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.
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.
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 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. www.bjdellario.com
Day 1 (Saturday, September 17)
Day 2 (Sunday, September 18)
Day 3 (Monday, September 19)
Day 4 (Tuesday, September 20)
Day 5 (Wednesday, September 21)
Day 6 (Thursday, September 22)
Day 7 (Friday, September 23)
Day 8 (Saturday, September 24)
(Maximum 2 occupants per room, double occupancy not required.)
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 email@example.com to contact us.
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.