Sketch Umbria! In Letters, Lines & Images

with Sharon Zeugin  

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This stress-free, “Open Studio” workshop will focus on skill building for “sketch-journaling.” What is “sketch-journaling?” Combining sketching, writing and lettering to create pleasing & unique pages in blank books.

No drawing or lettering skills? No problem! The “open studio” and “on the go” style workshop is geared for all levels.

Each day we will have a lesson specifically geared towards what we will encounter as we visit the sights of Umbria: e.g. olive leaves, pots, vegetables, bridges, stone walls, pottery, vineyards, ruins, Mediterranean Sea, Sarcophagi, landscapes, architecture. In addition to drawing skills (gestural and contour) participants will learn cursive and printed monoline Italic and monoline Roman Capitals, as well as the Lombardic Versal Capitals found throughout Umbria. Daily writing prompts might include haiku poetry, “spilling” about one’s experience on the trip. We will also play with informal approaches to watercolor painting in journals. All participants will have the option to make a hand bound journal of their La Romita experience.


  • fundamentals of drawing as well as an experimental “drawing differently” approach.
  • Intro–to advanced Cursive and printed Italic
  • Fundamentals of INFORMAL, journal-style watercolor
  • Lombardic Versal Letters

Daily excursions include visits to a medieval paper-making studio in Bevagna, the Etruscan Museum in Tarquinia, Spoleto, Stroncone where we will handle beautiful 14th century illuminated manuscripts, the charming medieval villages of Narni and San Gemini, Roman ruins at Carsulae, music in a restored 8th century Benedectine Monastery.


About Sharon

Sharon ZeuginSharon Zeugin lives in Austin, Texas where she teaches in her studio and at the Austin art museum school. Her teaching also takes her throughout the USA, Canada and Europe. Her award winning work is exhibited widely, and appears in several publications including the Lark Book “The Art and Craft of Hand Lettering.” Inspired by nature, the inner world, dance, swimming and life drawing, Sharon loves to help students get over fear of the blank page. This will be her fourth trip to La Romita.


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If you'd like to enroll in Sharon's program, please contact her via the form below or call her at 512-428-9560.

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Workshop At-A-Glance

Sharon Zeugin
Sep 3 - Sep 17
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Contact Sharon at, 512-428-9560, or via the contact form below.