I really think artistic breakthroughs happen most often when
you are outside of your usual mode of working, and that includes where and how
you work. Think about the times when inspiration has struck you. For me, these moments
are often when I am outside of my element entirely, open to new ideas in
general, which can lead to new ways of thinking about sketching, drawing, or
This May, artist, instructor, and author of An Artist's Handbook Margaret Krug is
holding a workshop at the Castello di Spannocchia in Italy. It is a chance to immerse
yourself in the lifeblood of artistic pursuit-drawing. A big claim, right? And
yet, with what other pursuit do you observe and see so deeply?
Attendees will learn to draw what they see in the
natural and built environment with the skills and devices that are the
foundation of sustainable art practice. You will discuss the roots of drawing
and its changing and enduring function while viewing historical examples during
day trips throughout the region.
From there you can broaden your own definition of what a
drawing can be, and how to use it as a catalyst in your own work. In response
to the observation of the visual material presented, you will also work with a
variety of early techniques and materials as well as experimental materials and
At the end of the workshop, you'll have the building
blocks for your own artistic breakthrough. And you'll no doubt assess the whole
experience as one that blended art historical past and present for you, as well
as igniting a creative spark that your continuing art pursuit will keep aflame.
For more information and an application for the
workshop, contact Margaret Krug at firstname.lastname@example.org.