Creative Sojourn in Italy 2015 - Printmaking in Florence: non-toxic monotype, dry point & chine collè
Make an "artist's date" to leave business-as-usual behind and enjoy
Italian culture and lifestyle on Italian time. Come recharge your creative
battery in this city of timeless masterpieces, architecture and "delizioso"
food gelato anyone?
For the 19th year, noted
Goodman, creator of the original "Printmaking in Florence,"
works with a select number of participants in Florence, Italy the flower of the Renaissance. Experience,
first-hand, the heritage of Giotto, Brunelleschi, Michelangelo, Leonardo
and legions of artists who made Florence the most vital center of western
culture for over a century. The class, at an historic inter-national school
and workshop of graphic print arts, offers an invigorating 2-1/2
weeks of concentrated instruction, discourse and hands-on studio work
in Goodman's specialties of non-toxic monotype and chine collè (collage) and healthier monoprint and drypoint. Joining her and again lending his extensive talents to the experience will be master lithographer and wine enthusiast, Voorhees Wyckoff Mount.
This year, we are offering two Walking Tours of Florence
plus a Saturday Museum Tour of the world-famous Uffizi
Who should come
People interested in pursuing their creativity while inspired by enchanting
Florence, home base for your "Italian experience." You may consider
this a special time to use the catalyst of travelling to explore both
your exterior surroundings and your interior world. Participants may
desire to interact with their environment by looking, listening, tasting,
sketching, painting, photographing, printing, collaging and/or writing
to create a record of or witness to their journey in the form of journals,
sketchbooks, drawings or collages before class starts and during your
stay. Instruction will emphasize skills in monotype and monoprint. There
are no prerequisites. Previous art background or interest is useful,
but an appetite for exploration and camaraderie, avid curiosity, and
flexibility are what is most required. All levels of participants are
2015 Dates Tba
Early Bird discount tba)
Express, expound and experiment in a concentrated two-and-one/half-weeks
session May . Participate in optional walking tours and Uffizi
Tour. Classes with lab meet 5 days a week, for about
5 hours per day in the print studio. Some days class meets only in the
afternoon to allowing participants to spend free time visiting the museums
and sights of Florence. Tuition is as follows:
two and one-half weeks - $Tba (with
Early Bird discount if paid in full by Tba; $tba thereafter.) This includes "welcome" meal; 50+ hours of orientation, introductory talks and walk, class demonstrations and
studio; normal materials supplied in print
workshops like inks, solvents, mordant, and grounds. A 50 euro registration/orientation
fee is paid in Florence. (Students may add more lab time during these
weeks if desired for an additional modest hourly fee.)
Costs for optional
tours, including two walking tours of Florence and the Uffizi tour are
70 euro (collected in Florence) plus a $30 registration fee to reserve
your spot. Registration for a single walking tour or Uffizi tour ONLY
is 30 euros each (collected in Florence) plus
a $12 advance registration fee each tour to reserve your spot.
Pay in full for all 3 tours ($100) by January 15, 2015 and save registration fees and get 3 tours for the price of 2! Museum and church entrance fees are additional. All fees are based on
minimum attendance (see Handbook). To
register with Paypal or by credit card click here
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Il Bisonte: The Stamperia and School
Since its founding in 1959 by the late Maria Luigi Guaita, the "Stamperia" or
print workshop collaborated with renowned artists including Henry Moore,
Picasso, Lipchitz, Matta, Tamayo, Nathan Oliveira and Giò Pomodoro.
The workshop's impressive print collection is available for viewing,
as well as rotating shows in its gallery.
The School, founded in 1983, is located in the impressive former stables
of the Palazzo Serristori on the Arno River's "left bank." This neighborhood
of San Niccolò in the historic heart of the old center of Florence
close to the Pitti Palace, Uffizzi, Ponte Vecchio, Santa Croce Church,
and the Piazzale Michelangelo is filled with artisans' workshop
and characteristic atmosphere. Short walks lead to the important sights
in town. The school studios have numerous etching presses, an acid/solvent
area, storage, and drawing and processing areas. There is a comfortable
outdoor courtyard, and historic stella presses on permanent exhibit.
