Michele Usibelli - Plein Air Painting in Umbria, Italy, October 21-28, 2020 (Deposit $500)

$3450  Painting course participant
$2900  Non-painting guest in shared room 
with painting participant
Suite Upgrade- $400 (limited availability)

$500 Non-refundable Deposit 

Join award-winning artist Michele Usibelli for an unforgettable plein air painting experience in Umbria, Italy. Our 2020 painting adventure takes us to a restored hilltop castle near the town of Gubbio in the province of Perugia in Umbria (approximately 40 miles from Perugia, 130 miles from Rome, or 100 miles from Florence).  Our home base, lodging, and locale for our painting excursions is the Castello di Petroia, nestled atop a hill with majestic views in every direction.

Workshop Description

Join Winslow Art Center for this unique opportunity to paint and sketch the Italian landscape and stay in a historic medieval castle.  You’ll be part of a close-knit Italian “art colony” as you benefit from demonstrations and lectures, personal and group critiques and frequent art chats. Participants may paint in oil, acrylic, pastel and gouache. Demonstrations and instruction will focus on the essentials steps of plein air painting. The class will start with an abbreviated lecture on the fundamentals of sound painting, including a discussion of drawing, value, design, and color. Michele will also do a short demo each morning and afternoon, then you will spend the day painting the natural beauty of Umbria. This region is known for its rolling hills, quaint medieval towns and open, welcoming residents. All levels of expertise are welcome. All mediums welcome.

About Michele Usibelli

Michele is known for her highly personalized and positive approach to teaching. Her award-winning artwork has shown in both group and gallery exhibitions, in regional, national and international juried exhibitions and has won numerous awards. Her artwork can be found in public and private collections throughout the world. Michele has been accepted into the following organizations: Oil Painters of America/Signature Member, American Impressionist Society/Signature Member, California Art Club, Women Artists of the West/ Signature Member, Laguna Plein Air Painters Association. website


We will stay in the Castello di Petroia, an authentic medieval fortress dating back to the 9th–10th centuries. Situated in Umbria, “the green heart of Italy,” and resting atop a hill between Perugia and Gubbio, the castle offers spectacular views of the surrounding landscape. The castle was restored between 1982 and 1990 with an eye toward preserving the authentic medieval structure. It offers beautifully appointed rooms in luxury accommodations, a warm friendly staff and an acclaimed restaurant.

The castle is surrounded by 600 acres of farmland where you will find spectacular vistas for painting, over eight miles of walking and horse riding trails, meadows, woods and a variety of animals. There is a large swimming pool and a horse stable with Friesian horses on the grounds (horseback riding can be arranged).

Visit the Castello di Petroia website and check out the amazing photos of the accommodations and views.


We will paint each day from 9:00 AM-12:00 PM and in the afternoons from 3:30 PM to 6:00 PM, to take advantage of the beautiful, Italian light.

Our group will rendezvous in Rome on Wednesday, October 21, 2020 and shuttle from there to our location in Umbria.

  • 7 nights accommodation at the Castello di Petroia 
    Prices are based on single occupancy with ensuite bathroom.
  • All breakfasts
  • 4 lunches
  • 7 dinners, including wine
  • 5 days of art instruction with Michele Usibelli
  • 2 excursions to nearby points of interest
  • Transfer by private van to/from Rome and our hotel in Umbria
  • Wifi

Not Included:

  • Airfare
  • Travel insurance
  • Painting supplies
  • Independent meals, independent sight-seeing, personal expenses
  • Gratuities
  • Cooking lessons, horseback riding and truffle hunting at the Castello di Pertroia

Testimonial from a Travel Workshop Participant

“I feel so fortunate to have attended one of the Winslow Art Center travel workshops in Italy.  Martha is so thoughtful in the way she plans these trips.  Careful attention is placed on the location, food, setting, instructor, and overall agenda.  There is a wonderful balance within the week—with time to enjoy the sites as well as quality painting time.  The instructors are all well qualified, talented, fun, and attentive. There is an overall feeling of comradery, professionalism, and family. Our group definitely formed a special bond that I will never forget.”

Your host Martha Jordan, Winslow Art Center founder and owner,  has been organizing painting workshops in Italy for over six years and has established relationships with many of the best hotels and restaurants in Italy.

Make a deposit to hold your place and Winslow Art Center will email you instructions on how to pay in full