workshop 2017

Due che si AniMANO. Workshop of shadow theater and printmaking
Anusc Castiglioni
Printmaking support Umberto Giovannini
12-14 May 2017
Castle of Montefiore Conca

In this workshop, telling small stories of love meetings, we will investigate the many capabilities of contaminating the illustrations made with printmaking, storytelling and shadow theater.
The Kamishibai, Japanese paper theater for dramas, will host our stories.
The sheets are the support for the prints of the illustrations but can also become screens, where the plates of the characters, become small silhouettes, we can play with. Carving even the screen, we can push the boundaries of theater, and our story will expand into the space. With the use of positive and negative, templates and matrix of the same image you will discover endless graphic and narrative combinations.
Scenes, shapes and characters will be made with “basic-printmaking” techniques.

Anusc Castiglioni is an independent artist and worked for 25 years as a set designer for theater and art shows. His greatest passion is the shadow theater. He collaborated for 20 years with Teatro Gioco Vita of Piacenza leading workshops for children, teachers and professionals. She signed the direction and stage design of some shows. She taught Propedeutica della Luce at NABA, Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti in Milan. Her interest is contaminate the shadow theater with other languages.


Wooden letters and screen printing posters
Andrea Baldelli (CORPOC) – Anonima Impressori
20-21 May 2017
Castle of Montefiore Conca

Each participant will design and realize a poster with the technique of screenprint and letterpress using the wooden letter collection of Opificio della Rosa.
The aim of this workshop is to give you an induction about the techniques and let you to be able to carrying on in autonomy the process.
During the workshop you will make your own screen (building the wooden frame and applying the mesh). You will draw your image on a transparent who will be photoengraved on your screen and printed as a first colour of your designed poster.
The next step will be the letterpress: you will use the the wooden letters to print the second colour.

Day 1 – Induction to screenprint: making the screen and print.

Day 2 – Induction to letterpress and print the posters.
Andrea Baldelli is a printmaker and tutor of screenprint. He works between Bergamo and Milan.
Some of his projects: Corpoc (, Satellite press ( e Wrong Edition (
Veronica Bassini (Anonima Impressori), is a printer. She studied printing at Scuola delle Arti Applicate del Castello Sforzesco (Milano) and worked with the master printer Moreno Chiodini at 74/B print studio. After some projects on etching, relief printing and letterpress with the artist Arianna Vairo (AttilaMarcel collective), in 2012 she opened a print studio in Bologna called Anonima Impressori.
Lymphatic pathways 2. Vegetable stories through intaglio technique
Veronica Azzinari
29 June – 2 July 2017
Castle of Montefiore Conca
Lymphatic Pathways is the nontoxic intaglio workshop led by Veronica Azzinari during which you will have the chance to get in touch with the oneiric and original world related to plants, paying particular attention to the prehistoric native specimens or very ancient on the Romagnolo-Marche territory.
During the workshop you will make an excursion, during which you will observe the plants, getting lost in the mysterious alphabets drawn on their surface, tracing its history and studying the anatomy and behavior, looking for an interpretation, an intimate journey closely related to the illustration you will make, based on the technique of chalcography.
The aim of the workshop is the realization of a concertina book realized in intaglio.

Guided tour of three hours searching and collecting plants that will be used during the workshop.
(N.B. comfortable clothing is required)

Group reading and reflections on plants.
The vegetable personal choice on which you want to deepen your research: reflections together with the tutor, making the sketches.
paper cutting will be used for the book covers.
Plant color bath preparation will be used for dyeing the paper for the cover.
Dyeing and dry the paper.
Preparation of the aluminum plates (2 each plates), polishing, sanding, degreasing, preparation with protective nontoxic.

Preparation of the non-toxic bite for etching the aluminum plates.
Realization of the first plate in soft-ground (vegetable Impression) and biting.
Offset of the soft-ground on the second plate and realization of the design on it (engraving and etching)
Colour and print proofs of both plates

Two plates registration print of the final outcome.
Letterpress: title on the cover.
Binding your concertina book.

Veronica Azzinari was born in Milan in 1986 and graduated in 2006 in the Animation Film at ISA, Scuola del libro of Urbino.
In 2011 she began a personal research through the technique of intaglio.
Since 2010 she exhibited in various cities in Italy, publishes for magazines such as “Lo Straniero”, “La Lettura” and ” I Quaderni del Teatro di Roma” and works as an illustrator with some groups of the Italian independent music scene.
He leads the laboratory of intaglio at “Corte della Miniera” in Urbino.

Animal Flash Cards in Linocut & Letterpress
Nick Morley & Veronica Bassini
4-9 July 2017
Castle of Montefiore Conca

In this workshop you will learn how to design and print a set of animal flash cards using linocut and letterpress. Flash cards are a fun way of learning a new language and you will produce an English and Italian version of each design. Each participant will produce a part of a larger set of cards so that everybody goes home with a full set, presented in a box.
The workshop will begin with an introduction to linocut with Nick Morley and letterpress with Veronica Bassini. Under their expert guidance you will learn how to carve and print lino, how to mix and layer colours, how to typeset and print using wooden and metal type and how to register all your printed elements so they are in the right place. Over the following days you will develop your set of designs, learning about composition, line and form, and how to control colour, tone and texture through the printing process.

Nick Morley is an artist and illustrator who specialises in linocut. He runs Hello Print Studio in Margate and teaches regular workshops around the UK. Nick’s illustrations have appeared on book and magazine covers and his prints are collected internationally. In 2016 his book, Linocut for Artists and Designers, was published by Crowood Press.


