3D Studio: Ceramics, Clay & Sculpture

In the three-dimensional area of the visual arts, we offer facilities for ceramics and clay as well as sculpture in a variety of media in addition to opportunities for uninterrupted studio time in individual spaces.

Our Focus

We utilize ICA’s state of the art facilities to gain knowledge of specific techniques of the ceramic arts.
Through workshops led by world-renowned, contemporary artists in the field of clay and ceramic arts, participants expand their breadth of technical knowledge and personal expression.
We emphasize the importance of looking at and experiencing great art. In this, we explore the rich traditions of ceramics in Italy through excursions to museums and workshops of master artisans.
At ICA, we engage in discussions on works of art as a community, striving to create an environment in which we exchange ideas and grow as artists together as well as individually.

What We Offer

Our facilities include kilns, sculpture stands, pottery wheels, and woodworking tables and equipment. Classes with renowned Artists/Faculty combined with a Visiting Artist/Critics series, exhibition opportunities, and weekly trips to some of the most compelling cultural sites of Italy allow for unparalleled artistic growth. Our program provides a spectacular setting for the learning trip of a lifetime!

The Approach

Each of our 3D studio art instructors takes their own approach to teaching. Typically, daily demonstrations and interactive workshops can be expected. However, weekly excursions around Umbria, Lazio, and Tuscany are also crucial to the learning process. We believe in guided discovery, in learning through dialogue, and in seeing great art as a living expression of real humans, like ourselves, from whom we can learn and grow. We engage in discussions on works of art as a community, striving to create an environment in which we exchange ideas and grow as artists together. Given the unique advantage of being located in one of the world’s most influential art scenes, we emphasize the beauty of Italy as being a viable source of inspiration for your creative works. 

Clay Studio and Ceramics Courses

Our classes are multi-level, suitable for introductory as well as advanced work. Classes typically occur four days per week, with an excursion on Friday and weekends free for independent studio work. 

Our Faculty and Visiting Artists are known for making work that intimately connects to the Italian experience in some respect. Drawn from top institutions around the world, our Faculty and Visiting Critics are artists recognized for their achievement in their respective media.

Included Features* of Clay Studio and Ceramics Programs

Private or Semi-Private Individual Studio/Workspace

All program participants in the 3-D areas of the visual arts are provided with workspace in the spectacular 14th c palazzo that houses our Studio Building. Here, we provide all required equipment for work in various media within these areas. Workspace is available on a 24/7 basis.

One Excursion Per Week

Each week of the program, an excursion is scheduled to extraordinary destinations around Umbria, Lazio, and Tuscany. In each week of your visit, scheduled trips include cities such as Rome, Florence, Siena, Arezzo, Orvieto, and Assisi. See your course itinerary or our Calendar for this year’s schedule of field trips. We also offer additional, topical guided trips upon request for an additional fee in addition to natural areas, shopping, wine tasting, and cultural events and festivals.

Participant Exhibitions in the In Bocca al Lupo Gallery

At the close of the session, participants have the option of participating in a public presentation of their work, a performance of their projects, a reading of their work, or a presentation. This provides an opportunity to participate in a public exhibition/performance/reading in Europe attended by an exceptionally well-informed audience. Exhibitions are held in our In Bocca al Lupo gallery, final performances and readings, discussions, and presentations in the Teatro Concordia. And the central piazza overlooking the Tiber valley. These events are well attended by the community at the school and by residents of the village and region. Each event features a fully catered reception with wine and other beverages as well as light snacks prepared by our kitchen staff. The sale of work by artists is permitted and encouraged without commission.
*All of our workshops and retreats include Airport Transfers Upon Arrival and Departure, Single or Double Occupancy Accommodations, and Three Meals of Typical Umbrian Cuisine Daily. To view a full list of included amenities, follow the link below.
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