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OUR 2024 SUMMER SEMINAR AT TORRI SUPERIORE

IS OPEN FOR REGISTRATION !


Come spend 3 weeks in a 14th century Alpine Village
Creating Visionary Works of Art with Old Master's Methods
Saturday July 13th -  Sunday August 4th 2024

Learn Different Variations of
~
THE MISCHTECHNIK ~
A Layered Approach to Oil Painting

~ Enjoy Communal Living in our friendly Eco-village ~
 

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You'll develop Two Original Paintings under the guidance of two teachers.
All students will create one painting

...with STEFAN LUCAS ALLEN, learning the traditional Egg Tempera Mischtechnik.

And, create a second painting

...with LAURENCE CARUANA, learning the Casein & Oil Mischtechnik
OR

...with FLORENCE MÉNARD, learning a Layered Approach to Oils.

Tuition for the course includes 3 Weeks of Full Accommodation

in cosy apartments with 3 full meals per day.

~ NOW IN ITS 14TH YEAR, OUR SEMINAR OFFERS 3 WEEKS OF INTENSIVE TEACHING  ~

COME SHARE YOUR VISION WITH A GROUP OF KINDRED SPIRITS !

Saturday July 13th -  Sunday August 4th 2024

~ TORRI SUPERIORE ~
A MEDIEVAL ECO-VILLAGE VILLAGE

Torri Superiore is a labyrinthine village of spiralling stairs & narrow passages, built from the local limestone in 1300.

In this cosy & creative atmosphere, the inhabitants live in harmony with Nature,

practicing Permaculture & Sustainable Living.

We will become part of village life ~ sharing in communal meals prepared by the local chef

from fresh and mostly organic ingredients grown in the surrounding fields…

Each Student brings their own unique talent to the Seminar

~ Yoga, Chanting, Live Music ~

to enhance the group experience

THREE TEACHERS ~ TWO PAINTINGS
~ ONE UNIQUE SEMINAR FOR 2024
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~ PAINT YOUR DRAGON ~ 
with STEFAN LUCAS ALLEN

     Stefan Lucas Allen will guide you through the process of PAINTING A DRAGON IN THE TRADITIONAL VERSION OF THE MISCHTECHNIK, which alternates between white egg tempera and coloured glazes in linseed oil & pure gum turpentine.

     To ignite your imagination, we'll begin with a Guided Meditation (accompanied by Florence Cuepaliztli on the medicine drum) where we'll journey through the inner plains to meet your dragon ally. 

     Immediately after, you will foster that initial spark with a rough compositional sketch, followed by an earth-tone brunaille underpainting ~ setting you up for a systematic approach to completing the painting in the Mischtechnik. You will learn to mix and apply the egg tempera whites, followed by glazing in oils. 

     An additional aspect of Stefan’s dragon painting process is the partial implementation of Alla Prima Painting, also known as direct oil painting or wet into wet. Stefan will show you how seamlessly weave Alla Prima into the Mishctechnik, reducing the amount of time it takes to complete your piece and give your painting new-found dimensions of depth.

     There will be group demos and daily individual check-ins, as well as ample time for painting. Stefan is a dynamic teacher who is sensitive to the skill level and chosen direction of each student, making this class a great learning experience for all.

     If you’re feeling especially motivated you can join Stefan during many of the late evenings and early mornings, before and after class hours to set out into the beautiful Italian foothills and do ALLA PRIMA PLEIN AIR PAINTING STUDIES.

    This extra curricular activity is an exceptional way to study the natural light of our world, up-leveling your ability to depict subtleties of color and light in your visionary works.

FOR YOUR SECOND PAINTING, WE INVITE YOU
TO CHOOSE LAURENCE 
OR  FLORENCE'S SUBJECT

    Symbols are like doorways into the visionary realm. Every symbol has a personal meaning as well as an archetypal one, depending on how they arise in different cultures over time. In this class, Laurence Caruana will encourage you to ‘ENTER THROUGH THE IMAGE’ - approaching your painting as a symbolic doorway for journeying into the visionary realms.

    Students are encouraged to come with a core image or sketch - even a complete drawing - that we can transfer onto the canvas (photocopied collages are also welcome). From here, we’ll begin a shared journey into seeing and painting. We’ll select a unique colour for your imprimatura, then work our way up from that visual foundation - transferring the drawing (with white transfer paper) to render the volumes in a mixture of oil and casein whites, then develop a colour strategy for glazing our way towards the completed work. This can vary from a limited palette to spectral colour.

Laurence has worked with students of all levels, but will particularly welcome more advanced students to join him in this master class, where we will attempt more difficult painterly effects such as transparencies, opalescent jewels or highly-polished sculptural surfaces. According to the needs of each student, we’ll take a deep dive into compositional harmony, sacred geometry, posing the figure or the alchemy of painting materials.

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~  ENTER THROUGH THE IMAGE ~
with LAURENCE CARUANA

     Laurence Caruana founded the Summer Seminar in 2008, teaching every summer for five years until his duties as Academy Director made him gladly turn over his teaching duties to other faculty members.

    This is the first time since 2018 that he is back as a teacher at Torri, and he’s very enthusiastic about sharing his latest discoveries with the students.

~  PAINT YOUR INNER GODDESS ~ 
with FLORENCE MÉNARD CUEPALIZTLI 

     Florence will guide you through the process of PAINTING YOUR INNER GODDESS, using a layered approach to oil painting.

 

     As a moondancer and inner journeyer, she’s passionate about offering Inner Journeys to help you find the deepest images inside yourself. Using her voice along with drum or chimes, you will be guided into a closed-eye journey to meet the feminine part of yourself, your inner goddess. (This class is open to men and women, encouraging all genders to identify with their inner feminine).

    Through the painting process, we’ll connect with her on a deeper level - bringing her to life. To begin, we’ll achieve some interesting effects for the background through different decalcomania techniques. Then, after underpainting in oil whites, we’ll glaze in oil colours and finish with direct painting.

    The beautiful Nature around Torri Superiore will inspire our imagination, and the elements of earth, air, fire, water will be pursued as inspiration for ornaments. Florence will demonstrate how to mix different coloured earth pigments into your egg tempera, and how to create gold and silver paint to achieve some interesting effects. You will also learn how to make skin tones.


 

     Florence started her painting career only 10 years ago and is now eager to share what she’s learned over the years. She encourages beginners to pick up the brush and overcome inner resistance - showing you how to go with the flow, trust yourself and be playful.

    You can call Florence by her Moondance name
Cuepaliztli (which means transformation), and learn with her how to open your senses, observe Nature and be one with your Inner Goddess.

~ THE TECHNIQUES ~

STEFAN LUCAS ALLEN
~ Traditional Egg Tempera Mischtechnik ~

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LAURENCE CARUANA
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Casein & Oil Mischtechnik ~

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FLORENCE MÉNARD CUEPALIZTLI
~  Layered Approach to Oils ~

    After the fun part of decalcomania to give texture to your background, Florence will show you how to paint the Goddess’s face or figure, building up her forms in oil whites and earth browns to render both the lights and shadow in your underpainting.

    Through a layered approach, you will then create depth in the skin tones through a series of thin coloured glazes. Towards the end, we’ll explore a variety of ornaments, learning how to paint crowns, flowers, necklaces, feathers…