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.
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
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)
Day 2 (Tuesday, August 30)
Day 3 (Wednesday, August 31)
Day 4 (Thursday, September 1)
Day 5 (Friday, September 2)
Day 6 (Saturday, September 3)
Day 7 (Sunday, September 4)
Day 8 (Monday, September 5)
(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.
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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.