Biennial: Specialization in Painting, Sculpture or Goldsmithing

General

Program Description

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Painting Specialization

Goals

Excellence Training Specialist
Forming a new generation of painters able to produce works of excellence in the field of Sacred Art. To form a professional figure of a painter capable of ideas, to design and to realize paintings for the cult (altarpieces or pictorial cycles descriptive) and for private devotion. To offer a specialization in Sacred painting above all through the technique of oil painting with references to the acrylic technique.

Teachings

Laboratory

  • Painting - 205 hours
  • Landscape painting - 36 hours
  • Photoshop, photoshoot editing - 24 hours
  • Project of sacred painting - 140 hours

Drawing

  • Drawing - 100 hours
  • Anatomy - 30 hours

Classroom

  • Seminars on anatomy - 6 hours
  • Art history - 25 hours
  • Philosophy and theology of the body - 10 hours
  • Seminars on sacred art - 20 hours
  • Christian iconography - 10 hours
  • Composition - 8 hours
  • Sacred liturgy - 20 hours
  • Sacred scripture - 24 hours
  • Artistic entrepreneurship - 20 hours
  • Sacred art in contemporary culture - 10 hours

Individual

  • Individual work - 108 hours

Program

The annual Painting program will be divided into three trimesters.

In the first trimester, the students will be introduced to painting exercises aimed at understanding the basics of the oil painting technique. Hence, the exercises will focus on learning how to mix colors, the different basic colors and how they affect the painting, the use of “matter” or “paste” to paint and to develop a good taste in the selection of shapes and colors.

These exercises will then be used to paint still life and two nude sketches which will be a first study of the color of the complexion.

In the second trimester, we will continue with some exercises on the study of drapery (a fundamental feature for Sacred themed paintings), the study of tones, the brushstroke that follows the volume of the object and the use of the halftone.

The students will be introduced to the study of the portrait focusing on the details of the face. This part of the course includes theoretical lessons on painting techniques, classes on Photoshop, used as a support tool for Sacred themed compositions. They will also learn how to build a photo shooting set to take pictures which will be the basis for their first Sacred themed project.

The third trimester will include more specific exercises devoted to the study of contrast and matter in painting through still life painting. In addition to theoretical lessons and Plein air landscape study, hands and feet study from live models will be the starting point to paint a nude figure and to complete a second Sacred themed project.

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Cody Swanson - Madonna with Child

Sculpture Specialization

Goals

Excellence Training Specialist
To train a new generation of sculptors able to produce works of excellence in the field of the Sacra. To form a professional figure of a sculptor able to conceive, plan and realize works for the cult and for the public and private devotion. To offer a specialization in Sacred Sculpture especially through the techniques of modeling in clay and plaster cast.

Teachings

Laboratory

  • Sculpture - 265 hours
  • Project of sacred sculpture - 140 hours

Drawing

  • Drawing - 100 hours
  • Anatomy - 30 hours

Classroom

  • Seminars on anatomy - 6 hours
  • Art history - 25 hours
  • Philosophy and theology of the body - 10 hours
  • Seminars on sacred art - 20 hours
  • Christian iconography - 10 hours
  • Composition - 8 hours
  • Sacred liturgy - 20 hours
  • Sacred scripture - 24 hours
  • Artistic entrepreneurship - 20 hours
  • Sacred art in contemporary culture - 10 hours

Individual

  • Individual work - 108 hours

Program

All exercises are done from observation from the live model, casts, and drapery for the training of the eye to develop the ability to interpret the human figure and compose.

First year students will begin in their first trimester by studying the features of the David, followed by the human skull and classical busts as reparation for portraits from life.

The second trimester will be largely devoted to portraiture, drapery studies and half-size figures from a variety of brief poses and models for differing proportions/body types followed with long-term poses.

As students advance, specific iconography will be introduced with the application of drapery to the figure to compose the work in its entirety. Basic relief ‘pseudo-form’ exercises may be given to advanced students only following the thorough study of three-dimensional form.

