Acrylic/Oil Painting Studies in Venice

DATES: 10/08/2017 - 10/15/2017
PRICE: $2550.00

Pablo Contrisciani is an award winning Argentinean artist and art instructor residing in Miami since 1998. His artwork is held in public and corporate collections in the USA, Latin America and Europe. He has exhibited internationally in many prestigious art institutions and galleries. His work has been reviewed in several important publications, newspapers and art magazines.

Pablo earned his Masters in painting at the National University of Fine Arts of La Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1990. He was designated Professor’s Assistant of Painting in the Department of Fine Arts, UNLP, Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1989, accepting this position for four years.

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He taught as Professor of Painting in the Escuela Municipal de Arte of La Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina between 1991- 93.

Since arriving in the United States, Pablo has been working as an instructor teaching painting courses and workshops in several institutes in Miami. He has been teaching from 1999 to the present at the Art Center of South Florida five classes weekly in all levels, for beginners, intermediate and advance students. He teaches on average 300 students per year in acrylic and oil as well as mixed media. Pablo is an experienced teacher in both abstract and representational painting. His classes include: Painting Basics Acrylics & Oils, Figurative Painting, Plein Air Landscape Painting, Experimental Abstract Painting, Painting as the Impressionist, and Color Theory workshop.


Abstract or representational painting workshop in acrylic and oils

This course is designed for beginners or advanced students who want to explore painting with acrylic or oil paint and gives them the option of creating abstract or representational works of art in the magnificent, artistic environment of Venice.

The week will be a balance of studio hours, outdoor painting sessions and visits to some museums and contemporary collections around Venice.

For beginners this class will cover the fundamentals of acrylic & oil painting. Students will learn how to paint still-lifes, landscapes and portraits that express their personal style. Individual instruction and demonstrations will help beginners focus on color theory, composition and form.

Advanced students will work on expanding visual vocabulary and technical skills. They will work from a variety of sources, techniques and applications, focusing on the versatility of the medium they choose. They will develop and clarify their painting style and further improve their technical skills through individual instruction and exercises.

This is also the year of the International Venice Biennale art exhibit.  Pablo will take the class on a personal guided tour of the exhibit as part of his program, entry fee included.


Venice-Salute, photo by Lester Lefkowitz

Accommodations: The week will be spent in the historic Dorsoduro area, away from the madness of San Marco. Accommodations are either in an ex-convent where our studio is, or in a nearby hotel for an additional supplement.  We’ll enjoy traditional cuisine at local restaurants or prepared by our personal chef. It will be an ideal place to improve your painting skills.

General Activities: Our first activity will be an orientation at 6pm on the first Saturday followed by dinner with the group.  After that, most activities for the week will be organized around the individual workshops but all participants will come together for meals and events like the guided walking tour of selected highlights of Venice. Then, at the end of the week all the artists will stage an exhibit of their work to share their visual impressions of enigmatic Venice.

Dinners: During the week we will have 5 dinners together. To experience a good cross-section of typical Venetian cuisine we will sample diverse neighborhood trattorie and Michael and Linda will host our group for two home-cooked meals with ingredients we find at the outdoor market. Two nights of the week you will be on your own to follow your nose to restaurants or concerts or the opera or whatever else might pique your curiosity. There is plenty of time for independent exploration.


Students working in the studio in Florida

Price: $2,550 p/p


  • Convent single room supplement – $450 (limited number available)
  • Hotel supplement – $500 per person
  • Non-participant fee is $2,250.  Non-photographer partners/friends are always welcome.


  • 7 nights at convent or hotel – double or single (with supplement) room with ensuite bathroom and shower (Note: departure is after breakfast on the final Sunday.  The last class activity will be Saturday evening.)
  • Daily Venetian cafe breakfast and 5 dinners at local restaurants, including wine
  • Workshop tuition, daily classes
  • Guided art history tour of Venice
  • Selected excursions with class
  • Guided tour of the famous Venice Biennale International Art Exhibit with Pablo, entry fee included
Pablo-2- Exhuberance

Exuberance, 2014, by Pablo Contrisciani Mixed media on canvas 60 x 60 in. / 152 x 152 cm.

Price does not include:

  • Airfare
  • Lunch
  • Independent meals and sight-seeing
  • Workshop materials
  • Local transportation: vaporettos, water taxis

To Register: just click on the Sign Up Now button. A non-refundable deposit of $500 is required to secure your spot in the workshop. Payment can be made on line with a credit card, or you can follow the instructions to send in your registration and payment by mail. Once we receive your deposit we will send you a formal Registration Confirmation with further information about the program. You will receive 2-3 other correspondences by email prior to the workshop with information about Italy, a supplies list and an electronic invoice for the balance. Final Balance is due by September 1st. Any time prior to your arrival, if you have questions about anything regarding the trip or the program, you can contact us by email or phone and we’ll be happy to assist you.

Contact us for more information: or speak to us live at 800-990-3506.

Istituto Canossiano, Dorsoduro, Venice

Convent Crew Venice 09-AnnaFor the week participants will be staying at the convent Istituto Canossiano. It is in the Dorsoduro – across the Accademia Bridge from the San Marco sector – on a quiet back canal of a typical Venetian neighborhood. Rooms are basic:  simply furnished, each with a full bathroom and daily maid service.

Basic amenities are provided including daily housekeeping and reception services.

Single rooms are available for a supplement of $450.

For those interested, there is also an option to stay at a nearby hotel for a supplement.

In the convent, there is a meeting room beside the chapel that we will use as our studio and several outdoor cloisters in which we can paint when we are not out on the canals and campos of Venice.

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 The Canossiano convent:  courtyard, a typical double room, the convent entrance

To arrive either you can fly directly into Venice or into Milan and then take the train to Venice. Specific arrival instructions will follow, but from the train station you can take the vaporetto #1 and get off at the Ca’Rezonico stop or from the airport you can take the Alilaguna ferry (Orange Line) and get off at Ca’Rezonico stop. We’ll send you easy walking directions from there.  Remember that Venice is a walking city, so pack light because you will have to pull your luggage down the alleys and over the bridges – there’s just no getting around that.

Our first activity will be an orientation at 6pm on the first day, followed by dinner with the group.

Departure is after breakfast on the final day.  If you are flying out that day you might try to arrange your flights for 11am or later to avoid getting up at the crack of dawn.

If you have time you might want to explore the Lakes district or enchanting towns like Bergamo or Verona, the site of Romeo and Juliet, before you arrive in Venice. This will give you plenty of time to recover from jet-lag before you settle in at the convent and start your workshop. Besides, Italy is not something that should be experienced in a hurry. Its charms need to seep into your skin while you linger at a café or amble through a piazza.


Venice, city, empire, wonder of the world, is one of the most visually stimulating places on Earth. Stripes of canals, Byzantine mosaics glittering in the sun, window cases of blown glass, leather-bound books, plumed masks, woodcut puppets. Each step through the crooked passages is a delight. Spend a week (or two) probing unknown corners. Stay long enough to lounge at a café. Get to know the old woman at the vegetable stall. Return to that tiny mask shop again and again. Photograph it. Artists and writers have been interpreting Venice since it was born in the lagoon centuries ago, from the Grand Canal to the tiny sculptures above the doorframes. Get lost in the sensuality.

Because Venice is such a visual feast that is a collection of its past, our program offers weeklong workshops in painting or photography. Participants coming from the different disciplines will capture and be stimulated by the passion of Venice.  Throughout the week the groups inspire one another to see in new ways and to experiment with their work in a city that has awed writers, painters, colonels and kings.

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Rialto Sunset by Cindy Bartosek