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COME SPEND 3 WEEKS
IN A 14TH CENTURY ALPINE VILLAGE

STUDYING PAINTING
IN THE MANNER OF THE OLD MASTERS





AMANDA SAGE ~ MISCHTECHNIK

EXPERIENCE
THE DIRECT TRANSMISION OF

~ MISCHTECHNIK ~
~ GLAZING ~
~ AIRBRUSHING ~

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ENJOY
COMMUNAL LIVING
~ ORGANIC FOOD ~
~ YOGA ~
~ CHANTING ~

IN TORRI SUPERIORE
A SUSTAINABLE ECO-VILLAGE
IN THE FOOT-ALPS OF THE ITALIAN RIVIERA


~ PLUS: A TRIP TO DAMANHUR! ~


ANDREW GONZALEZ ~ AIRBRUSHING



THE MISCH GANG



L. CARUANA ~ GLAZING




~ PRACTICAL INFORMATION FOR REGISTERED STUDENTS ~
~ Location, Transportation, etc. ~


~ COME SHARE YOUR VISION WITH US ~

       Torri Superiore is a labyrinthine village of spiralling stairs & narrow passages, built from the local limestone in 1300. In this cosy & creative atmosphere, students will develop two Original Works under the expert guidance of Experienced Artists...

        For 2014 we are offering a special Expanded Version of the Seminar ~ learning from Three Teachers for one all-inclusive price. Visionary methods & materials, practical tips & secrets of the craft ~ all will be demonstrated and applied ‘hands on.’

       Now in its 7th Year, the Seminar offers 3 Weeks of Intensive Teaching. Students will study intensely under two teachers while benefiting from the instruction of the third. Under Amanda Sage, select students will learn the mystery & alchemy of the MischTechnik. With Laurence Caruana, others will gain new insights into Glazing. And Andrew Gonzalez will offer his unique approach to the Airbrush.

       Tuition for the course includes 3 Weeks of Full Accommodation. Everyone will live communally, sharing all meals and spending the evenings in relaxed conversation or creative exploration, enjoying the town’s bohemian charms. Accommodation is in 1, 2 or 3 bedroom apartments (a less-expensive tent option is also available...) with 3 full meals per day.

       Each Student brings their own Unique Talent to the Seminar. ...Yoga, Chanting, Live Music ~ the opportunity for leading or participating our group activies is endless. One weekend we'll have the chance to visit Damanhur's Subterranean Temples of Humankind. And we hope the undisputed Master of the MischTechnik, Professor Ernst Fuchs, will descend from his near-by home to visit our group, comment on your progress & pick up a brush to demonstrate (as he did in 2011 when he visited us 3 times...).

       The hill-top eco-village of Torri Superiore is a small community where the inhabitants live in harmony with their environment, practicing Permaculture & Sustainable Living. We will become part of village life ~ sharing in communal meals prepared by the local chef from fresh and mostly organic ingredients grown in the surrounding fields...



~ THREE TEACHERS ~ ONE UNIQUE SEMINAR FOR 2014 ~

       This year, students will work intensely under Two Teachers ~ focussing all their efforts into two panels that reflect a profound grasp of the technique: MischTechnik, Glazing or AirBrushing. Upon registration, students will state their First & Second Choices of teachers (Amanda, Laurence or Andrew), & we will organize the class according to the balanced needs of the teachers & students. All techniques will be demonstrated to all students, but the student will focus on two techniques closely supervised by their teachers. Amanda will teach Self-portrait painting in the MischTechnik, Laurence will teach his Glazing Method using your own Visionary composition, and Andrew will teach his Air Brushing technique following an improvised design or a prepared Visionary composition.

 

MISCHTECHNIK WITH AMANDA SAGE
& GLAZING WITH LAURENCE CARUANA

       Amanda Sage will lead the MischTechnik chapter. Through the alchemical mixture of oil & water, the "Mixed Technique" allows the artist to make fine lines, apply smooth glazes, eliminate brush strokes and create Visionary effects like energy lines, transparency, haloes & jewels. The MischTechnik alternate between ‘whites’ in a  water-based casein or egg tempera and ‘color glazes’ in an oleo-varnish medium. This classical technique of oil painting was developed by Ernst Fuchs and transmitted directly to Amanda Sage, Laurence Caruana & Andrew Gonzalez.

