View of the Grand Sasso from the Rocca Calascio from last year’s painting excursion.

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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 13

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

Saturday, June 14

  • 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 15

  • 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: €250 + €200 (Workshop Fee) Total Cost for 1: €450 
  • Double: €330 + €400 (Workshop Fee for 2) Total Cost for 2: €730
  • Triple: €440 + €600 (Workshop Fee for 3) Total Cost for 3: €1040
  • Apartment (Four People): €570 + €800 (Workshop Fee for 4) Total Cost for 4: €1,370


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 €120.

  • Two canvases
  • Oil Paint
  • Linseed Oil
  • 8 Brushes: 4 bull hair + 4 hog hair, various sizes

The following materials must be brought by the participant:

  • Brushes
  • Paints
  • Canvases
  • Portable easel
  • Palette
  • Medium holder (one that clips to the palette)
  • Umbrella (BIG!  In case it should rain… or if the sun is strong!)
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Rain Jacket (we paint, rain or shine!)

Video from Last Year’s Adventure