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JUNE 15 - 18

The Visionary Projects is delighted to be hosting the "Creating Influential Art using Oil Paint" travel workshop with international Toronto-based abstract artist Elly Smallwood here in Rome, Italy.

Elly Smallwood is a contemporary figurative artist from Canada working primarily in oils. In this four day workshop artists will learn how to paint dynamic and emotional oil portraits. The workshop will begin with the basics of anatomy and proportion and will progress to the small details that give life to a painting, with a focus on loose brushstrokes and bold colors. Students will also travel to Florence to learn how to find inspiration in classical art and distill that into concrete ideas, and how to take reference photos that will help bring those ideas to life. On the last day students will work with Elly to each create their own painting based on the reference photos they have taken the previous day. 

Students are invited to bring images of previous work to class so that Elly can review them and give advice.







Day 1 - friday


  • Unique Demonstration of the basic anatomy & proportions of the human face and how to transform them into beautiful oil painting portraits.

  • Toward the end of the day, everyone will work from the same image - with Elly's assistance - to create individual versions of style & technique.

  • Short demo's will be introduced throughout the day.

+ Professional & Personal Portfolio Review for you


Day 2 - Saturday


  • Morning Field Trip (Antique Rome)

  • Exclusive detailed oil painting demonstrations

  • How to Finish a piece

  • Either continue the piece from the day before or start a second piece based on the second image Elly will be working from.

  • Continuing demos throughout the day of painting smaller details and more delicate areas. 

Day 3 - Sunday


  • Objective: Learn how to find inspiration + ideas from classical art, take good reference photos and personal recordings for your ideas, then how to compose your own painting out of it and bring your references to life.

  • This is a personal trip / at your own pace. You will be taking the speed train (only 1.5 hours each way) to Florence with everyone. Once you arrive at the train station you will have everything taken care of in advance. Florence is a very simple & walkable city. A guide will be available in Florence for recommendations.


Day 4 - Monday


  • More exclusive detailed oil painting demonstrations

  • Working from the photos taken the previous day

  • Composing original & professional works for your portfolio

+ Making it in the industry as an Artist

rome + florence

15 - 18 June, 2018
Friday - Monday

4 Full Workshop Days
5 Hotel Nights


Price includes

All workshop tuition and fee's
** 5 nights Private Hotel accommodation **
Breakfasts & Lunches during workshop days
Transportation for Florence Day Trip
Extra art supplies available in studio
Free artist essentials gift bag

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


Thursday, 14th June - Arrival Day (Hotel Check-in)
Friday, 15th June - Workshop Day 1 (9:00-18:00)
Saturday, 16th June - Workshop Day 2 (9:00-18:00)
Sunday, 17th June - (FLORENCE - 9:00-18:00)
Monday, 18th June - Workshop Day 4 (9:00-18:00)
Tuesday, 19th June - Morning Hotel Check-out



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 Projectsis 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.