JSS in Civita 2018

An Artistic Immersion of a Lifetime

JSS IN CIVITA Summer Art School & Residency in Italy is delighted to announce  that we are now accepting applications for summer 2018. Our expanded program and studio facilities provides a nurturing incubator-like artistic environment located in legendary Civita Castellana, less than an hour north of Rome – A singular artistic journey in the most pictorially evocative landscape in the western imagination and a birthplace of open air painting.

JSS in Civita Poster 2018.jpgJSS in Civita 2018 Poster (Poster image: Corot, Rocks at Civita Castellana, 1826)

Artist Residencies & Affiliate Programs are available beginning June 11th and ending August 20th, 2018. Master Class dates are July 2nd  –  August 20th, 2018. Master Class Lab dates are June 11th  –  July 23rd (or optionally through August 13th), 2018

The 2018 Master Class Guest of Honor – Susannah Phillips.

The 2018 Master Class Mentor in Residence – Kurt Knobelsdorf

Civita Castellana and its environs is a place of intoxicating natural beauty. It is steeped in history, both ancient and artistic, going back millennia to the pre-Roman Faliscan civilization. In the Lazio region of Italy, during the 17, 18, and 19th centuries Civita was a Grand Tour epicenter of open air landscape painting for artists sojourning through the Roman Campagna. It has been painted and inhabited by such artistic eminences as Corot, Ingres, Turner, Granet, Michallon, Valenciennes, Dughet, Bertin and played host to the likes of Mozart, Byron, Goethe, Nathaniel Hawthorne and others too numerous to list. This is the landscape that set on fire Nicholas Poussin’s and Claude Lorrain’s Arcadian imaginations as they traversed northward from Rome toward Monte Soratte through the Campagna on horseback and on foot, drawing and dreaming. Among the impressive tufa cliffs, gorges, ruins, castles, forts and pastures, all majestically administered by the fabled Monte Soratte, is the immersive and engaging locus that is the JSS in Civita Summer Art School & Residency – a peerless painter’s paradise.

Israel Hershberg, Director & Founder

Corot, Civita Castellana, 1826

The “JSS* in Civita” Italy summer program offers students and artists the possibility of an incomparable engagement with the history of art, its idioms, pictorial conceptions, methods, materials and techniques. The direct experience of Italy’s boundless artistic heritage has the ability to nurture artistic understanding, skill and life-long inspiration.

In 2018 we will be offering  five separate programs for participants:

Master Class with Israel Hershberg and Master Class Guest of Honor, Susannah Phillips & Mentor in Residence Kurt Knobelsdorf

Master Class Lab with Israel Hershberg and Master Class Guest of Honor, Susannah Phillips & Mentor in Residence Kurt Knobelsdorf

Guided Artist Residency

JSS in Civita Artist Residency

Affiliate Program

Corot Civita CastellanaCorot, Civita Castellana, 1826

Our individual Studio Facilities and Studio Classroom, located conveniently in and around Civita’s historic center, are available to Residents and Master Class students who wish to work indoors or couple their open-air work with studio time.  The Studio Classroom will be available through advance reservation by Affilliate Faculty whose workshops require an indoor situation.

Untitled Extract PagesCorot, Civita Castellana, 1826

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Bidauld, Gorge at Civita Castellana, 1787 (in our time on right)

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JSS in Civita / Land of Origins LTD, Via Terrano 9 – 01033 Civita Castellana VT Italy

* JSS, the Jerusalem Studio School under Director & Founder Israel Hershberg concluded its operations in the city of Jerusalem in 2013. It is considered by many artists, scholars, curators and museum directors to have profoundly transformed visual, figurative and pictorial culture in Israel from its founding in 1997 with an impact that extends to this day. The model of the JSS Master Class was in the intervening years moved to the JSS in Civita Summer Art School & Residency in Italy. As of October 2017, the Jerusalem Studio School will reopen its doors in Jerusalem under the direction of Yedidya Hershberg.