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Magical May- Corsa all’Anello

May 10th, 2014
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Corsa logo

If you’ve been to La Romita before, then you’ve visited Narni. Narni is the medieval town that’s down the La Romita hill, just past the south-west edge of Terni, nestled in the slopes of hills that run northwest to southeast and southeast along Umbria’s border with Lazio.  One of the most memorable images of Narni is “La Rocca”, the restored castle visible above the town. Over this past weekend, Jane Coonce’s “Under Umbrian Skies” participants visited Narni for the Corsa all’Anello, a medieval festival celebrated


Artists are Amazing – by Daryl Urig

May 9th, 2014
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Daryl Urig

Like most artists, I am a bit of a romantic and a dreamer. Maybe these qualities are what make people who create art so amazing. Artists want to believe more, experience more, and live more. Italy is the perfect place for this. Its architecture going back to before Roman times, a people who have lived and developed a culture and life of creating beauty and sharing. The hillsides, the views, the food, and the people all move me deeply. Equally motivating are my students and fellow artists.


Teaching and Painting at La Romita – by Fritz Kapraun

January 17th, 2014
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In June 2013, I taught an impromptu 10-day watercolor painting workshop instead of the more traditional 14 day format most often offered at La Romita School. The international group included a professional artist from Canada as well as beginner-to-advanced painters and non-artists from several states. Two of these artists had been to La Romita with us multiple times in the past. This was my 6th workshop, but my first solo teaching experience at La Romita. Previously, I had team-taught with Bob Rankin and Virginia Wright-Frierson


2014: A Season of Superlatives

December 12th, 2013
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I guess I use a lot of superlatives when talking about La Romita, but there are so many amazing people involved in each season, I really hope it doesn’t sound like I’m bragging. The line-up of instructors this year reads like a Who’s Who of professors and workshop leaders. Starting with Ken O’Connell (5 – 19 September), Professor Emeritus and long-time head of the art department at the University of Oregon, each teacher is well-known for their own art, their own pedigree, but also for


Travel and Art – by Carol Cooper

December 11th, 2013
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Artist Carol Cooper

Travel is a chance to vacate one’s current life temporarily in exchange for some new routine.  We align ourselves with the loveliness and simplicity of living with less and the freedom that brings.  Travel to a beautiful place with the intent to paint adds a whole new level of awareness to the experience.  When we paint, draw, or create in some way while on a trip, we opt for a deeper experience I call “insight-seeing”.  La Romita affords us the opportunity to focus on the


La Romita’s Table – Chocolate Breakfast Cake

September 15th, 2013
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Moretto (Moretto means “brown”), or Chocolate Breakfast Cake, is a participant favorite. It’s already low in fat, and you can also substitute canola, safflower or sunflower seed oil for the butter. Moretto has a surprisingly rich chocolate flavor , is very easy to make and is also delicious as an afternoon snack: try it with a smear of Nutella or raspberry jam! Ingredients: 1 1/2 scant cups all-purpose flour 1 cup sugar 1/2 scant cups butter, softened 2 eggs 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 1


A Harvest Moon – by Katherine Brimberry

October 25th, 2011
Brimberry 2011 Group

Last week in Austin, Texas when the Hunter’s Moon lit up my backyard, I was reminded of the previous full moon, twenty-eight days before, seen from the courtyard of La Romita, an artists’ retreat and school located near Terni, Italy in the heart of Umbria.  It was a glorious, Italian “Harvest Moon” and it kept me awake with its brightness lighting the olive grove around the quiet studio that night. It was a beautiful place to be and to make art.  For two weeks, La