September 17 - October 1

The Art of Paper

The Art of Paper

WORKSHOP COST:

4.950,0 

Workshop Dates:
September 17 - October 1

About the Workshop

Paper is an amazing material with the potential to be structurally strong or flexible and soft, opaque or translucent, a base for drawings and paintings, a sculptural form or bound into books for writing and illustrations. In this session we will explore the potential of paper as a basic material and as a medium for artistic pursuits. This two-week session will be led by internationally known instructors Amanda Degener, founder of Cave Paper; Carol Barton of Popular Kinetics; Denise Carbone from the University of the Arts and Tom Balbo of Tom Balbo Galleries.

Students will be signing up for the complete session, with sixteen hours of instruction in each area: hand papermaking, pulp paper painting and marbling, sewn bookbindings, and designing pop-ups. The session will also include field trips to the Fabriano Paper Mill and to the city of Florence, along with several other excursion stops. In addition, Amanda will be offering optional morning Tai Chi sessions.

This is an ideal session for teachers, graphic designers, creative artists, and anyone who likes to play with paper. No prior experience is necessary; all skill levels are welcome.

Designing Pop-Ups by Carol Barton

Discover the creative magic of constructing your own pop-ups in this exciting workshop on “paper engineering.” We will begin with basic cut-and-fold pop-up structures that can be used to enhance graphics for greeting cards, invitations, gallery announcements, children’s picture books, and much more. From there we will explore a range of more complex glued structures which form the basis of entire scenes in contemporary pop-up books: props, floating platforms, spirals, straddles, and V-folds. You will be encouraged to invent and explore these structures to create your own artistic paper environments.

A Medley of Bookbindings by Denise Carbone

“A bookbinding has two main functions. It protects its text block against wear and tear, and, byits structure, it makes a book out of a heap of otherwise separate leaves or quires”.
-KAREN LIMPER-HERZ

What happens at the spine of a book effects its structure and action. A functioning book begins with a solid sewing. This class is open to everyone interested in the rudiments of how books are put together.

We will get acquainted with the materials and tools used to get started. This Class will cover a supported sewing, adhesive based structures, and album alternatives, paying attention to how materials and composition of the binding affects the book action. Introduction to basic hand tools of the trade will be covered. These books are meant to be constructed at the bench and made in a sparsely equipped home studio. We will learn about paper grain, folding, marking up and punching signatures, sewing on and off a sewing frame and gluing up and lining the spine.

A series of handouts will be provided outlining the steps to create the models made in class.

Structures include drum leaf hybrids, sewn paper case constructions & album alternatives. All will be covered in a variant of board constructions that are suitable for the books function and flexibility. It can be a challenge to find the right combination of materials to accommodate
structure. You leave the workshop with the technical foundation and structural principles for continued
investigation.

Hand Papermaking by Amanda Degener

Amanda will show you how to cook, process and form strong, translucent Asian-style sheets of paper and will also introduce you to natural dyeing and surface treatments on flax papers. The color palette of Cave Papers has often been compared to the earthy Italian palette. We will work with indigo, walnut and persimmon dyes and apply gelatin as a resist. Cave Papers are special because of the crackling, layering and combined effects resulting in dark, durable papers. Asian hand papermaking does not require much equipment, so it is easy to continue on your own. You will make both kozo and abaca paper, cloud paper, stencil “water away” paper, add inclusions, and try combinations of your own. You should bring a water-resistant apron or light raincoat along with waterproof footware to wear in class, or you can buy inexpensive waterproof shoes at
the local hardware store.

You will be introduced to suminagashi (Japanese marbling) which can be done on your handmade papers or on provided sheets. Each participant also will create a portfolio and/or sample book with descriptions of both Asian and Western papers, to keep as a reference. You will take home a huge stack of your own papers and be encouraged to use your papers in the other classes. The school has paper tubes for sale in order to take your work home.

