This workshop invites you to open your creative side to explore a variety of approaches to photographic art making. It is an opportunity to bring your spirit and your voice into what matters – to develop and refine your personal vision through digital photography shooting exercises while learning new techniques and getting critical feedback in the form of group sharing and individual support. All happening in a magical Baroque villa situated at the top of Benabbio, a beautiful and secluded medieval village in the Garfangana region of Tuscany, Italy.
With Kate Breakey you will continue to be inspired in developing your voice while exploring the still life with surface alterations to your prints using applied pigments. With Jace Graf you will learn the basic principles of hand bookbinding and will complete three different book/folio structures to enclose the prints you’ve produced during the workshop. In addition you’ll be working directly with Alchemy Studio’s Carol Panaro-Smith & James Hajicek who will inspire you with shooting prompts and direct photographic experiences coupled with group and individual sessions to review and develop your personal voice.
This will all happen at the Villa San Rocco, http://sanroccobenabbio.com/en/ an 11 bedroom Baroque villa in Tuscany, with a 14th century monastic art studio situated at the top of the medieval village of Benabbio. You will be nourished by home cooked meals prepared by Carol Panaro-Smith and James Hajicek, who really know their way around a kitchen. Daily meals are created in the Italian tradition of locally grown ingredients being freshly prepared and served either “a tavola” – together at the table, or casually as you move through your creative practice. You will also have several meals at local restaurants to sample the regional cuisine – all included in the cost of the workshop.
Cost of the Workshop
Cost: $3,575. This includes the workshop fee, housing (double occupancy), meals, all materials and transportation within Italy. (Airfare to and from Florence is not included). Private rooms supplements may be available -please inquire.
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KATE BREAKEY is internationally known for her large- scale, richly hand-colored photographs including her acclaimed series of luminous portraits of birds, flowers and animals in a series called “Small Deaths” published in 2001 by University of Texas Press.
Since 1980 her work has appeared in more than 90 one-person exhibitions and in over 50 group exhibitions. A native of South Australia, Kate moved to Austin, Texas in 1988. She completed a Master of Fine Art degree at the University of Texas in 1991 where she also taught photography in the Department of Art and Art History until 1997. In 1999, she moved to Tucson, Arizona. Her monographs include, Painted Light, University of Texas Press in 2010, a career retrospective that encompasses a quarter century of prolific image making and Las Sombras, The Shadows, University of Texas Press in October 2012. This series of photograms is a continuation of her lifetime investigation of the natural world, which in her own words is ‘brimming with fantastic, mysterious, beautiful things’ She teaches regularly at the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops.
JACE GRAF owns and operates Cloverleaf Studio, a book arts business located in Austin, Texas. He completed a graduate book arts degree at Mills College in 1990 and then went to work for five years at BookLab, the premier edition bookbindery in the country at the time. In 1996 Jace started Cloverleaf Studio, where he specializes in hand bookbinding, box making and book design. His work is now held in many private collections, library special collections and museums across the country. In the past twenty years Jace has worked with hundreds of commercial and fine art photographers to create portfolios, limited edition books, deluxe versions of trade editions, and enclosures for suites of prints to be sold in galleries.
CAROL PANARO-SMITH AND JAMES HAJICEK, own and operate Alchemy Studio (http://alchemy-studio.net) and have been collaborating for almost 15 years, devoting themselves to providing creative learning experiences in both Arizona and Italy as well as producing their own nationally recognized creative fine art photography. Their work has been exhibited internationally over the past decades and can be found in many significant public and private collections.
CAROL PANARO-SMITH received her MFA at Arizona State University. Her work in mixed media has been exhibited extensively for over two decades. Carol’s area of specialization is alternative photographic processes, mixed media and book arts. She teaches workshops nationally and at Alchemy Studio Workshops in which she is founder and co-director.
JAMES HAJICEK is Professor Emeritus in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University. He received his BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute and his MFA from the University of New Mexico. His area of specialization is late 19th century photographic printing processes.