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Dominique Medici

Secrets of Portrait Painting

May 12th - May 18th, 2024

Secrets of Portrait Painting

Dominique Medici


Marsala, Sicily


May 12th - May 18th, 2024






Oil Paint 


All levels welcome


Maximum 13

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Join us for an all-inclusive workshop that will demystify portrait painting for you once and for all!  Break down the challenge of capturing your subject into a manageable and systematic 4-step process you can use to get amazing results every time! 

Discover how to accurately mix any color by working with a limited palette of only 7 colors and deepen your understanding of the relationship between hue, value, and chroma.

Never be stuck again wondering how to get the right mix, learn how to create nuanced flesh tones in 3 simple steps.


Each morning we will paint alla prima (single session) portraits and in the afternoon we will paint one sustained portrait for the week. Working both short and long poses sharpens our observation and helps us to work more efficiently. Every student will receive individual critiques each session.

While Dominique will work and teach oil painting techniques primarily, students are welcome to work in the medium of their choosing.


Step into a professional classroom setting and begin your artistic journey. Enjoy the convenience of our fully equipped space, where you will have all you need including easels, palettes, medium, solvents, and a dedicated cleaning station. Traveling light? We offer on-site rental for all the paints in this course, we stock canvas, paper,  and a variety of other painting surfaces you can try. Choose the materials that call to you, and bring your vision to life. When it's time for a breather, rejuvenate with refreshments in our studio kitchen and enjoy delightful home-cooked Italian lunches. Dive in, paint, and savor every moment! 

In this workshop,  you will learn how to…

  • Simplify and translate proportions from 3d to 2d

  • Average and mass values shapes

  • Create 4 types of contrast in your painting

  • Mix any color in just 3 steps

  • Interpret colors when they aren't obvious

  • Troubleshoot when things go awry



6 nights


Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner


Pickup from Palermo (PMO) airport.
See our pickup policy 


Oil Paint (others welcome)


"Paint-pass" available to rent for this workshop, Giving unlimited access to all the colors needed.


We are happy to pack and send work to you.
Shipping and handling fees vary depending on size, weight, and destination.


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 and a farewell Sicilian feast.

Car rental is not necessary but recommended.

Dominique Medici

Seattle-based Dominique Medici isn't just an oil painter; she's a globe-trotting artist with a London-educated flair! With accolades from institutions like The Portrait Society of America and the Art Renewal Center, her strokes of genius are showcased both on American soil and across the pond. Dive into any private collection across the US and Europe, and you might just find a Medici masterpiece staring back. Not just content with creating, Dominique channels her passion into teaching, helping pass on the great traditions and knowledge of the old masters to a new generation of painters.
Having honed her craft at prestigious schools like the Julian Ashton Art School in Sydney and St. Oswalds Studios in London. Dominique is a world-traveled and pioneering artist with a gift for helping others achieve their own creative goals.

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