We offer stone and wood carving classes around the year. No prior experience necessary. Learn techniques of this time-honored art form using the variety of tools and stones. Enjoy working outdoors, in front of the Mediterranean, sculpting stone into forms of almost any size and shape; share with others European sculptors your creative experience and most of it, live in an authentically village at the border of the French Riviera. A little paradise!
The Academia is located on the Riviera at the border of France and Italy; sea view sculpture studio and artist residencies on site in an authentically Italian village. The atmosphere can only inspire you creativity. Art in the Italian Riviera.
September, 2009: I choose the medium of charcoal on paper to focus on for my week with Nicole Durant in Mortola, Italy. When I arrived, Nicole presented a plan for the week that included many options for learning, but as each day unfolded the original plan changed. I was able to try the lessons that seemed most appealing to me on any given day. Nicole began by taking me through art exercises that gave me an understanding of the fundamental principals of drawing for perspective, color and shape.
For example, in one lesson, I practiced drawing human anatomy, as I wasfocused in particular on portraiture and life drawing. We also took the lessons outside of the classroom to the hillsides of the Italian and French Riviera, drawing from an easel on the slopes of a mountainside overlooking an Italian Village that was nestled above the shoreline. From that hillside I learned the concept of perspective and how to bring the layers of the village out in the picture.
I also learned about nature and the principal of the golden ratio. Nicole also explained the fundamentals of art while we looked at sculptured pieces in the urban setting of Nice. And, she recommended art galleries and museums across the Riviera for me to visit. Midway, I had decided that I would like to try another medium and Nicole suggested sculpture. Nicole integrated me into two of her classes; one at the art school in Menton, and the other in her Italian Villa setting.
The artists were supportive and inspiring in their dedication and focus. I was never self-conscious for my lack of experience and Nicole shepherded me every step of the way. I left with a clay bust I produced that sits in my living room, as a reminder of this week. I feel that I not only have a greater appreciation of art, but I also a better understanding of the parameters for what makes art good.