Adventures In Italy | Kate Thompson
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DATES: Sept 9-15, 2018

PRICE:  $3495 USD

THEME:  Create pieces inspired by the Duomo and it’s fresco painter, Luca Signorelli, using a variety of materials to create depth, texture, and expression.  Wings made of plaster and wire work will attach to your figures, as well as individual collage pieces made of fabric and paper.

Create beautiful winged creatures!

Come away from a trip to Italy with beautiful and mysterious Winged Creatures.  Kate has created this workshop combining all of her favorite things to make with her favorite techniques.

Kate will guide you through making dramatic winged figure paintings and assemblage pieces using linseed oil, graphite and charcoal, as well as watercolors, acrylics, gesso and plaster.  Drawing with pencil as well as needle, thread and wire. 


Kate received a degree in Fiber Arts and worked as a textile print designer in the apparel business in Los Angeles for 20 years, but her real education started in 2009. She started painting and made it a practice to paint every day. As she honed my craft and progressed to the next level of her practice she began to question why she paints. Kate has always been fascinated with abandoned buildings in particular the Stonewall Jackson Reformatory School near Concord, NC. Walking through the abandoned buildings stories flooded through her. She decided those stories needed to be told through her work.

Kate works with watercolors and gesso, acrylics , oils, pastels with inks or all of them. She is an experimenter.   She creates her own substrates using vintage linens or painting on ledger paper. She also paints on more traditional substrates such as watercolor paper and canvas. Kate is a participating member of Ciel Gallery where she sells and displays her work.

Kate teaches all over the United States as well as Europe. Her passion is focused on the creative process and she is as passionate about teaching as she is at creating art.



Creating winged figures, including one with a mandala halo.

The Duomo in Orvieto and its incredibly powerful fresco painter, Luca Signorelli will be of much inspiration for the halo, creating your own interpretation of the fresco and bringing it into your life in your own artistic way.

Materials used include watercolor paper, vintage ledger paper, vintage fabrics and laces, and joint compound to add depth and texture.

Mornings will be spent in creative exploration, either in the studio or out around Orvieto.  In the afternoon you will experience the culture of Italy.  It might be a tour into the Etruscan caves, a cooking class, or a vineyard visit.  There will also be plenty of free time to explore Orvieto on your own. You will receive a more detailed itinerary for the week in your final information packet sent before you travel.


A traditional continental breakfast is served each morning in the B&B.  Because Italian cuisine is such fun, some meals are not prearranged allowing you the freedom to choose where and what to eat. Recommendations are offered and no one eats alone!


With each Artistic Enrichment Trip, you will receive:


  • Workshop instruction
  • Pre-trip notes and guidelines
  • Six nights double occupancy lodging – Sunday to Saturday
  • Six Continental breakfasts
  • Cooking class and dinner
  • Two additional dinners
  • Four lunches
  • Vineyard tour and wine tasting
  • Wine and olive oil tasting
  • Cathedral tour and visit to San Brizio chapel

Single occupancy available for an additional cost. Travel costs are not included.


What Is Not Included


  • Travel costs
  • Passport fees, photos and processing where applicable
  • Transfers to and from the airports
  • Meals, except where indicated in itinerary
  • Personal items such as individual journaling and art supplies, wines, liquors, valet/laundry charges, and other items not specifically mentioned as included
  • Optional activities, if any
  • Supplement for single room
  • Additional nights lodging


Payment options:

The balance including single room supplement of $150 USD and optional activities, if any, is due as indicated on the registration form, which is approximately 90 days prior to trip commencement.  Payment installments can be arranged directly with Adventures in Italy Inc.  Methods of payment accepted are email transfer (, Check, Visa and Mastercard.

A $500 USD deposit secures your spot today!  You will be contacted by Adventures in Italy to arrange additional payment.