Pulp Paper Painting and Marbling by Tom Balbo

In this session we will explore hand papermaking methods, both traditional and non-traditional, to produce pulp paintings. When using pre-colored pulp as a “paint,” it is best to form a base sheet of plain pulp and work on top of that. Students will use molds, deckles, and deckle boxes (basically screens and frames) in creating these base sheets out of cotton rag, abaca, and flax fibers. Then students will create their own colored paper images using finely crafted, pigmented cotton linter (short cotton-fiber pulp). Stencils, brushes, or squirt bottles can be employed in this process. Students will experiment with both spontaneous and controlled methods of production. We will also explore some experimental marbling techniques using commercial papers and some of our handmade sheets. Students will use acrylic paints for creating patterns, and more free-form designs will be achieved with the use of stencils. Experimentation will be greatly encouraged.

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 only). Bus departs the airport promptly at 12PM.
  • Airport welcome service and assistance with baggage
  • 24/7 bi-lingual support with manager on site at all times
  • All ground transport aboard private buses or our ICA van, unless otherwise specified. Licensed and insured professional driver and ICA guide accompany all excursions. Orientation at each destination is provided as is departure coordination (guide service is available upon request — unless specified — for an additional fee)
  • Complimentary bottle of local wine provided in rooms on arrival day and complimentary locally made soap
  • Village orientation and complimentary drinks provided on arrival day
  • Private access to our 5-storey tower at our Palazzo Persiane (on sign-up basis) for spectacular morning and evening views
  • Access to our art materials shop (during posted hours)
  • Thorough orientation lecture and maps provided the evening before departure
  • Return transport to the Rome/Fiumicino Airport (departs 5:30AM) with rest stop
  • Departure service/airport assistance at airport
  • Unless otherwise specified, single occupancy accommodation is provided in rooms with a view of the Tiber Valley that includes sink and vanity. Rooms are with shared bath on each level (3 rooms per bath) in our 14th century convent building, The Asilo. Apartments, rooms with private bath and AC, double rooms, group or villa accommodations are available for couples, business associates/ friends, or groups for an additional fee
  • Linens and towels provided
  • Weekly housekeeping service with change of towels and linens
  • Free washing machine access
  • Good Wi-Fi connection and access to our library and film collection
  • 3 chef-catered, gourmet meals per day (buffet breakfast, 3-course lunch, 4-course dinner) — with wine at lunch and dinner (table wine provided at lunch and dinner. An excellent wine list is offered at additional cost), while in Monte Castello
  • Group dining service is as follows, with breakfast and lunch served in our dining room, etc, with dinner (weather permitting) served on our private terrace overlooking the Tiber Valley
  • Lunch and dinner are plated as follows: pasta course, main course, vegetable, fruit/salad, dessert
  • When requested at registration, vegetarian, vegan, and special dietary options are provided
  • After dinner drinks on our terrace overlooking the Tiber valley
  • Dining service is as follows: Breakfast: 8:00 AM; Lunch: 1:00PM; Dinner: 8:00 PM. No meals are served on Fridays (excursion day) unless otherwise specified
  • On Saturday and Sunday, a full buffet brunch with fresh pastry and Prosecco is served at 11:00 AM
  • On Saturday, homemade, wood-fired pizza is served at 7:00 PM (except on departure days, when a special farewell dinner is served)
  • Sunday dinner with antipasti is served at 7:00 PM
  • Farewell dinner on the evening prior to departure
  • 24/7 access to our primary building and library is provided, including access to workspaces, studios, and ceramics facility
  • Special access to certain cultural and art collections is available upon request
  • Group workspace is provided (24/7 access)
  • Free access to lectures and events at the Teatro Concordia
  • An end of the session exhibition with reception that includes hors d'oeuvres and Prosecco in our gallery. Posters are prepared to promote the event with copies provided to all participants
  • 1 excursion per week is included (unless otherwise specified in the itinerary) aboard our private bus. Additional trips can of course be scheduled and given our central location. (Day trips are possible to as far north as Siena or Florence and as far south as Rome.)
  • 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

  • Payment in full (€500 non-refundable deposit is included. No refunds will be issued within 60 days prior to the start of the workshop. See refund policy for more details).
  • Non-refundable €500 deposit (Balance due must be paid a minimum of 30 days prior to workshop).
  • Balance payment (after €500 deposit).

