Seeing Color: Painting the Italian Light

with Bernard Dellario - September 17-24, 2022

Learn how to interpret the Italian light in any medium!

Grab your paints and get ready to immerse yourself  in this week-long painting adventure in Italy with WAC and painter Bernard (Bernie) Dellario. The setting for this art adventure is the beautiful Castello di Petroia, a 10th century castle in the Umbrian countryside, near the historic medieval city of Gubbio. Come paint, explore and get inspired!

Each day will include instructor demonstrations, group critiques and lots of personal attention. Classes will cover learning how to see and choose subject matter, how to see color, interpreting the special quality of light found in this exquisite location, composition, design, atmospheric perspective and most importantly how to have fun doing it!

Paint in any medium. Bernie will paint and demo mainly in gouache along with some oils. For those interested in working in gouache, you will learn how to use this versatile medium as a means for creating field sketches or to produce fully realized paintings. Gouache is the perfect transitional medium for the oil painter and great for traveling since it requires minimal supplies and is easily stowed in a small backpack. 

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 a 600 acre antique farm 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 wild life.

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 serning 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

Bernard Dellario
About Bernard Dellario

Bernard Dellario earned a bachelor’s degree from Kings College in Wilkes-Barre, PA with emphasis on finance and art history.  He studied Art at the Art League School in Alexandria, Virginia and attended several workshops with nationally known artists.  He has been a member of the Washington Society of Landscape Painters since 2003. Fondly known as WSLP, one of the oldest active artist organizations in the Washington area, Bernard currently serves as President. He teaches painting classes through several venues, has won national awards and exhibits throughout the Maryland Eastern Shore and Washington, DC regions.


Day 1 (Saturday, September 17) 

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

Day 2 (Sunday, September 18) 

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch at Hotel 
  • Full day of painting instruction with Bernie
  • Dinner at Hotel 

Day 3 (Monday, September 19)

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch at Hotel 
  • Full day of painting instruction with Bernie
  • Dinner at Hotel 

Day 4 (Tuesday, September 20) 

  • Breakfast
  • Local wine tasting lunch at Hotel 
  • Full day of painting instruction with Bernie
  • Dinner at Hotel 

Day 5 (Wednesday, September 21) 

  • Breakfast
  • Visit town of Gubbio 
  • Dinner at Hotel

Day 6 (Thursday, September 22)

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

Day 7 (Friday, September 23)

  • Breakfast 
  • Full day of painting instruction with Bernie
  • Lunch at hotel 
  • Farewell aperitivo/ Exhibit of work 
  • Farewell Dinner 

Day 8 (Saturday, September 24)

  • 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,)

Seeing Color: Painting the Italian Light with Bernard Dellario

September 17-24, 2022 at Castello di Petroia, Umbria, Italy

Total cost is based per room:

(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 Bernard Dellario
  • Additional activities include: Welcome aperitivo, excursions to Gubbio and Perugia, wine tasting, 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.