Painting Holiday with Julia Morgan

An Essence of Place painting holiday in Central Italy

Join us from 1st – 8th October 2022 – more than 4 places available




What gives a place its identity? How do we find specificity while developing a strong visual foundation to our paintings? What makes Le Marche, Italy its own version of stunning?


While we look for the overall lines in the landscape, we also look for the quite ordinary ‘every-day’ special: the color of its stone and window frames, the whimsical angles of bell towers and wind-swept oaks, the gesture of a bicycle as it leans against a wall, the shadows of the café table and chairs, the precipitous drop of a limestone cliff at the sea, and so much more.


Course Details


This supportive, individualized week-long workshop includes 5 days of painting instruction: we will paint on site in the hotel courtyards, in the ancient hilltop town of Montelparo with its winding streets, the Adriatic Coast, and in the spectacular landscape between the mountains and the coast. Instruction will include exercises, demos, plein aire guidance, and supportive critiques where we learn from each other. During the workshop we will utilize deep looking, contemplation, process, and persistence to develop our vision and response; the resulting paintings are a reflection of our vision and response. The topics we will cover are direct painting, lost and found edges, contours of land and architecture, relationships between natural and constructed elements, the relationship between objects and space, color harmonies, and gestural studies.


About Julia


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.


To see Julias’s work visit:


Painting holiday prices start from €1,849 per person which includes the following:


  • All painting holiday tuition fees
  • 7 nights luxury en-suite accommodation – see our rooms here
  • Local transportation including group transfers to and from either Ancona airport or Pedaso (station or bus stop)*
  • All meals including breakfast, lunch or gourmet picnics on location and evening meals
  • Delicious local house wine with lunch and evening meal
  • 5 days painting tuition including 3 days’ excursions to stunning locations
  • Unlimited use of lockable studio
  • Easels, boards and painting chairs supplied
  • 1 free day (lunch not included)


*On the day of arrival we organise pick up times based on the groups arrival times either into Ancona airport or at the local train or coach stops.


We will do our very best to make sure nobody has to wait for too long but please be aware we will be picking up other members of the group whose arrival times may not necessary coincide perfectly with your own and we ask for your patience.


If you are arriving at a time that really doesn’t tie in with the group or arriving a day or so earlier we can arrange for a taxi to pick you up.   The cost of a taxi is in the region of €150.  If there is anybody else arriving doing the same we will arrange it so that you can share the transport costs.


Similarly for departure, for retreats the rooms are to be vacated by 10:00 on the morning of departure.  Departure time will be set based on the majority of the group.  Again we will do our very best to accommodate everyone.

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