by ARTISANS WORKSHOPS
IN SIENA (they could also be visited, see below)
Participants will learn the techniques needed to create an object
using the potters wheel (throwing), casting, mandrino, firing
objects in the kiln and finally decoration using the ancient techniques
of Sienese potters and Renaissance maiolica.The courses will be
taught by the Master (Maestro) of Arts, Fabio Neri, with the assistance
of his father, Marcello Neri. At the end of longer courses, each
participant will have designed and realized his/her own work.
AND PRINTMAKING: this class will be run by two young Sienese
artists, one on the teaching staff of the Accademia di Belle Arti
of Brera, in Milan, and the other from a state art academy in Imperia.The
class will take place in a famous 12th century castle near Siena.
Students will learn Copper Plate Engraving :knowledge of
the materials and basic techniques, like etching and aquatint, necessary
to create a print.
Then Lithography: illustration/explanation of lithographic
materials and techniques and execution of a individual lithograph.
the classes given by the artist include basic drawing theory and
life drawing sessions for beginners.
The classes follow the learning of painting techniques required
by the student (water colors, acrylics, oils etc). A special emphasis
will be given to the understanding of the structure of composition
(whether it is figurative or abstract) and to the learning of brush
and/or palette knife work.
The classes will take place at the studio of the artist which is
located in the outskirts of the historical center of Siena, easily
reachable either on foot or by bus.
basic techniques (charcoal, graphite pencil, sanguigna-red coute);
watercolor technique; realistic representations and landscapes.
(not yet available): knowledge of specific materials and colors
used; execution of a fresco on a fired base; the technique of strappo
to reproduce the fresco onto a canvas.
(MODERN technique) by Carlo Pizzichini: All modern techniques
by a great contemporary visual artist.
FURNITURE RESTORATION: the student, while learning the traditional
techniques under the guidance of the artisans, will each construct
a project of their choice such as a wood frame, cast candles, or
hand made and decorated wallpaper.
by Alberto Inglesi: the course will synthesize the artistic creativity
and manual craftsmanship of sculptural work. The student has the
option to create his or her own piece, from sketch to finishing
touches, using marble, wood, stamping, bronze sheets, steel or iron.
GLASS: our artisan will describe the various aspects of working
with lead glass, fusing, window restoration, sandblasting and the
installation of stained glass windows. The course will teach the
practical skills (from the selection and cutting of the glass to
the soldering and cementing process) that are involved in the construction
of a small handmade stained glass piece. It is an ideal opportunity
to access the secrets of this artform which appear in the windows
of so many of our basilicas.
PAINTING and BATIK: these are some of our most interesting courses.
Silk painting has several techniques, from acquarell-style, to the
traditional use of gutta. For the batik decoration, the technique
we use and teach is the typical one of liquid wax applied over the
cloth following a precise painting scheme.
TEXTILES RESTORATION: from 2000 B.C. to nowadays Andean weaving
techniques have not changed passing from one generation to the other:
the traditional clothes are woven with simple and rudimental back-strap
loom using natural fibres spun by hand and dyed with natural colours.
The reason of the survival of this textile tradition is due to the
great importance of textiles and weaving art in the Andean cultural
The ancient weaving course gives the opportunity to the participants
to understand the Andean thought and ideology by learning contemporary
techniques, in the same way as Incan descendents, mainly "females",
learnt and learn the foundation of their culture.
BOOKBINDING: in this course, students will learn how to assemble
a book from the beginning: assembling the section and sewing, cutting
boards and covering them, lining spines, making a cloth or leather
spine, headbands, setting in endpapers. If necessary, instructions
will also be given on how to "knock down" an old book
ready for re-binding.
ILLUMINATION: course for painting and
illuminating letters with egg tempera and gold leaf.
can have variable durations and programs:
Single day course (3 hours) Prices from
a description of the historical and cultural background of the art
or craft; presentation and description of tolls and materials that
are to be used in the course; safety precautions; demonstrations
of basic techniques and main facets of executing, and producing
and presenting a finished product. In some courses (painting, drawing,...)
you will be able to create your own work.
3 or more days course
a description of the historical and cultural background of the art
or craft; brief presentation of creating a product from start to
finish; description and instruction on the use and safety of principal
tools and materials; instructions and descriptions of the basic
techniques, helpful hints and realization of a work; execution of
a work with instructor's help.
More days of the course will allow further in-depth study on the
individual topics and execution of a more complex work and will
be customised to meet the needs of the participants, based on their
specific goals and level of expertise
The participants of our courses, regardless of course duration,
are in no way accredited with any form of legal certification, either
educational or professional. The courses are given to provide an
appreciation and knowledge of our artists, of our artisan's studios
and of their work.
Each participant of our courses is covered by insurance against
the possibility, however improbable, of injury that could occur
to them in the hosting workshop.
Every participant, upon enrolment in a course, is required to sign
a formal agreement stating that he or she agrees to follow all directions
and safety precautions given by the instructors of the course.
The objective of the courses, of 9 or more hours, is to teach an
understanding of the craft and to allow the participant to create
his or her own project. Each course is specifically designed by
the individual instructor to allow the participants the time and
provide the skills required to produce a finished piece. So, failure
to complete this work is the sole responsibility of the participant
and will not result in any form of refund of the course fee.
In the event that the artist or artisan, in circumstances beyond
his or her control, is unable to give the course to those who have
enrolled and paid to participate, Corsano will do its best to provide
a suitable and appropriate substitute. In situations where this
is not possible, Corsano will refound the individual participants
enrolled in the course the full amount of the course fee. All other
personal and travel costs are not included in this refund.
The free space reserved for children under the age of 10 for the
visits obliges the parent or guardian to ensure that the presence
of the child/children does not cause any disturb to the studio or
interfere with the proper and successful execution of the visits.