Venetian Painting Retreat at Villa di Mododo

After a 4-year absence from leading painting retreats to Italy, Gary Lord, Melanie Royals, and Alison Wooley are pleased to announce an exclusive new and exciting decorative painting adventure to the Villa di Modollo in the Venice region of Italy.

This will be our 4th painting trip together that combines a unique educational experience with an exciting group decorative painting project that will allow us to leave a lasting legacy of our own art in the most “artistic” country in the world. View and print our Italy Trip Flyer

Our classroom and project site will be the Villa di Modolo. Located in the heart of Dolomites Mountains a few kilometres from Belluno, the Villa is classic Italian architectural delight built in the XVII century by the Miari Family, named Counts by the Emperor Sigismondo in 1412. The Miari-Fulcis family has welcomed us to their amazing historic family properties for our last three trips (in Florence and Umbria) and we are honored with the opportunity to create new decorative finishes and patterns that will blend with the existing artistry that graces the many rooms of this centuries-old site.

We will be renovating a Grand Hall with painted and patterned decoration on the walls, trim, and ceiling. Our finishes will include a large-scale damask pattern in lime paints inspired by fabric from one of the most famous silk factories in Venice, faux marbling of the moldings, striping work, and an intricate ceiling done with custom Modello® stencils.



We invite you to join us on this buonissimo artistic journey! Keep reading for our complete itinerary and registration information or print our Italy Trip Flyer.

Gary, Melanie, and Alison


Our Italy Itinerary:

Saturday September 13

Recommended departure from US for the Venice Airport with next morning arrival. **

Sunday September 14

Arrival in Venice Airport for bus transport to Belluno between 12-1pm. Belluno is an historic city just north of Venice that will be our home base for the week. Independent day to explore the historic sites, shopping and restaurants all within walking distance from our hotel, Alberbo dell Alpi.

Monday September 15

Enjoy a restful morning and independent lunch before we depart Belluno for a tour of the Villa di Modolo, the site of our hands-on workshops and decorative painting project.

Continuing on to the Venetian-walled historical center of Treviso, a picturesque town filled with canals and waterwheels.

Recommended sightseeing includes: The cathedral with an annunciation by Titian, the ancient joined churches of Santa Lucia and San Vito, The Church of San Francesco, the shopping district and fish market. We will enjoy a group dinner at Da Pino in Treviso before returning to Belluno.

Tuesday September 16

Workshops begin at Villa di Modolo. Catered lunch. Free evening.

Wednesday September 17

Workshops continue at Villa di Modolo. Catered lunch. Free evening.

Thursday September 18

Our transformation of a grand hall at Villa di Modolo begins!

Catered lunch and group dinner at Al Borogo in Belluno.

Friday September 19

Transformation of a grand hall at Villa di Modolo continues. Catered lunch. Free Evening.

Saturday September 20

Final painting day at Villa di Modolo. Catered lunch. Return in evening for a Grand Gala Dinner celebrating our work!

Sunday September 21

Day long tour of the Dolomites-the scenic mountain range of Northern Italy accompanied by members of our hosts at Villa di Modolo, the Miari-Fulcis family

Monday September 22

Transfer to our hotel in Venice, conveniently located near the Venice airport with easy access into Venice. Pre-arranged Silk Factory Tour.*

Tuesday September 23

Free day in Venice.

Wednesday September 24

Free day in Venice.

Thursday September 25

Departure for home from Venice airport.

*Additional cost TBD ** You will need to make your own flight arrangements to arrive in Venice on Saturday morning. Airfare is not included in the tour cost.


Your Trip Includes:

  • All hotel lodging and daily breakfasts
  • Transportation throughout for group activities
  • Daily catered lunches during classes
  • Two group dinners and Grand Gala Party!
  • 5 days instruction and guidance by 3 highly respected teachers and artisans
  • All supplies used in our workshops and project


Trip Cost: $3495

Early Bird Pricing When You Reserve Your Space before January 1, 2014! New Students: $3395 Returning Students: $3295 (applies to all who have previously traveled on painting trips with either Gary Lord or Melanie Royals)

Payment Schedule:

$1,000 deposit to reserve your spot (non-refundable) Half remaining balance due April 1, 2014 Final balance due July 1, 2014


Make Payments to:

Prismatic Painting Studios 11126 Deerfield Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45242 Phone: 513-931-5520 | Fax: 513-931-5545 |


Lauri Ainsworth
Lauri Ainsworth

November 09, 2013

YAY! I’m going!!!!! I cannot wait for the fabulousness that will be this trip!!!!

Carol Makris
Carol Makris

October 19, 2013

I am planning to go on this painting adventure. Should be a lot of fun!

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