May 22 - June 5

Monumental Drawing Workshop with Cornel Rubino

Monumental Drawing Workshop with Cornel Rubino

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Workshop Cost:
$3600
Workshop Dates:
May 22 - June 5

About the Workshop

Acclaimed Painter and Illustrator Cornel Rubino will lead a 2-week workshop at the International Center for the Arts, on the creation of monumental works of visual art.

Develop an ease in working large - explore how scale alters the way we view our world by drawing directly from life to re-translate nature and rethink the human condition.

Art, like spoken language, has a vocabulary all its own. With drawing, you will be exposed to elements of this vocabulary, which serves as the raw material for all visual information. This workshop explores and utilizes drawing to explore the figure in narrative and poetic (non-narrative) ways.

You will be drawing vertically in studio on heavy weight Rives or Fabriano paper no smaller than 7 ft. from live models, fleshy and ideal, as well as lyrical and moody objects of your choice from nature. A variety of wet and dry media will be explored and developed as well as the skills needed to tackle large scale drawings translated from your smaller sketches and ideas. You will experience drawing the figure as it empowers and informs your work, carefully raiding the mines of visual desire.

Drawing on a large scale offers a freedom that is exciting and liberating. You will have the opportunity to create and make the kind of marks that only working on a large-scale surface allows you. We will be working on heavy-duty paper so you will have the opportunity to draw wet with inks or water based paints or dry with pencils, pastels or charcoals. Or mix materials together. The sky’s the limit.

You will work on at least 3-4 large drawings depending on time constraints. We will have individual and group discussions about the work in progress and develop our skills in constructive criticism, working at understanding the significance and psychological importance of line, value, form and composition in the process of image making.

Along with trips to Siena, Florence and La Scarzuola in Montegabbione, we will draw on the history of Monte Castello as a gathering place for artists in a variety of mediums and scholars in disciplines across the humanities. Painters, sculptors, musicians and chefs will also be in residence at ICA, providing optional lectures or demonstrations and joining retreat participants for communal meals on the terrace. There is a strong opportunity for cross-pollination of ideas and unexpected inspiration for those who seek it.

For more information, contact us.

Included Amenities

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  • Airport transfer from and to the Leonardo da Vinci Rome/Fiumicino Airport (FCO) aboard our private bus on scheduled dates.
  • Airport welcome service and assistance with baggage
  • 24/7 bi-lingual support with manager on site at all times
  • 24/7 Access to all facilities
  • Village orientation provided on arrival day
  • All ground transport is aboard private bus or van with licensed professional driver
  • Private access to a five-story tower at our Palazzo Persianne (on sign-up basis) for spectacular morning and evening views
  • Art materials shop on site
  • Return transport to the Rome/Fiumicino Airport (departs 6 AM) with rest stop 
  • Departure service/airport assistance at airport
  • Unless otherwise specified, single occupancy accommodation is provided in our Asilo building, a 14th c. convent. All rooms have a beautiful view of the Tiber Valley Rooms in the Asilo building are shared bath (2-3 rooms per bath), but have a sink and vanity inside each room. (Rooms with private bath and AC, double rooms, apartments in the village, as well as group or villa accommodations are available for an additional fee)
  • Linens, blankets, and towels are provided 
  • Weekly housekeeping service with change of towels and linens 
  • Free washing machine access, laundry facilities on request
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Pork loin tongue short loin short ribs, doner ham hock salami. Doner sirloin corned beef, burgdoggen landjaeger capicola meatball pork belly beef ribs. Pork chop beef corned beef frankfurter. Beef ribs bacon ball tip, spare ribs pancetta jerky pork belly tail. Ball tip tail alcatra pork loin burgdoggen, kielbasa landjaeger. Ground round hamburger tongue, sirloin leberkas pork loin prosciutto chuck cow short loin rump shank filet mignon pork chislic.
Spicy jalapeno bacon ipsum dolor amet shankle spare ribs bresaola, tenderloin frankfurter doner rump. Turkey tenderloin jerky kevin pork loin. Frankfurter rump tongue landjaeger, pork buffalo sirloin. Pig cupim sausage biltong meatball tongue hamburger t-bone cow shank pancetta burgdoggen. Tail kielbasa meatloaf pork chop kevin ham hock frankfurter turducken brisket alcatra tenderloin jerky pig.

