Capturing the Essence: An Italian Painting Intensive

with Ingrid Christensen - September 27 - October 4, 2022

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!

Experience a week of painting in Umbria, known as  Italy’s “green heart”  with WAC and award winning oil painter Ingrid Christensen. Ingrid’s painting method is bold, colorful, and, above all, logical. With the 10th century Castello di Petroia 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.  

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 castle grounds 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.

Luxury Accomodations at Castello di Petroia

Accommodation

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 600 acres of historic farmland and pine forest 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 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 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 serving 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

About Ingrid Christensen

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.com

Itinerary

Day 1 (Tuesday, September 27) 

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

Day 2 (Wednesday, September 28) 

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

Day 3 (Thursday, September 29)

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

Day 4 (Friday, September 30) 

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

Day 5 (Saturday, October 1) 

  • Breakfast
  • Visit town of Gubbio 
  • Dinner at Hotel

Day 6 (Sunday, October 2)

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

Day 7 (Monday, October 3)

  • Breakfast 
  • Lunch at Hotel
  • Full day of painting instruction with Ingrid
  • Farewell aperitivo and exhibit of work 
  • Farewell Dinner 

Day 8 (Tuesday, October 4)

  • 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,)

Capturing the Essence: An Italian Painting Intensive with Ingrid Christensen

September 27-October 4, 2022 at Castello di Petroia, Umbria, Italy

Total cost is based per room and number of occupants:

Solo workshop participant: $3,950.
Two workshop participants sharing a room: $6,900.
Workshop participant with travel companion: $6,400.

• 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 Ingrid Christensen
  • Additional activities include: Welcome aperitivo, excursions to Gubbio and Perugia, wine tasting, truffle hunting, 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.
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 is due by May 29, 2022.

$750 deposit per person

Please read the contract for complete terms and conditions.

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 martha@winslowartcenter.com to contact us.

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 martha@winslowartcenter.com 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.