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.

Itinerary

Day 1 (Sunday September 17th)

  • Arrive Rome/Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci Airport (FCO); Bus Departs FCO at 12:00 PM
  • Arrival at Monte Castello di Vibio appx.: 2:30 PM:Lunch/Orientation/Rest/ Tour of village/
    Dinner

Day 2 (Monday September 18th)

  • 8:30 – 9:30 Breakfast
  • 9:30 – 1:00 Morning Session
  • 1:00 – 2:00 Lunch
  • 2:00 – 6:30 Afternoon Session
  • 6:30 – 8:00 Free time or Independent work
  • 8:00 – 9:00 Dinner
  • 9:00 – 10:30 Optional time for presentations, films, lectures, etc.

Day 3 (Tuesday September 19th)

  • 8:30 – 9:30 Breakfast
  • 9:30 – 1:00 Morning Session
  • 1:00 – 2:00 Lunch
  • 2:00 – 6:30 Afternoon Session
  • 6:30 – 8:00 Free time or Independent work
  • 8:00 – 9:00 Dinner
  • 9:00 – 10:30 Optional time for presentations, films, lectures, etc.

Day 4 (Wednesday September 20th)

  • 8:30 – 9:30 Breakfast
  • 9:30 – 1:00 Morning Session
  • 1:00 – 2:00 Lunch
  • 2:00 – 6:30 Afternoon Session
  • 6:30 – 8:00 Free time or Independent work
  • 8:00 – 9:00 Dinner
  • 9:00 – 10:30 Optional time for presentations, films, lectures, etc.

Day 5 (Thursday September 21st)

  • 8:30 – 9:30 Breakfast
  • 9:30 – 1:00 Morning Session
  • 1:00 – 2:00 Lunch
  • 2:00 – 6:30 Afternoon Session
  • 6:30 – 8:00 Free time or Independent work
  • 8:00 – 9:00 Dinner
  • 9:00 – 10:30 Optional time for presentations, films, lectures, etc.

Day 6 (Friday September 22nd)

Excursion: Fabriano

Day 7 (Saturday September 23rd)

  • 8:30 – 9:30 Breakfast
  • 9:30 – 1:00 Morning Session
  • 1:00 – 2:00 Lunch
  • 2:00 – 6:30 Afternoon Session
  • 6:30 – 8:00 Free time or Independent work
  • 8:00 – 9:00 Dinner
  • 9:00 – 10:30 Optional time for presentations, films, lectures, etc.

Day 8 (Sunday September 24th)

  • Morning: free or Independent work
  • 11:00 AM Brunch
  • Afternoon: free or independent work

Day 9 (Monday September 25th)

  • 8:30 – 9:30 Breakfast
  • 9:30 – 1:00 Morning Session
  • 1:00 – 2:00 Lunch
  • 2:00 – 6:30 Afternoon Session
  • 6:30 – 8:00 Free time or Independent work
  • 8:00 – 9:00 Dinner
  • 9:00 – 10:30 Optional time for presentations, films, lectures, etc.

Day 10 (Tuesday September 26th)

  • 8:30 – 9:30 Breakfast
  • 9:30 – 1:00 Morning Session
  • 1:00 – 2:00 Lunch
  • 2:00 – 6:30 Afternoon Session
  • 6:30 – 8:00 Free time or Independent work
  • 8:00 – 9:00 Dinner
  • 9:00 – 10:30 Optional time for presentations, films, lectures, etc.

Day 11 (Wednesday September 27th)

  • 8:30 – 9:30 Breakfast
  • 9:30 – 1:00 Morning Session
  • 1:00 – 2:00 Lunch
  • 2:00 – 6:30 Afternoon Session
  • 6:30 – 8:00 Free time or Independent work
  • 8:00 – 9:00 Dinner
  • 9:00 – 10:30 Optional time for presentations, films, lectures, etc.

