ART INCONTRO offers an 18 day program of excursions and art workshops in Umbria exploring Italy’s Upper Tiber Valley through its visual, artisan and written culture. Based in the Renaissance town of Città di Castello, the program provides a rare opportunity to develop ideas and skills while being immersed in the landscape, language and history of central Italy.
Città di Castello lies half way between Rome and Florence and is set against a patchwork of farmlands and medieval villages. An important centre for quality craft practices in printing, weaving, ceramics and furniture making, Città di Castello is also the hometown of the influential abstract painter, Alberto Burri.
ART INCONTRO UMBRIA is flexible and relaxed and designed to foster your own creative interests. Highlights include visits to the art centres of Assisi, Spello, Perugia, Arezzo, Sansepolcro and Anghiari, following the Piero della Francesca trial in southern Tuscany, excursions exploring the surrounding countryside, opportunities to meet local artists and artisans and time for your own artwork and interests.
The art workshops in Umbria begin with a bookmaking workshop enabling everyone to produce a handmade journal to document their experiences. Over the 18 days participants will explore a range of drawing, printing and bookmaking techniques culminating in the creation of a small print portfolio or a hand printed artist book at the historic Tipografia Grifani Donati print studio. We’ll work alongside master printers, bookbinders and artists using relief and letterpress printing.
We stay in apartment accommodation in a beautiful 15th century former convent. The recent renovations to the residence have sensitively maintained the building’s original structure and many of its Renaissance features. Each apartment contains a living room, bedroom(s), private bathroom and kitchen. The accommodation is located in the historic centre with museums, galleries, cafes, restaurants, shops and public transport within walking distance.