Roxanne Faber Savage
life is sweet- join me this summer -as I will be teaching printmaking in Tuscany-
Women's Studio Workshop International Summer Art Institute
SAVE THE DATES! July 14-24, 2015
Monoprints: Mixed prints Italian style
Monoprints: Mixed Prints, Italian Style – Roxanne Faber Savage


We are returning to Vitabella-Palazzetto for this summer’s Italian workshop, Monoprints: Mixed Prints, Italian Style taught by Roxanne Faber Savage.

This lovely property is close to Seggiano, 40 miles southeast 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 nicely equipped pop-up studio 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 we will enjoy most of our meals.

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.

Class will begin on July 14 with a trip to the nearby CastelloBanfi 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.

Work in the studio will run from July 14-24, with a second trip part way through to lovely Buonconvento where you may wander and find lunch on your own. After lunch we’ll 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. We’ll stop off for gelato in BagnoVignoni on the way back.

The Workshop
Monoprints: Mixed Prints, Italian Style

Roxanne Faber Savage
July 14-24
Arrive July 13, depart July 25
Tuition: $4700 single/$4300 double
Includes: transportation to and from Fumicino Airport, day trips, room and board, instruction, and most materials.

Register for this workshop by making a non-refundable $500 deposit.
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Summer in Tuscany: a place where one’s imagination is set free.

Our muse for this class is the natural and built surroundings of the studio: the earth tones of sienna tiled roofs matched with honey colored buildings; the tasty farm fresh vegetables, olive oil, and regional wine; the blue skied vistas filled with cypress trees and sunflowers; ancient history fused with contemporary life.

Using observation, (i phone) camera, pencil & pad, artists in this workshop will use daily inspiration to develop imagery for their plates and prints. Artists will learn – or solidify- their knowledge of the following techniques: carborundum aquatint, plexiglas intaglio, paper lithography, stencil, and chine collé. Using skill, intuition, and experimentation, she will demonstrate various plate making and inking techniques: rolling, carding, wiping, chine collé, plate registration, and overprinting plates in multiple configurations.

As plates are printed, a story or conversation between elements and narrative will develop. Working across several techniques we will work to develop a mixed media image vocabulary. Artists may create a variable edition, a suite of mixed technique monoprints or a large tiled print made from a collection of small plates. The results will be surprising and vary for each individual. Both oil and water based inks will be used.

Roxanne will present daily demonstrations and work one-on-one to guide artists in moving their work to a new place. She will assess artist’s ideas and imagery and present mini assignments and plans of action- offering combinations of solutions to “work” their ideas.

There will be ongoing dialogue in the studio and a group critique on the final day of class. A print exchange will be encouraged, but is not mandatory. We’ll celebrate the end of the class with a pop-up exhibit.

Two excursions off site are designed to inspire and support your study.

Roxanne is an extraordinary artist. She was one of the very first artists to travel with WSW to print in Tuscany. Since then we have followed her work and career and have had her teach in our studios in Rosendale. Her classes have been extremely popular because she fears no process, is a highly skilled printmaker, and an excellent teacher.

Roxanne Faber Savage is a contemporary multidisciplinary artist with printmaking as her primary medium. She is a dynamic instructor whose art is exhibited in solo and group shows in the United States and beyond, most recently at Art Basel Miami, the Danforth Museum, Boston Printmakers, International Print Exhibition, Albuquerque, NM and A Space Gallery, New Haven, CT. She studied at Pratt and Queens College.

Susan Fateh, our international program coordinator, who has made her home in Seggiano for several years,will be our private chef. As past students will attest, she is a sublime cook. Her style is an Italian/Persian fusion using the freshest ingredients all locally sourced.

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