July 4 to 15, 2022


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. Vincent Desiderio and Bernardo Siciliano will also give lectures about their work.  Some nights there is studio time available.  On Friday evening we will host a special guest lecturer, Kurt Kauper.  (Read more about him below.)

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 


July 10, 2022

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 Michael Grimaldi


July 18 to July 22, 2022


The International Center for the Study of Painting will host a week long drawing workshop taught by Michael Grimaldi. Extend your stay a third week for a special price or simply register for this this one-week intensive course which will draw on the theoretical and practical application of design principles towards creating compositionally effective figure drawings within spatial environments from life.

Students will be encouraged to experiment with design, materials, and drawing strategies while learning to identify the dynamics and phenomena that effect the artist’s (and viewer’s) perceptions.

Guest Lecturer Kurt Kauper


Week of July 11th, Evening Lectures


Guest lecture, Kurt Kauper, will address painters attending our main program during several evenings . The topics are: Toward a Philosophy of Drawing, The Two Dogmas of Manet Studies, Contemporary Painting and the Culture of Cute


His figure paintings of historical and imagined people tend to leave expectations unfulfilled, and elide simple categorization. In contradistinction to his clear and precise articulations of form, Kauper’s content is characterized by indeterminacy, unintentionality, ambiguity, fluidity, destabilization, strangeness, amorality, uselessness, and neutrality.

The lectures topics are:

  • Toward a Philosophy of Drawing - Monday, July 11, 2022

  • The Two Dogmas of Manet Studies - Tuesday, July 12, 2022

  • Contemporary Painting and the Culture of Cute - Wednesday, July 13, 2022


Virtual Orvieto 

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NEW DATE: Saturday, August 27th     (formerly July 16-17, 2022)

This live demonstration is designed for those who can not join us in Italy or want a taste of our full program.  The event feature demonstrations by Vincent Desiderio, Bernardo Siciliano and Michael Grimaldi. Each live demonstration will be two hours.  Please click for registration information.