Gum Print or Paper Litography is a technique of art printing considered the “poor” version of lithography as less expensive and easier to find materials are used.
Using the photocopy as a plate, it is possible to transfer laser-printed images using the chemical reaction process that takes place between the toner of a photocopy and the use of gum arabic. This technique is perfect for high contrast images that maintain a particular graphic quality. During the workshop we will deal with the preparatory phase of the photocopy and the subsequent printing with the chalcographic press.
Each participant is invited to bring:
photos or images in well contrasted gray scale, printed in B / W by laser printer or put on USB key (any changes will be made directly on the day of the workshop via PC during the design phase of the photocopy matrices).
Two vegetable sponges (non-abrasive, calypso type)
Saturday, June 15,
From 10 to 17
Material included (but remember to bring the two sponges!)
Workshop led by Federica Rugnone
Opening ob Friday 14th of June at 6pm
Gallery of the Fondazione Il Bisonte
San Niccolò street, 24/red, Firenze
Tel. 055 2342585
Firenze, 14 giugno – 14 luglio 2019
From the catalogue, available at the opening:
…È tuttavia meraviglioso come, malgrado l’inevitabile lentezza dei procedimenti d’incisione e di stampa, le opere di Lili mantengano la freschezza d’una prima emozione, come trasmettano la gioia del vedere e del fare. Lili dà nelle incisioni nuova vita alle cose spesso inosservate che ha vicine, come il ramo spezzato d’una rosa, la biforcazione d’un albero.”
Già direttore della Calcografia Nazionale
Finally spring arrived and outside shines the warm and bright June sun: light, lots of light, and with this we will make beautiful prints. Such as? With cyanotype!
(We will use lamps and not just the sun).
The light to draw through a photosensitive solution applied on sheets of paper combined with the use of negatives and masks, all designed by you.
Creatively explore the border between light and shadow to give shape to your artistic projects!
A workshop whose ultimate goal is to provide all the information needed to make the participants autonomous once they have learned the process. After the presentation of the technique you will be guided in the preparation of the photosensitive solution and then in the printing process on paper.
It is advisable to bring with you a drawing or print on acetate (both good or negative) and objects such as flowers, leaves or fabric textures.
We are waiting for you at the Bisonte for the Cyanotype workshop.
Saturday 8 June,
From 10 to 17
Saturday, June 15 there will be a gumprint workshop.
its price is 60 euros, if you have done this cyanotype workshop before then it will only cost 40 euros, for a total of 100 euros for two workshops.
Both Cyanotype and Gumprint workshops are taught by Federica Rugnone
Opening thursday 23th of May at 6.00pm
Gallery of the Fondazione Il Bisonte
Via San Niccolò 24/red, Firenze
Tel. 055 2342585
Firenze, 23th of May – 12th of June 2019
Michael Goro was born in 1966 and raised in Saint Petersburg, Russia where he received his B.A. in architecture. In 1990 he emigrated to Jerusalem, Israel where he discovered intaglio printmaking and began to use it as his main medium. In 1993 he moved to the U.S. and completed his education, receiving an M.F.A. in printmaking at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is currently the Chairman of the Graphics Department of the American Academy of Art in Chicago, whose program he has developed and taught in the past fifteen years. Goro’s works can be found in numerous private and public collections. He has held residencies and has exhibited widely worldwide. Mr. Goro has received a number of prestigious international awards in the United States, Europe, and Asia.
These modest lines about Michael Goro do not do justice to his work: his prints are deep and complex, both in language and technique. Meticulous but not as an embroidery but as a modifying force that works the plate with impetuousness and meticulousness, bending it physically to the artist’s will. His engravings are powerful urban landscapes, where the city is always the anti-hero protagonist of his narrative, sometimes balanced by counterpoint incursions headed by iconic figures such as Renaissance portraits.
Inaugurazione martedì 30 aprile alle ore 18.00
Galleria della Fondazione Il Bisonte
Via San Niccolò 24/rosso, Firenze
Tel. 055 2342585
Firenze, 30 aprile – 17 maggio 2019
Visions of a different nature from the one we are accustomed, exotic animals on one side but at the same time classic, friendly, almost familiar faces, all punctuated by landscapes of archaic, medieval cities, a fascinating intertwining that joins a storytelling that Il Bisonte already hosted: Australia. But this time the narrative voices are those of two sisters who have made printmaking their most vibrant expression. They have been visiting us in Florence for over ten years, bringing with them other artists, to immerse themselves in the sparkling spring atmosphere of this city and to work in our print studios. The story of printmaking is not new to unite the whole world with protean freshness. But the wonder of this exhibition comes from this mixture of exotic and familiar, which is perhaps one of the most distinctive traits of Australian culture.
