The Luminous Layers of Italy
Draw and paint a live figure while exploring adding depth and luminosity through the use of encaustic wax!
Dates: September 10 - 16, 2017
Instructor/Leader: Ivy Newport
Cost - $2995
Your magical week in Italy will begin with a classical experience in life drawing - just like the old masters! Ivy will work with a local female (non nude) model as she guides the class through gesture drawings, longer poses and finally a portrait study. The group will work with simple yet beautiful materials including charcoal, graphite, pastel and washes of paint, in warm sepia and earthy umber to truly capture that old world beauty! A focus on expressive work over realism will result in lively and emotional work!
You will be working with Ivy to complete a mixed media portrait with the “Italian Muse” as an enticing and inspiring theme. Learning to blend collage, portraiture and paints, this project will be one to cherish and will draw inspiration from Italian culture and history.
Cost - $2995. Fee includes:
some meals are not prearranged allowing you the freedom to choose where and what
to eat. We do give lots of advice and no one eats alone! Travel costs are not included.
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Ivy is a published artist, art instructor and creative guide. Her online collection of artistic workshops have served thousands of students internationally and she prides herself on giving devoted care and support to her student body.
She spent most of her childhood growing up in Sydney, Australia and received private art education from a well known Australian artist as a young girl of 8 until her family was relocated to America when she was 16. She went on to finish high school in Connecticut and attended the Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida, receiving her BFA in Illustration.
After graduating she relocated to Austin, Texas where she was employed to create and implement an elaborate art education program at a local Montessori school. Life then took her to New York City, where she was employed by the Whitney Museum of Art working in the President’s office and assisting both the President and the museum’s Trustees. Finally a move to Portland, Oregon led her into the interior design business as a design assistant. A few years later, she owned and operated her own successful Interior Design company.
She left this fast paced role to become a mother to her two girls. While at home, Ivy engrossed herself in creative discovery and began to passionately shoot photography and author a blog. These endeavors ultimately led her to the online creative community - which inspired a fruitful and gratifying career as an Art Instructor - teaching both online and in person. Her domestic and international workshops offer rich and expansive creative experiences, with a focus on personal growth and renewal.
Ivy’s artistic message is to guide others to their creativity and nurture those special gifts in each of us. She strongly believes that every soul is creative and finding ways to express that creativity is paramount to joy and healing.
She has been published in several magazines including, Somerset Apprentice, Somerset Digital Studio, and Artful Blogging.
Ivy's Artist Statement
My artwork stems from a deep desire to capture beauty – much like my photography – my goal is to imbue each work with its own unique beauty and mood. Inspired by dreams, fairy tales, spiritualism and history, my work most often features a central female figure or figures. Vintage imagery, ephemera and elements add a sense of nostalgia and romance. I seek to tell a story, depict a journey or evoke a state of being within my works. Most times, these subjects are immersed in an otherworldly or ethereal surrounding rarely based on true locations but rather an inner world of subconscious and spirit.
Depending on the message behind the work, I am drawn to either intense hues or subdued pastels. Elements of nature are frequently seen with my figures, reminding us of our connection to the natural world. Butterflies and birds are messenger icons in my work, carrying with them a desire to keep growing, evolving and being open to the world around us. Words and lyrics are sometimes interwoven into the composition to further the meaning and intention of the work.
While I use a variety of materials and processes in each project my methodology is rather consistent. It is a layering process. Each layer builds upon the next resulting in an evolution of texture, color, pattern and shape. Through constant exploration of both media and concept, new inspiration grows and leads to the next body of my work.