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26-2021 Alessandro Gallo – Sculpting from Life

26-2021 Alessandro Gallo – Sculpting from Life

June 27 – July 10 2021

Methods for handbuilding the figure solid and painting it realistically when fired.
Non beginners


Alessandro Gallo will share his techniques, materials and the ideas from hand building a figure to painting it realistically after it is fired.


Throughout the immersive two weeks Alessandro will encourage students to adopt this methods for their own work. The course will be divided into three parts: sculpting, firing and painting. Students will work on two projects in sequence: a smaller piece at the beginning, to be fired and painted by the end of the course, and subsequently a medium-sized piece.

For the first project, participants will be asked to make a mask or to copy an own shoe, bag or any other object that, not requiring an emotional investment, allows to try the techniques without hesitation or fear. Fired at mid workshop these pieces will provide a “canvas” for painting and finishing during the last three days.

After breaking the ice with the first piece, the focus will shift to a more challenging project, more specific to each individual.  Alessandro will offer instruction and advice on decision-making and approach at each stage, reinforcing the concepts learned during the first three days.


The workshop will cover all topics involved with each stage and the precautions in between, through video presentations, demonstrations and above all experimentation of each participant:

– Concept and content

– Preparation of reference material, digital photography, Photoshop

– Hand building solid using a pipe armature

– Roughing the clay, identifying main shapes, planes and volumes

– Definition of volumes

– Cutting the solid piece in sections

– Hollowing and reassembling

– Refinement and details

– Firing

– Post firing, glues and tools

– Painting and finishing techniques

The Artist

Alessandro Gallo was born in 1974 in Genoa, Italy and is now based in Helena, Montana. After studying Law at the University of Genoa, Gallo moved to London where he studied at Saint Martin’s College of Art and at Chelsea School of Art and Design. Gallo has shown internationally and his work was featured in the 54th Venice Biennale in 2011. In 2012, he was awarded a first place grant from the Virginia A. Groot Foundation. In 2014 and 2016 he had solo shows at the Jonathan Levine Gallery in New York. www.alessandrogallo.net



Alessandro Gallo


June 10 – 27 2021

Length of course

10 days




Some experience required

Totale Cost:

2600 euros


€ 800


The workshop fee includes the following:
Tuition of 6 – 8 hours per day;
Studio open 12 hours per day;
All materials and firings;
Lodging in double room; single room on request at additional fee of 220 euro 180 euro per week;
Freshly prepared three course lunch with wine on all working days;
Welcome breakfast, Welcome and Final dinner;
Coffee break in the mornings and in the evenings.

Payment and Refund Policy

A deposit is required at registration. After submitting the registration form, you may proceed with the payment on-line. If you choose to pay by bank transfer, the registration will be confirmed once the deposit has been accredited in our banking account. The balance must be paid at the beginning of the course.

You may withdraw within 14 days of registration without incurring in any penalties and will have the deposit fully refunded.  No refund of deposits past 14 days of registration, pursuant to articles 53 and following of the EU consumer protection legislation.
If La Meridiana cannot hold the course due to unforeseen events beyond our control, La Meridiana reserves the right to offer a voucher for a different course of your choice. The voucher is valid for two years. The deposit will be transferred to the new course.


La Meridiana is equipped to comply with the current safety standards, including social distancing between people in and outside the studio. The building is sanitized and the daily maintenance of hygiene measures is guaranteed. Please note that participants will be required to follow the security protocol and to comply with some simple precautions.


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