Saturday, March 24, 2012

Workshop in NAPLES: fragments, stories and panoramas

graphic by Franco Lancio.
Panoramas, Fragments and stories of Naples will be the first italian Urban Sketchers Workshop, from next May 24 to 27. Simo Capecchi, Caroline Peyron and Laura Scarpa will lead four days of walking and drawing to discover the complexity of Naples by three different approaches to urban sketching.

Field sessions will be leaded in turn by Simonetta - an architect who likes to paint, Laura - a comic artist who has always kept a graphic diary and Caroline - an artist who reinterprets reality and historical remains in a very personal way. With Simo Capecchi we'll enjoy a broad view on the city skyline drawing panoramas, trying to update last century Grand Tour paintings of Naples. With Laura Scarpa we'll be sketching details of cahotic urban life and focus on the storytelling value of drawing. Finally with Caroline Peyron we'll deal with the artistic heritage of the city, like fragments of ancient sculptures in the Archaeological Museum of Naples, one of the most important in Italy.

Panoramas with Simo Capecchi:
"From the top of the hills or from winding seafront promenade, Naples offers a lot of great veiws. There is a long tradition of painted panoramas of Naples that interrupted almost a century ago. It's time to update the image of this city introducing in its skyline all the signs that represents the city nowadays".

Stories with Laura Scarpa:
"Cities are stories, made by people but also made by signs left on the streets. Contemporary stories or stories from the past. Words or traces on walls, objects, faces, gestures. Standing in a cafè, in a market or by a street corner we can capture fragments of life and report them on our sketchbook. A city like Naples is full of stories that deserve to be discovered and told".

Fragments with Caroline Peyron:
"Ancient statues are fascinating for us today also because they are incomplete, because they are fragmented. What is missing allows the mind to integrate and elaborate. The allusion is stronger than naturalism - and this is what differentiates eroticism from pornography. Drawing interrupted lines let us free, portends what is not there. We will draw in the Archaeological Museum searching for significant voids".

Workshop Schedule*:
Thursday, May 24
16/19 reception and introduction at Riot Studio
Friday, May 25
10/13 Stories with Laura Scarpa
16/19 Panoramas with Simo Capecchi
Saturday, May 26
10/13 Stories with Laura Scarpa
16/19 Panoramas with Simo Capecchi
Sunday, May 27
10/13 Fragments with Caroline Peyron
16/20 open Portrait Party and public exhibition of workshop's sketchbooks at Riot Studio
*Three instructors will participate to each field session.

Hosting institution: RIOT Studio is a space and an association dedicated to creativity, research and innovation that is both working space and exhibition space for events/workshops in art, cinema, design, music, new media with an international program and context. RIOT is located in Palazzo Marigliano, an historical building of Spaccanapoli street, with ancient frescos and a beautiful roof garden.

Registration fee: 150 EUR
Number of participants: max 30 participants (min. 12).
Sponsor: sketchbooks donated by Moleskine
Languages: English, French, Italian

WORKSHOP MAP with field sessions & B&B + hotels.

INFO: to apply and to have assistance to find accommodation in Naples (*you may offer a home exchange with some of our neapolitan friends) and any other infos please email to simo.capecchi(at)

*We suggest you apply early as May is the "Monuments Month" in Naples, quite a touristic period.

**In italiano: In viaggio col Taccuino
***See Naples in a video made during a recent sketchwalk organized by Simo Capecchi.

Meet the instructors:
Simo Capecchi
Laura Scarpa
Caroline Peyron

Meet the instructor: Caroline Peyron

Caroline Peyron is a french artist living in Naples since thirty years. Solo exhibitions of her works has been held in Naples main cultural institutions as the Grenoble Institute Francaise, the Biblioteca Nazionale, Castelnuovo municipal museum, Museo Archeologico Nazionale. Her last exhibits has been held in Rome at Istituto Centrale per la Grafica (IsteroGrafia, 2013) and in Naples at Museo e Certosa di San Martino (Cielo, 2015).

Caroline has been an art teacher and has held workshops for private schools and public institutions for over twenty years now. She holds art classes with children, adolescents and adults for cultural institutions like Museo di Capodimonte and Museo Archeologico Nazionale of Naples.
With Simo Capecchi she exhibited altered books: Libri Artefatti, was in L'Aquila with Una carriola di Disegni, organized the 3 MUSEI sketchwalk and since 2012 has held many workshops of Urban Sketching and live sketching.
Watch a live performance of Caroline and flip through her artist books on Vimeo.

"Over time I realized that all my passions" - says Caroline - "when not transmitted to others, are missing something. The only way to feed and enrich my creativity is to share it and the best way to do it is by teaching. I hold art classes in museums and schools, with adults and children and I have always learned something. It has been an impressive experience to draw together as a protest in L'Aquila last year in the middle of rubbles. I would be glad now to meet another group of urban sketchers and introduce them to a city that never ends to inspire me".

Meet the instructor: Laura Scarpa

Laura Scarpa is a comic artist born in Venice and based in Rome who balance between comics, children's illustration, writing and editing.
She has published in numerous magazines and comic books, has written and illustrated stories for children and adults, curated many comic's magazines like Scuola di Fumetto and Animals and published books like L'arte della sceneggiatura (The Art of Screenwriting), and Caffè a Colazione, a collection of images from her sketchbooks.
Laura holds workshops and conducts courses since more than ten years for schools like IED, organise online comics courses like Scuola di Fumetto and she is president of ComicOut, a non-profit cultural association dedicated to comics.


"First of all we draw for ourself" - says Laura - "but then, we do it for communicate with others. Teaching is a natural consequence of this experience, where not only we share drawings but we enrich our knowledge. Teaching comics, that I have done for so many year, might not be so different than to lead a skeching group and to draw together. Other people's drawings get into ours drawings - this is the reason why we all share our work online! Being an urban sketchers instructor I will finally experience from real the sketchers network I belong online".