Dear friends and visitors

The JSS in Civita Fall 2022 Master Class Residency (August 15 - 29) and follow-up Guided Residency (August 29 - September 12) program details are being updated. Please bear with us through this process and thank you for your patience.

If you have any questions or would like us to send you an early bird application form to secure your place,  email us at jsscivita@icloud.com

The Artistic Immersion of a Lifetime in a Land of Origins


JSS IN CIVITA Summer Art School & Residency in Italy will be on extended sabbatical for summer 2021. However, we are offering a Fall 2021 Master Class Residency and Guided Residency – click here for details. Our community, program and studio facilities provide a nurturing incubator-like artistic environment located in legendary Civita Castellana, less than an hour north of Rome – A singular artistic journey in the most pictorially evocative landscape in Italy, in the birthplace of open air painting ™.


Guest Artist

2022 Master Class Guest of Honor – To Be Announced (TBA)

Director’s Statement

Civita Castellana and its environs is a place of intoxicating natural beauty. It is steeped in history, both ancient and artistic, going back millennia to the pre-Roman Faliscan civilization. In the Lazio region of Italy, during the 17, 18, and 19th centuries Civita was a Grand Tour epicenter of open air landscape painting for artists sojourning through the Roman Campagna. It has been painted and inhabited by such artistic eminences as Corot, Ingres, Turner, Granet, Michallon, Valenciennes, Dughet, Bertin and played host to the likes of Mozart, Byron, Goethe, Nathaniel Hawthorne and others too numerous to list. This is the landscape that set on fire Nicholas Poussin’s and Claude Lorrain’s Arcadian imaginations as they traversed northward from Rome toward Monte Soratte through the Campagna on horseback and on foot, drawing and dreaming. In this landscape, Arcadia as idea found its embodiment. Among the impressive tufa cliffs, gorges, ruins, castles, forts and pastures, all majestically administered by the fabled Monte Soratte, is the immersive and engaging locus that is the JSS in Civita Summer Art School & Residency – a peerless painter’s paradise ™. — Israel HershbergDirector & Founder


The School

JSS in Civita Italy offers students and artists the possibility of an incomparable engagement with the history of art, its idioms, pictorial conceptions, methods, materials and techniques. The direct experience of Italy’s boundless artistic heritage has the ability to nurture artistic understanding, skill and life-long inspiration.

Screen Shot 2018-02-27 at 7.11.22 PM.pngCorot, Civita Castellana, 1826

In 2022 we will be offering  four separate programs for participants:

Master Class with Israel Hershberg Guest of Honor, TBA

JSS in Civita Artist Residency

Guided Artist Residency

Workshops Program

Our individual Studio Facilities and Studio Classroom, located conveniently in and around Civita’s historic center, are available to Residents and Master Class students who wish to work indoors or couple their open-air work with studio time.  The Studio Classroom will be available through advance reservation by Workshops Faculty whose courses require an indoor situation.


When it All Happens

Master Class – Dates TBA

Residencies & Workshops – Dates TBA

Screen Shot 2018-03-03 at 5.06.54 PM.pngCorot, Civita Castellana, 1826

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