Besides improving ones technique it is the intention of this painting and printing workshop to expand the awareness of your inspirational force. Plenty of stimulus will come from the surroundings and from the extraordinary techniques which offer infinite opportunities to explore. The interpretation of the surrounding olive groves and vistas firstly in water colour will fine tune observation skills using them as preliminary studies for numerous monotype prints.
Participants may choose the amount of time to dedicate to each technique and will have plenty of guidance and answers to questions. Light lunch is included and afternoons are free with time to relax or explore. Florence and Siena are easy to reach and each day there will be a trip to nearby S. Casciano for shopping or other daily needs. Accommodation is in a beautiful 400 year old Tuscan farmhouse on a wine and cheese producing estate. It has a well equipped kitchen and spacious rooms. It’s inspirational views of vineyards, olive groves and woods, can be enjoyed from it’s garden, full of herbs and flowers with a small outdoor swimming pool.
New Zealand born artist Kirsten Lockie qualified graphic artist has investigated various forms of visual communication over the past 25 years. She studied printmaking with John Drawbridge, one of New Zealand’s finest print makers and since moving to Italy in 1983 has held exhibitions and given classes at the “Bisonte” school of printmaking in Florence. After discovering the monotype technique to be a key for opening the door to creative freedom, she has worked to promote this rare and versatile art form, giving public demonstrations and opening her studio for daily classes and weekly workshops to artists and non.
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 session will be held outdoors, right outside a fabulous 400 years old Tuscan wine and cheese producing estate. The surrounding vegetation and scenery will serve as inspiration.
- Accommodation with self catering for breakfast and dinner, - Light lunch and Welcome dinner,
- Ground transportation,
- Art instruction and materials.
- Breakfast and dinner,
- Any personal expenses,
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