       Under Amanda's careful guidance, the participants will develop a Self-Portrait from life ~ first drawing, then gradually building up the painting layer by layer, intuitively adding elements to develop a Visionary Portrait of the Artist.

       At the same time, Laurence Caruana will lead his students through his Glazing Technique. This is almost identical to the MischTechnik, except both the Whites and Color layers will be applied in oils. Instead of powdered whites in casein or egg tempera, the oil-based whites will provide the pearly iridescent ground for unique translucent hues to be built up in multiple glazes.

      For Laurence's panel, students should come prepared with a Drawing on a Visionary subject, 12” x 18” in size. This can be a simple sketch or photo-montage which will be further elaborated while painting. Using photocopies, we will transfer your drawing onto a prepared panel.

       Laurence & Amanda will also reveal the Alchemy of making mediums through demonstrations & hands-on experience. PowerPoint presentations (with illustrated hand-outs) will also help you visualize the evolution of the painting. By their very nature, these techniques invite perceptual games & chance encounters. Together, we'll explore a number of creative methods for developing imagery in the painting.


       Laurence will also give presentations on Visionary Color - how we can move through the color spectrum while painting, and how glazing creates unique colors & harmonies ~ laying one semi-transparent colour atop another, rather than side-by-side.

        Students with no prior experience ~ have no fear! ~ these oil techniques are very forgiving, allowing changes & alterations at each layer. We accept students at all levels of experience ~ from beginners to advanced. For artists accustomed to acrylics, the transition to oil & tempera is a rich & rewarding experience, allowing for new explorations in oil's unique opalescent effects.

       Participants should bring their own Oil Paints & Brushes (For those without oils, lots of sharing took place in previous years...) We will provide the easels, the prepared panels, the ingredients for making the painting mediums and for washing brushes. A list of recommended colors & brushes is included in the file: Required Materials.


AIRBRUSHING WITH ANDREW GONZALEZ



       Our seminar also offers tthe more Modern technique of AirBrushing. Andrew Gonzalez will introduce his students to the subtlety & power of this unique instrument.

       Through a layered process of Spraying & Erasing on claybord, you will learn how to gradually render figures with soft shadows, radiant light & gentle atmosphere. A fully-equipped 'AirBrush Station' will allow students to work side-by-side with Andrew at allotted times. Participants may come prepared with a Drawing 12" x 18" in size ~ or improvise a Design through patterns & stencils gathered in Nature (leaves, flower petals...).

       AirBrushing, Andrew reminds us, is one of Art's most Ancient Techniques. In the caverns of Altamira and Lascaux, Paleolithic artists left behind imprints of their hands by spraying red ochre on the wall. The very act of spraying transfigures the pigment, creating an ethereal imprint of air itself, with no interposition of the brush. The Alchemists of old called it Sublimatio ~ the elevation & transformation of the baser elements into air.


       All in all, students will gain an in-depth understanding of new techniques and acquire new Ways of Seeing ~ under the guidance of all three teachers. The techniques of the Old Masters require discipline & dedication. We will paint each day, all day ~ while pausing for a decent lunch and using our evenings to explore all the facets of visionary creation in a more informal manner. Sundays will be reserved for excursions or exploring the fabulous Nature around Torri Superiore.





~ THE SEMINAR FUND ~

       We have begun our Seminar Fund to help students cover the cost of tuition.

       Through the sale of Giclées & Original Art donated by the teachers, the student may accumulate enough funds to cover their stay at Torri Superiore. At the same time, they're encouraged to sell their own art, make new connections, and gain experience in the art world.

       More Information on the Fund for Students & Benefactors can be found here.




