36-2023 – Lisa Reinertson – Inspirations from the Renaissance and Beyond

September 3 – 16 2023

Sculpture with live model

Some previous experience with clay is desirable

36-2023 – Lisa Reinertson – Inspirations from the Renaissance and Beyond


In this workshop Lisa Reinertson will guide students in an exploration of the figurative ceramic sculpture inspired both by working from life, and by the great figurative sculptures of the Italian Renaissance.


To get inspiration from the Renaissance, we will begin the week with a visit to Florence and the Bargello Museum where we will see the amazing sculptures of Donatello, Michelangelo, and Della Robbia. On return to the studio, we spend our first five mornings working with a live model, doing figure studies in bas-relief, and small 3-D figure studies. In the afternoons, we will each work on a mid-size hollow built sculpture inspired by the artwork seen in Florence. This can either be a 3-D wall piece like the Della Robbias, or a sculpture in the round.


Firstly, we will do warm-up sketches with the model and sketches to develop the concept for the final sculpture. Each day, Lisa will work along with the students providing many opportunities for demonstrations of her sculpting techniques. Furthermore, she will show slides and provide one-on-one feedback on construction, composition, and conceptual issues. While your sculptures are being fired we will return again to Florence for a visit to the Academia to see Michelangelo’s David and his powerful “Slave” sculptures.


Students will study in the beautiful environment of La Meridiana, hosted in nearby accommodation and a full meal will be served on all course days.

The artist

Lisa Reinertson is a California artist known for her life -size figurative ceramic sculptures and her large-scale public sculptures cast in bronze. Her work has an underlying humanism that addresses environmental concerns. Public commissions of historic leaders of Peace include sculptures of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Cesar Chavez. In her work, Reinertson combines a realism rooted in figurative art traditions with a contemporary expression of social, political and psychological content.
Reinertson completed her MFA at UC Davis in 1984, studying with Robert Arneson, and Manuel Neri. She has taught figurative ceramic sculpture at several universities and colleges in California. Her ceramic work has been in exhibitions and museums nationally and internationally, and is in several public and private collections. www.lisareinertson.com


Lisa Reinertson


September 3 – 16 2023

Lenght of the Course

10 working days in the studio



Deposit for booking:


Total cost:

Euro 3000,00



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 230 euros 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 - 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 regarding Covid-19, including social distancing between people in and outside the studio. 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.