One-week Fresco Painting workshop


The Fresco Painting workshop concentrates on traditional fresco painting technique, combining a creative learning experience while taking advantage of the rich artistic heritage and stunning landscape that the Veneto Region has to offer. With its multitudes of fresco adorned historical buildings, it is the perfect place in which to learn and to draw inspiration from.

The workshop offers full-day activities in an intensive course devoted to the techniques, materials, history and the theory of fresco painting and an introduction to conservation. Activities include a series of lectures followed by a demonstration and hands-on. You’ll have the opportunity to learn the technique of  the architectural decoration of the Italian Renaissanceoman – from the traditional preparatory drawings, mortar mixing and application, and the use of natural pigments to painting on a wet wall and/or a portable support, which you may keep at the end of the course.


The Studio provides all relevant materials and art supplies as well as access to its library of essential English publications and slide collections. The course takes place in the 14th century palazzo and is taught by Alma Ortolan who, with the help of her assistants, guarantees individual attention in an intimate and informal group setting.


Classes are in English, however, Prof. Ortolan is fluent in Italian, French, Spanish and Polish. On the successful completion of your course you will receive a certificate in fresco painting techniques from Ortolan Studio.


Workshop Agenda

  • Saturday: Recommended departure from US for the Venice/Treviso Airport with next morning arrival. *
  • Day 1.  (Sunday) We will meet you at the Venice/Treviso airport between 12-1pm and drive you to the Studio and check-in at Bed & Breakfast in Vittorio Veneto. Welcome Dinner at Palazzo Galletti.
  • Day 2.  Presentation and introduction to fresco painting materials, techniques and approach.   Morning walking guided tour of the historic centre of Serravalle. Exploring ornamental motif design. Basic knowledge of traditional mural ornaments gaining inspiration from the Renaissance architecture which surrounds the studio and our rare Art Book Collection
  • Day 3.  Exploring the materials and surfaces for fresco painting. Hands-on of fresco painting. After the creation of your own design you will begin your journey of painting! Experimenting with raw earth pigments, chalk paint, marmorino, lime washes, faux finishes, vintage finishes, old patinas, marble effects and stencils
  • Day 4. Full day of fresco painting
  • Day 5. Guided tour in Treviso
  • Day 6.  Full day fresco painting and faux finishes techniques 
  • Day 7. Final discussion and departure to your destination (Saturday check out)


The Workshop includes:

5 full days of instructions and hands-on 
6 nights stay
guided tour of Serravalle in Vittorio Veneto 
A day trip & guided tour in Treviso
Most meals, including daily wine tasting opportunities, coffee/tea and snacks with the exception of the one-day tour in Treviso
Venice/Treviso Airport transfer and local transportation.


The all-inclusive price including art supplies, accommodation, most meals and tours is  EUR 1860 per person.

25% reduction for non painting partners.


Extra costs
Single room supplement: EUR 360 
Meals during the one day tour in Treviso.


Guests will stay at at Palazzo Galletti B&B Boutique Hotel on a first comefirst choice basis


Price doesn’t include

  • One-Week Single room supplement: EUR 360
  • Airfare
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses and meals during the one day tour
  • Fees for private car rentals, taxis, etc. (Bus and taxi service or car rentals are available upon request)


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