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Let’s Paint Venice!

November 6, 2020 @ 10:00 am - November 8, 2020 @ 5:00 pm


Nov.6-8, 10 am start time, CST

“While we dream of travel, let us use art to keep us together. Just a year ago I was in Italy with many of you…in the kind of immersive, dedicated workshops that La Romita has been offering for more than fifty years. Italy is landscape sculpted by man, the architecture of another age, and ancient art that still inspires us today. We will travel to the remarkable city of Venice via Zoom and get lost in its winding streets and cross its bridges. We’ll study the architecture and the reflections created in the many canals. I’ll share how to simplify the details and pull out the light as we paint one of my favorite cities in the World.

I’m very honored that La Romita School of Art has asked me to teach another Zoom Workshop on painting beautiful Italy! We’re scheduled for November 6, 7, and 8and I will provide 18+ hours of painting instruction. Our group fell in love with La Romita last October when we toured the region with our plein air gear in-tow. My goal, as instructor, is to coach you as you paint landscape, water, and structures, turning your efforts into dramatic, expressive paintings, exploring the inspiration of the masters. We will examine space, perspective, and design through practical hands-on lessons that help you build confidence. A portion of the tuition will benefit the wonderful La Romita School of Art located in the heart of Umbria, which had to shutter for 2020 due to Covid. Three days, 10-5, CST.$50-$100 per student will be donated to La Romita, depending on enrollment numbers. Max number is 15, which would provide $1500 to their operations! “

-Nancie King Mertz

Nancie King Mertz

Nancie King Mertz, has spent her lifetime painting in oil & pastel. She was awarded the Master Circle by Int’l Assoc. of Pastel Societies, Eminent Pastelist in 2018, and is a Master Signature member of Pastel Society of America & Chicago Pastel Painters. She juries & teaches workshops across the US and internationally and is on the faculty for the Plein Air Convention and the IAPS Convention. She was a 3 year Instructor of Art at Eastern IL University where she received her MA in Painting after completing her BFA in Painting at the University of IL. Her pastels are included in exhibits in the Butler Museum and museums in China and France.

Mertz has traveled to nearly 20 countries and around the US for inspiration, however, Chicago remains her favorite city to explore and paint, where she was twice named “Artist of the Year”. See her work on many of the Chicago-themed TV shows such as The Good Wife & Chicago Fire.

Nancie produces approximately 150 paintings each year, predominately plein air (on-site). Her work was featured on the cover of Pastel Journal in Feb. 2015, along with a 7 page article, and was a feature article in Plein Air Magazine in 2016 & 2018. She has won numerous painting awards, and has an Urban Set and Atmospheric Landscape Set of pastels and products in her name on Amazon. Liliedahl offers her instructional pastel videos.

Her husband, Ron, publishes her sold originals in Giclée prints & cards and together they own ArtDeTriumph & Artful Framer Studios at 2938 N Clark in Chicago, where she has won numerous business and community awards, as well as university distinction.

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November 6, 2020 @ 10:00 am
November 8, 2020 @ 5:00 pm
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La Romita School of Art
Strada Della Romita N.26
Terni, 05100 Italy


Nancie King Mertz

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