SACI announces “master/class” 2-week SACI Alumni sculpture workshop, April 25 – May 9, 2016 in Seravezza, ITALY

Villa Medicea di Seravezza (1599-1602) by Iustus van Utens

Villa Medicea di Seravezza (1599-1602) by Iustus van Utens


a two-week sculpture workshop for SACI alumni & friends

April 25 – May 9, 2016
Seravezza, ITALY

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Studio Art Centers International is proud to offer a special two-week workshop for alumni and friends. Located beneath the Apuan Alps in Seravezza,​ participants will have the unique opportunity to learn the rich history of the area while gaining practical experience working with the white marble for which it is famed.

Sculptor John Taylor

John Taylor

Sculptor and SACI professor John Taylor will provide instruction through a series of visits to quarries in Carrara where Michelangelo obtained stone for his masterpieces, the town of Pietrasanta where participants can meet the artisans who bring contemporary sculpture to life, and of course, Florence​. Studio practice at the Arkad Foundation will consist of drawing and carving in an investigation of spatial awareness, using both traditional and modern techniques.



Nestled at the point where the rivers Sera and Vezza meet, Seravezza was a favorite destination of the Medici family who built a summer palace there in 1564. Still standing exactly as in the painting above, it lies across the road from a former industrial factory in use since the 14th century. The building now houses the Fondazione Arkad, an artist-owned studio facility and cultural center.

Take the time this spring to meet up with old and new creative companions and discover the part of Tuscany where the story of Renaissance sculpture began!

Apuan Alps marble valley

Apuan Alps marble valley near Carrara and Pietrasanta

Arrival: April 25, 2016
Departure: May 9, 2016
The nearest airport is Pisa International/Galileo Galilei.

ELIGIBILITY: The workshop is open to all alumni of SACI and their partners/families/friends. Other interested parties are welcome if space is available. No previous experience is required

Villa Henraux

Villa Henraux

ACCOMMODATION: Participants will be housed at the Oasi di Nostra Signora del Sacro Cuore (also called Villa Henraux), an Art Nouveau-style residence within 10 minutes walking distance from the studio.

FEES: $2,950 includes tuition, 14 nights accommodation with breakfast, three field trips and transportation, lunches while at the studio and the two dinners, and administrative services. $400 deposit required upon registration.

DEADLINE: Application and full payment due: March 1, 2016

Early registration is strongly advised as enrollment is limited to 15 participants.

APPLY NOW: Please fill out the APPLICATION FORM and return to by March 1, 2016.

Download the master/class brochure.

Download a detailed information sheet with the itinerary.

For more information, please contact

Behind the Fondazione Arkad with view of Villa Medici

Behind the Fondazione Arkad with view of Villa Medici

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About SACI

SACI is a US non-profit College of Art and Design in Florence, Italy, for undergraduate and graduate students seeking accredited instruction in studio art, design, conservation, art history, and Italian language and culture. Founded in 1975, SACI offers the following programs: Academic Semester/Year Abroad, Summer Studies, Venice Summer Program, Post-Bac in Conservation, MFA in Studio Art, MA in Art History.

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