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Civita di Bagnoregio: piazza (n.)

Amateurs look for inspiration; the rest of us just get up and go to work. — Chuck Close

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Piazza (n.): A public square or marketplace, especially in an Italian town.

When drawing the piazza, one needs to find the right time of day. The central square becomes a clock of sorts as one becomes exposed to the sun, especially during the late summer months.

Having a keen understanding of where the sun rises and sets each day can provide you with the ultimate protection and most importantly, the quality of light one desires. 

My favorite time of day is when the shadows are long, early morning or late afternoon.

It all begins to fall into place; you see; even the church’s axis is east/west, the sunset from the bridge is breathtaking and turns the rock to gold!

And be sure to check out the children in an early, cool evening, playing soccer in the center square; the end of another great day.

Come along this Fall. Contact me with your interest +  go here

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Introductions: Civita di Bagnoregio

 

 

 

Let yourself begin anew. Pack your bags. Choose carefully what you bring, because packing is an important ritual. Take along some humility and lessons of the past. Toss in some curiosity and excitement about what you haven’t yet learned. Say your good-byes to those you’re leaving behind. Don’t worry whom you will meet or where you will go. The way has been prepared. The people you are to meet will be expecting you. A new journey has begun. Let it be magical. Let it unfold.—Melody Beattie, Journey to the Heart

 

 

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When introducing students to Civita since 2013,  there is a many tale I would love to share. However, like every good teacher, I share a bit, tell them ‘come this way’ and simply discover this magical and sensational place, Civita.   ‘ Let it unfold.’

Once again I am offering two sessions:

Session 1: September 24 – 30, 2019 + Session 2: October 2 – 8, 2019

Each session will begin by observing the contextual environment of Civita di Bagnoregio and its surrounding context: learning about the ‘power of a place’ through drawing; mark making inspired by Civita’s extraordinary setting and the beauty of Italy. 

+ here’s a tip about what to bring. OK. Maybe a bit more required….

While traveling and sketching outside of studio, I have found these ten essentials so very helpful:

1. Soft pencil, HB recommended. Or a black fountain pen, such as a Lamy.

2. Thin eraser, used for drawing, typically. used for negative space, not errors.

3. Sun hat and sunglasses.

4. Small tripod travel stool, one can select a perfect spot anywhere. 

5. Soft paper, 9” x 12” minimum, format horizontal, vertical or square.

6. Time (20 minute minimum).

7. (good) Attitude.

8. Right brain thinking. 

9. Confidence.

10. Intent.

And, I found these two videos. Just the beginning, yes? ‘ Pack your bags.’

Contact me with your interest. go here

 

a glass half-full

A quick note to mark a place and time while in Civita di Bagnoregio this October 2018.

A remarkable place, that Civita. Teaching two sessions in drawing, painting and design was truly a grand opportunity. My feelings, everyday, were about how my ‘glass’ (container) was half full and overflowing. Containers became a device, an image of gathering and awareness that I continued to draw and paint throughout my stay; a symbol of abundance and generousity.

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Coming home, I recognize how fortunate I am and how the containers are brimming full.

I look forward to sharing this abundance to all my family and friends.

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driving through paintings, at every turn

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My recent adventure, on the road, placed me into a ‘mighty fine’ place:

Pomeroy, Washington

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Five hours there and 5 hours back to Seattle, let me experience some beautiful country where I was ‘driving through paintings’ at every turn.

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I have new inspiration to head into studio now;  I have ‘work to do’ to describe + evoke this amazing place.

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All the design elements play out: line, shape, value, color, edges, textures + space!

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I look forward to my work shop in August, out there: letting other adventurers experience the wonder + not too far away + just around the bend. Join me.

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CIVITA 2018, an agenda

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CIVITA 2018

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  • To fully embrace the Renaissance wisdom, that to draw something is to fully understand it.
  • Realize drawing connects us to our experience, with an intimacy not otherwise possible.
  • Experience the inherent intimacy with drawing, because the materials are limited.
  • One simply holds a pencil in one’s hand.
  • The artist’s touch is elemental and we can see how much an artist can do with a pencil, a pen, a brush.
  • Learn how distinctive each artist’s language of mark making can be.
  • Learn about the ‘power of a place’ through drawing.

Abstract drawing is the practice in which one represents their work using emotive powers, allowing the artist to fall into a meditative zone, representing ideas of the ‘unseen’ from the representational works to the abstract; various tools are developed to further this creative process.

Representational (depictive) works: drawing what you see. Abstract (evocative) works: drawing what you don’t see; aspects of design, feelings and emotions.

+ So begins the investigation of ‘crossing over’ to the abstract.

In representational exercises we will use tools to describe the subject with line, texture, value, edges, shape, color; those elements seen within the subject. Then, in the abstract exercises, we will delve further into design notions and their relationships. We will investigate and probe design/felt concepts of movement, dominance, unity, variety, composition; those unseen within the subject. We may name work, which also conjures feelings and new emotions about the subject too.

