Color and Shape: Dynamic Painting in Autumnal Umbria

with Ingrid Christensen - October 10-October 17, 2023

Color and Shape: Dynamic Painting in Autumnal Umbria

with Ingrid Christensen - October 10-October 17, 2023

Revel in the beauty and culture of Italy while learning to apply Ingrid’s principles of shape, color and paint application to create your own confident works.

Dates: October 10-October 17, 2023
Venue: Castello di Petroia, Gubbio, Umbria, Italy
Medium: All opaque mediums (oil, acrylic, gouache, pastel) demos will be in oils

Experience a week of painting in Umbria, known as Italy’s “green heart” with Winslow Art Center and award-winning oil painter Ingrid Christensen. Ingrid’s painting method is bold, colorful, and, above all, logical. Revel in the beauty and culture of Italy while learning to apply Ingrid’s principles of shape, color and paint application to create your own confident works.

Building on the theme of her popular 2022 workshop at Castello di Pretoia, the focus of this week-long painting intensive will be to learn to see the essence of your subject, whether a landscape, still life, or a person.  Through daily group and individual demos, discover how to break down the complexity of what you’re seeing into simple shapes and accurate colors and how to apply your paint in wet-in-wet layers without making mud.

Ingrid believes that painting is a joyful, playful pursuit and strives to bring that sense of play to her teaching. In this 5-day Italian painting immersive, expect to push yourself beyond your comfort zone, experience artistic revelations and, regardless of your level,  advance your artistic practice and have lots of fun!  Painting from life with the Castello di Petroia and its 500-acre surrounding estate as your backdrop, your subjects will be still life, landscape, and the figure. This workshop is suitable for painters working in opaque mediums.  Ingrid’s demos will be in oil.

About the Instructor

Ingrid Christensen is an award winning painter and instructor who specializes in figurative and still life oil painting. Influenced by French and Russian Impressionism, her work is an exploration of light, color and dynamic mark making. A self-proclaimed “paint nerd”, Ingrid has written and featured in Winsor & Newton Masterclass videos, contributed articles to Artsy Magazine, and taught sold-out workshops in Canada and Mexico.

Ingrid lives in Calgary, Canada and has made her peace with snow. ingridchristensen.substack.com

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, birthplace of Federico da Montefeltro, Duke of Urbino (b.1422), is surrounded by a 600-acre traditional Umbrian farm with beautiful olive groves, hiking and horse-riding trails, meadows, woods and abundant 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 preserving the authentic medieval structure. The 13th Century dining room is warm and refined, with historic furnishings, soft light, fireplaces and candles. Breakfasts, which include homemade yogurts, breads, pastries, jams, fresh fruit and local meats and cheeses, are served in the historic Guidobaldo Hall, an elegant book-lined, wood-beamed room with magnificent views of the Umbrian countryside.

Itinerary

Day 1 - October 10
  • Pickup at meeting spot in Rome at 1:30 
  • Arrive Castello di Petroia, Gubbio 
  • Orientation/Welcome, Aperitivo and Dinner 
Day 2 - October 11
  • Breakfast at Hotel
  • Lunch at Hotel 
  • Full day of painting instruction
  • Aperitivo and Dinner at Hotel 
Day 3 - October 12
  • Breakfast at Hotel
  • Lunch at Hotel 
  • Full day of painting instruction
  • Aperitivo and Dinner at Hotel 
Day 4 - October 13
  • Breakfast at Hotel
  • Lunch at Hotel 
  • Full day of painting instruction
  • Wine Tasting
  • Dinner at Hotel 
Day 5 - October 14
  • Breakfast at Hotel
  • Excursion to Town of Gubbio
  • Aperitivo and Dinner at Hotel
Day 6 - October 15
  • Breakfast at Hotel
  • Lunch at Hotel 
  • Full day of painting instruction
  • Aperitivo and Dinner at Hotel 
  • Outdoor astronomy lecture and stargazing
Day 7- October 16
  • Breakfast at Hotel
  • Lunch at Hotel
  • Full day of painting instruction
  • Farewell aperitivo and exhibit of work 
  • Farewell Dinner 
Day 8 - October 17
  • Breakfast at Hotel
  • Depart for Rome – 9:30 AM
  • Arrive in Rome at drop-off spot – 12:00-12:30 PM
(Planned itinerary is subject to minor alterations.)

Color and Shape: Dynamic Painting in Autumnal Umbria

with Ingrid Christensen – October 10-October 17, 2023

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
  • Additional activities include: Welcome aperitivo, excursion to Gubbio, wine tasting, outdoor astronomy lecture and stargazing, cooking lesson, horseback riding, closing reception.

Experience Counts

Martha and the Winslow Art Center team have over 10 years of experience organizing destination art workshops. 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.

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

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