FRAME THE WORLD, DIFFERENTLY!A Watercolor Workshop -with Focus on Compositions
May 19 - 23, 2017
Conducted by the visual artist Majid Modir
Guest artist: Mikael Jacobsson
Welcome to a creative workshop in the heart of Tuscany, Volterra! 5 days with drawing and painting in good company, learning watercolor technique and some ways to achieve good compositions. Meanwhile meeting interesting people and taking the pulse of the Italian lifestyle, eating and drinking Tuscan delicacy, enjoying the blooming scenery in May and having the first swim in the Mediterranean sea…
Simply a delightful experience and a memory for life!
Apply by the end of April! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for information and a registration form.
Normally the most common compositions (regardless skill or technique) are wide angle views with lots of information outright in a single image. Sometimes we don’t need to report whatever happens around us -as a mirror which reflects everything with no filter! Instead we can create an interesting art piece with certain choices which tells more about the artist's ability to transform an average environment or object into something unique....By Selection!
– Choosing motifs with delicacy.
– Obtaining ingenious and surprising compositions by looking from another point of view or different perspective - rather than the expected view.
– Cropping the composition with care.
– Deciding that the drawing or the painting should have an artistic value in the end, as well as the enjoyment of the experimentation during the process.
– Testing the above points using thumbnail drawings, and continuing with watercolor.
– Learning and upgrading watercolor technique, tools, and discovering tips & tricks.
Historical city of Volterra, Tuscany, Italy.
Hosting institution: Villa Le Guadalupe is an association dedicated to arts by German dramaturg Wolfgang Storch and Klaudia Ruschkowski that hosts workshops in arts, theatre, design and music, with an international program. The association is located in XIX° century villa with a view on the southern hills of Volterra, beautiful gardens around, interiors covered with frescos and a private chapel from 1850.
The workshop starts every day with lecture and demo followed by field trips to sketch and paint on location.
Morning: 3 hours (10:00 -13:00) / Afternoon: 3 hours (16:00-19:00)
Lunch break and own time between 13:00 -16:00
Day review 18:00-19:00
20:00 supper in Villa Le Guadalupe
Number of participants: 10-15
Any level of experience is welcome!
Supply list: A list will be provided for participants.
Fee: € 400 - including: – Approximately 30 hours of tutoring / 5 days
– Meals (5 picnic lunches + 5 dinners)
– Hahnemuehle Watercolor papers (approx. A3 size) and a Moleskine pocket sketchbook
Lodging in Villa Le Guadalupe as extra cost: double room at 58 €/night and
single room at 38 €/night.
(3 double and 2 single rooms available, first come first served!) Breakfast included.
Flight and transport between the airport (Pisa, Florence) and Volterra are not included.
(There are buses from Pisa or Florence to Volterra, about 1.5 hour trip)
Day 1. (Friday 19 May) How to simplify detailed views -by selection!
Registration in the Villa’s studio at 10 am.
Introduction, lecture and showing examples followed by the first demo.
Going out and discovering the Villa Le Guadalupe, its garden and the chapel. Exercises in making choices to obtain good compositions using thumbnail drawings followed by paintings.
Day 2. (Saturday 20 May) How to crop compositions –by getting closer!
Lecture and demo of the day.
Sketchwalk in the city of Volterra, trying to capture and frame wide views.
Four possible places to depict: the Roman ruins of Teatro Romano, the impressive church of San Giusto, the Docciola fountain, and the archeological site Parco Fiumi.
Lecture and demo of the day by the guest artist Mikael Jacobsson.
Decreasing elements in panoramic views and practicing watercolor during a seaside trip in Cecina Beach, San Vincenzo and nearby.
Day 4. (Monday 22 May) How to find the beauty in an old and forgotten environment -by focusing on the ravages and framing them with care!
Lecture and demo of the day.
Field trip to the abandoned Ex Hospital buildings and nearby farms -which provides a lot of interesting and storytelling spots to capture, both with watercolor and sketching.
Day 5. (Tuesday 23 May) How to use shadows as a significant part in a composition –by focusing on contrasts!
Lecture and demo of the day.
Discovering sun spots and focusing on cast shadows in the ancient convent of Badia Camaldolese and the view point over the Balze (dramatic clay badlands).
Preparing the exhibition of all works in the afternoon, followed by the public opening in Villa’s studio (at 18:00)
Location maps: To be announced!
– Visiting local artists and artisans studio
– The natural reserve of river Cecina with Masso Delle Fanciulle
– Final works Exhibition open to the public
About the instructors
Majid Modir is an artist, photographer and graphic designer, born 1961 in Iran, moved to Sweden 1986 and 2016 to Italy. He graduated in Graphic Design & Illustration (MFA) at The Swedish University College of Arts, Crafts and Design (Konstfack). As creative director he runs his own design studio and teaches motion graphics at The College of Design (Beckmans) in Stockholm. He is a member of Swedish Artist’s Association (SKF), Swedish Center of Photography (CFF) and a jury member of the European Broadcast Design Award (BDA & Promax). Multiply awarded, he has been showing his watercolors and other works in a number of separate and group exhibitions in Scandinavian countries during last 30 years. His special skills are: watercolor technique, tools and supplies, composition and layout, color palette.
Selected watercolors: Flickr
Previous workshop editions in Volterra (with Simo Capecchi): 2014 / 2016
Majid Modir’s watercolors from Volterra.
- Stockholm Art School (Nyckelviksskolan)
- Metal design and craft, Idun Loven School of Art, Stockholm
- Graphic Design & Illustration -MFA, University College of Art, Crafts and Design (Konstfack), Stockholm. - Hoogeschool voor de Kunsten, Utrecht, The Netherlands As art director he runs his own design studio and teaches art and graphic design at Stockholm Art School (Nyckelviksskolan) and The College of Design (Beckmans) in Stockholm.
He has participated in a number of Swedish and international groups exhibitions as well as many solo shows.
His special skills are: drawing by pencil, oil painting on board, tools and supplies, composition and layout, color palette.
Artist website: www.mikaeljacobsson.se
Other Links: Instagram
Mikael’s examples of compositions and using contrasts
(oil on board)
Mikael’s examples of compositions
(drawings and watercolors)