The Light and Air of Civita Castellana
July 25th – August 8th, 2016
Burma Road in the Haze, 2015, oil on linen mounted on wood, 29 x 32 cm
The interpretation of landscape and the exquisite light of Italy are a common thread throughout the history of painting for the past several hundred years.. Civita Castellana, ensconced in the province of Lazio, was one of the original attractions to this area of Italy for many great artists of the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries. Ingres, Poussin, Corot, Lorrain, Turner, all passed through Civita on their way northward from Rome, and there painted many of the masterpieces familiar to us to this day.
Painters drawn to Civita and its surroundings found a painting paradise in its landscape, so packed with painterly opportunities and illuminated by a light that moved them with its uniquely rich color harmony.
In this course we will go out daily into the magical landscape surrounding the historical town of Civita Castellana to work on acquiring the basic tools of the languages of drawing and painting, with focus on developing a painterly observation and vision. We’ll learn how it is possible to see the landscape in an abstract way, to choose from within this vision and build an interesting composition. We will consider the painterly questions that occupied painters of the past, and will research their works done in this area. We will increase our control in mixing color, putting paint onto canvas, and will place an emphasis on building a system of tonal relationships and color which will describe the light and air specific to this place.
This course is suitable for painters of all levels. Guidance will be through demonstration, one-on-one teaching with each student, and group critiques. Teaching days will be Sunday and Monday mornings, and Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons. On Thursdays we will join the group excursions on the JSS in Civita program. Remaining time will be dedicated to independent work.
From my personal experience I can say that the experience of painting intensively in this place where the forefathers of landscape painting worked is fascinating, exciting, and provides inspiration for years to come.
Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions.