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Kristin Fiorvanti

Country: U.S.A.
Course: Painting and Drawing
Program: One-Year Course
Period: Jan 14, 2019 - Jul 26, 2019

Art has always been an immense passion and influence in my life. From a young age, drawing, coloring, and painting would help me express myself and feel free. I grew up pursuing an education like my peers --graduating high school in the U.S. and moving on to college. I knew all along that there was something bigger waiting for me.
I never dreamt I could pursue my passion professionally, but after being given this opportunity at Accademia Riaci in beautiful Italy, it seems more than possible. With the help of a few well-known professionals in Florence, I can continue to learn and blossom as an artist.

Feb. 04, 2020 | Posted in Reports, Painting and Drawing , | Tags:, Reporter: Kristin Fiorvanti | Course: Painting and Drawing

Painting and Drawing vol.19 (One-Year Course – Kristin)

Trying Things & Letting Them Go
Despite the anticipation of a flight back home in just a few days, this week felt just like the rest: a wrapping up of what was started, a full-circle. We have learned new techniques, utilized new mediums, experimented, failed, and worked hard at doing it all over again. If I learned one (major) thing from this course, it’s that life sort of happens that way. As long as you rest and build the courage to try again, you will continue to learn and grow in all of life’s beautiful mess.

Jewelry Design blog
The day after my trip to Rome, although pretty exhausted, I went to class to work on my moka paint still life. Unfortunately, the previous painting that I’d started last week was missing. We searched the classroom for it and asked around if anyone had seen it, but alas, I had to buckle down and start another. (I like the new one better anyways. The other was a bit overworked.)

Interior Design blog
Revisiting the composition entirely gave me a lot of room for experimentation. I absolutely loved letting go of my brushes.

Interior Design blog
I used my grandma’s old Bob Ross painting spatulas to create the textured, multicolored background. It was a happy little experiment.

Interior Design blog
As for the subjects themselves, I used a brush (typically a 0.5” flatbrush to minimize detail). I’m happy with the way the smooth brush strokes make the objects pop from the textured background. This is a great method to texture without having to texture an entire painting/canvas (with gesso, for example).

Interior Design blog
This is the work of Toku, my bubbly classmate from Japan. She has done amazing things, like this recreation of a Caravaggio painting, using the grid method. Her technique is very meticulous and precise; I have to give immense honor to her patience!

Interior Design blog
On another note, my Summer Course classmates were utilizing the Davinci hatching technique for replication; there was a bit of everything taking place in the classroom as we came to an end.

Interior Design blog
Placing in Accademia Riaci’s competition in 2018 is one of my most cherished achievements. My experience in Florence has been truly unforgettable (and sometimes totally indescribable). With the little indiscretions aside, I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world.



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