One-week Roman Fresco Painting workshop

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The Roman Fresco Painting workshop concentrates on ancient  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 Roman fresco painting and an introduction to conservation. Activities include a series of lectures followed by a demonstration and hands-on practical session. You’ll have the opportunity to learn the technique of  the architectural decoration in the Roman houses and Villas fresco– from the traditional preparatory drawings, mortar mixing and application, and the use of 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.

The workshop includes

  • 6 days full board accommodation.
  • All beverages, wine, coffee/tea and snacks as well as home cooked meals prepared by the palazzo’s chef or alternatively in some of Vittorio Veneto’s many fine restaurants.
  • 5 days of classes on Roman Fresco Painting including lectures, demonstrations & practice as well as all art supplies, starting from papermaking, to the use of metalpoints, stylus, black chalk, charcoal, red chalk, pen and ink.
  • 2 half day guided tours of Serravalle, Vittorio Veneto and Treviso.
  • Transfers to and from the Airport (Venice or Treviso) and all ground transportation.
  • The all-inclusive price is €1690.00 per person based on double occupancy in a double room with private bathroom.
  • The all-inclusive price for non-participating partners is € 1280.00.
  • Single rooms are available for a supplemental €240 per person.

Airfare is not included.


To reserve your place in the One-week Roman Fresco Painting workshop, please complete the Availability Form, to check availability on your selected course, including the dates and number of participants. A reservation confirmation will be emailed to you within 3 working days with information about available discounts.

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