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Florence Workshop 9 - 26 May 2023

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Our class is held in the famous Il Bisonte studio where luminaries such as Henry Moore worked. This is one of Moore's beautifully drawn lithographic stones on display in the courtyard where we take a break and enjoy a coffee.
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Over ten days of face to face lessons you can expect to master the Waterless Lithogaphy technique in this beautiful old studio which was once the stables for the Palazzo Serristori where Napoleons brother lived.
Elisabetta Cappugi, the Art Historian and Author is our guide as we discover  hidden gems and fragments of Florence's bounteous history in a city that dates back to Etruscan and Roman times & more recently was the birthplace of the Renaissance.
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We take a break during the second week for an inspiring drive through the Tuscan hills to the medieval walled town of San Gimignano famous for it's towers and enjoy a refreshing wine tasting at the Fontaleoni vineyard.
The lessons offer you a thorough knowledge and  grounding in the Waterless Lithography technique. Robin & Annie’s combined expertise as printmaking teachers and their tried and tested methods in all the fundamentals of Waterless Lithography over many years is the key to your success.
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We provide most materials including beautiful Italian  paper. Australian and Dutch inks, notes, an Il Bisonte apron. We also create a little  handmade book with a print from everyone in the class as a memento. Plus a lovely little pouch to keep all your small bits and pieces safe.


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We give you access to our online course for a year. This will help you consolidate your learning when you get home. Worth $450.
Read about the course here:
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Imagine a holiday where you can indulge your passions for printmaking and art amidst the historical background of Florence in springtime…. Imagine enjoying wonderful Florentine food, perusing the shops and markets of the local piazzas and taking in the myriad of sights this jewel of the renaissance has to offer.  Imagine soaking up the springtime Tuscan atmosphere, follow in the footsteps of artistic greats and channelling it all to inspire you to create your very own prints that can be treasured for a lifetime along with the memories of a unique holiday experience.

We have a great programme for our tenth Annual Workshop at the inspiring Il Bisonte Studio, including all the favourites such as our walk with Elisabetta Cappuggi the Tuscan art historian plus intensive instruction during 10 full days of lessons.

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il Bisonte admiring the 2017 book

We make a book for every participant - a wonderful memento to take home along with the portfolio of lovely prints you create.

Each year we have return students  who love the course.

Think about taking an apartment for your stay in the historical centre to fully appreciate the old city. Extend your visit a few days either side of the workshop to get the real measure of Florentine life. Rental costs of apartments vary to suit all pockets, it is an economical way to live in Florence as you can prepare the occasional meal at home with the wonderful fresh produce available from one of the fabulous markets. The rental cost for 4 weeks is often just a little more than a 2 week rental, if you can spare the time this is a great idea. We can guide you with information about the best areas to stay and reliable agents. Sharing with a printmaking friend is a good idea, the rent is halved and you have a like minded friend to discuss the day's class and enjoy the sights as you stroll in the evening. 


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A joyful experience at Il Bisonte. 2017

I learnt so much ... about wonderful printmaking techniques to keep me playing for a long long time. Also learnt lots about travelling again, Florence, food, people, having fun and renewing my love of things Italian. Thanks for providing a great life experience.          Chris C

Read about...  Florence Workshop  

Looking for an apartment in Florence:

We have a golden rule, always ask 'what floor' because the old medieval stairs are just a little higher than those at home and even the fittest amongst us may find it difficult at the end of a busy day. We opt for an apartment with an elevator if it's over one floor up.

The area you choose is very important as the studio is in San Niccolo in the Oltrarno - the other side of the river. It's good to be able to walk to the studio.

Best areas are Piazza della Signoria - near Uffizzi - Ponte Vecchio and Santa Croce.  Find the area on a map and avoid the very steep hill near the Boboli gardens.

Please check with us first to be sure.

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Apartments in Florence,

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Photos at far left show our old apartment in Piazza Mentana, 10 minute walk to the studio and on the right the huge five bedroom apartment we previously rented overlooking the Duomo, 20 minute walk.

Sharing an apartment can be very economical and a great way to experience living in Florence.  We love shopping in the stunning markets for beautiful fresh food  to prepare in our apartment.

Images of the prints in the 2017 Florence workshop book
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Above: Images from the 2018 Florence Book

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Il Bisonte is situated in the picturesque neighbourhood of San Niccolo, a stone’s throw away from such cultural delights as the Pitti Palace, the Uffizzi, Ponte Vecchio, Santa Croce and the Piazzle Michelangelo.

The school studios are well equipped with numerous etching presses, hotplates and inking tables.

​In addition, there is a comfortable outdoor courtyard, and historic Stella presses are on permanent exhibit at the entrance. 

​Students can also enjoy browsing the workshop's impressive print collection, as well as viewing rotating shows in the Il Bisonte gallery.

The course includes: 60 hours of tuition, welcome dinner, a comprehensive set of notes, most materials and a walking tour with an art historian.

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An appetite & ​enthusiasm for all things aesthetic are the only prerequisites as you soak up all this city of timeless masterpieces has to offer

Enjoy over 60 hours of studio based tuition  and practice hands-on Aluminium Etching and Waterless Lithography

​Our classes are held in the inspiring atmosphere of Il Bisonte studio.

Celebrate all of life’s greatest pleasures art, history, food & travel in a setting like no other

​Join printmakers Robin Ezra & Annie Day in the historic heart of Florence at Il Bisonte, the world famous printmaking studio that has collaborated with artists such as Picasso and Moore​

To register your interest  email us 
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