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About the Class
Allow yourself at least at least a few extra days to revel in the
cultural riches of Florence. Come early* and use your time to sketch, paint or photograph
masterworks, vistas, daily life, markets and Tuscan colors, collect
interesting Italian mementos and more. When class begins, return to
the studio to further develop your imagery, perhaps combine your work
with written reflections or collage to a make a memorable response
to your visit. Stimulate your own inner reflective journey or simply
create a personal scrapbook or diary of your experiences. (*Leave earlier in May to get cheaper air fares.)
•Monotype, monoprint and drypoint.
Direct and expressive, monotype joins the radiant qualities of prints
with the spontaneity of painting. Drypoint fundamentals are demonstrated
for those wishing to apply these techniques to monoprint. For all participants,
realizing your artistic intent through effective use of materials and
process is paramount.
•Single-run monotype emphasizing painterly
methods. Paint and draw on the surface of metal and plastic plates
and then take an impression onto beautiful print paper by running your
plate through an etching press under immense pressure to achieve brilliant
colors and crisp printerly effects. Goodman demonstrates her techniques
for using the latest non-toxic water-soluble inks, modifiers and rollers
with color printing.
•Chine collé, which is a collage process
of adhering papers while simultaneously printing on them, combines beautiful
visuals with textured paper, photographic and found image content .
•Multi-run color monotype, monoprint, and
drypoint: Shown how to register one plate to another you may use
one or several plates to attain rich luminous color. You may also combine
monotype with a repeatable matrix of drypoint to produce one-of-a-kind
monoprints or a series of related images.
•Individual feedback, group critiques,
open work sessions. Linda Goodman believes in constructive criticism
which addresses each student's style and goals. All classes will allow
students to interact with fellow participants and with Linda to further
their work, put it into perspective and gain insight for future direction
•Independent lab. Qualified artists will
be able to continue working independently during open studio time for
a modest additional hourly fee.
•Etching facilities are available.
Experienced etchers not requiring instruction may use etching processes
(on copper or zinc) with permission of instructor, space and time permitting.
•Daily Schedule Click to go
to preliminary schedule below.
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Tours and Privileges
•Florence. 1 museum and 2 walking
tours of Florence are included in Optional Tour Package. Students
are encouraged to register for all tours (minimum enrollment must be
met), but may opt to sign up only for Uffizi Tour or one or two walking
tours. Church and museum entrance fees are additional. A field trip
to an historic papermill one hour from Florence may also be scheduled
(to be confirmed.)
•Museums of Florence. Students will be given the opportunity
to purchase a card allowing virtually unlimited and repeated entrance
to most major museums including: Uffizi Gallery (with Botticelli's Birth
of Venus among other materworks), Academy (Michelangelo's David),
all the Pitti Palace Museums (filled with Raphaels, Titians and others),
the Medici Chapels, San Marco (Fra Angelicos) and Bargello Sculpture
Museum (Donatellos, Michelangelos, Ghiberti, Verocchio, della Robbias
and more) among others.
•Independent travel. With churches, shops and other buildings
open late, there is ample time to visit the city and surrounding areas.
Enjoy further travel to Rome, Venice, Pisa, Lucca, Cinque Terra, Assisi
or other towns within 1 to 3 hours of Florence, on your own or with
fellow participants. Students also often plan trips before or after
•Hill towns. Students are sure to want to visit Siena,
with its Romanesque and Gothic sights such as the Palazzo Pubblico's
noted frescoes of Good and Bad Government, Duccio's Maestà, and Baptistery
and Cathedral works by Ghiberti, Donatello, and Pisano. On the way back,
or the next day, many also visit the fabled town of eleven towers, San
•Museum of Natural History. Your school ID may afford visits
for a reduced fee to Museo La Specola, to draw from fabulous anatomical
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Arts and Festivals
•Florentine "Maggio Musicale" Festival and Estate Fiesolana.
