About Us


We believe that Rome provides the ideal classroom in which to study the immortal art of the past and create great art for the future. We are committed to providing an experience in which participants have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the artistic life of the Eternal City. We provide a unique combination of daily visits to see some of the most important paintings and sculptures in history and daily work in our Renaissance era studios. Through the combination of looking at, talking about and making great art with world renowned artists, Rome Art Workshops provides an immersive experience unlike any other.


Brian Booth Craig

Co-Founder: Born in Pittsburgh, PA, Brian studied sculpture at The Pennsylvania State University where he received his BFA, and the New York Academy of Art where he received his MFA. For ten years Brian was a professor of Fine Arts at the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, and was appointed Sculpture Department Chair for five years. Brian has travelled extensively and studied the great artistic traditions on display in Italy. After residencies and teaching assignments in Tuscany and Umbria, Brian conceived the founding of Rome Art Workshops in conjunction with David to further engage with the rich artistic environment of Italy.

David Simon

Co-founder: Born in New York, currently based in Los Angeles, David studied at the Rhode Island School of Design where he received his BFA. He then pursued studies in Italian language and literature at Brown University and continued his studies at the New York Academy of Art where he met Rome Art Workshops co-founder Brian Booth Craig. While studying at the Rhode Island School of Design, David participated in their European Honors Program in Rome, the first American Art and Design program ever established in Italy. David has spent extensive time in Italy over the years, learning the language and maintaining personal and professional relationships which ultimately proved pivotal in the founding of Rome Art Workshops in 2012.