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International School of Painting Drawing and Sculpture in Umbria, Italy
Our Location in Umbria:
Overlooking the lush Tiber River valley, Montecastello di Vibio is a hill town in central Italy, in the province of Perugia. Halfway between Rome and Florence, our location provides students the chance to see first hand some of the world's greatest art. Montecastello is a safe and friendly town, very favorable t... read more
Reviewed by Jed Appelrouthstudent on .
I wanted to write again to thank you for everything this summer -- for arranging such a great program. Rock Solid staff, good eats. I learned so much. I need to make sure I keep painting this year, so I can begin to see all the lessons mature. It's always too much to take in in 6 weeks. Every one of the teachers brought something distinctive -- whether their personality or their ability to communicate -- or simply their different technical appro... Read more
Reviewed by Meghan Flemingstudent on .
Hi Marc, I just wanted to write to tell you what an amazing time I had during the May residency. When Martha Armstrong (she was one of my undergraduate professors) told me about the school and May residency I really just thought it would be a nice opportunity to paint for a month in Italy, but it was so much more. I think that even though I have been teaching art for the past 7 years that somehow the day to day stresses of grading, deadlines, ... Read more
Reviewed by Holly Downingstudent on .
I have just returned home after an additional month traveling around Italy, and wanted to write to tell you how very rich and lovely my experience at Montecastello was. As soon as I left, I immediately missed going to work in my little studio everyday - I had so many more images I wanted to paint! Besides the absolute beauty and gentle nature of the town and its residents, and the surrounding landscape, it was just so wonderful to be surrounded b... Read more
Reviewed by Mee Lar Tanstudent on .
The six-week course in Montecastello is great. It's a good course that I have been recommending to my friends, who are interested in short term painting course, to take up. I believe some of my friends (mostly in the field of Architecture or painting classes) will be interested as well. Their problem is always 'time'. I'm glad for what I've learned and enjoyed the School very much. What I'm looking forward to at this point of time is to see how ... Read more
Reviewed by Kathryn Sanfilippostudent on .
Looking back and more importantly looking at the body of work which I completed during this period, I am simply amazed. Whether it be the idyllic town of Montecastello, the majestic vistas or the inspiration setting...it all adds up to a satisfying experience. My thoughts are to return again next May. Read more
Reviewed by Maria Levingestudent on .
Just a note to say how very much I enjoyed my stay at the International School the company of the others there and the charms of Montecastello and the surrounding countryside which produced 21 little paintings to bring home to Ireland some I think I will work up into bigger paintings and will form part of my solo (one person) exhibition next summer a couple of the small ones will be in group shows at the end of October and just before Christmas. ... Read more
Reviewed by Terry Miurastudent on .
Back from Umbria! What a great experience it was. A whole month of drawing, painting, eating, sleeping, and not much else. I met some great people, talked about art (which I don't get to do much at home since my artist friends aren't nearby) and hung out with people from all over the world at the bar. To talk about Pontormo and be understood is something I haven't experienced since my New York days. That's ten years ago, my friends. I didn't real... Read more
Reviewed by Aaron Swindlestudent on .
Marc, words cannot capture what I've experienced in Monetecastello or even come remotely close to giving a vague description of the place itself. this whole trip as been like the peak of my life in that sense it gave me so much that I'll carry on forever with me. You know, priceless stuff. God bless you for starting a program like this. Read more
Reviewed by Suzanne Andersenstudent on .
Marc, I have now been home awhile and just processed all my photos. I look back on that time almost like it was a dream. I have pictures of the school, the town, the festa and go cart race, where I lived as well as that fabulous landscape. My favorites are the ones at dinner on the roof. I wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed it all and what a fabulous job you are doing. This time I was able to work with the teachers more and enjoyed meeting Mar... Read more