StARTers LIVE: Sara Maccagnan

On Tuesday May 18th the Siena Art Institute’s series of online talks StARTers LIVE continues with Sara Maccagnan, teacher, researcher and blogger of Più Arte Studio! This online event is part of our April-May series of talks on the theme of Art & Education, discussing ways of engaging in creative and critical thinking through art in a variety of subjects and contexts.

The conversation will be live-streamed on the Siena Art Institute’s Facebook page and YouTube channel at 6pm Siena / 7pm Athens / 9:30pm Delhi / noon NYC / 11am Chicago/ 9am L.A. As always, comments and questions from viewers are very welcome during the broadcast.  We hope you can join us! 

PRESENTATION IN ITALIAN

Vassiliki Spachou – dance artist

Body and Nature are not disconnected: the body needs nature and is part of it. In her residence at the Siena Art Institute, dance artist and educator Vassiliki Spachou experimented, through dance, by exploring the movement of the body in relation to nature, reflecting on the importance and need for this harmony. The work of the Siena Art Institute’s Greek resident artists is co-sponsored by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.

Corpo e natura non sono distinti, ma il primo è parte integrante della seconda. Nella sua residenza al Siena Art Institute, l’artista Vassiliki Spachou ha sperimentato, attraverso la danza, il movimento del corpo in relazione alla natura, riflettendo sull’importanza e sul bisogno di questa armonia.

May 11 Allen Frost & Will Schutt StARTers LIVE

On Tuesday May 11th the Siena Art Institute’s series of online talks StARTers LIVE continues with Allen Frost and Will Schutt, teachers of English, creative writing, and humanities! This online event is part of our April-May series of talks on the theme of Art & Education, discussing ways of engaging in creative and critical thinking through art in a variety of subjects and contexts.

The conversation will be live-streamed on the Siena Art Institute’s Facebook page and YouTube channel at 6pm Siena / 7pm Athens / 9:30pm Delhi / noon NYC / 11am Chicago/ 9am L.A. As always, comments and questions from viewers are very welcome during the broadcast.  We hope you can join us! 

On Facebook: www.facebook.com/SienaArt/videos/471160487484371

On YouTube: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Urq8fKS3kQo 

Allen Frost is the Director of the Innovative Teacher Program at The Nueva School, a PreK-12 school for gifted students in the San Francisco Bay Area. He works with teachers across the school, helping them to grow their pedagogical practice, and he also teaches several humanities courses, including “Rage, Romance, and Resilience: A Cultural History of the HIV/AIDS Epidemic” and “Close Readings in Everyday Life.” Before Nueva, Allen received his PhD in English at Stanford University in 2015. His dissertation focused on representations of geography and space in 20th century American novels, from William Faulkner to Jonathan Franzen.  While pursuing his doctorate, Allen spent several summers teaching literary theory to high school students at the Arkansas Governor’s School in his home state. He began his teaching career in public high schools in Pennsylvania and then taught at the Chinese International School in Hong Kong. Allen received his BA in English literature and educational studies from Swarthmore College. He lives in San Francisco, where he plays oboe in the San Francisco Philharmonic and the Bay Area Rainbow Symphony.

Will Schutt is a poet and translator. His book of poems, Westerly, received the 2012 Yale Series of Younger Poets competition. His most recent translations include My Life, I Lapped It Up: Selected Poems of Edoardo Sanguineti (Oberlin College Press, 2018), Atlantis by Carlo and Renzo Piano (Europa Editions, 2020) and Fleeing for Safety: From Mantua to Switzerland by Corrado Vivanti and Clelia della Pergola (CPL Editions, 2020). He lectures at Goucher College, where he directs the Goucher College Young Writers’ Camp. He is also the co-curator of Policromia, the Siena Art Institute’s poetry and translation festival in Siena. 

Spring 2021 Garden Updates

 Spring has sprung in our garden! There are lots of flowers blooming and plants sprouting. We had a set-back with a repair needed for the acqueduct tube which passes beneath our garden and required digging a large hole in the plots near our garden entrance, but thankfully the repair seems to have been successful and we can now work on replanting that section. We are also working to set up a provisional amphitheater space alongside our garden, full of possibilities!

Michael Eldridge x StARTers LIVE May 4th

Our series of online talks StARTers LIVE continues on Tuesday May 4th with creativity coach, painter, and photographer Michael Eldridge. This online event is part of our April-May series of talks on the theme of Art & Education, discussing ways of engaging in creative and critical thinking through art in a variety of subjects and contexts. 


The conversation will be live-streamed on the Siena Art Institute’s Facebook page and YouTube channel at 6pm Siena / 7pm Athens / 9:30pm Delhi / noon NYC / 11am Chicago/ 9am L.A. Presentation in English.

As always, comments and questions from viewers are very welcome during the broadcast.  We hope you can join us! 

Michael Eldridge is a painter, photographer and creativity coach. He is a Fulbright scholar, Fellow of the FRSA and has taught in the UK and USA.

