Course: Calligraphy workshop
Where: Palermo Sicily, Italy
Dates: Arrival date: May 23, 2020 - Departure date: May 31, 2020
Tutors: Monica Dengo and Satsuki Hatsushima
Appropriate for: Practitioners of both traditions are welcome, however no previous experience is required.
Class Location: AZOTO Project and Communication,via Enrico Albanese, 108 Palermo. All the locations we will visit are at walking distance (maximum 3 km) from the classroom, we can assist students in case they need transportation, please let us know when you sign up. The classroom is located on the second floor of a liberty style building and there is an elevator.
Accommodation: Accommodation is not included in the fee, we are available for assistance in finding the best B&B near the classroom and will give you a list when you sign up.
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In 2020 we are organizing a workshop in Palermo, Sicily, and we are thinking to link Southern Japan and Southern Italy by placing Nature at the center, along with Handwriting. The concept of the week will emerge through conversations about how Nature is perceived in Eastern and Western cultures.
We will begin our week long workshop with a visit at the University of Palermo’s Botanical Garden and have a deep immersion into the most extraordinary expressions of natural beauty. We will be encouraged to walk around, sit by giant trees, plants, flowers and sketch lines of what we feel, sense or hear, more than what we see.
Palermo, the regional capital of Sicily, is one of those cities with a very distinct, almost tangible atmosphere, a place of mystery, where reality often outperforms the traveller’s imagination and preconceived stereotypes. It is a buzzing Mediterranean centre whose 1 million inhabitants are a fascinating cocktail of apparently conflicting characteristics.
The Botanical Garden
The Botanical Garden of Palermo is a centre of scientific research deeply involved in the knowledge and conservation of the environment. We will talk about different views of Nature in art and culture, and ask ourselves how we can translate this into our daily life and our daily sketchbook. The favourable climate of Palermo reproduces the natural habitat of most of the plants which allows for their natural growing and flowering, so what we’ll meet in the botanical garden we’ll also encounter while walking in the city.
During the week we will study Eastern and Western handwritings. We’ll learn the rules and then try to walk out of them, to become nomads of the empty space. We will use different kinds of paper, both Eastern and Western. We will make our instruments out of leaves, bark, sticks and make handmade books, all with papers derived from plants: precious papers in cotton or kozo dyed with vegetable dyes, or more common, humble papers from the Palermo famous fish and vegetable markets. These books will be our sketchbooks during the whole week.
We will also visit the Biblioteca Centrale Regione Sicilia where we’ll be able to observe ancient manuscripts, visit Edizioni Precarie, an artisan’s studio specialized in books that tell the story of the city through local papers, walk in the heart of Palermo and eat in local trattorias.
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The class will be held at the studio of AZOTO Project and Communication, in a beautiful liberty style apartment near the Politeama Theatre, in the city center. All the locations we will visit are at walking distance (maximum 3 km), but we can assist students in case they need transportation.
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