Experience some of the great mosaics treasures of the world and create your own mosaics!
Rick Shelley's comprehensive, two-week mosaic workshop welcomes both beginning and advanced mosaic enthusiasts. Each week offers excursions to many magnificent treasures throughout Italy that will lead participants to a deeper understanding of mosaic arts.
Rick will teach you how to create mosaics. At our studios in Monte Castello, learn to shape stone, glass and ceramic into tesserae. Experiment with glues and cements to adhere tesserae onto wooden panels. Work with the beautiful and traditional practice of gold-leafing glass. Design and execute small mosaics using outlines, shadows and highlights - simple images, letters, or symbols are ideal subjects. You will learn first-hand, why mosaic is the most enduring form of pictorial art. From our central location in Italy, tour outstanding monuments and collections in Rome, Ravenna, Venice, and more. Visit mosaic schools and studios where you will meet Italian mosaic artists and study their techniques - all under the guidance of a master-mosaicist, Rick Shelley. (To see Rick in action, see his video:"Making mosaics in Italy"
Week one, of the workshop will visit the Duomo of Orvieto, one of the masterworks of world architecture, with splendid gold mosaics covering the upper part of the cathedral's facade, the mosaic treasures in the Palazzo Massimo, the Basilica of Mary Maggiore in Rome, and Ostia Antica. Also while in Rome, we will spend time at the Vatican Mosaic Workshop and see how its distinguished craftsmen create and restore masterworks and the finest quality reproductions. Afterwards we will tour S.Peters and the Vatican.
Cost of Week 1 (including the Saturday, Infiorate, described below) is: € 3199
On Saturday and Sunday, June 1 and 2, we have the extraordinary opportunity to visit the annual Infiorate of Spello. The Infiorate, is a festival held on the feast of Corpus Cristi. In Spello, the Infiorate is is a breathtaking event in which residents stay up all night on June 1, creating a wondrous "mosaic of flowers." Literally, the streets are covered with carpets of flower petals arranged in designs as well as images. The fragile "tapestry" lasts only until June 2. With this schedule in mind, those in Week 1 only will attend the Saturday set up of the event. Those in Week 2, will be present for the procession through the streets of flowers. (Anyone wishing to add an extra day to a one week event, in order to experience both days of the Infiorate, may do so on a "day-rate" basis. Please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org for further info.
Week two, of the workshop will visit, Ravenna and participate in a day-long workshop with demonstrations on the Ravenna Method. From Ravenna, we will move to Venice, where we will tour the magnificent church of San Marco, we will visit the legendary, Orsoni Furnace glassworks, and travel to the island of Murano to experience their incredible glassmaking traditions.
Cost of week 2 (including the Sunday ONLY, Infiorate visit) is: € 3531
The cost of BOTH, week-long workshops is: € 5950 and includes both Saturday and Sunday Infiorate visits.
Studio work in Monte Castello
Ancient Roman Mosaic Artists at Work
Between these excursions, the International Center for the Arts provides the perfect atmosphere to experience the mosaic arts. Surrounded by the Italian countryside, the studio at Monte Castello di Vibio is an oasis in which to work and learn.All the while, participants will be housed in the remarkably well-preserved Umbrian hill town of Monte Castello di Vibio. Your workshop package is all-inclusive, providing welcome and departure services and airport transfer from the Rome Fiumicino, Leonardo Da Vinci Airport (FCO). Aboard our comfortable private bus, single occupancy accommodations with shared bath (a wide range of upgrades with private bath are available), 3 meals per day Monday-Thursday while in Monte Castello, Prosecco brunch and dinner on Saturday and Sunday (no meals are served on Friday, our excursion day. On the final day of the workshop, participants will exhibit their work in our, Bocca al Luppo gallery with opening reception provided. Of course, 24/7 access to facilities and 24/7 bi-lingual support are provided. All supplies are included.
The two-week format of the workshop, allows participants three options: Week 1 only/ Week 2 only/ both Weeks.
Our Mosaics in Italy with Rick Shelley workshop is a rare opportunity to study with a master of the medium in a country renowned for some of its greatest examples. All the while, participants will enjoy a rare immersion in traditional culture, enjoy incredible views made possible by our mountaintop location, delight in gourmet and traditional food prepared fresh by expert chefs from fresh, locally sourced ingredients all accompanied by excellent local wine (or optional selections from our wonderful Wine List, for an additional fee). It is a rare experience, available to only 10 participants.