Carol Carter is an internationally renowned American artist whose work has been exhibited in six countries and published worldwide. She has won numerous international prizes for her work.

She received her MFA from Washington University, St. Louis. She was awarded a MAA-NEA Fellowship in Painting and Works on Paper in 1994. Voted Best St. Louis Artist by The Riverfront Times in 2000. The US Embassy sponsored a solo exhibition of her work at the Teatro del Centro de Arte, in Guayaquil, Ecuador in 2003. She was Artist-in-Residence for the Everglades National Park [AIRE] in 2010. She is currently developing the Everglades Series exhibition based on this study. In 2011, The Italian Suite was held at the Cedarhurst Center for the Arts in Mt. Vernon, IL curated by Rusty Freeman. A book and catalogue accompanied the exhibition. In 2011, she participated in ArtPrize, an international art competition in Grand Rapids, MI at 5/3 Bank as well as, Watercolor USA, Springfield, MO. She exhibited at the Strathmore Foundation in Rockville MD in Stepping Over the Line curated by Harriet Lesser, 2012. She exhibited Triennial in Columbia, Watercolor with five nationally recognized watercolorists representing the United States 2012 -2013. Two watercolors were chosen for the Panama City Embassy, Panama collection for 2012-2014. She will be the Featured Artist in 2014 at the Biennale d'Aquarelle de Toulouse, Toulouse, France. Good Samaritan Hospital, Mt. Vernon, IL and Siteman Cancer Center, St. Louis, MO recently added her to their public collections.

She has been published in many magazines and books internationally-- with the most recent being the cover and feature in International Artist 2010. She has taught in France, Norway, Ecuador, and the US Virgin Islands. She teaches watercolor from coast to coast in the United States. Ms. Carter’s work is represented in many public and private art collections.

$3,500 per person ($800 non refundable deposit)

  • July 26, 2020 - August 1, 2020

Dates and pricing

  • Private transfer to and from the airport

  • 6-night accommodation at Hotel Taddeo e Federico, breakfast included (single supplement may apply)

  • 5 Lunches and 5 Dinners with full beverage service, including wine

  • Welcome aperitivo

  • Day trip to Urbino with private transportation

  • Exclusive week-long class with Carol Carter

  • Week-long private guide and international sommelier

whats included


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Day 1

-Arrival (*Bologna, BLQ is the recommended airport). In our commitment to making your traveling experience to Le Marche as easy and convenient as possible, your host, Piero Pagliardini, will meet you at the airport (*see time stipulations) and escort you to Hotel Taddeo e Federico in the heart of the beautiful village, Sant’Angelo in Vado.

-Take time to settle in, unpack and explore the village a bit before we all meet up. The hotel is within walking distance of shops, markets, restaurants and village life unspoiled by time.

-Carol, and our host and native Marchigiano, Piero Pagliardini, will welcome you over drinks and give an overview of the week to come. Then pizza night! Enjoy the best pizza in town in an authentic Italian pizzeria. End the night with a stroll, a nightcap, and a good night’s sleep.

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Day 2

-Breakfast at the hotel, and then off to stroll through the traveling open-air market! From clothing to coffee cups, you can find the perfect gifts to take home, all while sampling savory olives, freshly shaved prosciutto and roasted chestnuts.

-Lunch at the Enoteca, located in the heart of the market, featuring fried fish, salami, cheese and prosecco (*non-fish items available)!

-First painting class with Carol.

-Dinner at the neighborhood Osteria to enjoy a taste of the local flavors.

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Day 3

Pastries (or le paste) and cappuccino at your hotel.

-Morning class with Carol. You'll receive plenty of individual attention in this very small class, with students working at their own pace.

-Break for a delicious seasonal lunch followed by time to relax.

-Explore village life, including a visit to the Roman Villa, “Domus of Myths” and the “Museo dei Mestieri.”

-Dinner at one of our favorite restaurants!

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Day 4

-Breakfast at the hotel followed by a FULL STUDIO DAY!

-Break for lunch at the hotel restaurant, then back to class.

-Meet back at the hotel to experience “Shopping di Sera,” an evening festival with music, pop-up stands, and dinner tables set up to dine in the streets!

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Day 5

-Enjoy a local breakfast at the hotel (have you tried the chocolate pastries yet?).

-Outing to the neighboring village of Urbania, acclaimed for its ceramic boutiques. Shop, socialize and explore the ceramic studios. Then join Piero for a visit to the mysterious Church of the Dead.

-Another delicious regional lunch will be provided.

-Return to Sant’Angelo in Vado for afternoon class.

-Dinner at the hotel.


Day 6

-Breakfast at the hotel.

-Meet for drive through the Le Marche countryside for a trip to Cartoceto, a village famous for the best and only DOP olive oil imported from Le Marche. We'll visit the inimitable Vittorio Beltrami and his famous Gastonomia. Lydia Bastianich has called Beltrami "The Einstein of Cheese," and not just because he looks like Albert Einstein but because he is a genius cheese maker. His pecorino di fossa - a sheep’s milk cheese wrapped in grape leaves and buried under stone for 90 days is indescribably intense, earthy and like nothing you have ever tasted. From the cheese cellar, we'll walk over to his shop where the family Beltrami will prepare us an in-depth sampling of cheeses, cured meats, and breads, along with wine pairings and house made sweets.

-Return to Sant’Angelo for the last day of class with Carol! We will finish up our paintings and review lessons shared.

-Time to pack at the hotel.

-Meet that evening for a farewell dinner where we will raise a glass (or two, or three!) to our week in Le Marche. Cin-cin! Cheers! And a warm salute until next year!

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Day 7

-Pick-ups at BLQ Bologna airport and Bologna Centrale Train Station will be offered between 12:00-3:00 p.m.

-Departures at BLQ Bologna airport and Bologna Centrale Train Station will be offered from 12:00 noon onward. In order to arrive for your flight with ample time, we recommend scheduling departing flights after 2:00 p.m.

-Pick-up and Departures from other locations, or at times outside these parameters can be arranged at an additional fee.