Venice Days – Scuola Internazionale di Grafica Studio Visit

Venice days and a printmaking Christmas tree.

Venice days and a printmaking Christmas tree.

Saturday mornings have always been my favorite time of day at the Scuola. The morning quiet and the light in the main studio is lovely; the high ceiling of the main studio gives you the sense that any of your soaring ideas are possible.

 

The courtyard and artist in residence studios at the Scuola in the dawn light.

The courtyard and artist in residence studios at the Scuola in the dawn light.

The main studio

The main studio

Ten years ago I was a post-bac student at the Scuola Internazionale di Grafica. After my BA in Art History had lead me into a few art admin jobs, I began to wonder if I was better suited as a maker than as an observer of makers. So I spent at year at the Scuola to see if I liked studio art and if maybe I wanted to go back to school for an MFA.

 

It was a great year, I made my first print at the Scuola; a drypoint / engraving of a pomegranate, it was ugly, but I loved the fuzz of that drypoint line, and so I was hooked on printmaking.

 

Originally founded in 1969, over the years the Scuola has grown and changed. They’ve recently grown their focus to include a larger population of resident artists and so this past fall I was invited to come for two months as a Visiting Arist. I was glad to see that in the ten years since my last visit the Scuola is still an open and international community of makers. It was a delight to get to work in the largest and most well equipped print studio in Italy. It’s also one of the most lovingly organized studios I’ve ever been in.

 

Jars.

Jars.

Info, info, info.

Info, info, info.

Inking station

Inking station

Towels

Towels

Brayers

Brayers

Tools, tools, tools

Tools, tools, tools

The Scuola still offers a year long program in graphic design for Italian students, so there is always a young bustle in the place. They also offer weekday /weekend workshop style classes that are well attended by Italians in need of a place to make art, build community and learn from each other. And they serve as studio and home base for summer semester programs from Michigan University, Indiana University and Pratt Institute. Needless to say there are always interesting people to talk to and make work with.

 

The exchange can be informal or formal. I’ll be teaching a workshop there this summer but I also learned and shared a lot with other artists over dinner, in the studio, and on the walks back and forth from the house to the school. Exploring and getting lost in the streets of Venice is a great way to get to build a new friendship. During my trip this fall I had the joy of working with David Faber, Dora Rosenbaum, Heidi Kenyon and a few other international artists.

A portion of David Faber's exhibition at the Scuola.

A portion of David Faber’s exhibition at the Scuola.

Dora Rosenbaum, works in progress while at the Scuola.

Dora Rosenbaum, works in progress while at the Scuola.

Heidi Kenyon and a helpful Venetian install some of her work that was created at the Scuola.

Heidi Kenyon and a helpful Venetian install some of her work that was created at the Scuola.

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2 Responses to “Venice Days – Scuola Internazionale di Grafica Studio Visit”

  1. Emily says:

    I had the pleasure of studying here through my study abroad semester when I attended Boston University. Seeing this article brings back such wonderful memories of the diverse and collaborative environment that the Scuola provided. I found my love for bookmaking here- this studio opened up so many doors for me. If anyone has the chance to visit, as you have done, I highly recommend doing so. I wish I was still there!

  2. Kathy says:

    Thank you Amanda, I hope to see you again at the Scuola. I like your photographs very much, the texts and the cat on Heidi’s back. The drying racks have been changed around.