Join International Watercolor Society (IWS) Master Artist Zan Barrage on an unforgettable week of watercolors and fun in Sant’Angelo in Vado, in the heart of genuine Italy in Le Marche. Picture yourself among the sights and sounds of beautiful olive groves, vineyards and centuries-old buildings. Let’s paint the winding old streets and the rolling hills all bathed in the warm and vibrant sunlight of old Italy.

My goal is to guide you to loosen up and express yourself as you paint in a relaxed and inspiring atmosphere with expert instruction and support no matter what your stage of experience is with watercolors. I have been teaching watercolors for over 10 years leading classes and workshops in Canada and around the world. Watercolor is my language, and I have been painting in the medium for more than 30 years.

For the experienced artists we will focus on design and capturing the mood and sense of place. The goal will not be postcard pictures, but rather paintings that transport the viewer to a moment in time and an authentic personal expression. I will work with you individually and push you to stretch and grow and flourish with your work.

The less experienced artists will never be left out. We will work on techniques and methods to make sure we can capture what we see and bring it home with us. I will work with the full group every day and will make extra time for anyone who needs more help after our painting sessions. I want us all to come back home with a few choice images that we are proud of and that remind us of an unforgettable workshop and vacation.

While demos are an important part of my teaching method, I am a teacher and I know this is not a show about my skills. This is a workshop to bring the artists in you to the next level of growth. That will be my focus with everyone. We will work on location and in the studio depending on our daily goals and the weather.

*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.

$2,999 per person ($800 non refundable deposit)

  • July 8 - 24

Dates and pricing

  • Private transfer to and from Roma, FCO airport (*see time stipulations)

  • 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 Zan Barrage

  • Week-long private guide and international sommelier

whats included


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Day 1

-Arrival (*Rome, FCO is the recommended airport).

-Piero will meet you and escort you to your boutique hotel in the historical center of his home town, Sant’Angelo in Vado, within walking distance of shops, markets, restaurants and village life unspoiled by time.

- Take time to settle in, unpack and explore the village a bit before we all meet up.

-Zan, along with our host and native Marchegiano, 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. 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 Zan. Painting classes will be in an onsite studio.

-Break for lunch at the hotel restaurant.

-Afternoon critique session with Zan in the studio.

-Dinner at the neighborhood Osteria to enjoy the local flavors.

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Day 3

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

-Morning class with Zan.

-Truffle-inspired lunch at the hotel restaurant.

-Afternoon critique session at the studio.

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


Day 4

-Breakfast at the hotel.

-Morning class with Zan at the studio.

-Break for lunch at the hotel restaurant.

-Field trip to the river Metauro for our afternoon, open-aired critique. Be inspired by the beautiful scenery and make time for a quick dip in one of the blue lagoons!

-At sunset we’ll travel further up the hill for a delightful spread of food and wine in a truly off-the-beaten-path location.


Day 5

-Zan 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 for a morning class along the main squares and winding medieval pathways. Immerse yourself in local color, texture, and flavors.

-Marchigiano lunch at one of our favorite restaurants.

-Return to the hotel with time to relax.

-Late afternoon critique session with Zan.

-Dinner on your own.


Day 6

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

-Morning class. Zan will help you put the finishing touches on your work.

-Lunch at the hotel restaurant.

-Time to rest at the hotel and pack.

-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

Departures at FCO Rome airport or VCE Venice airport will be offered from 2:00 pm onward. In order to arrive for your flight with ample time, we recommend scheduling departing flights after 4:00 p.m.

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