'Umbria! Body and Soul!'

A Painting Holiday with Maureen Drdak

'Not Just a Painting Holiday' presents one of its new courses! at Relais la Fattoria!

A painting workshop with Maureen Drdak in Castel Rigone, Umbria, Italy.

June 22nd - 29th 2014.


Awaken your senses and unleash your creativity; immerse yourself in the breathtaking sensuality of Umbria!

Participants of all levels will delight in the endless expressive possibilities inspired by the light and colour, contour and fragrance of the magnificent Umbrian landscape and the spirit and charm of its inhabitants - even an appealing creature or two may pose for our enjoyment!

As a professional artist and Fulbright Fellow with deep experience of other cultures, my instructional style embrace a wide range of creative approaches and painting and drawing styles. And, as an established designer I offer guidance in design for those who may wish to expand the expressive applications of their creative holiday!

Explore them all! Please see my portfolio for a very brief sampling of my representation and design work and visit my website to learn more about my work. (See links below)


Participents will enjoy the serene exclusive accommodation of 'Relais La Fattoria' in the enchanting medieval village of Castel Rigone, high in the rolling hills above Lake Trasimeno. (see location tab on menu).

In addition to our days spent in and around the village there will be two lovely full-day excursions providing alternative sources of inspiration and the opportunities to experience the culture, art, food and wine.


Below are some photographs of Maureen . Click on an image to view details.

'Not Just a Painting Holiday'

Hi! I'm Judi and my company, 'Not Just a Painting Holiday' organises Art, Culture and Cuisine Holidays in the beautiful Trasimeno area of Italy.

I fell in love with this region when my father brought me here over thirty years ago and now share a house in Castel Rigone with my husband Michael.

It is an exquisite area steeped in history and art, with amazing views, warm and friendly people, delicious food and wine and wonderful festas!

As the name of the company suggests, my holidays provide not just incredible tuition from highly acclaimed artists but also the opportunity to experience the 'real' Italy as I did so many years ago with my father, away from tourists in our quiet, medieval village. You will have the opportunity to enjoy private wine tastings, cookery lessons and excursions. Wonderful walks, amazing sunsets. To dine in my favourite restaurants. To feel 'part' of the community. I also look forward to inviting you to our home for welcoming drinks. It is a rustic house typical of a medieval village and quite small so very friendly!

Those of you travelling a distance from outside Europe may consider arriving a few days earlier to spend some time in Rome. Or you may wish to extend your holiday at the end of the course. I am happy to assist in any arrangements.


I will do my utmost to ensure that your week with us is one that you will remember for ever and you leave having re-kindled and developed your creativity and feeling as passionate about this magical region as I do!

Ciao! Judi



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