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Luxury Art Classes in Italy



Civita di Bagnoregio

Civita di Bagnoregio

learn the basics or improve your drawing skills

immersed in a beautiful italian landscape.

One week of art and culture from June 7 to June 14, 2020 with a full immersion on different drawings techniques with the opportunity to show your work at the end of the workshop.

Professors Lynn Sures and Davide Prete will teach from basic theory to advanced watercolor, ink drawing and charcoal drawing techniques.

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One week of art

One week of art and culture from June 7 to June 14, 2020, with full immersion in diverse drawing techniques, and a class exhibition in Fabro, Italy at the end of the workshop.

Professors Lynn Sures and Davide Prete will instruct in basic theory to advanced watercolor, ink drawing and charcoal drawing techniques. Small class size permits individualized instruction at your level of experience.

Each day we will have excursions to nearby historical cities, where students will learn diverse skills in drawing.

Calendar for course, June 7-14

June 7. Students will arrive at Fabro Scalo Station from 9 AM in the morning to 3 PM at the latest. Our van will provide shuttle from Fabro Scalo train station to Villa il Poderaccio. The course will start at 4pm, with our introduction and orientation, and distribution of your art materials and supplies. After the introduction an authentic Italian group dinner at Il Poderaccio follows.

June 8. LINE AND SHADING; Drawing excursion to the medieval city Citta della Pieve; Pencil and charcoal

June 9. PERSPECTIVE: Drawing excursion to picturesque Orvieto Cathedral and city; All Black & White dry materials

June 10. Drawing excursion to the town of Montegabbione; Color pencils,

June 11. Drawing excursion to the town of Città di Bagnoregio; Color mixed media  

June 12. Drawing excursion to the city of Perugia, or drawing and wine tasting at Pomario winery; Watercolors.

June 13. Drawing the surrounding vistas from Il Poderaccio; Sumi ink with brush and pen.

Exhibition of our week’s drawings at Il Poderaccio, with inviations going out to the local inhabitants, in the evening.

June 14. Departure after breakfast. Our van will provide shuttle to train at Fabro Scalo station.

The schedule can change based on weather and other unforeseen events.

enjoy your stay in an authentic Tuscan-style villa, while you improve your skills!

Holiday Home Casa Fabro (Villa Il Poderaccio) is located in Fabro, in the beautiful countryside conveniently located between Rome and Florence, and near historic small cities and castles.

The vacation home suites offer you private or shared bedrooms, a private or shared bath, and a living room in each suite. A flat-screen TV and a DVD player are offered. The villa complex has a private outdoor pool and free WiFi.

All suites in the villa complex are finished with traditional Italian stone, wood and plaster construction. The restoration of these historic buildings has combined original details and finishing with a contemporary living style.

One of the apartments of the complex.

One of the apartments of the complex.


After a fulfilling day of artmaking on site in Orvieto, Assisi, Perugia, local castles, or neighboring villages, relax in the scenic outdoor swimming pool.

The vacation home has a seasonal outdoor pool. Participants in the course can also relax in the garden at the property, use barbecues if desired, relax on hammocks, or just enjoy the incomparable view from the property.

The cost of one week of workshop is $2,800.00 which includes so much!:

  • Pick up and drop off from Fabro Scalo train station to the Holidays House Fabro (Villa Il Poderaccio).

  • Your stay at the Holidays House Fabro (La Villa Il Poderaccio);7 nights in one bedroom, queen or twin bed size based on availability

  • 7 delicious Italian breakfasts and 7 gourmet Italian dinners.

  • All drawing materials.

  • All transportation on our daily drawing excursions to different locales.

  • All tuition for a full week of classes, with extensive personal instruction by your two instructors, and a maximum 7 students

Student is responsible to cover only these costs:

  • Roundtrip airfare to Rome (Rome–Fiumicino International Airport "Leonardo da Vinci"), train from Rome to Fabro Scalo train station

  • Entry fees for any museums, churches, etc.

  • Lunches

  • Alcoholic beverages, wine and liquors except for organized wine tastings.

Private rooms or shared rooms are available.

Two students sharing a bedroom (queen or twin size beds) can save up to $150 each, based on availability.

One “non student” sharing a room with a student can save $300 and Included is the stay, breakfast and dinners, but not the classes.

If interested, please contact us by email to or

The instructors are professional artists and educators, please see statements below, and check websites for additional information.


Lynn Sures

Lynn studied…

Lynn says:

In my studio practice I instinctively recognize myself on a mission without a clear idea of the formal outcome. A project, often without formal definition, stems from an impetus that is usually very specific, and strongly suggests a technique or medium.

The reasons for working are always clear in my mind. I might relive a place or an experience—the narrative of a site, contemplating natural or architectural phenomena, awareness of a moment in the world—and then work towards an allusion to this thing, via the inexactitude of memory and the full range of physical senses. Or I might be focused on a specific scientific phenomenon, because the sciences of geology, anthropology, and physics guide my lifelong curiosity in time perception, evolutionary development, and capacity for change. I internalize what I observe or uncover in research, and naturally interpret the sciences in my work.

As an artist, I am in my preferred place in a long and physical process of making. During this time, a vivid connection with the material as well as the concept, the reason for being, roots me in my work.


Davide Prete

Davide studied at the Institute of Art in Venice, Architecture at IUAV in Venice and his Master of Art and Master of Fine Arts at Fontbonne University in Saint Louis MO. He also studied new technologies at FabAcademy.

After teaching in different colleges such as Corcoran College of Art, The George Washington University, he is now assistant professor at the University of the District of Columbia where he teaches Drawing, Sculpture and Digital Imaging.

Davide says:

My recent work explores the mathematical beauty of “minimal surface” -- a surface that locally minimizes its area. I’m especially interested in Scherk surface examples that arise in the study of harmonic diffeomorphisms of hyperbolic space. Using software and virtual reality I am able to visualize variations of forms that achieve minimal surface subject to a constraint. This process can involve bending, scaling and twisting the forms. I’m able to transform these visualizations into physical objects by combining new manufacturing technologies like 3D printing and laser scanning with traditional metal casting. My inspiration is to express figurative images through a mathematical language, and discover what I call a new form of shamanism.

The course has a limited number of availability!
Reserve your spot right away to have a real artistic Italian experience.

Registration is on a first come first served basis!

Deposit of $900 will reserve your place in the course.

The remainder of the course fee, $1900, is due on March 1.

Full payment, including deposit, will be reimbursed if the course is canceled.

Deposit is non-refundable if the student does not attend the course.

Course confirmation on or before April 1 will give you time to buy air tickets for Italy.