June 29 to July 10, 2020


During the two week intensive workshop all participants will have the opportunity to work closely with both Vincent Desiderio and Bernardo Siciliano who will present two different approaches to method - one involving a sustained development of illumination with a gradual chromatic development and the other emphasizing a more direct application of color. Vincent Desiderio and Bernardo Siciliano will give lectures pertaining to painting and its historical/theoretical underpinnings as well as their own work. Studio work will be conducted with live models. ​


Planned Schedule

Morning session

10am - 1pm

Morning instruction with Vincent Desiderio and Bernardo Siciliano. These sessions that will rotate daily between the two artists.  



We break for lunch "on your own."  Time to meet-up with your non-painting companion or get to know a new classmate.  Bring your own lunch or enjoy one of Orvieto's lovely restaurants.

Afternoon session

2:30pm - 5:30pm

Afternoon instruction continues with your morning artist, either Vincent Desiderio or Bernardo Siciliano.


On select evenings we will have lectures pertaining painting . These lectures will be both historical and theoretical in nature. In addition, Vincent Desiderio and Bernardo Siciliano will give lectures about their work.  Some nights there is studio time available.

You are free for diner. 


Weekends are open.  We invite you to participate in our plein air painting workshop.

In addition, Orvieto offers numerous historical and cultural sites for you to explore.

Florence and Rome are easy weekend excursions, as well as the Umbrian countryside.


Weekend Landscape Painting Option 


Between the two week session there will be an optional complimentary weekend landscape painting session taught by Katie Hemmer.


Orvieto and the landscape that surrounds it offer a remarkable opportunity to work from nature. Key positions along the peripheral walls of the city will be suggested as well as locations within the center.


A Special Week with Aleah Chapin 


July 13 to July 17, 2020


The International Center for the Study of Painting will host a week long workshop taught by Aleah Chapin. Extend your stay a third week for a special price or simply register for this wonderful one week workshop. During this 5 day intensive workshop, students will have the opportunity to explore the animate qualities of paint in representing the human body. Using models as our jumping off point, we will move away from classic academic painting and delve into the complexities (and transcendent possibilities) of the colors and textures observed in the human body. The goal of this class is for each student to find an intimacy between material and subject matter, sharpening their way of seeing the world and deepening their relationship to painting.