Palladian Odyssey 2020 Veneto Tours now available

July 22, 2019 | 4 Comments

Just a quick post to let you know that we have opened up signup for our 2020 Palladian Odyssey Tours.

I’m very excited that we are offering these tours again for the fourth year in a row. There are no words to describe how much I love teaching these workshops!

It’s so special being a part of people’s creative journeys and seeing their work develop in a short period of time.

The tours that are available are:

Veneto Tour 1: 25 May to 29 May 2020 – Now on sale

Veneto Tour 2: 1 June to 5 June 2020 – Now on sale

Note: Two Umbria tours in 2020 are already sold out! These Umbrian workshops have been designed for more experienced sketchers or for those who have done the Veneto Tour. So they were filled up mainly by repeat participants. I’m blown away by how quickly these spots filled up!

More about the Veneto Tours

The Veneto Region of Italy is not very well known but it’s just so special and I wish more people knew about it!

The towns of the region – such as Asolo and Bassano del Grappa – are gorgeous and incredibly varied. Surprisingly they are relatively tourist free so we are able to really get a feel of the place when we visit.

And then there are the beautiful Palladian Villas of the region – which are so fascinating from a functional, historical and art history point of view. They are fun to sketch too! In fact I can’t imagine finding a more perfect series of buildings on which to base my series of sketching architecture workshops -constructing volumes, site measuring, working structurally and perspective.

Palladio was  pronounced the Father of American Architecture by the 111th Congress of the United States of America and is arguably the most influential figure in the history of western architecture.

So sketching his work on location in Italy will help you develop the skills to tackle any classical building with confidence. It’s been a lot of fun to see people who only have a mild interest in architecture become raving fans of Palladio by the end of the week.

We also have an incredible art historian (Monica Facchini) who joins us and brings the history of the region alive with her amazing story-telling. We get lots of comments about how much people enjoy this bonus aspect of the tour.

The Veneto tour does have an emphasis on learning to sketch architecture, but it includes a lot more!

Sketching in gardens…

and a gorgeous riverside town…

and yummy top quality local food! (Note: sketching your meals is optional – you can just eat!)


Vicenza is our home base for the tour and it’s my favourite city in Italy due to its relaxed feel and elegance.

Plus its only a short journey to Venice (4o minutes on the train). The history of the Veneto region is actually the other half of the story of Venice – the story that most people don’t know anything about.

And as a special treat in 2020 we will be offering an optional add-on printmaking workshop in Vicenza at the end of the tour. I’ll share more details about this soon.

As you can see, I’m very passionate about this tour and could go on and on about how special it is.  You can read more of my articles about the tour here.

Click here to sign up and/or read the itinerary for the tour. I would love to have you join us!

If you have any questions please use this contact form – thanks!



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