~ SUSTAINABLE LIVING IN TORRI SUPERIORE ~

       Torri Superiore is unique: a small hilltop village that consists of one labyrinthine building built on five varying levels and containing some 162 different vaulted chambers. During its 700-year existence, the community witnessed prosperity & calamity. Finally it fell into ruin because of the economic upheavals & rapid agricultural changes of the 20th century.

       In 1989, the Associazione Culturale Torri Superiore was founded to restore the village and bring its community back to life through a broader world-vision based on sustainable agriculture & permacultural design. Although parts of Torri Superiore remain a Romantic ruin, the fifteen full-time residents (with the help of association members & teams of international students) have restored 90% of the chambers & apartments ~ including a large studio, yoga room, communal kitchen, dining areas, living space & offices.

       Torri Superiore’s Cultural Association is happy to host our painting seminar, providing us with a studio space while offering students full accommodation (a bed plus breakfast, lunch & dinner). Since most participants are struggling artists or students on a tight budget, we have taken great pains to find accommodation that is both interesting & affordable.

       Torri Superiore is an Eco ~Village, not a resort. They aim for sustainable living, not luxury, and their prices are reasonable & variable. They have put various living quarters at our disposal, and have even offered the outdoors option of staying in tents. However, since most of the food is grown organically and shared communally, the price of accommodation will include breakfast, lunch & dinner (which will always include a vegetarian option ~ Raw, Vegan or gluten-free diets can also be accommodated).

       Accommodation is in Old European-style Apartments or the less expensive option of Tents. Most Apartments contain 2 bedrooms (sleeping 2 people per room) plus a bathroom. These thick-walled, vaulted chambers have plenty of character, and some have balconies overlooking the Ligurian hills. For the cheaper Tent option, Torri Superiore offers a grassy space on terraced slopes shaded by Mimosa trees, with a beautiful view onto the distant Alps. In Torri's building near by, individual bathrooms (including a shower, sink & toilet) are provided for campers. Participants choosing this option must bring their own tents & sleeping bags.

       Since this is a Summer Seminar, we will take full advantage of the beautiful Alpine setting. Perched on the outermost boundary between civilization and Nature, the town is still connected to 'the grid' (public transport, electricity) while also a leaping off point to dense Alpine surroundings. Students can go swimming in the fresh-water stream or hiking along trails in the mountains. All meals may be enjoyed on the large terrace overlooking the treed hillside...

       Students will also have the opportunity to learn and experience Sustainable Living. This means that they, like the villagers, will integrate their lifestyle with the land ~ seeking to be its custodians rather than its exploiters. Permaculture is a form of long-term planning in which an integrated model of life is developed so flora, fauna & humanity may interact harmoniously & holistically. Agriculture is specifically tailored to the shape of the land and the cycle of the seasons.

       This model attempts to incorporate as many dynamic life-interactions as possible to create sustainable forms of living. Often a more labor-intensive polyculture (planting mixed crops) is preferred to the single-crop industrial method (which erodes top soil). All in all, the residents and their guests will seek out a form of communal living ~ a template for the future based on earth harmony rather than environmental destruction.

       The Associazione Culturale Torri Superiore lead their own Summer Seminars in Sustainability, Communal Living and Permacultural Design. Our seminar students will work on their paintings, not in the fields. Still, they will benefit from tours, presentations & discussions with the village experts while actually living the life of the community. The Associazione Culturale Torri Superiore is a founding member of the Italian Permaculture Academy and belongs to the Global Eco-village Network; it has no religious or political affiliations.


~ TRIP TO DAMANHUR & VISIT BY ERNST FUCHS ~

       The 2014 Seminar will include an Optional Day Trip to Damanhur's Subterranean Temples of Humankind. This will be organized during the seminar once all the students are present. We will hire mini-buses with drivers for the 3 hour trip, and the interested group will spend the afternoon touring Damanhur's grounds & temples before returning later that evening. The price will be 66 euros for the Damanhur Entrance Fee, plus around 50 euros for the bus rental.

