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VISUAL ARTS COURSE IN TUSCANY

Inspiring and stimulating art course with artist Heather McReynolds.
28 June – 10 July 2020

Students explore the fundamental ideas of culture, context, and the role of investigation in art-making that is the foundation of IB Art.

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AT A GLANCE

  • Artist-led workshops in art-making techniques
  • All art materials included
  • Inspiring art field trips and visits to local artists' studios
  • Cover the basic skills needed for the IB Comparative Study
  • Curate a final exhibition and art opening
  • Outdoor installation art
  • Small group of art students
  • Social activities including inspiration evenings, gelato and home-made pizza tastings, and a final exhibition and party
  • On-site accommodation
  • All meals included
  • 24/7 on-course support staff

 

Artist-led workshops in art-making techniques include environmental art, photography (iPhoneography, alternative lens-less photo techniques: cyanotype and Van Dyke, pinhole cameras), loom-weaving and fibre art, fresco and sgraffito painting, assemblage and sculpture, drawing and illustration, printmaking and performance art.

Intensive studio time is supported by individual reflection and mentoring sessions. In the second week students develop a personal project with options for installation work. Curating activities lead up to a final exhibition of student work, which is also a celebration of their achievements. Besides enriching their art portfolios through the artist-led workshops, there are sessions on developing the Comparative Study and the Process Portfolio throughout the course so they are better prepared to understand and meet the IB Art course work requirements.


 

FEES

  • €4,200 per 2-week course (€1,000 deposit to secure a place)
  • €2,300 per 1-week course (€500 deposit to secure a place)

    Extras:

    • €100 Meet and Greet service

    You have 14 days to cancel a booking and receive a refund, full policy available here.

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    TRAVELLING TO LA VIGNA

    Address: La Vigna Arts Studios, Calci, Pisa, Italy.

    The nearest airport and train station are in Pisa. Public transport is not very straightforward, but a transfer from Pisa airport or train station can be arranged for a fee of €100 for a return trip. If interested in this transfer service, please call or email the OSC office once the application has been confirmed. Flight details/train times will need to be provided.

    If travelling by car, please ask for detailed directions from the OSC office.

    We recommend that all students take advice from the Italian Embassy or Consulate in their country on whether a visa is required to enter Italy. Visa support letters can be provided if required.

    ACCOMMODATION

    Accommodation is in a lovely farmhouse agriturismo called La Fellonica, in a peaceful, rural setting where students can fully immerse themselves in their creative pursuits and be inspired by the wonderful surroundings in a safe and comfortable environment.

    PASTORAL CARE

    Heather McReynolds takes her responsibility for pastoral care very seriously.

    Students will be cared for 24 hours a day by Heather and her two assistants.

    One assistant will live in the agriturismo with the students, whilst Heather will be on-site with the students all day and during the evenings. She will accompany students on field trips and outings as well as being on call 24 hours a day.

    ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE

    In Week 1, students should arrive in the afternoon of Sunday 28 June before 18:00. Students attending Week 2 only can arrive between 09:00 and 18:00 on Sunday 5 July (students arriving in the morning will join in the activities planned for that day).

    Week 1 students leave the course on Friday 3 July. They can join in the activities planned for that day but are free to leave in the morning if that helps with their travel arrangements. Week 2 students leave on Friday 10 July in the morning.

    INDIVIDUAL REQUIREMENTS

    If you have any special requirements due to health or mobility issues, please let us know.


     

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