Painting Classes In Italy

Instructor: Jerry Fresia, AIS Master Artist
Location: Bellagio, Italy
Dates: Sept 16-21 & Sept 23-28, 2018 (Sunday-Friday)
Cost: € 1250 per person
Inclusions: 30 hours of instruction, 3 meals, all art materials except paintbrushes, transportation from town center to studio, 22% VAT or sales tax
Class Size: Maximum 8

Painting As the Revitalization of Wonder
The FRESIA Method

Many painters have described a peculiar mood that they slip into as they paint. This mood is a sense of wonder and joy, a sense of feeling larger, and is identified by Jerry Fresia as a particular kind of enchantment. The problem, Fresia points out, is that the mechanical steps of painting methods tend to pull the painter in a direction that subverts one’s mood of wonder because painting methods are presented as processes of production, much like an assembly line. Fresia solves this problem by teaching how the steps in his method of painting is a way of breaking down our visual experience into sensual pieces. In this approach the activity of painting becomes a crossing or passage that propels the painter into a mood of wonder. “Once you get to the wonder and joy,” explains Fresia, “the art will follow.” Listen to Jerry explain this process here.

Painting as a revitalization of wonder is painting as an escape from our ordinary realms of perception.

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The Course

Our painting classes in Italy teach you an authentic method of painting handed down directly from the French Impressionists to various Americans such as John Singer Sargent and Robert Henri. This method is valid for all visual art media. You will learn not only the craft side of painting but also the history and philosophy behind the method.

In the demonstrations, Fresia will explain how and why the painting process is broken down into 5 distinct separate stages: Composition, Construction, Underpainting, Reconstruction, and Painting.

Fresia will walk you through the stages, with individual instruction at your easel, throughout the week. Our painting classes in Italy offer you an opportunity to paint in the studio and en plein-air with great views of the lake.

Recommended Arrival/Departure: Saturday
Main Demo: Sunday, 1:30-4:30pm (reception to follow)
Instruction: Monday-Friday, 9:30-12:00/1:30-4:30

Not only is this holiday painting class in Italy designed as a passage to a realm of wonder and joy where one begins to notice sensations of line and color previously ignored, but it is also a passage that takes place in the realm of Italian sensuality – incredible vistas, complex tastes of food and wine, and new friendships.

Workshop Details

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