Day 12 (Thursday September 28th)

  • 8:30 – 9:30 Breakfast
  • 9:30 – 1:00 Morning Session
  • 1:00 – 2:00 Lunch
  • 2:00 – 6:30 Afternoon Session
  • 6:30 – 8:00 Free time or Independent work
  • 8:00 – 9:00 Dinner
  • 9:00 – 10:30 Optional time for presentations, films, lectures, etc.

Day 13 (Friday September 29th)

Excursion: Florence

Day 14 (Saturday September 30th)

  • Morning: free or Independent work
  • 11:00 AM Brunch
  • Afternoon: free or independent work

Day 15 (Sunday October 1st)

  • Rome/Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci Airport (FCO) - Bus Departs Monte Castello at 5:30 AM

About Instructor

Carol Barton is a painter, paper engineer, book artist and teacher who has published several editions and has organized both local and national shows, including the traveling Books and Bookends show and the Smithsonian Institution’s Science and the Artist's Book exhibition. Her work is exhibited internationally and is in numerous collections, including the Library of Congress, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. She has taught at elementary, high school, and university levels, and has conducted adult workshops at art centers internationally. She was on the faculty at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia for 35 years and George Washington University’s Corcoran School of Art and Design in Washington, D.C. for four years. She has had residencies at the Bogliasco Foundation in Italy, the Sacatar Foundation in Brazil, GilsfjordurArts in Iceland, and the VCCA residency in France. Her Pocket Paper Engineer workbooks in three volumes are how-to guides to making pop-up cards and pages. She is now producing a series of watercolor landscape paintings for exhibition.

Amanda Degener earned a BFA from Bennington College and an MFA in sculpture from Yale University. She then moved to Minneapolis in 1984 and started Cave Paper, at first as an informal enterprise, then formally as a partnership in 1994 with Bridget O’Malley. Cave became known for its durable papers, made from flax, and dyed with combinations of black walnut hulls, indigo, red iron oxide and persimmon. Due to their superb quality, Cave Papers are desired by artists and publishers worldwide. Degener taught papermaking, artist books, sculpture, and 2D- and 3D-foundation classes at Minneapolis College of Art and Design from 1994-2005. At Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Degener was the first artist-in-residence in a three-year position and later was their first Artistic Director. Degener co-founded and for six years co-pubished Hand Papermaking, a magazine devoted to the art and craft of papermaking. In 2020, Degener retired from the day-to-day operations of Cave Paper, and in 2021 founded Cave Paper Editions to make collaborative books that incorporate handmade paper. To see the papers, go to Cavepaper.com; contact Amanda at AmandaDegener.com

Denise Carbone’s studio is in South Jersey where many unusual experiments happen. Her interest in historical bookmaking has taken her to Italy and Greece to study with masters on the subject and China to teach western bookmaking. Her publication, Observations on the Caterpillar Stitch, 2007, was based on a 12 Th century book binding. She has taught many workshops on structure and book protection at book arts centers and events like the Paper Book Intensive. She’s taught at The University of the Arts, The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and was a book conservator at the American Philosophical Society for many years. “I like making things, figuring out the details of particulars, especially when it comes to function and the haptics of objects like books. The challenge (and pleasure when it happens) is finding a material that excites the senses. And maybe not in the sense one would expect. “ In 2019 she collaborated with a fashion designer. Wrap Book Studio was the result. www.wrapbookstudio.com

Tom Balbo has been making paper since 1978 while attending Syracuse University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts for his MFA. Tom's earliest work was primarily in ceramics and printmaking. As his interest in papermaking grew, his work turned increasingly towards expressing his artistic creativity in this area. In 2008, Tom along with other local artists, founded The Morgan Art of Paper Conservatory and Educational Foundation in Cleveland, Ohio, where he now holds emeritus status. Presently, Tom continues to work in paper, printmaking, and ceramics, dividing his time between creating in his studio/gallery and as co-director of the annual Paper and Book Intensive, a working spring sabbatical for book and paper artists. Over the past 40 years, Tom's work has been exhibited and shown in a large number of shows and galleries and he has garnered numerous awards and critical attention for his work. He is committed to fostering the craft and art of hand papermaking and the art of the book.

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