Venice, Italy Spring Artist Residency

Join us for an incredibly beautiful Artist Residency in Venice, Italy…
Art&Soul draws upon a great deal of experience and knows that this Artistic Adventure in Venice, Italy is unique in almost every way. It allows a relationship with a city and region that will fill your memories forever. We are confident that it will be a wonderful, life-changing experience, filling each participant with an abundance of art and culture in a supportive and creative program. Guidance and support will always be provided as desired–we are there for you in our desire to provide artistic opportunities for those seeking a creative learning experience in this beautiful part of Italy!

Come join us in the ancient and mysterious city of Venice. Travel to the great centers of the Italian Renaissance to linger over magnificent works of art, music and architecture. During your time in Venice and surrounding areas, you will be introduced to the local Art & Cultural history while gathering inspiration to create your own works of art.

“You may have the universe if I may have Italy.” –Giuseppe Verdi

Duration of residency
April 1 (arrival in Venice)–April 30 (departing Venice), 2022

Art&Soul is a collaborative labor of love by John and Souheir Rawlings. They will be your hosts and guides for the entire Artist Residency Program. They have many years of experience working with Emerging and Experienced Artists alike, sharing their love of the creative process and the passion for cultural learning. They are available to assist participants with individual Artistic Pursuits…offering gentle guidance, art instruction, lectures, critiques to those who seek a more “structured” approach to the residency. However, they understand and support the Artist’s need to create in a less-formal setting, and can provide access to basic services, destinations to create or wander, in a perhaps more independent atmosphere as well. This is a time for creative expression, and it is the goal of Art&Soul to meet the needs of all who choose to participate!  Our hope is that you open yourselves to artistic and cultural opportunities presented during your stay in Venice.

Due to the continued risks of contracting Covid 19, Art&Soul no longer provides accommodation, but we will gladly assist in your search for comfortable and affordable lodging during the Residency dates.  Please contact us for more information regarding rentals in Venice, Italy.

Cost of Residency: $1,500 (USD)  Daily excursions, art tours and programs are included in cost, but not accommodation (apartment rental cost must be booked and paid for separately.


  • Residency Staff will meet and assist each Artist at Marco Polo airport in Venice (or bus/train station nearby as needed)
  • Hosts will accompany Artists from arrival points (airport, or stations) to apartments on day 1
  • A&S(Art&Soul) is available 24 hours a day…via telephone/text/email
  • Special “resident” public transport pass (enables unlimited use of water buses for entire stay in Venice)
  • Guided tours throughout the city and surrounding areas 
  • Workshop with professional artisan where each artist makes his/her own leatherbound, fabriano sketchbook/journal
  • Some museum, gallery and church entrance fees
  • Guided visit to Art Stores for supply purchases
  • Group exhibition
  • Train travel costs on day trips to the cities of Padua and Vicenza
  • Weekly ‘festas’ at Hosts’ apartment which include food and beverages
  • End of program final dinner at local trattoria
  • Assistance at end of residency in organizing departure

John & Souheir Rawlings

Telephone:   +1(406) 250-8821    


To complete an online application, please go to the link below:


John Rawlings:
London-born and Australian-raised, John has been exposed to cultures all over the world. After graduating from the University of Guanajuato in San Miguel de Allende in Mexico, he taught college art & history classes for the next 35 years in the Western United States. In 2014, John was awarded the status of Professor Emeritus for his outstanding career in higher education. He has spent much time in Italy, has lived there twice for extended periods of time, and has lead over 15 tours/residencies to the country. In 2006, he received global recognition at the International Biennale in Egypt, where his art was displayed in the world-renowned exhibition. His paintings and sculptures communicate his connection to the land and his surroundings. By incorporating found objects with natural materials, he conveys a deep connection between his life and art.

John was named the 2014 Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) Faculty Member of the Year for the North American Western Region. John was one of only five Professors recognized with the ACCT award from more than 1,200 colleges in the United States and Canada. For the past twenty years he has been leading Art Programs in Italy, introducing hundreds to its wonders.

John Rawlings is an artist working in a variety of mediums–2D & 3D. 
His works are shown worldwide…from Australia to Italy, Egypt, Mexico, and beyond.  He is inspired by nature and often incorporates found natural materials in his work.  He is best described as a “Symbolist” in his style and artistic focus and is profoundly influenced by the images of ancient and indigenous art. 

He has recently had his first book published, titled SIAMO FORESTI, in which John beautifully shares about his love affair with Venice. He is completing another one–a children’s book–titled CLEM THE CHAMELEON, which introduces the basics of color theory to young children.  It it scheduled to be released in  2023.

Souheir Rawlings:

Souheir is a certified teacher with over 30 years of experience. Her credentials come from Pacific Oaks College–a premier teacher’s college emphasizing multi-cultural education. She has certifications in Expressive Arts Education from PIEAT in Calgary, AB, Canada and degrees in Human Development. Her art studies began in Florence, Italy at Studio Art Centers International.

Souheir’s passion for learning combined with her artistic explorations led her to further her work in Expressive Art Therapy. She has received awards for her portraiture and has worked under the guidance of renowned Artists from Tuscany.  During her studies in Art School, she worked under the guidance of artist/instructor Manfredi who taught Souheir about the “Psychology of the Portrait”.  Her drawings and paintings reflect her desire to “see” the inner expressive nature of people.  She uses color and line in a way that show emotions and character in her portraiture.

Souheir has a great deal of experience coordinating tours and residencies, assisting artists in their creative endeavors, and is proficient in the Italian language.

More about your hosts….
John and Souheir Rawlings of Art&Soul Artist Residencies, with their extensive backgrounds in Education, Art & History, combined with their love of travel and culture, present a powerful mix of teaching and life-long learning. They have a profound commitment to quality in all their offerings, both as Guides and Artists. It is the combination of their insatiable curiosity and their desire to share with others that help to make their work so meaningful–to themselves and those who join them in their Artistic Adventures around the World.

John & Souheir spend their summer months in Northern Montana, U.S. where they have a home and studios in the woods near Glacier National Park. In the winter, they live and work in southern New Mexico, U.S. where they run Artist Retreats along the Rio Grande. When they are not creating in these two magnificent places of natural beauty, they travel and lead tours and residencies in Italy where they immerse themselves in the arts and culture. Their program offerings in the magnificent city of Venice run for the entire month of April, and have been enjoyed by artists from around the world.  Their “Sojourns” throughout the Italian landscape are exceptional…filled with writing, painting, and viewing the splendor of La Dolce Vita!