Perugia 2015 – English

The IV Summer School

of Calligraphy and Fine Arts

Monteripido Monastery Perugia 2015


There is much more to Perugia, Monteripido, than just artistic workshops in the breathtaking scenery of a medieval monastery. Over the last couple of years I have returned there annually with the same curiosity and admiration.
Perugia is close! I get there after a couple of hours drive, with an overnight stop somewhere in the middle of the route. I enter Italy near Triest, and as fast as I can, I get off the highway near Rawenna. And here I am - on the ordinary Via Adriatica, where one cannot go fast anymore, thus admires the view. Then, I just need to cross the Apennines. Ancient Via Flaminia. Familiar Valley. The gate of Monteripido. I cordially invite you to spend a few days in a place where we experience perfect harmony between the beauty of nature and the beauty of art.
Calligraphy, drawing, icons. Silence and morning mists. Reading and picturesque landscape. The rhythm of the monastery and the rhythm of the city. Meditation and discovering the riches of art. All naturally entwined.
A contemporary artist, Pietro Casetini, like an apprentice of Giotto, has painted a modest picture: leaning Saint Francis is enfolding a small bird in his hands protecting and admiring it. The simplicity and tenderness of that gesture appeared to me as a beautiful metaphor of what we experience when mindfully draw lines and spaces. By quill, brush, pencil, charcoal…

I kindly invite you all to Perugia. See you there! Have a safe journey!
Anna Jeziorna



* Calligraphy workshop “Italic…”
4–11 July 2015
by Ewa Landowska 

* Calligraphy workshop “Mr. Copperplate on the Jazz Umbria Festival”
11–18 July 2015
by Ewa Landowska 

* Medieval calligraphy and illuminating workshop
“The initials of Italian codexes”
1–8 August 2015
by Barbara Bodziony 

* Medieval calligraphy workshop
“Gardens of calligraphy. The latin script – Rotund”
1–8 August 2015
by Barbara Wilińska 

* Artistic drawing workshop “The monastic herbarium”
1–8 August 2015
by Małgorzata Matyjaszczyk 

* Icon painting workshop
“Saint Francis of Monteripido”
17–26 August 2015
by Anna Crisanti 

* Outdoor architectonic drawing workshop
“The secrets of perspective and detail”
17–26 August 2015
by Beata and Lucjan Krupa


We invite you to another “Journey with calligraphy” to Avignon in Provence.
Located in the Notre Dame de Grâce monastery in Rochefort-du-Gard.
Calligraphy and illuminating workshop
“Dancing on a bridge in Avignon”
16–23 August 2015
by Barbara Bodziony


The capital of Umbria, central Italy. Excellently communicated, near the A-1 highway, on the border of Tuscany and Umbria. A two hour drive from Rome, one and half an hour from Florence, and half an hour from Assisi. Located near Spello, Spoleto, Gubbio, Orvieto, Nursia, Piano Grande.
An ancient city with Etruscan roots and a stormy fortune. Located among picturesque hills, full of monuments and unusual stories. Has an excellent collection of paintings in the city museum. The home of the University for Foreigners. The city of the Italian Renaissance painter Pietro Vannucci, known as Perugino. His artistic pseudonym is also the name of  famous Italian chocolates, produced in Perugia, of course.












The monastery of Saint Francis in Perugia, dating back to the 13th century, enchants with its beauty, simplicity, calmness and openness. It is located on a hill in the northern part of the city, near the Saint Angel’s Gate and the university district. Within the walls, apart from the monastic buildings, the chapel, library, and arcades, there is a huge, terraced garden, where one can admire a fig tree alike the Paradisian Apple Tree, stroll in the olive grove and among the cypress trees. The scent of rosemary and leaves of laurel trees accompanies us during meals in the garden. The view of Perugia – priceless. Everything that has been said about the play of light in Italian landscape painting is undoubtedly true. Delighted we admire the city whilst drinking our morning coffee and evening glass of wine from our befriended wine cellar “II Tempio”. Our hosts are the Friar Minors – their hospitality and openness is extraordinary.


The Warden of the Library of Monteripido, our dear friend and consultant,
the author of the long awaited monograph of the Monteripido Monastery entitled
San Francesco del Monte a Perugia.


The third companion of Saint Francis, the founder of the monastery on Monteripido in Perugia.
Hereby is presented a beautiful story about his life from the 34th chapter of The Flowers of Saint Francis from Assisi.









