Charles Weed Returns to Roma in 2018! –

The Rome Apprenticeship with Charles Weed: we are delighted to announce that Charles Weed will return to Rome in 2018 to conduct a new kind of ongoing, oil painting workshop. For four days every two months, Charles will work with students who wish to develop beyond the techniques of direct painting and into the realm of building an oil painting over time.

For any painter interested in enriching his or her education, this is a golden opportunity not to be missed!

For all the details, please visit The Rome Apprenticeship with Charles Weed page.

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The Continuity of Light and the Criteria to Capture It: A Review of the Workshop with Charles Weed

From Wednesday, May 3rd to Saturday, May 6th, 2017, PADASOR was very proud to host an international group from Finland, France and Rome for an intensive oil-painting workshop with the American painter, Charles Weed, that focused on the still-life (skulls and shells) and the portrait.  With plenty of enthusiasm and good humor to go around, it was a great pleasure (and luxury) to work diligently from 10:30 to 18:00 for four days straight.  Never a surprise, though no less disappointing, when such quality time quickly comes to an end.

I’m sure the take-away for each was unique to her temperament, but allow me to share what I thought to be the principle lessons:

  • Start with a palette that puts color temperature immediately in play.
  • Make strong statements: don’t let ambiguity compromise your ability to evaluate the precision of your drawing.
  • Look for the big shapes/planes of light; don’t let halftones compromise their integrity.
  • Carefully consider how the surroundings are affected by that same light source; be aware how the management of those surroundings and their edges with the planes of light affect the continuity of light in the painting.
  • Find shadows by building the surrounding lights (as opposed to making the shadows darker–like furrowed brows, darks under eyes, lines under cheeks, etc.).
  • Keep the key high; you can easily darken over time.

My thanks to all participants: Paivi, Lisa, Antonella, Joëlle, Mary Ellen and Ludovica.  Photos below of the group and the incredible development of each of the paintings.

Special thanks to our model, Estefanie!

Finally, speaking as a figurative painter and educator, Charles Weed is one of the finest I know on both accounts.  The empirical reasoning and straight-forward specificity of his teachings brings to mind a quote I am rather fond of by the writer David Mitchell: the tighter the straight jacket, the more spectacular the escape, which is essentially a succinct and clever argument for the necessity of rules in art.  I am convinced that without rules, there is no craft; without craft, there is no art.  Or, as Charles might say, there is no thingyness.  (Trust me: it’s more profound than it sounds.)

In essence, Charles is very, very good in helping others to see those rules.

Thank you, Charles, for your precious time, infectious passion, and generous friendship.  Until the next time, a toast to the shifty Mississippi and old leather suitcases.

Timothy Allen
Founder and Director
The Painting and Drawing Art Studio of Rome





Mary Ellen





Review of Rocca Calascio, 2015

Our second trip in three years to Rocca Calascio was another mix of great company, the cucina divina of Abruzzo, sublime vistas and the gracious hospitality of all at the Rifugio della Rocca.

My sincere thanks to:  Ludovica, Roberto, Daniela, Spass, Victoria, Kristin, James, Ruby, Mo and Oliver!

Pictures and video below.



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Painting alla Prima Workshop: June 12 – 14, 2015

The weekend workshop will take place on site at the medieval mountaintop fortress known as Rocca Calascio in the Apennine mountains in Abruzzo.  Sign up by May 15th!

Painting alla Prima at Rocca Calascio 2013

Painting Workshop at Rocca Calascio – June 14 to 16 2013

About The Workshop

The workshop will address two kinds of landscape painting:

    1. A Two-Day Planned Painting (First drawing, then painting), with a focus on scale, composition, light and layering of transparent paint.
    2. A One-Day “alla Prima” painting, with a focus on a wet-into-wet technique and the use of opaque paints.

This workshop is open to painters of ALL levels. One-to-one instruction will be tailored to each participant’s ability and interest.


The weekend workshop will take place on site at the medieval mountaintop fortress known as Rocca Calascio in the Apennine mountains in Abruzzo We will stay at a hotel called the Rifugio della Rocca, literally located in the shadow of the fortress.


Friday, June 14

  • 18:00 – 19:30: Reception
  • 20:00 – 21:00: Dinner
  • 21:00 – 21:45: Evening Presentation

Saturday, June 15

  • 7:30 – 8:30: Breakfast
  • 9:00 – 12:30: Morning Painting: Part I of a two-day painting
  • 13:00 – 14:00: Lunch
  • 14:00 – 15:00: Rest!
  • 15:30 – 19:30: Evening Painting: Landscape alla Prima
  • 20:00 – 21:00: Dinner
  • 21:00: A look at the day’s work

Sunday, June 16

  • 7:30 – 8:30: Breakfast
  • 9:00 – 13:00: Morning Painting: Part II of a two-day painting
  • 13:30 – 14:30: Lunch
  • 15:00: Final review of work
  • 16:00: Departure

How to Sign Up

Please fill out the form below. Registration deadline: April 27th.

Terms and Conditions

A minimum of ten total participants is required for the workshop to run. Once we have received interest from 10 people I will contact each of them to coordinate the deposits for the workshop.  A deposit of 30% of the cost is required and is non-refundable in the event any last-minute changes preclude participation. In addition:

  • All participants are responsible for transportation to and from Rocca Calascio.
  • The remainder of the total fee is due upon arrival at Rocca Calascio.

How to Get There

Rocca Calascio is located in Abruzzo.  For directions on how best to arrive, please visit the Refugio della Rocca website.


A fee of €200 includes presentations, instruction and critiques.  However, the total cost of the workshop depends on your preferred sleeping arrangement.  You can choose from the following:

Private Rooms

  • rifugio-logoSingle: €242 + €200 (Workshop Fee) Total Cost for 1: €442 
  • Double: €322 + €400 (Workshop Fee for 2) Total Cost for 2: €722
  • Triple: €429 + €600 (Workshop Fee for 3) Total Cost for 3: €1029
  • Apartment (Four People): €554 + €800 (Workshop Fee for 4) Total Cost for 4: €1,354


If you don’t mind sharing a dormitory space (large room with 16 beds), you can also opt for the following:

  • Bed in dormitory: €125 + €200 (Workshop Fee) Total Cost per Person in Dormitory: €325

Note: All meals indicated in the program are included in the cost.


Materials are not included, however, the following can be provided for an additional cost of €70.

  • Two canvases
  • Oil Paint
  • Linseed Oil + Venice Turp Medium
  • 4 Brushes: 2 bull hair + 2 hog hair

The following materials must be brought by the participant:

  • Additional brushes
  • Additional paints
  • Portable easel
  • Palette
  • Umbrella (BIG!  In case it should rain… or if the sun is strong!)

A list of final materials will be sent to each of the participants two-weeks prior to the workshop.

Workshop “Last Minute” di Fine Luglio

Disegnare il Nudo e Dipingere il Paesaggio

in Fara in Sabina

Per chi vuole fare una avventura nella campagnia di Lazio, sono stato invitato da Valeria, Nadia e Franco di fare un workshop “last minute” in Fara in Sabina, sabato il 31 luglio e domenica il 1 agosto.

Il programma per tutti e due i giorni: disegnare con grafite su carta dall modella nella mattina e dipingere sulle tavole di tela il paesaggio nel pomeriggio; quindi per un totale di 12 ore.  Il costo e’ di euro 150 e NON include i materiali; ognuno deve portare quello che serve per disegnare e per dipingere.

Il workshop avra’ MAX 6 persone e al momento sono rimasti 2 posti.

Se vuoi partecipare, chiamami: 347 263 1033