Synthesizing the Landscape with Charles Weed


Synthesizing the Landscape is a unique masterclass/workshop that combines drawing on site and painting in the studio.

For the first afternoon of the five-day workshop we will meet in the PADASOR for orientation and lecture by Charles.

On the morning of the second day we will meet with Charles in the Borghese gardens and spend some time sketching.

For the remaining three and a half days we will convene in the afternoon in the PADASOR studio to create a painting based on the drawings.  (The mornings are free for those wanting to go back to Villa Borghese to make additional drawings OR for those wanting free time to work on their paintings in the PADASOR studio.)

  • Recommended Level: Intermediate, Advanced
  • Total Learning Hours: circa 20


  • €850
  • A non-refundable Deposit of €400.
    Sign up by May 15th and save €50.  Use coupon code: CHARLES-SAVE50
  • The remaining €450 is due in cash at the start of the first lesson.
  • Materials not included.  The cost of the group dinner is included.

Additional Info & Inquiries

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Else, feel free to contact us via WhatsApp using the link below or via email using our contact form.

Setting Expectations

“Essentially, the objective of the course is to examine, both theoretically and through studies done outdoors, the elements that might go into making a landscape painting not done ‘en plein air’.

Although this naturally involves much of the subjective, we will be pondering the question of how to integrate ‘objective’, ‘seen’ information with the process of picture-making, and the elusive role of memory.

The focus, in our short time together, will not be on producing a resolved product, of course, but  rather on  how one might continue to develop an aesthetic, based on the natural world, without recourse to photography.”

—Charles Weed

Video Clip from 2023


Monday – Sept. 23Tuesday – Sept. 24Wednesday – Sept. 25Thursday – Sept. 26Friday – Sept. 27
9:00 – 13:00
Discussion and drawing in Villa Borghese
10:30 – 13:30
Free time: work on your own in the PADASOR Studio OR return to draw in Villa Borghese
10:30 – 13:30
Free time: work on your own in the PADASOR Studio OR return to draw in Villa Borghese
10:30 – 13:30
Free time: work on your own in the PADASOR Studio OR return to draw in Villa Borghese
15:30- 19:00
Meet in the studio:
Slide show
15:30 – 19:00
Working with Charles in the PADASOR Studio
15:30 – 19:00
Working with Charles in the PADASOR Studio
15:30 – 19:00
Working with Charles in the PADASOR Studio

20:00 – 22:00
Group Dinner

15:30 – 18:30
Working with Charles in the PADASOR Studio

18:30 – 19:30
Final Critique

Please note: the meeting point for the first day is in the PADASOR studio: Via Cardinale Merry del Val 19b.


For Drawing

Drawing materials are recommended; something capable of quickly establishing large areas of value, and something more linear to explore precise forms.

Charcoal, ink, or a combination of the two would suffice. This will also be easier to transport to the site.

For Painting

Oil paint will be the medium used for the studio work; this can be full color or more mono-chromatic.

Size: 40×50 cm or smaller, and a fairly even surface, gesso or OIL primed canvas.

If you aren’t sure what colors to bring, here is the palette Charles recommends:

  • Lead White (If you want to avoid the lead, Warm White by Michael Harding or Titanium White)
  • Cadmium Yellow Medium
  • Naples Yellow
  • Ultramarine Blue
  • Cobalt Blue
  • Burnt Sienna or Trans Oxide Red
  • English Red
  • Oxide of Chromium


Linseed oil and Tintorsetto or Shelsol-T (odorless solvent)

Tintoresetto can be purchased at the art shop above the PADASOR studio.  Else, Shelsol-T may be ordered from Kremer.

Important note: the following materials are hazardous to breathe and are NOT allowed in the PADASOR studio:

  • Fixative spray
  • Turpentine
  • Turpenoid
  • Sansador
  • Liquin
  • Dammar varnish, Canadian Balsam, Mastic varnish, or similar resin
  • Cobalt siccative
  • Etc., etc.

Important Note on Materials and How to Purchase Them

The PADASOR studio is located in the lower level of an art shop called La Bottega dell'Artista; participants in our workshop may purchase materials there with a discount of 20%.

If you are interested in having the shop prepare for you a canvas with Belgian linen, please contact them via the following email:
Be sure to indicate which workshop you will be taking and when you plan to be there to purchase the canvas.

In addition, we offer all participants the opportunity to buy paints from us for a total cost of €30––all Michael Harding brand––though we do not offer expensive paints like Lead White or Vermilion, and instead substitute those colors with Michael Harding's Warm White and Cadmium Red.

Terms & Conditions

  1. A minimum number of 7 students is needed to run the workshop.
  2. The maximum number of students is 14.
  3. The workshop will be confirmed by August 30th, 2024, or when we get the minimum number.
  4. The Deposit is non-refundable, unless the workshop is canceled on August 30th, 2024.  If that happens, the Deposit will be reimbursed in full.
  5. If you are traveling from outside of Europe, please wait until the workshop is confirmed prior to making your travel arrangements.
  6. The final payment must be made in cash on the day of the first lesson; credit cards for the final payment are not accepted.  No exceptions.

Questions before registering?  Please contact us.

Food & Accommodations

Each participant is responsible for his or her own food and accommodations.  If you are coming from outside of Rome, we recommend you stay in the Trastevere area relatively close to the PADASOR studio at Via Cardinale Merry del Val 19b.

Accommodation Tips

AirBnB is great resource, else, there is a nice hotel right next to the studio:

Food Tips

Delicious restaurants and pizza places are very close to the studio.  Some of our favorites: