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May 13-20, 2024
in downtown Florence

Create, be inspired and revived!


Paint Italy!


May 13-20, 2024


Marla's workshop will take place in the beautiful city of Florence, Italy where past masters of the arts lived and worked. Imagine strolling the same cobblestone streets as did Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and Botticelli! 

Your home for a week will be in the artisan part of Florence is an ancient historic palace located in the Santo Spirito neighborhood - one of the most charming areas in the Florentine historic center, thanks to its antique and artisan shops and boutiques. You will live in the heart of Florence, paint in the piazza that is just outside your hotel, paint in a beautiful garden and feast on the flavorful food the Italians make so well and much more. This experience is about being immersed in the local Florentine life while you take the time to perfect your painting skills. 

Florence has an abundance of subject matter to choose from - the Arno River, gorgeous gardens, a close-up of a flower filled window sill, people, etc. There is something to enchant and inspire every artist! This workshop will be painting-centric, but you’ll have plenty of time to relax and restore and absorb all of the art and inspiration that is Florence - an artist's dream city!

The class size will be kept small to allow for plenty of individual attention from Marla. This workshop is suitable for all levels but some experience with drawing and painting would be helpful.

This is a unique opportunity to study with an accomplished artist and instructor while experiencing the rich atmosphere of this lively Renaissance city that holds nearly a third of the world's art treasures.


Plein Air Pastel Workshop

a week of


In downtown Florence, Italy


Come perfect your artistic vision and be inspired!

I can't wait to paint with you in the fabulous city of Florence, Italy!"   


reflects both the formal art education she received and the years of experience that can only be gained from behind the easel.

Marla graduated from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA. She worked as a commercial illustrator for 25 years. After moving to Oregon in 1993, she was inspired by the beauty of the Willamette Valley and began painting landscapes that blend realism and abstraction that convey a sense of calm and balance. Her work has been represented throughout the country for over 30 years and has been recipient of many awards and honors. She makes her home in Portland, Oregon.

Your Instructor: Marla Baggetta

"The workshop will include demonstrations where I’ll take you through the painting process step-by step, from choosing a scene to paint, simplifying and composing, thumbnail sketches, blocking in, adding color and orchestrating to a focal point and finally, details and finishing. We will cover all aspects of creating a successful painting including, composition, color theory, aerial perspective, mark-making and much, much more! I’ll give plenty of one-on-one mentoring on site, so you won’t ever be in that frustrated mode! Critiques will be relaxed and fun and will provide thoughtful, actionable advice on how to really improve your paintings.

I’m a firm believer in the fundamentals of painting and don’t hold back when it comes to passing on what I know at the same time giving you encouragement to find your unique voice as a painter!


Marla is a prolific painter as well as a highly sought after workshop instructor who is adept at helping students develop their own painting style. Her approach to painting 

Join us in the stunning Renaissance city of Florence
 for a week of art and beauty!

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MAY 13-20, 2024 / Plein Air Pastel WORKSHOP
Workshop Includes:
  • Welcome reception
  • 7 night accommodation based on double occupancy (shared bedroom and bath) in downtown Florence  (air conditioned / wifi)  
  • All breakfasts
  • 5 Lunches
  • 5 full-course meals (wine and gratuities included)
  • City walking tour with professional guide
  • Any ground transportation related to scheduled events 
  • All admission fees to painting sites
  • All instruction from Marla / includes demos and one-on-one mentorship / critiques
  • Admission and tour of the Accademia to see the "real" David
  • Day trip to Fiesole to paint in the Etruscan/Roman ruins
  • Native speaker and experienced workshop host available at all times
DOES NOT include flight 
Space is limited and only a deposit secures your place
This workshop requires a certain amount of physical stamina due to the necessary walking, climbing stairs, etc. required in Florence, Italy

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