The Italian Intensive: An Opportunity to Tour Umbria and Create New Work

This July 9-23 at the La Romita School of Art, located in the Umbrian region of Italy, The Italian Intensive, a drawing and printmaking workshop led by Suzi Davidoff and Katherine Brimberry, will offer two weeks of in depth exploration of layered drawing practices and experimental printmaking approaches.

La Romita is famous for its workshops which combine touring of the nearby hill country towns, such as Perugia, Assisi, Orvieto, Spoleto and more. Workshop instruction is most mornings and town visits are most afternoons. The school prepares home-cooked Italian cuisine for all meals and has both private and shared rooms available for the workshop attendees.

Davidoff, who is well known for her large scale drawings using indigenous minerals and pigments, will lead the participants to successfully combine drawing media to achieve richly layered effects. Davidoff will focus on experimental drawing – with drawing in nature as the main activity. Participants use wet and dry materials combined with collage, earth, plant materials and natural pigments on a variety of paper. The class will emphasize developing a personal vision of the landscape (both natural and man-made) through composition, process and experimentation. Students will work outdoors in the villages and fields surrounding La Romita and refine and develop the drawings in the studio.

Brimberry, Master Printer at Flatbed Press, will teach non-toxic printmaking methods using water soluble inks and Solarplates, a non-toxic light sensitive etching plate. Photo-imagery or drawn imagery can be used to create the etched plates. Techniques such as chine collé, mono-printing, relief rolls, selective inking will be taught as methods to expand how a plate can be printed. Emphasis will be on using printmaking to achieve expressive, varied states of an image.

Davidoff and Brimberry are experienced instructors and see the combination of drawing and printmaking in the class as an exciting and productive way for artists to grow and create. Participants will be able work with both artists during the two weeks.

For more information go to the web site:  The Italian Intensive.  The cost for two weeks is $3,800.  Discounts are available for referrals.  There are six places left in this small workshop.  Call Katherine at 512.947.1073 or email her at katherine at flatbedpress dot com.  All workshop participants will be invited to be a part of an exhibition at Flatbed Press and Gallery in April 2014 called "Out of La Romita."

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