Robin Ezra and Annie Day are sisters who grew up in an artistic household in Australia – their mother a creator of exclusive garments and their father a photographer.
Annie has been a practicing artist since gaining her painting diploma in 1974 from the National Art School, Sydney.
Robin first enrolled in Life Drawing classes at the ANU School of Art in 1985.
Printmaking Sisters are passionate advocates of safer, healthier and environmentally friendly printmaking techniques.
Over the past 14 years they have taught together these safer techniques in Florence, UK, New Zealand and in many locations in Australia. www.annieday.com.au
Summer is coming! Nurture your creativity on the Tuscan hills in a gorgeous ancient villa while doing prints in Florence in the historical printmaking studios of Il Bisonte.
In collaboration with Eletto Art Tour we are offering the opportunity to reside in this charming ancient tuscan villa at Impruneta, just 20 minutes by bus from the city centre for a very affordable price, that includes dinners and italian breakfasts and moreover a tutor always around at the villa. It is even possible to set up a visit to one of the main sculpture workshops in Carrara and a foundry specialized in sculptures casting.
The price includes 5 mornings of intaglio printmaking class at Il Bisonte, with a very personalized approach that allows to work on personal projects.
from the 7 to the 16 of July 2019
Villa “Casa per la Pace” Impruneta – Florence (Italy)
from Villa to bus stop (10 min walking)
from bus stop to city center, Santa Maria Novella (20 min by bus)
Fee 660 euro
included in the price:
lodging in a shared room ( 3, 4, 5 beds – with an extra fee you can reserve a single room or a two beds room).
Italian breakfast and dinner.
Printmaking class at Il Bisonte (Firenze) from the 8 to the 12 of July
Access to the Villa’s spaces (studios and garden).
the presence of a tutor from Eletto Art Tour during your stay.
Single room with bathroom (200,00 euro)
Double room with bathroom (150,00 euro)
Optional field trips:
Carrara – Studi d’Arte Michelangelo e all’Accademia di Belle Arti di Carrara (50,00 euro)
Pietrasanta – Mariani foundry and Favret mosaics (50,00 euro)
Saturday 4 of May, new Silkscreen Workshop, 7 hours of pure creativity squeezed trough the frame. Bring ideas because the material is included in the price!
May the 4th 2019.
from 10am to 5pm.
60€, material included
During this workshop we will explore an everyday material to produce a matrix suitable for hand printing.
This workshop is good for beginners but even for experts that want to explore the potentials of this versatile technique.
2 March 2019
Limited spots for the students
Ink and paper included
This workshop is for free
On Thursday 21 March we welcome the new professors of the Il Bisonte Foundation School with an exhibition.
Rodolfo Ceccotti remains firmly the director of our school, but new people with new energies and new faces are going to support him, “new” with roots firmly planted in our tradition.
We hope to see you on Thursday, there will be beautiful prints in the gallery and you will have the chance to talk with these new “legs” of the bison.
Rodolfo Ceccotti – Didactic director
Monica Franchini – Specialization Course professor
Luis Pardo – Studio manager
Giulia Seri – Silkscreen
Michela Mascarucci – Letterpress
Federica Rugnone – Photomecanical techniques
Cosimo Ermini and Paola Fortes – Studio assistant
Masterclass of Livio Ceschin.
Il Bisonte hosted an exhibition of Livio Ceschin prints few years ago, and another one soon, in the meantime we managed to lure him out of his mountains to come down here to hold a practical workshop. It will lead us to the use of his elective techniques (etching and drypoint), and to the discovery of his landscapes, of his poetry that he manages to find in the most humble ravines, of the lightest snow and the silence of the woods, of the trees.
Saturday 1 February 9.30 – 17
Sunday 2 February, 9.30 – 17
120 for those who have already attended our Workshops or Masterclasses
100 euros for the students of the Fine Arts Academies
basic material included in the price
Il Bisonte Foundation Via San Niccolò 24 / rosso, Florence