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Monday, August 11, 2014

Leigh Garcia and Ana Peterson in Florence, Italy

Simone Guaita leads a tour of Il Bisonte Printmaking studios in Florence, Italy
Ana Peterson (BFA 2014) and Leigh Garcia (BFA 2015) attended the UNT Study Abroad program hosted by the Santa Reparata International School of Art (SRISA) in Florence, Italy this summer.  They took courses in Figure Drawing and Sketching/Journaling led by professors Andrew DeCaen and Cynthia Mohr.  Professor DeCaen, Leigh, and Ana also visited a few printmaking studios in Italy including the VenicePrintamaking Studios on the island of Murano and Il Bisonte in Florence. 

Simone Guaita of Il Bisonte lead a tour of the print studios and a presentation of the history and ethos of this amazing print studio founded in 1959 by Maria Luigia Guaita.  Il Bisonte published a long list of well known artist such as Jacques Lipchitz,  Alexander Calder, Paul Wunderlich, Henry Moore, and Pablo Picasso.  The studio has shifted its focus away from publishing and onto the education of a new generation of printmakers.  Thank you Simone Guaita for your sharing your enthusiasm for the printmaking media!

Il Bisonte Printmaking studios in Florence, Italy

One of the large scale presses at Venice Printmaking Studios in Murano, Italy