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January 2023: A Workout Calendar

Assignment 8: Place in Time


My art mentorship sessions with you will offer guidance to navigate the field of endless possibilities to a place that is just right for you. I am interested in your past lessons learned, where you feel you are now as an artist and what you think your next steps may be.

How wonderful our ability to connect, one on one.

Contact me with your interest.

Tuition is $500 for 6 sessions of 1 hour ea.

Lesson 7: 10 x 10 x 10

Here is a wonderful assignment:

Create and then apply to the 10X10X10XTIETON CALL FOR ENTRIES +this is where to submit:

A good cause and wonderful show.I submit each year + it is an honor to be accepted once in awhile. So start scheming. Send me your ideas.

I would like to see 3 -5 schematics with notes in about a week.



Feel free to download/print this coloring book and poster and color at home.

“Bugs, Bugs, and more Bugs”… a fascinating sampling of the insect world, ranging from A through Z. These thoroughly-researched illustrations of “Alphabugs,’ have been reviewed for accuracy by a University Professor of Entomology. Included are ant lions and bark beetles, japygids and katydids, whirligig beetles and zebra swallowtails…and everything in-between. In short, something for everyone!



a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals.

2019 in Civita was  memorable and wonderful. It was all about ‘community’: the Civitoni, Laura, Tony, visiting fellows returning to the Civita Institute, amazing chefs at the restaurants, shop owners, tractor drivers and of course, my adventurous students.

I feel so fortunate to be part of this Community. I feel lucky to be able to teach in Civita. Seeing each group draw, paint and experience the drawing lessons presented and creating beautiful and strong responses, each their own, unique and with intention.

A few snap shots here of our time together and works.

A grateful teacher.


Drawing Lessons


Good Morning Class 1 – 6

Click on this link for your assignments + enjoy your time + create beautiful masterpieces.

+ Share.

Be sure to check back, as I will be posting more lessons each week.

Your teacher, Anita

wise spirits: Civita di Bagnoregio


Art becomes a spiritual process depending upon the degree of commitment that you bring to it. Every experience becomes direct food for your art. Then your art teaches you about life.

—Nick Bantock

This was written while studying drawing in Civita in 2013 as a fellowship with the Civita Institute:

City of Ghosts

‘I do not believe in ghosts; however, I do believe in spirits. Spirits are everywhere; and yes, in they are in Civita too. As I began my sketching session this morning, different spirits touched upon me.

Let me tell you the rules: These spirits are those, past and present. I think of them as the grand teachers that have touched my life up to now. As my pencil or paintbrush dances along the page, words of wisdom and creativity flow: Tom: ‘keep it simple.’ Dawn: ‘think in shape.’ Astra: ‘motive.’

Many spirits flow in and out, moving me along. Most important, the spirits continue to keep me present and inside my right brain. Though Civita has reluctantly gained the nickname, ‘City of Ghosts’, I am certain Civita is instead a town of spirits, alive and wondrous. Who will be meeting me next?’

Come experience Civita with me this Fall 2019.  Let’s begin the adventure.

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teacher: Civita di Bagnoregio

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A few testimonials from some wonderful students and adventurers that have participated in my past Civita Workshops.

Come experience Civita with me this Fall 2019.  Let’s begin the adventure.

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Dan  ‘Civita is fantastically real, an artist’s dream. The spirit of this place is inspiring, breathtaking, and immediately captivating.

Anita’s affection and respect for this magical setting made us feel at home in our studio, and with the rhythms of life in and around Civita. Her talent, patience, and caring mentorship  created one of the most fruitful artistic experiences of my life. Memorable, too, for the many wonderful friendships we created in our time together. 

‘Anita’s Civita classes provide a once in a lifetime opportunity to explore art with a gifted artist while living in an ancient, Italian hill town. Not to be missed!’

Pamela  ‘We spent a week with Anita in Civita and it was a truly transformative experience.  Our group were of vary levels of skill and interest and Anita adapted her teaching style to each of us in a way that made us all feel comfortable and interested in pushing our own boundaries. Anita is a great teacher uniquely able to adapt her teaching style to each students individual needs. Spend a week with her in Italy. It is a truly great experience!’

Jonathon And MC   ‘I had the opportunity to spend time in Civita, attending Anita’s second session last October.  For those of you who have never been to Civita or taken a class from Anita, I would highly recommend both.  

Civita is a breathtaking hilltop village with incredible history and charm.  What a perfect place to sketch landscape and architecture.  You stay at the Civita institute which has it’s own appeal – Magical to say the least.’

Leona  ‘Having been my very first art class, ever, I couldn’t have imagined learning from anyone but Anita.  She is an amazing instructor, architect and artist.  She has the ability to assist beginners to advanced artists.   We used a variety of mediums which helped me narrow down my favorites.  Discovering the use of charcoal, graphic, pastels and watercolor with Anita’s artistic insights provided such a wonderful learning opportunity. 

If you haven’t signed up for this Fall’s session, don’t hesitate, it will be well worth your time and money. Italy in the fall!  Couldn’t be more perfect. Ciao!’



point of view: Civita di Bagnoregio

To have a sacred place is an absolute necessity for anybody today. You must have a room or a certain hour of the day or so, where you do not know who your friends are, you don’t know what you owe anybody or what they owe you. This is a place where you can simply experience and bring forth what you are and what you might be.

—Joseph Campbell


Many a day is spent in a quiet place of solitude; one of many gifts of Civita.

 This window to the world in ‘lo studio’ is magical. (One of the apartments available at the Civita Institute). Experience the mystery of clouds that wisp in during the middle of the night, listening to the late summer rains approaching, dodging the visiting bees, cool breezes comforting, sensing the warm light, the valley below extending forever and much eaves dropping to the conversation, mostly in many languages. Whether drinking coffee or sipping wine; this place is a comfortable refuge to conclude the day’s work and plan for the next, turning pages in one’s sketchbook and reflecting in writing and drawing.

Find your sacred space in Civita. Come along this Fall.

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