emailing you but it came back. If you would like to stay abreast with my activities, news and updates please be sure to register on my contact page:


  2. Hi! I would love to be apart of your program with my mom (most likely for next year or two). Is there any information on that the enrollment size? She’s social when she has to be but the smaller the number the better. Love the full moon pictures and reflection/meditation addition. Excited to experience it one day in the future!

  3. Yes, there is some availability. Please email me at

  4. Hi friends. Is there still room for the July workshop?

  5. Great! Thank you for your interest. I will be sure to contact you once I have the 2020 workshop schedule confirmed. Regards, Jill

  6. In a designer and your retreat sounds like the best vacation! Do you have a mailing list or schedule of upcoming trips?

  7. Hi I am a journalist in Devon with a great interest in art and have worked with the South West Academy of Art ….do you ever offer any press trips?

  8. I have been to Tuscany area 3 times. I have returned to oil painting after a 50 year absence

    I woul love info for 2020

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