Important international artists in music, theatre, and dance perform
at sites in Florence and in the outdoor Roman amphitheater in nearby
outrageous "footballl" games in 16th century costume, preceded by a
colorful processional and flagthrowing occur in June. The festival culminates with
a spectacular fireworks display over the Arno River on June 24th. Costumed parades and matches may be seen earlier in the month as well.
•Wine Festivals. The end of May usually heralds a chianti wine festival at vineyards. There is also a special wine tasting with finger foods in or near Florence that we love to attend together.
•Open Gardins.Get a very special look into private gardens in Florencethat are usually closed to the public.
Linda Goodman represents a direct line to master artist/printmakers
Nathan Oliveira (her mentor for decades), Misch Kohn and Kenjilo Nanao
with whom she studied intensively while earning her Master of Fine Arts
in Printmaking at Mills College, and her Bachelor of Fine Arts at Stanford
University. Fluent in Italian, Linda has a deep appreciation of Italy,
having lived and worked in Florence repeatedly since the 1970s.
graphics, paintings, artist's books, and mixed-media works have been
exhibited widely. In
June - July 2010,
Il Bisonte Gallery in Florence
presented a one-person retrospective of her prints, "C'era Una
Volta a Firenze (Oncce Upon a Time in Florence)" including an artist
talk, walk-through and reception. Other
shows in Italy have included "Memoria and Identità"
at Art Farm Gaia Gallery in Papiano, "Firenze Oggi" at Galleria Riva
Sinistra, Florence, its symposium and Italian TV. Goodman's works are
in the collections of the Brooklyn Museum, New York; the Oakland Museum,
California; and the Library of Congress, Washington, DC; among others.
The San Francisco Bay area artist teaches has been on the faculty of the Art Institute of Chicago; San
Francisco Art Institute; Whitman College in Washington State; University
of Oregon, Eugene; San Francisco State University; University of California,
Berkeley Mission College, Santa
Clara, California; and Mills College. Linda regularly conducts workshops: throughout
California since 1983; internationally in Greece in 2005 and 2006; in
Italy at Il Bisonte International School of Graphic Art since 2004;
Santa Reparata International School of Art 1996-2001; SACI, Florence,
Italy, 1995, and across the US including the Split Rock Arts Program,
Minnesota, 1993. Goodman was Editor of The California Printmaker,
1992-96 and is Editor of Printworks
Magazine, an online printmaking resource. For Goodman's
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Housing and Food
•Apartments. Housing opportunities vary widely in Florence,
from cheaper student-grade apartments to well-appointed ones with views,
terraces and air-conditioning for two or three times as much. Apartment
costs go down greatly with longer stays -- a month may cost little more
than 2 weeks. At the student's request, simple relatively low-cost (for
Florence) furnished apartments may be rented for a month through an
agency used by the workshop. Shared lodging (2 - 4 people) costs from
$500 to $1000/month per person, or about $750 for your own bedroom in
a shared apartment; studio apartments start at about $900/month, depending
on rate of exchange; one bedrooms start at $1200/month. Students are
also free to make their own reservations with other agencies or online.
More expensive deluxe apartments may be located if desired. Past students
have found delightful apartments on their own online. We are glad to
give you advice regarding neighborhoods. Some students have also chosen
to stay in hotels. (Note: actual prices may vary with exchange rate
fluctuations and availability.)
•Cooking/Eating out Enjoy cooking at home with authentic
Italian ingredients, if you can resist all that delicious fresh pasta,
pizza, Tuscan cuisine and gelato at nearby ristoranti!
Welcome and Group Tuscan Dinners and Pot Luck Lunch. A
complimentary "Welcome" pizza/pasta dinner is included. Students are
invited to a Group "festa" dinner of Tuscan specialties at
a favorite Florentine ristorante at a special rate. Our final review
concludes with a studio potluck lunch party.
