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Dimensional Tile Wall Art in Tuscany, Italy

Come for the Experience - Leave Transformed!
Dimensional Tile Wall Art in Tuscany, Italy


Tue, Jul 7th, 2015 - Sat, Jul 18th, 2015

9:00 am - 6:00 pm

2015 is a big year for workshops in Italy. This will be my SECOND Ceramic Workshop held in Tuscany in the small town of Certaldo.

This 11-day workshop is designed to help ART TEACHERS gain CEU credits to maintain their teacher certification. Trips to historical ceramic museums and ancient Italian cities will round out the historical base to this hands on clay workshop. Art teachers and other participants will return home filled with inspiration and ready to share what they learned.

The workshop is hosted by La Meridiana International School of Ceramics in Certaldo, Italy. Ceramic Artist Brenda McMahon will teach this 11-day program where participants will create, glaze & fire dimensional ceramic wall art. Brenda will provide several techniques on how to install and hang the completed artwork.

The focus of the workshop is to provide all the skills needed to bring this technique back to the classroom, with the ability to adapt it to any age and skill level. Finally, teachers will have months of projects that they can plan for all grade levels in just one workshop. This workshop also opens the possibility of creating community projects and public art projects with students.

The workshop fee includes 9 full studio days, clay & firings. Day trips, wine tasting, olive oil sampling and visits to ancient city of Certaldo are also included. Students will enjoy a 3-course LUNCH each day, including local wines in a traditional 'knees under the table' Italian style dining.

Participants will have access to a kitchen and fridge to prepare breakfast & lite dinner meals at their leisure. There are 12 spaces available. Deposits of 400 euro will be accepted by La Meridiana.

Brenda McMahon has been creating dimensional ceramic wall murals for almost 10 years. Her Tile Wall Art is in private collections across the United States and in half a dozen hospitals nationwide. Brenda's unique wall art technique will open up a world of possibility for creating large and dimensional ceramic work in the classroom. Brenda has been teaching professional ceramic workshops for more than 15 years.

Please Email Brenda if you have any questions or want more information.

Location:

Certaldo, Italy

Cost:

$2250 or 1700 euro for double



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La Meridiana


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Pietro, The Artist & Visionary


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A morning stroll


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Claudia - Perfection!


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wine tasting


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Making Friends...


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Siena's Piazza


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Italian Sculptor


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Lucia in her kitchen


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The Food!!


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Firings...


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The joy!


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The history...


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The Art.


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The memories....


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Brenda carving..


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Brenda McMahon




Paper Pod Saggar Firing in Italy

Open Yourself Up to the Possibilities!
Paper Pod Saggar Firing in Italy

The Residence


Sun, Sep 20th, 2015 - Sun, Sep 27th, 2015

10:00 am - 6:00 pm

From September 20 - 27, 2015, Brenda McMahon will be teaching a hands on Clay & Paper Pod Saggar Firing workshop hosted by La Meridiana International School of Ceramics. This hand-building only workshop will be held 'down the road' at the beautiful Fattoria Bacio.

The 7-day workshop is open to students at all levels. This is a hand-building workshop so if you've never touched clay before, this is the perfect choice for you. Brenda will provide hand-building technique and project ideas. Students are also welcome to bring their own ideas and create them with the beautiful Italian vista as their backdrop. All works will be saggar fired using Brenda's signature Paper Pod Saggar Technique. The Clay workshop will have an added feature - INTRODUCTORY YOGA for all students interested in bringing mindfulness into their creative process. The only requirements are a love of clay, an interest in yoga and a desire to see Tuscany!

La Meridiana, located in Certaldo, Italy, offers an exciting opportunity to get you hands in clay - make your artwork in Italy and use the materials of the land to fire the kilns!

Brenda decided to bring her love of yoga into the workshop by beginning each day with a quiet yoga meditation or ending each evening with an exploration of a gentle physical yoga practice while overlooking the hills of Tuscany. It has been Brenda's long time vision to bridge her love of clay and yoga - and now it is here.

The week will comprise 3 full studio days; one day trip and 2 kiln firing days. The program offers evening wine tasting, trips to the ancient town of Certaldo and a day trip to Sienna. At the end of each day we will share a meal with all the artists in a traditional 'knees under the table' Italian style dining.

BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE.....

This workshop runs in tandem with a 7-day Watercolor Workshop at the same location. Artist, Kit Paulsen will teach 12 students watercolor techniques as they sketch the lands and paint the colors of Tuscany. Kit and Brenda met in Italy in 2013 and decided to join creative forces for a workshop in tandem in 2015.

Perhaps you're a potter, but your friend or partner is a painter. You can both experience a creative outlet in Italy - and share your day's journeys around the dinner table. Eat, Pot, Paint!

Each student will have access to a kitchen and fridge to prepare lunch time meals at their leisure. All this, wine tasting; olive oil sampling & transportation to nearby villages included in your fee. There are 12 spaces available. Deposits of 400 euro will be accepted by La Meridiana. The cost of the program is 1650 Euro for a double room ($2,277 at 1.38 rate of exchange) OR 2050 Euro for a single room.

Please Email Brenda if you have any questions or want more information.

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Location:

Tuscany, Italy

Cost:

$2277 or 1650 Euro for double; 2050 Euro Single



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A Private Room


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Tuscan Lands


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A Tuscan View


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Local town: Certaldo


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The Dining Room


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The Studio, Inside


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More Views


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Tuscan Countryside


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Ancient with Modern Amenities


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A Pool too!


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Perfect for Outdoor Yoga!


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La Meridiana: The School


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Certaldo views


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To the Market...


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Brickstones of Certaldo


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Certaldo's Main Street


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Nearby San Gimignano


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Neaby Pisa


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Florence


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Firenze


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Brenda's paper clay pod


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Opening a pod


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Brenda McMahon




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