Meet the Correspondent: Luis Ruiz > Malaga, Spain$show=/search/label/Luis%20Ruiz

"Since I was a child, I have always loved drawing. As an architect, I was trained to sketch on site in my first year of my studies. I have always considered sketching a wonderful tool in my job to understand things, more in the field of spatial relations than in their material aspect. On the other hand, I have always brought a sketchbook with me in my travels as a much more effective way of keeping a memory than a photograph. But lately my travel sketches tended to be too few and too quick. I have recently found Urban Sketchers, and then discovered the immense joy of sketching outside with no particular task. Reading Usk’s manifesto, I feel especially sensitive with the point of keeping a record of time and place, and I’m changing from sketching just architecture to understand the city as a big scenario for human activity. I live in Málaga, a city in the south of Spain with more than half a million residents and 2,500 years of age; but also the center of a busy and lively metropolitan area, home of an active harbour and a big tourist destination. Now that I have two small children and I do not travel as much as before, I’m trying to show this mixture of old and new in my drawings. It is so rewarding to share my work with so many excellent artists and receive continuous feedback from other members! And, last but not least, to learn from other parts of the world. I'm delighted to join Urban Sketchers." • Luis' art on flickr.

Drawing on Stage in Tuscany

5° Urban Sketchers Workshop in Volterra
Live sketching with Simo Capecchi & Teatri35

Volterra, July 23 /27, 2014

Follow Simo Capecchi in a full immersion not only in urban sketching but into the art of live sketching and sketched reportage.

The small ancient city of Volterra has played an important role in past artists Grand Tours - Tuscan landscape belongs to the most beloved sceneries in Italy by travellers of all times. Famous for its Renaissance, Medieval and Etruscan heritage, Volterra also hosts a renowned international theater festival that presents music, dance, video, art performances and cultural events.

The Volterra Teatro Festival (2014 - XXVII° edition) is based on an artistic and educational project in the city jail, aimed to transform the prison from penal institute into a cultural place. Since 25 years, prisoners have become actors, creating the internationally famous Compagnia della Fortezza and citizens are invited to watch their performances, inside and sometimes outside the Medici Fortress, a jail since Renaissance times. Every year, at the end of July, Volterra becomes a stage, showing performances, artistic events and exhibitions. This year, Urban Sketchers is officially invited to report live the Volterra Teatro Festival’s main event: La Ferita, a collective ritual that will involve all citizens, actors and artists.



The Pinacoteca di Volterra hosts the famous Deposizione, a Rosso Fiorentino's masterpiece that inspires us and that has already been the focus of a theatre and drawing project in Naples, together with the theatre company Teatri35. Last spring Simo Capecchi and Caroline Peyron held a joined workshop with Teatri35: i DisegnAttori. The result is a performance of tableaux vivants from Mannerism masters Rosso Fiorentino and Pontormothat includes live sketching: Il Panno Acotonato dello Inferno.

Teatri35 will lead a tableaux vivantes/theatre workshop for Volterra Theatre Festival 2014 (the program will be announced soon here and here). Urban Sketchers participants will follow the actors – inspiring models of our sketched reportage - during the rehearsals and their performance in the Pinacoteca di Volterra.

Our hosting institution Villa le Guadalupe Spazio per le artian association dedicated to the arts and specially to theater, will be the perfect place to welcome us once again in its enchanting location. Two sessions out of six will be dedicated to landscape painting as seen from the Villa and to details of the garden and Villa Le Guadalupe's interiors, as to alternate gesture drawings to slow and more observational watercolors.



Goal of these four Tuscan days is a full immersion in drawing as a fast and expressive way to report live an event. We'll go beyond a simple aesthetic or naturalistic result by forcing ourselves to quickly and vividly capture the scene in front of us, an exercise that will pay later on, even while drawing more accurately and slowly.  
Participants will practice gesture drawing and different techniques of sketching people in movement. We'll focus on live reportage as an immediate way of reporting an event, combining in our drawings both text and images.

Watch Simo Capecchi's experience of live sketching with Teatri35: 
Troia Teatro Festival sketched reportage (August  2013).


