Thursday, March 28, 2013

Hidden Naples. Drawing and discovering in the South of Italy

An urban sketching workshop
with Simo Capecchi, Lapin, Caroline Peyron and Laura Scarpa

May 30 - June 2, 2013

This second edition will offer a deep immersion in the city of Naples to all the sketchers who have always dreamed of visiting the South of Italy. Locations will be selected among private houses and gardens that normally are not open to the public where we will meet local activists and artists who have a story to be recounted. Participants will be guided to discover Naples through different approaches to urban sketching. Field sessions will be led in turn by Simo Capecchi, an architect who likes to paint; Laura Scarpa, a comic artist who has always kept a graphic diary;  Caroline Peyron, an art teacher and artist;  Lapin, a French illustrator and indefatigable urban sketcher.
The aim of the Neapolitan days is to experience that, while we draw from real, we should go beyond a simple aestethic or naturalistic result. Psychological and social investigation, but also personal sensitivity and imagination can enrich location drawings that depict, reflect and elaborate reality. We observe to understand and to create.
Watch this past edition slideshow.

workshops / instructors
Urban perspectives with Simonetta Capecchi
Vintage cars and dinosaurs with Lapin
Ligh and shadows with Caroline Peyron
Tell the story with Laura Scarpa

Urban perspectives with Simonetta Capecchi
Naples has intrigued Simo Capecchi since her first visit, twenty years ago. Amazing panoramas and narrow perspectives force a sketcher to adapt the eye to rapid changes of light and direction. She has portrayed the city in sketchbooks and on long narrow single sheets of accordeon-type folded sketchbooks, or joined paper, to obtain circular panoramas or to recount a long vertical sketchwalk. In her experience, composition is 90 % of the success of a drawing. Participants will be guided to choose the best layout and to fit their urban perspectives in a long and narrow rectangular drawing. Location will be chosen to alternate broad views and panoramas with narrow streets and public stairs perspectives, so as to alternate extremely horizontal to vertical views.

Learning goals: To practice basic freehand perspective and to focus on drawing differently according to distances, in order to suggest depth; to learn how to be accurate but selective, trying not be overwhelmed by details; to focus on adding people and annotation on the page, in order to complete the drawing with a storytelling value.

Vintage cars and dinosaurs with Lapin
A new place can be intimidating and the first page of a sketchbook is hard for everyone. Warming up with your favourite subject, makes it easier. For Lapin, who grew up in the 80’s with plastic dinosaurs toys and who loves old Fiat 500 and Citroën 2cv design, a good sketchbook must contain at least one dinosaur or a vintage vehicle. Follow him while, in Naples for the first time, he'll be looking for Tyrex and Vespas, at the University Museum of Paleontology or along the city streets, to be depicted as contemporary icons in his unmistakable drawings.

Learning goals: Participants will be guided to find the best point of view to represent an object, to be precise but essential in describing its details, to master perspective and eventual distortions fitting the subject into the page, and to add annotations or graphics to the drawing, looking for a recognizable personal style.

Light and Shadows with Caroline Peyron
In Naples the contrast between light and shadows is magnified by the narrowness of certain streets where direct sunlight almost never arrives, or arrives only when the sun’s rays strike the black basalt pavement stones at a perpendicular angle, opening onto enormous hidden spaces: gardens, courtyards, the interiors of houses. The paradox of darkness outside and light insides. Liquid shadow and material light. In various locations participants will experiment with two different techniques - oil pastels and China ink, which highlight the strong contrasts between light and shadow in this city, at both a literal and metaphoric level.

Learning goals: To work with light and shadows using opposing techniques and to explore the correspondences between black&white and colors; experimenting with the 
fluidity and nuances of China ink and substance and contrasts of oil pastels.

Tell the story 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 in our sketchbook. A city like Naples is full of stories that deserve to be discovered and told. We will meet artists in their studios, artisans in their workshop, vendors in the streets around the historical center of Naples to interview them to create a graphic reportage.

Learning goals: To sketch people quickly, adding details and voices even from memory, to create a short story; to focus on storytelling value of drawing, with the addition of "voices" and annotations on the pages.

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 Studio is located in an historical building in the center of Naples, with ancient frescoes and a beautiful inner garden.