Pork loin tongue short loin short ribs, doner ham hock salami. Doner sirloin corned beef, burgdoggen landjaeger capicola meatball pork belly beef ribs. Pork chop beef corned beef frankfurter. Beef ribs bacon ball tip, spare ribs pancetta jerky pork belly tail. Ball tip tail alcatra pork loin burgdoggen, kielbasa landjaeger. Ground round hamburger tongue, sirloin leberkas pork loin prosciutto chuck cow short loin rump shank filet mignon pork chislic.
Room Accommodation Upgrades
  • Single room in the Asilo with sink and vanity, view of Tiber valley, and shared bath (2–3 rooms per bath) [Included in base price.]
  • Double room in the Asilo with sink and vanity and shared bath (no view) [Included in base price.]
  • Double room in the Asilo with sink and vanity, panoramic view, and shared bath. [+20€ per night]
  • Double room in the Asilo with private bath, view of the Tiber valley [30€ per night, per person]
  • Single or double room in B+B (2 minutes walk from the Asilo) with private bath and AC [+40€ per night per person]
  • Single or double room in B+B (2 minutes walk from the Asilo) with private bath and AC and private garden [+50€ per night, per person]
  • Single room or double room with shared bath, in Palzzo Mattioni (next door to the Asilo) — per person price: [+50€ per night, per person]
  • Apartment with 1 bedroom, kitchenette, bath, and living room [+100€ per night for up to two people and up to one child under 12]
  • Apartment with 2 bedrooms, kitchen with dining area, bath, and living room — per person price: [+45€ per night, per person]
  • Apartment with 2 bedrooms, kitchen, bath and living room with view — per person price: [+60€ per night, per person]
  • Villa accommodations (below MC) — per person price: [110€ per night, per person]
  • Villa accommodations with pool — per person price: [+135€ per night, per person]
  • Three meals per day Mon-Thurs prepared daily by our chef and kitchen staff from fresh, locally sourced and artisanal ingredients
  • Saturday and Sunday meals include 11:00 AM brunch with prosecco, freshly baked pastry, oeufs en cocotte, oeufs brouilles and other special items, such as semifreddo
  • ICARTS provides Vegetarian and Vegan meals as well as restricted diets to those requiring them. Notification should be made prior to arrival by email to: icarts.srl@gmail.com
  • Breakfast (unless otherwise arranged) is at 8:30 AM and includes: Umbrian pastries and fresh bread daily, artisanal honey, jellies and jam, and organic dried fruits.  We provide a selection of local artisanal cured meats, fried pancetta (jowl bacon), local artisanal cheeses and yogurt, nuts, granola and cereal, scrambled and boiled eggs, fresh fruit and Yoga brand fruit juices, and of course wonderful Italian coffee served “Americano” as well as English tea served from our samovar in addition to an assortment of herbal and caffeine-free teas.
  •  All lunches and dinners consist of four-courses.(pasta; main course with vegetables and legumes; salad; dessert) and are accompanied by table wine. Wines from our wine list are available upon request for an additional fee. Those preferring to stop at the pasta course -skipping the main course-  or enjoying half-courses of the full meal should notify us of their preference a day in advance by email a day in advance at: icarts.srl@gmail.com
  • Lunch is served at 1:00 PM on the ringing of the church bell that has called farmers of the village to their mid-day repast for hundreds of years.  Lunch is a traditional, generous 4-course Umbrian lunch accompanied by house wine (wines from our cellar-list are available for an additional fee).  Traditionally, this type of fortifying lunch came late in the day to farmers who began their labors well before sunrise in hopes of fending off the heat of the afternoon. Afterward, with the aid of the wine and a hearty meal, time was spent resting before returning to work between 3:30 and 5:00, which still continues until dinner at 8:00 PM. Our. Mid-day meal is still served at 1:00 PM and consists of a pasta course, followed by the main course with vegetables.  Afterward, a fresh green salad or fruit salad or fresh, is followed by pastry or seasonal fruit.
  • Dinner is served at 8:00 PM. As it has been for  residents of our village since the middle-ages, lunch at ICARTS is announced with the chiming of the village church bells at 8:00 PM reminding farmers to come home from the field. A typical Umbrian dinner is lighter than lunch.  However, since our guests are likely used to larger meal at dinner, we again offer four courses: pasta or soup, a main course (meat or fish) with vegetable and legumes, a green salad and fruit salad, and an offering of pastry or fresh fruit.
  • WiFi access and a full range of AV equipment is available
  • 24/7 access to our art library and film collection
  • Private or semi-private art studio/Classroom/Workspaces provided as required
  • Art and Film library available 24/7
  • Anatomy study room with collection of 19th and early 20th c. anatomical models and human skeleton available on request
  • Wood/metal shop on site
  • Drawing tables, easels, work table, fan, portable lights provided in all painting/drawing studio's
  • Ceramics studio includes both front and top loading electric kilns and raku facilities as well as pottery wheels and sculpture stands and armatures.
  • Printmaking room includes press and full range of printmaking facilities
  • Bookmaking/Papermaking facilities include guillotine cutters, a board sheer, frames, Hollander beater and other typical paper making and book arts facilities
  • Photo facilities include all materials necessary for traditional darkroom photography, a digital printer, and large format equipment, as well as cameras available for use
  • Models are provided upon request
  • Thorough orientation lecture and maps provided the evening before excursion departure
  • Licensed and insured professional driver and ICA guide accompanies all excursions.
  • Orientation at each excursion destination is provided as is departure coordination 
  • Guide service is available upon request
  • Advanced reservations and ticket purchases for groups and individuals
  • Concierge services provided upon request at an hourly rate
  • Restaurant reservations (provided under Concierge services)
  • Car rental
  • Critique series with visiting visual artists
  • Artist materials workshops
  • Drawing and painting sessions from the figure
  • Cooking classes
  • Cheesemaking workshop
  • Pizza-making workshop
  • Kids cooking classes
  • Wine appreciation and Sommelier Courses
  • Wine and olive oil tastings
  • Vineyard tours
  • Truffle hunting
  • Ballroom dance classes
  • Weekend excursions to flea markets and natural sites
  • Shopping excursions to cashmere and leather outlets, to Deruta famous for fine painted traditional ceramics, and antique stores
  • Overnight excursions to the sea and day-trips to Rome beaches
  • Hot air balloon tours
  • Hot springs excursions
  • Lake Trasimeno tours
  • Umbria abandoned castle and fortress tour
  • Sustainable farming tour 
  • Babysitting services
  • Soccer, archery, and horseback riding camps for kids
  • Motorized mountain bike rentals
  • Electric car rental 
  • Golf-cart tours of Rome and Florence
  • Hiking/naturalist guides to national/regional parks - mountain hiking available
  • Fishing/Hunting Excursions

