Atelier Workshops are for distinct groups with a self-contained identity and focus. It is assumed that these groups will be led by an individual or by a team leader, such as a group led by an individual artist, a group from an art or writing center, a book club, a wellness or yoga group, business excursion, or other group of people with a particular interest. Our Atelier workshops provide accommodations, meals, airport transfers, weekly field trips, meeting places, studio and classroom facilities as well as custom trip itineraries upon request. For visual art groups, we can provide models and individual studio spaces, while for yoga groups we can provide spacious, atmospheric rooms or outdoor facilities for your practice. We make every effort to provide these and other specific amenities according to your group needs.
We help facilitate your group’s mobility with transportation to local sites for particular activities such as open air landscape painting, photographing specific places at particular times of day or visiting vineyards and country farm inns (argritourismos) with fantastic food. In this, we can accommodate an existing itinerary or program you may have already developed or help you design a special itinerary for your stay.
The standard Atelier program consists of one to three week sessions in which participants spend weekdays Monday through Thursday enjoying the peaceful environment and cultural immersion of Monte Castello while attending activities as planned by your group leader. Atelier workshop attendees join Studio School participants for weekly field trips to major cultural sites, having an opportunity to join a guided Studio School tour, wander on your own, sample regional cuisine, shop, or pursue specific interests in conjunction with your group leader. Weekends and evenings are free, with opportunities for customized trips we can arrange for your group to sites ranging from the mud baths at Viterbo and waterfalls at Terni to the Natural History Museum in Florence.
Alternately, your group members can go it alone in the surrounding area––by bus to a spectacular pool in neighboring Todi, on foot to an abandoned castle, or by car to local vineyards with Carlo our driver. Participants are housed in a variety of accommodations including double occupancy apartments in the village or single rooms with shared bath in a former convent with spectacular views. Single occupancy apartments also are available for an extra fee, as is accommodation in a luxury villa outside of town. Depending on your group’s focus and time frame, classrooms and or private or semi-private studio spaces can be arranged for your group. Access to classroom and other meeting spaces are available each session.
For Instructors and Group Leaders
The difficulties of organizing a trip -overcoming the language and cultural barriers, coordinating accommodation, finding transportation, planning meals, etc., etc., can be daunting! The Atelier Program can make taking your group abroad a reality and also make it trouble free, allowing you to focus on your group and enjoy your trip. Imagine working in a private studio in a perfectly preserved medieval hill town, enjoying three traditional and delicious Umbrian home-cooked meals each day, and boarding a chartered bus to the destinations that you choose, including nearby Todi, Assisi, Orvieto, Arezzo, Sienna, Florence and Rome, further afield locations like Naples and Venice or places off the beaten path like Doglio, Norchia, Sanselpolcro, or Casltelluchio. Our workshops include your participation in standard trips following regularly scheduled Studio School trips to Rome, Florence, Assisi,/Perugia, Arezzo/Sanselpolcro/Monterchi, Sienna and Orvietto.
Additional trips can be arranged according to your groups preferences. Please see our Custom Options page for more information. Otherwise, you are free to organize your group’s days in Monte Castello as you chose. We have an extensive digital image library, commuters in our commons room, and our classrooms are equipped with easels and tables, projector equipment, and high speed internet. Studio space, outdoor workspaces and models are also available upon advance request. We offer group leader’s accommodations and/or studio space as needed at no cost for one person. Group Leaders coordinate their group’s workshop payment to us and make arrangements for their group’s activities while in Monte Castello. Nine or more participants required, not including group leader.
1 Week Program
3 Week Program
6 Week Program
Monday––Thursday and Saturday/Sunday
Breakfast at 8:00 - 9:00 AM in the common room
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM Class or Independent Work
1:00 - 2:00 PM Lunch in common room
2:00 - 6:00 PM Class or Independent Work
8:00 - 9:00 PM Dinner on Terrace
Evening Lecture or Film
Friday Field Trip Day
Breakfast 6:30 - 7:00 AM
Depart at 7:00 AM
15 – 30 minute site orientation upon arrival
Lunch and dinner will be on you own
Depart site at 7:00 PM
Monday/Tuesday: Final Classes
Wednesday: Hang Work for Exhibit
Thursday: Field Trip and Opening Reception
Friday: Packing Day, End of session
Dinner and Celebration.
Saturday: Early Departure
Double Occupancy Accommodation
All Students are provided with double occupancy rooms in historic apartment settings in town or in the main building, where participants have private, dormitory-style accommodations with shared bath in a former convent. Single rooms are available for an additional fee. If your group prefers there is also the possibility of staying in a luxury villa in the countryside just outside of Monte Castello, subject to availability. Additional fees apply.
Three Meals of Typical Umbrian Cuisine Daily
Program participants will have a wonderful introduction to traditional Umbrian cuisine, with meals prepared in on site kitchen on site, from the freshest ingredients––after all, Umbria is called “the green heart of Italy”! Except for field trip days, program participants will enjoy three generous meals every day, all lovingly prepared by our cook. Daytime meals are served in our common space, where students, faculty and residents interact over stimulating mealtime discussions, while dinner is served on an outdoor terrace overlooking the beautiful Tiber valley.
One Field Trip Per Week
Each week of the program, a field trip is scheduled to extraordinary destinations around Umbria and Tuscany. In the course of a three-week visit, scheduled trips always include Rome and Florence. Other destinations are scheduled in advance to cities such as Sienna, Arezzo, Orvieto, and Assisi. See Calendar for this year’s schedule of field trips.
Pick up at the Leonardo da Vinci, Fiumicino Airport (FCO) on arrival and on departure are provided to the group on your group’s arrival and departure dates. It is important to note that, for group pick up, participants must arrive by 12:00 PM on the arrival day. Those arriving after 12:00 PM will be assisted in making alternative arrangements at their own expense. On departure, those joining the return bus to FCO, must have booked flights departing no earlier than 11:00 AM. Those departing earlier than 11:00 must make alternative arrangements at their own expense. We are happy to make arrangements for a private car with Carlo our driver.
We can dedicate a classroom space equipped with equipment according to your needs on the times and days of your class meetings. High speed internet, wi-fii and computer use is available in our commons room.
Typically, we will have two to three visiting artists and/or critics and other presenters per three-week session who will present after dinner at the beautiful Teatro Concordia in the center of the village. All faculty will also present lectures on their work and influences at the Teatro Concordia or in the Commons Room. These usually occur in the evenings after dinner followed by a reception in the piazza after the talk and are open to all International Center participants. We also have a pre-trip talk on the evenings before regularly scheduled field trips. See our Faculty page for upcoming schedule.
Group Exhibition in School Gallery
At the close of the session, your group will have the option of participating in a group exhibition of work produced in the course of their visit. Exhibitions are held in the school gallery, which is centrally located in the village, near the theatre. Typically, these events are well-attended by the community as well as by artists residing in the area and present your group with an opportunity to participate in a public exhibition in Europe attended by an exceptionally well-informed audience. Sale of work is permitted and encouraged.
Private or Semi-Private Individual Studio Space
All program participants in the visual arts can be provided with private or semi-private studio space in the medieval buildings around the village upon request.
All interested group leaders should contact us to submit a proposal for your Atelier workshop.