We are accommodated in single or double rooms with bathrooms. At our disposal is a spacious, modern kitchen with refrigerators, and a refectory. All meals can be prepared in the monastery, using products bought at the market, in small grocery shops, or simply in the nearest supermarket. Not to mention, the university district has plenty of tittle trattorias, restaurants, bars, cafes and ice cream parlors.



The rhythm of the day is set by the classes held in the scriptorium – in the room of Saint Clare, the arcades, sometimes in the garden. Classes start at 9.00 or 9.30 in the morning, and end at 3 in the afternoon, a small coffee break included. We most often make our own supper in the monastic kitchen. The afternoons are for reading a book, a rest in the garden, a stroll through Perugia, or individual practise in the scriptorium. Some go on short tours – to Assisi, Orvieto, Spoleto, Florence. In the evenings, after dinner, we like to have a little chat in the garden with wine, cheese, and olives.
Every morning at 7.30 a Mass is held in the monastic chapel.










* Calligraphy workshop “Italic…”
4–11 July 2015
by Ewa Landowska 

* Calligraphy workshop “Mr. Copperplate on the Jazz Umbria Festival”
11–18 July 2015
by Ewa Landowska 


Littera scripta manet.
Littera docet, littera nocet.
Litterae non erubescunt. 

The written word endures, it can teach, it can harm, and paper accepts everything…
In the first half of the XV century in Italy, humanists discover medieval manuscripts written in carolingan minuscule.  Thinking the manuscripts to be ancient, and the script to be antique calligraphy, they decide to replace with it the commonly dominant in Europe gothic script, adjudging it as barbaric and disastrous.
Imitating carolingan minuscule (nowadays that XV-century carolingan is known as the humanists script), they start to notice its utility value. Changing the shape of some letters, conjoining some of them, and rotating them a bit to the right, a style is achieved that enables faster writing. Thus the humanist italics is created, also know as the italic.
The italic, as almost all known styles of scripts, is used in printed books. The pages are engraved in wood. After the year 1560, the wooden blocks are replaced with copper plates, which allows not only refining the letters, but also adding more ornaments. Replacing the wooden blocks with copper, which also meant replacing the chisel with a graver, had effect on the shape of the letters, which gradually changes into copperplate
The italic, just like copperplate, astonishes with its lightness and nimbleness of gesture, the letters of both scripts are the embodiment of elegance and classic beauty.
Just like dancing, artistic gymnastics, like MUSIC – they draw to meditation, thus on both courses the presence of one of the greatest music festivals – the „Jazz Umbria Festival”.
Every day of our workshop we will fill our letters with the sounds flowing towards us from the lower part of town up the hill of Monteripido, where a 13th century monastery is located, and within a stunningly beautiful library (our workspace), filled up the ceiling with books, which spines feature the – yes – italic! Discovering the refined beauty of letters in monastic volumes, very much like the humanists fighting the gothic, we will joust with the contemporary caricature of the letter.
Let’s relocate for a week (or two!) to Italy, the place, where the italic was born, and from italic copperplate. We shall restore the refinement of the letter, its elegance and fineness, but also its lightness, ease and grace. After all that’s the real quintessenza dell’Italia!

I dearly invite you
Ewa Landowska

Duration of the workshop: 20 hours
The limit of apprentices: 10 persons
Workshops designed for both beginners and advanced in the fine art of calligraphy.











* Medieval calligraphy and illuminating workshop
“The initials of Italian codexes”
1–8 August 2015
by Barbara Bodziony


An Initial – the first letter starting a sentence, chapter, or a whole codex, is undoubtedly the most original idea of medieval manuscript illumination. On the pages of medieval codexes the initial evolved from a simple letter to various forms, types, and sorts, which bespeak the unlimited imagination of medieval illuminators. Varying from simple calligraphic initials created with one colour, through luxuriantly decorated filigree initials, multilayer roman initials, figurative initials with a whole story included in their shapes, to richly decorated initials of the late Middle Ages – the source of ideas for their forms and colouristic structures was endless. Each scriptorium elaborated its own individual style of initials. Among them the decorations of the initials of Italian manuscripts show a noticeable individuality of style, especially from the late Middle Ages. From those codexes we will be drawing inspiration for our calligraphy creations on our workshop.
During our workshops an already frequent trip to the City Library (Biblioteca Comunale Augusta) in Perugia is planned, where we will have the chance to admire old manuscripts, including those, who where once located in the Library of Monteripido.
I also dearly invite you to a meeting with Father Luigi Giacometti, the author of the long awaited monograph about our monastery entitled San Francesco del Monte a Perugia.