Payment Options

  • Non-refundable €500 deposit
  • Payment in full (€500 non-refundable deposit is included. No refunds after April 30 — see Fees and Payment)
  • Balance payment (after €500 deposit — due before April 30)

Required Forms

All ICA participants; whether coming independently, with a group or through a college / university, must provide the following completed forms and information to icarts.info@gmail.com at least 2 weeks prior to attending their program. 
Emergency Contact & Medical Information »Liability Waiver »
Proof of Insurance / Travel Insurance
Itinerary and Passport
For detailed information and to download the required forms, please visit our Guides and Forms page.

About the Instructor

Cornell Rubino

A painter, illustrator, educator, lecturer, curator and native New Yorker with a 40 year career with over 60 solo and group exhibitions, Cornel Rubino relocated to Baltimore, Maryland, and is currently teaching painting, drawing, sculptural forms and visual thinking at the Maryland Institute College of Art. He is currently working on new paintings and drawings exploring narcolepsy and somnambulism for publication by Galerie Vevais, Berlin, Germany in 2023.

He is the recipient of the Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award in Sculpture/Installation and has been profiled since being in Maryland on both National Public Radio’s “Inside the Arts” and Maryland Public Television “Artworks This Week”. His works are in the collections of the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia; Museum of Contemporary Art, Atlanta, Georgia; Museum of American Illustration, New York; Museo del Palazzo Strozzi, Florence, Italy and in numerous international corporate and private collections.

Many of the monumental drawing installations Rubino created include, “Cerca Trova”, exploring the fine line between victims and those who prey on them at Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan; “Mondo Botanico”, commemorating life and death in the Richman Gallery at the Park School in Baltimore; “Out of Place” exploring how the able-bodied maneuver through the world of the disabled at the University of Maryland, College Park; “Stray Dogs”, a commentary on the homeless dilemma for the spare room space in Baltimore; “MOBTOWN”, spanning 2000 sq. ft. at the Creative Alliance Patterson Arts Center in Baltimore; “Obsession, Addiction, Passion”, American Visionary Arts Museum in Baltimore and “Cockfight, A Treatise on the Cruelty of the Petit Bourgeoisie” on the walls of the round gallery at the Atlanta Contemporary Arts Center.

A winner of various awards including the Society of Publication Designers and Communication Arts Award and the Abby Award for Atlanta Artist of the Year, Rubino’s editorial clients include The New Yorker, where he is under contract as a regular contributor, The Washington Post, Bloomberg, The Atlantic, The Boston Globe, Penthouse, Gourmet and other national magazines. Rubino has created numerous posters for various clients such as the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland, International Habitat for Humanity, the Lincoln Center season of New York’s EOS Orchestra, the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, the American Institute of Graphic Artists, the High Museum of Art and the Atlanta Symphony among others.

Lectures include Picasso at the High Museum of Art; 20th Century Art at the Nexus Contemporary Arts Center; Master Drawings from the Worcester Art Museum at the Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University and on his own work at Johns Hopkins University. Rubino also moderates the Annual Critic’s Residency Public Forum at Maryland Art Place in Baltimore. He lectured on the exhibit “Beauty and the Brain, A Neural Approach to Aesthetics” at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore. He began his undergraduate work in graphic design at Parsons School of Design in New York and continued his undergraduate and graduate studies in painting at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence, Italy, where he lived and kept his studio for 12 years.

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