Capturing the Italian Light in Pastels or Oils Workshop In Italy

with Desmond O’ Hagen

October 15-22, 2018

Cost: $3200
Non-painting guest in room with painting participant: $2500 (space limited)

$500 Non-Refundable Deposit Due Upon Registration.

TO REGISTER: Contact Martha Jordan, owner of Winslow Art Center: [email protected] or call (206) 715-6663

Join Winslow Art Center and award-winning artist Desmond O’ Hagen for an unforgettable plein air painting adventure in Umbria, Italy, October 15-22, 2018. Winslow Art Center is your expert in organizing the best Italian Plein Air painting workshops! Martha Jordan, owner of Winslow Art Center, has been conducting successful painting adventures in Italy for over five years. and has established relationships with some of Italy’s best hotels and restaurants.


Our week in Umbria will be at La Ghirlanda, located in the Umbrian hills, with spectacular views of the surrounding countryside. Located next to the borgo of Saragano, la Ghirlanda is 15 km from the medieval town of Todi and 25 km from Spoletto and Perugia. This elegant hotel is owned and managed by the  Pongelli Benedettoni family, who produces wine and olive oil on their estate. Once used as a hunting lodge, the estate has been in the family since the 1920’s. All of the beautifully appointed 12 bedrooms are accommodated with ensuite bathrooms. The warm and welcoming staff goes above and beyond to see to every detail. The hotel and its surroundings are a perfect venue for painting! This region is known for its rolling hills, quaint medieval towns and open, welcoming residents.

Mornings at La Ghirlanda begin with a wonderful breakfast buffet which includes homemade jams, yogurt, honey, cold meats, local cheeses, fruit, cereals, and more. Gourmet lunches and dinners feature the typical cuisine of the region and include locally produced wine and olive oil.

Our group will rendezvous in Rome on October 15 and shuttle from there to our location in Umbria.

  • 7 nights accommodation at La Ghirlanda. Prices are based on single occupancy with ensuite bathroom.
  • All breakfasts
  • 6 lunches, including wine
  • All dinners, including wine
  • Art tuition with Desmond O’Hagan
  • Day Excursion
  • Wine tastings
  • Shuttle by private van to/from Rome and La Ghirlanda
  • Wifi available in common areas


  • Airfare
  • Travel insurance
  • Painting supplies
  • Independent meals, independent sight-seeing, personal expenses
  • Gratuities
  • Cooking lessons at La Ghirlanda- can be arranged for an additional cost

Painting in Umbria Workshop Description

My primary goal in teaching this workshop in Italy is to gently encourage participants out of their comfort zone to experiment with new concepts and ideas for painting. The workshop will start daily at 9:30 am with a short discussion on a variety of art topics including composition, plein air painting tips, technique, materials, etc., and follow with a demo. After the demo, we will scout out comfortable painting spots that offer a variety of subject matter to paint. Participants are welcome to work on preliminary sketches and studies before they paint if they desire. We will break for lunch at about noon and then spend each afternoon painting until 5pm. I will work individually with each participant throughout the day. It’s very important to me that each participant works at his/her own pace and skill level while being open to new ideas and methods. Italy is a beautiful environment to paint and experience, and this is a unique opportunity to advance your oil or pastel painting technique.


This workshop is suitable for intermediate to advanced painters working in pastels, oils or acrylics.

ABOUT Desmond O’Hagan

O’Hagan was born in Wiesbaden, Germany, and was raised in the United States.  He enjoys working in several media, but his primary focus is in pastels and oils. Although he appreciates many different forms of art, his main interests include the paintings of several late 19th century American, French, Spanish, and Russian painters.  Continuous study of these painters has had a strong influence on O’Hagan’s own art. Constantly challenging himself has translated into a fulfilling career in fine art encompassing several one-man shows and participation in group exhibitions in the United States, Japan, China, Canada, and France. O’Hagan also enjoys teaching workshops in a variety of locations with Italy being of particular interest to him. It’s varied landscapes and historic cities offer such unique imagery for O’Hagan’s pastel and oil paintings.

O’Hagan is listed in Who’s Who in American Art, and is a Master Pastelist with the Pastel Society of America.  In 2005, he was inducted into the International Association of Pastel Societies’ (IAPS) “Masters Circle.”  O’Hagan has won several awards in national and international exhibits including IAPS convention exhibit’s Prix’d Pastel Award, “Southwest Art” magazine’s Award of Excellence at the “Altitude & Attitude” Exhibition in Denver, CO.  He has also won the George Innes, Jr. Memorial Award from the Salmagundi Club in New York City, and awards from the Pastel Society of America’s annual exhibits.

In September of 2016, O’Hagan was invited to exhibit, conduct workshops and seminars, at the 2nd Biennial China International Pastel Exhibition in Suzhou, China.  In December of 2016, F&W Media released four new instructional DVD’s by O‘Hagan; two instructing in pastel painting, and two instructing in oil painting.

His paintings have been the subject of feature articles in numerous national and international magazines including The Pastel Journal, American Art Collector, Southwest Art, The Artist Magazine, International Artist, American Artist, United Airlines’ Hemispheres magazine, Pratique Des Arts (France), Artists and Illustrators (England), International Artist (Australia), and Gekkan Bijyutsu (Japan).  He is also represented in four books.  O’Hagan’s art is in public and private collections in the United States, Japan, China, Canada, and Europe.  He is represented by galleries in Santa Fe, NM, Charleston, SC, and Desmond O’Hagan studio, Denver, CO.

For more information or to register for Desmond O’Hagan workshop call Martha Jordan, 206-715-6663 or email, [email protected]

All photos (below) are from the grounds of our “home base,” La Ghirlanda— a traditional, hilltop manor in Saragano. Also included are photos of the dining, suites, attendees enjoying plein air painting, and beautiful vistas.