This painting and drawing course is enhanced by the opportunity of careful observation of the originals. On two field trips to Florence we will study on site the most significant portraits in pencil drawings and paintings of such masters as Masaccio, Leonardo and Michelangelo, learning the technique that is rooted in the tradition of the Florentine Renaissance. Most afternoons will include free time to relax, explore, and paint, go to a street market and enjoy a local wine tasting. In the evenings we will gather for wonderful meals together, prepared freshly for us at our villa.
Form, line and proportions will be studied as means of determining shape, volume and composition. For the colour finish (egg yolk tempera) we will apply natural pigments and egg yolk as a binder. At the conclusion of the workshop students will have gained the mastery that will enable them to draw and paint a face, mirror of the soul, with all its infinite expressive nuances. Patrizia’s experienced guidance and in-depth knowledge will catch everybody’s enthusiasm for this technique.
Born in Perugia in 1957 she lives and works in Florence since 1977. Her work is characterized by the in depth study of the human figure, in particular of the head and face, preferring details of women's hairstyles and specializing in mixed media on table with natural pigments. In drawing and painting she applies the ancient knowledge of Renaissance painters.
Since 1985 she teaches drawing at Florentine Art Academy and since 2000 the art of the icons (Byzantine painting with gold plating) This has directed her conceptual knowledge of the face in a spiritual perspective. Her research draws from the past in order to propose in a contemporary language an image of the face, intended as a manifestation of the human soul.
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 drawing workshop is hosted in an elegant 18th century country residence with breathtaking views. The recently restored interior still retains its atmosphere and old world charm. You will awaken to an enticing aroma of cappuccino and freshly baked pastry and bread. The studio is right next to the main villa, a beautiful room transformed from it’s original use as a wine cellar into a large and furnished area for all kinds of artistic work. A dip in the swimming pool could be a refreshing moment at any time.
- Lodging, breakfast and dinner,
- Uffizi and Capella Brancacci museum admission,
- Art instruction, painting materials, ground transportation.
- Airfare, insurance, personal expenses, lunches
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