The Italian Landscape: Two Approaches

with Amy Brnger & Rick Fox -May 30-June 6, 2022

Discover techniques for painting the incredible Italian countryside!

WAC invites you to join award-winning artists Amy Brnger and Rick Fox for a week-long plein air painting immersion in Umbria, the green heart of Italy. Through daily demonstrations and lots of personal attention, this dynamic duo will share their diverse individual styles and techniques for painting the incredible Italian countryside.

Each day will incorporate two painting sessions, one taught by Brnger and one by Fox, giving participants the opportunity to experience how these two painters approach the landscape.  Every session will include discussions about different painting concepts: paint mixing, values, perspective, atmosphere, color, and simplifying the landscape. Amy and Rick will address concepts such as painting flowers, still life, and the figure in the landscape. 

Luxury Accomodations at Castello di Petroia


The venue for this week-long art immersion is the 10th Century Castello di Petroia, an authentic medieval fortress perched on a hilltop between the towns of Perugia and Gubbio, with inspiring views of the surrounding landscape. The castle is surrounded by 600 acres of historic farmland and pine forest where you will find a quiet swimming pool in the midst of a beautiful olive grove, walking and horse riding trails, meadows, woods and different species of wildlife.

The castle’s 16 bedrooms, each with ensuite bathroom, feature original wooden beams, stone arches, antique furniture and painted ceilings. The luxurious accommodations have been restored with an eye to modern amenities, while the authentic medieval structure has been preserved. Federico da Montefeltro, Duke of Urbino (b.1422) is one of the most influential figures of the Italian Renaissance to be born in the castle.

There is wi-fi throughout.

The Restaurant

Innovative chef Walter Passeri is in charge of the kitchen at Castello di Petroia. Passeri worked in some of the world’s most prestigious hotels, from the Savoy in London to the Palace Hotel in Sant Moritz, before opening his own restaurants. One of these won him a Michelin star. Passeri enjoys offering traditional Umbrian dishes, often with a twist. His philosophy is based on enhancing and serving genuine Umbrian products. The dining room, located in a thirteenth century building, is warm and refined, with historic furnishings, soft light and candles.

Buffet breakfasts are served continental style in the historic Guidubaldo Hall, an elegant book-lined, wood-beamed room and include homemade yogurts, breads and pastries and jams, fresh fruit and local meats and cheeses.

Castello de Petroia, Gubbio

Amy Brnger
About Amy Brnger

Amy Brnger has painted still life, flowers, and landscape for as long as she has been an artist. She uses nature as a vehicle, or an excuse, to paint, and enjoys painting places and things with and about which she is familiar or curious. With her interiors, still life and landscape are often paired together, as both influence one another equally.  These subjects are strongly related, since the kinds of still life objects she often chooses to paint are themselves directly derived from the landscape: flowers; leaves; fruits and vegetables; bird’s nests, etc. She also enjoys painting flowers and food on their own.


Rick Fox
About Rick Fox

Rick Fox is a painter who is fascinated by perception and the challenge and complexity of the translation of the “world” to a surface. He lives in southern Maine and has been seduced by color and at the moment his primary practice is plein air painting. Rick is currently represented by Gallery NAGA, Boston, and JP Art Gallery, London.In 2019 Rick was a Ballinglen Artist Foundation Painting Fellow. And in 2018 he was awarded two residencies: Playa Artist Residency (Summerlake, Oregon) and 2nd Annual International Plein Air Symposium, sponsored by the Mark Rothko Center (Semenova, Latvia).Rick has been teaching painting and drawing full-time at the University of New Hampshire since 2010. 



Day 1 (Monday, May 30) 

  • Pickup at meeting spot in Rome at 1:30 
  • Arrive Castello di Petroia, Gubbio 
  • Tour of Historic Hotel 
  • Orientation & Welcome Dinner 

Day 2 (Tuesday, May 31) 

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch at Hotel 
  • Full day of painting instruction with Amy and Rick
  • Dinner at Hotel 

Day 3 (Wednesday, June 1)

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch at Hotel 
  • Full day of painting instruction with Amy and Rick
  • Dinner at Hotel 

Day 4 (Thursday, June 2) 

  • Breakfast
  • Local wine tasting lunch at Hotel 
  • Full day of painting instruction with Amy and Rick
  • Dinner at Hotel 

Day 5 (Friday, June 3) 

  • Breakfast
  • Visit town of Gubbio 
  • Dinner at Hotel

Day 6 (Saturday, June 4)

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch at Hotel 
  • Full day of painting instruction with Amy and Rick
  • Dinner at Hotel 
  • Outdoor astronomy and stargazing lecture

Day 7 (Sunday, June 5)

  • Breakfast 
  • Lunch at Hotel
  • Full day of painting instruction with Amy and Rick
  • Farewell aperitivo and exhibit of work 
  • Farewell Dinner 

Day 8 (Monday, June 6)

  • Breakfast
  • Depart for Rome – 10:30 AM
(Planned itinerary is subject to substitutions or minor alterations. There will be additional engaging activities and excursions planned while workshops are going on for non-student participants,)

The Italian Landscape: Two Approaches with Amy Brnger & Rick Fox

May 30-June 6, 2022 at Castello di Petroia, Umbria, Italy

Total cost is based per room and number of occupants:

(Maximum 2 occupants per room, double occupancy not required.)

What’s Included:  

  • 8 days, 7 nights accommodation, private room with ensuite bathroom at Castello di Petroia
  • Ground transport from Rome to venue and return
  • All breakfasts, 5 lunches, all dinners with wine
  • 5 full days of painting instruction with Amy Brnger and Rick Fox
  • Additional activities include: Welcome aperitivo, excursions to Gubbio and Perugia, wine tasting, truffle hunting, outdoor astronomy and stargazing lecture, horseback riding excursion, cooking lesson, closing reception.
  • If you would like to spend more time in Italy, we would love to assist you with translation and planning that helps you extend your stay.

Not Included:

  • Airfare
  • Personal sightseeing
  • Gratuities
  • Additional cocktails or specialty drinks outside of mealtime.

We take care of all the details

Martha has over 10 years of experience organizing art tours. Part of our our team, Anne and Amy, live in Italy year round, are married to Italians and are fluent in Italian. We’ve built long term relationships with the owners and staff of our favorite venues.

If you have any questions, please use the form below, phone 206-715-6663 or email to contact us.

Italy Travel Workshops

Join us for an incredible, in-person art experience in Italy in 2022!

Winslow Art Center recognizes that air travel contributes to the emission of climate changing carbon into the atmosphere and has committed to doing its share to offset those costs to the environment.  Based on the research conducted by noted tour operator Rick Steves, it costs approximately $30 of investment in environmental initiatives in the developing world to mitigate the carbon emissions created by one round-trip flight between the US and Europe. Winslow Art Center will donate $30 per trip participant to the Rainforest Alliance, or other similar organization committed to climate conservation.