He currently teaches in Italy where he runs art workshops in the Sibillini mountains. During the Pandemic, he has created online studio workshops which are principally about the good and bad times in the life of an artist and what it really means to be creative. And they include practical, playful tuition on image making and advice on how to get your stuff out there.

He connects with folk from his studio near Civitanova and in the summer at his mountain retreat. His online sessions are both individual one to one sessions and are also for groups via ZOOM webinars and whatsapp. They are always lighthearted and playfully challenging.

As an artist, he exhibits his work internationally and lectures on the subject of Creativity at conferences in the USA and in Europe.

A Londoner by birth, he has lived in New Zealand, South Africa and in the USA. Currently his home is in Italy

You can find him on Whatsapp + 39.3283535358, on Instagram and Facebook.

His personal website is www.michaeleldridge.net

Rodney Veal x StARTers LIVE on April 27

Our series of online talks StARTers LIVE continues on Tuesday April 27th with American choreographer, artist, and educator Rodney Veal. This online event is part of our April-May series of talks on the theme of Art & Education, discussing ways of engaging in creative and critical thinking through art in a variety of subjects and contexts. 

The conversation will be live-streamed on the Siena Art Institute’s Facebook page and YouTube channel at 6pm Siena / 7pm Athens / 9:30pm Delhi / noon NYC / 11am Chicago/ 9am L.A.

As always, comments and questions from viewers are very welcome during the broadcast.  We hope you can join us! 

Rodney Veal is an independent choreographer and multi-disciplinary artist based in Dayton, Ohio in the US.  He serves as adjunct faculty & Career Community Coordinator at Sinclair Community College. He is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University with a B.S in Political Science and Visual Arts. He received his M.F.A in Choreography from The Ohio State University.

Rodney currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Ohio Dance as President and on the boards of Levitt Pavilions Dayton, HomeFull, Dayton Live! and WYSO.

He is the recipient of several Montgomery County Arts and Cultural District grants and fellowships, including a MCACD Fellowship for 2010-2011.  He was one of five artists chosen nationwide to participate in the Blue Sky Dayton Project Artist in Residency Program held in collaboration with the University of Dayton in the summer of 2009.  

Rodney has choreographed and presented numerous performance installations; recent notable projects being Reveal: Five Zones of Beauty presented at the Springfield Museum of Art in 2011 and the GHETTO installation at the University of Dayton’s ArtStreet in 2015.  

Rodney can currently be seen as the Host of the Emmy© Award winning Television series THE ART SHOW which is currently in production for its 12th season and can be viewed at thinktv.org/theartshow/ on the YouTube channel The Art Show- ThinkTV and CET.

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SARTWENTY-TWENTY- Chapter IV: About Jacqueline Tune

Our intern, Aurora Angiolini from the Università per Stranieri di Siena, has been interviewing faculty members at the Siena Art Institute, reflecting on the challenges of 2020 and looking forward as we move ahead with 2021. In this fourth and final interview of her series, she speaks with our Photography instructor, Jacqueline Tune.

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Bio

Jacqueline Tune was born and raised in the English county of Kent, between village and town, immersed in the countryside which was made up of both cultivated and wild nature, with pockets of storybook landscapes filled with flora and fauna. This inspired her to develop a deep interest in portraying the nature that surrounded her through photography.  Photography has remained a strong life-long passion for Jackie, and was the focus of her studies at college. 

Jackie spent a short period of time in London, where she collaborated with interesting characters to explore womanhood through surreal and theatrical depictions of the self.  Jackie then decided to move to Italy, seeking a new life and diving into new horizons for art and work. This change brought her to new and exciting locations and atmospheres. In this new context, her artistic and personal path became totally different from what she had previously pursued. She became deeply immersed in a new reality, which has shown itself to have more of a dreamlike quality than true tangibility, some sort of an “imagined reality”, a dream inside which she has managed to enter and inside which she is now living and working.  This new reality constantly challenges her preconceptions through new discoveries: encouraging the will to explore which has been growing inside Jackie’s heart since her childhood.


Her creative process which guides her work maintains its unchanged roots: the exploration of what immediately surrounds her mixed with her constant keen observation and connecting to the natural world. 

Everyone’s inner nature

Jackie is particularly drawn how people interact with nature. The atmospheres of Tuscany helped her to develop and enhance her personal research: for instance, the wild and quiet  Merse river valley offered a new perspective and an unexplored perception of light, a fundamental element in photography.

Jackie defines herself as a “photographer who loves documenting”, meaning that she portrays various facets of inner and outer realities, meticulously collecting and selecting images and materials taken from the world around her.

Generally, Jackie prefers working in series, showing each component of a group in its own uniqueness. Some examples are her series of formal portraits of pregnant women, entitled Lo stato interessante, her series Download Now of children looking at their electronic devices. Turning her gaze towards the landscape, her series Territories portrays specific human interventions like abandoned quarries and wastelands, heaps of materials (such as hay, agricultural waste, and rubble), and seemingly-natural interventions such as rivers and animal tracks. Jackie tries to look at each specific subject in a different way, and each becomes a type of portrait.

