Summer Courses

Summer school 2016


Sculpture Summer Course in Florence 2016


Dates: July 4th – July 29th
Hours 9am- 4pm Monday – Friday Cost per student: 2,400 euros Minimum enrolment: 5 students Course director and principal instructor: Cody Swanson
Assistant instructor: Alina Swanson

Course description
Beginning and advanced students are welcome to this intensive introduction to figurative and portrait sculpture. Students will work daily from the live model; morning figures and afternoon portraits and explore composition together with the application of drapery. The last week will be dedicated to casting work in plaster,and shipment can be arranged by the school for an economic price.

All necessary materials; clay, plaster, silicon armatures and stands.
Individual critiques daily from 9-4
Studio access from 8am- 6pm Monday-Friday Housing assistance and Shipping assistance

Cody Joseph Swanson is a practicing artist and instructor currently residing in Florence, Italy with his wife and four children. He holds an M.A. in Liturgy, Sacred Art and Archi- tecture from the European University in Rome, and studied sculpture in the three year certificate program of the Florence Academy of Art, where he continued to teach for five years.

Swanson’s numerous and award winning work can be found all over the world; some notewor- thy examples include Saint Michael in New Orleans LA, the doors of the National Shrine
of Mary at Holy Hill, WI, over 20 sculptures
for Saint Joseph Cathedral, Sioux Falls, SD, a processional cross for the Duomo of Floren-
ce, Italy, Saint Emygdius in the Cathedral of Foligno, Italy and a marble Madonna and Child for Campus Bio-medico of Rome, Italy. Most recently, he has completed a marble and granite crucifix for the Carmelite Monastery of Traverse City, Michigan, marking his fourth collaboration with the acclaimed architect Duncan G. Stroik. Tremendous love for classical art and architec- ture, and extensive practical experience have formed Swanson’s methods of design and composition, and as an instructor in the Sacred Art School of Florence, Swanson provides an intensive program with individual critiques, designed to achieve self-sufficiency in reflective evaluation of ones own work, while motivating toward personal accomplishment.

Alina Swanson is a figurative sculptor, painter, and draftsman. Born in 1987 in Newburgh, New York, she initiated her higher education by coming to Europe to pursue classical training in the arts. She graduated from the Florence Academy of Art in 2008 ba- sed in Florence, Italy, where she studied sculpture and painting in the academic tradition. Upon completing her education she taught as an assistant instructor of figurative drawing within the sculpture department of the Academy. She later went on to earn her Masters in Liturgy, Sacred Art and Architecture from the Regina Aposto- lorum University in Rome, having been inspired by the richness
of faith in Italian cultural heritage and its subsequent influence in art. Through professional apprenticeships she continued to pursue her training and develop the practical application of her skills as an artist. Today she lives and works in Florence with her husband and four young children.


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