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PAINTING THE FANTASTIC - Italian Courses in Creativity

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Posted by CCafe FWD: robert venosa on November 25, 19100 at 01:43:01:

Date: Fri, 24 Nov 2000
To: roberto@venosa.com
From: robert venosa

At The Santa Reparata International School of Art

According to statistics produced by UNESCO, 60% of the world's most
important works of art are located in Italy and approximately half of these
are in Florence. . . Our master classes will take place at The Santa Reparata International School of Fine Arts, a newly renovated private art school just a few blocks from San Marcos Square in the center of Florence. The school and studio space is new, and a small library is under way.  Computers and internet access will also be available to students for a nominal fee. Tours of Florence will be provided as part of your tuition.  Artists may choose to study in one of the three tracks listed below.  As each track is limited to 10 students, every participant will receive a highly personalized training and unique experience.  Each student  may choose from one of three different tracks in a 3 week course of study  (see descriptions below).  The selection criteria varies for each track and is decided upon by the teacher of that particular track.

Master Tracks


The "Fantastic" implies a 'lack of restraint in the imagination', and such is the approach to painting taken in this unique workshop for beginners and
accomplished artists alike.  Participants will be utilizing a simplified
version of the 'Master's Technique', as employed down through the centuries
by such artists as Van Eyck, Rembrandt and Max Ernst.   Following a process
that the teachers  call 'Serendipitous Exploitation', an emotional
outpouring of color and form is first applied to the surface, followed by
studied, individual detailing of the personal visions the imagination
presents. The premise: to exercise right-brain potential in a
non-threatening, effortless manner that instills self-discovery, and a
newfound self-esteem. This workshop is for all those wishing to explore
their artistic capabilities  while discovering the joy and illuminating
power of painting.  It is open to beginners and professional painters alike.
Monday  -- Thursday,  9:00 am - 12 noon and 2:00 pm - 5 p.m.
maximum: 10 students

FA PRESTO in FLORENCE - with Michael Fuchs
The Fa Presto oil painting technique originated in 17th century Italy, and was developed as an offshoot of the  'misch'  technique in order to paint a great number of easel paintings in a short time. As the name implies (fa presto means 'do it quickly') this manner of painting can be used to
obtain quick, spontaneous and expressive results as well as more studied
works. Starting with an earthen colored imprimatura we paint into wet
layers of oil paint and do not have to wait for layers to dry before applying the next layer. By developing a ductus (the way one actually wields the brush) one can bring many structures into play and enhance the artistic expression of the painting considerably. Using a wide variety of
brushes the painter can achieve an impressive range of effects.  I generally use portrait models and/or still-lives to teach this technique,
thereby giving my students a  thorough training inspired by the laws of
Monday - Thursday,  9:00 am - 12 noon and 2:00 pm - 5 p.m.
maximum: 10 students

METHOD and the  MUSE - Painting with Philip Rubinov-Jacobson

Combining knowledge from the old masters with innovative approaches, this
track introduces a synthesis of  methods and materials in painting that
afford a clear,  quick and concise technique.  This mystical and masterly
approach to building a picture involves the 'mixed-technique' of
egg-tempera and oil painting  (ala Van Eyck),  and   contemporary methods
with a  twist  (ala Maxfield Parrish and Rubinov-Jacobson).  This track is
appropriate for participants with some previous experience in oil painting,
or in the 'mische' technique itself.   An emphasis on individualized
instruction, and feedback on each participant's unique visual poetics inspires a new threshold  of creative courage. It is an opportunity  for
artists to  embrace their inner vision while gaining technical skills in an
inspired, experimental and safe environment, while being supported by an
accomplished guide.
Monday - Thursday,  9:00 am - 12 noon and 2:00 pm - 5 p.m.
maximum: 10 students


