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: L’Orto degli Angeli, Bevagna, 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. With the storied medieval town of Bevagna as your setting, 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 Bevagna 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 L'Orto degli Angeli, Bevagna, Italy

Located within the medieval walled city of Bevagna, your home and principal workshop painting site is a charming and historic residence, L’Orto degli Angeli. Consisting of two wings, a seventeenth century mansion and a 15th century arcade fronted structure joined by a wisteria covered stone bridge and intimate walled garden, the residence is built over and incorporates as its dining area the remains of a much older Roman amphitheater.

Bevagna and the surrounding countryside offer endless opportunities for exploring and artistic inspiration. Strategically located equidistant between the well-known towns of Assisi, Perugia, Montefalco and Trevi, Bevagna is that rare Umbrian town built on the valley floor, and the surrounding countryside offers a softer and gentler backdrop in contrast to its more austere and ruggedly located hilltop neighbors. Bordered on two sides by the meandering Topino River, Bevagna’s origins date back at least to the Etruscan era, and it was an important trading center and river port located on the Via Flamina in Roman times. But it is best known by modern Italians as one of their favorite and most carefully preserved medieval towns. With its Piazza Silvestri fronted by two Romanesque churches (San Silvestro was restored largely by funds provided by its patron, the current King Charles), its warren of cobblestone streets, its operational wooden water wheel and medieval paper making factory, and a delightful bicycle path connecting Bevagna with Spoleto and Assisi, participants will find no lack of activities during their non-painting hours.

L'Orto degli Angeli garden, Italy

Itinerary

Day 1 - October 10
  • Pickup at meeting spot in Rome at 1:30 
  • Arrive at Orto degli Angeli, Bevagna
  • Orientation/Welcome Aperitivo and Dinner at Hotel 
Day 2 - October 11
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch at Hotel 
  • Full day of painting instruction
  • Dinner at Local Restaurant
Day 3 - October 12
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch at Hotel 
  • Full day of painting instruction
  • Dinner at Local Restaurant
Day 4 - October 13
  • Breakfast
  • Painting Instruction / Cooking Lesson at Antonelli Winery
  • Wine Tasting Lunch at Antonelli Winery
  • Dinner on your own in Bevagna
Day 5 - October 14
  • Breakfast
  • Free day
  • Lunch on your own
  • Dinner at Local Restaurant
Day 6 - October 15
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch at Hotel
  • Full day of painting instruction
  • Dinner on your own
Day 7- October 16
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch at Hotel
  • Full day of painting instruction
  • Exhibit of Work/Farewell Aperitivo and Dinner at Hotel
Day 8 - October 17
  • Breakfast
  • Depart for Rome at 10:00 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
at L'Orto degli Angeli, Bevagna, Italy

Total cost is based per room and number of occupants:

Solo workshop participant: $4,450.
Two workshop participants sharing a room: $7,250.
Workshop participant with travel companion: $6,950.

• Maximum 2 occupants per room, double occupancy not required.

What’s Included:  

  • 8 days, 7 nights accommodation, private room with ensuite bathroom at Hotel L’Orto degli Angeli, Bevagna
  • Ground transport from Rome to venue and return
  • All breakfasts, 1 lunch, 5 dinners with wine
  • 5 full days of painting instruction
  • Additional activities include: Welcome aperitivo, guided history and orientation tour of Bevagna, excursion to winery Antonelli for painting, cooking class and lunch, closing reception
A deposit of $750 per person will reserve your room and space(s) in a workshop. You may cancel your reservation for a full refund of the deposit within 24 hours. After 24 hours, the deposit is non-refundable. Full balance and signed contract are due four months before the beginning of the workshop.

$750 deposit per person

Please read the contract for complete terms and conditions.

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.