See Florence in a few days and you may leave disappointed. Savor its
rhythms for a few weeks, and become a devotee for life. Florence is
made of imposing, inward-looking stone buildings. Her twisting medieval
streets lead onto hidden piazzas or wondrous monuments that make Florence
the greatest repository of Renaissance art in the western world. Located
in the Arno River valley, the city is bordered by olive groves and farmhouses.
Beautiful panoramas of Florence unfold from the gentle encircling hills.
The most famous is from Fiesole, whose civilization dates to the ancient
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INFORMATION • REGISTRATION SUMMARY:
Contact Linda Goodman for Handbook Pt. I & II and registration forms
( or download Adobe Acrobat PDF file when available), handbook and application
send email to this address:
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Or register with form below to hold your place. Be sure to fill out
and send in application/registration forms in handbook as well.
Tel: (001) (510) 653-0300 USA; in Italy:
Enrollment is limited from 8 to 16 people. Minimum
enrollment must be met or supplement may be charged.
register with Paypal or by credit card
DATES: Studio Workshop: 2015 Tba. Walking Tours Tba, Uffizi
Gallery museum tour Tba: All
tour dates and times to be confirmed.
TUITION AND STUDIO FEE: For 2-1/2 weeks cost
is $Tba without
earlybird discounts, plus
50 euro Registration/Orientation Fee which is paid in Florence. Tuition
fee include more than 50
of orientation and instruction in the studio, inks and many other supplies,
and "welcome" dinner. Accommodations, transport, food, "Festa"
fees, passport, side trips, fees for additional lab time, paper and
supplies of choice, health/baggage/cancellation insurance, and incidentals
are responsibility of students. All
tuition fees are based on minimum attendance of eight (8) students.
If minimum is not met a supplement will be required.
for optional tours, including 2 walking tours of Florence and the Uffizi
tour are 70 euros (collected in Florence) plus a $30 advance registration
fee to reserve your spot. Registration for Uffizi tour or one walking
tour is 30 euros each (collected in Florence) plus
a $12 advance registration fee each to reserve your spot.
(All fees collected in Florence may be paid in advance online for your
convenience. Click link to
pay online. ) Museum and church entrance fees are additional. All
tour fees are based on minimum attendance of five (5) students.
tour dates and times to be confirmed. Spouses, partners, and guests residing with students may register
for tours as space allows. See fee table for Associates and Auditors.
TRANSPORTATION: Students are free to
arrange their own airfare and transportation to Florence and the workshop.
DISCOUNTS: $25 for new referrals from
paid attending student (credited when registration complete). Alumni
(of previous Goodman residency workshops) -- ask about alumni discounts.
Some need-based scholarships may be available. Email for information to this address: or phone or write Linda.
DEPOSITS: $750 US plus registration
fees for tours are due early to reserve your place -- enrollment is
limited! Balance due by December for early-bird discount (plus additional
deposit & fee for arranged housing, details on request) . Send deposits
to address below with advance registration form below. Fill out and
return complete application and registration forms from handbook or
click here for only the forms or flyer
and short form.
RESPONSIBILITY: If the minimum of eight students do not enroll,
a supplement will be required. We reserve the right to cancel any tour
or workshop prior to departure, in which case the entire payment will
be refunded without further obligation on our part. The right is also
reserved to decline to accept or to retain any person as a member of
the workshop or tours.
*REFUND POLICY: Fees (except $500
cancellation fee and tour registration fees) are
refundable, if requested in writing by January 1, 2014.
After this date, refunds may only be made if workshop is full and a replacement
is found. Cancellation insurance is recommended.
ADVANCE REGISTRATION -- COPY AND EMAIL THIS
FORM or sign up online at my private Dreambook
on home page. Also fill in longer registration forms to mail with
your check. download Registration forms here -- Adobe PDF. You
may send in long registration form later when it is available.
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to be collected in Florence.)
