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Plein Air Painting Workshops in Italy

Painting the Italian Countryside in Pastels

with Steven Hill

May 19–26, 2017

Cost: $2975
Non-painting guest in room with painting participant: $2200 (space limited)

Register and pay full amount by February 28, 2017 and receive $200 off the workshop tuition!

TO REGISTER: Contact Martha Jordan at Winslow Art Center: or call (206) 715-6663

›› Location / Overview
›› Workshop Description
›› Schedule

Join award winning pastel artist Steven Hill, along with Winslow Art Center, for an unforgettable plein air painting adventure in Umbria, Italy. Winslow Art Center and director Martha Jordan, have been organizing painting adventures in Italy for over five years.

"Love Steve Hill - he's a great teacher and could not have had more teaching experience, with attention to everyone and constructive, to-the-point advice. I really liked his demos before we painted and that he shared art experiences, working techniques and even his mistakes with us. A nice long critique discussion at the end was given to all students, with constructive advice and praise for what we did well, too."
Deborah K. –Dakota Art Plein Air Workshop, September 22-24, 2016


Our six days and seven nights in Umbria will be at a traditional, hilltop manor farm in the Provence of Terni, near historic Orvieto (mIdway between Florence and Rome). The farm, which has been owned and operated by the same family for three centuries, is comprised of 300 acres of vineyards, olive groves, and pastures. While the owners continue to grow and press olives and grapes and raise sheep, a number of the stone buildings have been tastefully converted to guest accommodations and a dining hall. Views in every direction are stunning, not the least of which is the medieval town of Orvieto with its world famous Duomo Cathedral, dominating the skyline a few kilometers to the north.

There is a large swimming pool on the grounds and horseback riding is available, with horses stabled on the estate. The surrounding countryside offers numerous hiking opportunities to nearby towns, castles, villas and Etruscan ruins. And finally, there is the food. Simonetta, the chef for over 20 years, prepares wonderful traditional Umbrian dishes accompanied by wine, olive oil, honey, and jam produced on the farm.

In addition to the many vistas on the grounds, we also paint at three other beautiful locations:

  • Bagnoregio, the hill town Rick Steves calls “the jewel on the hill”
  • Orvieto, one of the most dramatic hill towns in Europe, sitting atop the flat summit of a large outcropping of volcanic rock.
  • Barberani Vineyard, located just outside Orvieto

Our group will rendezvous in Rome on May 19 and shuttle from there to our location in Umbria.

  • 7 nights accommodation in an historic, family-owned country manor farm. Prices are based on single occupancy with ensuite bathroom.
  • All breakfasts
  • 6 lunches
  • Evening “aperitivo” happy hour
  • All dinners, prepared by our personal chef
  • Hands-on cooking lessons
  • 5 days of art instruction with Steven Hill
  • Local wine tastings
  • Day excursions by private transportation to Orvieto, Civita di Bagnoregio, and the Barberani Winery
  • Wifi available in common areas


  • Airfare
  • Travel insurance
  • Painting supplies
  • Independent meals, independent sight-seeing, personal expenses
  • Gratuities

Artist and Workshop Description

Steven Hill is an award winning plein air landscape painter, working mostly in pastels but also experienced in oils and watercolor. His work has won 45 top awards and honors in national and international level competitions including Artists’ Magazine, Plein Air Magazine and as one of 12 artists selected to represent the U.S. in the 2011 Florence, Italy Biennale. Steven has instructed the Dakota Art Workshops in Mt. Vernon, Washington since 2008, teaches annual workshops at Winslow Art Center on Bainbridge Island and Arte Umbria in Italy, and has taught over 65 invitational workshops in landscape painting around the U.S. and Europe, including Belgium and Croatia.

With his friendly high energy, informative teaching style, and broad knowledge of art history, Steven is often invited to give live painting demos and lectures for groups like the Northwest Pastel Society, Olympia Art League, Peninsula Art League, Seattle Co-Arts, Puget Sound Group of Northwest Painters and San Juan Islands Museum of Art. He is a former president and now signature member of the Northwest Pastel Society and signature member of the Puget Sound Group of Northwest Artists. His plein air artwork and articles have been published in “ArtisSpectrum Magazine” and twice in North Light’s “Strokes of Genius 8” and Strokes of Genius 9”, international drawing and painting competition publications edited by Rachel Ruben Wolf, 2015/2016.


On most days, we will paint in a morning session  (9 am – noon) and an afternoon session (approximately 3:30 – 6:30 pm). Sessions are timed for optimal lighting.

Day 1 / Friday 5/19
Shuttle from Rome to our manor farm and accommodations in Umbria (1.5 hrs travel). Welcome dinner.

Day 2 / Saturday 5/20
1st day of instruction
AM @ hilltop manor farm | PM @ hilltop manor farm

Day 3 / Sunday 5/21
2nd day of instruction
AM @ hilltop manor farm | PM @ hilltop manor farm

Day 4 / Monday 5/22
3rd day of instruction
AM – after lunch (on your own) in Orvieto, sketching session with instructor
PM @ hilltop manor farm; 3:00 for afternoon painting session

Day 5 / Tuesday 5/23
4th day of instruction
AM – PM @ Civita DI Bagnoregio. Walking tour in morning, painting after lunch in afternoon

Day 6 / Wednesday 5/24
5th day of instruction
AM @ Barberani  Vineyard, followed by wine tasting and light lunch | PM back hilltop manor farm

Day 7 / Thursday 5/25
6th day of instruction
AM @ hilltop manor farm | PM @ hilltop manor farm

Day 8 / Friday 5/26
11 AM departure to Rome

For more information or to register for Steven Hill's workshop call Martha Jordan, 206-715-6663 or email,

All photos (below) are from the grounds of our “home base” — a traditional, hilltop manor farm in Terni. Also included are photos of the dining room, suites, and Bagnoregio and Orvieto, two of the places we will visit.

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