       The History of Damanhur began on a summer night in 1978 when eleven friends sat around a campfire and watched in awe as a meteor slowly passed overhead. Taking this as an important Augury, they spontaneously  began digging into the Vidraco hillside. Construction of the Subterranean Temples continued in secret for another 13 years ~ until the Damanhurians themselves unveiled to the world their Temples of Humankind.
       As Alex Grey has written in his book on Damanhur: “We were introduced to a virtually unprecedented collective of devoted artists, craftspeople and villagers who had founded a new way of life.”
       The Temples consist of long Subterranean Passages leading to 7 different temples dug some 5 storeys deep into the hillside. Each temple is ornately carved & illuminated by glowing orbs or stained-glass ceilings. One labyrinthine passage leads to the Hall of the Earth and the Hall of Metals. Another passage, beginning at the Blue Temple and the Hall of Water, leads through the Hall of Spheres to the large and central Hall of Mirrors. All the columns & walls are covered with Visionary figures, forming a complex iconography dedicated to spiritual unity.

       Today, Damanhur is a Community of Artisans, Scientific Researchers, Agriculturists & Educators divided into 40 small communities of 20 members each. Collectively, they are trying to create a new model for community living based on sustainable agriculture, global co-operation & spiritual growth. While seminar participants may take an interest in Damanhur’s spiritual aims, our main interest will be its Visionary art and iconography.

       Profesor Ernst Fuchs is, without a doubt, the Godfather of Visionary Art. His home and studio are not far from Torri Superiore ~ just across the border in nearby Monaco & Castillon. In 2009, the participants visited him in his studio; in 2011, he came & visited our studio 3 times ~ making comments, reading us his poetry & adding his own special touch to students' works.

       Now that the Professor is in his 80's, we can never be sure of his schedule, but we will make every effort to have him visit our Studio.


~ ACTIVITIES ~

        The number of Activies is endless, depending on what you, the student, can bring to the group. Nevertheless, a steady stream of events seems to happen spontaneously and almost effortlessly ~ ~ ~

       In previous seminars, one student led a Yoga Class, another gave Tai Chi lessons, and a third formed a Chanting Circle. Music was our constant companion, with impromptu collaborations between students, guests & residents. One night a group of musicians from Naples gave a concert of Tarantellas while the seminar students came up with a Live Painting. Other nights, guitars were strummed while the students passed around Cadavres Exquis or collaborated on a Mandala dedicated to Torri Superiore.

       On other evenings, the village wise-woman read everyone's Tarot Cards and Wandering Minstrals from Bavaria played their folk melodies. We've had Guided Visualizations, Drumming Circles, Trance Parties, Pizza Nights & Midnight Walks through the Alpine Hills. Torri Superiore is blessed to have a stunningly beautiful Swimming Grotto close by, where students often cool off in the late afternoon and get in touch with Nature's majesty & grandeur.

       Italian Beer & Wine were readily available through the 'trust fridge' (drop €2 in the box, take a bottle...) and one of Torri's villagers offers special Cocktail Evenings. Sitting on the large balcony overlooking the beautiful hills, conversation lasted late into the night. Sunsets were spent at the Village Ruins atop the hill, and painting in the studio went on all through the night.

       The Students demonstrated how Visionary Art is indeed an international phenomenon. They have hailed from such diverse places as Argentina, Brazil, the Sinai desert, Australia, Turkey, Malta, New Zealand, & all quarters of Europe and the U.S.A (from Scandanavia to the Mediterranean; from Long Island to Hawaii!...) Each brought the distinctive taste of their own culture with them, and offered a global perspective on the present transformation of world-consciousness.

       At the end, a Farewell Party is always held, including an Exhibition of the students' works. The friendships forged during the seminar lasted long afterward.

       After the Seminar, more activities naturally develop. In the past, groups of students have visited Damanhur or Ernst Fuchs' studio in Monaco. One year, thanks to Laurence's arranging, students worked with Ernst Fuchs at the Apocalypse Chapel in Klagenfurt, Austria. Another group toured Europe before going to the Boom Festival in August. After a vision at Torri Superiore, Jimmy Bleyer went on to found The Temple of Visions, a gallery in Los Angeles which exhibited many works from former seminar students.

       The possibilities are endless...  


