4th - 8th Sept 2023 (closed)
26th-30th Aug 2024
9.30am-12.30pm/2pm-4pm each day
Todi, Umbria, Italy
Instructor specializes and instructs in Oil Paints, though you are free to work in your preferred medium
Class Sizes
Class Status
Class Open for 2024 bookings
Painting Experience
Beginners - Intermediate

Gallery of artist's work

My name is Pete. I took up painting specifically because the very idea of painting a picture terrified me. Mixing colors, using solvents, wielding brushes…it all seemed so intimidating…so I jumped in.

And through years of many numerous errors, fundamental mistakes, and countless paintings that a five year old would be embarrassed to share, I taught myself to paint.

I tell you this to communicate that I know well what it feels like to be overwhelmed and intimidated by learning something new, and that my approach to teaching is based on kindness, understanding, and deep empathy for the sometimes challenging process of learning and growing. We’ll learn the tools, the process, the joy and the satisfaction of plein air painting!

I look forward to sharing this amazing time with you!

Art Class Description

So what does ‘plein air’ painting mean anyway?

Simply, it’s a fancy sounding French word that means grabbing your paints and brushes, your canvas and portable easel…maybe even a good cup of coffee…and getting yourself OUTSIDE to paint!

Plein Air painting allows you the opportunity to feel more deeply appreciative of the world that’s in front of you. It’s a tonic for these times when we too often attempt to capture the world in front of us by quickly snapping an image on our phones, only to find a picture that only vaguely approximates that beauty and all too often disappoints.

Painting outside allows us to slow down and really have a look. To really see. To engage with our vision by creating for ourselves the color, the flow, the temperature, the very air in front of us, and in doing so not only walk away with a new piece of personal art, but a memory of that experience that will never fade.

In the company of other friendly and supportive people, you’ll find the experience even more enriched by recognizing the uniqueness with which we all experience and see the world.

In this workshop I aim to share with you this joyful creative practice by teaching you the essentials of outdoor painting.

We’ll begin with the properties of basic color theory, the miraculous realization that virtually every color under the sun can be found on your palette using a very small range of primary colors. We will discover how subtle shifts of color can make mountains recede off into the distance and flowers jump right off the canvas. We’ll work on how to apply that knowledge to creating harmonic pictures that are dynamic and personally capture the world in front of us. Throughout the workshop we’ll talk about what makes a good composition and really tells the story we want to share.

On top of all this, we’ll be in Italy! The Umbria region is one of the most glorious settings for painting in the entire world and we will take full advantage! From the valley below us full of beautiful sun drenched farmlands to the ancient houses, churches and the historic piazza of our home village of Todi.

Materials To Bring

Your hosts will assist you to obtain any special art material needs you require from local suppliers. For the list of materials the students should bring Contact Us.

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