Plein Air Pastel & Watercolor Sketching

in LE MARCHE, ITALY with ALAN FLATTMANN, 3rd – 10th May 2024


The workshop is designed to help beginners and experienced artists conquer the challenges of plein air painting and sketching. Basic principles of composition, drawing, colour, and technique are stressed.


Alan Flatttmann will demonstrate pastel, watercolor and sketching techniques with daily critiques and individual help in any medium.


Pastel is the medium the artist is best known for because of his popular book, “The Art of Pastel Painting”.  He will show how he develops a pastel painting in stages from drawing to color lay-in to finishing.


Students will be provided with a paper Alan hand prepares with a granular surface that allows the buildup of multiple pastel layers creating great depth and luminosity.




Alan will also demonstrate the technique he developed for sketching with watercolors on location and for studio studies. 


The sketches begin with a dark brown ink drawing on oatmeal-colored paper. Transparent color washes are laid over the drawing and white gouache in added to the watercolors to paint in the light values.


The technique enables the artist to develop details and strong values in a relatively short time.  It is also a technique for those afraid of traditional watercolor techniques because there is no need to save the white of the paper for lights.



Included in the price is:


  • All tuition fees
  • 7 nights accommodation in air-conditioned, en-suite rooms in a luxurious palazzo with commanding views across the rolling hills of the Le Marche countryside to the coast – see our rooms here
  • 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)
  • 5 days painting tuition including demonstrations and one-to-one advice and guidance
  • 3 days’ excursions to specially selected stunning locations
  • Private transfers to and from  painting locations
  • Guided orientation walking tour of the medieval hill-top town of Montelparo on day of arrival 
  • 1 free day (lunch not included) with the option to take an excursion to the beautiful town of Ascoli Piceno, a Renaissance town full of history as well as fabulous boutique shops, charming cafes and one of Italy’s most beautiful piazzas
  • Unlimited use of air-conditioned studio
  • Easels, boards and portable stools and chairs


Prices start from €2549 per person based on two people sharing a room.  To find out more about the different room types, pricing, how to get here and more fill out the form at the bottom of the page .


Bring a Partner or Friend


If you’d like to bring along a non-participating partner 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 Alan Flattmann


Alan Flattmann was inducted into the Pastel Society of America’s Hall of Fame in 2006 and Eminent Pastelists of the International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS) in 2017.  He was also a recipient of the Who’s Who Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017. 


He is best known for his work in pastel.  In 1987 Watson Guptill published his book The Art of Pastel Painting.  The popular art book was revised in 2007 (Pelican Publishing).  His work is also the subject of three additional books: An Artist’s Vision of New Orleans (2014, Pelican Publishing), Alan Flattmann’s French Quarter Impressions (2002, Pelican Publishing) and The Poetic Realism of Alan Flattmann (1981, A.C.M. Publishing).


Flattmann has received numerous awards and honours during his career.  His work has also been shown in numerous solo exhibitions and included in major group exhibitions in the USA, France, Spain, Columbia, China, and Taiwan.  His paintings can be found in the public collections of:   The Butler Institute of American Art, New Orleans Museum of Art, Hang Ming Shi Pastel Art Museum (Suzhou, China), Ogden Museum of Southern Art, Oklahoma Art Center, Longview Museum of Art, Mississippi Museum of Art, and Lauren Rogers Museum of Art, Sarah Ellen Gillespie Museum (William Carey University), St. Tammany Parish Justice Center and Alton Ochsner Medical Foundation, as well as hundreds of private and corporate collections.


The artist is a founder and current president of the Degas Pastel Society.  He teaches painting workshops around the country and abroad and classes at Abbey Art Works in Covington.  For more information about Alan, go to his website:

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