Come with me on a fabulous painting and touring excursion in LaMarche, Italy. This area is a cultural, historic and creative wonderland. We will focus our artists’ eyes on the stunningly beautiful countryside and villages for inspiration. This is an abstract painting class, although students’ work could be semi-realistic. We’ll study in depth the contrast and tonality of the various textures and colors of the rich landscape and historic structures.We’ll work in acrylics, using fluid acrylics and textural mediums to create both visual and actual textures. We’ll study the horizon lines in our photos and start building our paintings there. We will explore our emotional response to the beauty of the area and paint from that perspective. A few writing exercises will help us to bring to the surface our responses to our travels. These will be moments that bring you wonder and inspiration that fills your soul.

*PLUS BONUS COMPANION PACKAGE for non-painters with Piero as your guide: opportunities to explore surrounding historical villages, horseback ride, golf, visit a Roman archaeological site, visit nearby festivals, visit the Church of the Dead, take a bell tower tour, discover sunflower fields or just drink with the locals! ****Non-Painter discount of $350

$3,499 per person ($800 non refundable deposit)

  • September 25- October 1

Dates and pricing

  • Private transfer to and from Bologna, BLQ airport (*see time stipulations)

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

  • 5 Lunches and 6 Dinners with basic beverage service, including wine

  • Welcome aperitivo

  • Private artisan Print and Dye class 

  • Trip to Urbino with private transportation

  • Entrance to Raphael's childhood home

  • Exclusive week-long class with Jacqueline Sullivan

  • Week-long private guide with Certified International Sommelier

  • All paints and mediums

whats included



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.

-Jacqueline, 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

-Enjoy a local breakfast at the hotel of cappuccino and fresh pastries, followed by our first painting class with Jacqueline.

-Break for lunch at the hotel restaurant.

-Return to class to immerse yourself in your Italy-inspired creations.

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

-Lunch at the hotel restaurant.

-Afternoon visit to a historic print studio for a private class on natural dyes and artisan print work. This studio is also owned by professional chefs who will treat us to an unforgettable dinner on the site after the class.


Day 4

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

-Morning class with Jaqueline.

-Light lunch provided (aka in Italy – two courses only), and time to return to your rooms.

-Late afternoon Jacqueline and Piero will pick you up to go to Urbino, the city considered the center of Renaissance! We'll visit an Italian art supplies store in Raphael’s childhood hometown, where you’ll have the chance to explore and buy local goodies. Then time to wander the main squares and winding medieval pathways as you’re immersed in local color, texture, and flavors.

-Happy hour in the town square, followed by a Marchigiano dinner and gelato at one of our favorite restaurants.

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Day 5

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

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

-Time to wash up that evening before having dinner at the most delicious restaurant in town.

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Day 6

-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)!

-Last day of class with Jacqueline! 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

Time Stipulations

-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.