Orvieto, Italy is home to one of Michael’s very favorite pieces of art, “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 Michael thought that it would be exciting to use this as an inspiration for your time in Italy.

In this workshop students will explore the balance between the heavenly and the horrible in one piece of art using the processes of assemblage, sculpture and painting. Students will create a found-object shrine of angels and demons, but the really exciting part about this project is that the 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 can determine how you display it. Get ready for an epic artistic battle of the ages.

DATES: May 15-23, 2020

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 Michael

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 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.

Please note this class runs from Friday to the following Saturday.

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 – Sunday to Saturday
  • Six Continental breakfasts
  • Cooking class including lunch
  • 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 (trips@adventuresinitaly.ca), 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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