Workshop Schedule
participants will be divided into three groups and will meet each instructor in turns. 

Thursday, May 30
            3.00 / 4.00 pm  reception and introduction (Riot Studio, palazzo Marigliano).
            4.00 / 7.00 pm Demos and warm up drawing session:
            Lapin: Portraits / Simo Capecchi: Watercolors / Caroline Peyron: China Ink
Friday, May 31
            10.00 am /1.30 pm  Simo Capecchi / Caroline Peyron / Lapin
            2.30 / 6.00 pm  Laura Scarpa / Caroline Peyron / Lapin
Saturday, June 1
            10.00 am /1.30 pm  Lapin / Simo Capecchi / Laura Scarpa
            2.30 / 6.00 pm  Simo Capecchi / Caroline Peyron / Laura Scarpa
Sunday, June 2
            10.00 am /1.30 pm  Simo Capecchi / Caroline Peyron / Lapin / Laura Scarpa
            4.00 / 8.00 pm  open Portrait Party and public exposition of workshop's results 

            in Riot Studio, garden of palazzo Marigliano

Supply list

Any supplies participants normally use are fine, sketchbook and loose papers included. We'll use pen, ink, colored pencils, brush pen and watercolors.
Caroline supplies: China Ink + bamboo nib and big Chinese brush, oil pastels + hair spray or fixative spray. Have a look at Lapin "secret" gear and Simo sketching gear.

Sponsorship: Moleskine will provide 2 sketchbooks
 (Japanese + Watercolor large).

Workshop fee
200 €  /  students discount: 180 €
to apply email to: simo.capecchi(at)

Maximum number of participants
30 partecipants maximum, any level of drawing experience welcome 

(minimum 12 participants)

Workshop MAP for hotels - sketching locations will be announced later on.
**We suggest Tribù B&B to meet other participants - eventually you can share a room or an apartment**

About the instructors:

Simonetta Capecchi completed her PhD degree at the University of Naples (Italy) in Architectural Drawing and she works as an illustrator. Since 2006, she has curated four editions of "In viaggio col taccuino", an exhibition on travel sketchbooks with conferences and workshops. A selection from this exihbit has been published in book form (Sguardi su Napoli, 2009). Simonetta's sketchbooks have been included in many international exhibitions and featured in edited collections such as Danny Gregory’s An illustrated life. She contributes to Urban Sketchers from Naples, where she lives and has been an instructors in three past Urban Sketchers Symposiums.


Lapin is a French illustrator, an artist, an urban sketcher working for fashion, advertising and editorial houses who lives between Barcelona and Paris. Lapin can be defined as a mobile illustrator who carries his sketchbook and a compact sketching gear to the street, to a bar, to a metro, to Istanbul or Tokyo. Sketching is a way for him to record every second of his life and feel alive. Lapin teaches the art of "sketching" during workshops in universities and in art schools, participates in exhibitions around Europe and shares his day to day sketches on his blog He is a correspondent for Urban Sketchers blog and has been instructor at the Portland Urban Sketchers Symposium.

Caroline Peyron is a French artist living in Naples. Personal exhibitions of her works have been held in Naples at the Grenoble Institute, Biblioteca Nazionale, Castelnuovo and Museo Archeologico Nazionale and in Rome at the Istituto Nazionale per la Grafica. She has been an art teacher and has held workshops for private schools and public institutions for over twenty years. She gives art classes for children, adolescents and adults both in private schools and in cultural institutions like the Museo di Capodimonte and Museo Archeologico Nazionale of Naples. Meet the instructor.

Laura Scarpa is a comic artist born in Venice now based in Rome who manages to juggle 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 and curated comic magazines. She has published L'arte della sceneggiatura, and Caffè a Colazione (a collection of images from her sketchbooks). She has held workshops and conducts comic courses and she is chairman of ComicOut, a non-profit cultural association. 
Meet the instructor.

*In italian on Simo Capecchi's blog

**Thanks to Franco Lancio for workshop logo 


  1. I am interested in purchasing some black and white sketches of Italian scenes. Can you put me in touch with someone who sells them? Grazie!

    1. Dear Jo Ann, this is not a place I would check comment after one year, I'm sorry. Hope you found something meanwhile! Anyway here is my address: and drawings:

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