Mixed Media Printmaking in Florence Italy

Mixed Media Printmaking in Florence Italy

May 4, 2020 - May 19, 2020

Location: Santa Reparata International School of Art, Florence, Italy


Due to the Coronavirus the 2020 Florence program has been cancelled. Contact me to be added to the early notification list for May 2021.

This spectacular two week program offers the opportunity to live and create in Florence, Italy, a cultural capital of Europe. As the home of the Italian Renaissance and the birthplace of the modern world, Florentines championed democracy, science, literature as well as painting, sculpture, and architecture. The Tuscan countryside offers rolling landscapes, pastoral farms, vineyards, and medieval towns clinging to the hills.

Santa Reparata International School of Art (SRISA) is a fantastic facility to use as a home base with all that is needed to experiment and evolve in the creative process of image making. The facility has five intaglio presses, two exposure units, an alternative dark room dedicated to printmaking, and plenty of lockers and flat files for workshop participants. The digital area is well equipped with a 13 inch printer, and Apple computers. SRISA is located in the heart of Florence within a short walking distance to just about everything – the Duomo, the Uffizi Museum, the Accademia, the Mercato Centrale, Santa Croce, and dozens of fabulous restaurants.


Monotype, Collage, and ImageOn/Solarplate

This workshop focuses on mixed media printmaking. Using Akua non-toxic water-based inks, participants of all levels will learn monotype through various methods of mixing, modifying, layering inks, using and abusing mark-making tools, and exploring the limits of paper. Instruction includes a wide range of uses for chine colle, collage, and drawing. ImagOn and Solarplate will be taught, both as means in themselves and integrated with other techniques. Photoshop will be introduced to help artists learn the basics of photo digital imaging and how to apply it to Imagon, Solarplate, and collage. Multi-plate printing methods will open the door to endless possibilities.
The emphasis is on the “Artist as an Inventor,” and each participant is encouraged to stretch his or her methods of expressing and breaking barriers into new and uncharted territory. The information presented is cumulative, and participants will have the opportunity to revisit works developed over the course of two weeks. The workshop will culminate with an informal critique and discussion to serve as closure and celebration on the final day of class. If you have any questions regarding this course please contact Ron Pokrasso, pokrasso@gmail.com or have a look at the website, www.ronpokrasso.com.
We will also have the services of full time assistant Rachel Heberling.


The program includes 10 days of instruction beginning May 5 and ending May 18 with a minimum of 60 contact hours, the use of the studios from 9AM to 10PM throughout the program, access to the printmaking digital lab, various tools and equipment, (including presses and exposure units), and most printmaking materials such as Akua inks and modifiers as well as ImageOn film. Participants traveling from the U.S. should plan on supplying their own Solarplates- Additional Solarplates will be available for purchase on- site. Paper can be purchased as well during the workshop. Participants have access to wifi. The schedule is as follows: 4 days of instruction, 2 days off, 3 days of instruction, 2 days off, 3 days of instruction. Participants can work in the open studio on the off days or take the time to explore the City and Region. The program includes a festive welcome dinner, a half-day guided walking tour of Florence, a full day excursion to Siena, an historical/ cultural lecture delivered by SRISA”s faculty and a farewell dinner and celebration.

The tuition for the 2020 program is $2195.

Contact me ASAP to confirm your interest and after availability is acknowledged send a $500 deposit (fully refundable until December 1, 2019) to secure your place.
Checks should be made payable to Ron Pokrasso and sent to:

1417 Galisteo Street, Santa Fe, NM 87505

The full tuition balance is due February 1, 2020.

You may also pay with Visa or Master Card however a 4% processing fee will be added to all credit card payments. Call 505 577 6296 or email pokrasso@gmail.com with this preference and I will prepare a PayPal invoice.


SRISA will arrange some of the housing. There are two options through the school:
Student housing, generally used by college students in semester programs, is modest – nothing fancy here (you bring your own linens and towels). These are all within a 15 minute walk to the workshop. Most of these apartments have a living area and kitchen facilities. The price per person for a double room in a shared apartment is $795. For a single room in a shared apartment it is $995. This is inclusive of all fees although a $250 damage deposit will be held until after your departure. SRISA apartments are available only for the duration of the workshop. Note: Shared SRISA apartments are only available if there are multiple participants requesting them.

Other apartments are available through SRISA and the rental price will vary widely from apartment to apartment depending on what the participant requests. There are limited 1-bedroom apartments available through their network but for participants that want to keep the budget down a 2-bedroom apartment would be great to share. 

A nice apartment for the two weeks runs from $1200-3000.

In addition 2 Residenza apartments- (sorry already taken) right across the street from the workshop have been reserved for workshop participants. These can accommodate 2-4 people. Our discounted price includes one professional cleaning with a change of linens at the mid-point.  Our rates for these apartments are listed per night with an option to check in well before the program begins and to extend your stay after the program.
(Note: prices for Residenza San Gallo housing are in Euros € and an additional €1.50 per person tourism tax will be charged for the first 7 nights)

Garden – ground floor- sorry already taken
1 bedroom with a double bed+ 1 small double sofa bed in the living room.
€ 120,00/night for 2 people – € 140,00 for 3 – € 160,00 for 4.

Il Cortile – 1st floor- sorry already taken
1 bedroom with a double bed(also twins)+ 1 small double sofa bed in the living room.
€ 100,00/night for 1 or 2 people – € 130,00 for 3 people – € 140,00 for 4.

Workshop participants often share apartments. If you would like to be matched with a roommate please contact me for assistance. Let me know your preference and I will make the appropriate connection for you to make arrangements.

You may also choose to arrange your own housing. For proximity the address of SRISA is Via San Gallo 53R. There are many websites that cater to rentals in Florence. Here’s a link to AIRBNB rentals near Via San Gallo.


Participants are responsible for their own travel arrangements to and from Florence. It is a good idea to make plans to arrive a few days before the beginning of the program to help acclimate to the culture and time difference. Unless other arrangements have been made, housing options are available for check in one or two days before the beginning of the program


Ron Pokrasso
1417 Galisteo Street
Santa Fe, NM 87505
505 577 6296