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September 17, 2023 - September 27, 2023


This ten-day immersive tour to the heart of Italy promises to be the sketching adventure of a lifetime, and La Romita is thrilled to be partnering with Leslie for her first Umbrian workshop.

Leslie’s classes are as unique as her style of journaling. A dazzling array of page layouts, lettering styles, borders, and design ideas sets her work apart from the crowd, and that same originality and dedication to her craft results in classes that are organized, loaded with learning opportunities, and a whole lot of FUN!

Leslie takes a hybrid approach to teaching travel journaling. Through studio lessons in watercolor technique and sketchbook page design, Leslie will help you to build a foundation for sketching on location. In her onsite demos, she shares her process and shows how doable plein air sketching can be. And her insightful one-on-one coaching helps even novice sketchers feel successful and excited about their plein air painting experiences.

One of the best things about her workshops is the amazing full-color handbook that you’ll receive. It’s jam-packed with drawing hints, tips for plein air sketching, project ideas, font options, and an encyclopedia of border designs, PLUS a huge section of step-by-step watercolor lessons that will enable you to paint old stone buildings, vineyards, flowers, and olive trees with ease. It’s a comprehensive travel journaling course in a single volume!  (She’s even included a “Travel Journaling Cheat Sheet” to help you brainstorm page design ideas every time you pull out your sketchbook!) Long after the tour, you’ll still be using the helpful painting lessons and inspiring design ideas that Leslie so generously shares in this valuable handbook.

Leslie’s workshop is designed for artists who have some experience with drawing and watercolor, but advanced skills are not necessary. Her generous one-on-one assistance will help you overcome any hurdles you encounter with drawing or painting. With Leslie’s guidance and encouragement, you’ll build your artistic confidence and learn to love being in the moment and capturing your travel experiences in your sketchbook.


Leslie Fehling is a watercolor artist, workshop instructor, and art blogger from western Pennsylvania. Her illustrated watercolor journals are filled with sketches that celebrate everyday life and chronicle her travel adventures.

She has taught sketchbook journaling and watercolor workshops in the US and abroad since 2014. Her unique approach to illustrated watercolor journaling and her enthusiastic teaching style have made her a sought-after instructor, and her workshops have empowered students of all skill levels to think more creatively and paint with greater confidence. She says, “I love seeing the joy and satisfaction my students experience when they begin to express themselves artistically and connect with the world on a deeper level through sketching. My greatest reward is when someone tells me, ‘You’ve made me look at the world differently.’”

Leslie is a leader in the modern sketching movement. For more than a decade, her Everyday Artist website has been a rich resource for painting tutorials, creative journaling ideas, and inspiring artwork, and her online learning website, Leslie Fehling Studio, enables sketching enthusiasts around the world to access her teaching.

Since 2016, Leslie has been an ambassador for Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff, a major art supply retailer, and has designed products for them under the “Everyday Artist” label. Her paintings are found in public and private collections across the US.


September 17, 2023
September 27, 2023
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La Romita School of Art
Terni, Italy


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