Artist in Residence with Gregory Burns

Learn painting techniques with Gregory Burns. This course will be a combination of studio painting and outdoor on-site techniques.   Art Residence is limited to 9 people.

This course is open for all levels from beginners to advanced students.


There are two sessions available in 2021. 

September 19 - September 23 2022

September 26 - September 30 2022

October 3-7 2022

Due to covid travel restrictions a final decision on the art camp opening will be made in July 2022. 



Please contact to register.


Tuition is US $950 per person per week with a minimum of 4 and maximum of 8 students per session. 10% discount if registration is for two weeks or more.


Payment may be made via PayPal.


50% deposit fee due at registration with remainder due prior to the start of the class.


Written notice of cancellations 2 months prior to the first day of a booked course secures a refund. No refunds after this date.


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Important Information


Each art residence is 5 weekdays long, weekends are free to explore and relax. Participants can sign up for one or more weeks. Monday through Friday.

Monday to Friday 10am-12noon and 2pm-5pm.


Friday evening gathering/gallery review with dinner included. 


The class will focus on drawing and painting while on location in the historic village of Garessio and its local environment. 

We will focus on capturing the essence of a location in sketchbooks and with portable painting art supplies which will produce 'finished' artworks and/or research for future in-studio paintings.


Students are asked to bring their own 'portable' art supplies (art supply shopping list available on request) to be ready to draw and paint in the studio as well as while traveling around cobblestone streets and verdant mountains.

Students are requested to bring all art materials that they will need for the duration of the session as art supplies in the area are almost non-existent. Students should bring whatever media and supports they are used to working in and/or art supplies they would like to experiment with.


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Daily instruction will be provided. Painting excursions that require driving will be arranged with the students and costs to be shared.

Where to Stay

We recommend the following inn that is centrally located in the Garessio Old Town, close to the art studios. 

Locanda Ponte Rosa 

Address: Via Fasiani, 1, 12075 Garessio CN, Italy

Phone+39 0174 81007

The Monastery

Located in the heart of the Garessio Old Town is The Monastery, a property of historical significance, which has been converted to guest accommodation.  There are 7 rooms with twelve bed configurations from singles to queen size. Shared bathrooms.  Cooking facilities and large lounge area.  20.00 euros per night/per person.

Email if you are interested in staying at this property.

Important to Know

Participants are responsible for their own accommodation, meals, and transportation to and from Garessio. 

The Art in Residence program is being provided by Gregory Burns. 


Studio space is being donated by Foundation Montforte


All participants using the Foundation Montforte studio will be required to sign a liability waiver prior to studio usage.

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Suggested Art Supply List

Students are requested to bring all art materials that they will need for the duration of their session(s), as art supplies in the area are almost non-existent. 


Students should bring whatever media (ie: watercolors, acrylics, brushes, pastels, pens or pencils) and supports (ie. watercolor or mixed media paper, canvas boards, sketchbook) they are used to working with.


As we will be moving about and painting on location please keep this in mind when deciding upon what size of supports to bring. As oil paint takes a long time to dry it may not be the best media to bring.

Some suggested supplies:

Paints, brushes, drawing supplies, set of oil pastels (suggest Caran'ache), large sketchbook with mixed media paper and/or canvas panels, acrylic gloss gel medium (8-16 oz), portable/sealable water container, cotton rags, and backpack for carrying art supplies.


If you are interested to work digitally, please bring an Ipad Pro with stylus and the program Procreate pre-loaded.

How to get to Garessio


Take a bus from the Nice Airport to the Nice train station. The bus booths are in the airport and they sell tickets. 

Once at the Nice train station, buy a train ticket that will take you to Ceva Italy via Savona Italy. You will need to change trains once you pass into Italy and also at Savona.  Once at the Ceva train station you can catch the Ceva Ormea bus outside the station which will take you to Garessio. 



Watch your bags and wallet at all times at the airport, train station and on the trains. Do not walk away from your bags. Carry your cash and credit cards where they cannot be pickpocketed. You might think you blend but you don't. The locals can tell you are a tourist and you are a target for the gypsies and pickpockets that work the airports and train stations.

Be sure to validate your train tickets before getting onto the train.

If you rent a car in Milan Malpensa Airport buy the fuel option. It is difficult to find a gas station when returning the car to the airport.

Be sure to check your rental car for left belongs when you return the rental car. If you leave anything, you will not get it back.


You can fly into Milan Malpensa Airport with international flights. The other alternative is Nice International Airport in Nice France or Torino Airport. Torino Airport services European flights.


All the major rental car companies are available at both the Milan Malpensa Airport, Torino and Nice International Airports. For driving directions to Garessio you should google map directions and print out beforehand, rent a GPS navigator with your rental car or use the GPS on your phone.

Driving from Malpensa Airport: 

Exit airport and follow signs to Torino. Once on the highway, follow signs to Savona (NOT Savonera). Exit at Ceva and follow signs to Garessio.


Driving from Torino Airport: 

Get on the highway and follow signs to Savona (NOT Savonera) and exit at Ceva. Follow signs to Garessio. 

Driving directions from Nice Airport: 

Follow signs to the highway in the direction Monaco. Once on the highway continue until you pass into Italy. There will be a turnoff past Imperia with a sign that indicates the exit to Col di Nava, Garessio. Take this exit and continue until you reach Garessio. Caution: This is a very windy road that goes through the mountains. 

All highways in both Italy and France require toll payments. They will accept credit cards but be sure to bring euro cash as some tolls require small change. 


From Milan Malpensa take the Malpensa Express to either Milano Centrale or Milano Garibaldi stations. Transfer to the high-speed Frecciarossa train to Torino Porta Nuova station. At Torino transfer to the Torino Savona line in the direction of Savona. Get off the train at Ceva. There is a bus that will take you to Garessio. It is the Ceva Ormea bus and it stops outside the train station. 

From Torino Airport take a bus to Torino Porta Nuova station. Get the train to Savona and get off at Ceva Station.

Be sure to validate your train tickets at the stamping machines in the train station before getting on the train as the fine for not stamping your ticket is 55.00 Euros. The Ceva to Ormea bus requires you buy your bus ticket on the bus with euro cash. No credit cards. Beware: some ticket machines in the train stations only accept credit cards or ATM cards and not cash.

I was at a point in my painting career....(years of watercolor) where I wanted to turn a corner. ...looser, bigger..something new and different. Gregory’s book was on my coffee table and an e-mail from Greg to my daughter started this fabulous adventure.

Greg is so special, as an artist and as a person. He is a delight to be with!   Gregory is serious, but fun, enthusiastic, and helpful but was always mindful of my style and approach while totally getting me out of the box! I have not been to a workshop where I felt so creative and had so much fun! All new mediums for me..acrylics, oil pastels and the iPad. What an adventure, it was just wonderful.  I hope I can repeat it soon.! 

Helen Hempel, Denver Co.

The “Artist in Residence” program in Garessio was unique and enriching. I would recommend it to anyone interested in an immersive experience with acrylic paint. 

There were numerous opportunities to explore the local area and interesting subjects to paint.


Gregory provided excellent painting demonstrations and individual instruction.

Laurie, Seattle Washington