Palladian Odyssey Umbria workshop planning

June 18, 2018 | 9 Comments

The big news of this trip is that Mike Botton and I are planning to offer a second sketching workshop in Italy for 2019! And, we plan to host this in Umbria, another gorgeous region of Italy.

So after my short visit to Florence we spend a period of 5 days exploring the area and doing the preliminary planning for the workshop.

Part of this involves testing out the local food and Mike takes this very seriously. Yes, it’s the hardest thing about our job – not!

It was also fun to have Mike’s twin sons, Al and Vinnie as videographer and photographer – and also Al’s girlfriend May for a few of the days.

I will be sharing more details about the proposed workshop at a later date, but in the meantime here is a collection of photos and my sketches from our ‘reccy’.


Two big towns which are included above are Gubbio and Assisi. The other sketches/photos are from a small hilltop town which we hope to use as the base for the workshop.

I’m very excited about teaching in this area of Italy and in particular having the chance to share lots of watercolour sketching tips and tricks. The Umbrian hilltop town are nice and challenging to sketch in ink and wash, as they are all the same colour and tone. I was using a few techniques to help with this and will be forming some workshop lessons around these.

If you want to find out more about this workshop (and/or the Palladian Odyssey Tours for 2019) please join the mailing list here. We are still finalising the dates and itinerary and will let people on the mailing list know first when enrollment opens.



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