Italy Painting Workshop & Art Retreat

Paint the Views of Italy
Painting Workshop & Art Retreat
All-Inclusive Stay Tuned – 2020 Dates

Private Villa in Farnese, Italy is the heart of our Art Retreat

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 Old Master’s stone cellar to paint in the north light.

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.

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.

Inside the Villa, Farnese, Italy

A painting holiday where you can relax for 8 days

Balcony, Villa, Farnese, Italy

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.

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.

Driveway of Villa, Farnese, Italy

Venture out and explore the Region.Make the most of your painting vacation and go off exploring the Renaissance Art 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.

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

Bring Home a Taste of Italy. The Art Retreat is set in a villa at the intersection of the fertile ground of Lazio and Tuscany, abundant with olive groves. Bring home some olive oil freshly pressed from the villas’s trees, compliments of the owner. You will be sure to bring home amazing memories and paintings!

“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.

Added Bonus

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

Jill will share her journey with ‘Phi’. Her artwork will be installed in the Vatican Observatory Museum at Castel Gondolfo, Vatican City.

Ask Jill

Italy Painting Workshop is Limited to 8 Students

Dates: Stay Tuned for 2020 Dates

All Inclusive Cost Includes 

7 nights accommodation,
5 days instruction, all levels, beginner to advanced
5 days fresh local cuisine

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″

“Although I came as a reluctant non/painter participant since this was my husband’s “gig” -I left feeling like an integral part of the entire heavenly, unforgettable experience! ” – Cindy M

Jill Harrington Nichols Fine Art
Jill Harrington Nichols Fine Art
Framed prints of earlier works available and on view at the Fairfield University Bookstore, downtown, through Monday morning, 9-30.
Jill Harrington Nichols Fine Art
Jill Harrington Nichols Fine Art
Earlier works by Jill, available and on view at the Fairfield University Bookstore, downtown, through the end of September.

” Jill did a marvelous job of meeting the needs of all learners and allowed everyone the opportunity to deeply experience all that was offered!” – Cindy M

11 Responses

  1. This sounds great. Please let me know about your 2020 tour

    Thanks so much. Retiring art teacher this June. Ready for Italy next year!!!!!

  2. 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?

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

    1. Hi, Thank you for your interest in my painting workshops. At this time I have the one scheduled in Italy for July 12-19. Once that is complete I will be creating some new workshops and will know the dates then. Please join my mailing list so that I can inform you of any upcoming workshops.


  4. Would love to learn more about what you have planned for 2020! Hope to align travel plans to join you.

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