Duration of the workshop: 25 hours
The limit of apprentices: 12 persons
Workshops designed for both beginners and advanced in the fine art of calligraphy.




* Medieval calligraphy workshop
“Gardens of calligraphy. The Latin script – Rotund”
1–8 August 2015
by Barbara Wilińska


The word CALLIGRAPHY invites us to turn back to our roots, and contemplate the astounding beauty of the shapes of letters, stored in old, European manuscripts. Those characters are not unfamiliar to us, and we can successfully learn how to write beautifully drawing from that tradition.

I invite you to taste the familiar to us everyday activity of writing in a somewhat different context.
We will try doing so in concentration, more slowly, with more consideration.
Superficially we will be simply drawing lines, writing letters, conjoining them together forming words and sentences, that carry a meaning – thus deepening the basic  rules of the art of beautiful writing…
Going deeper into the process, we will experience delight and joy, coming from repeating a character, exploring its most beautiful form, experiencing its changes of rhythm and tempo, the balance between emptiness and fullness. We will look carefully at the fruits of our work and ask ourselves: what do I see? How do I create it? We will observe ourselves. We will notice our breathing, inflows and outflows. We will introduce order into our way of moving, thus into our thought process. We will feel the way our state within influences what is outside, and what is outside influences us. We will feel, that discipline in exploring the regularities in a chosen field of art, a studied method, and patience in practicing habits, can bestow us with space and freedom – including the freedom for our own creativeness.
We will open the door to the gardens within ourselves, tend to them, stroll through them, cherishing simply being in them alone, inviting friends… Gardens, we never even suspected existed…
The objective of our workshops is to acquaint ourselves with a widely cut tool (stick, nib), and to practice the writing of Italian and Spanish scribes, who lived in the south of France, called the Rotund, the Gothic Rotund, the Half Gothic or the Round Gothic.
This scripture, compared to the one used by scribes of the north of Europe, is known for its greater dynamism, love for arched moves and wide letters, it is also very legible.
We will decorate our final works with initials and filigrees.
I invite both beginners and advanced in the art of calligraphy.
All necessary tools and equipment will be provided.
Every participant will be working in his own rhythm, with the guidance and advice of the instructor.
The knowledge and skills learnt on the path of concentration and constant practice will allow every participant to use a beautiful scripture with individual features, and create individual projects.

I dearly invite you
Barbara Wilińska

Duration of the workshop: 25 hours
The limit of apprentices: 10 persons
Workshops designed for both beginners and advanced in the fine art of calligraphy.

Beneath a video entitled  The Silence of Monteripido – the Chamber of Saint Clara, in which our calligraphy workshops will be held:



* Artistic drawing workshop “The monastic herbarium”
1–8 August 2015
by Małgorzata Matyjaszczyk


In the oldest part of the monastery of  Monteripido, vessels from the monastic apothecary are preserved, and in the library, one of the most valuable volumes is a herbarium, dating back to the 18th century. Has that captured your imagination?
Oh yes!
Let’s also imagine, how a long, long time ago, a friar pounded ointments and mixed concoctions. How did he know which herbs would help curing diseases? The herbarium!
A nightmare for students, but not for the participants of my workshop. I will help you find the beauty of details in herbs, in characteristic forms, in refractions of light. Under the hot august sun, in a fragrant and vibrantly green surrounding. Let’s search for the herbal treasures hiding around the monastery and create illustrations, which might be the beginning of your own artistic herbariums. Everyone attracted to drawing is invited. To those who claim they cannot draw, I will prove that pencils don’t bite. For the little bit more acquainted with the pencil, I hope to provide good advice. Drawing can be taught to anyone, under one condition – one has to really want it!

I dearly invite you
Małgorzata Matyjaszczyk

Duration of the workshop: 25 hours
The limit of apprentices: 10 persons
Workshops designed for both beginners and advanced in the art of drawing.