Litograffi. Lithography on polyester and drypoint on plexiglass
Gianna e Maria Pina Bentivenga
26-30 July 2017
Castle of Montefiore Conca

The aim of this 5-day workshop is designed for those who have an interest for the printmaking techniques with a special attention to the experimental one.
Every participant will make a booklet with images realized combining lithography on polyester and drypoint on plexiglass.
Lithography is the printmaking technique that has always had the greater affinity with book illustration.
Lithography on polyester is a new process that allows the use of the direct drawing on the plate and a photography transfer: you can draw with instruments like Biro pen and several variety markers and transfer black and white pictures.
Drypoint: the second step of the workshop is to use a perspex plate as a second matrix, engraved with drypoint who will be printed on the lithograph one. With the strong and captivating drypoint marks you will add en extra value to the composition.
Each participant is asked to bring a brief history and some ideas to design the booklet.
At the end you will print little edition.

Gianna Bentivenga, she graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome. Since 1997 he began to devote himself to engraving. In 2006 he obtained a study to Kunsthaus Tacheles in Berlin where he will remain for a few months and will allow her to get in touch with many artists from around the world for a meaningful comparison in the field of art. In 2013 constitutes the cultural association INSIGNA where periodically organizes workshops aimed at disseminating the graphic art in all its aspects and also to the artist’s book typography. She has participated in several national and international events artisctiche.
She currently lives and works in Rome.
Attualmente vive e lavora a Roma.

Maria Pina Bentivenga – born in Stigliano (Matera), she moved to Rome to attend the Academy of Fine Arts. Her love for printmaking takes shape in pure drawing and etching. Her prints and artists’ books are on show in Italy and abroad and are part of collections such as the Albertina in Vienna and the National Institute for Graphics in Rome. She is a founding member of the Insignia in Rome, engaged in promoting and producing artists’ books and prints, and is a member of the board of directors of the Associazione Incisori Contemporanei. She lives and works in Rome where she teaches Printmaking at the RUFA, Rome University of Fine Arts and at the Ornamental Arts’ School of the Municipality of Roma San Giacomo.

Dreamy theaters. Experimental workshop of illustration in woodcut reduction
Umberto Giovannini
2-13 August 2017
Castle of Montefiore Conca

This 12-day workshop is a research path for new iconography through the construction of theaters, like in the the painting tradition of ‘600.
You will work on the realization of theatrical models in a contemporary way, which will be set up as real sets to be photographed and translated into colour woodcuts.
The scenes and the subjects will be created by the participants; subjects and scenes will be chosen with a free approach, encouraging dreamy, playful and surreal visions.
The scenes will be animated with everyday objects or some we will make, and other possibilities we will discover during the workshop.
Each participant will work on images and ideas that will be developed during the workshop: be free, the path has many possibilities.
During the workshop, each participant will be given the skills to design and develop a series of reduction woodcuts – design, engraving and print – starting from the ideas and images created making the theaters.
You will experiments with images and with the possibilities offered by the translation of three-dimensional scenes unto reduction woodcuts.

The technique
The woodcut reduction is one of the most popular techniques both for the European and Japanese woodcut masters, because it is the woodcut technique which allows a playful and inventive approach step by step.
The name “reduction” comes from the working process: a woodblock is carved and printed in a number of copies. The same block continues to be carved and printed in register on the same sheet, with a different color, step by step, color after color, until the block is exhausted.
This technique is wonderful to create tonal effects, such as landscapes and figures, to obtain very soft gradations of chiaroscuro.
This technique is wonderful to create tonal effects such as landscapes and figures to obtain very soft gradations of chiaroscuro.
The the workshop will include invention of the drawing for reduction, its transposition to the block, and creation of the intaglio. Attendees will be taught to use a special body posture intaglio technique, in order to develop high precision and speed. Finally, will be taught the basic techniques of inking and printing, specific for this technique.
In reduction technique is very important the use of registration: in this workshop will be used double Kento derived from the Japanese printing technique.

Umberto Giovannini – After studying Graphic Communication Design, he graduated from the DAMS in Bologna and began dedicating his time to graphic art.
He is a founding member of the art group, VACA.
Since 2009, he has directed the Opificio Della Rosa low-environmental impact printmaking centre.
He is in particular attracted to woodcut, in relation to which he has developed personal carving and printing techniques.
His prints and artists’ books can be found in international collections.
His personal, study and research work is supplemented by teaching.
He is currently Associate Lecturer at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London and Visiting Professor at the RUFA, Rome University of Fine Arts.
He is the president of Renate Herold Czaschka Foundation dedicated to artist book and printmaking.
As a graphics historian, he has been called upon to organize various exhibitions and has planned a series of books dedicated to engraving and illustration.


Burin on copper symposium 2017
Jürgen Czaschka
22-27 agosto 2017
Castle of Montefiore

This course, only for those who have practice in copper engraving techniques, is a unique chance to draw on the wealth of artistic experience that Czaschka has fine-tuned in more than thirty years of studying and experimenting with burin technique, of which he possesses unparalleled knowledge, from the classic to contemporary developments. A preliminary phase deals with preparation of the plate and methods of sharpening the tools. The central part of the course involves experimentation with different techniques of burin engraving on copper: morphology of the sign; the relationship between heavy and light signs; the rhythmicity of the hatching and the intersecting undulations of 16th century anatomy engravings; the synthetic linear sign. The course concludes with the final phase of inking, cleaning and printing the matrix.

Born in Vienna, Jürgen Czaschka is unanimously acknowledged as one of the most extraordinary living burin artists. He got his artistic training in Berlin at the end of the 70’s and has created works of extraordinary technical expertise and overwhelming expressive force that make him an undisputed master of this art.