There is no better dream in an artists life than to study art in a beautiful place that calls to their soul. For me this is the history, renaissance, sculpture and the creative spirit of Italy. It is the place of inspiration filled with the art and sculpture of the masters that have gone before. In January I was given the amazing opportunity to study the art of Bas Relief at the Istituto Poligrafico dell’Arte della Zecca. The school is the only one of its kind in the world. Instructors are modern day Masters that have studios in italy and are truly gifted teachers. Only teaching at the school for one day each week the Professors enjoy sharing their wisdom, techniques and hard won experience with the 36 students attending the school.
I have been amazed at the talents of the students and how determined, goal oriented and driven they are.
The school is located in the beautiful city of Rome, where art is everywhere. An artist can only become better when you are surrounded by the beauty of the local sculpture, architecture and history that is on display in abundance.
At the school we are learning how to make our own tools for everything! And lessons are tradionally classicaly taught in copper engraving and printing, embossing, direct metal engraving, wax sculpting, relief modelling, molding, chemistry, enamelling, stone carving, gemstone carving, life drawing, new computer technology, archival art restoration, and chase and reposse. The school is associated with the italian mint and develops the talents of italy’s top artists and disperses them into the mints all over the world. Every year there is a calendar medal produced by the mint and created by a student.
to be continued…..
I will be discussing in my next blogs some of the disappearing arts such as copper engraving, embossing, wax modelling, direct engraving metal, stone /shell engraving and chase and reposse. I am Looking forward to sharing some of the art forms I am learning at the school.
Lately I have been experimenting with a new technique – drawing with pigment powders and a chamois. It has been difficult and I am only successful for a fraction of my drawings. Here are some examples of my successes so far.
We are starting up our classes for the September-December term and we wanted to invite you all to sign up for one of them:)
We have throwing classes on Monday evenings (Hilary) starting September 14th, Wednesday mornings (Cathi) starting on September 16th, and Thursdayevenings (Hilary) starting September 10th. We are also introducing a very unique and interesting class on sculpture and decorating techniques with our newest rock star clay master (Angela) starting Wednesday evenings starting September 23rd.
We also have kids classes with super fun programming starting up Wednesday afternoons (Cathi) September 16th for kids 8-12 and Thursday afternoons (Janet) September 17th for kids 4-7. We now have a streamlined home school invoice system so you can take it home the first class and submit it to your service provider.
We also have a short class on Hand-Building (Ewa) starting October 27th and a delightful pumpkin tea light 3 hour workshop (Tanis) on October 3.
The open studio hours are posted on our website and those of you that have an annual membership are welcome to come down and spend some blissful hours in the studio with our amazing volunteers. If you were a previous student whose class membership has expired, you can pay for a half year membership for $25!! We endeavour to have the studio open regular hours (9am to 3pm) including some class time, so folks find it easier to keep track:)
All the specific details of times and prices are on our website.
IN OTHER NEWS:
We are having our annual fundraiser “beer and burger” event at the Pub in Cowichan Bay, September 27th tickets are available from the monitors and instructors at the studio for $25 which includes a draw prize entry. There will be a diverse silent auction that night and lots of amazing music and warm conversation.
We are also doing a semi annual purge of unloved, unclaimed pots on September 25th so if you have a special pot in the studio but haven’t been in there in a while, you can stop by and pick it up or place it on the special shelf as labelled:)
We look so forward to seeing all of you again,
the clay hub collective
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