A week of outdoor landscape painting in pastels and watercolor. Nestled in the undulating foothills of the Apennine Mountains, Villa Lugara offers stunning views across the Secchia river valley and inspiration wherever the eye alights. Enjoy delicious cuisine and your own personal studio space in the former stables.
During this workshop, you’ll learn the basics of pastel and watercolor techniques, creating your own one-of-a-kind travel journal in the process. Each day we’ll build on what we learned the day before, covering materials, techniques, and themes appropriate to the genre of plein air landscape painting. Adapting to the local conditions and time of day, we’ll combine pastel painting on site at field easels in a range of locations within a short drive of the studio (transportation will be provided by our hosts Fiona and Steve), along with working in watercolours in our portable travel journals. This modus allows us to move around freely, painting whatever enchants us – for instance, the 11th century countess Mathilda of Canossa’s residence at Carpineti, a Benedictine monastery, along with spectacular vistas of mountains, rivers, woods, meadows, and medieval churches.
We will have bag lunches on site, making the most of our time outside. In case of inclement weather, the workshop will take place in the Villa Lugara’s former stables. In addition, each participant also has the use of a personal studio space there. The workshop is suitable for all levels, with one-to-one tuition as needed.
Your tutor German-American Gabriele Glang is an experienced and enthusiastic plein air painter and bilingual poet and screenwriter. For nearly three decades, she has taught painting and writing courses in a variety of educational settings, e.g. the University of Esslingen, adult education centers, and private workshops in Italy, Denmark, and Germany. She exhibits internationally; her next solo show is at the Kunstmuehle Rechberghausen in southern Germany in fall 2021.
The course will focus on painting in pastels and watercolors in front of the subject. We will combine working on paintings made in a range of locations within a short drive of the studio with work made within walking distance of our base. This will give you the chance to work on one or more paintings over a number of sessions.
The location of the studios and our painting locations will mostly be in the countryside. The landscape is varied with spectacular open views rivers and woods.
The studio space in a converted stable will provide each of you with your own separate bay. There will be lots of one to one tuition as you are painting.
Some materials will be provided (field easels, pastels, paper); a complete materials list will be sent upon confirmed registration.
Group collection and drop off times will be arranged by e-mail.
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For the more adventurous, you may want to allow time for a longer visit which could include the nearby cities of Modena, Bologna, Reggio Emilia, Parma and Ferrara, Piacenza and Mantova, read more about the area at .
Your tutor, German-American Gabriele Glang, is an experienced and enthusiastic plein air painter and bilingual poet and screenwriter. For nearly three decades, she has taught painting and writing courses in a variety of educational settings, e.g. the University of Esslingen, adult education centers, and private workshops in Italy, Denmark, and Germany. She exhibits internationally; her next solo show is at the Kunstmuehle Rechberghausen in southern Germany in fall 2021.
Louise Davis has been a chef for over 30 years, and will be preparing delicious meals for us. Her Mediterranean cooking style is based on local produce and the freshest fruit and vegetables from the kitchen garden.
Running the villa and supporting the course is host Fiona Geilinger, an artist, short film maker, dancer and garden designer. She studied art by pupillage, with painter Nick Bodimeade and has an MA in Art and Design by Independent Project, University of Brighton. Find out more about Fiona’s work at .
Helping out with driving and other odd jobs during the course will be Steve (Spike) Geilinger. He is a freelance director, working mainly for the BBC, making documentaries about fine art, architecture, history and food. Most recently he has been making the series ‘Britain’s Lost Masterpieces’ with Bendor Grosvenor for BBC Four.