This is a very in-depth course conceived for those artists who, while spending a day in Palermo, wish to be immerged in the Baroque atmosphere, drawing and painting under the supervision and guidance of our experienced Art teachers.
During this workshop students will have the opportunity to choose and practice various drawing and painting in water-colour. En plein air will take place at Botanical Garden.
This course is suitable both for Art novices as well as for experienced artists and professionals.
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Palermo’s Botanical Garden
Currently the location of the local University’s Botanical Sciences department – that Goethe imagined the ‘Urpflanze’, the archetypal plant that he thought was the origin of all the different species in the vegetable kingdom. Perhaps it was the Neoclassical beauty of the surroundings that inspired the German poet, who defined beauty as “a manifestation of secret natural laws, which otherwise would have been hidden from us forever”.
Inaugurated in 1795, the Botanical Garden features a central Gymnasium flanked by two buildings, the Tepidarium and the Calidarium, all of which were designed by French architect and intellectual Léon Dufourny. Strongly influenced by the culture of Enlightenment, Dufourny introduced Neoclassical taste in the very Baroque Sicily.
Amongst statues, sphinxes, hermae, caryatides, exedras, geometrical decorations, Doric columns and porticoes, in a landscape of elegant chromatic sobriety, 12,000 plant species live here. Including a giant “Ficus magnolioide”, the garden’ emblem. And all the aquatic plant species living in the Aquarium, a circular basin that is divided into 24 sections.
A visit is the best way to understand why Goethe loved this place so much.
Giovanna Orlacchio attended the Artistic High School graduating in the Accademia section, at the same time she followed a multi-year private course on oil painting on canvas. She undertook experimentation on several pictorial supports and dedicates herself to the painting on fabric making works on commission in the world of fashion according to the taste and the tendency of the time. She got a degree in Modern Literature focusing on the study of artistic history.
She concluded the course with a thesis on the theory of restoration. She is a certified teacher in Latin Literature and Art History. At the same time she doesn't give up with the original fascination for plastic-pictorial art and she gave voice, through various techniques, to emotional impressions and feelings from reflections and landscapes.
She has been teaching for several years and subsequently came to the disciplines that combine psychology and art and graduates with a three-year course in Art Therapy with a final thesis on contemporary art languages in treating awkward teenagers . She collaborate with a prestigious Interior Design Studio of her city with which she designed a modular painting style that is kept up with the latest furniture designs and meets the needs of the custome.