Painting Holiday with Julia Morgan 2024

An Essence of Place

Experience Authentic Italy through watercolour painting and site visits with local artisans

Join us from 4th – 11th October 2024


Discover Le Marche, a region that invites us to fully engage our senses; it’s a place that asks to be painted.


Julia’s watercolor workshop provides stimulating exercises and guidance that inspire and invite participants to ‘see’ and deepen their sense of place with brush, water, and pigment.


The region where we wake, breathe, and paint features mountain-backed, ancient hilltop towns whose jewel-like patchworked fields cascade down, while the Adriatic Sea lies quiet on the horizon.


In order to further immerse our senses, we’ll also make visits to nearby artisan and farming families.


Throughout the week as we look, observe, taste, hear, paint, share, create, learn from each other, meet some of the locals, and pick up a bit of Italian, we’ll delight in a truly authentic experience of ‘place.’



Course Details


The An Essence of Place workshop includes 4+ days of focused watercolor painting in the studio and out in the Le Marche landscape and a day of visiting and sketching a local fiber farm with the experience of “Eco-Printing.” We’ll also be treated to an evening of pasta making and dining with a local family. A ‘free day’ mid-week offers an optional Taste of Le Marche journey, visiting and tasting the produce of the region. The watercolor workshop days start off with exercises and demos, progressing to painting en plein air. In the evening before dinner we gather for a social hour where we process the day’s work and learn so much from each other!


Where and what we will paint:  views from hill towns of vineyards, the Adriatic coastline, the whimsical Sibillini mountains, and charming villas dotted through the landscape. Closer in, we wander and paint on the streets of these hill-towns with their tiled rooftops, clock towers, church spires and archways, and sun-drenched walls.


Included in the price is:


  • all tuition fees
  • 7 nights accommodation in luxury air-conditioned, en-suite rooms with: – see our rooms here
       – luxury bedding
       – high quality, 100% natural, Italian toiletries: shampoo, shower gel, body lotion and hand gel
       – daily servicing of the rooms
       – mid-week linen and towel change
       – 100% cotton waffle robes & slippers
  • All meals including breakfast, buffet lunch and a choice of up to 4 courses from our daily changing gourmet evening menu
  • A ‘pizza-giro’ evening at a local trattoria within a few minutes walk of the hotel
  • Delicious local wine with lunch and evening meal
  • Private group transfers to and from either Ancona airport or Pedaso (station or bus stop)
  • 4 days painting tuition including demonstrations and one-to-one advice and guidance
  • 2 days’ excursions to specially selected stunning locations
  • Enjoy an eco-printing workshop at the farm of a family of weavers nestled in a small village in the Sibillini Mountains
  • Delight in a hands-on pasta making masterclass with three generations of the same family – Nonna, her son and her grandaughter – who will all teach you how to make tagliatelle and ravioli from scratch
  • 1 free day (lunch not included) with the option to take an excursion on our “Taste of Le Marche”  full day experience visiting three local, family run, artisanal food & wine producers with a tour and tasting at each (at an additional cost)
  • Private transfers to and from painting locations
  • Unlimited use of air-conditioned studio
  • full-time staff on site including concierge service


Prices start from €2599 per person based on two people sharing a room. 


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Bring a Partner or Friend on this Painting Holiday with Julia Morgan


If you’d like to bring along a non-participating partner on this Painting Holiday with Julia Morgan they too can experience our hospitality enjoying all the meals and excursions.  If you’re wondering what else there is for them to do then find out just some of the options here.





About Julia Morgan


As an artist and teacher, Julia Morgan’s joy and dedication to her art is the basis for her teaching. She shares her insights with drawing, painting and sculpture students via semi private lessons, college courses, community classes and travel workshops.


Art travel programs take her all over the world from Taos, New Mexico to Europe, Egypt to India.


She says, “It is when one is away from home that one especially experiences serendipity, encounters rich diversity, and interestingly, makes discoveries about oneself. Making art during travel is unforgettable!”


Julia’s paintings, drawings, and time-based works examine everyday gestures and the potential of an ordinary action. Whether in a domestic space, a site where individual intersects community, a seemingly untouched landscape, or translated by lines on paper referencing vehicular or bodily motion, human endeavor sets in motion a series of unfurling gestures.


Her work examines aspects of this unanticipated choreography.


A friend once said to her, we live in a state of uncertainty. It is this navigating of the everyday experience that moves Julia to make paintings, drawings, and time-based installations about human vulnerability and resilience.


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