The ‘lavoro individuale’ sessions may be utilized to continue the exercises outlined in the program or for the development of Bottega commissions with student participation chosen at the discretion of the instructor. In the third trimester (after Easter), first year students will be expected to pursue a complete half-size figure composition with drapery and an advanced second-year student may choose to do a full-scale (life-size) composition at the discretion of the instructor. The last week of every trimester will be devoted to making molds of the work to produce a copy in plaster.

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Goldsmithing Specialization

Goals

Excellence Training Work
To promote a new generation of goldsmiths able to produce works of excellence in the field of Sacred Art. To form a professional figure of goldsmith able to conceive, plan and realize sacred liturgical furniture. Offer job opportunities in the Sacred Jewelry sector, with a specialization in chiseling techniques, engraving, and enameling.

Teachings

Laboratory

  • Goldsmith Workshop - 300 hours
  • Project of sacred Goldsmithery - 140 hours

Drawing

  • Design - 35 hours
  • Rhinoceros 3D 1 level course - 24 hours

Classroom

  • Technology - 35 hours
  • Art history - 25 hours
  • History of goldsmithery - 12 hours
  • Philosophy and theology of the body - 10 hours
  • Seminars on sacred art - 20 hours
  • Christian iconography - 10 hours/li>
  • Composition - 8 hours
  • Sacred liturgy - 20 hours
  • Sacred scripture - 24 hours
  • Artistic entrepreneurship - 20 hours
  • Sacred art in contemporary culture - 10 hours

Individual

  • Individual Work - 70 hours

Program

In the first year of the course, the Goldsmithing workshop module focuses on the main metalsmithing techniques. In this coming academic year, we decided to divide it up so as to obtain three quarterly modules which can be attended independently from the main program.

The first module aims at acquiring sufficient manual dexterity and precision in the use of the fundamental tools of the goldsmith’s work (files, fretwork, burins, hammer, pliers, measuring instruments, etc.), understanding the rules of metal construction (proper use of welds, design of flat 3D shapes, precision assemblies, assembly procedures, finishing techniques) and at refining the taste for beautiful design and a polished work.

The second module is entirely devoted to the chiseling technique, which is the oldest and most noble decorative art to be used on metal. At the beginning of the course, students will learn about manufacturing chisels and pitch, fundamental steps for the chiseller, who usually makes his own working tools. We move on to chiseling flat slabs, facing gradually the difficulties that this technique presents.

The third module, the only one which requires prior technical knowledge, further refines the construction techniques learned in the first trimester. There are fewer exercises of greater complexity which require the creation of a personal project designed and crafted by the student. We will also learn the torch-fired enameling technique. Throughout the three modules, the students will gain experience in the stone setting.

Information

Tuition fee

The annual cost of the course: €7000,00.

Payment Deadlines

  • Non-refundable registration fee €500,00: April 30, 2020.
  • Remaining balance (€6500,00): September 1, 2020.

Each student will purchase personal equipment following the directions of the Master.

Frequency

Attendance at all lessons is mandatory. The evaluation of each subject will be possible if the absences do not exceed 20%.

The diploma of specialization will be issued at the end of the two-year period. The vote will correspond to the sum of the evaluations for every single subject.

Scholarships

Students can apply for a scholarship at the end of the first year of course, by May 31st. The scholarship will eventually be awarded for the second year of specialization.

If the student does not attend with profit and does not show consistency in the fulfillment of all the school commitments signed, the school will revoke the scholarship that must be reimbursed in full by the beneficiary.

Last updated December 2019

About the School

The School, which does not adhere to any particular artistic current, is above all a Workshop where students and teachers, artists and craftsmen, produce high-quality sacred artworks. As students deve ... Read More

The School, which does not adhere to any particular artistic current, is above all a Workshop where students and teachers, artists and craftsmen, produce high-quality sacred artworks. As students develop their design and production skills, they worked on artistic commissions, learning also how to interact with clients and their needs. Read less
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