Learning to Draw and Paint: an Educational Odyssey

Escape the daily digital grind

Take refuge in a realm of the real

Learn to draw and paint what you see with care and coordination

An educational odyssey of timeless narratives and illusional spaces awaits

Registration is now open for the following courses:

  • Life Drawing
    Book your place at the easel: €17.50 per session
    THURSDAY EVENINGS, STARTING SEPT. 14 • 18:00 – 20:00
    SATURDAY MORNINGS, STARTING SEPT. 16 • 11:00 – 13:00
  • The Fundamentals: Painting the Still-Life
    Start your journey in oil painting with a still-life
    4 lessons, €140
    Instructor: Timothy Joseph Allen
    STARTS TUESDAY, SEPT. 26 • 18:00 – 20:00
  • The Portrait from Life: Examining Van Dyck
    Take a deep dive into the technique of Van Dyck and apply it to the making of a portrait from life
    11 lessons, €450
    Instructor: Timothy Joseph Allen
    STARTS WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 27 • 18:00 – 20:00
  • Painting the Portrait alla Prima
    Make a portrait from life in two hours
    4 lessons, €160
    Instructor: Marco Casalvieri
    STARTS SATURDAY, SEPT. 30 • 13:30 – 15:30
  • Drawing the Realistic Nude
    Learn to draw the figure from life
    4 lessons, €180
    Instructor: Alessandro Dupré
    STARTS SATURDAY, SEPT. 30  • 16:00 – 18:15

All courses are taught in English and Italian.

Painting the Self-Portrait with Nick Chaundy: Mirrors and Magic

Painting the self-portrait is a good ‘final exam’ for any beginner and an appropriate mile marker for any with years of experience.  As I like to say, you are your best model: you are there when you need you and you work for cheap.  Take all the time you need.

Nick Chaundy’s approach to the self-portrait is practical and complete: using a limited palette, he walked us through the process of an underpainting, an overpainting, and ended with a brilliant demo of glazing and scumbling.  As a teacher, he blends perfectly the time spent doing demos with the time spent assisting each student.

I like to say, “there is magic to the mystery, but there is no mystery to the magic.”  Nick does an exceptional job demonstrating that wielding the magic of painting means mastering the craft.

Many thanks to Nick for taking the time to join us.  Special thanks to Helen, Carol, and Nika for participating.

I hope to have Nick back again soon!

– Tim

Painting the Self-Portrait with Nick Chaundy was conducted at the PADASOR studio from June 19th to the 23rd, 2023.

Intensive Workshop with Charles Weed: April 24 – 28, 2023

PADASOR is very excited to welcome Charles Weed back to Rome.  For all details or to register please visit the following web page:

Chariots in the Sky: Leonid Ilyukhin Presented the Development of his Ceiling Painting in Villa Falconieri

PADASOR in Romeing Magazine

Presenting PADASOR: the New Online Atelier of the Painting and Drawing Art Studio of Rome

Have you ever wondered what it might be like to learn to paint in English and Italian in international company from the comfort of your own home or studio? Now you can find out:

Presenting PADASOR, an online atelier based in Rome, Italy, offering pre-recorded video courses, community forums and opportunities to participate in upcoming live Zoom classes. Becoming a member is free as are the first two lessons of each video course.

Painting the Portrait: Studying the Male Head is one of two of our starting courses.

For all details, please visit the website:

My thanks to all who followed me over the years and have shown their support. If you like what you see, please share.

An exciting new chaptes begins!

Timothy Joseph Allen
Rome, Italy
January 20th, 2021