I Colori d'Italia!

with Scott Gellatly - August 29-September 5, 2022

The Colors of Italy!

With the Italian countryside as your backdrop, come explore all things color with WAC and acclaimed painter Scott Gellatly! This five-day workshop in Umbria will explore all aspects of color, from its development throughout history, pigment characteristics and paint-making, to using it in your own paintings. Mornings will be spent plein air painting on the grounds of our historic accommodation, a restored 10th Century hilltop castle, followed by mid-day color lectures and afternoon studio/plein air painting to put color strategies to work. Each day will conclude with an informal group review of the day’s work. The limited number of painting participants will allow for lots of one-on-one instruction and feedback.

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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 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.

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

Scott Gellatly
About Scott Gellatly

Scott Gellatly holds a degree in painting and drawing from the University of Oregon and has exhibited his work in solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States. A landscape painter at heart, Scott’s work has become more abstracted, with greater emphasis on pure color and gestural mark-making to evoke nature.

Scott is an Oregon native and lives in Portland with his family.



Day 1 (Monday, August 29) 

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

Day 2 (Tuesday, August 30) 

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch at Hotel 
  • Full day painting instruction with Scott
  • Dinner at Hotel 

Day 3 (Wednesday, August 31)

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch at Hotel 
  • Full day painting instruction with Scott
  • Dinner at Hotel 

Day 4 (Thursday, September 1) 

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

Day 5 (Friday, September 2) 

  • Breakfast
  • Visit town of Gubbio 
  • Dinner at Hotel

Day 6 (Saturday, September 3)

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

Day 7 (Sunday, September 4)

  • Breakfast 
  • Full day painting instruction with Scott
  • Lunch at hotel 
  • Exhibit of work 
  • Farewell Dinner 

Day 8 (Monday, September 5)

  • Breakfast
  • Depart for Rome – 10:30 AM
(Planned itinerary is subject to substitutions or changes. There will be additional engaging activities and excursions planned while workshops are going on for non-student participants,)

I Colori d’Italia with Scott Gellatly 

August 29-September 5, 2022 at Castello di Petroia, Umbria, Italy

Total cost is based per room:

(Maximum 2 occupants per room, double occupancy not required.)

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

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 Scott Gellatly
  • Additional activities include: Welcome aperitivo, excursions to Gubbio and Perugia, wine tasting, 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 a room and space(s) in a workshop. Full balance and signed contract due within 7 days of registration.

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$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.

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.