Ivan Terestchenko: The Grand Tour - Watercolor Workshops in the Heart of Umbria

Ivan Terestchenko: The Grand Tour - Watercolor Workshops in the Heart of Umbria

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August 4 - August 25, 2019

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about the retreat

Ivan Terestchenko will lead a workshop on landscape painting in watercolour. The workshop is open to all levels including  beginners and is a unique opportunity to discover or improve your skills in the beautiful hills of Umbria with accommodation and studios located in a 14th century convent.

Students can choose from one to three weeks which will run from August 4th to August 25th . As part of their stay, participants can choose between a rich array of nearby places such as to Rome, Florence, Assisi or Orvieto to visit museums, churches, and galleries and cherry on the cake attend the Palio in Siena which this year takes place Friday 16th of August. A marvel not to be missed. Monte Castello di Vibio is a small, beautiful medieval village, an Italian gem off the beaten tracks of tourism.

Does not include airfare. For more information, contact us.


Participants are responsible only for their work, as they are provided with:

  • instruction

  • one day trip to the cities mentioned below, other visits are optional / extra fee (100 € )

  • Double occupancy room in a restored twelfth-century convent (private apartments are available at an additional fee, please contact us for more information)

  • Three chef-catered meals per day in Monte Castello

  • Private studio work space

  • Transportation to and from Rome Fiumicino airport

  • Access to the facilities of the ICA (including WiFi) and the assistance of their bilingual staff

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About the instructor

Born in England and educated in France, Ivan Terestchenko read history of Art at the Ecole du Louvre and was a painter until the age of 30 when he switched to photography and landed his first assignment with french Vogue . He contributes to many international publications.

Recently, Ivan photographed Houses That We Dreamt Of. The interiors of Reed and Delphine Krakoff published by Rizzoli.

His other book credits includes "The Great Designers at Home" published simultaneously in five international editions, in France, UK, Italy, Japan and in the US. "The Private World of Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé" and " Paint and Colour in Decoration" by Farrow and Ball, published by Cassel illustrated (UK) and Rizzoli International (US).

Ivan keeps a blog, visual diary about his productions, publications and exhibitions.

Required forms

All ICA participants, whether coming independently, with a group or through a college / university, must provide the following completed forms and information to icart.info@gmail.com at least 2 weeks prior to attending their program. For detailed information and to download the required forms, please visit our Guides and Forms page.

Emergency Contact & Medical Information
Liability Waiver
Proof of Insurance / Travel Insurance
Itinerary and Passport

About the workshop

The primary value of the Grand Tour lay in its exposure to the cultural legacy of classical antiquity and the Renaissance, and to the aristocratic and fashionably polite society of the European continent. In addition, it provided the only opportunity to view specific works of art, and possibly the only chance to hear certain music. A Grand Tour could last anywhere from several months to several years. It was commonly undertaken in the company of a Cicerone, a knowledgeable guide or tutor. 

Students may bring their own material or else artist material can be purchased at the center's art shop. ICA is supplied with the glorious Kremer watercolours or can provide the rare luxury of grinding watercolours from pigments  adding the interesting feature of “packaging” them in clam or muscle shells as in the middle ages.

The program draws on the history of Monte Castello as a gathering place for artists in a variety of mediums and scholars in disciplines across the humanities. Painters, sculptors, musicians, and chefs will also be in residence at ICA, providing optional lectures or demonstrations and joining retreat participants for communal meals on the terrace. There is a strong opportunity for cross-pollination of ideas and unexpected inspiration for those who seek it. 

The Location

ICA facilities for artists in Monte Castello are pretty extraordinary: because of the walled structure of the village, the whole town effectively serves as campus, and uses public spaces throughout the village for various activities such as landscape painting, installation and performance spaces, critiques and for general meeting spaces. 

ICA has access to the beautiful Teatro Concordia for artist lectures and musical events. The main building is a 14th century convent, called: “Asilo” (meaning “refuge”), and accommodates cooking and dining facilities, library, dining terrace, and mostly private rooms.