* Outdoor architectonic drawing workshop
“The secrets of perspective and detail”
17–26 August 2015
by Beata and Lucjan Krupa


A medieval monastery located on a hill, an Italian city with a history written in architecture – the ideal place for an architectonic drawing workshop.
The custom of sketching during journeys and writing journals sometimes seems to be the privilege of artists only. Nevertheless we invite you to explore the architectonic outdoor carrying a pencil, charcoal, a sketchbook, big or small in size.
We invite those, who already have experienced drawing architecture and would like to do so once again, submerging in the delight of artistic creation.
We invite those, who would simply like to learn understanding, reading, and drawing architecture.
We invite those, who are preparing for studying architecture, or are trying to enrol in the Academy of Fine Arts – we will help with creating works for your portfolio.
Lastly we invite those, who are sensitive to the incredible beauty of architectural perspectives and structural details – drawing is noticing more!

Beata Krupa
Lucjan Krupa
„Koletek” Drawing Studio

Duration of the workshop: 25 hours
The limit of apprentices: 10 persons
Workshops designed for both beginners and advanced in the art of drawing.











* Icon painting workshop “Saint Francis of Monteripido”
17–26 August 2015
by Anna Crisanti


In the monastic garden, glued to the wall of the church, stands a small chapel, the oratorio of the Blessed Egidio, who was the third companion of Saint Francis, the founder of the monastery of Monteripido. On the altar wall there is a beautiful fresco depicting the Blessed Egidio, Divine Mother Mary and Saint Francis, standing underneath the cross.
This piece of art is our inspiration in painting the icon of Saint Francis of Monteripido. As usually, beginners in the art of painting icons will start with creating the icon of Christ Pantocrator. For the more advanced we have an unconventional proposal of painting the icon of Saint Francis, with the intention to make it unlike any others.
At the end of our workshop a liturgical blessing the icons will be held.

Duration of the workshop: 25 hours
The limit of apprentices: 10 persons
Workshops designed for both beginners and advanced in the art of drawing.







12_Perugia_2014-ewa portretEwa Landowska – musician and calligrapher, working with calligraphy since 1999.  She holds workshops, courses and calligraphy exhibits throughout Poland; is known for creating and designing her own styles of letters, inspired by classic alphabets. She works both with traditional, as well as contemporary shapes of letters. Has been invited to work with the Modus Design Studio by Marek Cecuła, Leo Burnett, the Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts, the National Museum in Kraków, International Culture Centre in Kraków, the BWA Contemporary Art Gallery in Katowice, the Jagiellonian University, Contemporary Museum of Calligraphy in Moscow, the Museum of Papermaking in Duszniki-Zdrój, the Barbara Bodziony Calligraphy and Illuminating School, The Art of Calligraphy Foundation, the New Art Foundation “Znaczy się”, the Campain of Neat Handwriting, the Calligraphy Contest od Lesser Poland, and other cultural centres.  Exhibitions: “The One Day Museum”, International Culture Centre in Kraków, collective exhibition 2014; ”Feast of Words”, Istanbul Design Biennial’14, Stambuł 2014.
Even though calligraphy is rather associated with the ability to write beautifully and strive for perfection, I am enchanted by the refined imperfections of the human hand. Above all, I find the art of calligraphy very meditative and wide, and the process of creating lines is the height of my delight. Those letters, or symbols, do not have to carry any meaning. A line, sometimes two, is enough for silence to resound in them.


79_Perugia_2015_Barbara_BodzionyBarbara Bodziony - an art historian, calligrapher, calligraphy teacher. Alumnus of the Jagiellonian University and the European Higher Institute of Illumination and Manuscripts in Angers, France.  Leads a Studio and School of Calligraphy and Illumination in Kraków. Since many years she has led quite a number of prestigious calligraphy and illumination workshops in many cities of Poland, also hosting  international groups. Cooperates with, inter alia, the National Museum in Kraków,  the Benedictine Culture Institute in Tyniec, the University of John Paul II, the Pedagogical University of Cracow, the Culture Institute of Lesser Poland, The Art of Calligraphy Foundation, and with The Malbork Castle Museum. In 2014 she took part in the project Feast of Words, working together with the Modus Design Studio of Marek Cecuła.


