Color into Print

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Shelley Thorstensen has expertise in all printmaking techniques. She is a fount of technical knowledge when it comes to color. Her work is part deep personal archive, part printmaking evangelism, woven together in fabric of color, metaphor and commentary. Art critic Edward Sozanski writes of her work “The ease with which she combines these processes and exploits their individual strengths gives her prints uncommon presence and, more often than not, transcendent beauty”. Recent solo shows include: (2011) This the Smoke from when the Horses Left at the Painted Bride, (2010) Counterpoint: The Leap from Vision to Print at Woodmere Art Museum, and (2009) The Preponderance of Evidence at The Print Center in Philadelphia. Shelley currently teaches printmaking and drawing at Tyler School of Art. Her work can be seen at Dolan/Maxwell (dolan/ and is collected across the U.S., Europe and Japan. She is President of the Society of American Graphic Artists (SAGA) in New York City.

Susan Fateh serves as the Program Director for WSW’s European workshops. Drawing on influences from a mixed cultural heritage and upbringing, Susan Fateh spent many years steeped in printmaking. She studied and worked with Sheila Marbain, founder and Master Printer of Marbain Studios; with Krishna Reddy at NYU; and with SW Hayter at Atelier 17 in Paris. Fascination with infinite bas-relief possibilities of etching led to a passion for hand papermaking which is kept very much alive in her studio in southern Tuscany not far from Antica Tenuta Le Casacce. Fateh’s works have been exhibited and commissioned in many countries over the years and she has been involved in papermaking projects in Tamil Nadu, Jordan and Trinidad.

Color into Print

Shelley Thorstensen
Antica Tenuta Le Casacce,

July 9–18, 2013

Picture the color of Tuscany. Changing hues from dawn to dusk. Rolling landscapes of yellow ochre and verde fields accented by vermillion, poppy, terra-cotta. Siena and umber earth. White-washed medieval architecture surrounded by century-old olive groves. Sepia pasta with porcini fired over the grill. That golden oil, which at times lime or pure molten ore. Picture ripening vineyards below endless azure skies. Picture timeless beauty.

Immerse your senses in these colors with printmaker and teacher Shelley Thorstensen in the 9 day workshop, Color into Print, held at Antica Tenuta Le Casacce, Tuscany. Explore, expand and deepen your vision, inspired by how the Tuscan palette resonates uniquely with you.

Color into Print is designed to activate and accelerate your interpretation of color. It will generate momentum in your entire art-making practice. The focus is on color monoprint, drypoint, collograph, and simple polyester plate lithography, each printed in concert with the full complement of color options including layered surfaces, chine colle, and viscosity printing. This is precise yet juicy printmaking tailored to the needs of each participant. This is a low-stress, high reward workshop. Leave with a permanent record of your color journey in Tuscany.

Antica Tenuta Le Casacce, was selected by our Italian Workshop coordinator, Susan Fateh, because this exquisite site features breathtaking views In every direction; ample and well-lit indoor workspace opening out onto a private terrace; pleasant, charming bedrooms; and sublime food prepared by a top Roman chef, Enrico Casini. After he was voted one of the seven best young Italian chefs under 35 in 1985, Casini purchased Le Casacce, where his goal is to “…offer complete happiness for my guests.”

Dating back to the 13th C, the villa’s recent renovations have rendered it comfortable without losing its traditional character. All aspects of the workshop will be held in the original farmhouse on the estate, which has its own pool. The nearby village of Seggiano is off the main tourist routes and maintains its Tuscan character. Students may opt for private rooms or double occupancy. Partners and/or friends are welcome at a 20% discount.

Included in tuition:

  • most materials (paper, inks and plates)
  • housing
  • full board of 3 meals a day, including abundant vegetarian fare (extra charge for very particular dietary requests)
  • a day trip to nearby Siena
  • group transportation to and from Rome’s Fumicino airport will be provided

$4100 single/$3700 double. $500 deposit required with registration.

Registration Deadline February 28, 2013


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