The Artistic Immersion of a Lifetime

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JSS IN CIVITA Summer Art School & Residency in Italy is now accepting applications for summer 2019. Our community, program and studio facilities provide 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 Italy, in the birthplace of open air painting.

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Guest Artist

2019 Master Class Guest of Honor – Amy Weiskopf

 

Director’s Statement

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. In this landscape, Arcadia as idea found its embodiment. 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 HershbergDirector & Founder

  

The School

JSS in Civita Italy 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.

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In 2019 we will be offering  four separate programs for participants:

Master Class with Israel Hershberg & Master Class Guest of Honor, Amy Weiskopf

JSS in Civita Artist Residency

Guided Artist Residency

Workshops Program

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 Workshops Faculty whose courses require an indoor situation.

   

When it All Happens

Master Class – July 1st  –  August 12th

Residencies & Workshops – available from June 17th – August 26th

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JSS in Civita Poster 2018 Template copy 2.jpgJSS in Civita 2018 Poster (Poster image: Corot, Rocks at Civita Castellana, 1826)