Orvieto Drawing Series: July 2007

This summer, I participated in the New York Studio School's two week drawing marathon in Orvieto, Italy (the green words indicate links to the artworks online for you to see!). It was an amazing experience...our days alternated between drawing from Signorelli's frescoes at the Orvieto Duomo and drawing from the models in an Orvieto gym, and taking day-trips throughout Italy to draw from great works of art.

Some of the highlights included (here we go): Piero della Francesca's 'Legend of the True Cross' in Arezzo, 'Resurrection' in San Sepolcro and 'Madonna del Parto' in Monterchi, the Morandi Museum in Bologna, Giotto's frescoes in Padua and Assisi, Masaccio and Uccello in Florence, Fra Filippo Lippi in Spoleto and Benozzo Gozzoli's Life of St. Francis in Montefalco.

Overall, it was a wonderful trip. But the most amazing aspect of it was studying and spending time with Graham Nickson, dean of the New York Studio School. In addition to being a great artist and generous teacher, he is also an excellent chef! I hope you enjoy the artwork and the photographs.

Reclining Nude I
36" x 36" vine charcoal on paper, July 2007


 
Reclining Nude II
36" x 36" vine charcoal on paper, July 2007



Small Standing Nude
12" x 18" vine charcoal on paper, July 2007




Large Standing Nude
3.5' x 7' vine charcoal on paper, July 2007




Large and Small Together
July 2007


 
Drawing from Luca Signorelli's fresco in the Orvieto
18" x 12" pencil on paper, July 2007







Drawing from Luca Signorelli fresco, Orvieto
6" x 12" pencil on paper, July 2007




Drawing from Giotto fresco, Scrovegni Chapel, Padua
6" x 12" pencil on paper, July 2007




Drawing from Giotto, Scrovegni Chapel, Padua
6" x 12" pencil on paper, July 2007




Drawing from Giotto, Scrovegni Chapel, Padua
6" x 12" pencil on paper, July 2007




Gettin' Dirty with Will in Orvieto


 
Two Nudes
3.5' x 7.5' vine charcoal on paper, July 2007




Two Nudes (Detail)
3.5' x 7.5' vine charcoal on paper, July 2007



 Two Nudes (Detail)
3.5' x 7.5' vine charcoal on paper, July 2007



Two Nudes (Detail)
3.5' x 7.5' vine charcoal on paper, July 2007


 
Chillin' out between assignments
 
The Large Transcription: The last day of the marathon, we split into two groups, each making a large transcription of a Lucca Signorelli fresco. The group I was in did "Heaven," and the other group did "Hell." Unfortunately, we had to destroy the piece, as it was too large to take back to the United States. Hopefully the following photos will give you an idea of the experience. Enjoy!


Ian, Bettina and Kat work on their sections


 
Alison begins work on the top half



We began with a grid: it helps when you are
working large from a small drawing



 
My section: our group began by dividing the fresco into sections
but later we all pretty much worked the whole piece



 
The (semi) finished piece: 32 feet across and 12.5 feet tall



Left-hand side of the transcription


 
Middle section of transcription



Right-hand side of transcription



Detail


 Detail



The "Hell" transcription





The "Hell" transcription




I got really dirty!


 Who wants to give me a foot massage?



 Graham Nickson evaluates the two drawings



Kat overwhelmed with relief: we're done!


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