We will be working from an image of either a painting or a relief sculpture that is in the public domain [meaning that we are not breaking any laws to make a copy of someone else's art]. Or you may bring a photo or image of your own to create in relief, but please contact instructor Kelly Borsheim so that your image can be approved or tips given to take a useful image.
The goal is to have you walk out of the workshop with a fairly finished [if not done] relief sculpture, and one that is small enough to pack on a plane or not be difficult to ship home.
What is provided in the tuition price:
Although tools will be in the studio, if you have sculpture tools, especially dental tools or similar that you enjoy working with, you may want to bring them along. It is recommended that you either put your name of your tools or color them in something easily identified as uniquely yours.
- The clay, studio materials [boards, lights, easels, tables, etc.]
- some sculpting/carving and modeling tools (for use during the workshop)
- lunch each day, except check-out day, the 15th.
- Some travel [see below in what is not included]
What is not provided:
- Dinner: We have three restaurants in the Castelvecchio/Sorana area. Each accepts credit cards, as well as cash [in euro]. Also, most lodging places here have kitchens.
- Travel: Travel to Florence before the workshop, as well as travel from Pescia after the workshop is not part of the package.
- Lodging: One of the goals of this workshop is to aid the local economy. As such, available local places to call your temporary home in Castelvecchio will be listed here by January. You may choose what suits you and either contact the home / flat owner directly or contact me and I can reserve the space for you. This allows the most flexibility whether you prefer to have your own space, or bring guests. Average is around 50 euro per night for the house/apartment. See below for some images and information on places to stay. [coming in early January]. It is better to reserve early for this time of year!
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- Bring GOOD WALKING SHOES. Not only for our little tour of Florence, Italy, but for walking around the villages of Valleriana, and possibly working on our feet in the studio. Perhaps a light jacket or scarf could keep you comfortable in the evenings. June and July are typically months in which you may enjoy the luciole (fireflies), though, so it is not cold during those months.
- Need GROCERIES or CASH? The villages up in the hills [collectively called Valleriana] no longer have ATMs, banks, or post offices as the economy has deteriorated. On January 1, 2017, our last grocery store succumbed. If you would like to have food in your chosen lodging place or need cash, let us try to get most or all of that done on 8 June, after we arrive in Pescia. It will be so much easier and less of a time waste to do this before we begin the rest of the workshop. However, do not freak about this: Pescia is only about a 20-minutes-drive away.
- Non-Participating Guests: Since each workshop participant chooses his or her own lodging, please feel free to bring any guests you like to stay with you. Guests may share our light breakfast with us [please let me have your head count before the workshop starts]. Lunches will cost around 12 euro. And, like the rest of us, guests will pay for their own dinners. While we are in Florence, guests are invited to join along on the tour, paying any museum entry fees or other expenses for themselves, and of course, the train ride from Firenze to Pescia.
- Based on your after-hours desires or those of anyone traveling with you, you may prefer to rent a car. If so, mention this at the time of registration or before the workshop and information will be sent to you to help you find what suits you best.
- Pets being present are your choice. Italy is very tolerant of dogs in restaurants, for example. However, please be aware that loved ones of all kinds can be a distraction for you and/or the other participants in the workshop. Be caring, be considerate; each participant is paying to learn. The rest will depend on where you choose to sleep and what the rules of your host are.
- Smoking outside only, if you must.
- After our day-long field trip in Florence, Italy [Firenze, Italia], we will be working in Castelvecchio, Valleriana, the district of Pistoia (abbreviated as "PT).
About Castelvecchio, (PT), Tuscany, Italy:
Why I first came here [stone carving symposium]:
- Specific information will be given to each participant in the days before the workshop.
Flights: Although you must organize and buy your own travel to Florence, Italy [Firenze, Italia] to be IN Florence on Friday morning around 10:30 a.m. on 8 June 2018, at the front of the famous Duomo, I recommend that you arrive to Firenze at least a day early, more if you can. Florence has so much to offer and you may enjoy spending time there before the workshop starts. Or you may return to Firenze AFTER the workshop on 15 June, for more art, museums, and to enjoy the Renaissance City once more.
I use Skyscanner.com to find my flights. Perhaps you will find it useful, as well. You may also create e-mail alerts for certain destinations and dates to keep an eye on your options.
Workshop Cancellation Policy:
Payments as follows:
- Deposit of $250 by 7 April 2018 reserves your place in the workshop. Deposit is non-refundable after 7 April 2018.
- Balance due $400 by 1 June 2018.
- Save $25 by paying for the entire workshop by 7 April 2018: $625 is your outstanding rate!
Your cancellation before 7 April will earn you a 100% refund. After 7 April, the $250 deposit is non-refundable. After 1 June 2018, there are no refunds.
Book your lodging soon! Summers are lovely here and it is the time when the tourists we have come to visit.
P.S. It is recommended that you buy travel insurance if you are worried about a change of plans. I am not liable for any monies paid beyond workshop tuition.