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Here And Now | Tuscany, Italy

The landscape around our villa in Tuscany

The landscape around our villa in Tuscany

Make a book with four international teachers in Tuscany

Because we love Italy, and working together, we are enthusiastic about a class in a wonderful venue in Tuscany. We will have amazing food, a lot of room to work in different spaces, a pool, and a half-day off to explore the environs… We are looking forward to a fantastic group of students.

In this course you will make a book filled with your experience of this place with four international teachers. The theme of the book will be “Here and Now”. We will learn to be aware of place and time, and how to translate that into words, sketches, calligraphy and drawings. Laurie will be exploring principles of landscape (scale, distance, pattern, repetition, time, movement…) and translating these ideas into text. Massimo will be working with cursive writing, starting from our handwriting and then using historical scripts. With Birgit you can find a concept throughout the book with different page designs and colors. Marí will be providing the book structures to bring it all together.

Our villa in Tuscany

Our villa in Tuscany


We will provide all the basic materials and tools for making the book. Please bring your personal calligraphy tools and, if possible, writing fluid. I recommend traveling light, with only a carry-on.

Six days in Tuscany

Date: 5th to 10th of September 2020

Time: Saturday evening to Thursday lunch

Place: Villa Palagione, Centro Interculturale, Loc. Palagione, I-56048 Volterra / Pisa, Italy

Course Fee: 590 Euro (course fee, incl. basic materials)

Students: maximum 30 people (The students will be divided in groups and the teachers rotate and they will teach all groups the same amount of time.)

Registration: oder

This class is full, register to get on the wait list.

Accommodation: It must be booked directly with the house at
There are 33 rooms and 28 of those are possible to book as double or single rooms. The prices vary from 63 Euro per night for small single rooms up to 118 Euro for large nicely decorated rooms. Double rooms start from 58 Euro per night. For meals you get to choose to have one, two or three meals per day. Because there so many choices, everybody has to book the accommodation directly with the team at the Villa Palagione:

Workshop venue

The Villa Palagione is located seven kilometres east of the 3000 year-old cultural centre of Volterra, on the southern slope of its historical mountain "Monte Voltraio". The villa has numerous large rooms and halls. The "Lords and Ladies" lived on the central floor, or "Bel-Etage", where today you can still find the most beautiful murals and frescoes. It offers accommodation for up to 65 guests, seminar and conference rooms, as well as beautiful gardens and a pool for recreation and relaxation. The in-house Tuscan cuisine varies according to the seasons and includes a breakfast buffet, and a midday or evening meal (a set meal with several courses) featuring regional specialties.

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Birgit Nass Graphic designer, lives as a freelance artist in Brietlingen near Lüneburg, Germany.

Laurie Doctor Calligrapher and painter, lives as a freelance artist in Kentucky, USA.

Massimo Polello Graphic designer, lives as a freelance artist in Turin, Italy.

Marí Emily Bohley BA Calligraphy and Bookbinding, lives as a freelance artist in Dresden, Germany.

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