With Mark Cazalet

Dates for 2022 to be confirmed

Maximum group size: 7

“If drawing belongs to the world of the spirit and colour to that of the senses, you must draw first to cultivate the spirit”

– Henri Matisse

Bethany by Mark Cazalet Chalks on coloured paper


Tuition fee (GBP): £400 to be paid directly to Mark Cazalet.

Villa Lugara Fee (EUR): €996 – €1115 depending on room chosen (€825 to share a twin room). This is to be transferred by bank transfer or paypal to Villa Lugara in euros.

The fee includes:

  • Accommodation at the beautifully restored Villa Lugara

  • Full board with local organic produce, including local wine and all your refreshments. Two lunches out are not included in the price

  • A personal studio space in the Stable Studios and your course materials

  • Full use of Villa Lugara and the swimming pool

  • Minibus transfer from Bologna Airport on arrival and departure*

*Minibus transfer from Bologna Airport on arrival and departure for recommended flight only (details nearer the time)

Course Description

This course aims to integrate our immediate instinctive response to the world through drawing with the more complex challenges of painting in colour.  What we see and feel about the world around us often needs a systematic ordering which drawing allows us to explore; the construction of composition, editorial choice of elements, the specific energy of the mood.  The objective is a harmony in which materials, formal elements of rhythm and surface express visually what words could not. Colour is at the heart of these relationships.

We will combine working outdoors from specific local locations with studio sessions in which the personal concerns of each student can be focused on. These might include working from memory or areas such as developing a personal colour language.  The studio space in a converted stable providing each of you with your own separate bay.

The course is suitable for all levels and there will be lots of one to one tuition as well as group discussion.  I would like this course to feel as collegiate as possible working alongside each other in different ways to a common aim.

The local landscape is varied with spectacular open views rivers and woods, with ample subjects available on foot or a short drive away. There will be one trip to see the remarkable city of Modena to draw from the city and see its sights.

Travel Information

Fly to Bologna from where you will be collected by minibus. Group collection and drop off times will be arranged by email.

You can find more details on how to get hereFor 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 https://villalugara.com/about-emilia-romagna/.

The Team

Mark Cazalet

Mark Cazalet is an artist who has worked across many media principally in drawing and painting for the last thirty years plus. He is a Senior Member of Faculty at The Royal Drawing School in London and Senior Tutor at West Dean College, as well as teaching at UWE Bristol and Arts in Provence. He has continuously shown at commercial galleries in the U.K. and internationally, fulfilling architectural commissions in glass, mosaic and weaving.


Jan Waterhouse

Jan Waterhouse has been cooking for events for over 30 years. She is looking forward to using the outstanding locally sourced produce to create dishes for the guests to enjoy.

Fiona Geilinger

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  http://fionageilinger.co.uk.

Steve Geilinger

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.


Reserve your place now by filling out the form below, or email us for more information. We will send you full course information, registration forms and payment details.

All the rooms are different and they are allocated on a first come first served basis. For the accommodation, once offered a room, you have three days in which to transfer the 20% non-refundable deposit (deposit will be refunded if the course cannot run).

The remaining payment of the Villa Lugara fee must be received by 26th April 2021.