~ PRICE ~
~ THE SAME PRICE AS LAST YEAR! ~

* Due to available studio space, the number of places is limited
    to approximately 20 places
* Places are reserved on a first come, first serve basis.
* Last year's seminar was entirely booked up by May.

* To reserve your place, you must register with a deposit.
* Last date for reservations is June 1st.
* The balance of payment is due by June 1st, 2014.
* Students are responsible for their own transportation.




THE EXPANDED VISIONS
IN THE MISCHTECHNIK SEMINAR
~ incl. 3 Weeks Full Accommodation ~
July 5th - 27th, 2013
For
~ Tuition ~ ROOM Accommodation ~ Full Board ~
the FULL PRICE is
€ 2300
(approximately $ 2900*)

~ A € 500 Deposit is required ~
For
~ Tuition ~ TENT Accommodation ~ Full Board ~
Subtract 15%
Hence, the REDUCED PRICE is
€ 1950
(approximately $ 2600*)

~ A € 500 Deposit is required ~


MAKE YOUR DEPOSIT NOW:
Accommodation Type:

Requests, Questions & Payments may be directed to:
F LORENCE MENARD
office@academyofvisionaryart.com

*The seminar price is in Euros. For other currencies,
the current conversion rates will be used at the time of payment,
as listed at xe.com.

DETAILED INFORMATION FOR
THE EXPANDED VISIONS IN THE MISCHTECHNIK SEMINAR

THE PRICE INCLUDES:
* 22 nights of accommodation at Torri Superiore
* Full board: breakfast, lunch & dinner.
* Tuition for the 3 week Seminar (with lessons from all 4 teachers)
* Painting materials (mediums, panels, easels)
* A farewell dinner
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* Tuition for the Seminar includes teaching 6 days per week, 7 hours per day
* Classes are held 10:00 - 1:00 and 2:00 - 6:00, Mon - Sat.
* Accommodation at Torri Superiore begins Saturday July 5th and ends the day of Sunday July 27th. Classes begin on Monday July 7th and end on Friday July 25th.
* Room accommodation is in apartments, most with 2 people per room (4 people per apartment).
* Tent accommodation is in a shaded grassy area near the main buidling. Campers must bring their own tents and sleeping bags.
* The choice of sleeping places in the apartments will be decided by the organizers, based on gender considerations (e.g. keeping couples together, separating women from men). Please request if you wish to be paired with someone in particular.
* Breakfast, lunch & dinner will be mostly organic with vegetarian options. Special dietary needs (vegan, gluten-free etc) are accommodated.
* For the painting seminar, we will provide materials like ingredients for the medium, prepared panels, easels and brush cleaners.
* Students must provide their own oil colors, brushes, palettes, bottles and jars. See Required Materials.
~ GENERAL CONDITIONS ~
* All prices are per person.
* Prices are in Euros.
* For other currencies (dollars, pounds), the current conversion rate will be used at the time of payment. This will be calculated automatically through PayPal or credit card agencies. For bank transfers, we will use the current rate listed at xe.com.
* Payment may be made in Europe through bank transfer and in the rest of the world (incl. the U.S.A) through PayPal.
* The reservation deposit is non-refundable.
* Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from the seminar.
* Students are responsible for their own health insurance. Registration for the seminar constitutes a waiver on the participants' part regarding injuries or illnesses sustained during the seminar.
* In the unlikely event of the seminar's cancellation, all payments will be refunded, minus 5% of the deposit for administration costs.

SEE THE LINK
~ PRACTICAL INFORMATION FOR REGISTERED STUDENTS ~
~ For more information on location, transportation, etc. ~

VISIT THE ARTISTS' WEBSITES AT:

Laurence Caruana ~ LCaruana.com
Amanda Sage ~ AmandaSage.com
Andrew Gonzalez ~ Sublimatrix.com

Thanks for your Interest in our Seminar!
We hope to spend some great times with you...

~ Laurence, Andrew & Amanda ~


Requests, Questions & Payments may be directed to:
FLORENCE MENARD
office@academyofvisionaryart.com













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