Dates: September 12-19, 2024
Instructor: Bernard Dellario
Venue: Palazzo Leti, Spoleto, Umbria, Italy
Medium: Oil, acrylic, gouache, watercolor or pastel. Bernie demonstrates and teaches in gouache, oil and acrylic.
Bernie Dellario builds on his popular theme of capturing the essence of the Italian landscape using a minimum of plein air equipment, this time in an entirely different venue, a fourteenth century palazzo located in the historic renaissance town of Spoleto. The entire residence, including its lovely formal garden, will be reserved exclusively for participants’ accommodation, painting and instruction. While there will be plenty of opportunities for painting the Umbrian countryside, the focus of this workshop will be capturing the urban life of a vibrant town that has been historically significant from Etruscan times through the Renaissance and beyond. With 38,000 inhabitants, Spoleto is large enough to offer participants ample opportunities for exploration of museums, restaurants, and shopping when not painting.
Palazzo Leti, the fourteenth century home of the noble Leti family, consists of twelve beautifully restored rooms, each looking across the valley towards Monteluco. Situated in the center of Spoleto, one of the lesser-known jewels of Umbria, the town is an important center for the arts with numerous museums and galleries as well as historic sites including the Roman theater, the Ponte delle Torri aqueduct , the Santa Maria Assunta cathedral, all dominated by the imposing medieval Castello Rocca Albornoziana.
Of particular note to plein air artists, many of the town’s principal piazzas and sites have recently been connected by underground escalators, eliminating the need to carry painting gear up and down the hilly cobblestone streets.
Although worthy of many days of exploration in its own right, Spoleto’s strategic location at the head of a broad valley in the foot hills of the Apennines provides easy access to some of the best known towns in Italy including Assisi, Trevi, Terni, Perugia and Bevagna. With plenty to do for non-painters as well, the Spoleto-Norcia narrow grade railway bed has been converted to a bike path with spectacular views of the nearby Nera Valley, which is also one of Italy’s best known fly fishing rivers.
• Maximum 2 occupants per room, double occupancy not required.
With over 10 years of experience organizing art tours, and with part of our team, my daughters Anne and Amy, living in Europe and fluent in Italian and Spanish, we have the ability not only to maintain long term relationships with the owners and staff of our favorite venues, but to seek out and vet new and unique locations each year. We personally participate in every travel workshop to ensure the quality of the accommodations and cuisine as well as to coordinate the special needs of the art instruction program.
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