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The Colors of Italy: An Organic Approach to Watercolors and Gouache – with Holly Nowak

June 12, 2025 @ 12:00 am - June 26, 2025 @ 12:00 am

Early Registration $4600

Join artist Holly Nowak on a 14-day workshop adventure focusing on creating your own watercolor and gouache sets using organic, rich natural pigments. Delve into the world of organic materials and natural pigments to explore their vibrant colors and learn expressive techniques. You will learn how to create your own pigments from various plant and mineral sources, adding a unique and eco-friendly touch to your artwork.

During this immersive workshop, participants will have the opportunity to create personalized paint palettes that can be easily transported for plein air painting in the charming towns and villages of Italy we will be visiting. Holly will provide instruction tailored to all experience levels, offering personalized one-on-one guidance for beginners and group lessons for seasoned artists.

Explore the beauty of Umbria’s colors through hands-on creation, experimentation, and artistic expression. Benefit from Holly’s expertise as she leads daily creative gatherings, demonstrations, provides examples for inspiration, and guides you through various techniques and concepts. You’ll return home with newfound skills, insights, friends, and lasting memories of your artistic adventure.

Register before Aug 31, 2024 for early registration pricing.
(price thereafter: $4950)

About Holly

Artist Holly Nowak, a native Texan, infuses her art with a blend of realism and whimsy, drawing inspiration from the natural beauty of animals the variety of Texas landscapes, and from her travels. Creating art from her home studio just outside of Houston, Holly gleans creative inspiration from her pets, beloved chickens, wildlife, and her pollinator and vegetable gardens.

Holly operates her professional art studio and gallery at Sawyer Yards in Downtown Houston in Houston‘s Historical Arts District, the largest creative community in the United States. Holly not only creates art, but also imparts her expertise through workshops, art classes and gallery Exhibitions for collectors and the public alike.

A transformative trip to Italy and La Romita with a friend in 2023 revealed new artistic horizons for Holly when she discovered natural organic pigments in a historical art shop in Rome. This experience ignited a fresh direction in her artistic journey, particularly working with watercolor, a passion she is eager to share with fellow artists. Her incorporation of natural organic materials to create her own watercolor pigments has added depth and context to her work, creating connections between subject and nature.

Holly’s intuitive approach to art fosters a sense of freedom of expression alleviating the common struggles, such as self-doubt and inspiration overload that many artist feel.  Her goal is to provide a supportive and informative environment for artist of all skill levels, guiding them through the creative process of painting with organic watercolors, both in the studio and during our plein air painting excursions.


June 12, 2025 @ 12:00 am
June 26, 2025 @ 12:00 am
Early Registration $4600
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As La Romita School caters to multiple levels of instruction and various forms of the arts, prices will vary by session, season, instructor, and offerings.

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