Jackie’s new project, Odd one Out, has a more specifically natural insight, using botanical subjects to talk about marginalization, and the importance of celebrating diversity. Every leaf, though similar to others and coming from the same type of plant, is unique in its color, form, and markings. 

Most recently, nature and artificiality are fused in another ongoing project developed during this past year’s lockdown, which Jackie spent in the Montagnola Senese territory. In this project, Jackie collected as many plants as possible and pressed them into handmade clay tiles, immortalizing each plant and showcasing its unique beauty. Craftwork and using her hands have always been important for Jackie, allowing her to express the qualities and limits of various materials using her special touch. In addition to clay, Jackie loves working with other materials like metal (because metal, like clay, can be shaped with an additive process rather than a subtractive one, such as with marble).

Throughout her work, Jackie aims to be in conversation with herself, her materials, and her surroundings.  She also tries to empathize with other peoples’ personal experiences, and uncover what shapes our shared society. In Jackie’s view, understanding ourselves means coming to know what is hidden inside us in order to express it to the outside world through artistic process. 


Jackie & SART

In general, Jackie’s work makes connections between nature (representing the outside world) and ourselves (our most inner and most hidden realities). Jackie has always worked a lot on these themes, examining both herself and others, also thanks to the opportunities she has found at the Siena Art Institute, where she teaches photography. 

From her very first meeting with the Siena Art Institute’s director back in 1999, Jackie’s work at SART has grown in new and unexpected directions. Jackie not only serves as a  teacher but also is one of the “building blocks” of SART, where she works in friendship alongside her students and colleagues.

Jackie encourages all her students to use their cameras to explore and portray the world, to look at and connect with everything surrounding them from a perspective that is cultural, social, and visually different from everything they already know. At the same time, they focus and reflect on what motivates and fulfills them, bringing forth their emotions and discoveries, so that they can creatively respond to stimuli and build up new life experiences. Another important aim is to help students to develop a new visual and poetic language by which they can express themselves.

As a teacher at the Siena Art Institute, Jackie enjoys being able to offer inspirational guidance to many young and talented artists coming from all over the world.  Her students offer her a lot in return as well. They provide many opportunities for comparing different viewpoints through which Jackie can more deeply understand her real, inner purpose: being a spark that can help to ignite the creative flames that reside inside every soul.

Exploring everything that is “other” from us is a meaningful way to reach one’s own intimate knowledge.

This is Jacqueline Tune.

Indrapramit Roy x StARTers LIVE April 20th

Our series of online talks StARTers LIVE continues on Tuesday April 20th with Indian painter and educator Indrapramit Roy, part of our April-May series of talks on the theme of Art & Education.  We will discuss ways of engaging in creative and critical thinking through art in a variety of subjects and contexts. 

The conversation will be live-streamed on the Siena Art Institute’s Facebook page and YouTube channel at 6pm Siena / 7 pm Athens / noon NYC / 9:30 Delhi.

As always, comments and questions from viewers are very welcome during the broadcast.  We hope you can join us! 

Indrapramit Roy studied printmaking (BFA) at the Visva-Bharati University of Santiniketan and painting at the Faculty of Fine Arts of M.S. University of Baroda, India. Subsequently he was awarded Inlaks Scholarship to study MA Painting (1990-92) at the Royal College of Art, London, which included a term at Cite des Arts, Paris. He also spent a term in Berlin on an Erasmus Exchange Scholarship.

In a three decade long career he has had 16 solo shows, 2 duo shows and over 90 Group shows and several art camps and workshops to his credit. 

He has taken part in Group shows in New York, London, Melbourne and Yangon and has represented India in Asian Art Exhibition in Macao and the Cairo Biennale, Cairo. In 2013 completed a 12 x 26 feet mural for Terminal-2 of the new Mumbai International Airport (now rechristened – Jai Ho Museum).

Honours and fellowships include Kanoria Centre Fellowship, Inlaks Scholarship, Govt. of India-Junior Research Fellowship, the Fulbright fellowship, USA and more recently Artist-in-Residence at The Siena Art Institute. 

Indrapramit has an abiding interest illustrating for children. 

Two of his illustrated books won Museum publishing award in the US and Alcuin Children’s book award from Canada. 

The artist has been teaching Painting at his alma mater Faculty of Fine Arts, MSU of Baroda since 1995.

https://www.instagram.com/indrapramitroy/

StARTers LIVE April 13

Art & Education online talk with Irene Lupi, Lisa Nonken & Jacqueline Tune

Our series of online talks StARTers LIVE continues on Tuesday April 13th.  SART teachers Irene Lupi and Jacqueline Tune will be speaking with Academic Director Lisa Nonken to kick off our April-May series of talks on the theme of Art & Education.  We will discuss ways of engaging in creative and critical thinking through art in a variety of subjects and contexts. 

The conversation will be live-streamed on the Siena Art Institute’s Facebook page and YouTube channel at 6pm Siena / 7 pm Athens / noon NYC / 9:30 Delhi.

As always, comments and questions from viewers are very welcome during the broadcast.  We hope you can join us!