July 10 - July 24

Personal Mythology in Print: Monotype & Woodcut with Ursula West Minervini and Jonathon Poliszuk

Personal Mythology in Print: Monotype & Woodcut with Ursula West Minervini and Jonathon Poliszuk

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Workshop Cost:
$3750
Workshop Dates:
July 10 - July 24

About the Workshop

Throughout its history, printmaking has been used to tell stories, whether in partnership with a written text or through images that stand alone. In this course you will draw inspiration from narrative traditions in Italian art and from a personally significant myth, poem, or story. Printmakers and graphic storytellers Ursula West Minervini and Jonathan Poliszuk will guide you in creating of a series of prints that explore a text of your choosing. Friday trips to Rome and to the Fabriano Museum of Paper and Watermark will inspire us and deepen our understanding of illustrative imagery and printmaking in the history of Italian art.

We will study two printmaking techniques in which bright marks are pulled from a dark ground: Reductive Monotype and Woodcut. You will work in monotype to explore broadly and develop your ideas, choose one or more images to develop more purposefully in woodcut, and then combine the techniques to create expressive, colorful images.

Monotypes are unique prints. In reductive monotype a plate is coated with a layer of printing ink and light tones are scraped, dabbed, or brushed away to create a luminous, gestural image, which is printed by hand or with a press. The process is superficially similar to drawing or painting, but the image undergoes a transformation in the transfer of ink from a prepared plate onto printing paper. Working in monotype invites exploration, risk-taking, and an openness to surprise and discovery.

Woodcut is perhaps the oldest form of printmaking, and is inextricably linked with the history of books and illustration. The surface of a woodblock is inked and printed after carving away all but the intended design. The carving process is meditative and purposeful, and many identical or varying impressions can be produced from a single carved block. The technique lends itself to bold, graphic expression, but is also capable of producing subtle textures and intricate detail.

In our first week, you will begin by working rapidly through a series of reductive monotypes, boldly exploring multiple aspects of your chosen text. Through this exploration, you will arrive at themes and compositions that you wish to work with more purposefully, and undertake the design and carving of one or more woodcuts.

In the second week Ursula and Jonathon will guide you through the nuances of the printing process. You will create editions, explore layered color printing, and combine techniques in prints that meld the graphic impact of woodcut with the expressive fluidity of monotype. The class will culminate in a group show in which students will present their new body of work.

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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
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.
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

Ursula West Minervini and Jonathon Poliszuk

Ursula West Minervini and Jonathon Poliszuk live and work together in Baltimore, Maryland. They are the co-founders of Pellinore Press, a woodcut and letterpress studio where they produce their own prints, artist books, and comics, as well as providing printing and bindery services for other artists. Their artists’ books and comics have been collected by institutions including the Fisher Fine Arts Library at the University of Pennsylvania; the Howard Tilton Memorial Library, Rare Book Collection at Tulane University; and the Library of Congress.

Ursula West Minervini is an accomplished printmaker, book artist, and teacher. Her work explores communication and non-communication in written, spoken, and pictorial language. The content in her work is generated through playful acts of association, transcription, translation, and organization. She values nonsense and absurdity as means to examine complex realities. 

Ursula earned her BFA in Printmaking from Maryland Institute College of Art and her MFA in Printmaking and Graphic Design from Towson University. She teaches printmaking and book arts at the Maryland Institute College of Art and has produced prints in a variety of media for artists including Laylah Ali, Sam Gilliam, Grace Hartigan, Faith Ringgold, James Siena, and Kay Walkingstick.

Jonathon Poliszuk is a printmaker and artist with foundational interests in observational drawing and visual narrative. His monotypes and woodcuts combine close observation of the natural world with intuitive storytelling and the use of dreams to think beyond boundaries. His comics depict a proxy society to examine our own culture and relationship to each other and our environment. 

Jonathon earned his BFA in Illustration from the Maryland Institute College of Art. His comics have appeared regularly in Magic Bullet, Washington DC’s free comics newspaper. Jonathon is also an avid cyclist, and manages Velocipede Bike Project, a nonprofit community bike shop in Baltimore.

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