JSS in Civita 2014

An Artistic Immersion of a Lifetime

JSS IN CIVITA Summer Art School & Residency in Italy is delighted to announce  that we are now accepting applications for summer 2014. Our expanded program and studio facilities provides a nurturing incubator-like artistic environment located in legendary Civita Castellana, less than an hour north of Rome.

2014 Master Class Guest of Honor will be Vincent Desiderio.

Civita Castellana, and its environs, is a place of intoxicating natural beauty. It is steeped in history, both cultural and artistic, going back some eight millennia to the pre-Roman Faliscan civilization. In the Lazio region of Italy, during the 17, 18, and 19th centuries Civita was a Grand Tour epicenter of open air landscape painting for artists sojourning through the Roman Campagna. It has been painted and inhabited by such artistic eminences as Corot, Ingres, Turner, Granet, Michallon, Valenciennes, Dughet, Bertin and played host to the likes of Mozart, Byron, Goethe and others too numerous to list. This is the landscape that set on fire Nicholas Poussin’s and Claude Lorrain’s Arcadian imaginations as they traversed northward from Rome toward Monte Soratte through the Campagna on horseback and on foot, drawing and dreaming. Among the impressive tufa cliffs, gorges, ruins, castles, forts and pastures, all majestically administered by the fabled Monte Soratte, is the immersive and engaging locus that is the JSS in Civita Summer Art School & Residency – a peerless painter’s paradise.

- Israel Hershberg, Director & Founder

Civita Poster copyJSS in Civita 2014 Poster

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The “JSS* in Civita” Italy summer program offers students and artists the possibility of an incomparable engagement with the history of art, its idioms, pictorial conceptions, methods, materials and techniques. The direct experience of Italy’s boundless artistic heritage has the ability to nurture artistic understanding, skill and life-long inspiration.

In 2014 we will be offering  four separate programs for participants:

JSS Master Class Summer Program with Israel Hershberg and Master Class Guest of Honor, Vincent Desiderio

JSS in Civita Artist Residency

Affiliate Program

Campus Program

Our individual Studio Facilities and Studio Classroom, located conveniently in and around Civita’s historic center, are available to Residents and Master Class students who wish to work indoors or couple their open-air work with studio time.  The Studio Classroom will be available through advance reservation by Affilliate Faculty whose workshops require an indoor situation.

Corot, Civita Castellana & Monte Soratte, 1826

Untitled Extract PagesCorot, Civita Castellana, 1826

Corot, Civita Castellana, 1826

Corot, Civita Castellana, 1827

Bidauld, Gorge at Civita Castellana, 1787 (in our time on right)

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* JSS is the former Jerusalem Studio School which concluded its operations in the city of Jerusalem in 2013. It is considered by many artists, scholars, curators and museum directors to have profoundly transformed visual, figurative and pictorial culture in Israel from its founding in 1997 with an impact that extends to this day. The model of the JSS Master Class now lives on and thrives exclusively in the JSS in Civita Summer Art School & Residency in Italy.
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