A Portfolio of Visual Stories
Dates: May 5 - 11, 2013
Instructor/Leader: Jill Berry
Cost - $2995
Some say that Umbria is the Italian goddess
of shadows and things which are hidden or
secret. Umbria is also the name of the region
that surrounds us in the medieval hill town of
Orvieto. In this class you will find the secret,
hidden stories of this place and create your
own portfolio of collage pages filled with
Time will be spent hunting for stories
throughout town, and through small hints in
letters carved in stone, the art and
architecture, sounds, sights and smells of
the city. The Orvieto air is rich with narratives
told and yet to be told. You will find the stories
meant for you.
Through wax rubbing, painting, journaling,
sketching, and mapmaking, you will gather the
fodder for your tales. You will compose the
stories on a series of watercolor pages that will
stack inside the leather portfolio provided to
every participant. Each page can be composed
of whatever you choose, out of what you gather
along the way.
Jill will share with you luscious Italian words,
stories of the gods and goddesses, some hints
on where to find evidence of them in Orvieto on a scavenger hunt. Each participant will receive a “cast of characters” book and other imagery that can be traced, transferred or collaged onto the pages. You will learn how to use a traditional Italian pointed pen to add flair to your pages in both lettering and drawing.
No drawing or painting experience is required - truly!
May 5 - Arrive Orvieto, introductions, tour of our B&B, group dinner
May 6 - Introduction to Orvieto Day
Tour the stunning Cathedral in the heart of town, get
oriented to the streets and piazzas of Orvieto, enjoy an olive
oil and wine tasting, and gain an historical look at Orvieto
from her Etruscan beginnings.
Introduction to the mythology, history and language of
Italy; how to incorporate these things into the art you
May 7 - Morning Studio:
Sketching and finding stories, ideas and inspiration
Cooking class - learn to make pasta and other dishes,
and then taste the fruits of your labor!
May 8 - Morning Studio:
Developing drawings, rubbings and other content ideas
as fodder for our "tales"
Tour of the Cathedral's famous San Brizio Chapel
Etruscan cave tour
May 9 - Morning Studio:
Market day: Visit the market adding fodder to the story
Picnic lunch with food from the market.
Vineyard tour - visit a local vineyard, learn the vintner’s
passion for wine. Sample several wines, including
May 10 - Morning Studio:
Knit your pages together, metaphorically speaking
Group lunch at favorite pizzeria
Show and share
May 11 - Depart Orvieto
Cost - $2995. Fee includes six nights double occupancy lodging, six breakfasts, one dinner, all cultural events, course kit and instruction. Single occupancy available for an additional cost. Because Italian cuisine is such fun, meals are not prearranged allowing you the freedom to choose where and what to eat. We do give lots of advice and no one eats alone! Travel costs are not included.
Click here for registrations and terms, or contact us by e-mail,
phone or writing at the contact information below.
Jill is a mixed-
mom in the
foothills of the
Rocky Mountains, who makes books, paintings, and other story-telling structures. She spent a year of graduate studies in Italy, where she learned to see a bigger picture of both art and the world. Italy has been in her heart deeply since that time.
She teaches art nationally at retreats and universities. Her artwork is held in national collections, galleries and many publications, including Somerset Studio, Cloth, Paper Scissors, many art books and her own book, Personal Geographies: Explorations in Mixed-Media Mapmaking.
Perhaps most importantly for us here at Adventures in Italy is Jill believes art is necessary and accessible to everyone, and her approach to teaching is based heavily on appreciating the now. She loves history, stories, poetry, painting and how they all spin together. This is clear in the trip she has constructed as described at left. She loves working with every level of experience.
See what participants in her classes have to say on her blog. Learn more at
Have a friend or spouse who would like to join you but not this workshop? Check out Discover Orvieto. To explore other trips go to Trips. To learn more visit About Us. View Photos of Orvieto.
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