Assisi in Watercolor: Painting the Light of Umbria
Instructor: Alex Hillkurtz
Thursday, June 29, 2023   -   Wednesday, July 12, 2023

Join Alex Hillkurtz for an extended stay in Assisi, Italy. Combining studio and plein air sessions, we’ll explore the light and shadows, architecture, and mood of this magical city and its evocative landscapes. Each day we’ll paint together, beginning with simple exercises, building a strong foundation in watercolor in order to create beautiful paintings and sketches.

Lessons will include perspective, composition, color mixing, infusing mood and emotion in our paintings, and much more.

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Alex Hillkurtz is a watercolor artist currently living in Paris, France. Alex was born in England and grew up in California, where he was an award-winning film student at Chapman University. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Film Production, he established himself as a successful illustrator and storyboard artist in Hollywood, collaborating with many of the film industry’s leading directors and cinematographers.

Since moving to Paris, Alex has turned his focus to a career as a watercolor artist. He enjoys discovering the aspects of the city that sketching and painting uniquely allow. Alex uses the language of cinema to inform his images, moving beyond what is most obvious, and focusing the viewer’s eye on what he wants them to see.

Alex’s works have been exhibited in solo and group shows in Europe, the United States, and Russia. Alex is a Signature Member of the National Watercolor Society (USA), an associate member of the California Watercolor Association, a member of French Plein Air Painters, and USK Paris.

He conducts regular workshops and masterclasses on watercolor painting and sketching, teaching students of all levels and backgrounds how to infuse their paintings with a marvelous sense of life. His on-line course with Domestika has reached over 120,000 students worldwide, and his book “Sketching Techniques for Artists” was published in 2021 by Quarto Publishing.

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A simple set-up for plein air painting with watercolor.

A quick watercolor sketch.

Plein air demo in Italy.