78_Perugia_2015_BasiaWilinskaBarbara Wilińska – calligrapher, singer, voice trainer, instrumentalist. Researches and reconstructs archaic technics of singing, Polish and Slavic traditional songs, and voice improvising, using her skills and interests in the educational and artistic field,  participating in individual and group projects, leading workshops on both a regular and occasional basis, as well as leading folklore singing groups. She teaches calligraphy occasionally, leading the “Gardens of Calligraphy” workshop throughout Poland, and regularly, leading the “Quill Pelgrims” workshop in Poznań. She  divides her time between writing calligraphy and painting, drawing inspiration from the Middle Ages and parallel worlds. Her works were presented at the exhibition of calligraphy and miniatures in 2012 in Poznań, and at the exhibition of calligraphy and watercolour painting in the Central Eye Gallery in Poznań in 2015. Her works are also available online, on the Internet Platform of Alternative Meetings since 2014:


17_Perugia_2014_M_MatyjaszczykMałgorzata Matyjaszczyk - works and lives in Pistoia, Tuscany, since 8 years. An alumnus of the University of Fine Arts in Poznań, occupies herself with drawing, painting, photography, decoupage. In her atelier in the presbytery of San Pantaleo, simultaneously being a perpetua, or manager to the household of a priest, she creates extraordinary, artistic candles.
She is recognized in Poland as an awarded and experienced instructor of craft and fine arts, animator of theatrical events and other cultural happenings.
She is also a known and appreciated author of a blog named “Tuscan notes on fulfilled dreams”, which was the source for two books: “My first year in Tuscany” and “Tuscany day after day. Notes on fulfilled dreams”. With both the passion and tenderness of a true connoisseur she shares her love to Tuscan landscapes, art, flavours, colours and rhythms. Her stories are just as colourful and lush as the pages of her blog.


Anna Crisanti – a painter, icon painter, alumnus of the Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts in Cracow. Has been painting icons for over 20 years. Has attended an icon painting school n Italy for several years, at the Centro Studi Russia Cristiana. Her master was one of the most exquisite contemporary icon painters, father Egon Sendler.
Since a few years she is leading workshops of icon painting in the National Museum in Cracow, and in other icon painting centres. Connected through family bonds with Italy


Beata Krupa i Lucjan Krupa - two married architects, leading one of the oldest architectonic drawing schools in Cracow for more than 20 years - „Koletek” Drawing Studio



The price of the course covers the costs of the workshops and lectures, tools needed for calligraphy and illumination, accommodation and administrative fee.

Calligraphy, illumination, architectonic drawing, monastic herbarium
* The cost of the course, tools, and 7 nights in a double room is 1.750 zł / 440 Euro.
* The cost of the course, tools, and 7 nights in a single room is 2.100 zł / 525 Euro.
* For persons not taking part in the course, only accompanying, family members, children, the cost is 950 zł / 240 Euro.
* The cost of the course and tools is 850 zł / 215 Euro.

Icon painting
* The cost of the course, tools, and 9 nights in a double room is 2.100 zł / 525 Euro.
* The cost of the course, tools, and 9 nights in a single room is 2.450 zł / 615 Euro.
* For persons not taking part in the course, only accompanying, family members, children, the cost is 1.200 zł / 300 Euro.

For the participants of previous editions of the Summer School, and yearly students of our school in Cracow, there is a discount.

Participants are to cover the costs of travelling to Perugia, meals, tickets to museums and art galleries, etc., and trips throughout the duration of the courses.

One can travel to Perugia by bus with a transfer in Florence. It is also possible to go by plane to Rome, Florence, Bologna or Piza, from where there are both train and bus connections to Perugia. Near the bus station in Perugia there is a 24 hour functioning taxi stop. The cost of going to the Monastery of Monteripido by taxi is about 10-15 euros.

We also provide a description of a convenient car route to Perugia on inquiry.

The price of the workshops is calculated based on predictions of the rate for the euro for June 2015. In case of drastic changes in the rate of the euro we will be forced to ask you to pay the difference.


To make a reservation for participation in a chosen workshop it is required to send an e-mail:
Please transfer the remaining costs until 22nd June 2015.

Payment information:
Fundacja Sztuka Kaligrafii
ul. Brzozowa 14, 31-050 Kraków
IBAN: PL65 85890006 0000 0032 4874 0001
Swift code: POLUPLPR
entitled: Donation for statutory objectives of the foundation.

Fundacja Sztuka Kaligrafii does not lead any economic activity, the payments for courses are accepted due to chargeable statutory activities.

The Anna Jeziorna Fundacja Sztuka Kaligrafii (The Art of Calligraphy Foundation)
tel. + 48 12/ 429 54 52
Anna Jeziorna – tel. +48/ 660 432 976


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