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elena gual

Mastering Unique &
Powerful Portrait Painting

AUGUST 10 - 12



The Visionary Projects is delighted to be hosting the "Mastering Unique & Powerful Portrait Painting" travel workshop with international abstract artist Elena Gual here in Rome, Italy.

About the Artist: Elena has been painting since the age of 16 and exclusively studied the use of color and its techniques ever since. She mastered her studies at the "Florence Academy of Art" in Florence and New York for 4 years, which concentrated on the deep study of classical drawing and painting.  Since then, she continued studying at Saint Martins School of Arts and at the Royal Academy in London, mastering all the techniques of other artist such as Matisse while studying the aspects of curating in the art world.

During this workshop, Elena will be exclusively sharing her techniques that will help student at every level of art - from beginner to professional. You will be working side by side to create your own new personal projects, mastering a powerful, personal style with the help and guidance of Elena. You will experiment non-traditional painting techniques, as well as creating and combining beauty & nature with palette knives and unique color combinations. There will be life models for you to paint, as well as many explorations around the beautiful city of Rome.

You will experiment in many ways, learn and take home valuable information that we hope guides you through the rest of your artistic life & career.




Day 1 -
Friday, August 10th


  • Academic Drawing Theory
  • Mastering the Art of Portrait Drawing

    Several warm up sketches from model
    (starting with quick sketches)

    Changing the models pose every minute during 5 minutes, then 3 poses in 30 minutes and a long 30 minute one) which will make you became looser, comfortable and more familiar with your "own hand".
    - Long pose. We will set a pose for the model which will last the whole afternoon, this will give you time to make a solid drawing, which will be the base to complete your painting the following day. 

Day 2 -
Saturday, August 11th


  • Intensive study on: 
    - Color Mixing
    - Color Dominance
    - Unique Color Creation
  • Every student will be given their own palette and will follow the theories with practical work. 
  • Painting From Life:
    - Brushes & Palette Knife Technique
    - Using same drawing & model from the previous day:
    - Learning to add appropriate usage of color
    - Creating good final design & personal art direction
    - Incorporating unique, personal brush techniques

Day 3 -
Sunday, August 12th


You will explore different landscapes of Rome
Concentration on Nature + Beauty
Working using the same techniques as the precious two days. 
During the first few hours, we will draw on a
canvas a composition chosen by each student.
Return to the studio and work on chosen personal pieces.
*** bring notebook & camera***

10-12 August

FRIDAY - sunday


Last Minute DEAL
 - including 4 nights hotel -



All workshop tuition and fee's
4 nights Private Hotel accommodation
Breakfasts & Lunches during workshop days
Extra art supplies available in studio
Free artist essentials gift bag

Breakfast, lunch, snacks, coffee & wine will be provided each workshop day.


Hotel Nights:
(fly into Rome Thursday - the evening before Workshop Day 1)
Thursday Afternoon Check-In / Monday Morning Check-Out


Price Does Not Include

Airfare, food on non-workshop days, dinner, airport transfer,
city tourist tax during hotel checkout (about 3.50 EUR per night),
any extra personal luxuries


Once the workshop is filled, you will be invited into a private Facebook Group to meet everyone participating beforehand. This is where a lot of information about the workshop will be shared and we can coordinate what will be happening throughout the duration of your weekend in Rome!

the studio

ROME, ITALY, 00184

For this workshop, The Visionary Projects is located in the very center of Rome, Italy- just 5 minutes by walking to the Colosseum. We are a multidisciplinary artistic space (and part of Aureo Roma). Apart from representing international abstract artists in our main gallery space, we curate monthly events inviting some of the best fine artists from around the world. Our two back rooms houses some of the best & most famous working tattoo artists in Europe. An unconventional idea put into one single space.

Our studio space consists of a large storefront, three separate working rooms, outside courtyard space, a private bathroom, bright light, ventilation, all artist essentials and walking distance from everything in Rome. During this workshop, we create individual workstations for all participants, as well as a demonstration & lecture space for the instructor. Coffee, wine and snacks will be provided throughout each day of the workshop.



  • You may read our complete list of Terms & Policies here.
  • A full refund will be made if for any unexpected reason the workshop is canceled.
  • If you withdraw from the trip after making your initial deposit (in the full or half amount), you will receive a 50% refund of your deposit up until 90 days to the event.
  • You may purchase traveler's insurance in the event of an unexpected circumstance (death in the family, accident, illness) that would require you cancel your trip.