ROBERT VENOSA.  The Fantastic Realism art of Robert Venosa has been exhibited worldwide and is represented in the collections of major museums, rock stars and European aristocracy. He has done conceptual design for movies such as Dune  and Fire in the Sky  for Paramount, and Race for Atlantis  for IMAX. His work has been the subject of three books, Manas
Manna, Noospheres, and the recently published Illuminatus,  featuring text
by Terence McKenna. Each year, Venosa devotes time to giving workshops at
such institutes as Esalen in California, Naropa in Boulder, and Skyros Institute in Greece and Tobago in the Caribbean. Website: http://www.venosa.com
MARTINA HOFFMANN.  A German-born artist, Martina studied sculpting and art education at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt with
Professors Spielmann and Kiefer (father of Anselm Kiefer). She has, since
that time, worked professionally as a painter and sculptor, and for the past 6 years has co-taught painting workshops with Robert Venosa. Martina's work has been exhibited internationally, as well as being represented in books such as 'DRINKING LIGHTNING - Art, Creativity and
Transformation' and  'The Return of The Great Goddess', both by Shambhala
Publications, 'One Source', Markowitz Publishers,  'Celebrating Woman's
Spirituality', Crossing Press, and such publications as  Magical Blend and
Expose. Website: http://www.martinahoffmann.com
MICHAEL FUCHS, MFA was born  in Paris.  After high school he moved from the United States to Vienna to study with his father, Ernst Fuchs, and made
Vienna his home.  Michael also studied painting with Anton Lehmden  at the
Vienna Academy of Fine Arts where he completed his MFA degree.  In
addition,  the professor  holds an MA in Architecture, also from the Vienna
Academy. He has an  international reputation for his portraiture and  his
commissions read like a veritable 'Who's Who' in the realms of art, state
and church.  He has exhibited extensively in Europe and more recently in
the United States.  Website: http://www.michael-fuchs.at
PHILIP RUBINOV-JACOBSON, MFA was born in Rochester, New York and is an artist , educator and  author of the book,  "Drinking Lightning -  Art, Creativity  and Transformation",  with a Foreword by Ken Wilber and Ernst Fuchs. He studied painting with Ernst Fuchs, 1973-1974, and holds
academic degrees in several fields.  From 1991-97 he worked as a dean at
Naropa University where he  founded and directed the School of Continuing Education. Currently, he is painting, working on another book, and spear-heading the project to establish  The Museum and Academy of the Visionary Arts (MAVA), conferring with  Ernst Fuchs and Ken Wilber in that endeavor. He is represented by Galerie 10 in Vienna. Website: http://www.Rubinovs-Lightning.com
Santa Reparata International School of Art website: http://www.fionline.it/santareparata

Early:    $1,595
After January 15, 2001:  $1,795

These fees only reflect the tuition rate.  The administration at the
Santa Reparata International School of Art will  find accommodations for
you for a $50 housing fee.  Housing can be as little as $300 for 3 or  4 weeks if you share an apartment with 2 or 3 other students, complete with kitchen and bathroom. Although the course runs for three weeks, students may opt to
secure their housing for 4 weeks and tour for one week.   All sorts of
accommodations can be found from dorms to luxury suites. The rate below is 'tuition only' and is the same regardless of the track you choose.  The 'Olsen Award' is made possible by the founder of the school , Dennis Olsen, and Jay & Em Creations, and  allows a few students to attend at a discounted rate.

Accommodations are arranged by Meredith Dean of the Santa Reparata International School of Art for a $50 placement fee.  Meredith can be reached by e-mail at:
School/studio:  011-39-055-4627374
Cell phone:   011-39-339-7230556

Meredith can find just the type of housing you are looking for:

A. Dormitory style housing, very inexpensive, no amenities, multiple
occupancy, no kitchen.  This can be on half board--breakfast and dinner.

B. Student grade apartments--plain but functional and furnished, shared
bedrooms but no kitchen facilities--can be as low as $10-$15 per day

C. Adult grade apartments--more amenities--not expensive but adequate,
furnished, within 20 minute walk of studio, has a kitchen--quite nice but not
'elegant.' These averaged about $18-$25 per day this year.

D. Up-scale apartments--more expensive with space and/or view, nice location,
furnished, kitchen, washing machine, telephone etc...

E. Residence hotel-- with bi-weekly maid service, switchboard and a small
kitchen in the room

F. Hotel--***, **** no kitchens but full hotel services

A $1,000 deposit is required. All deposits for the 'early' rates should
be paid by December 8, 2000. The balance is due  by  January 15, 2001.
Early Reservation Deposits are not refundable after  January 15, 2001.
Regular prices are in effect as of  January 16, 2001 and will reflect
higher  rates  than the early listings.
All prices are per person.  Students are responsible for their own air
fare, personal expenses, museum entrance fees and all transportation and
health insurance while abroad.  A 'materials list' is supplied be each
teacher and costs of supplies are divided up by the participants on site
for the materials purchased in bulk.  Faculty and student cards are issued
to provide discounts on airfare, art supplies. museum fees, etc. (a $5 fee).

Jay and Em Creations
USA 80308-3381

Or wire  transfer within the USA  to Account of "Jay and Em Creations"
Acct.# 1828113734 NORWEST/Wells Fargo Bank Colorado
1740 Broadway Denver, Colorado 80274--
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