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June 10, 2022 - June 20, 2022


Drawing is about learning to see. Seeing allows one to connect more deeply with their surroundings. As travelers, in our rushed scramble to see everything or to get somewhere else, we can miss the beauty of our surroundings. Sharon Zeugin’s workshop will pursue ‘depth over breadth’; with simplicity and mindful attention; slowing down as you draw in the beauty of Umbria.

With sketchbooks in hand, and all your senses fully engaged, you might alight on a bench in a village square to marvel at an ancient fountain. Or you might be drawn to the view of distant lush hills dotted with trees and crossed with vineyards, noting the myriad shades of green. Sipping wine or an espresso in an outdoor cafe, you might be fascinated with the midday crescendo of voices in the piazza while sketching a small truck filled with vegetables. This ordinary object—or a simple lantern, a church gargoyle, a steeple or a brick wall— can become an indelible memory of your experience with a particular time and place in Umbria.

In addition to our explorations out and about, we will have time to deepen our experience through drawing, painting, and simple lettering back in the studio at La Romita.  Here students will have the opportunity to experiment with unusual drawing tools, ink and mixed media to create a personal, handmade journal.  All levels of experience are welcome. 

Topics that will be covered:

  • Basic drawing and sketching skills
  • Basic watercolor techniques for “on the go” sketchbooks
  • Handwriting and informal calligraphy tutorials
  • Simple handmade book assembly
  • Composition: creating pleasing and dynamic sketchbook pages, combining
  • Lettering/handwriting, drawing/ painting and simple collage.

About Sharon

Originally from Trinity County in Northern California, Sharon Zeugin makes art, teaches, and facilitates workshops in her Austin, Texas Studio, and throughout the USA, Canada and Italy. In addition to being a faculty member of numerous international calligraphy conferences, Sharon heads the annual two-week Literally Letters Program at Ghost Ranch, New Mexico, and is a faculty member of the Austin Contemporary Art School.  Her award winning work appears in publications such as Letter Arts Review, The Calligrapher’s Engagement Calendar, Somerset Studio Magazine, and the Lark Book,”The Art and Craft of Hand Lettering.

Influenced by her training as a therapist, Sharon seeks to cultivate a safe classroom environment in which respect for body, mind and spirit are as important as skill building, where students are encouraged to experience art making as an experimental, intuitive and mindful practice. Whether teaching courses in traditional or contemporary calligraphy, art journaling, drawing, sketching or painting, Sharon’s goal is to help students get over fear of the blank page.



June 10, 2022
June 20, 2022
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La Romita School of Art
Terni, Italy


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