En plein air workshop by Silvia Molinari


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  The verdure of Palladio:

watercolours at the Chapel of Rotonda

1 - 2 June 2019


In this workshop, you were invited away from the crowds to observe and portray a charming corner of Vicenza, made unique by its Palladian architecture and surrounding nature. 

Participants had the opportunity to paint outdoors, in peace, in the exclusive spaces of the Chapel at Villa La Rotonda, beneath the large shady trees of the garden, or on the lawns in the June sunshine. 

Between the Rotonda, the most celebrated Palladian villa in the world, and Villa Valmarana ai Nani, a treasure chest of the most important cycle of frescœs by Tiepolo, stands an ancient site: the 17th-century chapel created to complete the Rotonda, later becoming a part of the Villa Valmarana ai Nani park.

The surround is made up of many subjects that follow each other like the sets in a theater, while cedars, maples, hydrangeas and pyracanthas surround the architectural profiles and striking front view of Villa La Rotonda.

From the garden of the Chapel, members of the group moved around for a few hours, even in the exclusive Garden of Villa La Rotonda, an ideal location for closely observing and portraying the beauties of a unique architecture.

In collaboration with  Elite Viaggi - Vicenza

The workshop was accompanied by Winsor & Newton, the watercolour producer par excellance, which will provide a palette selcted for this special occasion and Borciani and Bonazzi, a high quality brush company, which will give participants a selection of thei products.


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Silvia Molinari 

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Silvia Molinari was born in Piacenza in 1976. She graduated in decorative techniques from the  Paolo Toschi Institute of Art in Parma. She lives in the countryside of Emilia-Romagna, in a house surrounded by fields and the rhythms of nature. Her artistic career includes the study of and experimentation with various pictorial disciplines, but it is through watercolor that she best expresses her talent.

The combination of the simplest elements (water, pigment and graphite on paper) are, through her technique, the best means of interpreting the subjects she loves to capture: shrubs, vegetable scraps, leaves and wild flowers that seem to have slipped on the white paper a moment ago; she is deeply interested in weeds, those tiny and tenacious heroines of the third landscape synthesized by Gilles Clément. Her watercolors begin with elbows on a windowsill, rummaging in drawers, collecting things, walking, perhaps getting lost.

She is the author, together with the writer Alessia Napolitano, of the book "Il Cosario", published by Edizione Corsare (2016), for which she created the illustrations. She also made the illustrations of "Prendere il Volo", a text coming out for the Topipittori publishing house, written by the author Marina Marinelli.

From the many exhibitions, personal and collective,  which she has taken part: in 2011, the Venice Biennale in the regional headquarters of Emilia-Romagna, invited by the journalist Camillo Langone, who then selected her for the "Excellent Painters" portal; Affordable Art Fair in New York and Milano; in Tokyo, at the Ginza 1 Chome Gallery, with the San Francesco Gallery in Reggio Emilia; JCO Gallery, Park City - Utah. 

Silvia illustrated the agenda Gardenia magazine for the years 2011, 2017 and she will be the author of year 2020.

She created the works that animated the National Assembly of LIPU in Parma, the scientific convention "Birds In Europe 3" with a urban artistic event, a project curated by Kreativhouse studio. Also for LIPU she illustrated the book dedicated to the recognition and conservation status of birds in Italy "Conoscerli, Proteggerli".