Print – Under the Tuscan Sky
Join us for another workshop in lovely Southern Tuscany, which has become such a favorite staple in WSW’s overseas courses.
This year, we are offering two back-to-back six-day classes taught by Tatana Kellner. Participants can sign up for either class, or at a reduced rate for both. Friends or partners are welcome on a first-come/first-served basis as there are limited spaces available.
Each week we’ll take a half-day trip to truly Italian sites off the beaten track.Susan has selected Vitabella-Palazzetto for this summer’s workshops. This lovely property is close to Seggiano, 40 miles south east of Siena, and tucked away in a spectacular rural setting. The panoramic position offers sweeping views of luscious Tuscan countryside with its classic mosaic of olive groves and vineyards. There is a private swimming pool and the property is perfectly positioned for enjoying sublime sunsets.
We will have the main ‘casa padronale’ all to ourselves and the class will take place in a generous glass-fronted room opening out onto a patio. The comfortable, rustic style bedrooms, studio, and gathering area are all kept refreshingly cool and comfortable either by air-conditioning or by traditional ‘seminterrato’ design. A deep wrap around terrace is ideal for outdoor eating, where most of our meals will be taken – except for one night out on the town.
Students fly to Rome Fumicino Airport (also called Leonardo Da Vinci) where you will be met by Carlo, our charming driver, and driven the remaining two and a half hours to Palazzetto.
Sign up early to participate in this fabulous offering.
Print – Under the Tuscan Sky
Immersed in the timelessness of the verdant Tuscan landscape, this workshop is an opportunity to draw energy and inspiration from the land that was home to the Renaissance, a country where art is central to everyday life. Surrounded by centuries-old olive groves and vineyards, we’ll create a series of prints that explore the intersection of history, memory and experience.
Each day a new process will be introduced enhancing your existing visual vocabulary to create beautiful and complex prints. Our work will incorporate trace monoprints, drypoint, stencil printing, chine colle, and found material into our work, with the option of developing an accordion artist’s book, a form that can be both intimate and expansive.
Tatana Kellner is a gifted teacher with over 35 years of printmaking experience and practice. As WSW’s artistic director, she has worked with hundreds of artists guiding them through the maze of technical processes inherent to printmaking. An accomplished artist, Tatana exhibits extensively, most recently at CEPA Galllery, the Everson Museum in Syracuse, NY, Davidson College museum, and Central Booking in New York City. She has received numerous honors for her work including Pollack-Krasner grant and 3 NYFA Fellowships and has been awarded residencies at many artists’ retreats, including the Blue Mountain Center in 2013.
Tatana is one of WSW’s most popular instructors. Not only does she have a seemingly bottomless depth of knowledge about printmaking, she has a keen eye and directs students to the techniques that will best help them develop their personal imagery.
During each session, we will take a field trip into the countryside to visit some special sites.
The first week we will go Castello Banfi where, in addition to the magnificent vineyards, winery and ‘enoteca’, there is a gem of a museum tracing the history of glass making and showcasing a fascinating range of examples, from ancient Assyrian bottles all the way to modern pieces by Picasso and Jean Cocteau. On the way home we’ll stop in Abbazia di Sant’Antimo, where we might catch Gregorian chanting.
The second week we will visit the Abbazia di Monte Oliveto Maggiore, an active monastery with exquisite frescos lining its cloisters. An on-site shop offers an impressive array of herbal and homeopathic products cultivated by the monks themselves.