The Master Class Residency

October 16th – 30th, 2023

The spirit of the JSS in Civita Master Class Residency is designed to nurture and probe the essentials that the act of painting require for the development of a pictorial language. The Master Class Residency with Israel Hershberg and faculty offers instruction, critique and exchange in an intimate setting in the most pictorially evocative landscape in Italy: Civita Castellana and environs, the birthplace of open air painting. For those working in other genres, a studio classroom will be at their disposal while those choosing the landscape will certainly prefer to work on site. In either venue, Israel and the the faculty will be offering instruction in real time. Individual studio spaces are also available. Click here for a more comprehensive look at the experience and teaching culture of the Master Class Residency.

The Guided Residency

October 30th – November 13, 2023

Following on the heels of the Master Class Residency, the Guided Residency permits an opportunity to create momentum and further expand the advances gained in the previous two weeks. This will be a more loosely structured study environment of independent work. Periodic sessions of direction, conversation and critique will be available on an individual basis. The studio classroom will continue to serve those wishing to continue working indoors. Again, individual studio spaces are also available.

Living Eating & Travel

Lodging Options

Accommodation is not included in the tuition. You may arrange your living preference via email with our Lodging & Travel Partner, Rosy Lazzari of Tuscialand Tours in Civita Castellana.

Options are varied. Attendees might opt for apartment living in a private apartment or single room in a shared apartment. All apartments come with double beds, kitchen, weekly linen service and all utilities included.

Those wishing a full service hotel for their accommodation can  reserve at the elegant Palazzo Fortuna in Civita’s historic center.  Those with a rental car can also opt for the exquisite Residenza Antica Flaminia from which Corot lodged and painted in 1826. The room in which he stayed and from which he painted can be reserved if available. Other wonderful options just outside of town and if you have a  car or are renting one, are Agriturismo Fattoria Lucciano and Agriturismo Rio Coverino. For the sake of ease and special pricing, let Rosy do the booking. We recommend making these reservations early due to the limited number of suites available at these intimate and beautiful facilities.

(Artists are free to make their own arrangements via services like Airbnb, but based on our experience, location and convenience will likely be in question. Rosy has partnered with us for years and has the desired “Civitonica” familiarity with Civita, our program and participants to be helpful, with prices comparable to Airbnb.)


Board is not included in the tuition fee. Participants lunch and dine in Civita’s authentic, convenient, reasonably priced and varied slow-food bars, restaurants, rosticcerias, wine bars, bakeries, pizzerias, and supermarkets. (All restaurants have vegetarian options). Participants often gather to eat together and on Monday evenings we all dine as a group to talk, get acquainted and share ideas and experiences relating to painting or more profane matters. Those who choose apartment living have the option of cooking for themselves using the town’s convenient array of supermarkets, mini-markets, delis, bakeries, cheesemakers and farmers’ market. Civita is not a tourist trap – restaurant and grocery prices are at a bargain and the quality (you’re in Italy!) wonderful.

Transport & Travel

Here too, participants may arrange for their transport from and to Fiumicino Airport (FCO) via email with our Lodging & Travel Partner, Rosy of Tuscialand, unless you are renting a car or have made other travel arrangements. Tuscialand’s shuttle bus/van leaves for Civita Castellana at noon from FCO on Monday, August 15 – please let Rosy know if you wish to be included. If you are arriving or departing on a day other than Mondays, you can also arrange for private transport to Civita or the airport via Rosy.

We encourage participants to travel to art destinations in Italy – Firenze, Siena, Bologna, Napoli, etc – on weekends. Italy’s vast art treasuries are unmatched and can provide the kind of comprehensive and inspiring experience that will nourish your time in Civita. Groups wishing to travel together may reserve a minibus through Rosy of Tuscialand or consult Rosy about the most expedient way to reach your destination. Rome is reachable by train from Civita, and tickets may also be purchased through Rosy.

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Tuition & Fees

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