A week of exploring experimental printmaking techniques in the stunning surroundings of the foothills of the Appennine Mountains. Your accommodation will be in the beautiful Villa Lugara with panoramic views across the Secchia river valley. We will work in the surrounding countryside and towns and also in the beautifully converted stables where each participant will have their own studio space.
During this workshop, we will go out on drawing excursions to the stunning local towns and to the beautiful countryside surrounding Villa Lugara to gather inspiration and materials. All locations are within a short drive of the studio (transportation will be provided by our hosts Fiona and Steve) and can be adapted according the weather conditions. We will explore a range of printmaking techniques including drypoint, relief printing, collagraphs and monotypes, building on and combining techniques as the week progresses. Participants will have the opportunity to develop their work and ideas further in the studio. The delicious cuisine provided at Villa Lugara and the opportunity to talk about your work and share ideas with your fellow participants in the studio, over dinner or by the pool will complete the week and you will return home with lots of ideas to take your work further.
No previous printmaking experience is necessary, although an interest in drawing and painting is essential. All materials will be included, although you may have preferred drawing materials which you would like to bring with you for when we are out sketching.
Fly to Bologna from where you will be collected by minibus. Group collection and drop off times will be arranged by email.
You can find more details on how to get here. For the more adventurous, you may want to allow time for a longer visit which could include the nearby cities of Modena, Bologna, Reggio Emilia, Parma and Ferrara, Piacenza and Mantova, read more about the area here.
Your course tutor is painter and printmaker Peg Morris who manages the printmaking studio at Kew Studio in SW London where she teaches etching and other forms of printmaking. After her graduating from her Fine Art degree in 1988 Peg worked in photography and design before training as a teacher. Peg is an enthusiastic and very experienced teacher (she taught in schools for 25 years before switching to teaching adults) and is able to adapt the programme to suit the individual needs and interests of the participants. Peg exhibits regularly at galleries and art fairs in London, across the UK and beyond.
Running the villa and supporting the course is host Fiona Geilinger, an artist, short film maker, dancer and garden designer. She studied art by pupillage, with painter Nick Bodimeade and has an MA in Art and Design by Independent Project, University of Brighton. Find out more about Fiona’s work at
Helping out with driving and other odd jobs during the course will be Steve (Spike) Geilinger. He is a freelance director, working mainly for the BBC, making documentaries about fine art, architecture, history and food. Most recently he has been making the series ‘Britain’s Lost Masterpieces’ with Bendor Grosvenor for BBC Four.
Jan Waterhouse has been cooking for events for over 30 years. She is looking forward to using the outstanding locally sourced produce to create dishes for the guests to enjoy.