Color and Texture in Italy, May 2019

Color and Texture in Orvieto, Italy
May 19 – 25, 2019
$3495 Double Occupancy; Single Supplement $150

Jean Cauthen and Pam Goode will teach two simultaneous workshops in Orvieto in May, 2019 with Adventures in Italy. Details below and more as they develop!

Colors of Orvieto, with Jean Cauthen (Painting)

Jean TuscanyCan you picture yourself settled under the beautiful blue skies of Umbria, painting the views from this magical hilltop village of Orvieto? If so, bring your straw hat, an adventurous spirit, and get ready to dive into the colors of the Umbrian landscape in a new and personal way.

Jean VineyardJean is known for her humor and fun approach to painting the landscape. While the basics of color and design are emphasized, students are encouraged to instill their work with a sense of their own personal response to the environment.

Students work on several small surfaces in a class format that combines group instruction, short demos and individual attention. Throughout the week, build upon concepts such as “how to plan a painting,” “creating patterns of value” and “achieving color harmony.”

Jean Sketching In Pienza Italy CropWith a limited palette of colors, students learn to capture the terra cotta colors and the simple rustic forms of the village and countryside of Orvieto. Using nature as your reference, plein-air is a wonderful way to grow as a painter and achieve confidence no matter your usual subject matter.




Cypress Solo 2 2000 CropTextures of Orvieto, with Pam Goode (Mosaic)

Lichen-covered stone, nubby lemons with deep green leaves, gnarled cherry branches and prickly cedar, sun-dried laundry, the translucent petals of vermillion geraniums — Orvieto is amok with texture and inspiration.

Join us for a walk along medieval alleyways to choose the views that most excite you, and then we’ll work together to bring them to life with color and texture as a touchstone of your visit.

Our theme will be Postcards Home, small mosaics that will capture a detail of our travels, helping us reconnect to moments of discovery long after we return home. Some tools and materials will be provided, and a materials list will be included upon registration. Subjects and styles are up to you, though I’ll have some samples and designs available for use, as well as a bit of poetic inspiration.

Market LemonsAlternately, you’re welcome to use this time as an Open Studio for your own projects; I’ll be available for consultation and/or assistance. Workshops and guided studio time will be morning or afternoon with cultural tours and free time rounding out the day. The studio will be open from early morning until late evening, and you’re welcome to work on your own before or after sessions. All levels, from never-touched-a-piece-of-glass to advanced, are welcome.



Cultural Activities

In between art sessions, join Jean and Pam for visits with local artisans and historic sites. We’ll peek at the Signorelli frescoes in the duomo, ogle long-hidden first century mosaic floors, tour a local winery, join an Umbrian cooking class, walk the delightful pedestrian streets, sample local olive oils, and shop a bit.


Our hosts will be the delightful nuns of Instituto San Ludovico (c. 300 – 400 BCE), a rambling and delightful former palace-turned-convent with gardens and vistas to tickle every fancy. Rooms are clean and simple with private baths; both single and double accommodations are available. Breakfast is served daily.

2016 Lovelies


  • Workshop instruction
  • Pre-Trip notes and guidelines
  • Six nights accommodation in a double room with private bath
  • Six breakfasts
  • Cooking class and dinner
  • Two additional dinners
  • Four lunches
  • Cultural tours around Orvieto
  • Cathedral tour and visit to San Brizio chapel

Not Included

  • Airfare
  • Passport fees, photos and processing where applicable
  • Transportation from Rome to Orvieto (train and private car available)
  • Meals other than noted
  • Personal items such as individual art supplies, wines, liquors, valet/laundry charges, and other items not specifically mentioned as included
  • Trip Insurance (Recommended)
  • Optional activities
  • Supplement for single room
  • Additional nights’ lodging

To Register

This trip is coordinated through Adventures in Italy, A deposit of $500 secures your space. The balance including single room supplement of $150 USD and optional activities, if any, is due as indicated on the registration form, (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.


Jean 2Jean Cauthen, Charlotte, NC
My concentration is simple. No matter the subject, my focus is color against color. Shape with shape. Mark to mark. From this, and with care, expression and meaning can emerge.

Read more about Jean here.


Pam Goode, Charlotte, NC
Pam ParisAs a creator of fine art, installations, and community projects, I work with a variety of materials, including Italian and Mexican handmade glass, stained glass, porcelain, stone, and found objects. Known for a raucous sense of whimsy and color, my goal is to transcend the subject at hand and go straight for the heart. “I’m looking for that sense of joy, wonder, or peace — I need to create a mosaic that sings, that resonates.” Read more about Pam here.



  • Do you have a lot of people taking your trips that do not know the first thing about painting or mosaic. How much time is available to tour the area of the trip destination.

    • Hi Faye, Yes we tailor instruction to all levels, and often have travelers who are new to art. Since groups are small, we have plenty of time to teach and experiment. Generally we have class for several hours each day in the morning or afternoon. There is usually a cultural activity each day that may last 1.5 to 2 hours. During free time you can easily and safely explore the town and surroundings — it’s almost exclusively pedestrian with lovely parks that overlook the valley. And class attendance is never required — you can always opt for a walk instead! The schedule is planned to give everyone a balance, but in the end, how you use your time is up to you. Our accommodations are right in town — all you have to do is walk out the door and you’re immersed in beautiful Orvieto. I hope this helps! Pam

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