______$10 Registration fee for Walking Tour I only -- tba (plus30 euro
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COMMENTS FROM LINDA GOODMAN'S PRINTMAKING IN FLORENCE WORKSHOP
"Brilliant! You Linda, the workshop, the facility, the whole thing."
— Lorraine H., Quincy, MA
"As a painter I have added to my soul as an artist and my life as a
person. Thank you for the Firenze experience working as an artist in
the City of Timeless Masterpieces."
— Lillian A., Los Angeles, California,
"Linda made me feel like my work was worthy as an artist and poet. She
is a very good teacher with a vast amount of knowledge. Her direction
on use of materials and personal work input was wonderful so
positive and caring."
—John P., Incline Village, Nevada
"The best critiques I remember having useful, constructive information
about my work but also instructional to listen and participate in discussion
about the work of the other participants."
— Karen S., Berkeley, California
"Linda, you have ruined me for all my other teachers: how to look
at a total print. How to take the ghost or rather allow the ghost to
take you somewhere you didn't know you were going. I learned so much,
it's going to take a long time to process it all"
— Martha K, Portland, Oregon
"The workshop was great it was life changing."
— Ric H., Quincy, MA"
workshop continues to be one of my fondest memories even after 15 years!
Gregory S., Santa Clara, California
I loved being a visitor rather than a tourist. It was wonderful to live
in Florence..., to have a life there, a neighborhood, an apartment and
the structure of the printmaking workshop around which to plan my time."
—Cathy S. Seattle, Washington
"Every time I closed my eyes I saw art ideas! I would recommend this
— Rich G., Sunnyvale, California
"Thank you so much for everything - your wisdom and patience and kindness
made this an unforgettable wonderful experience."
—Gina A., San Francisco, California
"This art class changed my life. By putting ourselves on the other side
of the planet, our art emerged from the other side of our minds. The
flip side, the shiny side, the new side. Take a risk on yourself and
take this class!"
—Trisha G., Sunnyvale, CA
"I have enjoyed this workshop. Linda is able to explain various techniques
clearly and intelligently and spiritedly. Her critiques were particularly
strong. She is able to talk about process, where one’s strengths
are and give leads to new approaches. She encouraged me to broaden my
style and I think it will have lasting consequences."
—Mary Ann P., Evanston, Illinois
"Linda Goodman's workshop was about learning to live in Italy as much
as it was about printmaking. She is a gifted teacher with regard to
—Sharon W., Kensington, Maryland
"Thank you for 'the Italian experience." It has been a pleasure working
with you in a great environment within the 'walls' of a beutiful city."
—Terry C., San Francisco, CA
critiques are fair, insightful and articulate. That's why I call her
the 'eagle eye'!"
Alice C., Berkeley, CA
is a magical place the opportunity to create work there made
it extra special.... Having you as a mentor truly made the experience
stress free. It was a wonderful time."
—Liz P. , Incline Village, Nevada
"The workshop was a great way to spend three weeks in Firenze. Excellent
balance of planned activities and work-time. Enjoyed meeting like-minded
participants. Your critiques are thoughtful, insightful and helpful.
—Carol L., Washington, DC
Comments from Linda's students from her other workshop:
(from Walking with the Muse, Greece)
"What did I enjoy most about this workshop? Linda's knowlege on printmaking
and her enthusiasm, and the freedom to explore."
—Vick H., Australia
"This was the best time I've had doing art. Everything was better than
—G. W., Australia
"Art workshops give me the shot of art vitamin I need. Linda is excellent
at critiques. She has a great eye with a sensitivity to each person's
unique visions. Linda sustained the energy in group critiques, never
burning out. Every person received equal time and energy. It was wonderful
–Jill B., New York City
"Service above and beyond."
—John P, Houston, Texas
"Linda's critiques are outstanding... she is truly gifted. The high
level of professionalism ... and the instructor's depth of knowledge
—Sylvia. V., Riverdale, New York
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