Stephanie Bower

Stephanie Bower | Architectural Illustration: | Sketching Workshops: | Sketches: on Instagram at @stephanieabower & | Urban Sketchers Blog Correspondent | Signature member of the Northwest Watercolor Society

Monday, October 16, 2017

Draw Civita 2017 x 2

Fall is really here, and it has me reminiscing about the heat in Italy this past June. This summer, I taught two DRAW CIVITA workshops in the amazing town of Civita di Bagnoregio...the fifth summer in a row. I am really grateful to The Civita Institute for this opportunity, and in general, everyone seems to love the workshop set in this incredible town. Thanks also to Winsor & Newton for providing fresh tubes of juicy watercolor paints for us all.

Civita is only accessible by foot, and because there are no cars, it makes the town a wonderful medieval-feeling pedestrian-only zone...great for claiming a spot to sketch! 

Here are photos from the workshops...5+ days of small groups, long days of sketching, great meals, beautiful scenery, and a day trip to the Villa Lante Italian Renaissance garden. All in all, pretty great.

Sketching just inside the main gate, the Porta Santa Maria.

In the shade of the Piazza San Marco.
Piazza sketches...and that is my watercolor set up in the upper left-hand corner.

My watercolor thumbnail showing the steps in painting and the morning demo...

The first workshop group getting ready to paint...thank you, Winsor & Newton
for the sponsorship with new tubes of watercolor paint!

Lunch break where we soaked out feet to cool off at the Villa Lante.

Second workshop group enjoying a wonderful dinner at Alma Civita!! Thank you, Maurizio, Rochi! Love that orange/rosemary tiramisu!

Group at the Villa Lante, standing in front of a long stone table that is a fountain, and yes, it was used for meals! 

Wonderful dinner at Alma Civita...

Thanks so much to everyone for TWO fabulous workshops!! I enjoyed meeting each of you and seeing your beautiful work!!

I am now also planning ahead to next year, however, due to the extreme heat of the past few years, I'm bumping the workshop to some time during the last 2 weeks in May...contacting me now (email: if you are interested!
Ciao, tutti!!!

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