Tuesday, November 22, 2016

The Italian Intensive III - The Expressive Drypoint

Now Open For Enrollment:

The Italian Intensive III - The Expressive Drypoint
August 18 through September 1, 2017.

We are happy to announce that registration is open for our Italian Intensive Workshop for 2017!  A limited number of spaces are available for the two week workshop led by Katherine Brimberry and Suzi Davidoff at La Romita, Umbria, Italy August 18 through September 1, 2017.

The Italian Intensive III will introduce a new non-toxic drypoint technique created with illustration board and non-toxic, water soluble inks. Artists at all levels, experienced or not with printmaking, will find this new technique easy to master.

The Italian Intensive III will give you the opportunity to expand your creative vocabulary plus visit Umbrian hill towns to experience the best of Italy!  Class fee includes room, all meals, transportation to and from Rome and numerous excursions throughout Umbria.

For more information and to reserve your place, go to the classes page of Flatbed Press's website or call 512.947.1073.  You may contact Katherine Brimberry at info@flatbedpress.com.  Reserve your place early because the space in the class is limited to 14.

Katherine Brimberry and Suzi Davidoff are artists and  printmakers who have have collaborated on monotypes and etchings for over twelve years.  Through their work together they have discovered that the collaborative monotyping is as Suzi puts it "an incredibly intense, creatively-charged, energetic and really fun experience." At La Romita, they want to share this experience with the students and teach them to explore monoprinting a drypoint plate.  This new type of drypoint matrix is a very portable, lightweight plate created with heavy illustration board that can be easily drawn into with a drypoint scribe. An image created in this way can be printed in many variations using monoprinting techniques including chine collé, relief roll, or selective inking. Students will also learn more about printmaking techniques, color theory, using a water-based non-toxic ink and a variety of drawing techniques. 

The objective of this workshop is as Katherine and Suzi write:  “We believe that with these experiences each student will expand their creative vocabulary and also learn to work more in a more direct and spontaneous fashion as well as learning to embrace the unexpected.”  Suzi and Katherine expect that the students will be able to successfully create a small body of finished monotypes at La Romita and also create plates that can be used for printing in the future.  Most importantly, the students will be able carry some the creative concepts and approaches into their own art practice.

As always, La Romita is to newcomers and returning students alike the bit of heaven that it is: a peaceful place to work and play, rich encounters with art and the town residents while daily exploring the hill country towns of Umbria, and of course, the food.  La Romita is a "foodie" paradise with home-style Italian cooking that is anything but ordinary. 

Five hundred dollars will reserve  your space in the workshop.  Payments can be made during the year, but a the final payment of a total of $4,000 is due 60 days before the beginning of the workshop (June 14).  Your deposit and other payments are 100% refundable until June 14.  Call Katherine at Flatbed Press to register and hold your place or go to the course description with PayPal button to make a deposit for your reservation.
Course Descriptions and PayPal.  Call us for more details (512.947.1073).  We'll be contacting you with the full application and details.

       Suzi Davidoff

Suzi Davidoff
Suzi Davidoff is an artist based in the Chihuahuan desert of west Texas, creating drawings, paintings, prints and collaborative installations that explore themes of structure and perception in the natural world.
Palo Verde Azul 7", Drawing
Her work has been exhibited in galleries and museums across the United States.  BEAUTY.CHAOS, a collaborative book projectwas part of the 20th Anniversary Exhibition at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC in 2006. The Galveston Arts Center featured her work in a two-person exhibition, SECOND NATURE in 2007.  Zane Bennett Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, NM presented solo exhibitions in August 2008 and April 2010. Flatbed Press, Austin, TX, featured a solo exhibition of new monotypes in April 2009. In summer of 2009 she was awarded a Fiskars Artist’s Residency in Finland.

  Katherine Brimberry 

Katherine Brimberry

"Adam's Malady", Polymer gravure(solarplate)
In 1989 Katherine Brimberry co-founded Flatbed Press, a publishing workshop for fine art prints in Austin, Texas. As an artist her primary medium has been intaglio printmaking, and she has exhibited her work widely.  Her prints have been collected by private collectors and museums internationally. As Master Printer and director of Flatbed Press she is directly responsible for the artistic and technical development of all Flatbed projects and has collaborated with artists for over three hundred Flatbed projects.  Flatbed is well known for their commitment to their artists in helping them created etchings, monotypes, lithographs and relief fine art prints.  Brimberry specializes in intaglio techniques.  Her own works uses both copper etching techniques and polymer gravure plates, sometimes known as Solarplates. In 2010, she led a group to La Romita to work with Solarplates and water-based, non-toxic inks. Her art practice includes working with large groups on collaborative work.

La Romita School of Art

Terni, Italy

La Romita School of Art, situated on a hillside above the city of Terni, Italy, was established as a monastery by the Capuchin Order of Friars Minor in the year 1548.  It remained an active monastery until the early 19th century. La Romita was considered a “poor” monastery because the Capuchins, like the Franciscans from whom they evolved, lived primarily from alms and charitable offerings of the communities they served. Church archives show that the Capuchin friars at La Romita at one time produced the coarse-woven woolen cloth used for the Order’s robes. The ancestors of signora Amina Quargnali (the mother of school founders Enza and Paola Quargnali) purchased La Romita a few years after the monks left, and it was used for many years as a guesthouse and summer home. La Romita School of Art first opened in 1966, under the leadership of Enza Quargnali, as the summer art program of Rockford College in Illinois. For almost 50 years artists have stayed at La Romita, painting the landscape, people and towns in the beautiful Umbrian hill country, whose radiant golden light has charmed artists since the days of Perugino and his famous pupil, Rafael. Although there have been many modifications and revisions over the centuries, much of the original structure remains intact. The participants sleep in two floors of rooms that open off a gallery aisle. Housing is dorm style, with two people sharing each (large) room.  There are single rooms available. Go to La Romita’s web site for pictures and more information from this last summer’s classes.  The 2017 classes are now posted.  http://laromita.org


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