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Sun, Sep 01


Marsala, Sicily


Time & Location

Sep 01, 2024, 7:00 PM – Sep 07, 2024, 7:00 PM

Marsala, Sicily

About the event


  • Arrival: Sunday, September 1st, 2024 with Orientation and Welcome Dinner in the evening.
  • Studio days: Monday, September 2nd - Friday, September 6th, with Farewell Dinner on Friday evening.
  • Checkout/Departure: morning of Saturday, September 7th.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • How to Reach Us: Pickup from Palermo (PMO) airport See our pickup policy
  • Materials: Pastel, charcoal, colored pencil, graphite.  Materials included in Student Package are included in the price of admission. All other materials are available for purchase or rent in our studio, though you are welcome to bring your own.
  • Equipment: Additional materials like Plein Air Kit are available to rent.
  • Shipping:  We are happy to pack and send work. Shipping and handling fees vary depending on size, weight, and destination.
  • Rental Car: Car rental is not necessary but recommended if you'd like to explore the area after class.


Born in Bethesda, Maryland, Samantha Stover's passion for art took her on a journey from Literature and Art History at McGill University to mastering Fine Art, cum laude, at the New York Academy of Art. With a keen focus on Drawing Techniques, she immersed herself in the traditions of figure drawing from life and honed her painting skills as a copyist in New York and Washington, DC. After extensively traveling in Europe, and studying the works of the old masters, Samantha returned to her roots in the United States, where she is a practicing artist and instructor at the Washington Studio School.

But Samantha's art is more than just technique; it's a story. Her past as a theatrical costume designer interplays with her art, bringing out the dynamism of the human form and spirit. She artfully melds traditional training and the essence of movement to encapsulate fleeting moments, profound emotions, and lingering memories in her pieces. Through her work, Samantha showcases the transformative power of creative expression!


Ever felt a disconnection between your emotions and the marks you make? Are you struggling with translating the energy of a live model into your work? Samantha addresses these challenges, and more, bridging the gap between emotion and expression. Together we will explore the foundations of figure drawing, and invite you to go beyond, capturing not just what you see, but also what you feel. With one-on-one dedicated mentorship, you'll dive into the nuances of controlling color to channel emotion, capturing dynamic figures and moments in time. This workshop will show you how to strike the balance between swift strokes and deliberate detailing.

Embrace the freedom of creativity while grounding yourself in a historical lineage of figure drawing. Experience the thrill of working daily from a live model, navigating between long and short poses, and the exhilarating realm of continuous motion drawing!  Set against the bright sunny backdrop of the Mediterranean, this all-inclusive workshop will liberate you from the daily grind and bring you to a deeper connection with your own unique voice as an artist.


Pastels, with their versatile nature, offer an ideal platform for both painting and drawing enthusiasts to experiment and evolve. Dive into a transformative experience as you sketch the human form, live and in motion. Gone are dull limited palettes, we will be diving headfirst into the world of vivid color with daily demos and hands-on drawing exercises.

For your convenience, all essential materials for the workshop are provided. In addition, you'll enjoy several excursions to gorgeous local sites during the week, where the group will apply lessons from the studio "en plein-air". Immerse yourself in Pastel sketching, soaking in the region's radiant hues and vibrant atmosphere.

Refreshments are available throughout the workshop during the breaks, and delicious home-cooked Italian lunches and dinners provide the perfect setting for getting to know Samantha and your fellow participants. Whether you're just starting out or have years of artistic experience, this workshop is for you.


You will be staying at Baglio Custera, a boutique hotel in the heart of Marsala’s countryside. Known for its gardens and luxurious swimming pool, this modern resort stands on the Rakalia hill, the site of an ancient shrine to Hercules, surrounded by olive and orange groves. Baglio Custera is a brand new hotel built on ancient lines, those of the "baglio," or farmhouse.

From start to finish you will enjoy the extraordinary cuisine of the region influenced by the unique flavors of the Mediterranean including garden-fresh vegetables, ancient grains, and seafood. All meals, accommodation, and daily ground transport are Included in your package, including a celebratory welcome dinner with Samantha.


  • Regular Priced Tickets

    Sale ends: Aug 18, 7:00 PM
    From $1,250.00 to $3,500.00
    • $3,500.00
    • $1,750.00
    • $1,250.00



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