A story by Italo Calvino and its many possibilities (of realization)

The aim of the course is to find among various possible techniques the most suitable (and most comfortable for the student) to represent a story. Freedom does not consist only in illustrating the story with a personal representation: freedom and professionalism rather begin when the illustrator is able to use more than two techniques and can therefore choose the most suitable one (tempera, china, engraving, etc.). “It’s something that happens many times with me when I begin to illustrate, and I find myself trying more than one possible technique. In the end, I am surprised by my own choice. The theory of painting always comes after, never before. With this method we can dig deeper in the rules of painting, chiaroscuro, balance, architectural perspective, aerial perspective and color composition. Of course, character search should not be missing. Many times people asked me how to find a style or a personal representation. A week of course is certainly not enough to find it, but within this time I can help and guide the student to find the way. The research is long, and in the end we realize that an illustration can only be done by one person and not by another. And this act of discovery is a personal satisfaction and a beautiful experience.”(Linda Wolfsgruber)

The program is divided into six points:
Choice of story, study of characters and composition of an image.
Pencil and ink.
Monotype and engraving.
Combination of various techniques.

Participants are required to bring their own technical and artistic materials.
The engraving techniques that will be used are: monotype, dry point, silhouette mold, eva rubber.

Engraving material
Tracing paper
Soft and hard pencils
Sketch pad size A3
Various types of paper
2 or 3 sheets of engraving paper, low weight 150/200 (Rosaspina paper)
Watercolors and brushes
Scissors and cutter
Oil colors for the monotype (black, yellow, red and blue)
A black color for engraving
Tip for engraving
Eva rubber (3 – 4 A3 or A4 sheets)
Thin metal plate (zinc or copper) measuring A4
A rubber roller
A Triangle Ruler Square
Cotton gauze and tissue paper

Material for tempera or gouache
Primary colors, black and titanium white (brand Talens)
Synthetic brushes n. 3, 5, 7, 12 with point (round), bristle brushes n. 18 and a larger one
Heavy weight paper 300 gr or more, for tempera

Material for acrylics
Colors: yellow, magenta or red, primary blue, white and black
2 porcelain dishes (not plastic)
Colored pencils
China (black or other colors) and nibs
Pritt glue in stick

Participants are required to bring their own works (for those who have already realized some).
Assistant: Antonella Todescato antonella@fantasiarte.it

Date Timetables
15 Jul 2019 09.30 – 18.30
16 Jul 2019 09.30 – 18.30
17 Jul 2019 09.30 – 18.30
18 Jul 2019 09.30 – 18.30
19 Jul 2019 09.30 – 18.30
20 Jul 2019 09.30 – 13.00

Location: Scuola Elementare di Montaner

Price: 370 euro

Deadline for entering : The enrolment deadline is one month before the beginning of the course, unless otherwise specified. Late enrolments will be accepted dependent upon available places.