Art workshop in Tuscany ; “you is you, not me”
Demonstration or no demonstration!
In a few days, I will be the painting workshop instructor for Studio Italia, our June art workshop in Tuscany, and I am really looking forward to it. I certainly know that a few students will ask me “can you do a demonstration?” Well… doing a demonstration can be very dangerous for the development of the potential artist, since it may induce an imitative behaviour which will prevent the other to find her/his own way of expression. We certainly all know that art is extremely personal, art being the reflection of the individual’s essence. Who am I to teach Lorraine or Enzo how to draw a cypress tree? Who am I to teach Jocelyne or Ted how to paint a wheat field?
Of course, during our painting workshop in Italy I will underline the principles of proper colour use (i.e. cool vs. warm), enunciate the basic laws of perspective (aerial or linear), make sure the proportions of the human body are respected, revise the understanding of the color wheel… but your tree is “your” tree. It belongs to you only. Cézanne’s tree is Cézanne’s ; Kandinsky’s architecture belongs only to Kandinsky, Monet’s fields are Monet’s; and the same applies to Gauguin, to Renoir, to Matisse, all painters who revolutionized the landscape.
Thanks to our unique philosophy in trusting the creative process, I certainly know that Lorraine, Enzo, Jocelyne and Ted will produce “great” little transportable paintings. Art is certainly not done by only a talented few, but by everyone who willingly accepts that she or he could also reach the level of the great masters…
3 thoughts on “Our painting workshop Studio Italia”
Thanks for including me in the same company as Cezanne! I have enjoyed all your workshops!Cheers, Enzo
Date: Thu, 13 Jun 2013 18:55:52 +0000 To: firstname.lastname@example.org
First off I would like to say excellent blog! I had
a quick question which I’d like to ask if you do not mind.
I was interested to know how you center yourself and clear your head prior to writing.
I have had trouble clearing my thoughts in getting my ideas
out. I truly do enjoy writing however it just seems like the first 10 to
15 minutes are usually lost simply just trying to figure
out how to begin. Any suggestions or hints? Many thanks!
Thank you. I center myself my keeping a single idea. I get the idea while walking in the nature, and my many readings before I go to bed at night. The night does the rest!