Art Trek Gubbio

Umbria, Italy 2012


Perugia, Gubbio, Spirolo (Adriatic Riviera)

Gubbio, Umbria, Italy


The Poetics of Watercolor

Watercolor & Fluid Acrylic Painting Techniques

July 3 - 14, 2012

In one of Italy's most magical regions, participants will enjoy the light that bathes the Umbrian countryside. In this 12-day art appreciation and painting workshop, we will explore the art and architecture of a fascinating region resplendent with Etruscan, Roman, Medieval and Renaissance art. We will enhance our painting skill, nurture our inner artist and enjoy the inspiration of an architectually stunning medieval/Renaissance town.

Explore Perugio, Gubbio, Assisi, Urbino and Spirolo (Adriatic Riviera).

The secret to our art vacation is the authentic flavor of the remarkable town of Gubbio. No need to visit town after town on a grand tour of Umbria. This town has it all - the architectual monuments, medieval streets, churches with frescoes, palazzos, piazzas, artisan workshops, regional food specialties and a special sophistication all its own. Four neighborhoods with deep threads through to the past (guilds from the middle ages) compete in pageantry and offer deep ties of cultural authenticity.

Gubbio is a refreshingly authentic Italian Renaissance town with a vaste history and significant cultural identity. From the friendly calls of buongiorno to exquisite style, the locals are obviously proud of their town. Astounding artisans continue to work in jewelry, wood, wrought iron and ceramics. The neighborhood churches are resplendent with paintings, frescoes and gilded altars. Life plays out with ease of conversation highlighting the pleasure of the moment. Taste treats are abundant and every turn of the head brings visual insight whether in the architecture, the winding ways of cobbled streets, Roman amphitheatre or family friendliness. The Tuesday morning market in Piazza del Giovanni is a classic - extensive and full of bargains.

Workshop rhythm includes a combination of studio classes on the terrace pictured below, plein air painting opportunities (several within easy walking distance of Relais Ducale) and sketch journaling. Renew your art spirit with wet-into-wet water media techniques that offer the amateur and professional painter the broadest expressive range. Demonstration and discussion will include wetting the paper or canvas, color (watercolor & fluid acrylic pigments), brushwork, compositional energy, atmospheric and textural effects, edge tinting, visual awareness, and the use of inks and mediums. Innovative teaching methods will build self-confidence and skill whether your work moves in realistic or abstract directions. Focus on transparency, spontaneity, improvisation, iconography and visual balance. All levels of skill are welcome.

Itinerary (Abbreviated): Day 1, July 3/arrive Perugia. Hotel check-in is scheduled between 1 and 3 PM. Enjoy late afternoon introductions, walking tour of Perugia, workshop orientation, cocktails & hors d'oeuvres. Day 2, July 4/visit the National Gallery of Umbria and its rich collection of Renaissance and pre-Renaissance paintings. Day 3, July 5-Transfer to Gubbio via Assisi. Check-in to the luxurious Relais Ducale hotel on Piazza Grande. Day 4-9, July 6-11/daily studio & plein air painting class/two introductory walking tours/excursion to Urbino/three gourmet dinners. Day 10-11, July 12-13/ Transfer to Spirolo and Adriatic Riviera. Final workshops and farewell dinner. Day 12, July 14/11 AM check-out and timed departure transfer to Ancona airport or train station.

Travel to Perugia and from Ancona, Italy: Participants may fly from the U.S. to any European hub, particularly London and then on to the Perugia airport. Or fly into Rome or Florence and take the train to Perugia. Additional information will be availabe in the detailed itinerary. Please request by email in PDF format. Extend your stay in Rome, Venice or Florence.

Instructor: CAROL DUCHAMP holds a B.A. in French and M.A. in Sociology from the University of Strasbourg, France. Her paintings are rich in color, lushly saturated and sensual in form and have been called "cosmic, flowing and full of light". Carol is a mentor based self-taught artist with special training in transformative arts. She encourages experimentation in a supportive environment that nourishes the intuitive power of self-expression. She has taught for UCSC Extension, CCSF, College of Marin, Art Trek and at her Bolinas studio for fifteen years.

"Thank you for your great energy, your poetry, your Qi Gong, your creativity and your kindness!" Deirdre (2011)

Artists interested in developing their own voice and visual language will benefit from Carol's expressive, energy based methods. Her deeply saturated color and organic forms lend themselves beautifully to a sense of place. Methods for exploring the illusion of texture, drawing into prepared surfaces, layering, working directly with pigment and refining chance occurrences will be explored. Carol offers strategies for creating a daily art practice and methods that "free the artist" in the beginner as well as the experienced professional. Create a visual language that is uniquely yours and enjoy a fresh start in making art.

Workshop fee of $3595 approx. includes timed arrival and departure transfers (Perugia & Ancona); 4-star hotel accommodations based on double occupancy and all breakfasts; arrival hors-d'oeuvres and four dinners; walking tours of historic sites; a combination of 24-hours of studio & plein air painting instruction with artist Carol Duchamp, workshop orientation and farewell art party; ground transportation and excursions to Assisi and Urbino. Single rooms are available upon request. Workshop fee does not include international airfare.

To secure your place, mail your travel deposit of $1200 to Carol Duchamp, Art Trek, P O Box 1103, Bolinas, CA 94924. Or print and mail the reservation form available on this website. You will receive a full confirmation packet and continued pre-departure information. Call or email now to receive a detailed itinerary. We suggest early enrollment on yet another ART TREK CLASSIC! Class size limited to 12 participants. Email

"I fell in love with Gubbio following my summer 2011 class in southern Umbria. It is heart and soul Italian with very few visiters other than Italians themselves. By spending a week of our workshop in this splendid town, we will come to know her spirit in a special way." Carol Duchamp

For more information on towns included in our itinerary visit Substitute Urbino for additional search.

Painting Instructor
, BA, Otterbein College, Ohio, M.A., University of Strasbourg, France, has been leading outdoor painting classes in the U.S. and abroad for 20 years. Her teaching style encourages experimentation and self-discovery in a supportive environment that nourishes the intuitive power of self-expression. Her paintings are rich in color, lushly saturated and sensual in form and have been described as 'cosmic, flowing and full of light." She has been showing her watercolor abstracts in and around the San Francisco Bay area for more than 10 years at Commonweal, the Bolinas Museum, JFKU Gallery, Wilmer Gallery and Caffé Trieste among other locations. You may view selections of her paintings on the painting gallery page of this website. Carol has taught for University of California Santa Cruz and UCLA Extensions, Sun Valley Art Center and CCSF among others. She currently teaches at her Studio on the Mesa in West Marin County, California, at College of Marin, and for Art Trek. Carol has also trained in transformative art.

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