Monday, September 9, 2013

Sketching in the footsteps of Piero Della Francesca

USk workshop in toscana

An urban sketching workshop with Gérard Michel and Lapin.
October 4 - october 6, 2013
Sansepolcro, Italy
Workshop description:
Following Piero della Francesca steps, and his essay on perspective (Piero della Francesca was the first artist to write a comprehensive essay on perspective), participants will be invited to get familiar with the representation of the perspective of Renacimiento and its limits, surrounding by the inspiring classical architecture of Toscana.
Gérard Michel, a master in academic architecture, will share his unique way to understand and apply cylindrical and spherical perspective, and Lapin, illustrator, will show an alternative vision including very personal distortions. 

Learning goals:
The perspective as it’s taught since Renacimiento has always aimed to represent space on a plane surface (orthogonal space, perspective with 1, 2, or 3 vanishing points). It’s forgetting about our possibility to turn the head!
It’s far more interesting to consider that the space is a sphere around us, and so, in an orthogonal space, that’s 6 vanishing points that surrounding us.

Workshops and Instructors:
Working on extreme perspectives: cylindrical and spherical perspective with Gérard Michel.
How to fit all you see in a page, distortion and fun with Lapin.

Liège, pont de Fragnée  
Gérard Michel is Belgian, architect and architecture teacher. Drawing lover, he practices perspective in every way. for more than 20 years, he collect in his sketchbooks thousands of drawing that he is sharing for 5 years on Flickr. for the last 4 years, Gérard is the Belgium correspondent for Urban Sketchers.

palacio da monserratte  
Lapin is a french illustrator, an artist, an urban sketcher working for fashion, advertising and editorial 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 already filled around 150 sketchbooks for the last 11 years and he particularly appreciates sketching on vintage accounting books that he finds in flea markets. And for Lapin a good sketchbook must contain two things ; some doodles of dinosaurs and vintage cars. 
Lapin teaches the art of "sketching" during workshops in universities and in art schools, participates exhibitions around Europe and he shares his day to day sketches on his blog.

Workshop Schedule:
The two instructors will be present full time, group will be divided in turns by the two of them, some cession will be all together.

Friday, October 4th
    9:30 to 11:00 am: workshop introduction by Gérard Michel and Lapin
    11:00 to 13:00 am: Sketching in the center of Sansepolcro
    13:30 pm: lunch
    15:00 to 18:30 pm: Sketching with Piero della Francesca (at Museo Civico and Cathedral)
    19:00 pm: Happy Hour Sketching (at K Cafè)
Saturday, October 5th
    9:00 to 13:00 am: Sketching in the historical town of Anghiari
    13:30 pm: lunch
    15:00 to 18:00 pm: Sketching the old Kentucky tobacco dryers
    21:00 pm (optional): Tasting and sketching Tuscany cigars (by Compagnia del Sigaro Toscano at Locanda Guidi)
Sunday, October 6th
    9:00 to 13:00 am: Sketching in the historical center of Sansepolcro (at the Medici’s fortress designed by Giuliano da Sangallo)
    13:30 pm: lunch
    15:00 to 17:00 pm: Sketching the alchimist lab (at Aboca Museum)
    18:00 pm: Farewell Drink (at K Cafè)

Supply list: 
Any supplies participants normally use are fine, sketchbook and loose papers included.
We'll use inkpen, coloured pencils, brush pen and watercolors.

Workshop fee:
200 €
to apply email to Fabio Piccini: piccini(at)

Maximum number of participants:
25 partecipants maximum, any level of drawing experience welcome.

Maimeri colors will provide a Watercolor kit.

Thanks to Fabio Piccini for the organisation.


  1. orn: bologna must be from the closest, it's where I will land.
    any question, feel free to ask fabio piccini, he's in charge of the organisation of the workshop. I hope to see you in toscana!

  2. Orn: the nearest international airports are Bologna or Perugia (which is nearest to Sansepolcro but hosts less routes). And if you need accomodation do check these places: