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June 16 – 27, 2020

Print Studio of the Scoula di Grafica

Print Studio of the Scoula di Grafica

Make $500 Deposit Online

The Kalamazoo Book Arts Center presents a travel study program to Italy with the Scuola Internazionale di Grafica in Venice, and Tipoteca Italiana Fondazione in Cornuda (Treviso).

Venice, Italy, has been a center for printing since the introduction of movable type in the 15th century, when printers like Nicholas Jenson and Aldus Manutius set up presses and began publishing books. This tradition continues today with creative printers, book designers, and graphic artists. On this trip to Venice we will explore this rich history, visit museums and libraries, and work in professional studios to create individual prints and a collaborative book. The program welcomes all levels of experience, with introductory instruction in the studio.

Vineyard in Cornuda

Vineyard in Cornuda

Antique Presses at Tipoteca

Antique Presses at Tipoteca

The Program 

Our trip will begin in Venice, where participants will work in the studio of the Scuola Internazionale di Grafica, a design school and studio located near the Grand Canal that for 50 years has specialized in printmaking and artist’s books. Here we will work in the studio to create drypoint and monoprint images. Instruction will be provided for all levels of experience with printmaking. Participants will be encouraged to explore individual imagery as well as contribute to a collaborative book project. While in Venice we will tour historic sites including St. Mark’s Square, the Accademia Gallery, and the library of the Fondazione Giorgio Cini to see a collection of early Venetian printed books. We will also take a day-trip to Verona to visit the Antica Tipografia located near the Arche Scaligere, and see the Biblioteca Capitolare, one of the oldest libraries in the world.

After printing images at the studio in Venice we will carry them to Tipoteca Italiana Fondazione to print the text. Tipoteca is a letterpress museum in Cornuda, north of Venice in the foothills of the Dolomite Mountains, far from the normal tourist routes. The museum houses a printing studio of historic letterpress equipment and one of the largest collections of movable wood and metal type in the world. At Tipoteca participants will learn to set and print type, sew the pages together, and each person will complete the trip with a commemorative copy of the book.

From Cornuda the group will return for one night to Mestre, on the mainland side of the Venetian lagoon, nearer to the airport. During the final evening, the group will celebrate with a special dinner in Venice

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Program Director

KBAC Executive Director Jeff Abshear was a Fulbright Scholar to Italy in 2007 to study book arts in Venice. He has returned each year to teach workshops and lead university study abroad groups to work in professional printing studios throughout Italy and Northern Europe. He is fluent in Italian and has extensive experience traveling in Italy, with in-depth knowledge of Venice where he has lived and worked many times. Jeff will be an experienced guide and the principle instructor for the program.

Accommodations and Travel

In Venice, participants will stay in several shared apartments with fully equipped kitchens where breakfast and other meals can be prepared. In Cornuda we will stay at Villa Bolzonello, a 16thcentury villa in the middle of a prosecco wine vineyard, where breakfast will be provided. When we return to Venice (Mestre) we will stay one night at Hotel Villa Costanza, located near the airport shuttle bus for easy departure. All travel will be via public transport including trains, boats, and buses.

Cost: $3,600.00*

The program fee of $3,600 includes all workshops and art materials, 11 nights of accommodations (with the bonus of breakfasts in Cornuda), affiliated ground transportation (trains, waterbuses in Venice, airport shuttle), museum entrance fees, and final celebration dinner.

* Price based on double-occupancy (shared room with another member of the group). Single-occupancy rooms are an additional charge. Please inquire for more information. 

Participants will be responsible for covering the cost of round-trip transportation from your home to Venice, meals not listed above, personal expenses, and travel insurance, which we strongly advise purchasing. Travel insurance typically covers cancellations, emergency medical expenses and evacuation, lost or damaged luggage, and other services. 


Reservations, Fee Schedule, and Cancellation Policy

A $500 deposit is required by January 15 to reserve a place on the trip. Deposits can be paid by mail, over the phone, or through our website.

Once the program is confirmed, final payment of $3,100 will be due by February 1.

No refunds will be given to participants after they have registered (for deposits or final payments) unless the program is cancelled by the KBAC. In the event of KBAC cancellation participants will receive a full refund.

Note: Participation in this trip requires some physical demands, including navigating the streets and bridges of Venice on foot, hopping on and off boats, and a 20-minute daily walk (with one steep hill!) between Villa Bolzonello and Tipoteca in Cornuda.

The itinerary is subject to minor changes.

If you have any questions contact us at info@kalbookarts.org.

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