Join WAC and watercolorist Sarah Hansen for this week-long art journey in Umbria, Italy. Experience the best that Italy has to offer while discovering techniques for creating successful impressionist-style watercolors. We will stay at the historic Castlello di Petroia, a carefully restored 10th century medieval fortress located in Umbria near the medieval towns of Gubbio and Perugia.
The focus of this eight-day workshop will be painting expressive, loose watercolors. Your subjects will be endless, from architectural elements and flowers, interior and exterior still-life set-ups, panoramic landscapes and more. Discover principles for successful watercolor painting: master brushwork techniques, water-to-paint ratio, pigment characteristics, value importance, landscape shape abstraction and edge control. Each painting day will include instructor lectures and demonstrations, group painting sessions and lots of individual instruction. This will be a combination of plein air and studio painting. No previous experience necessary.
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 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 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
Award-winning Northwest Watercolor Society Signature member, artist, and instructor, Sarah B. Hansen has been painting for over 30 years. A self-taught painter, Sarahbegan by painting traditional transparent watercolor on paper, primarily portraits. By recently converting into a landscape artist, Sarahhas found in the combination of her love of nature and gestural paint application, an open door into limitless possibilities of expression. Born and raised in Southwestern Colorado, Sarah moved to Oregon in 1987, working as a commercial and residential designer in Portland. Now, Sarah can be found creating acrylic and watercolor landscapes from her studio in Bend, Oregon. Her collectors range regionally and worldwide, both in residential homes and hospitality facilities, such as Kaiser Permanente, Sunriver Resort, and Cascade Medical Imaging. She teaches workshops both regionally and abroad. Member American Women Artists, NWWS, Pacific Rim Institute of Marine Artists. www.sarahbhansen.com
Day 1 (Monday, May 16)
Day 2 (Tuesday, May 17)
Day 3 (Wednesday, May 18)
Day 4 (Thursday, May 19)
Day 5 (Friday, May 20)
Day 6 (Saturday, May 21)
Day 7 (Sunday, May 22)
Day 8 (Monday, May 23)
(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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.