Jacqueline Newbold - Adventures In Italy
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Painting the Italian Light

DATES: Sept 16-22, 2018

PRICE:  $3495 USD

THEME: We will make a visual diary using watercolor paintings, and mixed-media journaling ideas as we treasure our time together in Italy.

Create a visual diary as you slow down, observe, and savor your time in Italy.

Join Jacqueline Newbold on a journey of artistic discovery.  Orvieto, the charming village perched on a rock cliff in Umbria, Italy, will be our home base as we paint and have fun creating art in our watercolor journals.  Jacqueline will share with you her favorite ideas for painting-on-the-go using watercolor washes, water-soluble pens, pen and ink drawings, and much more.  You will discover how magically enjoyable it is to record your life voyages with watercolors!  


Using a warm and lively palette, Jacqueline Newbold is known for her colorful watercolor paintings.  She enjoys painting the dramatic skies over the Cascade mountains, fields of red poppies, rows of lavender leading to a rustic barn, and charming café scenes.  Much of her inspiration comes from her travels.  While traveling, she takes along her painting supplies and art journal, all fitting in her backpack.  She makes time to experiment with various creative ways to combine watercolor with mixed-media, adding vitality and life to her travel journals.  “I look for the beauty present before me and then enhance it with even more color.  I try to portray more than it is in a fun and imaginative way.”

Jacqueline is a member of the Red Chair Gallery in Bend, OR, the Watercolor Society of Oregon, and the High Desert Art League.  She teaches watercolor workshops at her Tumalo studio, the Art Unraveled Art Retreats in Phoenix, the Art & Soul Retreats in Portland, and online with the Artful Gathering Art Retreat.   She has conducted watercolor workshops in Provence, France and Orvieto, Italy.  Her Interweave Workshop DVD:  Art Journals On-The-Go: How to pack, prep, paint, and more as well as her self-published book, Watercolor Journeys, are helpful guides for beginning to advanced watercolor enthusiasts.  Jacqueline has written many articles about keeping a watercolor travel journal and her art has been featured in magazines such as Somerset Studio’s Art Journaling, Interweave Press’s Cloth Paper Scissors, and Studios.  Watch for her upcoming article in the July/August issue of the Cloth Paper Scissors magazine.  Her painting, Looking Up will be included in the new Splash 18 book, the Best of Watercolor, July, 2017.  



Umbria offers the quintessential Italian experience – rich with idyllic charm, warm colors, and wonderful inspiration for developing your artistic eye.  Sitting majestically above the valley floor, Orvieto overlooks the cypress-dotted plains below.  When painting en plein air or in our studio, Jacqueline will help you simplify the scene before you so that you will be able to transform the colors and shapes into sketches and paintings in your watercolor journal.  The Etruscan color palette will inspire us as we experiment with luscious ochres and rich gem-tones from the past.  Exploring the streets of this historic village, we will discover stone archways, quaint alleyways, charming Italian piazzas, the Duomo of Orvieto, Gothic and medieval designs, and lush flowers cascading from village windows – every corner becomes a painting just waiting to be painted.  

This workshop is available for all levels – beginners and experienced artists are all invited to come along on this fantastic journey!


In this workshop, you will:

  • Create a lasting keepsake watercolor art journal about your stay in Orvieto, Italy
  • Develop observation skills, color awareness, simple design principles and learn about painting sunlight and shadows with rich colorful watercolors
  • Learn to draw and simplify complex scenes
  • Watercolor painting instructions
  • Learn how to keep your colors fresh and lively
  • In studio and en plein air painting
  • Practice painting sunlight and shadows with rich colorful watercolors
  • Create rich textured journal pages with mixed media.
  • Integrate pen and ink and water-soluble pens in your paintings
  • Add interest to your journals by incorporating, Italian treasures, beautiful papers, maps, cards, and other ephemera
  • Create a personal symbol reflective our time in Italy and make it into a rubber stamp
  • Come home with artistic inspiration for future adventures
  • Empower your inner artistic eye

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 (trips@adventuresinitaly.ca), Check, Visa and Mastercard.

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