Orvieto, Italy is home to an amazing work of art called “the Damned” by Luca Signorelli. It is a fresco painting adorning the Chapel of San Brizio that depicts a battle between good and evil. Angels hover above while a slew of strange demons in all sorts of colors and shapes struggle for the souls of humankind. It’s a marvelous piece of art, so marvelous, in fact that it seemed like an excellent bit of inspiration for our time in Italy.

In this workshop students will explore the balance between the heavenly and the horrible in once piece of art. Students will create a found-object/painted/collaged shrine of Heaven and Hell. The frame will be created using the process of assemblage.  Michael will facilitate this portion of the workshop as students modify cradled wood panels into something fantastical using a plethora of found objects.  Andrea’s portion of the workshop will explore the two opposing realms using her techniques of paint and collage.  

The really exciting part about this project is that piece will be totally reversible; sometimes the good guys are on top, sometime the bad guys…depending on the kind of day you’re having may determine how you display it.  Get ready for an epic artistic battle of the ages.

DATES: contact for information

PRICE:  $3695 USD

THEME: Start with a visit to an antique market to source some local treasures. Using your found objects, create a shrine inspired by Luca Signorelli’s work The Damned. You will create your own reversible tribute to the heaven and the horrible.

Meet andrea & Michael

Michael DeMeng and Andrea Matus - Paradiso E Inferno - May 13 to May 21 2022 - Adventures in Italy - Assemblage

Andrea Matus is a visual artist living in Vancouver BC who exhibits as well as teaches her unique combination of painting, collage, assemblage and sculpture throughout the world with collectors in Canada, USA, Europe and Australia. In her art, Andrea creates powerful visual statements of the role of women in both history and mythology. Through her culling of images from contemporary sources, historic iconography, travels and original designs, a sense of surreal worlds is evoked.


Michael deMeng is an assemblage artist from Vancouver, Canada who exhibits and teaches throughout the world. He has three books exploring his methods, Secrets of Rusty Things, Dusty Diablos, and the Art Abandonment Project, published by NorthLight Books. In his art, he addresses issues of transformation. Discarded materials find new and unexpected uses in his work; they are reassembled and conjoined with unlikely components, a form of rebirth from the ashes into new life and new meaning. Often using myth and legends as source material, Michael use his assemblages as metaphors for the evolutions and revolutions of existence: from life to death to rebirth. These forms are examinations of the world in perpetual flux, where meaning and function are ever-changing.

Your time with Andrea & Michael includes:

Spend Sunday exploring the Antique Market at Citta di Castello gathering items for your shrine.  Michael will guide you throughout the week as you assemble your piece.  You will need to bring some supplies with you as well.  A list will be sent out once you register.


Tour Details

Mornings will be spent in creative exploration, either in the studio or out around Orvieto. In the afternoon you will experience the culture of Italy. It might be a tour into the Etruscan caves, a cooking class, or a vineyard visit. There will also be plenty of free time to explore Orvieto on your own. You will receive a more detailed itinerary for the week in your final information packet sent before you travel.

A traditional continental breakfast is served each morning in the B&B. Because Italian cuisine is such fun, some meals are not prearranged allowing you the freedom to choose where and what to eat. Recommendations are offered and no one eats alone!


  • Workshop instruction
  • Pre-trip notes and guidelines
  • Six nights double occupancy lodging – Saturday to Friday
  • Six Continental breakfasts
  • Cooking class including dinner
  • Vineyard tour and wine tasting
  • Wine and olive oil tasting including dinner
  • Two additional dinners
  • Three additional lunches
  • Cathedral tour and visit to San Brizio chapel


  • Travel costs
  • Passport fees, photos and processing where applicable
  • Transfers to and from the airports
  • Meals, except where indicated in itinerary
  • Personal items such as individual journaling and art supplies, wines, liquors, valet/laundry charges, and other items not specifically mentioned as included
  • Optional activities, if any
  • Supplement for single room
  • Additional nights lodging


Single occupancy available for an additional cost. Travel costs are not included.

The balance including single room supplement of $150 USD and optional activities, if any, is due as indicated on the registration form, which is approximately 90 days prior to trip commencement. Payment installments can be arranged directly with Adventures in Italy Inc. Methods of payment accepted are email transfer (, Check, Visa and Mastercard.

A $500 USD deposit secures your spot today!  You will be contacted by Adventures in Italy to arrange additional payment.

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