Workshop Schedule
NB: schedule may change according to Volterra Teatro Festival program, now under construction

Wednesday, July 23
5 - 7 pm: workshop introduction in Villa Le Guadalupe
8 pm: *supper in the Villa's frescoed living room

Thursday, July 24
10 am - 1 pm: Volterra urban sketchwalk  
2 pm: lunch on your own
4 pm - 7 pm: Volterra Teatro Festival/ Teatri35 - live sketching in the Pinacoteca, Rosso Fiorentino's Deposizione and Teatri35 performance
8 pm: *supper in the Villa's frescoed living room

Friday, July 25
10 am - 1 pm: gesture drawing session, with Teatri35's tableaux vivantes
2 pm: *dinner in the Villa's garden  
4 pm - 7 pm: Volterra Teatro Festival / La Ferita, live sketching reportage
8 pm: *supper in the Villa's frescoed living room

Saturday, July 26
10 am - 1 pm: a day in Villa le Guadalupe: how to organize a brief sketched reportage
2 pm: *dinner in the Villa's garden
4 pm - 7 pm: Tuscan lanscapes fron the hills nearby the Villa

8 pm: *supper in the Villa's frescoed living room

Sunday, July 27
9 am - 12 am: Open Sketchcrawl in the historical center of Volterra

12 am: Workshop’s public exhibition in Volterra (location to be announced)

Hosting institution
Le Guadalupe. Spazio per le Arti is an association dedicated to arts by germans dramaturgs Wolfgang Storch and Klaudia Ruschkowski that hosts workshops in arts, theatre, design and music, with an international program. Le Guadalupe is located in a XIX° century villa, with a view on the southern hills of Volterra, with beautiful gardens around and interiors covered with frescos.

Registration fee 
Workshop tuition is 200 euro (including 21 hours lessons and a Moleskine watercolor sketchbook) plus 130 euro for meals (including *6 suppers/dinners in villa Le Guadalupe, our hosting institution).
To apply email to: simo.capecchi(at)gmail.com

Accommodation 3 double rooms are available inside the villa (shared bathroom, breakfast included). Other suggested hotels in our workshop map.
Contact Klaudia Ruschkowski for more infos and help to organize your travel:
Klaudia Ruschkowski  - tel: +39-0588-86541
Email: info@villa-le-guadalupe.com


Travel You can reach Volterra from these airports/train stations:
Florence (2 hours): bus to Volterra via Colle val d'Elsa 
Pisa (2 hours): bus to Volterra via Pontedera   
Rome (4.30 hours) : train to Cecina + bus connection to Saline di Volterra. 
We'll help with bus timetables and we'll pick you up from bus station. No problem if you came without car, we'll organize transportation to and from Villa le Guadalupe - Volterra.

Workshop locations Map here. Find out how to reach Villa le Guadalupe.

Participants
Maximum number: 14 (min. 5), each level of drawing experience is welcome.

Supply list 
Any supplies participants normally use are fine, sketchbook and loose papers included. We'll use watercolors,  pastels, pencil, China ink, ink pen, markers and felt tip pens. Water brushes and brushpens are recommended, together with any media you can handle for fast sketching.

Sponsor Moleskine will donate sketchbooks.

Languages English, Italian 
Workshop german + italian translation in Le Guadalupe web site. 

Meet the instructor Simonetta Capecchi completed her PhD degree at the University of Naples (Italy) in Architectural Drawing and she works as an illustrator.Her sketchbooks have been included in many international exhibitions and featured in edited collections such as Danny Gregory’s An illustrated life
Simonetta has lectured and leaded free-hand drawing courses for ten years at the Architecture Faculty of the University of Naples. She has been an instructor at Jaca/Zaragoza workshop "De Vuelta con el Cuaderno" (2009), in Urban Sketchers Symposiums of Portland, Lisbon, Santo Domingo and will be in Paraty Symposium next summer. She helds Urban Sketchers Workshops annually in Naples and Volterra and has held workshops and sketchwalks in several occasions in Italy and in Paris. She is visiting artist in prof. Jeffrey Johnston Urban Sketching course at Alfred State University (NY) abroad program in Sorrento. She is a correspondent for Urban Sketchers from Naples, where she lives.
Blog: www.inviaggiocoltaccuino.com

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