SICILY: Botanical Bounty – Inspired Art Retreat with Jill Price


Join Jill Price to celebrate the distinctive geography and vegetation of Sicily. Exploring plants for their textures, pigments, and forms, participants will use methods of walking, collecting, examining, notetaking, deconstructing, and combining to develop deeper connections with the unique qualities of different plants for image and mark-making.


Sicily is a land of extremes and contrasts where each season has its own idiosyncratic charm. Participants will stay at Villa Salinara in the southwestern tip of Sicily which offers a wealth of inspiring locales with picturesque views. During the week, the group will take short trips in the surroundings to observe and engage with diversified subject matter. Sicilian wines and food will round up an unforgettable experience.


Extolling the benefit of walking as an artistic research method, Jill will demonstrate a variety of approaches to documenting, mapping, and drawing botanicals encountered and gathered.  Through investigation of plants for their materialities, Jill will demonstrate how to turn them into painting and drawing media, as well as collaboratively explore their potential for sculptural application.

Teaching Philosophy

Acknowledging the importance of situatedness – our lived experiences – together with choices of material, Jill Price facilitates activities that draw out the unique creative voice of each individual.  Promoting thoughtfulness over production and play over perfection, the learning environment encourages exploration, self-reflection, and iteration to find inspiration that creatives can further explore when back home.

Media & Skill Level

This workshop encompasses water colours, pencil/charcoal, and mixed media, and is open for all who wish to explore. (Please note that this retreat involves walking over various terrains.  Prospective participants are asked to contact us in advance as to any accessibility needs.)

Artist Statement

“Upon investigating my role as a producer and consumer, I have come to realize how “all art is land art”, as it is from the land all material comes across land all material travels, and to the land all materials eventually return. To respect this knowledge, I meander at the intersections of art, ecology, environmental ethics and new materials to shine a light on how interior and exterior worlds are materially and psychically linked.”


At her best when surrounded by plants, sipping a buttery chardonnay and sitting on a sunny step with a neighbour cat, Jill Price is an interdisciplinary Canadian artist, independent curator, and trained educator, grateful to be living on the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe people and Wendat Nation in Barrie,Ontario.  An award-winning mixed media artist and PhD scholar in Cultural Studies, Price completed a portion of her MFA in Florence, Italy.  She works at the intersection of drawing, sculpture, performance, digital media, and speculative fiction to explore the material entanglements of human and more-than-human lives.  Web: jillpricestudios / Instagram: @jillpricestudios



Jill Price


Saturday March 23 (arrival) – Saturday March 30 (departure) 2024


● Price in double room w/ private bathroom € 2.600
● Price in single room w/ private bathroom € 3.000


€ 600


Included in cost:

Artist instruction
Accommodation in double room/private bath or Accommodation in single room/private bath with supplement
Seven (7) Sicilian breakfasts
Four (4) lunches with wine
Seven (7) dinners with wine
Wine tasting
Use of portable folding chairs and folding easles
Pick up at Palermo airport on the first day at 12:00 pm and at 4:00 pm
Transfer to Palermo airport on the last day after breakfast

Not included:

Any personal expenses
Art supplies
Travel insurance (strongly recommended)
Tips for drivers and guides
Transfer to/from airports other than Palermo
Transfers at special times (We will assist in help arranging them.)

Booking and Cancellation Policy

Payment Policy

To register a 600 € deposit is requested.

Final balance is due one month before the start of the workshop.

Cancellation Policy

You may withdraw within 14 days of registration without incurring in any penalties and will have the deposit fully refunded.  No refund of deposits past 14 days of registration, pursuant to articles 53 and following of the EU consumer protection legislation. Past 30 days at 12:00 pm CET to the day of the start of the workshop: 50% of total paid (deposit + balance) will be refunded.