centro per le arti contemporanee

centro per le arti contemporaneeItalian sun, blue skies, green mountains and a fabulous art teacher. Dedalo Center for Contemporary Art is situated in the foothills of Castiglione e Casauria, near Pescara on the south-easterly coast of Italy. Colleen is a Master Printmaker and dedicated artist, who encouraged me to find ways to use my own craft (calligraphy), while learning many new techniques.

Each morning was a joy, and included a one-hour mountain walk in my own time, picking fresh cherries along the way, followed by breakfast outside. Class began at 9am, we learnt etching, drypoint, monotypes, watercolour prints, softground printing and more. By the end of the week we had many pieces of delicate art to take home, along with an array of memories that will last a lifetime, such as visiting the nearby San Clemente Abbey from c.871. But the highlight really is the teaching by Colleen herself, she is committed to helping you get the most out of your week, her art studio is spotless, and all equipment is top quality (full-size weighted printing press, Fabriano paper, endless tubs of etching ink, custom made art bench at just the right height, to name a few). The quintessential Italian destination, Dedalo enjoys a timeless location set amongst olive fields and is only a 2 hour drive from Rome and 20 minutes from Pescara. It really is the ideal place for professional or budding artists -- you will be inspired, it's a must-visit.

darkness and light

zinc plate etching

inside the studio

art is never done in isolation

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