A focused, creative and intensive clay workshop for students to gain a good working understanding of the human form. For all students, from the absolute beginner to the more experienced. Students will be working in clay without an armature, using a fairly groggy handbuilding clay. We will learn about the Basic proportions, anatomy, rhythms and dynamics of the human figure through life drawing, clay sketches, and short studies culminating in a three/four-day pose creating an in-depth observation and exploration of the human form. There will be flexibility for students who wish to move from direct representational interpretation to creating their own expressive or abstracted interpretation of the human form. Over the last two days there is a chance to visit Sienna or Florence or an exciting boat trip along the Cinque Terre on the Mediterranean coast, evening wine tasting and eating out. These optional visits are not included in the course fee.
Born in Paris in 1960, Lucianne has travelled widely working and exhibiting in Galleries and sculpture events in Canada, USA, Europe, London, and the south East and West of England. Lucianne works directly with a variety of clays but mostly stoneware. Her work is then either fired or cast into bronze, resin or cement. What has engaged Lucianne mostly in her work is the human form with all its energy and tensions. She sees the human body as an interface between feelings, emotions, thoughts and the external manifestation of these in the world.
Students typically enjoy short excursions to some of the main attractions in beautiful Tuscany to compliment their daily work in the studio. The cities of Florence and Siena are both within an hour of La Meridiana and other intriguing Tuscan towns such as San Gimignano, Volterra and Greve in Chianti are a short drive away. The heart of the Chianti region lies just to our east, and Milan and Rome are both easily accessible by train or car.
Optional Courses (easily accessible):
- Horse riding.
- Cooking lessons.
The studio is on the ground floor of a restored 13th century farm house and offers space for all types of ceramic experimentation. Our kilns range from high-fire gas, raku, soda, and wood firing to lower-fired electric, pit, and smoke. Our staff is all practicing ceramic artists as well as fluent English speakers. Living accommodations are also provided within walking distance to the studio. Telephone and internet access are also available.
Costs relate to the length and type of services. They all include appropriate:
- Fresh gourmet lunches during the working days.
- Some transport.
- Materials and firings.
- General help during the stay.
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