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October 3, 2019 - October 13, 2019


Pastelists and oil painters will benefit from this workshop with its focus on correct perspective. While the villages and villas located in one of Italy’s most picturesque regions provide the perfect point of interest in landscape work,  the drawing must be right to create successful paintings.  This workshop will cover one-point, two-point and atmospheric perspective as it applies to the gorgeous red tile and stone found throughout the area. Far-reaching vistas will be painted as will close-up village culture!

The goal is to help painters capture their image quickly and confidently, en plein air, and to share methods for rapid techniques through demos. All mediums are welcome in this workshop, however Nancie’s go-to for plein air is soft pastel—it’s easy to travel with and results are immediate, so it will be her medium of choice for the demos she offers. Nancie has had many years of experience with oil and watercolor too, so she can help painters if other mediums are their choice!

The extended length of this workshop will provide a great advantage, as you immerse yourselves daily in serious study. Repeated exercises will hone the skills needed to improve your work. Along with daily demos, Nancie’s focus is one-on-one assistance rather than group-lecture. Much of the work will be in the field, yet you’ll have La Romita’s wonderful studio facilities for your use if the group chooses to move indoors. Helpful critiques will be offered on a regular basis.

The opportunity to paint and learn at La Romita is a treasured one. The beauty of the region can provide inspiration-of-a-lifetime.

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.

Early Registration ends Nov 30th 2018

Pay in full by November 30th in order to benefit from the reduced price!



October 3, 2019
October 13, 2019
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La Romita School of Art
Strada Della Romita N.26
Terni, 05100 Italy


Nancie King Mertz

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