Monumental Drawing Workshop

Monumental Drawing Workshop

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May 26 - Jun 15, 2019

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about the retreat

Acclaimed Painter and Illustrator Cornel Rubino will lead a 1, 2 or 3 week workshop at the International Center for the Arts this summer, on the creation of monumental works of visual art.

Develop an ease in working large – explore how scale alters the way we view our world by drawing directly from life to re-translate nature and re-think the human condition. Draw vertically on paper no smaller than seven feet, in studio, from live models; and from lyrical and moody objects of one’s choice from nature.  A variety of wet and dry media will be explored as well as skills needed to tackle large scale drawings translated from smaller sketches and ideas.

Students can choose a 1, 2 or full 3-week workshop in Drawing and Painting which will run from May 26 to June 15, culminating in an exhibition and catalog. As part of their stay and depending on the week, participants will travel to Rome, Florence, Assisi and Orvieto to see large-scale artworks in museums, churches, and galleries.

The program draws on the history of Monte Castello as a gathering place for artists in a variety of mediums and scholars in disciplines across the humanities. Painters, sculptors, musicians, and chefs will also be in residence at ICA, providing optional lectures or demonstrations and joining retreat participants for communal meals on the terrace. There is a strong opportunity for cross-pollination of ideas and unexpected inspiration for those who seek it.

For more information, contact us.


Participants are responsible only for their work, as they are provided with:

  • Instruction

  • Model fees

  • The first 30 yd roll of good paper to draw on day trips to the cities mentioned above

  • Double occupancy room in a restored twelfth-century convent (private apartments are available at an additional fee, please contact us for more information)

  • Three chef-catered meals per day in Monte Castello

  • Private studio work space

  • Transportation to and from Rome Fiumicino airport

  • Access to the facilities of the ICA (including WiFi) and the assistance of their bilingual staff

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About the instructor

A painter, illustrator, educator, lecturer, curator and native New Yorker with a 40 year career with over 60 solo and group exhibitions, Cornel Rubino relocated to Baltimore, Maryland, and is currently teaching painting, drawing, sculptural forms and visual thinking at the Maryland Institute College of Art. He is currently working on new paintings and drawings exploring narcolepsy and somnambulism for publication by Galerie Vevais, Berlin, Germany in 2020.

He is the recipient of the Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award in Sculpture/Installation and has been profiled since being in Maryland on both National Public Radio’s “Inside the Arts” and Maryland Public Television “Artworks This Week”. His works are in the collections of the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia; Museum of Contemporary Art, Atlanta, Georgia; Museum of American Illustration, New York; Museo del Palazzo Strozzi, Florence, Italy and in numerous international corporate and private collections.

Many of the monumental drawing installations Rubino created include, “Cerca Trova”, exploring the fine line between victims and those who prey on them at Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan; “Mondo Botanico”, commemorating life and death in the Richman Gallery at the Park School in Baltimore; “Out of Place” exploring how the able-bodied maneuver through the world of the disabled at the University of Maryland, College Park; “Stray Dogs”, a commentary on the homeless dilemma for the spare room space in Baltimore; “MOBTOWN”, spanning 2000 sq. ft. at the Creative Alliance Patterson Arts Center in Baltimore; “Obsession, Addiction, Passion”, American Visionary Arts Museum in Baltimore and “Cockfight, A Treatise on the Cruelty of the Petit Bourgeoisie” on the walls of the round gallery at the Atlanta Contemporary Arts Center.

A winner of various awards including the Society of Publication Designers and Communication Arts Award and the Abby Award for Atlanta Artist of the Year, Rubino’s editorial clients include The New Yorker, where he is under contract as a regular contributor, The Washington Post, Bloomberg, The Atlantic, The Boston Globe, Penthouse, Gourmet and other national magazines. Rubino has created numerous posters for various clients such as the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland, International Habitat for Humanity, the Lincoln Center season of New York’s EOS Orchestra, the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, the American Institute of Graphic Artists, the High Museum of Art and the Atlanta Symphony among others.

Lectures include Picasso at the High Museum of Art; 20 th Century Art at the Nexus Contemporary Arts Center; Master Drawings from the Worcester Art Museum at the Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University and on his own work at Johns Hopkins University. Rubino also moderates the Annual Critic’s Residency Public Forum at Maryland Art Place in Baltimore. He lectured on the exhibit “Beauty and the Brain, A Neural Approach to Aesthetics” at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore. He began his undergraduate work in graphic design at Parsons School of Design in New York and continued his undergraduate and graduate studies in painting at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence, Italy, where he lived and kept his studio for 12 years.

Required forms

All ICA participants, whether coming independently, with a group or through a college / university, must provide the following completed forms and information to at least 2 weeks prior to attending their program. For detailed information and to download the required forms, please visit our Guides and Forms page.

Emergency Contact & Medical Information
Liability Waiver
Proof of Insurance / Travel Insurance
Itinerary and Passport