These studies and design tools will aid you in the first steps of ‘crossing over’ to the evocative; mark-making about a place and time, aspects purely felt on a given subject.

Ready?

Day 1: the container1-5

“Envision your day as a vessel and what you might put in it…poems, clouds, works of art, flavors, messages, discoveries, daydreams…”

7:30 – 9am: early morning: about space: charcoal works, in town sketching, Civita

9am – 12pm: collect. confirm, record: field trip to Bagnoregio, food + supplies: let’s shop.

2pm – 5pm: elements of design, all about media play

Day 2: taking chances1-22

“Your job as an artist is to push craft to its limits without being trapped by it. The trap is perfection. I believe unless your work continually generates new and unresolved issues there is no reason for your next work to be any different from the last. If you really want to keep growing as an artist, you will take this to heart.”

That which seems like a false step is just the next step.”

7:30 – 9:00AM: details: graphite works, in town sketching, Civita

9 – 12PM: about seeing

2 – 5PM: about composition, about color

eve: Group Dinner at Alma Civita

 Day 3: authenticity1-19

“To transmit the spirit, there must be form. When the form, the mind and the hand are in total accord, each forgetting the other’s separate existence, then the spirit will reside in your work.”

“The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.”

7:30 – 9:00AM early morning: color: pastel works, in town sketching, Civita

9 – 12PM: landscape: color + value

2 – 5PM: an artistic tool box of media in landscape

Day 4: awareness: a field trip Orvietolastbirdhome_3 1

 “Oh, the places you shall go…”

early morning: field trip prep

am: force diagrams, sequence views, involvement: in town sketching

pm: lunch

Day 5: spirit

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“Imagination is as far away as the next sound you hear.”

7:30 – 9:00AM: meditations, in town sketching, Civita

9 – 12PM: design and analysis; special projects

2 – 5PM: collections and critique

depictive to the evocative; let’s talk

One of my purposes in studying drawing in Civita in 2013 was to further my teaching in the subject of abstract and begin to develop methods to understand this expressive side.Abstract drawing is the practice in which one represents their work using emotive powers, allowing the artist to fall into a meditative zone, representing ideas of the ‘unseen.’

These studies show this transitional process, from the representational works to the abstract; tools are developed to further this creative process. 

This is how I break it down: Representational (depictive) works: drawing what you see. Abstract (evocative) works: drawing what you don’t see; aspects of design, feelings and emotions.

So began the investigation of ‘crossing over’ to the abstract.

I start with naming my work which conjures feelings and new emotions about the subject.In the representational exercise, I use tools to describe the subject with line, texture, value, edges, shape, color; those I see within the subject. Then, in the abstract exercise,  I delve further into design notions and their relationships. I investigate and probe design/felt concepts of movement, dominance, unity, variety, composition; those unseen within the subject.

These studies and design tools aided me in the first steps of ‘crossing over’ to the evocative; mark-making about a place and time, aspects purely felt on a given subject.

 

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romeapartment copy 1To fully embrace the Renaissance wisdom, that to draw something is to fully understand it.

Realize drawing connects us to our experience, with an intimacy not otherwise possible.

Experience the inherent intimacy with drawing, because the materials are limited. One simply holds a pencil in one’s hand. The artist’s touch is elemental and we are able to see how much an artist can do with a pencil and how distinctive each artist’s language of mark making can be.

Learn about the ‘power of a place’ through drawing.

Join me in Civita this Fall.

https://anitahlehmannteacher.com/civita-workshop/

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an open house: Civita Workshop 2018

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‘bingo’

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Venice.

bingo.

I arrived home a month ago, really. My trip away was once again a huge learning experience; in Italy and France.

I taught two sessions of evocative/depictive drawing in Civita di Bagnoregio through the Civita Institute in glorious Italy. This was my second year of teaching in Civita.

I was awarded a fellowship in 2013 through the Civita Institute, where I studied drawing in the evocative/depictive process. ‘Bingo!’

My impressions since being home:

  1. Get right to studio and start writing, drawing, painting, collaging etc. The ideas are fresh and evidence is clear.
  2. Be thankful for all the good fortune that came your way while traveling.
  3. Wonder about what may come your way in the future.
  4. Listen.
  5. Find your “bingo’s.”

What are ‘bingo’s’? Simply said, a happening that is spontaneous but you know when it’s a win. One could play the game, Bingo. I like to play it in art. How many keen marks create a bingo? Did I find my ’80/20′? How did that painting feel? Did I leave the paint alone?

Mostly, my ‘bingo’s’ on this trip came from my remarkable group of students.

Each student bringing so much to everything; brave, creative, enthusiastic, cheerful, caring and talented. Bingo! Best students!

So, let’s continue to create those ‘bingo’s’.

Back to studio.

 

 

 

2018 workshops + classes

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2018 Workshop + Classes

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