painting Rome

session 2

June 17, 2024 – june 28, 2024

Marc Trujillo

Marc Trujillo


The Eternal City is your classroom in this workshop focusing on work from direct observation, working outdoors on paintings in and of Rome.  We will also visit the museums, churches and historical sites together and use the work to nourish and inform your own work through analysis of compositional and pictorial strategies, the use of light and the use of the materials of painting. Build a dialog in painting between your work and the great works of the past in Rome.    

This workshop will consist of work in outdoors in Rome.  For the work outdoors students are welcome to work in oil paint but are also welcome to use less expensive and more easily portable materials.  For those interested in working in oil paint outdoors, participants will need to bring their own travel easel or pochade box.  A detailed supply list will be sent to you with lots of other information to help you prepare.  If you prefer a stool, you may bring one, you will not need an umbrella for sun, and your instructor will scout out sites with shade.  

The visits to museums, churches and historical sites we will take together will serve the larger aim of fostering a dialog between the student’s work and the ways in which great artists of the past built and organized paintings.    


Here are some answers to frequently asked questions about this workshop. If you have a question that isn’t addressed in the workshop description or these faqs, use the “Ask a Question”  button and we will be happy to get you the information!


What are the differences between painting in the studio and plein-air painting?

One important difference is planning ahead to be prepared in one trip. You will get a detailed supply list and a plein-air checklist to help you remember to bring everything you need. Your instructor will scout out the sites and make sure that in addition to a view, we will have shade and nearby restrooms. If you find it comfortable to stand and paint, you don’t need to bring a stool, and the shady spots mean that you won’t need an umbrella for sun either. 

What is the best way to get to the sites in Rome where we’ll be painting?

Walking is a great way to immerse yourself in Rome, there’s so much to see!  If the site is further out, cabs are easy to find. Once you’re there and have your place, we’ll compare home locations to help facilitate cab sharing when needed. You’ll get links with dropped pins for all sites. Google maps will let you download a map you can use offline and CityMaps2Go is a great app with offline maps-


How do I travel with all of my paints and supplies?

The TSA allows oil paint in checked bags, just make sure to label it properly. Don’t bring solvents, we will supply you with solvents once you’re in Rome.  You can cut, paste and print the text below to keep with your oil paint in your checked baggage-


The US Department of Transportation defines “flammable liquids” as those with a flash point 140 degrees F or below. Artists’ grade colors are based on vegetable oil with a flash point at or above 450 degrees F.


If you need to confirm this, please contact TSA at 866-289-9673 or their hazardous materials research center at 800-467-4922

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How advanced is this class?

Your level of enthusiasm and involvement is more important than your level of experience. Since we’re working in a way that you can scale up or down the ambition of your paintings, all skill levels are welcome.